The Wedding Experience - Step by Step
1. THE PERFECT MATCH
Before you hire us to photograph your big wedding day, it is very important that we are a perfect fit, together! When you inquire with us, we will first let you know if we are available for your date or not. Then, we will email you our quick online questionnaire that will help us get to know you as a couple and to also learn more about the style and details of your wedding day. We'll also start to understand the kinds of photographs you’re looking for and any other expectations you have for us in documenting the biggest day of your lives.
If you prefer, we can always have a quick phone chat or Skype date to discuss these details, or if you're local to the Twin Cities, we prefer to meet up at our studio over a glass of champagne and get to know one another!
2. ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED.
In addition to a quick introductory chat, I’ll also ask you to take a look at our FAQ page. This will answer any questions you have and then some. Still have questions on your mind? Go ahead and send us a quick message!
3. THE INVESTMENT.
Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, large budgets and small budgets, lavish affairs and simple occasions. No matter what style of wedding you choose to have, you will always receive our exceptional customer service and stunning imagery to cherish for a lifetime.
Your wedding images will become a part of your family’s history and to me that is something worth investing in. Someday, when you tell your children and grandchildren about your wedding day, we want you to be able to pull out one of our Heirloom Albums and physically show them the story of your day. We strive to tell your story in the most authentic and beautiful way possible... and that is reflected in the quality of the photos and the storytelling that you will get with our studio. The best compliments we can receive about our work is when someone tells us, "It feels like I was there."
Local coverage in the Twin Cities market begins at $2700 for partial day coverage; many of our clients prefer our Signature Collections, which include Full Day Coverage and a compliementary engagement session, starting at $3800. Most clients will invest $4500-6500+ in their overall experience with us, creating custom collections that includes heirloom albums, wall art, framed prints and more.
Once you inquire with us, we will let you know if we are available for your wedding date. If available, we will send you our online "Get to Know You" questionnaire and then invite you out to visit us at the studio, where we will get to know one another, look at sample albums, view some slideshows, and review the contract. If we're a perfect match, we'll send you a digital contract that we will both sign and a link to pay your non-refundable booking retainer. Once both are received, you are officially a client of Laura Robinson Photography and your date will be booked exclusively with us.
4. ENGAGEMENT SESSION.
Once you're officially our client, we'll start to plan your engagement session. An engagement session is a great way for us to get to know you as a couple and also gives you a great opportunity to practice in front of the camera. This is a complimentary session and has no cash value or substitute coverage. Due to our rigorous shooting schedule May - October, engagement sessions are available to be scheduled Monday - Thursday, based on our availability. Most sessions are photographed at sunset to take advantage of the "golden hour"; sessions begin typically 90 minutes prior to sunset.
5. SHOOT, EDIT, DELIVER.
After I’ve photographed your engagement session, you’ll receive a link to view your gallery within 30 days. You’ll be able to download the digital files and purchase prints directly from your online gallery. Many clients also use their engagement photos for "Save the Date" cards, holiday cards, wedding invitations or even showcase them in one of our custom photo guest books or signing canvasses.
6. WEDDING PLANNING QUESTIONNAIRES.
As we head toward the wedding day, we want to be intimately involved in the details of the wedding day timeline. We want to know all the little details, everything from where everything is happening, all the way down to what type of fastening does your wedding dress have (since a zipper takes less time to fasten than a corset!). We will also go over who should be included in your family + group portraits. And certainly, we also want to know who all of the vendors are that will be involved on the wedding day, so that we can coordinate ahead of time, if need be.
7. PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE.
We have years of experience with weddings and creating custom timelines for our wedding couples! We prefer to create the timeline for you, to give to the venue, when possible. This is one of the most important details to complete as planning your photos around the best natural light is crucial to getting the most out of your photography experience!
We will help you plan out the ideal timeline for the day, which makes your day flow smoothly and stress-free! If you want to take photos at multiple locations, we have to plan for that. If you are getting ready 30 minutes from the venue, we need to plan for that! We are pros when it comes to making sure you have a great time AND we have enough time to create the amazing images you're hiring us for!
If you have a wedding planner or a day-of planner at the venue, please have them connect with us to discuss any time constraints. While a wedding planner might believe that 12pm at high noon is the best time for your couples photographs, we will recommend that we set aside most of our bride+groom portrait time in the late afternoon/early evening or closer to sunset to ensure the very best light for your images.
