WEDDINGS BY JACQUELINE CONNOR PHOTOGRAPHY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE PORTRAIT SESSION
THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
So we are getting married, how does this whole photo thing work?
What do we do with our hands?
Where the heck do we photograph?
Do I need one? What do they do?
Photographs before your wedding day.
Keepsakes to last for generations
This all sounds great, what does it cost?
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTERWARDS
THE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
THE *REAL* MUST-HAVE LIST
We danced, we celebrated, now what?
From getting ready until that last dance of the night, and everything that happens in-between.
There are so many blogs that say we need a million things. What do we REALLY need?
What about the rest of our lives?
Who is this person taking our photos?
The best of Western NY
WHAT IS NEXT?
“I want to book, now what?” How to move forward with your wedding photography.
THE EXPERIENCE So this crazy wonderful moment happened to you, you decided to marry your best friend. Now what? All of a sudden you have piles of magazines and that person you talked to once at a bar is asking where their special invitation is. In all of this craziness, you need to find a photographer. But doesn’t that mean spending most of your day reenacting the same photos you see all over the internet? Isn’t it tons of cheesiness or those awkward senior photos we all day that looked nothing like us?
Well, sometimes it is. But I don’t want it to be like that for you. Your wedding day is this single day (or sometimes a few) that is jam-packed with emotions and all of these life-altering changes. It’s likely the one time in your life that you will have all of the people you love the most in one place. It’s this day that you spend months and years planning, but it flies by in a second. I want you to be able to enjoy that. To dance with your best friend, to take that inward breath right before you walk down the aisle, and to celebrate with your favorite humans when you are finally freaking married. Even better, I want you to live in every moment of that while having it documented so you can relive it over and over again.
The way that your best friend looks on as you say your vows or the beaming smiles you exchange with your partner(s) while the chaos of the day is happening around you. The happy dance back down the aisle or your brothers dance move that means he should be switching to drinking water. Those are the images that will matter to you because those are the photos that only you can have. So what does this actually mean for your wedding day? This means getting to the root of what you actually want. We will go through how you would love your wedding day to actually be, not what it “should be” according to the internet/your-friend-that-was-married-once/that-aunt-that-won’t-stop-calling. From there, we will work to have your wedding photos be an honest representation of who you are together.
Okay cool, so our photos will feel like us. What is working with you actually like? It’s the absolute worst, you won’t spend all day laughing at all, and I’m a plethora of bad jokes. Kidding (well, about everything but the jokes). The entire day is about you, and getting what you both want. It’s not about walking through and fitting you into countless archetypes of what wedding photos should look like. It’s not those painfully awkward prom photos that still line our parents’ walls or those wedding photos you see all over social media that you cannot imagine yourself in. It ends up being you enjoying your day, and occasionally being put into vague poses, pretty light and letting you be yourselves. Your photos will show the way your partner’s nose crinkles up when they laugh for real (we all know the fake laugh from the real one), or the way you roll your eyes and snort at their terrible jokes.
MORE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE Beyond the photo part, you’ll be treated as if you were my own family (the ones I love too, not even the weird “holiday” family). I work dozens of weddings a year, and you really only plan one, so always feel free to use me as a resource. That can be helping you construct the perfect timeline over coffee, or sewing your bridesmaid into their dress (those damn hooks always break). It can mean enabling you to feel safe in doing whatever offbeat wedding decision you like (I promise to be super excited about it, even if your grumpy aunt isn’t), or being your advocate/buffer on your wedding day when that same aunt is driving you bonkers (code words are essential, we will find one for you).
Whatever you want and need, I’m here. I’m not just there to photograph your wedding day, I am there to help give you the space to exist in it.
You won’t have to think about what the photos will look like if it rains (or snows, this is Western NY after all). You don’t even have to worry about that beautiful piece of architecture you had in mind for your photos that is suddenly back under construction (looking at you Buffalo). Whether it’s picking out the locations for your portraits, or herding together your crazy family into a single photo, or parsing out complicated familial dynamics, or deciding if you want a first look, I’m here.
Weddings can be completely stressful and overwhelming. It’s a whole bunch of very coordinated chaos that turns into a monumental day in your lives. Let me be your the Dumbledore to your Harry and guide you through photo part of the day, so you don’t even have to think about it and can get back to your party.
You don’t have to fit your wedding day into making your wedding photos. We will fit the photos into your wedding day; however, you want them to be.
INCLUSIVITY POLICY From the second I started my business, I knew it would be an inclusive one that was a resource and support system for everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, size, culture, ethnicity, religion or race. It is something that is deeply ingrained in my values as a person, and unapologetically so within my business.
LGBTQ+ We can start with the most gut-wrenching question I receive entirely too regularly: â€œDo you photograph LGBTQ+ weddings?â€? I am so deeply sorry that this is even a question that you need to ask. I cannot fathom being a business that is not inclusive and welcoming to all of its potential customers. You are welcome here not just because it is legally obligated, but because you are supported and catered to every step of the way. There will never be anything assumed about the gender you identify with and how that role fits into your wedding images, your pronouns, traditions you will be upholding and those you will not be including on your wedding day, and how you define your family. I cannot imagine what you have had to go through to get to this day and the joy you feel having reached this point. Nothing should be taking any of the excitement out of that, including finding your vendors. Please know that you can leave those fears at the door here. You are welcomed with open arms and cared for here, as you are with any vendor on my recommended list.
You will not have to ask that uncomfortable question and hold your breath to see if your wedding has worth to them. All you will have to worry about is showing your love for each other and celebrating this next step in your lives together.
