2022/2023 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Of all of the many details involved in planning a wedding, choosing a photographer is one of the most important. We are so honored you have considered Forever Young Photography. The day you’ve waited for will be over before you know it, and you’ll have the memories to enjoy forever. 

From the grand moments to the subtle details, we give each element equal attention and care. If it matters to you, it’s important to us, and that commitment will shine through in each frame.  We want to know what matters to you, and make that come through in your photos.

This is the most exciting time in your life and we love capturing every moment with photos that will transport you back to each special moment of your wedding day so you can relive your happiness again and again. 

 

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WEDDING COLLECTIONS

The day you’ve waited for will be over before you know it and your wedding photographs will be all you have to remember one of the most important days of your life. These special moments will only happen once, by investing in a professional photographer, you will have the memories to enjoy forever. 

We realize that every wedding is different and we’re happy to customize a collection for you. Please contact us if you need a collection customized. 

 

COLLECTION 1

"The Full Love Story"

$3000

or (4) easy payments of $750

( Best Value )

 

10 hours of coverage, 1 photographer with assistant, * complementary engagement session included, professional image editing, online gallery, photo moments app, download all of your hi-resolution JPEG files, print release, 60 mile location credit.    

* Our complementary engagement session included in this package, must take place within a 30 mile radius of Brown City, MI.  


COLLECTION 2

$2600

or (4) easy payments of $650

Add a (1) Hour engagement session for $250.

 

8 hours of coverage, 1 photographer with assistant, professional image editing, online gallery, photo moments app, download all of your hi-resolution JPEG files, print release, 60 mile location credit.  

 

COLLECTION 3

$2200

or (4) easy payments of $550.

Add a (1) Hour engagement session for $250.
 

6 hours of coverage, 1 photographer with assistant, professional image editing, online gallery, photo moments app, download all of your hi-resolution JPEG files, print release, 60 mile location credit.  

 

 

(Photo taken at Solitude Links - Kimball, Mi.)

 

 

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

“Your wedding is a reflection of you, and your photographs should show the authentic moments of love and happiness that you experience on your day.”

You’ve imaged this day since you were a child - how you would look, how you would feel, how every detail would come together in celebration of you and your love. Share your vision with us, and then let us capture it in photographs that you and your family will cherish for generations. Each wedding is unique, just as each couple is unique. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your dreams, your passions, your special sense of style. Your wedding is a reflection of you, and your photographs should show the authentic moments of love and happiness that you experience on your day. 

Your wedding will be full of big moments, but we want to capture the small moments, too – the subtle expressions of intimacy and commitment that you, as a couple, share; the details that make this day distinctly yours; the family, the fun, the laughter, the tears of joy. Your photographs should be personal, classic and beautiful – like you. 

 

CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER

“The day you’ve waited for will be over before you know it, and you’ll have the memories to enjoy forever."

Choosing a photographer is one of the most important wedding details. The day you’ve waited for will be over before you know it, and you’ll have the memories to enjoy forever. The perfect photographs will transport you back to each special moment of your wedding day so you can relive your happiness again and again. Selecting the right photographer can be overwhelming, though, so how can you choose?

We want to know you as a couple so we can produce images that reflect you, your goals and your dreams. We want to know what matters to you, and make that come through in your photos. Authenticity is the key to memorable photographs, and we are committed to portraying the true you.  

During our consultation, you will be able to view our portfolio and printed work, so you can see that quality and professionalism come through in every image. From the grand moments to the subtle details, we give each element equal attention and care. If it matters to you, it’s important to us, and that commitment will shine through in each frame. Settle for no less than a professional with a proven track record to produce your heirloom photographs. Our work with all different kinds of lighting, environments and wedding themes will ensure that no matter what your vision may be, we will capture it beautifully. It’s important to us that you are thrilled not only with the photographs, but also with your entire experience, and so we strive for the highest level of service and responsiveness throughout our interactions with you.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS

At our initial consultation, we’ll spend some time getting to know each other. We can discuss your plans, your wedding date, and your vision for your perfect photographs. We’ll guide you through the process of selecting a package that is right for you. Once you have signed a contract and paid a retainer fee, you can check “book photographer” off your to-do list! 

