WEDDING WELCOME GUIDE
Why Hire a Professional?
With the recent explosion of the digital camera market, and even smart phones that take good photos, why should you go with a pro?
A smart camera does not make a smart photographer. Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative may have a high-resolution digital camera, does not necessarily mean he/she is a skilled photographer. While good “over-the-counter" equipment may help the average consumer up their photography game, a professional photographer brings an artistic vision, creative lighting approach, and years of experience that can’t be bought at the electronics store!
Choosing a Photographer
Your choice of a photographer will affect how the story of your special day is remembered forever, so it’s important to choose a professional you trust to capture your day with the style, services, and products that fit your needs. I have photographed over 100 weddings since 2007, and continue to push myself creatively in order to provide each couple with a unique set of images that represents their once-in-a-lifetime day.
I recommend that each engaged couple take the time to personally meet with several photographers while they're in the planning stages to ensure that they choose the one who they know will be the perfect fit for them.
Booking Your Date
To officially book your day and time with Anthem Photography, a 40% retainer and a signed contract are required. Once your contract and retainer are received, we will plan the details and set the date for your engagement session as well.
Finalizing the Schedule
A few months before the big day arrives, I will meet with you to discuss the wedding day, as it pertains to photography, in order to ensure that I will be able to capture the most important moments. I will help you organize your day so it flows easily, and so you may enjoy your perfect day without stress. I will send you a copy of your schedule so you can distribute it to your wedding party and to family members included in formal photos.
Post Processing (Editing)
I color-correct your images, crop, adjust exposure, and do a bit of minor retouching if necessary to get the best results in each of your photos. My edits are clean and natural, as I prefer to avoid trendy filters and edits that may date your photos.
Digital Images and Online Gallery
In a few days, I will post a sneak peek of your images to social media sites. Feel free to use them as profile pictures! Within a few weeks, you will receive all of your edited digital images in your online gallery and instructions on downloading them to your computer.
Printed Products and Books
Turnaround time for prints and products is based on the specific product you order. Once your final prints and products are in, they will be available for pick up in the studio. Or you may choose to have me deliver them to your doorstep if that is more convenient for you.
The Engagement Session
Choosing a great location is one of the most important aspects of your engagement session. The backdrop you select will set the stage for the entire session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose, and ultimately the finished product. I recommend picking a spot that's special to you as a couple, or a location that showcases your interests and style. Kansas City has many beautiful and diverse options for photo sessions - from the stylish urban scene of the Crossroads Arts District, to the classic architecture of Unity Village, to the beautiful green trees and fields of James A. Reed Wildlife Area (just to name a few).
Tips for Choosing Your Outfits
Be yourselves! Start with your own personal style. Think about the clothing styles you currently have and the stores where you normally shop. Wearing clothes that look good on both of you will help create photos that are true reflections of who you are as individuals and as a couple.
Consider the setting of where your engagement session will take place. Will it be downtown, a park, the studio, or somewhere else? Imagine your setting and the types of colors that will be there. Since the setting is background of your photos, it has a big impact on your overall look. For example, if you plan to have the shoot at a garden, wearing floral prints or green tones might not be the best idea because you would blend in to the background. Ideally, you want to match the style of the background, while wearing colors that set you apart from it. It’s not recommended for both of you to wear the exact same color. Here are some examples of past clients whose wardrobe worked nicely together.
Colors - A good rule of thumb is to pick out two to four complimentary colors that would go well with the location. Making sure that both outfits use some or all of the color theme will keep the group looking consistent. I find that blues, purples, and pastels go well with natural scenes. Bold colors and traditional tones (black, white, and gray) match modern locations like the city. Just steer clear of any reds and yellows that may be too close to your skin tone.
Solids and Prints - Our eyes are naturally drawn to patterns, so don’t be afraid to incorporate some stripes or other patterns into your clothing. Adding coordinating solid colors will help complete the look. I recommend avoiding clothing with screen printed designs or wording, as they can be distracting and call attention away from the happy couple.
Layering and Accessories - Consider layering your outfits with easy additions such as ties, scarves, jackets, cardigans, and hats. Paired with jewelry, you have several accessory options to easily modify your look.
Casual or Formal - Whether to bring casual or formal clothing - or some of both - is completely up to you! Again, it’s great to have options, so feel free to bring several complete outfits for your session.
- I recommend starting the session about two hours before sunset for the best natural light. I prefer to shoot in the shade to keep you in soft, won’t-make-you-squint-and-glare kind of light. I also love creating unique nighttime photos as well!
