M A R I S S A
D E C K E R
P H O T O G R AP H Y
M A G A Z I N E
AN INSIDE LOOK TO OUR NATURAL WEDDING EXPERIENCE & WHO WE ARE S P R I N G
A Bit About Marissa
Wedding Highlight: Wojtila Wedding
About This Wedding Magazine
Your Photographerâ€™s Wedding Timeline
5 Tips for a Stress Free Wedding
Investment: What does it mean for Wedding Photographers
M A R I S S A
D E C K E R
I am a photographer, free-spirit, and lover of candids So wonderful to meet you! Most days you’ll find
transport you the minute you hold them in your
me on the living room floor, wearing yoga pants, a
hands. I’m that girl who understands how awkward
smile on my face, and a book somewhere in reach.
it is in front of the camera. (All my personal photos
I’m a true child at heart, which in adult-fashion is
will attest.) It's because of this, I focus on emotion
a free-spirit. I give my heart to cities that show
rather than static posing. I fall in love with hap-
spectacular sunrises, and jump up and down when
piness, movement, laughter, silence, and that all
encompassing word: personality. I allow my couples to be themselves opening an entirely new door to
My camera? It’s the vehicle I use to capture the
most beautiful love stories. It’s that box probably muffling my squeal when I see how lovely you
I'm a photographer, free-spirit, and lover of candids
shine! I take ordinary moments that are gone in
just trying to make this whole picture thing a little
the blink of an eye and turn them into extraordi-
less stressful and a little more you.
nary keepsakes. The kind of photos that
ABOUT THIS WEDDING MAGAZINE
Why a magazine?
Short version: I'm in love with InDesign. Being primarily a photographer, I needed to find a solid reason to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription of a non-photo-editing software.
Long Version: I've always had this dream to write a book and maybe one day I actually will. I thoroughly love sharing my story and process in hopes it helps someone find theirs!
For the past year I've had an itch for more creative outlets. I toyed with emails, but my soft-spoken soul wasn't ready to pop into an inbox on a regular basis. Hii, introvert over here!
What was left? Just updating social media? Nah.
I had an idea to create a wedding magazine for my 2019 brides. Then it snowballed. Why not create a magazine that allows me to touch base with all my past and future clients, or even just update friends and family of my adventures?
I will chat about some of my favorite weddings (even though they are all my faves!), some nifty tricks I've learned about wedding planning, and even just answer some of the most common photographer questions I receive.
So here we are. The first issue! My soft-spoken soul and I hope you love it.
Turn the page, let's see where it takes us!
5 TIPS FOR A
W E D D I N G
Letâ€™s talk through five tips to help organize a stress-free wedding day! Capturing over four years full of weddings led to
It's all about guiding my couples through the com-
experiencing an array of what to-do and what not
plicated / stressful / crazy process of planning the
to-do. Of course there is always more to see and
biggest, most important day of their lives.
learn, but I feel being a part of 50+ weddings can allow me to chat on the topic. Let me be honest: My
No biggie, right? Wrong. Letâ€™s talk through five tips
clients are amazing. They truly are the best of the
to help organize a stress-free wedding day, shall
best. Since I work with some of the best, I need to
be the absolute best.
1 T H E
S C H E D U L E
2 T H E
P R E P
Your ceremony time directs how the day will lead. If it’s
When your photographer shows up, you want them to get
in the middle of the day, great, you can do your photos in
right to work. How do you do this? By prepping ahead of
between you tying the knot and cocktail hour. But if your
time. What should you prepare? Well, anything you want
ceremony flows into your cocktails, you should probably
photographed. For my brides, I suggest to have any bridal
consider a first look. My goal? To have everyone enjoy as
details they want captured set out. Whether that is the
much of cocktail hour as possible. Why? Well the most
dress, hangers, jewelry, family heirlooms, flowers, shoes,
obvious answer is you are paying for it, so you might as well
etc! When I start shooting, I begin with styling these details
enjoy it. But another point: it’s one of the only times you get
that help tell your wedding story. If you don’t have things
to greet your guests. Chat with your photographer, find out
ready, I’ll be wasting time tracking them down (when I could
how long they need for certain things, schedule in travel
be making them pretty and shooting!) The more prepared
time, and add a little cushion!
you are, the better – for you and for your photographer!
