After years of offering different packages based on the number of hours of shooting, number of photographers, etc., I finally got married, myself, and realized that that style of pricing doesn't really work best for anyone. It puts the photographer and the clients on opposite ends of a battle, instead of in a collaboration. For many couples, it is their first time getting married, and most don't really know what they want, other than beautiful photographs for not a lot of money, leaving many couples (myself included!) wishing they had gone about it differently.
To that end, I now offer one package that includes everything I personally would want if I got married tomorrow. (However, I am always happy to work within a budget, so don't hesitate to contact me and discuss your specific needs.)
Engagement Session (For Local Couples)
Whenever possible, I like to photograph a couple before their wedding day, even if they don't plan to use the photos for anything in particular. No one feels comfortable in front of a camera, and being uncomfortable shows in photos. Your wedding photos are an expression and an illustration of your love for each other on the day when you truly celebrate that, and if the photos look like you have no idea what to do with your hands, you'll be looking at that instead of reliving those moments. Engagement photos allow you to feel comfortable and eliminate one more bit of stress on your wedding day.
Unlimited Hours of Photography on Your Wedding Day
Your wedding day happens once, and is over in a moment. I consider it my job to capture as much of the fun, chaos, and beauty of it as possible. That means I will arrive as early as you would like me to. It also means I am very aware that friends and family only get looser, goofier, and more emotional as the night goes on, and some of my favorite wedding photos happen in the last 20 minutes of dancing. The sweaty, heart-warming group hug that happens during the last dance is important, and I will be there for it.
At Least Two Photographers
Whether my second photographer is tacking a white sheet to the ceiling to create better light, running out to the bridesmaid's car to get the rings, photographing a second angle of an important moment, or photographing something important in the reception area while I'm with the couple, there are a million things he/she does that enhance the final product in a million ways, and I consider it vital to great photographs. If your wedding is expecting over 250 guests, a third photographer will be present as well.
Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz used to tour with the Rolling Stones, and in a constant attempt to capture them at their best, she realized that they would go on stage, give it everything they had, and come off stage sweating, full of adrenaline, and never looking better. So she set up a back drop and some lights, and would take photos of them just as they got off stage. This is what I want for your wedding. So we set up a large gray backdrop and one light right next to the dancefloor. Weddings are a big deal to everyone involved, even the guests, and this allows me to get photos of all of them, looking their best, full of life and energy. Whether it's one person or 25, it can accommodate most groups, and still make everyone look amazing.
Frankly, I photograph your wedding for you and your friends and family to enjoy forever. I don't want to stand in your way. So while we offer easy-access professional printing, the photos are truly yours to use as you please.
Free Travel (Up to 600 miles, roundtrip)
We think of the Midwest as one big neighborhood, so I am happy to travel to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and everywhere in between for no additional cost. For those outside of that, travel fees are minimal. I've been fortunate enough to photograph couples everywhere from Los Angeles to Cape Cod to Paris, and I love the opportunity to travel.
I love computers, and I love the internet. But when I want to relive my wedding day, the last thing I want is to click through pixelated photos on Facebook. I want to grab a book from my bookshelf, and see prints on paper. And more than that, I want a lot of photos. I want to remember my bestman's mom giving me a haircut that morning, and dancing and laughing with my wife, and when my parents were chatting with her parents during dinner. A photobook of 20 pages doesn't get you that, sadly. Your album will start with 100 pages (100-120 photos, or so), and additional pages up to 200 are available. (My own wedding album has 176.)