PHOTOGRAPHY FAQS HOW DO YOU WORK WITH US ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING? Your wedding day is exactly that - your day. After understanding exactly what you are looking for out of your images via our wedding day timeline, I will work within your day in a way that does not diminish the celebration. Outside of family formals, I blend into the day so you can just enjoy it. The most directing you will see will be to set you up in the best lighting situations possible, after that it is just about enjoying each other and letting those moments unfold. “I hardly even knew you were there photographing that!” is the best compliment I can receive.
CAN YOU HELP AT ALL WITH THE PLANNING PROCESS? Absolutely! Working in such a tight-knit industry leaves other vendors like co-workers. I am happy to recommend some incredible people to add to the team that will help make your wedding dreams a reality. Any of your photography-related questions are just an email away. Trust me, no matter what you have to ask, I’ve been asked weirder things.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL THERE BE ON OUR WEDDING DAY? My starting collection features myself as the sole photographer for your wedding day. Whether your wedding day coverage would require a second shooter to execute the photos you desire, or if it would be achievable with one photographer completely depends on your wedding day. See an in-depth breakdown on selecting a second photographer on page 12.
CAN WE PROVIDE YOU A LIST OF REQUESTED SHOTS? With every wedding, I aim to make the most creative and beautiful set of storytelling images that fully encompass what your day was. With the addition of a specific shot list, I would not be able to capture the moments. While I am happy to include a few requests and look at the style of the images you like, I cannot work off of huge, specific must-have lists that are featured on many wedding blogs. While these blogs have good intentions, lists like that limit the flow of the day. Your images will be far more beautiful, and unique to you if you allow the day to unfold naturally. Letâ€™s make something future couples will want to pin for their own wedding.
DO YOU WORK WITH LGBTQIA COUPLES? Absolutely yes. I am so deeply sorry this is a question that even has to be asked. I care about all of my couples equally, regardless of who you are marrying.
PHOTOGRAPHY FAQS WHAT DOES FULL DAY COVERAGE MEAN? Instead of worrying about fitting your wedding day into an exact set of hours or sacrificing some of your wedding photographs, I customize your time to what makes sense for your wedding day. I generally start within the last 2-3 hours of the getting ready process and finish as the reception starts to wind down towards the end of the night. This allows for a set of images that truly encompasses your wedding day.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SICK AND CANNOT MAKE IT? This has never happened thus far in my wedding photography career. Please know that I take the responsibility of being your wedding photographer very seriously, it is not something I would ever â€œtake a sick dayâ€? from without an extremely grave situation. In the rare chance of that happening, I would find you a replacement photographer of the same caliber, quality, and level of professionalism. Being a part of multiple local and national organizations leaves me with a network of exceptional photographers. Your wedding would be covered.
ARE YOU INSURED? Absolutely, I would not run a business without it. Should you need a certificate of insurance for your venue, just let me know. I am happy to provide one. J
TRAVEL FAQS DO YOU TRAVEL IN THE US FOR WEDDINGS? Absolutely! Anything within a 1.5 hour radius of Buffalo is already included in your coverage. Beyond that, it is custom travel rates. Contact me for more information and we can set up a custom quote for you. The Greater NYC, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse Areas are available for a flat rate.
DO YOU TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY? International travel is dependent on my wedding schedule, but if I am available I would love to work with you. I only accept international work in places I can attain a legal work visa. Let me know where you are getting married and I can either put together a travel quote or recommend someone wonderful locally. Due to visa limitations, I am not able to provide any photography services in Canada or Mexico.
THE PORTRAIT SESSION
“I hate taking photos! I always feel so awkward, and never know what to do!” Do not worry one bit, I have you covered. Whether you have the ability to own a room the second you walk into it or feel more at home on the sidelines, my goal is to capture you. ”I don’t know what to do with my hands!” I pinky promise, it feels so natural on the wedding day (and I will absolutely let you know if something you are doing looks strange!) The joy you will feel will shine through every image.
“We’re not the most photogenic couple and are kind of a goofy bunch but she caught all the best moments and facial expressions on her camera. From our engagement photos to the wedding, everything felt so natural and not posed which is wonderful because it’s REAL!” - Jacquie and Damon, 08.20.16
Instead of working through a long list of “wedding poses”, and contorting you into strange scenarios where you could insert a different couple with no change to the end photograph, we work together to find what is right for you. Your portrait session will be a lot of finding the best possible light and letting you hang out in it. Couples come back all the time talking about how they loved their portrait session because it was the only time they had to themselves on their wedding day. It’s a few minutes to spend time with your partner and enjoy being married before being surrounded by people for the rest of the evening.
LOCATIONS These portraits are an important part of your wedding day, where the heck do we take them? Consider a few things when setting up the location for your photos
STYLE Where do you imagine your portraits? Are you beach people or do you feel most at home in the city? Did you have the beautiful greenery of a park, or grandiose architecture in mind? All of these things come into play when choosing the best spot. Keep in mind, the light at the location comes into play much more than the background. Some places look incredibly cool to the eye, but the camera sees it so very differently. Some spots look totally crazy from afar but come out spectacular due to the light. The image at the top right was taken on the top floor of a parking garage.
Proximity Consider the time it would actually take to travel to your portrait spot. Does Google say 15 minutes, but with traffic it takes 35? Is the time you have allotted for photographs enough to travel round trip and still have time left to take the pictures? Whether you have a first look with ample time for portraits prior to the ceremony, or what I affectionately refer to as â€œthe religious breakâ€? between a church ceremony and the reception, the proximity of your photo location is important. The right timing can make a huge difference in your final images and a more relaxed photo session. If your wedding day involves travel (as many do), try to find locations along the way. If you are really set on a specific spot, make sure to leave enough buffer time to account for travel. Does your wedding day all happen at one location with cocktail hour for photographs? No problem! We can make beautiful images wherever we are.
