What To expect….
Working with Carolyn
I would like to start out by saying I like to get to know my clients. It is not uncommon for me to become friends with my clients and honestly it is one of my favorite things about my job. I don’t mind a text or email anytime, whether it is to ask a question or just say hey, or to send a cute pic of your pets... or if you want a cute pic of my pets(I have a ton!) . I am usually pretty quick to respond unless I am out shooting a wedding then it might take me a day to get back to you. I encourage my clients to friend me on facebook and follow my instagram to keep in touch :) It also helps me get an insight into your lives and relationship.
So first step: reach out. Email me, text me, use the fancy little form on my website. Let me know your wedding date and a little bit about you. I will get back to you shortly to arrange a time to chat or meet if you’re in the area.
Once you have made the best decision ever and book me for your wedding I ask for a contract to be signed and a 50% retainer to be paid in order to reserve your date. I receive a lot of inquiries a lot of times for the same dates :( I book my weddings on a first come first serve basis so unfortunately I can not save the date without this process being complete. I do all my contracts/invoicing/questionnaires online through a site where you have access to them via a client portal.
Once that is all taken care of we then can arrange a date and time for your engagement session(if elected). I highly encourage couples to do an Engagement session, It is a great way to get to know one another and get a taste of what your wedding portraits will be like. Engagement sessions are usually about 1.5 -to 2 hours long and you are welcome to change outfits if you would like(although most couples think they will then decide not to once we have started lol) I am also up for traveling to more than one location. I really enjoy photographing interactions between couples and strive to make the sessions fun so I sometimes use games and jokes to get those genuine laughs and smiles. It might seem a little cheesy at times but there is a method to my madness, I promise. For engagement sessions you receive an online gallery, you can download the photos directly to your computer from there. It can take up to two weeks to receive the gallery depending on the season Summer and Fall I am definitely swamped with work so it might take me a little extra time.
About 1-2 weeks before the wedding I like to touch base and go over the final details and timeline of the day. I even send you a little questionnaire online to help us prepare for the day.
Wedding day. Wedding days are long hectic and can be unpredictable. I keep a copy of the timeline with me so I can make sure I am in the right place at the right time(I wear an Apple watch to keep close tabs on the day). Every wedding is different so the details of your day will vary wedding to wedding.
After the wedding, the real work begins. I download the images and begin culling- by culling I mean removing the true outtakes I don’t limit a gallery count or aim to have a certain number of photos I just remove the photos that no one would want, closed eyes, in-between facial expressions, test shots etc…. Once that is done I edit the photos myself. Some photographers outsource for this process but not me. It can take me 6-8 weeks to do this but I do like to send you a few photos to hold you over in the days following your wedding.
Once all is said and done I Upload the photos to your gallery and send out a USB. If you opted for an album we then go through the album process. Thats about it, easy peasy.