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destination wedding

We love to travel anywhere and everywhere for weddings!!! For Destination Weddings, in addition to the prices listed below, the client is expected to cover transportation, lodging, and food.

Please note that if your wedding is in TX, NM, LA, OK, AR, or Mexico, regular wedding packages apply.

NORTH AMERICA (excluding: TX, NM, LA, OK, AR, and Mexico)
$2,500.
(Texas sales tax not included)

  • 8 hours of photographic wedding day coverage
  • If time allows a 2-3 hour After Session in destination location, the day after the wedding
  • Ownership of full resolution digital negatives included

Client is expected to cover

  • Transportation (plane ticket, rental car, checked bag fees, airport parking)
  • Lodging (two to three nights)
  • Food ($10 per meal, three times daily)
    Please note: If the average meal at a resort is higher than $10 a meal, the fee will adjust accordingly.


REST OF THE WORLD

Free
(fees waived)

  • 8 hours of photographic wedding day coverage
  • If time allows a 2-3 hour After Session in destination location
  • Ownership of full resolution digital negatives included

Client is expected to cover

  • Transportation (plane ticket, rental car, checked bag fees, airport parking)
  • Lodging (four to five nights)
  • Food ($10 per meal, three times daily)

ANSWERS TO FAQ’S

Please click on each question to view the answer.

Can I book your flight and hotel?

Actually I would prefer that! I’m sure you’ve researched the area much more thoroughly and know the good spots. I just ask that I stay at the same resort as the majority of the wedding party. For flight, I prefer to fly in the early afternoon the day before the wedding and then fly out late afternoon the day after the wedding. Contact me for my personal information for the flight info and to confirm the times are correct.

Do we get all the digital negatives from the sessions and wedding?

YES! You will get your images on a CD, and they will have two folders on the CD’s. They will say “faves” and “all files”. Both sets will be edited, the “faves” will have an extra amount of Photoshop attention.

When can we see/receive the wedding photos?

A photo preview will be placed on the blog one month after your wedding. Your CD including your digital negatives will be mailed to the address you provide 2-5 months after your wedding.

Now that our wedding is completed, when and how do we start on our wedding album?

Once  you receive your wedding photos, go ahead and fill out this wedding album form and either email or mail me your preferences. It usually takes 2-3 months for your album designs proofs to be emailed your way. After you approve the album pages and the corrections have been made, the publishing of the album takes 1-2 months. You have ONE YEAR from your wedding day to get me your wedding album form, and then to also complete your corrections. So, please do not delay!!

Our wedding is not in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, what are the transportation fees?

If you are getting married in the DFW area, there are no transportation or hotel fees. If you live in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Abilene or Lubbock area (or any small towns within that radius) it’s $0.35 per mile driven from Fort Worth, hotel for two nights (excluding Austin, Abilene and Victoria), and $10 per meal for 5 meals. There is no out of office fee for the wedding, only sessions. Out of office fee is $150 per day I’m not in the office.

If your wedding city location is further than a 5 hour drive from Fort Worth I prefer to fly. Client is expected to cover: transportation (plane ticket, rental car, checked bag fees, airport parking), 2-3 nights lodging, and food ($10 per meal, three times daily. If the average meal at a resort is higher than $10 a meal, the fee will adjust accordingly).

How much time do you need for photos on the wedding day?

The Wedding Pricing PDF shows an estimated time line for photos.

Yes! Photos usually occur during a scheduled time. Here are estimated timelines for the wedding day. Keep in mind, we need to stop taking these photos 45 minutes before the ceremony since guests start to arrive. Here are the timelines with or without a first sight:

Before ceremony with a “first sight” (about 2 hours)
30 to 45 minutes – Bride and Groom
1 hour and 15 minutes – Wedding party (estimated for 5-8 bridesmaids or groomsmen)
30 minutes – Bride and her maids (bridesmaids, house party, flower girls), group and individual shots, creative and traditional
30 minutes – Groom and his men (groomsmen, ushers, ring bearers), group and individual shots, creative and traditional
15 minutes – Full wedding party

30 minutes – Family Traditional Photos
Bride and groom with her parents
Bride and groom with her immediate family
Bride and groom with her parents & grandparents
Bride and groom with both sets of parents
Groom and bride with his parents
Groom and bride with his immediate family
Groom and bride with his parents & grandparents

After Ceremony (10 minutes)
10 minutes – Bride’s side of extended family, Groom’s side of extended family

Before Ceremony without a “first sight”
We do as many photos as possible before the ceremony :). The photos before the ceremony must be finished 45 minutes before the ceremony since guests start to arrive.

45 minutes – Bride’s side
Bride with bridesmaids
Bride with groomsmen
Bride with individual bridesmaids
Bride with immediate family

45 minutes – Groom’s side
Groom with groomsmen
Groom with bridesmaids
Groom with bridesmaids
Groom with immediate family

After Ceremony (45 minutes)
These timeline estimates are only able to be made if all family members are present and the wedding party photos are going to be more basic rather than creative. If you want more creative options we would need more time and a different location rather than the alter at the church.