LOCATIONS - KEEP IN MIND NUMBER OF LOCATIONS I know how exciting figuring out your wedding day plan can be, I remember how much fun my husband and I had setting everything up and watching it all come together. Itâ€™s so tempting to do a grand tour of the area with stops at all of the iconic spots, but too many locations can actually limit your photographs. I would recommend no more than 2 locations outside of your wedding venue. That will allow us enough time to get beautiful pictures without rushing around.
CROWDS Some of the most iconic locations also tend to be the most crowded on a Saturday during wedding season. Instead of fighting multiple wedding parties for the best spots, we can figure out a location that is the same style or shows the space in different ways.
PERMITS So many photo spots require a permit to photograph there. Please look into this before choosing a location. If you have any questions whether a location requires one, just ask. While I am happy to send over my insurance information, any permit fees are the responsibility of the client.
From airplane hangars to the park you walk through every weekend, to a hockey rink, to dive bars, and everything in between, let’s make beautiful images that tell the story of who you both are. All we need are you two, and some fantastic light.
Unsure if your ideas for photographs are plausible within the timing of your wedding day? Please never hesitate to ask, I’m happy to walk through everything with you so we can make the best decision for you. Is your heart tied to a spot that can’t logically happen on your wedding day? Let’s talk a post-wedding session.
â€œThe pictures are just amazing! We knew they were going to be spectacular, but they captured the day so perfectly and we are so grateful. We relived the day looking through these pictures together and it brought the magic back.
She spent the day with us, laughing and dancing with us and truly making the day one we will never forget.â€? - Michelle and Anthony, 10.01.17
With the rise of wedding blogs, we are inundated with “must-have photographer items”. Right at the top of those compilations is a second photographer. It is often hailed as an “absolute necessity to get all of the images you want”, and that is simply not true for all photographers. Let’s break down whether you need one for your wedding day.
I REALLY WANT BOTH REACTIONS - FIRST LOOK, WALKING DOWN THE AISLE, ETC. This is something I absolutely understand, I consider these reactions key moments for every wedding. It is a moment that I capture every time I photograph, regardless if I have a second shooter with me. “X wedding blog said you need another shooter to capture it,” I pinky promise you don’t. I position myself to include everyone involved, so rest assured that both you and your partner’s reaction will be captured. I don’t overly choreograph them, I let you two enjoy that moment for as long as you need. That whole time I work around the situation to capture as many angles and reactions as I possibly can.
A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER WILL GET MORE ANGLES Yes, this is true. The addition of a second photographer gives you more perspectives of your wedding day, but every wedding day is different. Some require a second shooter to cover every aspect of the day, some do not. A small wedding in one location may not need one, while a 300+ guest wedding at multiple places would. Every image you see on my main website has been photographed by me, without a second photographer.
WHEN SHOULD I ADD A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER? If the following photographs are images you value, I would consider adding a second photographer:
FULL COVERAGE OF BOTH PARTIES GETTING READY While I can absolutely cover both parties prepping for the wedding day at the same location, it does require slightly less coverage on both parts. If you are looking for the full getting-ready process to be photographed, or if you are getting ready at completely separate locations, I would consider a second photographer.
MOMENTS RIGHT BEFORE AND AFTER WALKING DOWN THE AISLE Those final seconds before you walk down the aisle to your partner, and the ones immediately after walking back down the aisle together, are some of my favorites of the wedding day. Those are images that cannot be captured by one photographer. I cannot be in two places at once and would be photographing the processional and recessional at that time.
SIMULTANEOUS EVENTS If your wedding has things happening at the same time that you want covered, such as a tish and a bedeken, or cocktail hour and family portraits, I would recommend a second photographer.
YOU JUST WANT MORE IMAGES This is a completely legitimate reason to add a second photographer on. Itâ€™s a once-in-a-lifetime day, and we want to cater your photography towards what makes you feel comfortable.
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER FAQS WHO WOULD BE OUR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER? I only work with a select few photographers so I can guarantee they are of equal caliber and professionalism on your wedding day. It is never a “lesser” photographer, the images they take will be just as beautiful.
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS A PHOTOGRAPHER, CAN THEY BE YOUR SECOND? As stated above, I am very invested in the photographers I trust to second shoot your wedding day. We have a rhythm of working that is impossible to develop when meeting a photographer for the first time. While your friend is welcome to respectfully photograph the day, I only work with second photographers that I provide.
MY PARTNER IS REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHS, WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHER HELP THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE? The second photographer would help to make your partner comfortable. All of my seconds are equally low-key and make photographing the getting ready process a breeze. They quickly assess the vibe of the room and work accordingly. It’s a great way to get a group that is apprehensive about photographs excited for photos.
THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION With the rise of social media, engagement sessions have been more and more popular. Most couples end up wanting an engagement session, but not everyone realizes how much it will prepare you for your wedding day. An engagement session is a wonderful way to get an idea of what portraits will be like on your wedding day. My sessions are very different than what people expect being photographed to feel like -- they end up being us hanging out, and laughing hysterically while images have to be taken. Itâ€™s not hours of cheesing so hard your cheeks hurt from smiling, it a lot of you loving your partner in a way that makes sense for you.
If you look at heels with dread, I would never-in-a-million-years ask you to wear them. However, if dressing up is your thing, and you can strut your stuff in 5-inch stilettos, letâ€™s do it.
WHY DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION? Beyond save-the-dates or other displays at your wedding, an engagement session is to show what your life was like before you were married. You made a decision to be married as the people you are now, and I want your images to reflect that. This is documenting you as people, not an idealized version of what Pinterest says you should be. Engagement sessions are painless (I pinky promise!). I encourage dressing naturally, whether that is an evening gown and suit, or leggings and a t-shirt. I just want you to feel like you.
