You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Take a peek and if we’ve left you wondering about anything, let us know!
Do you have my date available?
Jot us a note so we can check…we’re excited to learn more about your wedding and so glad you found us on your search for a wedding photographer!
What is your fee?
Documentary wedding coverage by Melanie Mauer is $3500. This fee includes proofing two different ways – an online gallery & a hardcover book with small thumbnail sized images. Albums and prints are purchased in addition to this coverage and we offer a variety of options to be added for a custom fit.
How do we reserve you for our wedding?
A signed letter of agreement/$1500 retainer is what does it! Often, I’ll set up a phone appt so I can get to know more about what you’re looking for and find out about your wedding day. When it’s decided that I’m the one you’d like, just send the agreement/retainer – it’s online so we’ll get it the moment you hit send!
You have just one coverage fee – why is that?
You might be used to seeing packages where the service of photography is bundled with prints/albums and the time is set to 6-8-10 hours. The nature of documentary wedding photography dictates the inclusion of two specific items – all the time needed to document your day & unlimited resources on which to capture it…it is important to me that my creative fee include both for *every* bride. Therefore, I tie the length of time I’ll be there to two events…when you’re getting dressed and then the first dance/cake cutting (whichever comes last) so you know the most beautiful part of the day is covered.
Will you travel to our wedding destination?
Absolutely! It’s becoming very common for you to pick a photographer and have them come to your wedding.
How much does the average wedding couple spend?
We don’t have a minimum order – because what we’re most in love with is photographing your wedding day. The average couple spends $1500-4000 in addition to the coverage fee.
How much is an engagement session?
$350 for up to an hour at a Lexington location – we love to do these!
Ack – you aren’t available for my date…what should I look for in another photographer?
First, all my apologies! Please forgive me…I need to figure out a system so all the cool brides get married on different dates!
So here’s my advice: Book as early as possible. Many photographers schedule one wedding per day (and I only schedule one wedding per weekend) so while other wedding vendors like florists and cake designers can handle multiple weddings in a day, popular dates for photographers are reserved several month (occasionally a year) in advance.
Second, study their photographs to determine whether their images tell a story beautifully. Did they capture special moments? Are their photographs interesting and do you get a sense of the feeling of the day? Be aware of whether the couple received unique coverage. How do the people in the photographs look? That can be a good sign of how the photographer interacts with those they work with.
Third, pick a photographer you feel comfortable talking with and LIKE. Unlike most of your other wedding vendors who you’ll see occasionally throughout the day, your wedding photographer will be nearby for most of it (so choose someone you wouldn’t mind sharing it with).
Will my guests be able to view my photographs online?
Absolutely – we’ll have a private gallery available to you that you may share with anyone.
Will Melanie be my photographer?
Yes, Melanie personally photographs every wedding.
I’m looking for a great _____ who do you recommend?
I’m flattered and happy to help! A great starting place is PEARL, a website that has incredible area professionals.