Family Traditional Photos (30 minutes)
Bride’s side of extended family
Bride and groom with her parents
Bride and groom with her immediate family
Bride and groom with her parents & grandparents
Bride and groom with both sets of parents
Groom’s side of extended family
Groom and bride with his parents
Groom and bride with his immediate family
Groom and bride with his parents & grandparents

Wedding Party Photos (15 minutes)
Wedding party with house party and ushers
Wedding party
Bride and Groom

Why consider the “first sight”?

When I got married, I learned my photographer only photographed “first sight” weddings. Originally, I was completely disappointed. However, after the wedding I realized that the “first sight” was the event that we enjoyed most from the day. Now, we have amazing photos of us on our wedding day along with great memories of our first meeting. That is the main reason why I am an enthusiastic supporter of this concept. Here are other reasons why people decide to do the “first sight”:

  1. The bride and groom are not stressed after seeing each other, and they get to have private moments together.
  2. We don’t have to play hide and seek with the groom before the ceremony (meaning: less stress)
  3. We are able to take all photographs before the wedding, this allows for wedding party and guests to arrive at the reception together.
  4. The couple gets to see each other for the first time alone, instead of  in front of hundreds of people. They can say things to each other and hug like they wouldn’t be able to if they saw each other for the first time at the alter.
  5. The groom normally has a more genuine and breathtaking “look” on his face when he doesn’t have three hundred guests staring at him as the bride walks down the aisle. This makes for wonderful photo opportunities.
  6. In order to have beautiful, clear, crisp photos, we need natural light.  If we wait to take the photos after the wedding, the time we will need in between the ceremony and reception is at least 45 minutes. Most people hire me for my ability to capture photos of the bride and groom on their wedding day, and if we don’t have the time or natural light, I am not able to do this as well as it could be done. Also, the couple is normally disappointed with the one “traditional” picture they have of each other, and often end up wishing they had more of a variety.
  7. I understand this option is not for everyone, so if you don’t have the time it takes, I would suggest an After Session. This is when the bride and groom dress back up the day after the wedding and we have an entire session dedicated to getting creative images without the pressure and demands of the wedding day.

How does the first sight work?

We keep the couple separated until they are fully dressed and ready. Once the couple is ready, we send the groom to an agreed upon location where he has his back towards the bride with no one else in sight. She walks to him and tells him when he can turn around to take his first look at her in her stunning dress. This is where the magic happens. The tears, smiles, words, and relief are always a beautiful sight. As for my part, I take photos without interacting. Once the couple is ready, we go photograph them privately and then ease into the wedding party and family photos.

What if we don’t have enough time take photos before the ceremony, but we still want you to photograph the exit?

There  are three options, you can purchase additional hours for $500 an hour. This needs to be decided upon before the wedding day and paid in advance. Or we can do a fake exit, where we stage the exit with bridesmaids, groomsmen and immediate family. That way guests don’t leave but we still have a full looking exit for the photos. Make sure you have enough exit materials (sparklers, flower petals, bubbles, etc) to make this possible. The last option, the exit isn’t photographed.

When can we chat about developing the wedding day photo time line?

Contact me to set up a time to chat, as soon as you know:

  • What time will you exit the reception?
  • Do you want to do a “first sight”?
  • What time will the ceremony start and how long do you think it will last?
  • How much time does it take to drive between the ceremony and reception?
  • Do you have a cocktail hour? if so, how much time do we have for photos after the ceremony?

What are things to keep in mind when developing your wedding day time line?

  • Photos must stop 45 minutes before the ceremony since guests will start to arrive.
  • The flowers need to be present for the photos before the ceremony if you want them in the photos. Wherever you decide to have these photos, have the florist/family/friend drop off the arrangements at least 30 minutes ahead of time.
  • Some venues do not let you arrive early for photos, contact your venue to make sure our time line and their rules are compatible.
  • Make sure you are aware of any special rules, guidelines, regulations your venues have and email them over so i’ll be aware of them beforehand.
  • The photo estimates are estimates. If people are present, ready to take photos, we can stick to the time line. Also, some of the time lines are slightly padded so if we are running 10 minutes late, we can still make it up. If we are running later than 20 minutes, we will need to do more bare minimum and cut out some of the creative photos.
  • When developing the time line, it helps if work backwards from when you plan on exiting. For instance, if you are leaving at 10 pm, then the photographer(s) arrive at 2 pm.

What information does your photographer need to know for the wedding day?

  • A time line that we can collaborate together if you prefer.
  • The addresses of where the bride and groom are getting ready (hotel rooms), the ceremony and reception.
  • Any rules or guidelines pertaining to the photography.
  • What time you want us to start and what time we will exit.

For optional time for an outdoor wedding ceremony, what is the best time?

Depending on how long the ceremony lasts, it would be ideal for it to end 30 minutes before the sun sets. Although, if you don’t plan on doing a first sight, I would suggest for the ceremony to be completed 45 minutes before the sun sets.