  • At the time of booking:  A non-refundable retainer fee is due at the time of booking. This guarantees the time and date allotted for you.
  • 6+ Weeks Before Your Wedding:  Provide photographer with a checklist, so I can start planning your shoot.
  • 2 Weeks Before Your Wedding:  I confirm the details of your wedding schedule and checklist and address changes or questions.
  • 1 Week Before Your Wedding:  Your final payment is due.
  • Your Wedding Day:  I follow your wedding schedule as your day unfolds.
  • 1 Week After Your Wedding:  Sneak peek images may be posted to social media for your family and friends to view.
  • 4-8 Weeks After Your Wedding:  Your gallery will be delivered.  

 

ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

CAPTURE THE START OF YOUR JOURNEY TOGETHER 

“Every romance has to begin somewhere, and your engagement photos will show your family and friends the first chapter in your love story.”

An engagement photo session can be a wonderful addition to your wedding album. Every romance has to begin somewhere, and your engagement photos will show your family and friends the first chapter in your love story.

Your engagement photo shoot will help us get to know you and help you to get comfortable being photographed. The resulting images can be used not only in your album, but also on your invitations, thank you notes or signing book. 

The place where you first met; your favorite restaurant; the site of his bended-knee proposal; the beach where you walked together, hand-in-hand – any of these locations can make fun, informal, intimate engagement photos that help to tell the story of you.   
 
 

FIRST LOOK VS. TRADITIONAL

“Having a ‘first look’ does offer many benefits. The more time we have with the two of you together, the more opportunity we’ll have to create the special images you’ll love.”

The schedule we’ll follow in photographing your wedding will depend largely on whether you and your intended choose to get a glimpse of each other before the ceremony or take a more traditional route of staying separate until the big moment. Having a “first look” does offer many benefits. The more time we have with the two of you together, the more opportunity we’ll have to create the special images you’ll love. You’ll enjoy a more low-key, leisurely time leading up to the ceremony, and seeing each other before the event can go a long way toward reducing those pre-wedding nerves. Some couples might be concerned that a first look will diminish that magic moment when the bride walks down the aisle, but in fact, that instant when your eyes meet will be just as special whether you’ve gotten a preview or not. If you’re together before the ceremony, it will allow us to get your formal portraits done beforehand so you can relax a bit and enjoy your day. 

Whether you decide to have a first look or take the more traditional approach, keep in mind that in summer, the best light for romantic, beautiful portraits is after 5 p.m. Depending on the time of your wedding, you might want to wait to take your formal portraits until after the ceremony to coincide with that ideal time. We can still get a lot of great shots before the ceremony, even if you choose not to see each other beforehand. We’ll complete a session with the bride and her bridesmaids, and another with the groom and his attendants. That way, we can cut down on the amount of time set aside for portraits after the ceremony. We’ll photograph the women first, about an hour before the ceremony is scheduled to begin. Then, it’s the men’s turn. We’ll be sure to finish in time for everyone to get ready for the ceremony on time. We are happy to work with what ever you've decided!

 

THE LITTLE THINGS

“The little things combine to make a big impression at your big event”

You spent a lot of time selecting the cake, choosing the flowers, dreaming about the rings. These are the details that help make your wedding special; they are expressions of you. The little things combine to make a big impression at your big event, and we will represent them with the care and artistry they deserve.

 

WEDDING TIMELINE

The key to a wedding day schedule that runs smoothly is communicating with your photographer about the events of the day and your must-have shots. We know that every wedding is different, but it's ideal to provide the photographer with a timeline.  Please keep in mind that every wedding is unique and your timeline may differ from others. 

 

FAMILY FORMALS
 

To keep the family photos as streamlined as possible, on your wedding day we try to work from this list below. We suggest you discuss this with your families beforehand to determine if there are any photos they would like done. Please keep in mind that the amount of formal photographs we can take is contingent upon the time block allotted. There are no limits to the groups except time, with each group taking anywhere between 5-7 minutes per photograph. 

Below are the standard family group photos that we take. This standard set usually takes 45 minutes to complete, depending on the number of people in each family, how well organized the family is, etc. Of course every family is different, and these groupings are not mandatory. Please feel free to modify, add or delete any of the groups.

