How many hours of coverage do you need?

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How many hours of wedding coverage do I need?

Choosing the right number of hours for your wedding day can sometimes feel like an episode of “Deal or No Deal”.

In fact, “How many hours of coverage do I need?” has got to be one of the top questions we get asked from our couples. And for good reason too. Too many hours of coverage and may feel like you’ve wasted your time or money. Too few hours of wedding coverage and your wedding story could be missing details.

So, how many hours of coverage do you need?

Obviously the answer to this frequently asked questions depends on a number of factors. While every wedding is unique in its own way, the first question you should ask yourself is “How many hours of coverage do we need to tell our love story?”. You and only you, truly know your love story.Think of what you and your partner want to remember most on your special day. Then move on from there.

Now that you know how you want your wedding or love story to be told. You’ll need to take into account the type of wedding you are having. For example, an elopement, ceremony only, full wedding day…etc. Regardless of the type of wedding you are having, we recommend you always consider

How to determine how many hours of coverage you need?

Who’s coming?

Will it only be you two and the officiant? Or are you inviting all of your friends and family? In any case, you’ll definitely want to consider how many guests you plan to be there to celebrate with you on your wedding day.

The type of wedding. From intimate affairs to lavish receptions.

If you’re only having a small, intimate ceremony with less than 50 guests, you’re going to need a lot less coverage than a 150 guest wedding. On the other hand, if you’re eloping you’ll need even fewer hours.

I’ve tried my best to include what you’ll want to have captured at minimum in order to tell the story of your wedding day as best as possible. I will note, however, that every wedding is different and that this should be viewed as a guideline and not a rule. First, I’ll break down the number of hours based on your size, and what you’d possibly want captured. After that you can better decide the wedding day coverage you’ll want or need.

 

Elopements or Personal Ceremonies

“It’s just the two of us. We can make it if we try…just the two of us”. Gosh, I love that song.

You may choose to make you’re elopement a journey. Who says you have to get married and go straight home or to the honeymoon anyway? One way to make your elopement unique and personal is by going to the place you first met or kissed. Do you love tacos? We can head to the taco truck and capture your love for barbacoa…hmmmm. Ta-co ‘bout a moment to remember.

What you’ll want captured:

  • formals
  • ceremony
  • something personal or special
  • details
    • wardrobe, including shoes
    • ring
    • venue
    • possible bouquet

Recommended number of hours: Between 1-2 hours

Intimate Ceremony

Your ceremony can be as small as you and your spouse or your immediate family, or can include extended family and closest friends. Intimate ceremonies normally include family and close friends with no more than 50 to 75 guests in attendance.

Besides the basics of every wedding including a ceremony, will your wedding day include special cultural traditions? Could those traditions possibly extend the number of hours on your wedding day?

What you’ll want captured:

  • getting ready. “Getting ready” images aren’t just for larger weddings.
  • details
    • wardrobe, including shoes
    • venue
    • ring
    • bottle of fragrance
    • bouquet
    • other details
  • ceremony
  • formals

Adding a reception?

Although your coverage is continuous, while you’re eating, we’ll be eating as well. So if you’ll be having a reception, you’ll need to account for the time to serve and eat dinner, dances, toasts and speeches, bouquet and garter tosses, the grand exit and more. As a result, this is likely to add on a minimum of an additional 2 hours of coverage.

Recommended number of hours:
Ceremony only, between 2-4 hours.
At least 4-6 hours with a reception.

 Ceremony and Reception

Now here’s where things seem to get a little tricky. If you plan to have both a ceremony and reception wedding, with more than 75 guests, you’ll most likely want to have at least 6 hours of wedding coverage. The reason being is that you’ll have nearly all, if not more, of the activities at an intimate ceremony.

Most ceremony and reception weddings of 150 or more guests typically average about 8 hours of wedding coverage, especially if the wedding will be held at multiple locations. Furthermore you’ll want all of the same shots captured such as:

What you’ll want covered:

  • detail
  • ceremony
  • formals
  • reception +
    • guests
    • cake cutting
    • grand exit

Planner or Day of Coordinator?