8. WEDDING DAY PREP
The day before the wedding, we will pack all of our bags, charge our batteries, format our memory cards and load up the car. We will have all of your timelines, questionnaires and any other items we need in both printed form and electronically via the app for our studio management system. We come prepared, no matter what comes our way. Rain or shine, snow or humidity.... we're ready!
9. THE WEDDING.
We take photos. We laugh with the groomsmen and dance with Grandpa. We cry during the vows (ok, Laura cries...). We dance with you on the dance floor and can even take photos at the same time -- true fact!
We are hidden ninjas when it is appropriate and we are not afraid to get crazy close/high/far away to get "the shot". You are paying us to document the day the way it FEELS, not just how it looks. We might look silly or crazy, we might stand on chairs, lay on the ground, or hide in bushes.... but we promise you one thing -- beautiful, emotional, creative, AMAZING images!
11. AFTER THE WEDDING.
When we get home from a wedding day, we are TIRED! We've basically been running laps, doing squats, carrying heavy camera bags and there isn't much energy left... but we will always start uploading all of the photos from our memory cards onto 3 separate computer storage devices -- two external hard drives and a third backup to "the cloud" for safekeeping.
Next, we have to start going through the few THOUSAND images that we've captured of your amazing wedding day -- this does take some time!! We go through and "cull" down to our favorite 1000-1300 images... and from there, we will eventually narrow that down further to about 700-1000. We'll select only the BEST images from the day, so you won't have 5 of the exact same pose... but you might have two! Especially with family and group portraits, we want to ensure you have choices!
If you're planning to use your images for Thank You cards, please let us know and we will get you a few images to use.
** Note: All clients enter our editing queue based on the date of their event. However, births and proposals will jump to the front of the editing line, based on the timeliness of those photos. We will begin edits on your wedding images after previous weddings are edited and delivered.
12. POST PRODUCTION & EDITING.
Every single image from your wedding day will be individually reviewed and the "keepers" will be edited with our signature style. Since we generally have several weddings that are ready to be photographed and edited at any given time, your wedding might not be in our editing queue immediately after your wedding. We always edit in the order that we photograph weddings... and we definitely do not want to keep your images any longer than we have to!
It takes up to 12 weeks to finish hand-editing all of your images, and our contract allows for 90 days for delivery. We promise to get your images to you as quickly as we can! Art takes time, and we don't take shortcuts with your memories.
13. REVEAL PARTY
When your photos are edited, uploaded to your gallery, and your slideshow is ready to view... you will return to our studio in Delano, where we will premiere your images to you! With a glass of champagne in hand, you will view your custom photo slideshow set to music (~10 minutes) and relive the magic of your day. Then we will share your full online gallery with you and explain how to use it. You'll be able to share this gallery with your family and friends.
At this time, you'll also be able to touch and feel our gorgeous Heirloom Albums, folio boxes, custom framed prints and canvas. If you want to place art from your wedding photos in your home, simply take a photo of the wall or space you desire to decorate and place a single 8.5x11" paper on that wall / space to give us perspective. We can upload those images into a special program that will help us custom design wall art for you in the blink of an eye!
Our online galleries are available to you for 10 years from the date of upload. You will be responsible for downloading and storing your images safely -- we recommend backing them up in two locations, and at least one of them in another cloud-storage device, such as Dropbox or Amazon Photos or Google Drive.
13. PRINTS & ALBUMS.
If your collection includes an album or if you'd like to add any canvas wall art, framed prints or other wall art, we will begin by designing a draft album or creating a mock up of the wall art options you've chosen.
The album design process generally takes about 2-3 weeks, depending on how quickly you choose your images and finalize any changes to a draft of your album design. Once the design is approved, it can take up to 8 weeks for us to receive your handcrafted Heirloom Album at our studio. After a final inspection, we will have you confirm your address and ship your album to you with a signature requirement. You may also opt to pick up the album directly from us -- we do LOVE to see our clients' faces when they see their first family heirloom in print!
14. AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
Having a baby? We’ll be there. Need annual family photos for your Christmas cards? We are available! Contact us about your family+lifestyle portrait needs!