WHAT DO WE DO FOR PHOTOS? Much like wedding day portraits, the posing is extremely natural. It’s not going to be that “contort your body into this extremely weird position but pretend like it’s totally normal” senior photo that we all took. It is a lot of taking a moment with your partner, in pretty light. If you are quiet together, your images will be filled with quiet moments and sweetness. If you and your partner are goofy together, your engagement images will reflect that.
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ARE CHILDREN (BOTH FURRY AND THE HUMAN KIND) ALLOWED? Absolutely! Both pets and children are so much a part of your story, they are both welcome to sessions. I do advise bringing along a friend or family member to keep an eye on them once they are done being in photos.
ENGAGEMENT SESSION FAQS
I HATE BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, SHOULD WE JUST SKIP IT? I completely understand being nervous in front of the camera, years of super awkward school photos can do that to you. If anything, this is a great reason to do an engagement session. I promise it will be completely different than photographs you have taken before. Besides being a chance to take a break and truly enjoy time with your partner, it is a great way to remove any nerves surrounding portraits on your wedding day.
WE ALREADY HAD A SESSION TAKEN BY OUR FRIEND/ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER, DO WE STILL NEED ONE? I highly recommend it! My style of photography is very personal, and while I can absolutely make you beautiful images without ever having met you before your wedding day, an engagement session only builds on that relationship. Not having engagement photos will never detract from your wedding day, but having them taken will only enhance it.
HOW DO SESSIONS WORK? Generally, sessions are between one and two hours on weekday evenings, with limited weekend availability. We would meet for a beverage before we start -- coffee or an adult beverage -- to loosen up a little bit, then go on to photographing you two.
LOCATIONS There are so many different places to shoot, I know it can be overwhelming. Here are some of my favorites:
BUFFALO Lafayette Square Main Street (Sheas) Amherst State Park Delaware Park Burchfield Nature & Art Center Chestnut Ridge State Park Knox Farms State Park *
ROCHESTER Memorial Art Gallery - outdoors Highland Park Corbetts Glenn Cobbs Hill Park Village Gate *
THE BEST LOCATION OF ALL? The one that fits you both. That can be an at home session in yoga pants or photos at your favorite bar. We can stroll down your favorite street, or hike to your favorite trail. Beautiful photographs can be made anywhere, whatâ€™s important is that itâ€™s special to you.
Have an idea for a session? Shoot me an email. I am always down for something new. * Permit or permission is required.
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HEIRLOOMS A wedding album is an heirloom, one of the first for your new family. It is something tangible not only for you to look back on, but for generations to pull out of a box and treasure. They will be able to see how you lived and loved, and be amazed by where they came from. People climb through attics, and run back into burning houses for these books -- they are among the most important possessions
In a time of social media and keeping your photographs on a flash drive, an album is something to hold. It is something that will outlast you, and be treasured for years to come.
One of my most treasured items in the world is my late grandmother’s wedding album from 1956. I am forever grateful to their photographer for letting me see who they were at that moment. I get to see the look on my grandfathers face when he saw her walk down that aisle, or the “You better not put that cake in my face” look from my grandmother. I cannot wait to show my future family the way they laughed, and how in love they were.
The Design Process Choosing the images for your wedding album can be an overwhelming process, they are the images that will be flipped through for generations to come. It is so hard to balance including your favorite images, the ones that tell the story of your wedding day, and the photographs that include those dearest to you. Please do not worry, just like the rest of your wedding photography, I like to simplify that for you.
Soon after you receive your wedding images, I will create a custom design that fully encompasses the story of your wedding day. The best images, the moving ones, the important family photographs, the shots of you and your best friend creating a new dance sensation at the reception - they will all be in there. Your album proof will include the tools to mark any changes you would like, to ensure the album is the perfect rendition of how you would like your story told.
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THE HEIRLOOM ALBUM The heirloom album is a nod to the traditional albums of our parents, with a contemporary twist. Your custom design is printed directly on the pages of this top-of-the-line book. It features thick, archival pages wrapped in a hand-bound, luxurious cover made with old world craftsmanship. There are hundreds (not even a little bit kidding) of covers to choose from European leathers to modern linens, and everything in between. Together, we can figure out the perfect combination to be a beautiful rendition of your wedding day - and thatâ€™s before you even open it to see the images!
(Just the tiniest sampling of the available covers!)
THE COFFEE TABLE BOOK A modern take on the traditional wedding album, the coffee table book is an innovative, thin book that captures the minimalistic aesthetic of many of our couples. Your custom design is printed directly onto the thin, lay-flat pages and hand-bound into a contemporary assortment of fresh covers. With dozens of silk, brocade, linen, and faux leather styles to choose from, we can find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Is all of this super-overwhelming to think about? Have no idea where to start? Let me know, I am happy to help you make the right decision for you in any way I can. We can sit down and go through it step-by-step.
“Photography is one of the most essential parts of your big day. To remember uncle Charlie sneaking an early cake pop party favor, or to capture a pizza serenade (Jackie you just get me), Jackie is there to capture these moments. Sure she’s great at posed photos, but what she has is the brilliant talent for catching your most intimate moments without even trying.
Jackie was an honorary sixth bridesmaid, and her service was above and beyond. Your biggest mistake would be to NOT hire Jackie. She is instrumental in making your wedding the day you’ve always dreamed of.” - Daizi and Justin, 09.16.17
PRICING I know how overwhelming wedding planning can be, so I try to streamline it for you as much as possible. Instead of filing through tons of packages, with options you might not be interested in, there are custom collections. You start with full-day coverage and build from there to make your wedding coverage perfect for you.
STARTING COLLECTION Full-day photographic coverage A minimum of 600 fully-edited, high-resolution files. A personal rights release.
ENGAGEMENT SESSION 1-2 hour photographic session A minimum of 50 fully-edited, high-resolution files. A personal rights release.