Will you have a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator? If not, you may want to consider adding one. A day-of-coordinator could help you better manage your time, avert major wedding crises, and ensure all of the vendors and guests are acting according to your wishes. Not having a wedding coordinator, could make the difference between needing only 6 hours or full wedding day coverage.

Recommended number of hours:
6 hours with a planner or day-of-coordinator
8+ hours without a planner or day-of-coordinator

The Full Story

Any more than 150 guests and you’ll certainly want to consider the full wedding day collection. This ensures that you have enough time to capture all of the meaningful details and moments that help tell your love story. In addition, you won’t have to worry about not having enough hours of wedding coverage or deciding to purchase more. In contrast, you don’t want to book a full wedding day collection of at least 8 hours if you’ll only have a short ceremony.

As stated previously, we highly recommend a day-of-coordinator or wedding planner for weddings with more than 150 guests or just to guarantee everything is running smoothly.

What you’ll want covered:

  • detail
  • ceremony
  • formals
  • reception +
    • guests
    • cake cutting
    • grand exit

Recommended number of hours: 8-12 hours or the Full Wedding Day collection.

Do you know how many hours of wedding coverage you need now?

In brief, to get the most accurate estimate of wedding coverage, you’ll want to think about are

  • the type of wedding,
  • number of guests,
  • if you’ll have a wedding planner of day-of-coordinator, and
  • activities you’ll want captured on your wedding day.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read “How many hours of wedding coverage do I need?”. I hope you found it helpful and applicable to you. Like always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. Feel free to share this post with friends or loved ones you know who will be getting married.

As a traveling Houston-based and destination wedding photographer, I’d be more than happy to chat with you directly and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact me to get started.

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I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've decided to stop by and take a look around. As a traveling Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer, I hope that you find the posts and stories here valuable. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have time feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I'm here to help you!

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5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Are you looking for the perfect photographer? The search for the wedding photographer that’s the right fit for you can sometimes be difficult. As with other wedding venues, you want to make sure you choose someone who is able to deliver quality service. On the other hand, photographers are a lot different from other vendors with the exception of wedding planners and day of coordinators. Here’s why, we’re with you the entire day, from start to finish. It’s important that the photography company you choose provides with exceptional customer service, photographs, AND “gets” you.

Having a hard time choosing through the many thousands of photographers? One of the best ways to help you narrow down your search and find the photographer of your dreams is to ask your potential wedding photographer questions.

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

In fact, I feel this is the perfect resource to help you confirm you’re making the best decision on your wedding day. 

1. “How would you describe your style?”

After a quick internet search, you’ll soon realize that there’s tons of photography lingo and ‘styles’ so to speak. It’s important to find a photographer whose work resonates with you. You’re likely to encounter a plethora of different photographers and styles alike. For instance: light and airy, classic (with colors and tones as you see them), dark and moody, and photojournalistic (storytelling) are just a few. Some photographers may provide a variety of styles while others may only provide clients with one option.

I’d describe our wedding style as vibrant and timeless with hints of contrast and mood. Your wedding photos will be a mix of natural and traditional posing, and photojournalistic/candid images. However, as a visual artist, I’d say we primarily focus on storytelling.

2. “Will you edit my images, and if so what does it include?”

Some photographers will photograph your wedding day and then provide you with the SD card to worry about culling and editing the images yourselves. However, other photographers like me, will edit, cull, and do basic processing of your images before providing them to you.  If you’re wanting to remove large objects or a visible tattoo in more than 100 photographs, you will most likely incur an additional fee to cover the photographer’s time,  expertise, and possible outsourcing.

Your images will receive basic processing and enhancements which includes: Culling (Sorting and organizing your images to provide you with the very best photos. This includes removing the blinks, outtakes and images you’re guaranteed to not want to see.), color-corrections, cropping, black and white conversions, and white balance.

3. “What collections are available and what is included?”

