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GENERAL WEDDING FAQs
Once you have expressed an interest in learning more about our services, a complimentary meeting is arranged to discuss your big day and all expectations from both parties. If you decide to move forward, a signed wedding contract and a non-refundable $500 or $300 retainer if booking 6 months+ in advance is required to reserve/book your date.
I prefer to capture your day as it truly unfolds. My goal is to do this in an unobtrusive way so that I capture unrehearsed moments with raw emotion, which are the moments you will surely treasure the most.
It is never too early to book, the sooner the better. We book weddings and portrait sessions year around; so the sooner you book, the sooner your wedding date can be removed from our wedding calendar. Brides and grooms are generally booking 9 months to one year in advance.
Our clients usually receive between 300-600 digital images optimized for printing up to size 8x10 on a USB Flash Drive inside a custom box with a print release. Larger sizes are available for printing through CoCo Inspirations Photography.
Yes, you can choose to upgrade all images to full resolution digital files or only a certain number of images (files are upgraded in increments of 25 digital files) when booking or afterwards once the images are complete.
Yes, I most definitely do. I like be as flexible as possible for my clients. I would love for everyone to be able to afford my services and lessen the stress most couples feel during this milestone in their life. I have several options available after the non-refundable retainer is paid to pay off your balance at least 30 days prior to your wedding date and occasionally under special circumstances I allow for small remaining balances to be paid after the wedding day. Please note that no files, sneak peaks, editing, etc will take place until balance is paid in full. Payment plans are also available for your purchases after the wedding as well.
Yes, I include wedding albums in several collections with the option to upgrade the size, album cover, allotted images or spread count. I don't feel I've fulfilled my duty as a photographer until I've put your love story in an album for you to admire, share and pass down to future generations to enjoy your love. I offer albums with exceptional quality and style and can't wait to design one for you.
No, I do not provide every image taken during the day. I carefully select the best images of your day and weed out those where your eyes were closed, flash didn't go off, etc. It is a long and arduous process but I want to make sure that you look amazing in ever image you receive.
Yes, of course they are. If none of our packages meet your needs a custom collection can be created.
Our couples usually spend about $1,500 to $3,500 on their wedding package, digital files, products and more. If you would really like to know what you can expect we should meet up for informal consultation over to discuss what would best suit your needs.
Yes, I will travel. I love to venture to knew and exiting places. My packages include all wedding day travel within North Carolina. Overnight accommodations are required for locations 1.5 hours or more from Angier, North Carolina. Please inquire for weddings outside of North Carolina for additional fees.
I would love to have a second photographer there to assist on your day. Second shooters are very valuable if you are having a large wedding with lots of guest and/or have a large wedding party. In addition, second shooters are able to get a second perspective which only adds to the beautiful images you will receive of your day. I include an assistant in all my packages, second shooters are optional.
ENGAGEMENT SESSION FAQs
Having an engagement session is very important. These sessions allow us to get to know you all individually and as a couple. It also allows you all to get to know us as well. It also allows us to figure the best way to photograph you all, what makes you laugh, smile and giggle so that we can get genuine reactions. We also get to see how best to pose you all and your best angles. It's also a very fun session for you and your boo to snuggle up together and get close and who doesn't want to do that.
Most couples book the engagement session as soon as possible after booking. This is good especially if you want to send out save the dates or want to use the photos to announce your engagement. However you may want to wait if you want to have the session during a particular season.
You sure do. You all can choose wherever you like or we can suggest several different places for you to choose from. Places that mean something to both of you are great choices as well. For example, the place/campus where you all met, where he proposed, your favorite park, or even you home is a great place as well to share some sweet intimate moments for your engagement session.
I would suggest dressing in a way that best represents you all as a couple. Whether it's a dressy casual look, edgy look or a fancy sophisticated look make sure it shows who you all are as a couple.
Yes you all can change outfits. I suggest arriving in your first outfit and then changing no more than twice after that. Most couples have a dressy casual look, a formal look and maybe a casual but edgy or trendy look. I wouldn't suggest anything to extremely casual.
Yes. Any fees associated with the location would be covered by you all.
We travel up to 1 hour before a travel fee is incurred. The travel fee would be determined by the distance the location is from our home address.
Sessions start about 1-1.5 hours before sunset and usually end about 20-30 minutes after sunset. This will usually give us the best light, especially on a sunny day and to get some nighttime shots as well. Sessions last about 1.5-2 hours depending on the couple.
WEDDING DAY FAQs
That will all depend on several things. Do you want any wedding party photos before the ceremony? Do you want a first look? Do you have any special events planned? Do you have a grand exit planned? Do you want a lot of getting ready photos and fun photos hanging with your wedding party? Do you want an hour or so to relax before the ceremony? I always suggest at the least 8 hours and usually 10 hours is more than enough time to photograph the entire day. However, if you want wedding party photos before the ceremony I always suggest 10 hours for this because you never know if you will get behind on anything and that usually allows for some wiggle room. Eight hours is usually enough to cover the day as well with wedding party photos after the ceremony.
ABSOLUTELY! Wedding planners are a blessing trust me. It will not only ease the stress of planning a wedding but also almost guarantee a smooth wedding day. Wedding planners are essential to keeping your wedding day running on time and making sure all vendors arrive at their scheduled time as well.
We usually arrive when the bride is about to get her make-up done but this will of course depend on the amount of hours you all have chosen.
This will all depend on the season you have chosen for your wedding and what time the sun is setting. We want to make sure we have enough daylight for formal, bridal party and couple photos after the ceremony, especially if none of those things have happened before the ceremony. For winter and fall I suggest no later than 3:00pm and for spring and summer no later than 5:00pm. Of course if you have chosen a nighttime wedding this would change things up a bit.
I always suggest getting this to us as soon as possible so that if we need to make any suggestions it can easily be changed or adjusted.
YES, YES AND YES! I cannot emphasize this enough. I have seen wedding photos ruined because aunt sally or uncle bob steps into the isle to get a photo of the bride coming down the isle with their phone or giant ipad. I have had brides and grooms blocked and there isn't any photoshop that can fix that photo. We always try to ge the grooms reaction when the bride first comes out as well and this has been blocked by people coming into the isle. I think ceremonies are best when everybody is emotionally present and in the moment instead of looking at the back of an electronic device and it will make for much better photos. At the reception the guest can take as many cell phone photos as they like. The best way to let the guest know you are requesting an unplugged wedding is with a simple framed sign or have the wedding planner
I will attend if requested by the bride and groom to see how the ceremony will flow.
We have to abide by the venue and/or officiant restrictions so be sure to discuss this with them as soon as possible. How the photos will be effected will all depend on the restrictions and will definitely be discussed as soon as we are aware of those restrictions.
Yes. We require a full course hot meal if shooting 4 hours or more. Some couples have been so gracious as to have a vendor table for their chosen professionals to sit which is always appreciated and allows us to stay in the ceremony hall and be ready to shoot if something spontaneous takes place like an impromptu dance or speech.