Serving Greater Overland Park
Overland Park, KS
Here's an outline of my basic services:
On the wedding day, my day starts as soon as I can access the venue. I do detail shots of the venue, decorations, etc and set up strobes if necessary for formals.
Next up is the arrival of the bridal party and the getting ready shots of the Bride/Groom, etc. For the Formals or groups, I assume they will also be at the venue and I allow as much time as the schedule permits. I ask that a list of the groupings be provided ahead of time and that a "wrangler" be provided to do the rounding up.
The venue dictates the activity for the ceremony itself and typically I try not to use flash and utilize ambient light (although some pics require flash). My normal procedure is to stay at the periphery (sides and back of the venue) unless requested otherwise (some requested shots may require a different location, etc.)
For the reception, depending on the plan for it, I typically expect to attend until the garter toss is complete but do have a hard stop at 10:00 pm (that's when I turn into a pumpkin).
So, in essence, I plan to start at 8:00 am and go to 10:00 pm if I'm able to take pictures. Many photographers charge by the hours of coverage needed, I just plan on the entire day. That's what happens when it's fun….
After the wedding, backups of the original images are made and then I do some processing and resizing and then post these to a website for proofing. After they've been reviewed, you would let me know which ones you wanted (or you can have all, doesn't matter to me) and I would burn those to an archival quality DVD (two copies). I also would post these on a website where you can order some if you want. This is done as a convenience to you. If you wanted to use a different print agency then you would let me know which images and I would separate those into a separate gallery or burn them to a CD. That makes it easier for you should you want all the images (depending on how things go, I can pump out about 1,000 to 1,400 images… which is way too many.. A good professional will limit it to 200 to 400 and I can do that too but most people want to see them all). Usually it's a couple of weeks before the images are posted.
My price to do the work as outlined is $850. Anything different would have to be reviewed (say you wanted to do a location shoot after the ceremony with the bridal party.. That may be additional, it just depends on the distance and what I have to do to set up for it…).
I can typically add an experienced second shooter for $150.00.
I am including the engagment session as part of the wedding package. It's included now. This is a 2 hour candid session, on location (and I can include a couple of studio shots too, if needed) starting at abot 8:00 am on a Sunday morning. Files are delivered to you after processing and viewing, on an archival quality DVD.
Also, I can offer a "photostation" type photobooth experience. It's not the fancy booth and the three shots on a strip, and is more like the crazybooths where you can fit more people into an area. I would provide props and it can manned or unmanned. Pricing would depend on your needs and would run between $250.00 and $600.00. Feel free to ask about it.
Just in case it comes up, I use professional quality cameras, lenses, and strobes, and have backups of everything (just in case).
I don't have a portfolio of nothing but the "really good images" and I prefer to show actual pictures from actual weddings. I can share links where I have all the images from a wedding posted. When you visit other photographers, they'll show you a smattering of really good images. Be sure to pay attention to the style. There are different ways of making an image (traditional, journalistic, and whatever moves the photographer at the time). Be sure to chose one that provides the images you want. I don't know that I have a style other than "whatever moves me." I tend to just be out of the way, observing and documenting the activity of the day.
Anyway, I hope this helps you and feel free to ask me questions about what I do or even about other photographers. Since I do this for fun and part time, I can be fairly objective (and of course helpful). I love to talk photography and offer my insights so feel free to use me as a resource.