You’ll definitely want to know what your wedding collection includes, that way there are no issues on or after your wedding day. What happens when your photographer arrives to capture your event, and they leave after 4 hours but you thought all day coverage was included.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of couples are afraid ask questions in fear of offending the business owner. When in doubt, ask. Trust me, no professional  should be offended by questions in the wedding industry (and photography) because we’ve seen it all. Remember this is your day and you have every right to get as many details as possible.

The number of hours in coverage varies and all of our products such as albums, wall art and portrait sessions are a la carte. With that being said, each of our wedding collections include:

  • continuous coverage
  • digital files,  and a print release to print your photos wherever you’d like.

*Finally, as a word of caution, if the deal seems too good to be true, it may be. It never hurts to conduct some research of your own. Too many red flags is always a bad sign.

4. “Do you have a list of certain images you take? Can we create our own list?”

First off, many pofessional wedding photographers will never walk into your wedding day unprepared. You’ll most likely need to complete a Pre-Wedding Questionnaire that includes a shot or image list for you to complete usually a few weeks or even months before your wedding.

It’s common for some couples to leave all of the trust with their photographer. I try my best to capture every image we’ll need to tell your love story from beginning to end. Equally important though, is your input on shots that you would like to place the most priority on. You should also make sure to include the names and relationship details of close guests. For example, divorced and remarried parents who don’t speak, or your 90 year old grandmother who flew in from out-of-state.

Our recommended shot or image list would include these items:

  • Pre-ceremony (getting ready, details),
  • ceremony (walking down the aisle),
  • formals (family, group, partners),
  • reception (first dance, cake-cutting, guests).

Although not all weddings might have a reception or mother-son dance, this is our general shot list. Furthermore, you are always more than welcome to create and provide us with your own list.

5. “How long after the wedding will my images be ready to view, and how will they be delivered?

Soon after your wedding day, you’ll be extremely anxious to view all your images from the big day. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t? Even in such a digital age of social media where many guests will share their cell phone shots on Facebook or Instagram, there’s nothing like gorgeous photos from an experienced professional. 

With that being said, turnaround time expectations on wedding images has to be one the most common issue I’ve seen brides have. Some photographers may deliver your photos via an online gallery, CD, or USB within 6-8  weeks. On the other hand, you could possibly expect your wedding photographer to deliver your images within 12-18 weeks. Because turnaround times vary per photographer, it’s important for you to review your contract prior to booking or ask your desired wedding photographer beforehand. 

Currently, our turnaround time for having your images ready is between 6-8 weeks. To help curb the anxiety and go weeks without viewing any of your images, we’ll post a few sneak peeks for you. Although it may be rare, if additional time is needed to edit and deliver your wedding images, we will let you know. 

What’s more, all of your images will be edited (cropped, color corrected, with some black and white conversions) and delivered via an online gallery. From your gallery, you will also be able to download your images and print release to print them at any lab of your choosing. In addition, should you, your family or friends decide to purchase an heirloom quality album or wall art, you may do so directly through the gallery.

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer in Closing

Okay Lovebirds, that completes our post on the “5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer”. In brief, you should ask your photographer

  1. to describe their style,
  2. if your images will be edited,
  3. collection or package information and what’s included
  4. about their shot list to check their preparation and/or experience
  5. for their turnaround time on image delivery.

Furthermore, CONGRATS on your engagement! Naturally, as a traveling Houston-based and destination wedding photographer, I pride myself on providing you with valuable information. I’d love to help you out and capture your wedding or elopement. You can get in touch with me by completing the contact form here. 

Did you like this advice on 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer? If so, leave us a comment below. Would you add any additional questions? I hope these questions help you in your search for finding and confirming the perfect wedding photographer for you. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Finally, if you have any questions, send us an email or leave a comment here. Most importantly, please remember that I’m here to help!

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The Ultimate, All-in-One Wedding Emergency Kit You’ll Ever Need

Imagine this, you’re getting ready at a venue miles away from your home and realize you left your deodorant. Then your bridesmaids need extra bobby pins. Suddenly, there’s a tear in your wedding dress or tux. What now? Do you ball your eyes out, because you feel like what’s supposed to be your BEST day is turning into your worse? Although there’s a pretty big chance you’ll ruin your makeup and walk down the aisle with puffy eyes if you do. There is another way though and I’m totally not trying to freak you out, but accidents happen. Instead of going into your wedding day unprepared, you can walk in confidently expecting the unexpected. 

