Shonda Michelson Photography
YAYY!! You’re booked!! Thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer for this important chapter in your story! I am so excited to get to know you better and preserve these moments in beautiful photos for you! We’re going to have the best time together!
I am so excited to be your wedding photographer! I know this is a big day for you, and I want to make sure it’s perfect. That’s why I’ve put together this welcome guide to help you get started.
Let’s get started…
what to expect
BEFORE THE WEDDING
In the months leading up to your wedding, I’ll be here to help you every step of the way.
Here’s what to expect:
You are welcome to email me anytime with questions, exciting news, updates, or just to say “hey!”.
I try to respond to all messages within 48 hours. 🙂
What to Expect on Your Wedding Day
On your wedding day, I’ll be there to capture all of the special moments in a non-obtrusive way, so you can relax and just enjoy yourselves!
I’ll capture candid moments, as well as some posed portraits with you and your guests.
Before I leave, I’ll check in with you to see if you have any last-minute requests or need anything else.
Frequently asked questions
what exactly is a
A first look is a pre-ceremony meeting between the two of you, where you see each other for the first time on your wedding day. It’s a beautiful and intimate moment, and it’s a great way to relax and connect before the big ceremony.
A first look can help to reduce pre-wedding jitters, gives you and your partner more time to take photos together, and can create a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere for your ceremony. Many couples also decide to read personalized vows, exchange gifts, or do their group family photos after the first look to get them out of the way and free up time after the ceremony for hugs & mingling.
If you’re considering having a first look, I can help you plan the perfect first look, and can capture the moment in a way that you’ll cherish forever.
Wedding day tips
- Leave room to relax. It’s important not to cram events together on your wedding day. It’s normal for things to run behind and things to not go exactly as planned. Leaving yourself some room between events will give you space to not feel rushed or stressed on your day.
- Clear up the clutter when getting ready. Your photos will turn out so much better if you can clear the space you’re getting ready in before I arrive. I love natural light, so don’t be surprised if I turn off the lights for part or all of these photos. Trust me, it will be worth it!
- Lay out the sentimental items you’d like photos of. Because I am a documentary-style photographer, I don’t focus so much on staged photos of your dress, invitations, shoes, etc. But if there is anything important you would like me to photograph, have it ready for me and let me know.
- Relax and enjoy yourself. Your wedding day should be a fun and memorable experience. Don’t stress out about the little things. Just relax and be in the moment!
what to expect
AFTER THE WEDDING
Now that the big day is over, you get to look forward to a lifetime of love & adventure.
Here’s what to expect from me:
CHEERS TO YOU BOTH!
I can’t wait to celebrate your love and capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer!
with love, Shonda