- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every wedding is unique. That's why offer several different packages. Each package is flexible to best meet your needs and budget. Best of all, you ALWAYS GET FREE DIGITAL IMAGES WITH SOCIAL MEDIA RIGHTS! ULTIMATE INSPIRATION $2499 Up to 10 hours coverage Engagement session (within 1 hour of Kalamazoo) Stylized Bridal Portrait or Boudoir Session Dress and Jewelry Details Images In Person Reveal Gallery is live for 3 months FREE digital images INSPIRING DAY - $1499 4 hours coverage Free digital images Gallery is active for 3 months To confirm with me I need both a signed contract and a $100 retainer. It's simple and easy. Again, these packages can all be adjusted to create the perfect package for you!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When a couple contacts me about a wedding I first try to gather as much information about what they would like in order to help me put together a package for them. I'll suggest a package and work with them to make any adjustments to the package to best meet their needs and budget. Once we do that it's simply a matter of getting a contract and deposit in place. Both of those are done online. All my payments are secure with PayPal. I then work with the couple to plan the specifics of the day as far as the timeline and any specific photos/style they request. I'll help them plan a schedule that makes efficient use of time as wedding days can be very hectic! One of the best things a couple can do is to establish a Pinterest "Mood Board" with wedding or engagement photos they like and then they can share that board with me. It really helps me as a photographer understand their own unique preferences. Once the wedding is completed it takes 2-4 weeks for all the editing to be completed. At that point I meet with the couple for the big "reveal"! We usually meet at a coffee shop and simply enjoy going all the pics together for the first time. It's my favorite part of the process! I love seeing the smiles on their faces. At that meeting I help the couple start to pick out any prints they would like. I show them sample sizes and papers, albums, and other options. I always offer a significant discount on any purchases they make that day. Of course, I NEVER force couples into specific print packages so they are never under an obligation to buy prints. They will always get digital images with social media rights and they are already formatted for the web! The process is easy and efficient. As for clients looking for senior pics, family portrait, and other photos we simply speak on the phone and schedule the session.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Many years of experience bring me to the place I am today. I have captured over 200 weddings. I also provide photography for events and concerts. I'm active in many online forums where photographers share tips and inspiration with each other. I attend Shutterfest every year. Shutterfest is the premiere place to learn new techniques and to study with the best professionals in the world. I have photographed 100 of seniors, many celebrities, products, and events. I would be honored to bring that experience to your project.