I’m happy you’re here! My wedding photography style is mostly lifestyle. This means focusing on visually telling your story and aiming to capture genuine moments. The results are natural, timeless, and imagery that encompasses the essence of your wedding day. In this guide, you’ll find some useful information and tips to help you plan your wedding day and choose the right collection that fits your style.
OUR DAY TOGETHER
Photo opportunities are generally broken down into 4 segments of the day.
They are the: Getting Ready Photos, First Look & Wedding Portraits, Ceremony & Family Formals, and Reception.
1. Getting Ready
Most couples typically request for me to arrive when they are getting ready so that I may capture a few photos of them “gearing up” or putting on the final touches.
Tip No. 1: I find it is best when couples get ready at the same location or at locations no more than 10 minutes driving distance from each other.
This segment of the day is photographed in a very informal and relaxed way. I prefer to shoot near a window for the best lighting possible.
During this time I also photograph any details that you have carefully planned and put together for months (the dress, jewelry, invitations, etc…). I will make sure to photograph them creatively but ultimately my focus will be on you and your fiance and the mood of the day.
Tip No. 2: Keeping the room where you’ll be getting dressed organized or free from any objects that may seem out of place creates images that are free from any distractions.
2. First Look + Wedding Party Photos
Wedding Party Portraits can either be done before or after the ceremony depending on the couple's wishes and ceremony time. If they opt for a first look, this usually gives us ample time for all the wedding party photos including the couple’s portraits.
Expect the couple’s portraits to take roughly 30 minutes and another 30 minutes for the wedding party photos.
3. Ceremony + Family Formals
I try to be as inconspicuous as I can. I’m typically on the main aisle but of to the side to cover your reaction and your fiance’s. For the remainder of the ceremony, I will move around a bit to get some different angles, working as quietly as I can so I am not disrupting the ceremony. If indoors, I use my flash to create enough light for quality images.
If time allows, family formals can be done before the ceremony, if not this usually follows the ceremony. The best lighting is outdoors if weather allows.
Tip No. 3: Preparing a detailed list in advance of who you would like to be photographed with during the family portraits and letting the family know ahead of time is super helpful to make sure no one is missed.
Upon arriving at your reception venue, couples can take about 20 minutes to relax or freshen up. For the ladies, this is a great time to bustle up your dress or touch up your hair and makeup, for the gentlemen a time to grab a drink or restroom break. At this time I take this brief moment to set up my reception lighting (if needed) and grab a few detailed shots of the venue.
Tip No. 4: If you’d like a clear and clean shot of your reception venue, arrange that the cocktail hour is situated in a different area or room in the venue — if possible. This gives us a nice and clear shot of all the fun and fine details you’ve worked so hard to put together for your wedding.
My reception coverage begins the moment the wedding party is about to make their grand entrance and from this moment all of the evening’s festivities usually unfold one after the other.
During dinner, I am usually seated in the reception room blended in among the guest table so I can be sure I am ready when needed. I prefer to eat when the couple eats, so I am ready to go when the toasts or dances start. Once the first dances have taken place, I take to the dance floor to grab some great shots of your guests kicking the party off! I am typically dismissed an hour after the dance floor has opened.
I aim for quality over quantity. Each wedding receives the best photos of the day. The number of photos will depend on hours of coverage and events of the day. The images I take will differ depending on the lighting situation of your wedding day but your images will be consistent in color and vibe. You’ll receive a combination of color and black & white images uploaded into an online gallery.
After our initial consultation, if you think I'm a good fit and you are ready to book, I’ll send over a proposal/contract via email. Once you've signed and sent back the contract, all that's left is to pay a retainer fee of $200. This is deducted from the overall collection price.
The non-refundable retainer must be paid at the time of booking and your contract must be signed in order to secure and book your wedding date. The remaining balance is due 7 days prior to your wedding.
Preferred methods of payment are credit, cash, personal check, or Venmo.
*Make all checks payable to Nic's Clicks Photography
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION...
What equipment do you use?
All weddings I photograph are captured digitally with professional Canon cameras and lenses. It’s true the skill of the person holding the camera is much more important than the equipment but having the correct tools are just as important. I make sure to backup all of your edited wedding photos for up to two years after your wedding.
I HAVE A PINTEREST BOARD/LIST OF ALL THE POSES I WANT TO DO, CAN WE SHOOT THOSE PHOTOS?
Pinterest is a wonderful and useful tool for your go-to source of inspiration. I love the idea of creating a mood board for certain projects but I like to keep it as just that — a source for inspiration. In my experience, I find that capturing the day how it unfolds naturally creates organic and honest photos for your wedding day. Otherwise, everything will feel and appear staged and robotic. Simply put I can go off a few inspired photos but not all.
Do you edit every photo?
Yes, I do! Each photo is individually edited to ensure you receive the best quality possible. Many of my images have a touch of film look that is developed during editing.
CAN YOU RETOUCH OR REMOVE AN OBJECT IN MY PHOTO?
Yes, I can do that as well! Since this process takes time and special care there is a fee of $30 per image which includes head swap, braces removal, glasses removal, add or remove person, and remove objects in the background.
WE ARE SO EXCITED AND READY TO CREATE A TIMELINE, CAN YOU HELP US?
Certainly! I’m happy to look over your timeline and give you some helpful tips and advice. Timelines are typically drafted about 1 month prior to your wedding and finalized two weeks prior.
WHEN CAN WE SEE OUR PHOTOS?
After each wedding, I will not disappear, but be checking social media for a quick post of your image sneak peeks. Photos are usually ready to view 1 month after your wedding day. During high peak season (May through October) photo turnaround time can take up to 1.5 months. I touch base as soon as your photos are ready for viewing. Ultimately, I am here for you before and after your wedding to make certain you have a wonderful wedding experience with beautifully captured memories.
DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
Second photographers are an additional $200 if you would prefer to have two of us getting different angles that day.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE WEATHER ISSUES ?
As a professional, I’m ready for any situation a wedding day might throw at me. Low light, rowdy groomsmen, and delicate family situations are no problem, dark venues, rain, back-lit, harsh mid-day sun. I’m prepared for any situation and can anticipate what is going to happen by handling them creatively.
IF WE CANCEL OUR WEDDING DO WE RECEIVE OUR INITIAL RETAINER BACK?
Unfortunately, no. Retainers are non-refundable. Once I receive the retainer, I no longer accept clients for that day, since you have officially reserved the day for your event.
DO YOU OFFER A DISCOUNT ON WEEK DAY WEDDINGS, SUNDAY WEDDINGS, OR OFF-SEASON WEDDINGS?
I am unable to offer reduced rates for any wedding, due to having another full-time job during the week, prices remain the same to compensate for taking a day off work.