weddings

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I don't know about you, but I like to know what to expect! So, I have put together some information for you regarding wedding photography with Simply Corey Photography. You are still welcome to email me with any questions!

What is your approach to photographing a wedding?

My approach to wedding photography is actually a combination of a few different styles! For the majority of your day, I prefer the photojournalism approach. From the smallest details of your day, to the love and joy expressed by you and your loved ones, I want you to be able to relive your big day in photographs. I typically remain in the background and only step in when a little guidance is needed. This is how I capture the genuine emotion of your day as it unfolds, documenting everything as it happens.  The formal family and wedding party photos will be more traditional, while the photos of just you two alone will be a mix of traditional and creative portraiture. Overall, my goal is to bring a positive experience to your day and for your photos to tell the story of your wedding day!

What is your pricing for wedding photography? Do you customize packages?

I have several wedding collections available but since every couple has different needs, we can also work at coming up with something that works for you! Wedding collections with Simply Corey Photography begin at $2,600 and you are welcome to contact me for a complete price list.

Do you photograph elopements or courthouse nuptials?

I sure do! I love intimate ceremonies and would love to photograph yours! Send me an email with the details and I will put together a custom quote for you.

Is it possible to have my actual proposal photographed?

Yes! I love photographing proposals! We can set it up during a portrait session or I can capture your big moment from afar. Email me the details and we will come up with a plan!

What do your wedding collections include?

All of my wedding collections include:

• a complimentary engagement session

• wedding day coverage with me as your main photographer

• the edited digital images from your engagement session and wedding day in color and black & white on a custom USB drive

• a private online gallery to show family and friends

Please email me for complete pricing!

How many edited images will I receive?

The number of photos is never the same for each wedding because each wedding is different! It will first depend on the number of hours you choose. Then, since every wedding is unique, what happens during your big day and reception also plays a big part in the final number. On average, engagement sessions include 30-50 digital images and an 8 hour wedding will include about 600-800 images.

Why is an engagement session important?

Each of my wedding photography collections include a complimentary engagement session with digital images! Why? Because I love having the opportunity to work with my couples before the wedding day. It allows us to get to know each other better and gives you a chance to get used to being in front of the camera a little more. Plus, awesome engagement photos to use throughout your wedding day! They’re perfect for save the dates or wedding invitations, a display at the entrance of your reception or on a gift table, as table centerpieces, or in a guestbook for your guests to sign! Check out more engagement sessions on the blog or in the engagement gallery!

Do you offer products?

Yes! All of my couples receive a custom wooden USB drive with the edited digital images and a print release. Other available products are wedding albums, custom guest books, prints, fine art canvases, thank you cards, metal prints and more. You are welcome to contact me for a complete price list.

Do you have a second shooter? Is a second photographer necessary?

Do I have one? Yes! If you request a second photographer for your wedding, a trusted professional photographer will assist me in capturing your big day.

Is a second photographer necessary? Not always. It is really up to you and what you want. There are obvious advantages to having a second shooter, such as covering two things at the same time (the bride and the groom getting ready, for example). It also provides different vantage points. For instance, I can be on the main floor while the second shooter can be photographing from a balcony.

However, if a second photographer is not in your budget, I can assure you I have photographed several weddings with just an assistant (included in all of my wedding collections) and all of my couples have been more than pleased with what I was able to capture. You are welcome to take a peek at full galleries of weddings I have photographed solo upon request so you can decide if it will be enough coverage for you!

Do I need to give you a shot list? How do you feel about Pinterest ideas?

I love Pinterest as a tool to gather ideas - I even have several boards for wedding ideas on the Simply Corey Photography Pinterest boards! BUT, your wedding day should be a day that reflects YOU and not Pinterest. I will document your wedding in a way that tells the story of your day best!

We will discuss what is important to you prior to your wedding but I am confident I will capture the important moments of your wedding day without a detailed list! When you hire me as your wedding photographer, you are putting your trust in me to capture your wedding day as it happens organically and without a forced moment. 

Can others take photos while you’re taking pictures?

I only prefer guests to refrain from taking pictures (even with a cell phone) during any posed shots, including family formals, wedding party, and the bride & groom. Other cameras tend to distract the people in the photo and cause them to look in opposite directions. Plus, camera flashes can affect or ruin my photos.

Why should I consider an “unplugged” wedding?

Unplugged Wedding” describes a wedding where the couple ask their guests to refrain from taking any kind of pictures during the ceremony. Why? First and foremost, your guests are not in the moment and are more concerned about their cell phone photos than the experience. Secondly, guests tend to get in my way (either their extended arms with cell phones in hand or their whole bodies) and completely ruin a shot. A good amount of your budget is set aside for professional wedding photography, and I guarantee my pictures are going to be much better than any guest’s cell phone snapshot! I completely understand that guests want to capture memories of their own, so I encourage them to take candid photos after the ceremony and during the reception. I don’t require unplugged weddings, but I do think it’s a wonderful idea. If you decide against an unplugged wedding, I still ask that guests refrain from standing in or near the aisle during the ceremony, as this could interfere with me getting the shot.

When will I see my wedding pictures?

You can expect a sneak peek on Facebook and Instagram within a few days after your wedding! Each photo is carefully selected and edited in color and black & white and my usual turn around time for your complete wedding gallery is between 6-8 weeks.

What do I do with my USB drive? Do we own the copyright to our photos?

First things first: BACK THEM UP. Once you have your USB drive, the images are your responsibility. I highly recommend saving them to an additional USB drive, external hard drive, or online storage. Once you have done that, get them printed! So many couples let their wedding photos sit without doing anything with them. Don’t do that! You may order prints through me or with the print release and lab recommendation I give you with your USB drive. Just get them printed!

Copyright is different than a printing release. I retain copyright of all of my images and ask that you do not alter or enter any of my images into photo competitions or submit them to wedding blogs or similar publications. I would also love for you to give me proper credit for any images posted on social media!

My venue requires all vendors to have liability insurance. Is this something you have?

Yes! Part of being a professional photographer is having the proper insurance and I will provide my certificate upon request.

How do we reserve our wedding date?

I will be honored to be your wedding photographer! The first step is to email me with your wedding date to see if I am available. After discussing some details, your wedding date will be officially booked with a signed contract and a $500 retainer. The remaining balance may be made in payments, with the balance paid in full 30 days before your wedding day.

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