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER A second photographer for the wedding day. A minimum of 900 fully-edited, high-resolution files total.
REHEARSAL DINNER COVERAGE * 3 hours of photography coverage focusing on documentary moments and group photos.
TRAVEL TO THE GREATER NYC AREA Travel to the greater NYC area is flat-rate and includes all travel expenses.
OTHER US-BASED AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Travel outside of Western New York and the Greater NYC Area is all a la carte. Reach out and we can discuss custom pricing. *Rehearsal coverage is only available for weddings involving travel. It becomes available to local weddings 8 weeks out from your wedding date.
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DAY-AFTER SESSION Is there a place you wanted for wedding photos that did not quite work? Whether it was too far away or rained too much to go there or it just did not fit into the timeline, we can absolutely do a day after session there. You and your partner can get dressed up, and we can photograph you at your leisure instead of in the tight timeline weddings can sometimes provide. Hey, they were wrong. You really can wear those spectacular outfits again! 1-2 hour photographic session A minimum of 50 fully-edited, high-resolution files. A personal rights release.
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PRICING FAQS HOW DOES THE BOOKING PROCESS WORK? Everything is done online to make it as easy as possible, you could do it from your phone if you wanted to. Once you decide you would like us to work together, I will send a quote your way. On this quote, you will see a series of drop-down menus and checkboxes that enable you to customize the collection you are looking for (Donâ€™t see prints on there? Donâ€™t worry! Those are available for purchase after your session!) After creating the collection that makes the most sense for you, the page will automatically take you to a contract. Your signature on the contract will lead you to the invoice page. A 35% retainer is required to book your date, with the remainder due two weeks before your session or event.
CAN WE PAY YOU AFTER THE WEDDING? All monies are due by two weeks before your session or event date. Prints, album upgrades, and other extra items may be purchased post-wedding if not included in the collection you create. If you have any concerns about the payment schedule, let me know. I would be happy to chat with you about it.
IF WE NEED TO CANCEL, IS OUR RETAINER REFUNDABLE? In the event of a cancellation, your retainer is non-refundable.
FOR YOUR TABLE HEIRLOOM ALBUM An 8x10/10x8 heirloom wedding album with thick pages. This album comes with up to 65 images
COFFEE TABLE BOOK An 8x10/10x8 hard-cover book with thin, archival pages. This album comes with up to 45 images.
FOR YOUR FAMILY HEIRLOOM PARENT ALBUM A 9x6 heirloom album with thick pages. This album comes with up to 30 images.
COFFEE TABLE PARENT BOOK A 9x6 coffee table book with thin, archival pages. This album comes with up to 25 images.
FOR YOUR WALLS It is so easy to let your wedding photos live on that flash drive or on social media. Let’s create artwork for your home together so you can get that feeling of love and joy every time you walk into the room. Don’t know what you want or what looks best in your space? Send me some images of your walls! We can create something custom just for you.
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FOR YOUR SHELF Just like your wedding photographs are unique, how they fit into your lives should be special too. Our shelf line is a series of artwork that features fine-art prints, hand-soldered metal and hand-cut glass. Everything is made custom for you, so we can get as creative as you can dream it.
SOLDERED SOLID METAL FRAMES *
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*soldered frames of similar sizes are priced in batches. Blank spaces signify the same price as the listed above.
SOLDERED METAL FLOAT FRAMES *
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SOLDERED METAL TRIO FLOAT FRAME A 12x4 glass float frame with soldered edges A trio of floating prints sized to 3x3
825 FINE ART PRINT BOX A 5x7 hand-cut, glass print box with soldered metal hinges and trim. Your selection of 30 5x7 fine art prints.
HEIRLOOM FAQS DO I HAVE TO ORDER PRODUCTS RIGHT NOW? Absolutely not! Albums and products can be ordered at any time. It is often easiest to order prints and wall-art after your wedding day to allow you to customize it to your favorite photos. If itâ€™s overwhelming, we can set up an ordering session for you. You can come into the studio, and we can pick out the exact perfect heirlooms for you to have your wedding photos exist in your daily lives.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT WE CAN BUY AND WHAT YOU OFFER? There is a vast variety of products available to the average consumer online, so I can totally understand the sentiment. The labs and companies I use, offer a quality only available to professional photographers. The prints are true-to-life colors and archival so that they will look just as beautiful 50 years from now. All albums are handmade of the finest quality materials available, so they stand up to decades of being loved. .
THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT, HOW CAN WE PAY? Paying for products can be daunting after paying for a wedding. Donâ€™t worry though; we make it as easy as possible. Payment plans are available that are on a different timeline than your wedding photography. If you have all of your pots and pans or are looking to supplement your already existing registries, we can set up a custom artwork registry for you. Do either of those sounds like fantastic options for you? Send me an email; we can set one up.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR WEDDING So you said your vows and danced until you could not walk anymore, now what?
SNEAK PEEK Within the week after your wedding, there will be sneak peeks up on Instagram with a larger blog post to follow via Facebook. If any of those images are photos you would like for a thank you card, please let me know. I can send the full resolution versions your way.
IMAGE PREMIERE 6-8 weeks after your wedding, you will have two options for your images. You can either come into the studio for snacks, your favorite beverage (adult of otherwise), and see your wedding photos on the big screen. You will be able to order prints and books on the spot, and see real life images of how they will look within your home. Canâ€™t make it in? Thatâ€™s totally okay! You will receive an image premiere guide. This is a fun guide with some instructions on how to maximize the release of your online gallery, a walk-through of heirloom items, and other fun tidbits on getting the most out of your images.
