Engagement Photo Sessions

Engagement Photo Sessions:

Why I like them!

In the past I had always charged my customers for the engagement photo sessions, it was just like a family portrait session. Couples would pay for the sitting and then just order whatever images they liked. We have been doing this for over 16 years. However we really started to notice the difference in the couples attitude and demeanour on the wedding day if they had had their photos taken by us previously, we call it the engagement session some call it an esession.

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Fear of Photos

Having your photo taken is really quite threatening and uncomfortable for a lot of people. I understand that completely I don’t particularly like having my photo taken either!

Engagement photo sessions are like a trial run, I get to know you, you get to know me. I get to know what you like, you get to know what I mean when it comes to instructions and positioning your body, this is truly priceless, you will learn this soon enough.

The whole process and experience of having profession images or an engagement photo sessions peaks volumes on your wedding day. But most importantly for me, you become more comfortable in front of the camera,  that means better photos right? Absolutely, everyone wants beautiful relaxed images, and you can’t get that if you fear the camera. It’s a photographer’s job to make you feel comfortable.

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It’s a photographers job to make you feel comfortable

 Photography is such a big part of the wedding day, we are the one professional person that spends the whole day with the bride and groom. So yes we need to be comfortable with each other. I’ve been photographing for 21 years, I know some of the most incredible photographers, but if those incredible photographers don’t have wonderful people skills, do you think the couple will enjoy their wedding photography?

Its just not all about the photo, it’s about creating a fun, beautiful experience with each other and your bridal party.

You want fantastic photos, but you also want to look back on your wedding day and say “that was just so much fun, that was the best day ever!!”

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Mission accomplished

There is nothing better than completing one of these engagement photo sessions and couples say to me “That wasn’t as scary a I thought it would be “or “I really enjoyed that, that was fun”. Then for me I know the wedding photography is going to be smooth sailing. The ice has been broken, on the wedding day we can get straight into taking fantastic photos!!

 

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Cathy Tiddy

AIPP Registered.

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10 of the most frequently asked questions about wedding photography

 

 Here they are! 10 of the most frequently asked questions about wedding photographydiamond photography

diamond photography1. How much do you charge for wedding photography?
My photography packages start at $2590 and video at $2090. I have a number of different packages available. If you would like a copy of our beautiful flip book detailing all we offer, simply fill in the brochure request from to the right and we will have it to you ASAP

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diamond photography2. How many pictures will I get?
Tricky to answer, because in truth; there is not definite number. The amount of photos taken at a wedding can vary enormously depending on many factors. Anything for 400 to 800 which is vague right?
Well factors that can affect your wedding photo number include, how long we have for your formal photos, how many locations we have time for, number of guest at the wedding, number of members in the bridal party. Are you have a civil ceremony or a church wedding? There are some factors you cannot control, such as delays in traffic (yes it happens), rain, church delays etc. However there are things that you can do to help ensure you get as many photos as possible. Most importantly have a plan. Make sure you are ready when the photographer arrives at your home. I plan for an hour photo shoot at the bride’s home, if I arrive and your makeup artist has just started on your make up, then this will have an enormous impact o the amount of photos you will get. I work very closely with all my couples and set out a timeline for their wedding day to ensure I can get as much out of the day as possible
diamond photography3. How long will you be at my wedding?
I don’t work with set hours; you will not find a package on my price list that is hour based. My coverage start at the bride’s preparation and I follow it through to the end of the formalities, sometime weddings may be seven hours, sometimes they may be twelve, it is what it is.

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diamond photography4. Do I get the files from the wedding?
Absolutely, I provide both a “social media files” ie they have my watermark and are low resolution for ease of posting to social media. I also provide a high resolution file for printing, no watermark on these files.

diamond photography5. Do you offer video? Absolutely, we have a very different approach to videography than other studios.
We want everyone to be able to afford a wedding day video. We start with just the raw footage coverage, that way you are not paying for fancy edits. Normally videography can be around $4000 to $5000 dollars, which is just not attainable for a lot of couples. We’ve taken out the fancy edit, provide the raw footage for around half that amount. We always give our couples the option to add a fancy edit, but the beauty of our packages is that you can decide that after the wedding. Choice is a wonderful thing

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diamond photography5. What’s your style?
I get asked this all the time, and I always say “my style is whatever YOU want it to be”
So let me explain. I love photography, I really love candid, happy, spontaneous moments, but I also love really romantic photos, so two extremes. But to any creative photographer their style preference should not be important; accommodating the customer’s style preference is my aim. I have lots of different albums on display in the studio, all are documented quite differently, and couples will almost always gravitate towards one or another. Be sure to communicate what YOU want in terms of style to your photographer.
diamond photography6. What happens if it rains?
We go to Plan B. All my couples are briefed at the pre wedding interview about plan B aka wet weather. We make sure everyone knows about the plan, ie venue and car drivers as well.It is never something we wing on the day!
If we are running late will you stay if we need you to?
If you feel you need me to stay longer, I can work overtime with your approval. Extra hours are billing after the wedding

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diamond photography7.Can I do an engagement session?
I love engagement sessions (or if you prefer a pre wedding photo session), it’s the perfect way to get to know you better, and you get to know me too! I get to teach you all sorts of important aspects of being photographed, and most importantly you will feel a load more relaxed about your photography on the wedding day

diamond photography8. How far ahead do I need to book?Anything from 6 months to as much as 2 years ahead!


diamond photography9. Can you hold a date for me?
 I’m sad to say unfortunately no. I can get up to 4-5 enquiries for some dates, bookings are made on a first come/first serve basis.

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diamond photography10. How much deposit do you need? Our deposit for photography is $750. Video is also $750. If you book a package that includes both photography and videography the deposit is $1500