But how? A wedding day emergency kit. 

The Ultimate, All-in-One Wedding Emergency Kit 

We’ve seen the emergency kit lists around the web and circling Pinterest, but this list here comes not only from experience but from the heart. It’s a “no holding back” list that brings up nearly every possible situation that could go wrong on your wedding day. Let’s just hope and pray you won’t need everything on this list. With that being said, should you feel it isn’t necessary to keep the unused items, feel free to return them.

In addition, I’ve placed each item into a category and ranked them from most to least important (in my opinion) to better help you. Without further ado, let’s get started. 

Beauty

  • Bobby pins – Ummm…do we need even need to explain why?
  • Blotching paper and/or Kleenex for your makeup.
  • Feminine products – pads, tampons, your preference. 
  • 911 wax strips or razor with shaving cream.
  • Hair ties! Bring a whole set, because this is like the number one misplaced item in every one of my friends’ homes.
  • Perfume
  • Moisturizer or lotion
  • Lip balm or chapstick, because you need to moisturize those lips, Honey.
  • Nail clippers for an accidental hangnail.

Are you having a summer or Texas wedding? Then the items below are emergency kit must haves:

  • Sunscreen
  • “Crotch” perfume, you know that Summer’s Eve stuff because on your wedding day you sweat in places you normally wouldn’t lol.

Wardrobe

  • Scissors
  • Tape (clear and dutch)
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Shoe cleaner for scruffs
  • Tide pen for stains, of course.
  • Lint roller
  • Dress tape
  • Clear nail polish – this works great for stocking runs!

Hygiene

  • Feminine products – pads, tampons, your preference. *yep, they’re on here again
  • Deodorant, specifically the clear color. It won’t leave a white stain on the suit.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Breath mints
  • Deodorant wipes or body wipes – to wipe away sweat in extra places and keep your wardrobe (and hygiene) tidy.

Health or Medical

  • Mini first-aid kit
  • Feminine products – pads, tampons, your preference. 3 times the charm right? 
  • Tylenol
  • Gas X or Pepto
  • Tums
  • Extra contacts or eye drops
  • Snacks because you WILL get hungry!
  • Water – you’ve got to stay hydrated, Sis.

Intangibles

  • Patience
  • Love
  • Kindness

Final Words

In closing, thank you for taking the time to check out this all-in-one emergency kit.  As a wedding photographer, I generally bring many of these items with me to weddings as an added courtesy. I want my couples to have more time to focus on the moment and celebration.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for considering me to capture your day. I hope you found this emergency kit helpful and more inclusive. If you have any other items you’d like to add, I’d love to hear them. Please know that if you have any questions at all, please reach out. I’m here to help!

Congrats on your engagement. Talk soon!

If you found this blog post useful, please feel free to share with couples who are getting married. I’d love to help out as many couples as possible. Thanks again! 

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Why it’s great for you…

When was the last time you left the house without your phone or mobile device? Probably not at all! Honestly I’d be surprised and if you did, you probably either 1) returned to your home to retrieve it, or 2) felt disconnected without it and wished you’d went back for it. There’s no way you can check Instagram, post Snaps, or tweet without it…right?

With the mobile app, you have the ability to access your senior pictures at the touch of a button. We make it fast, simple, and easy to navigate. In addition, you have the ability to keep your photos with you on the go, at all times. In other words, it’s an exciting way of blending your printed artwork with the latest technology. 

The details…

Your mobile can include up your any senior photographs from your collection or purchase on your phone. If you’re like many of our seniors and bring your phone with you everywhere, this product is perfect for you!

What’s even better? 

For a limited time only, you’ll receive a free custom mobile app of your favorite purchased images when you book between January 1-31. Contact us to help you begin telling your senior year story now.

Finally, we are now booking senior pictures in the Greater Houston area or around the willing to travel the world to help you tell your story <3.

