Portrait & Wedding FAQ
How soon should we book you?
Weddings- As soon as you know you’re ready. Your wedding date should also be confirmed. This can be 18 months before the wedding, or even 1 month before. I am able to book weekday weddings, and can take last minute bookings.
Portraits-Generally booking 1-3 weeks in advance is just right for portraits. You can book whenever you are ready.
How do we book?
To book your wedding, first contact me so we can have a conversation about your wedding plans. Then a non-refundable retainer and signed online wedding agreement are needed to hold your date. For Portraits- Contact me for available dates, then a retainer and signed client info form are needed to book.
What is your style?
People who work with me describe their pictures as a mix of modern portraits, and documentary photography, with attention to your personal details. I want to tell the complete story of your wedding day, including posed pictures and really great reception shots of your guests having fun. This style flows over into my portrait sessions too. Poses look natural and modern.
What if it rains, snows, is too bright or too dark during my wedding?
I will have solutions, like an umbrella, a certain lens or light, a plan B (and C, and D!) and encouraging words to help you in front of the camera. I enjoy the variety of opportunities for creative solutions at weddings.
Do you travel?
Yes! Travel within Minneapolis, St. Paul, Stillwater, St. Cloud, and Mankato areas is included for all weddings. Travel within the Twin Cities Metro and Belle Plaine area is included for portraits. I’m also happy to take a trip to the North Shore, or travel to you anywhere in the continental United States.
Do You Edit Our Photos?
I will edit your photographs before I deliver them to you. This includes choosing all the good shots, exposure & color correction, some black and white photographs, and retouching noticeable skin blemishes. I will also work with you to make sure your specific editing needs are met.
How many pictures do we get?
Weddings: My goal is to create a collection of photographs that tell the story of your wedding day. For full day weddings I generally deliver 600 or more pictures. Portraits: For full shoots a minimum of 25 pictures. For short sessions I deliver a minimum of 7 pictures.
Will you do our engagement shoot?
If you want me to, yes! Most weddings packages include a shoot. If you need engagement pictures, we will do those. If you all ready have engagement pictures we can do a short pre-wedding shoot so you can experience working with me and get to know each other better.
How experienced are you?
I have almost 10 years experience as a professional photographer. Since mid 2012 I’ve been a full time photography business owner. Before that I worked in a corporate studio. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. If your location requests proof of insurance I’m happy to send it.
Can we print our photos?
Yes. I give you a full release to print your pictures. Files are high resolution, with no watermarks. Your relatives and friends can also print pictures when you invite them to your gallery. Your online gallery is designed to be shared. You are also able to order professional prints directly from your gallery.
When will we get our photos back?
Weddings are delivered in 8-10 weeks. Engagements and portraits take 2-3 weeks. I take time to look at each individual photo when I edit, and want to make sure you receive the very best edits on your pictures.
How do we order invitations, cards or Save the Dates?
I work with a dedicated stationery printer, separate from my photo lab. They have 100’s of designs to choose from. I can also design something completely custom for you. To see color options and samples, I recommend you read this blog post: https://www.christareedphotography.com/wedding-invitation-design/
How does album design work?
Albums are available for weddings and portrait shoots. You pick your favorite pictures, and I design your album. Sometimes clients have me pick, and then add in a few personal favorites after they see the finished proof online. It takes about 4 weeks from starting the design to delivering your finished album.
Can we see your wedding photography timeline?
Every wedding is different, and I follow your schedule. Together we will plan your personal photography timeline for your wedding day. I will ask you lots of questions to get a feel for the flow of your day. We’ll have our final planning meeting about 1 month before your wedding.
Will you plan our wedding?
I devote personal time to every couple I work with. Together we plan how your photography fits into your wedding schedule. I can give you advice, vendor suggestions, and examples of what has worked for couples similar weddings. On the day of your wedding I will do everything I can to make sure you have an amazing experience. If you feel you need someone to plan your entire wedding, I know a few very good wedding planners.
If you have more questions let’s start a conversation. Send a message here.