ONLINE GALLERY Shortly after the release of your image premiere guide, you will receive an email with a link to your online gallery. Your online gallery is an easy way to download your images, and share with your guests (let’s be real, they’ve probably asked about them already). While I release the gallery to you, your guests are welcome to download web-sized images and order prints.
FLASH DRIVE A flash drive containing the high-resolution images from your wedding day comes with every collection. It will be mailed to the address you provide.
PRINTS AND HEIRLOOMS So you don’t have to worry about that one aunt who is always bugging you for prints, prints and products are available for purchase by anyone with access to your online gallery. I handle all of that so you don’t have to. Want to see something in person before you purchase it, or see how wall art will look in your home? Let me know, we can set up a meeting to guide you through it.
THE WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
Constructing your wedding day timeline can be a stressful, and overwhelming process. Where should cake cutting go? How much time do we really need for photos? What time should we start the day? These are all completely normal questions that I am happy to help with in any way possible.
GETTING READY The first step to figuring out the timing for the start of your day is setting the hair and makeup start time. To find out how much time you need, chat with your artist. The length of time they will need varies, and completely depends on how many artists/people requiring their services. I arrive within the last 2-3 hours of prep, that gives me enough time to capture everything while leaving you some down time before the whirlwind starts. If there are important details you would like photographed (shoes, rings, heirloom items, etc.), please have them assembled in one location. This will enable those images to be taken without having to run around to find them all on your wedding day (less time spent finding things is more time having fun with your friends). From there, plan to be getting dressed an hour before you need to leave for the ceremony or first look. This gives us enough time to perform those final touches without it being a stressful occasion. It also leaves us a little buffer time in case things run late.
THE CEREMONY Much like the rest of the day, I take a very hands-off approach to your ceremony. Instead of being distracted by a photographer running around, or bright flashes, I want you and your guests to be able to be completely in the moment. I will never do anything to take away from that, and shoot in a completely documentary manner with long lenses that enable me to be far away from you while still capturing those wonderful expressions that make up a ceremony. Just a note to be aware of, if you are getting married in a church or religious center, make sure to confirm if there are forms or restrictions that I need to be made aware of. While most places in the WNY area are wonderful, there are a handful of churches that only allow photographs to be taken in certain locations. If there are strict restrictions, they will affect your ceremony coverage.
PORTRAITS For portraits of you two, we can leave as much time as you would like for them. I have couples that highly value portraits, and we go around town for hours stopping by their favorite locations or hike up a mountain at sunset. Others value moments and only want a few portraits. I frequently photograph bridal party, family, and couple portraits during cocktail hour, so anything beyond that is just a bonus
THE RECEPTION Once the reception hits, it’s all celebration from there. Much like the rest of the day, anything goes. Your reception can be exactly what you want it to be. If you want to crowd-surf or have an emotional dance with grandpa, you do it. If you want to play board games, or dance without shame (let’s be real, that’s the best kind of dancing), you do that too. Throughout the evening, I am happy to take whatever images you like. I know how hard it is to get everyone in one place, so please never hesitate to grab me for any photographs of friends and family. Photography coverage generally concludes within the last hour of the reception, when the party starts to wind down.
â€œShe catered to exactly what we wanted, she captured the moment without intruding on it.
She understood the quirkiness of our family and could roll with it. She took the time to chat with the family members and clued in to important and meaningful moments during the wedding and reception without anyone telling her.â€? - Rachael and Tony, 08.05.17
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? There are so many moving pieces that go into a wedding day, letâ€™s talk about how much time to set aside.
RECEIVING LINE Receiving lines are a great way to greet your guests before your reception, and it allows you to avoid going table-to-table later on. However, it can take up a lot of time than people expect. There is always that one aunt that wants to talk about your whole life story or the cousin that wants a million selfies but cannot seem to figure their camera out. There is no real way to predict how much time it will take, but I would leave a minimum of 30 minutes aside. If your family has a tendency towards long hugs, leave some extra buffer.
FAMILY PHOTOS How often do have everyone in one place, looking really pretty? Family photographs are a super important part of any wedding day. While I do work as quickly as possible (I affectionately refer to it as herding cats), they do take time. When creating your list of family photographs, keep the allotted time in mind. Estimate 3-5 minutes per family grouping, some will take more, some will take less. To keep family photos moving as fast as possible, I recommend doing them immediately after the ceremony. Please let everyone who needs to be there know in advance, and put someone in charge of wrangling them into the photo area.
SPARKLER IMAGES With the rise of Pinterest, sparkler photographs and exits are all the rage. They are such a pretty way to end the evening and can make for some gorgeous shots. They do however come with their own set of logistics. Please leave a minimum of 20 minutes to arrange a sparkler exit. It takes time to arrange everyone safely and to light up all of the sparklers. To expedite the process, please ensure either you or your venue has multiple lighters (I suggest the long barbecue lighters). The long, smokeless sparklers designed for weddings work far better than the short, traditional ones.
* Please note: While the internet makes floating lanterns look like something out of a dream, due to their illegal nature in NY (along with the majority of the country) I do not photograph their use. They have caused forest fires, severely damaged buildings, and injured both people and animals. I am happy to recommend some alternative exits that are legal and safe for both you and the surrounding area.
THE *REAL* MUST-HAVE LIST You can throw a rock into a wedding planning pool and hit at least 15 blog posts talking about the “must-haves for your wedding.” They are a contrived list that pushes your wedding day towards concentrating on material things and moves it away from the people at the heart of it.
There is always that one person in your ear whispering that “your wedding isn’t real if it doesn’t have XYZ.” To that, I say bullshit. There is a single thing that is a real must-have for a wedding: you being in love with a spectacular human that you are super pumped to spend the rest of your life with.
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BUT DOESN’T A WEDDING NEED THOSE THINGS? A wedding needs a single thing, you and your love(s). Anything beyond that is entirely up to you.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF A WEDDING DAY FULL OF FLOWERS? Fill the whole damn place up with your favorite ones and dance the night away to a floral scent wafting through the air.
