What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
There are three basic kinds of package offered. An elopement or engagement session price which is just a flat $100 per hour for the number of hours and a price per print or for a custom album. For more typical all day weddings there are two package styles, the first being a single photographer for seven hours and including an album, and the second with an assistant photographer provided for either half or all of the seven hours and an album and online gallery for guests to order their own copies of prints. Couples can then add engagement or boudoir portraits at a reduced price to round out their selection.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Because weddings are so personal, a face-to-face meeting is one of the best ways to get to know this person who will be such a part of your day. After meeting and discussing your story and what means the most to you, planning an engagement photo session in a beautiful spot is the next fun step. For adventurous brides, a boudoir shoot might be part of the pre-wedding plans too with a saucy little book of all the beautiful photos for her special someone to have as a gift before their wedding day. Available by phone or email all the way from first inquiry to those last minute gitters the morning of your wedding, you can ask all those crazy questions without worry about n response.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Photography and art skills all through a combination of occasional art classes or trial and error, my education focused on business and building the client support that sets a good company apart from a great one. It is why you can always reach out with questions and know that there are lots of networked connections to help you answer even non-photography questions about your day.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
In the wedding business as something of a family trade, Jeannine's mother and grandmother have been designing wedding and other gowns since her early childhood. No good with sewing, she ended up focusing on other arts and going to business school. After taking a part-time job as a photography assistant in a NYC area studio, she caught the photography bug and began working on children's portraits until a friend asked if she could do wedding photos. From there it has all been occasional classes and working with other photographers to learn what she likes and dislikes about the hundreds of methods out there.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Every kind of couple and every kind of setting has been a part of my career. From huge production style days in lovely cathedrals to simple backyard weddings or garden strolls, nothing is too small or too big. Gardens and beaches are a big part of weddings in the Northeast and those are my favorites. And couples of all kinds, from those who are running away for a destination wedding to celebrate finally having the right to marry and those who have a year to plan something their whole family will enjoy, everyone has been just as amazing to see.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The wedding of Amy & Aaron S. has been a huge favorite of mine this year. I am proud to say we all went to college together and when it was time for their wedding, I was one of the first people to know. Amy had gone through more than half the planning when a family emergency suddenly caused everything to chonge. Rather than the beach venue and long day in the sun they had planned, it became a backyard reception and ceremony at a local park. To do my best and make her dreams come true, I researched local spots and the park itself, finding inspiration and even building a little pocket full of ideas that saved the day when we had the perfect combination of sunlight and scenery to really bring their day to life.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask to see a whole day of photos. Everyone will pull out a few favorite images, but anyone can get lucky with a few shots too. Getting to see the whole day lets you know if you can expect the same quality from start to finish. Booking an engagement shoot can do this too, giving you time to see well in advance what you can expect.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Money is often a big factor, but quality work can be pricey because of the time it takes. Many photographers have so much work they send things out to get finished and that factors into the price. Asking about both time and money as pair will give you a better understand of what you get for your coin.