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WELCOME Hi there! You’re probably overwhelmed with all the wedding information out there, but don’t worry you’re not alone. I want to help make your lives a little easier! The information in this planning guide is meant to help you through (almost) all of your photography-related questions, so you can be relaxed and excited for your big day. If you still have questions afterwards, don’t hesitate to get in touch! I am here for you every step of the way.
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MEET JESSICA I’m Jessica, the owner & photographer of Smile Darling Photography. I love being a wedding photographer & getting the opportunity to share in the love of two individuals, love is such a beautiful thing! I am based out of Long Beach, CA & have been shooting weddings for about 3 years now. Each wedding is different in it’s own unique way. Capturing those candid and raw moments between you and your loved ones brings me some serious joy. In all honesty I didn't always want to be a wedding photographer (the idea used to terrify me), but after I second shot a wedding for a fellow photographer, I realized I was missing out big time. I started shooting weddings in 2014 and I haven't looked back since.
Not going to lie, I cry at every wedding that I'm lucky enough to be apart of.
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FAQ ’ S Q: What makes you different from every other photographer? I know having your picture taken can be tedious at times, especially for guys, but I pride myself in making sessions fun & comfortable for everyone involved! I want everyone to enjoy themselves, not hate life because they have to get their picture taken.
Q: How quickly will we receive our online gallery? What about our USB? You will receive your online gallery 2 months after your wedding date. Your gallery will include the exact same images you will receive on your Keepsake USB. If you added on a Keepsake USB or Keepsake USB & Box, you will receive those roughly 2 to 3 weeks after you receive your online gallery.
Q: Will we receive a print release after our wedding? Yes, you will. You will receive a PDF print release within your Keepsake USB or you will receive it via email. This depends on whether you choose to add on a Keepsake USB.
Q: I am having a destination wedding. Do you travel? Yes, yes, yes! I love to travel & I will travel were ever you want to send me! My passport is up to date and ready to go. There are other costs involved with traveling & can definitely be discussed if this is an option you’re interested in.
Q: Do you photograph elopements? Yes! I most certainly do. If you’re planning to elope, I have special pricing. Feel free to reach out & let me know if you’d like to see that!
Q: Do you have a list of preferred vendors you recommend? I do! I’ve been so lucky to work with some seriously amazing vendors over the years, & I have a list compiled just for you. You can find that list on page 19.
FAQ ’ S Q: What equipment do you use? I shoot with 2 camera bodies, a Canon 6D & Canon 70D. My go to lenses are both prime lenses, meaning they don’t zoom, a Canon 50mm & Sigma 35mm Art. I do on occasion rent lenses as well.
Q: Can I order prints through you? You can indeed! And I highly recommend it. I work with a great printing company to ensure your prints come out exactly the way you see them on your computer screen.
Q: What is required to hold our wedding date? A 30% initial payment & signed Contract is required to put your wedding date on my calendar. One month prior to your wedding date, the remaining balance is due.
Q: How much editing do you do to our images? I edit as minimal as possible. I do not alter your body or photoshop your skin insanely smooth. I will of course eliminate any blemishes on your skin or make small corrections.
HAVE A DIFFERENT QUESTION? Please send me an email with your questions & I’ll happily answer them for you!
WEDDING COLLAGE CONT
ENGAGEMENT SESSION WHAT TO EXPECT Engagement sessions are great for so many reasons! It allows you & your fiancé to get in front of my camera & get comfortable with the way I shoot before your wedding day. That way once the big day is here you’ll feel so much more comfortable & in turn your pictures will be fun, natural & much less stressed!
I always recommend a location that may mean something to you. Whether it’s a coffee shop or even a bar. Urban shoots can be so much more candid & fun! Of course, there are other options & I have numerous locations that I’ve shot at all over Southern California, so we can definitely find the backdrop you’re looking for!
Engagement sessions are 1-2 hours in length & normally take place before sunset. After your session, you will receive an online gallery with 50 of the best images for you to share & download.