3 T H E
T H E
C O M M U N I C AT I O N
T I M E
Need your grandma to the church early? Want your wedding
I love when my couples make time for a first look for multiple
party to hang around after the ceremony? Need to get your
reasons. First, it gives you the chance to take a breath,
college buddies ready for a shot during cocktail hour? Tell
embrace, and experience the emotions without hundreds of
them! Make sure you communicate the schedule clearly and
pairs of eyes on you. Second, it allows us to knock out the
that everyone who needs it has it BEFORE the wedding. This
bridal party portraits so we can cruise into the ceremony with
helps us not waste time tracking Uncle Mike down or grabbing
only Family Portraits to go. Lastly, it gives me the chance to
Ben from the bar. Photos move faster, getting you to your
sneak into your reception during cocktail hour and photograph
party sooner. Plus you’re less stressed, I promise.
all of the hard work you’ve done! The time I have can help preserve all the details you spend months planning! I get it though, some people truly enjoy the traditional first look down the aisle. If this is the case, I always like to take my couples out for a sunset photo, so that way they have a few minutes of time just for them.
5 T H E
P R E S E N C E
Wait, what? You better believe it when everyone tells you that a wedding day is a total whirlwind! If you don't intentionally take in those moments where you stop and hold a hand or share a smile, it will fly by. When I capture bridal portraits, I make sure to reiterate that this isn’t just time for photos, this is a time for you to be fully with each other. Hug the way you hug, kiss the way you kiss. If you want to pick her up, do it. If you want to grab his face, hold on tight. Feel the joy and experience how wonderful your love is.
I, along with thousands of photographers, truly believe that wedding days are living, moving, breathing phenomena. They are here and gone in the blink of an eye. It’s important to set yourself up for a beautiful day and to lessen any stress ahead of time. This way you can enjoy your day without focusing on the schedule or the flowers, the cake or even the music.
Focus on what is beginning. This union, this marriage, the new chapter in your lives. It's the experience to take in that helps create a marriage more beautiful than your wedding day.
Your photographer is an investment Every wedding is extraordinary because every couple is extraordinary. Being your photographer is a job I take very seriously. I want you to remember every emotion and feeling that came from your wedding day. In order to do that, I found it helps if my couples and I truly click. When you feel comfortable with your photographer, it shows. You embrace moments as they come, instead of constantly worrying and looking ahead!
Your photographer is an investment. In truth your photos will live on for generations to enjoy. The cake ends up devoured, the flowers dried, the dress pressed and hung. Your photographs are the items to be revisited again and again!
A photographer should only be helping you focus on what is beginning. The marriage. The new chapter in your lives. So invest in a one you respect, trust and love. Have them capture the moments, while you worry about living them!
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W O J T I L A
W E D D I N G
H I G H L I G H T
The first wedding I captured 100% candidly and why I was hooked!
I don't have any words for this wedding, other that
working together on their wedding day, I was scared
HOT DAMN WOW. The Wojtila clan has been in my
out of my mind. What if I can't capture what I feel?
life for years. They are that family that truly encapsu-
What if I mess up and completely ruin the best day of
lates what it means to be a family. Together sharing
happiness as the brightest of lights to others. This is always going to be a question I ask myself in When Jimmy & Sarah first contacted me about
doubt. But back in 2016, I was still working out my
kinks. I had about 15 weddings under my belt and still hadn't solidified my approach to capturing special days. I went back and forth between posing couples making perfection to intermittently capturing the candids. I thought there was only one place to stand for a first kiss, and I definitely struggled with lighting aspects. I fully believed at that point that I was not worthy to capture a couple like Jimmy & Sarah.
