I get it. There are so many vendors and photographers you are inquiring with and asking for quotes, what you can expect, and how it all goes down. Because honestly, having been a bride before, I was flying by the seat of my pants, constantly. Sometimes I was confused with what exactly we were getting, what to expect leading up to the day, or how I could prepare.
I don’t want you to feel that way about booking your photographer.
So let’s lay it all out on the table.
After you send an inquiry, this is what happens…
When you send an inquiry (which you can do here) I’ll respond confirming my availability, as well as address any questions you may have written in the comment section of the form. I’ll also send you a link to Calendly where you can schedule a 15-minute phone call/virtual call with me to discuss the vision you have for your wedding day (even if it’s still big-picture)! After our call, I’ll then draw up a custom proposal for you so you can have a clear picture before you make a decision.
We dot some “I’s” and cross some “T’s”.
Once you decide to book me as your wedding photographer, I’ll send you the contract via email for you to read and sign, and to make your initial deposit. You’ll receive a confirmation email from me, as well as what you can expect from me during the planning process.
This is just the beginning.
Being a bride before, I needed so much help with everything. I understand sometimes clients have a lot of questions, even about things not photography related and I want to reassure you that you can ask me anything! I always respond to emails, texts, phone calls, messages on WeddingWire, and any other method of contact in a timely way. There’s absolutely no reason for you to have to wait weeks or even days to hear back from one of your vendors. As my client, our communication is my top priority, from the moment your inquiry lands in my inbox, all the way to gallery delivery.
I won’t just appear on your wedding day.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again — I’m here for you. Whether it’s wondering where to rent backdrops or if I recommend a florist, or what I did for my wedding regarding this or that… I’m here. I always tell my couples, “Look, I know sometimes we’re laying on our backs, drifting off to sleep when suddenly, we remember we needed to ask a question before we forget again. I don’t care if it’s 11:59PM — if you want, text me! If I’m asleep, I’ll respond in the morning. You aren’t bothering me. I’m here for you.”
Once we’ve got you in the books, we can also start planning for your engagement session! These are my favorite, because it gives us a chance to really get to know one another, and it gives you a glimpse on how it will be working with me on your wedding day. Read the article here on why I think engagement sessions are so important.
Aside from being here anytime to answer any questions you might have, a month beforehand I will send you a questionnaire that will cover any last minute details so there’s no surprises and we’re all on the same page.
The party’s just beginning.
On the wedding day I arrive at least 15 minutes before my coverage start time, so I can find you both, get my bearings, and set up my gear. After the party’s over, and all the happy memories made, within sixty days after your wedding you’ll receive your FULL wedding album via a private, online gallery. After your gallery is delivered, I send off your print orders, your glass USB, framed canvases, or wedding albums you ordered with me that were included in your package.
If you can’t tell already… I love what I do. I love that my job is making the best memories happen for YOU. Making them happen while the hair is being styled and the boutonnières are fastened. While the cake is being placed, the florals are arranged, and the friends start pulling into the venue. The ceremony space before anyone sits down, and the reception full of your family. It’s awesome.
Marissa Manzanares is a Texas-based wedding and elopement photographer. She specializes in storytelling with her photography, including in elements of fine art and editorial styles.