WHAT TO WEAR Layers are a great way to add depth to your images. Hats, layered shirts, jackets, vests and jewelry are all great to include to your outfits. When it comes to jewelry, go bold but simple. Coordinate outfits, but don’t match. Mix colors, patterns and textures. Avoid clothing with busy patterns or obnoxious logos. I recommend starting with one person’s outfit and coordinating from there. If you’re still drawing a blank on how to coordinate, Pinterest is a great outlet for inspiration. Shoes are just as important as accessories. Take this opportunity to bring out those heels or dress shoes that haven’t been worn in years! Closed-toe shoes make men look more masculine while heels elongate women’s legs. Unless they match the look of your outfits, please try to avoid sneakers. Shoes tie your outfit together, so use this photoshoot as an excuse to dress up! Professional hair and make up is another great way to elevate your images. I highly recommend it for engagement sessions. If you choose not to go that route, be sure to put on a little more makeup than normal. Minimal makeup can sometimes get washed out on camera.
BRIDAL BOUDOIR WHAT TO EXPECT Don’t know what to gift your soon to be husband on your wedding day? A bridal boudoir session is the perfect fix! These sessions are a great way to get dolled up & feel confident about yourself. Boudoir sessions are a fun and tasteful way to flaunt your stuff for your fiancé. Get the pictures printed into an album, tie with a bow and wait for that “OMG” text from your guy. I promise you, he won’t be disappointed!
Included in the cost of this session is a studio located in the heart of Los Angeles, called FD Studio. There are 4 different studios you can choose from that include different props & backgrounds. If you’re interested in an outdoor or in-home boudoir session please let me know & we can arrange something else.
Boudoir sessions are 1 hour in length & normally take place mid to late morning. After your session you will receive an online, private gallery with 60 of the best images for you to download & create an album with.
WHAT TO WEAR For boudoir sessions I recommend bringing a maximum of 2 outfits, anymore and you begin to get unsure of what you want to wear. Normally, brides choose white lingerie, but that is completely up to you! I recommend making sure whatever you do choose to wear you feel comfortable in. Professional hair & makeup is highly recommend for these sessions as well. Again, if you choose to not have your hair & makeup professionally done, be sure to wear more makeup than you normally would to ensure your makeup doesn’t get washed out on camera.
W E D D I N G DAY T I P S Be sure to gather all your details before your day starts, this way they will be ready to go when I arrive! Having your details laid out for me ensures that I will be able to begin working with them immediately, keeping the getting ready portion of your day running smoothly. This also will allow me to spend more time focusing on the candid moments between you and your friends and family. E X A M P L E S
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The rings, veil, shoes, any jewelry, your dress, invitation suite, garter, perfume, bridal bouquet, custom hanger for your dress, family heirlooms, etc. E X A M P L E S
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Shoes, watch, cufflinks, bow tie or regular tie, family heirlooms, cologne, etc.
THE LITTLE DETAILS COUNT! Some of my couples favorite shots from their wedding day are the detail shots taken throughout the day. The details of your day help tie everything together & tell the story of behind the scenes moments.
PREFERRED VENDORS I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best vendors in the industry & would love for you to get the chance to work with them as well!
WEDDING PLANNER Leilani Weddings www.leilaniweddings.com
FLORISTS Studio Bloom LA www.studiobloomla.com The Bloemist LA www.thebloemist.com
MAKE-UP ARTISTS Nixey Aristry Yara firstname.lastname@example.org Emerald M www.makeupbyemeraldm.com
HAIR STYLISTS Emerald M www.makeupbyemeraldm.com
S TAT I O N E RY
Genna Khein www.gennakhein.com
August & May Design Co. www.augustandmaydesign.com
DJ’S VIDEOGRAPHER MP Wedding Films. www.mpweddingfilms.com
PHOTOBOOTH Duck Duck Booth www.duckduckbooth.com
Night & Day DJ’s Nick www.nightanddaydjs.com Jack Famer www.jackcfamer.com
SMILE DARLING PHOTOGRAPHY WWW.SMILE-DARLING.COM SMILEDARLINGPHOTO@GMAIL.COM 562.505.6826
Published on Mar 13, 2018