That year I had 11 weddings, and decided to try something new. Their wedding was on the last day of year (yes, that is New Year's Eve), and I jumped in head first. I stopped posing. I paused my instinct to tell them what to do. I let it go, and watched their emotions soar.
What did I see? Everything. I saw the tiny way Sarah's mouth pinched up into a smile when Jimmy looked in her eyes. I saw Jimmy (and his dad!) cry when they first saw Sarah down the aisle. I saw personality in every single guest in that bridal party. I experienced joy in just clicking my shutter. I let them be them, and experienced their day as they felt it.
Before their wedding I would ask for Pinterest boards or photo lists. Since then, I stopped. I explain to my couples that the best way for me to naturally capture their day is for them to be natural.
I can't capture candid moments if I'm trying to find the definition of perfection.
Which brings me to my final note: Perfection doesn't necessarily mean posing. Every couple endorses their own version of love and that exudes not only emotion, but also a natural way to fit together. When I was telling couples how to stand, I was taking away from their natural fit. I was instilling in them an idea that their own way to be together wasn't good enough. And that is just not true.
So there grew my idea for a natural photography experience. One that hooked me into primarily capturing candids, and allowing my couples to experience every feeling without evoking anything.
Don't believe that it could work? Take a look at some images from their wedding gallery!
Let's chat about what your photographer does before, during, & after your wedding! Let it be said loud and clear, a wedding photogra-
much time I spend making sure their wedding is
pher's job does not end when he or she leaves your
perfectly them. On the following pages, I listed my
reception. It also doesn't begin the moment they
own wedding timeline. I hope this helps (or at least
arrive. There are multiple steps photographers go
lets my mother realize how much work I actually am
through in order to provide clients with their beau-
doing while editing at my computer, watching Game
tiful moments. I love to share my wedding process,
of Thrones for the umpteenth time.)
not to boast at how much work it takes, but to open eyes of clients and vendors, so one can see how
B E F O R E
W E D D I N G
Inquiry Thank You Email Response Inquiry Email Portfolio & Wedding Brochure Package Selected Received, Follow up Email Schedule Meeting in Person/Call with Couple Meet in Person (Discuss Contract, Portfolio Images, Tentative Timeline, Package Details) Follow-up Email with Contract & Invoice Invoice & Contract Received Engagement Session Schedule Engagement Location Scout Engagement Session + Travel Time Engagement Back Up & Cull a few for Teaser Engagement Teaser Facebook/Instagram Posted Engagement Finish Cull & Lightroom Editing Engagement Photoshop Editing (if needed) Engagement Session Uploaded & Backed up (yes, again!) Engagement Session Gallery Sent Engagement Black/White or Color Proof Edits (if any) Engagement Download Pin & Print Release Sent Engagement CD Made *(if desired)* Engagement CD & Handwritten TY Note, Shipped CD Follow Up Received Mock up Wedding Timeline (tentative) Rent any Camera Equipment Needed Pre-Wedding Meeting Scheduled Pre-Wedding Meeting (at venue preferably) - Discuss Remaining Fee, Final Timeline discussion, Family Portrait List, and Full Vendor List Follow Up Email with Final Timeline Including Venue Address(es) Confirmation Print Contract, Invoice, Family List & Vendors to Bring to Wedding Camera Charge, Cards Format, Batteries for External Flash (per Reception) Map out route and Print (in case phone dies!)
