The amount of photographs you get back will vary. I have no cap on how many photographs that will be captured, I will capture all the action as it unfolds. Once I have processed, culled and digitally retouched your photographs, I will present you the images that best tell the story of your day, usually 600+ photographs. The presentation will be on your private online gallery where you can order your images from the comfort of your own home, and download them for your own use too.
How much time do you need for photographs?
Each segment of photography has a certain amount of time required for successful photography. The photography coverage usually starts with the getting ready photos and ending usually after of 30 minutes to an hour of open dancing.
Bride Getting Ready (finishing hair/makeup, getting into dress putting on jewelry) 20-30 minutes
Groom Getting ready 15-20 minutes
Bride + Bridesmaids formals about 20-30 minutes, longer for a larger group (best done before ceremony)
Groom + Groomsmen about 15-20 minutes, longer for a larger group (best done before ceremony)
Family shots with bride and groom, 15-30 minutes. Longer for large and extended family groups such as sponsors (Latin and Filipino weddings) want to be in photographs
Bride and groom together 30 minutes-I love first look photographs with the B + G where they meet ahead of the ceremony. Best done at a special location with beautiful scenery. 10 minutes to set up and execute first look. I also love the B + G sunset, go out 5 minutes before hand to 20 minutes afterword, for the golden hour shots.
Alter photos following ceremony (can be done beforehand if B + G had a first look) 30 minutes, some Catholic churches put a cap at 15 minutes-good organization is essential.
Photo stop between wedding and reception. Allow time for travel-best to have a location along the route between the wedding venue and the reception venue. If wedding and reception are in the suburbs, I recommend against traveling into the city for photographs. Saturday afternoon traffic is as bad if not worse than rush hour around Chicago. Once photography begins, I would recommend at least 30 minutes up to an hour. You can get just about 20 poses in an hours work. It’s best to get the wedding party groups out of the way, first, then splitting the B + G from the rest of the wedding party. My assistant and I will take the bridal couple while the second photographer photographs fun images of the bridal party.
If the weather is bad, raining, oppressively hot, or intolerably cold, I would recommend going right to plan B, which is going straight to the reception venue and getting photographs there.
Price Range: my prices start at $999. All my commissions have two photographers and a technical assistant, and 8hrs continuous photography coverage. Private online viewing gallery with ordering, including downloading of the files. For an estimate on how much the commission would be for your wedding day, please contact Erik at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will customize coverage and goodies to best serve your needs. Every wedding is unique, shouldn’t your photography coverage be custom to your wedding? For a full price list: http://http://erikdavisphotography.com/wedding-price-list
How do we hold the date? To reserve and hold the date, a deposit of 50% of the total or $3000, whichever is less, is required for me to hold the date. The retainer is non-refundable. The remainder is due two weeks before the wedding. I do offer payment plans for my Astor package.
Do you offer albums? Yes, I do. I offer the best wedding albums available. They are premium leather, lay flat, flush mounted photo albums with a modern design and hand crafted. Your wedding is unique so shouldn’t your album be unique too?