IS A CEREMONY FILLED WITH MOVIE REFERENCES YOUR THING? That sounds amazing. And yes, my husband whipped out a wand and started his wedding vows with “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.
DOES JUMPING IN A POOL AT THE END OF YOUR NIGHT SOUND LIKE THE BEST IDEA IN THE WORLD? Awesome, I’ll bring my swim shorts.
DOES HOURS OF PORTRAITS SOUND PERFECT FOR YOU? Perfect, bring plenty of snacks for you all. We can take all of the photographs you want.
DO YOU WANT TO TAKE WEDDING DAY PHOTOS WITH YOUR PET? Um hello, my dog is one of the great loves of my life too. I only ask to pet your fluffy friend in exchange.
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FREQUENTLY UNASKED QUESTIONS This whole wedding planning thing is overwhelming. You can get lost in pages of “what to ask your wedding photographer” and even for me, seeing all of those blog posts make me want to take a nap. While you should never be afraid to ask me any questions you have, that’s what I am here for. (Whatever you can throw at me, don’t worry, I have been asked weirder.)
Here are a few you might be too nervous to ask, and a few I wish you would ask.
HOW CAN WE GET THE BEST OUT OF OUR WEDDING PHOTOS? Enjoy your wedding day and those around you. It’s as simple as that. Beautiful wedding photographs have nothing to do with photographing at a particular time, portraits at a picturesque location, or spending hours taking pictures. They are made spectacular by what you bring to it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the little things (“did we pick the exact right blue for the centerpieces?”), but by doing so, you’re going to miss the moments that really matter. Let all of the things you can’t control go, and live in every moment of your wedding day. 50 years from now, you’ll be grateful you did.
DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW X TRADITION? If you want to, yes. If you don’t, no. Your wedding day is a celebration of you both. Contrary to what your overopinionated aunt/second cousin/person you haven’t spoken to since high school says, all that is needed for a wedding is people in love. That’s it. The rest is up to you.
Have you dreamed of the traditional wedding? Do it. Do you want to walk yourself down the aisle? Go for it. Do you wish you could order pizza instead of a 4 course plated meal? That sounds great. Can you only imagine yourself getting married in a church? Let’s do it. Want to rock a bright purple dress down the aisle or a meticulous suit? They will look great on you. Let your wedding day be yours.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF A WEDDING DAY? I love the moments in between the expected moments of a wedding day. The secret glances exchanged, that “oh my god we are actually married” excitement right after a couple walks back down the aisle, the way a loved one looks on to a first dance, your best friend’s “I have had too many beers” dance move that takes you back to college days. Those are the little moments that are unique to each wedding, and they are always my favorites.
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WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU OVER SOMEONE ELSE? Because I’m awesome and make the best jokes? Kidding. If you ask my husband they are pretty terrible. There is a consensus of “this is what a wedding has to be to count as a wedding” and “this is what you have to do to get good wedding photos.” From the very get-go, know you can leave all of that at the door. Any insecurities about your weddings not being “wedding enough” go out the window, and we get down to telling your story. It’s a move away from executing a list of photographs you can see on every blog, and portrait sessions that consists of cheesy one-liners to create nervous laughter, and a dive into something real. It’s bar hopping because three hours of portraits don’t make sense for every wedding, and that dance move your best friend has when they have had too much to drink. It’s the full story of your wedding day and the people that existed in it, not just the expected, pretty highlights. It’s your grandfather’s face when you walked down the aisle, or how good it felt to finally be married to your person. Your wedding photos have the ability to take you back to a magical day. Let’s make sure they show you how it felt, not just how it looked. I can do that for you while still letting you have a crap-ton of fun on your wedding day. You won’t spend the entire day feeling like you cant have fun because you have photos to take.
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Weddings are not the only part of our lives that should be documented. There are milestones big and small all along the way. Whether it is a headshot to celebrate a new promotion, family portraits (with or without children -- all families are important), I would love to photograph it.
Have an idea in mind? Let me know. Whether it is in my Buffalo studio, at your favorite park, or in your home, I am in! Let’s get you, and your loved ones photographed.
SLICE OF LIFE SESSIONS Much like your wedding day, your family is defined by you. I firmly believe that all families are worth documenting - whether that family consists of little ones, furry paws, the family you were born in to, or the family you have made for yourself. Slice of Life sessions are all about capturing those little instances in your daily lives that make up who you are together. It’s the way you all pile onto the couch, or that weird face your dog makes when you’re not sharing your food, or the way your sibling takes board games way too seriously. These sessions are all about the real, and are completely unique to you,
BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word boudoir? Is it that 1990’s photo featuring blurred skin and bright lights? Or is it the overly posed photograph of a woman in a position that is deemed pleasing to a man? Does that image in your head only feature women that fit a specific standard of beauty? You will find absolutely none of that here.
These sessions are about shutting down those voices from your past that told you that your self-worth was dependent on fitting a mold. It’s about quieting that whisper (or occasionally a yell) that pops up in your mind about not being “enough.” It is about feeling strong as hell and at home in your own skin.
It is so easy to look at photos of ourselves and see things we would like to change. It might be our noses, or are stomachs are softer than they used to be, or we wish our hair would sit just right. I want to reframe your mindset and help you relearn how to view and love your body. These sessions are a chance to see yourself through someone else’s eyes and take an afternoon for self-love and care.
BOUDOIR PRICING SESSION FEE A 2-hour risquĂŠ session at a location of your choice. Professional hair and makeup styling An in-person, or online ordering session to select your favorites and choose heirlooms and products. Artistic retouching of all images
HEIRLOOM ALBUM A 10x8 heirloom album with thick, pages. The corresponding files with a personal rights release. This album comes with up to 35 images.
