The details + Faq
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions we get about working with us. There is no such thing as a "stupid question", so please review the FAQ below and feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
We consider our style to be a modern twist on classic storytelling wedding photography. Our images are vibrant and lightly edited for a sophisticated, beautiful look that is timeless.
Our photography style is a mix of photojournalism, editorial and creative styles. All of these types of photos tell the wedding story! Please make sure you've evaluated our work and look for the photos that really stand out to you. We'll ask you more about what photos you're drawn to during our experience together!
where will you travel to photograph weddings?
We will travel anywhere -- have passports, will travel! Our "home" base area is the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul / Twin Cities metropolitan area. Our studio is located in Delano, MN (55328) and we travel all around Minnesota and western Wisconsin for a majority of our weddings. But we are happy to discuss your destination wedding outside of Minnesota! We LOVE to travel!
who is actually photographing our wedding? Do we get a second photographer?
Laura will always be the primary photographer for your event. We do not subcontract any of our weddings, nor do we currently use "lead" associate photographers in our studio. If you choose to have a second photographer, it will nearly always be Nathan, Laura's husband and seasoned photographer himself. We may choose to bring an assistant along (may or may not assist with photography) as well.
Here at LRP, we do photograph almost all of our weddings as a husband and wife team! Most of the wedding collections offered include a second photographer. This not only adds to the total photos that you'll receive, but also helps create a more holistic view of your day. My primary second photographer is my husband, Nathan, who is an excellent photographer himself (so awesome, he is also a FEARLESS photographer, like me!). I am still the lead photographer and will be solely responsible for capturing your day. He captures alternate angles, candid moments, etc. But to ensure that the full wedding day is captured, I still retain that responsibility.
how far in advance do you book weddings?
Most of our weddings are booked 10-15 months in advance. We will accept booking up to 18 months in advance. However, we also accept a fair number of "last minute" wedding photography bookings, based on availability.... the shortest time span between booking and wedding day that we've encountered was 8 DAYS. Yes! And one of our favorite weddings ever!
What is your pricing?
Every wedding is different, every couple wants different things, and we truly believe in helping you to create the perfect collection, based on what you want - coverage options, albums, wall art, and more.
A la carte coverage (minimum 6 hours) for the Twin Cities local market starts at $3500. Learn more about what is included in our basic coverage here. We also offer two "complete" collections that include Heirloom albums, as well as numerous upgrade and add-on options to suit your needs.
Pricing may vary based on number of photographers, hours of coverage, location of wedding, peak season (May-October) vs non-peak season (November-April), upgrade options such as albums, bridal portraits, rehearsal coverage, newlywed portraits, wall canvas groupings, and more.
Do we get the digital files for our wedding photos?
High-resolution digital files are included with all wedding collections. The files can be viewed in the beautiful online gallery or downloaded (individually or the whole wedding!) through the gallery. Also included are the print rights to your photos. I do offer professional prints at very reasonable prices, however, you will be able to print wherever you choose. I try to make this as easy as possible for all of us! Even your family and friends can download their favorites and have prints made. I really truly believe in sharing these memories with those you love.
what is your experience with photographing weddings?
We have been photographing weddings professionally since 2011, and Laura has been photographing as a hobbyist since 2002 (including as the editor of her high school newspaper!). We've worked with so many wonderful couples and families and it is such an honor when we are asked back to photograph other siblings weddings, bridal party members' weddings, and anyone else connected to our previous LRP couples (including maternity/newborn/family sessions for past clients!). We treasure every story we get to tell and we truly do care about capturing your day beautifully and authentically.
do you have insurance? backup gear? what if it rains, snows, etc?
Absolutely, we are fully insured, and we’ll be happy to provide your venue with a proof of coverage.
No matter what comes our way on a wedding day, we come prepared! We also have a complete set of professional-grade backup equipment. We photograph with Nikon professional equipment exclusively and we are prepared for rain, snow, etc. However, you might want to have some umbrellas, mittens, boots, etc.
how many photos will we receive from our wedding?
All weddings will receive a minimum of 400 images, but we average 700-1100 images, depending on the length of the wedding day, number of details, locations involved, size of bridal party, etc.
How long after the wedding will it be before we receive our photos from our wedding?
All weddings will be delivered within 90 days from the event date. Due to the individual attention we give every single photograph, it does actually take time to edit and deliver your images! We know how excited you will be to see these images, but asking us will not get you a different answer. When your images are ready, you'll be the very first to know! During our "peak" summer/fall wedding season, it may take 10-12 weeks for us to deliver the full gallery. During slower periods, it may be as quick as 2-3 weeks. Please contact Laura if you have additional questions.
Do we have to buy prints from you? Do we get a print release so we can print our own photos?
You do not need to purchase photo prints from us -- however, we do offer professional, archival-quality prints at very affordable prices so that our clients do not need to print cheap-quality prints from a local retail store. All wedding galleries do include a personal print release for their wedding images. The best way to preserve your memories is to invest in professional prints.
we saw your heirloom albums and canvasses. how can we order keepsakes for ourselves?
If you are interested in one of our heirloom albums or photo books, wall canvasses, metal wall prints or any other large keepsake, please contact us directly and we'll be happy to give you our current pricing and show you samples. We may live in a digital age, but the best way to preserve your memories is to print and display them!
Do you include engagement sessions in your collections?
Yes, all of our wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session! We believe that this is a very special and important part of the wedding process, and we think of it more like a "getting to know you while we take some awesome photos" session than anything else. Think of it as a stress-free, fun way to practice before the wedding day and learn a few tricks to looking and feeling natural and excited in front of the camera.
What if we feel super awkward in front of the camera? We don't know how to pose!
Don't you worry... posing IS awkward. But it's literally our job to make you look AWESOME! Most people are not professional models and do feel somewhat awkward and uncomfortable at the idea of taking photos professionally. We will happily guide you through some basic, natural posing options and help you to relax and enjoy yourselves in front of our cameras! It is our job to help you look and feel awesome in our engagement and wedding photos, and if you trust us, we can make you look amazing!
What kind of camera equipment do you use?
We exclusively use all professional grade Nikon equipment with our cameras and also professional lighting equipment when necessary. We have backup cameras and memory cards, and shoot with "dual slots", which means that for every photo we shoot, we immediately have a backup. We use natural light when that works best, and soft flash "off camera" during low-light portions of your day, generally during your reception. A professional comes prepared no matter what scenario they face! Check out what's in our Wedding Day Gear Bags here!
OK! Let's do this! How do we hire you?!?!
We're thrilled you'd like to work with us! First, I have an online questionnaire that I send to all prospective clients to get a brief overview of who you are, your wedding plans so far and just a general overview of your personalities. It's important that your vision and our style fit one another - this is the biggest day of your life! We want you to feel excited to work with us! We would love to be a part of your celebration, and we will first work together to ensure we're the right fit.
From there, we will invite you out to our studio in Delano, MN (55328) for lively conversations over drinks and appetizers. We'll help you "build your own collection", based on what you want for your coverage and tangible products. You'll also be able to view our sample heirloom albums, wall art, canvas, prints and more. At this time, we'll also cover our contract and payment options.
We take a very hands on, full service approach with our clients. We want to help make this process as easy as possible for you! All of our initial questionnaires, contracts and invoicing is done through our online studio.
We do not "hold" dates, as many clients are often vying for the same, popular weekend wedding dates. We require a signed contract AND paid, nonrefundable booking retainer of $1000 to secure your date with us and formally add you to our calendar!
Here is what happens next!