If you opt to have more than the standard groupings described below, we ask you to appoint a Family Portrait Monitor – someone to manage your list of extra shots and track down the necessary people, in order to keep things running efficiently. 

  • Bride with her mom and dad.
  • Bride with her mom.
  • Bride with her dad.
  • Bride and groom with her mom and dad.
  • Bride and groom with her immediate family.
  • Bride and groom with her immediate family and grandparents.
  • Bride and groom with each set of grandparents.
  • Groom with his mom and dad.
  • Groom with his mom.
  • Groom with his dad.
  • Groom and bride with his mom and dad.
  • Groom and bride with his immediate family.
  • Groom and bride with his immediate family and grandparents.
  • Groom and bride with each set of grandparents.

For divorced and blended families we swap in and out people to make sure that you have one with everyone included in the same shot but that each parent also has a photo with just their relevant family members.

We recommend keeping the family groupings under 15 people.  We’re happy to include extended family group poses if you (or your family members) wish, but like to warn you ahead of time that the quality suffers in very large group photos.  

 

RECEPTION DETAILS

Your wedding reception should be a carefree time to bask in the joy of your new marriage with family and friends. A stress-free time right? It can be if you plan and layout your wedding reception timeline in advance with your coordinator and DJ/Band. It should be an hour-by-hour breakdown of the events, taking into account things like the first dance, dinner, cake cutting and bouquet toss. This way you can relax and enjoy yourself!

The average length of a wedding reception is between 3 and 5 hours long. Here is a list of events that typically happen at a traditional wedding reception: 

  • Newlywed & bridal party 
  • Introduction 
  • Newlyweds first dance
  • Welcome speech or blessing
  • Dinner service
  • Toasts (beginning with the best man)
  • Father-daughter dance
  • Mother-son dance
  • Anniversary dance
  • Religious dances
  • Everyone dances
  • Cake cutting
  • Bouquet and garter toss

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

We're having a destination wedding. Do you travel?

  • Yes! I love destination weddings. Please send me more information on your wedding and travel plans and I'll put together a custom collection that fits your wedding.

I'd love to book you for my wedding. How do I proceed?

  • We’ll set up a consultation to discuss your plans, your wedding date, and your vision. Once you have signed a contract and paid a retainer fee, you can check “book photographer” off your to-do list! 

How far in advance do we need to book your services?

  • I have limited dates available so I advise my clients to book their wedding photographer as soon as they confirm their wedding venue.

How long does it take to receive the images from my wedding?

  • Online galleries and digital images will be ready within 4 - 8 weeks after your wedding. 

How many images can I expect to receive from my wedding?

  • The number of photographs you receive depends on many things - hours of coverage, number of guests, events, etc. You can expect around 600 images for a 8 hour wedding.

Do I receive a USB of images?

  • You will receive an online gallery where you can download the hi-resolutions images to your computer and/or smartphone.  I can also help you download them to a USB as well. 

Will we receive a print release with our images?

  • Yes! When you receive your images you will receive a print release as well.

Do I have to order prints through you?

  • You are not required to order prints through me but it is recommended.

Can I request that certain images are taken at the wedding?

  • Of course! Please provide me with a list of requested shots and we will do our best to capture those moments. 

Will you hold the date for me?

  • Because of the limited dates that I have available, I cannot hold a spot without a signed contract and retainer fee. 

How much is the retainer fee?

  • A 50% retainer fee is due at time of booking. 

When is the balance due?

  • Final payment is due 1 week before your wedding. 

Do you offer a payment plan?

What is your cancellation policy?

  • The Retainer Fee is non-transferable and non-refundable in the event of cancellation by the Client.
 

RECOMMENDED VENDORS

“These professionals know how to play up your best features so you’ll look and feel fantastic in front of the lens.”

Choosing your vendors is one of the most overwhelming tasks during the planning process.  We know how important it is for everything to be perfect on your wedding day. For your convenience, we offer you a list of vendors we recommend with confidence. They are our partners as we have worked together many times to bring the weddings that our clients dream about to life.

HAIR & MAKEUP

Images Hair Salon
4467 Main Street
Brown City, MI 48416
810.346.4224