To lock in your wedding date, all I need is a copy of your completed eContract and your retainer check. To complete the eContract, I will need to know how many hours of coverage you need before sending it over for your signature. I can meet to discuss your wedding day and recommend hours.
The eContract and retainer are needed to lock in your wedding date. Rather than make the retainer 1/3 or 1/2 of the package price, it's simply $500. The balance is due 30 days before the wedding. I accept checks as it reduces overhead an allows me to pass the savings along in my pricing. My mailing address is separate from my studio address and is listed on the eContract.
Since I photograph your wedding day as it unfolds in a photojournalistic storytelling style, I do not need a list of photos to take throughout the day. The only photo list I need is the formal family portraits you would like taken during the family photo time. As your officiant announces cocktail hour following your ceremony, please have them request family stay behind for family photos.
The most memorable ceremonies are those where all of your family and guests are engaged and hanging on every moment. Although it is common for guests to be video recording portions of the wedding day from behind their phones, a trend I am a fan of is an unplugged, device-free ceremony. When guests put their devices away and give you the gift of their presence during your ceremony, it creates an intimate space. You will also avoid those photos of guests watching the ceremony from behind their phone screen.
The photos of the bride and groom separately getting ready prior to their ceremony are important moments when it comes to visually telling your wedding day story. In some cases, the preparation locations can be chosen. I recommend you choose both the bride and groom's getting ready locations near each other. This way we are not spending time driving between locations and it does not cut into picture time. Locations with large windows and lots of daylight will favor your skin tones. If it is possible to chose preparation locations that visually tie in with the ceremony or reception decor and architecture, then the visual storyline will be more congruent when the photos are laid out in your album.
One of my strengths is balancing my artistic half with my type-A, organization other half. I like to be organized and like to help you be organized. I have been photographing weddings for many years and have been through the planning process many times. Leverage my experience when it comes to getting the most out of your investment in your wedding photography. When we meet, we can create a photo timeline together. This will both give you a framework around your wedding day as well as give you an estimated recommendation of how many hours of photo coverage you will need.