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Whether you are interested in purchasing artwork for your family, favorite senior, or even a couple, this box is perfect for flexibility. You have the opportunity to change out the way you display your artwork on the table, wall, or even give as small prints. 

With its many sizes and features, personalization is top of mind. This particular box boasts a beautiful cream-colored leather cover, and holds 20 5×7″ prints inside 8×10″ mats. For your convenience, you can also choose between other colors such as: black and navy.

Your mats or mounts are bevel cut and acid free. We make sure to take care of the muscle work for you, so you can relax and focus on cherishing your memories. Your photographs will be placed inside a convenient slip-in mat and taped with a special tape. You won’t even have to lift a finger (unless you’re opening it of course)!

We understand that things age with time. For this reason, you may want to eventually swap out the prints with more updated photographs in the future. Our simple, slip-in design makes this extremely easy for you.

As you can see, the top of the box can be foil stamped with your family or senior’s name.

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Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums

hey ya'll!

I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've decided to stop by and take a look around. As a traveling Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer, I hope that you find the posts and stories here valuable. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have time feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I'm here to help you!

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Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums

Today’s Feature Friday is: Albums, Albums, Albums!

Heirloom Albums to be specific.

Our heirloom quality album is definitely a product you and your family will rave about and proudly display. In fact, it’s such a big hit with me and my family, that it’s always at the top of my recommendations!

You and your loved ones are so special and unique, and the heirloom album is seriously one of the best ways to show that.

An album is definitely one of those products you have to see, touch, and feel. We call them heirloom albums because they have the potential to literally last a lifetime. Don’t believe me? Read on.

Heirloom Quality

The heirloom album has a standard archival value of 100 years on home display. However, if you store your album in a cool, dry place in dark room storage, it has an archival value of at least 200 years. 

Personalized options

You have the option to cover your album in beautiful, genuine Italian full grain leather or linen made of classic textile blend. The leather covers on the heirloom album are moisture resistant leathers that age beautifully with a rich patina, and come in various, classic colors. Some of your color options are: black, navy blue, walnut brown, and ash gray. Either way, we’ll make sure the cover and images both have a cohesive look.

In addition, you can choose between three paper textures. Boast a vibrant and glossy texture with fujifilm or our signature paper. On the other hand, you can opt for a soft, classic felt texture with rich color. All of your pages will feature pure white and sharp quality. Your album will be the perfect way to not only tell and share your story but also display it.

Storybook Pages

Your pages will be acid free, elemental chlorine free, and made of 30% recycled content depending on the texture you choose. We hate those flimsy, thin pages. Finally, your album will feature thick pages to give you extra assurance and stability.

 

How to care for your album? 

You should store all albums in a temperature-controlled and humidity-controlled environment to keep them looking their best.

To remove fingerprints, use a soft cloth making sure to avoid solvents or water which could cause damage.

Carefully apply a simple leather conditioner to your genuine leather album cover, to remove any scratches or scuffs that occur.In closing, the weight, leather, beautiful prints, custom design, and debasing of this album make it the perfect luxury item to display your family’s most precious memories. 

Alrighty guys, this concludes our Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums post! 

What do you think of this timeless album? Feel free to leave me a comment below. 

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5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer in Closing

Okay Lovebirds, that completes our post on the “5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer”. In brief, you should ask your photographer

  1. to describe their style,
  2. if your images will be edited,
  3. collection or package information and what’s included
  4. about their shot list to check their preparation and/or experience
  5. for their turnaround time on image delivery.

Furthermore, CONGRATS on your engagement! Naturally, as a traveling Houston-based and destination wedding photographer, I pride myself on providing you with valuable information. I’d love to help you out and capture your wedding or elopement. You can get in touch with me by completing the contact form here. 

Did you like this advice on 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer? If so, leave us a comment below. Would you add any additional questions? I hope these questions help you in your search for finding and confirming the perfect wedding photographer for you. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Finally, if you have any questions, send us an email or leave a comment here. Most importantly, please remember that I’m here to help!

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