D U R I N G
W E D D I N G
Good Morning â€œHappy Wedding Dayâ€? text! Confirm Time Arrival (& Room numbers if in Hotel) Arrive at Getting Ready Venue Photograph Details/ Chat with Coordinator, if Hired Photograph Getting Ready for Guys (if at same place) Photograph Getting Ready for Girls (into Dress, Father/Dad first look/ etc) Prep First Look (if Having) Photograph First Look Give Bride and Groom Time to be Alone
Gather Bridal Party for Portraits (Travel to Portraits Location - if Need) Bridal Party Portraits Multiple Groupings) Bridal Party Individuals with B/G, if Desired (Party Downtime Before Ceremony) - Travel to Ceremony if need Capture Ceremony Details/ Chat with Priest/Minister/Pastor/etc Coordinate with Second Photographer Touch Base with Bride/Bridesmaids (explain how to walk) Touch Base with Groom/Groomsmen Set up to Photograph Ceremony Entrance Photograph Ceremony Photograph Ceremony Exit Prep for Family Photos Gather Family on Family List (with help from Second Photographer/Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen) Capture Family Portraits Send Everyone to Enjoy Cocktail Hour Pay Second Photographer Photograph Cocktail Hour Details & People Mingling Simultaneously Photograph Reception Details (Before Anyone Has Seen Them!) Prep Reception Entrance Chat with DJ/Band/etc, Confirm Reception Timeline and Events Gather Bridal Party for Reception Entrance Photograph Reception Entrance Photograph Cutting of the Cake and Cake After it is First Cut Photograph Reception Toasts Ask Bride and Groom if Need Anything Before Heading to Sit for Dinner Break to Eat Dinner (Make Sure Batteries are Charged/Cards Still Working/Back up if Possible). Chat with DJ on Dinner Timeline Photograph Reception Event Dances (if Not Prior to Dinner) Photograph Dancing/Mingling Grab Bride & Groom, Step Out for a Sunset Photo Capture Sunset Photos (5 Minutes Tops!) Say Congrats and Farewell to Couple and Coupleâ€™s Parents! Depart Wedding
P O S T W E D D I N G
E V E N I N G
Arrive Home Grab Food to Binge & Turn on Netflix/Pop in DVDâ€™s
Plug in Cameras into Computer and Upload RAW Originals Back Up RAW Originals on External 1 Back Up RAW Originals on External 2 Import RAW Originals into Lightroom
P O S T W E D D I N G
N I G H T
C N T D
Small Culling Process - Gather 20-50 Favorites Edit Those 25-50 Faves Export Images and Post Teasers (FB/Instagram) SLEEP!
A F T E R
W E D D I N G
Pack Up and Ship Rental Equipment (if Ordered) Fully Cull Images Flag Culled Images Organize Images by Time of Day Edit Getting Ready Images Export Getting Ready jpgs to Folder Edit Ceremony Images Export Ceremony jpgs to Folder Edit Bridal Party/Bridal Portraits Images Export Bridal Party jpgs to Folder Edit Family Portraits Export Family Portraits jpgs to Folder Edit Reception Export Reception jpgs to Folder Cull Through jpgs Edit any Facial Imperfections/Wonky Objects in Photoshop Back up Finalized Wedding jpgs on External 2 Upload to Online gallery, Per Each Folder Finalize Images & Email to Bride & Groom as Online Proofs Place Order for “Thank You” Goodie Box Edit Color/Black and white Proofs if desired Generate Download Pin & Place All Images on USB Confirm Mailing Address Place Order for Thank You Prints Mock up Wedding Album (if ordered) Through InDesign Edit Wedding Album Mock Up, 10-Spreads Sent to Bride & Groom Confirm Layout/Images for Wedding Album Place Order for Wedding Album, to Ship Directly to Clients Combine all Goodie/Thank You Boxes and Prep to Ship Update Clients on Progress of Wedding Album Write Thank You Card. Attach Card USB Box with MDP Business Cards Ship from FedEx Follow-up on Received of USB and Prints
Again, this is my typical outline for each and every one of my lovely couples. Every photographer has a different method to their work-flow. I tailor mine to make sure my couples are as prepared for their day as I am. This timeline cares for each step of the planning in that process.
It is important to keep in mind that even though this specific timeline is in route for one couple, it may be at different stages for another. So if you send an inquiry to a photographer and they don't get back to you within that same day, be patient! They might have some other things in their load that are have their attention.
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Published on Mar 14, 2018