COFFEE TABLE BOOK A 10x8 hard-cover book with thin, archival pages. The corresponding files with a personal rights release. This album comes with up to 25 images.
LITTLE BLACK BOOK A 7x5 hard-cover book with thin, archival pages. The corresponding files with a personal rights release. This album comes with up to 15 images.
FINE ART PRINT BOX A 5x7 glass print box with soldered metal hinges and trim. Your selection of 30 5x7 fine art prints.
850 BOUDIE VIEWER A custom vintage-styled view-master 10 images per spool.
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BOUDOIR FAQ’S WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT THAT OTHER BOUDOIR SESSIONS? Instead of working through intricate poses in a specific style of outfit, we work on making your boudoir session feel genuine to you. We go over not only how you want to look for your session, but how you want to feel. This means customizing everything from the location and attire to the playlist that makes you want to dance around the room. I make no assumptions about what your boudoir session should be, or how you should feel. It can be a glam session where you are dressed to the nines or a casual session in your favorite cotton tee on your couch. You can go in wanting to feel sexy and strong or soft and confident. It’s entirely up to you.
Is that super overwhelming? That’s totally okay, send me an email, and we can get to the root of the session that would be right for you.
HOW DOES A SESSION WORK? After we planned out the session that perfectly reflects you, we meet up for an afternoon of fun. Professional hair and makeup are provided by fantastic teams that will execute precisely what you want, whether that be a Victoriaâ€™s Secret glam look or one that is more subtle and everything in between. Once you are all ready and feeling like a queen, we dance around the room to your favorite playlist and photograph. Approximately 2-3 weeks after your session, you come back into the studio (or meet via skype if you arenâ€™t local) and we go through your favorite images to create the products you love.
Interested in a boudoir session? Let me know. I have whole pretty magazine just like this one about what they are like and how we can put together the perfect one to empower you.
* Please note: We want to get these images off of your computer and into your lives. Digital files are NOT included with your session fee. The corresponding digital files are available with the purchase of your custom products and are not available for purchase separately.
“I was so excited to book Jackie because her working is STUNNING and she captures the emotions of the day so easily and in such a graceful way. Our wedding photos have been the talk of the town. We have received SO many kind compliments not only on the photography but on Jackie herself. The photos are out of this world gorgeous, I can’t stop looking at them.
The moments that she captured are precious. We had such fun working with her, and I would recommend her over and over again.” - Liz and Michael, 09.01.17
You are about to spend one of the most exciting days of your lives with some woman, what if she is a total jerk? (For the record, I promise I’m not) I have spent my entire life utterly fascinated by stories – from sitting cross-legged, on the floor entranced by my grandmother’s adventures, to performing a dance piece on stage, to pouring over a good book. They have always been an integral part of my life. Photography was only a natural progression of storytelling. It is a honest beautiful medium that captures split-seconds to last a lifetime. After studying photojournalism at the acclaimed Rochester Institute of Technology, I spent four years working as a documentary photographer at multiple national newspapers. In 2012, I stumbled onto my late grandmother’s wedding album from 1956. I was instantly mesmerized by the images. It was a peek into their lives, one I would have never been able to witness otherwise.
From that moment on, I fell completely in love with wedding photography. It is a way to be remembered for generations to come – for your loved ones to see how deeply you loved, and how happy you were.
Since then, I have moved to Buffalo with my beloved husband and been blessed with being invited into the lives of extraordinary people. I am so grateful for being able to witness the most precious moments in people’s hearts.
When I am not photographing or working to make sure your images are as beautiful as possible, you can find me snuggled up in yoga pants, with my husband, dog that Iâ€™m convinced is 30% gremlin (100% okay with being THAT dog person), and a good book. Or, dancing around the kitchen cooking an elaborate meal, and belting out Broadway music. I watch too much Netflix (yes, I am STILL watching. Thanks for pointing that out Netflix), and can quote the entirety of both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
I am based in Buffalo, but work throughout Western New York, frequent the Greater New York City Area and am available nationwide. World travel is available dependent on the ability to attain a work visa.
Letâ€™s grab a cup of coffee or a beer. I would love to hear all about your wonderful lives and how we can tell that story together through images.
VENDORS For most couples, planning a wedding is diving into the deep end of a pool, backwards and momentarily forgetting how to swim. Flowers? Are we supposed to have signs for everything? What do you mean there is a fee for that? There are 50+ DJâ€™s in Buffalo, how the heck do we pick one? While it can be completely overwhelming (my husband came home more than once to me in a ball, surrounded by paper during wedding planning), I am here to help out in any way I can. The good thing about working in the wedding industry, is that other vendors become like co-workers. We know how to work together, and are a great time to help your wedding day go as smoothly as possible. Here are some of my favorites:
Magnolia Salon IDuPretty Jessica Elle Beauty Special Occasions Hair Design
Flowerwell Fern Croft Floral Wild Blossom Hollow Williams Florist
CUSTOM ATTIRE/ACCESSORIES B in a Bonnet Made By Anatomy Blanca Veils (Etsy)
VIDEOGRAPHY Hannah Forest Films The Harris Company Monarch Productions Andy Morin Videography
DJ/BAND Toy Brothers (Mike is the bomb!) Showcase Sound Party of Nine Something Else
DESSERT Muscoreils Fine Desserts Ohlson’s Bakery Boxcar Donuts Paula’s Donuts
EVENT PLANNING/DESIGN Ellicottville Events Events by Crystal
Can’t find what you are looking for here? Let me know, I am happy to help make this process easier for you.
IS IT TIME TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY? Feel like you can see us working together? I would absolutely love to work with you on your wedding day. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to start the booking process.
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