- If either of you normally wears glasses, consider wearing contacts with the frames and having an optician remove the lenses from the glasses for the session to avoid reflections from flashes. Please avoid Transitions lenses for outdoor photos.
- Make sure your pockets are empty and faces/hands are clean before the session begins.
- Women: Apply makeup as you normally would (and bring it along if you may need to reapply). You may also consider hiring a makeup artist (I have several I work with) for your session. Call me for pricing.
- If you tend to have oily skin, powder or oil-absorbing wipes are recommended.
- Men: shave or trim facial hair. A fresh haircut is great as well.
- Visiting the tanning booth or using self-tanning lotion before pictures is not generally recommended.
- Your hands and fingernails will appear in the photos! Trim and polish nails as necessary.
Let’s face it (pun most certainly intended), annoying little blemishes can pop up at the most inconvenient times. If this happens before you step in front of my camera, don’t stress! My standard edits include light skin softening if necessary, and additional enhancement services such as blemish removal, under-eye lightening, fly-away hair removal, etc. are options that you may choose after your engagement session or wedding. Your edits will be completely natural - I won’t make your skin look like plastic or like an airbrush monster attacked you; I’ll simply remove those little spots while making sure your skin looks natural and clear.
Each Anthem Photography wedding package includes:
- Engagement or newlywed session (up to two hours)
- 30-50 digital images and online gallery from engagement/newlywed session
- Wedding day coverage
- 300-500 digital images and online gallery from wedding day
Creating your ideal package is easy! Simply choose the amount of coverage you need:
- 10 hours $3000
- 8 hours $2650
- 6 hours $2250
After choosing your coverage, you may add any of the following options to create your perfect custom package:
A second photographer is a great addition for couples who love lots of candid photos, multiple angles, etc.
- $125 per hour, minimum of 4 hours
- Adds 100-200 images to your package
Bring your timeless wedding day memories to life in your home with beautiful frame-wrapped canvas prints.
- 16x24 canvas $250
- 24x36 canvas $300
A client-favorite wedding keepsake is a durable, custom-designed hardback book filled with images of your unforgettable day!
- 38-page book $300
parent gift copies $120 each
- 14-page book $175
parent gift copies $79 each
4x6 print $6
5x7 print $10
8x10 print $35
11x14 print $80
16x20 print $120
8 wallets $20
Super Value Package $225
One 16x20 print
Two 8x10 prints
Four 5x7 prints
Six 4x6 prints
Value Package $70
One 8x10 print
Two 5x7 prints
Four 4x6 prints
Additional sizes are available. Call Jaime at 816-914-2651 for pricing.
A 40% nonrefundable retainer and signed contract are required to book your date. Travel fees may apply to weddings outside the Kansas City metro area. Sales taxes will be added to applicable items.
Digital images purchased are high resolution for printing up to 8x12 in size and include a printing release form to verify printing rights at the photo lab of your choice. Printing rights are granted to the photographed subject, client, and client’s spouse only and may not be transferred or sold. Recommended print vendors include www.nationsphotolab.com, www.mpix.com, and Process One Photo Lab.
Printed images are protected under US copyright laws and may not be scanned or duplicated in any manner.
Cash, check, and major credit cards accepted. Sales taxes and shipping fees are added to applicable purchases.
"Jaime was the absolute best photographer that we could have asked for to shoot our engagement and wedding photos! ... She really impressed us with the way she mixed our initial ideas into her overall artistic vision. We were completely at ease because of her enthusiasm and easy-going attitude. We got the perfect mix of formal photos and 'real moment' photos that we will cherish forever. She made our wedding day flow so smoothly and we could not be happier with the end results. We highly recommend having Jaime shoot your special moments." --Andria and Travis
"We chose Jaime to help capture our wedding day for us. Viewing some of her previous work made this one of the easiest choices we had to make! She made everything so painless and fun. ... She has an uncanny ability to make the whole experience a great time for everyone. Her great sense of humor, combined with her amazing photography skills makes for some of the most amazing pictures anyone could imagine. We could not have been happier with our choice of photographers. It was awesome to have someone who not only did amazing work, but also cared so dearly about what WE wanted. We not only recommend her to others, we plan to use her again for our future family photos. Thank you again Jaime for helping us to remember our big day so brilliantly for the rest of our lives." --Melissa and Kevin
"Jaime made our day perfect. She is not only one of the best photographers out there, she has a heart of gold and takes every picture with passion and love, as if it was for her own family. She takes her work seriously and you can tell that to her, photography is more than just a job. We highly recommend her! If you want pictures that will touch your heart deeply and have lasting impressions, Jaime is the photographer for you! We love you, Jaime!" --Kourtney and Jimmy