It is the emotion conveyed in our images that sets our wedding photography apart. We capture all the romance, laughter, celebration and most importantly the love you have for your family. Scroll down for; Why Us, FAQ & Wedding Schedule Planning Tips. This slideshow is 3min 30sec, enjoy!

 

Wedding Details

Why Us

Gentlemen deserves great photos too
How well a photographer can photograph a man is a good testament to their skill level. Both male and female photographers alike generally tend to favour the Bride, and for good reason; females are generally more camera friendly. But that is no excuse for a photographer to put less effort into photographing the Groom. We believe that Grooms are equally important and deserving of images that he can be proud of.

We love your parents
We find that the parents are often neglected as well. No doubt every photographer will take pictures of your parents; usually during group photos and a few candids throughout the day. However, we feel like that is not enough. We feel that your parents deserve extra special attention. We do not leave a wedding until we have taken a few extra special photos of both sets of parents and grandparents. It has probably been a long time since your parents have had a very nice photo and they have most likely contributed a lot to your wedding, so we feel that they really deserve this. And so far, every parent and wedding couple has really loved that we take the time to do this.

Experience with many photographers
Working with and assisting other photographers is one of the best ways to improve our service. We never stop learning in this way and have many great relationships with other photographers in our area. We have worked with some of the best photographers in the area and have listed them on our about page.

We care about you
Style is often subjective. However, hard work and great client service are always measurable. We try our hardest to outdo your expectations by paying attention to the fine details that even you may not have even considered important. While we work together you will feel the love as we encourage people in front of our camera to open up and express themselves. We believe in fast, high quality service and are always figuring out how to make the experience better for you. We consistently study, practice and keep up with technology to ensure we are ahead of the game and offering you something that you will love. We want to earn your business and convince you that you made the right decision in choosing our services.

 

Wedding Day Schedule Tips

A traditional wedding day can take up to 14 hours; if you consider that you will start to get ready shortly after you wake up in the morning and the party ends shortly before everyone goes home and goes to sleep.  While some weddings can be a little shorter at about 8 hours; if you are staying at a hotel that will host the ceremony and reception. And, Elopements or Intimate weddings can take as little as 4 hours.

Below we will help you figure out how much photography coverage you need as well as,  give you advice on areas that can be adjusted if you are having a smaller more intimate wedding.

Let us start by saying that the most important sections of the wedding day are; the Ceremony, Group Photos & Romantic Photos, which take about 4 hours in total. Therefore, you can start there and build onto that what you may like. As well, for any section of the day that you may not feel the need for a professional photographer; for example getting ready, you may decide to have a family member take some photos.
 
We have outlined the standard break down of a wedding day. Each section below typically takes around 2 hours, especially if you include travel, hugs & kisses, forgetting things and normal delays when you are trying to organize a large group of people. A wedding day hours goes by quickly.


Getting Ready (2 hours each)
Depending on how many people there are and how far along you are when we arrive; we find 2 hours gives us time to cover everything, as well as allows us to keep our distance. There are many details to photograph during this time and often many photos with the parents, family and wedding party. This gives us the ability to photograph everyone looking their best and gives you time to hangout with the friends and family.

To save time, the Bride & Groom can get ready in separate rooms at the same location; such as a hotel, be half way dressed when we arrive and have a small well organized group of people.

First Look (2 hours)
A first look is when the Bride & Groom decide to do a surprise visit with each other before the ceremony. You may find this to be an exciting idea or you may want to stick to tradition. The advantages of a first look is that you can get the romantic photos done early in the day when you are fresh, as well as save time between the ceremony and reception and join your guests sooner. If you do choose to go with a first look, we recommend using the full 1-2hours here, so that you can go straight from your ceremony to your reception later.

Ceremony & Group Photos (2 hours)
Many wedding ceremonies are about a 30 min to 1 hour service. The receiving line can take anywhere from 15-30mins. This would allow about 30 min for family photos and take about 1.5 to 2 hours in total from the start of the ceremony to the end of the group photos.

Romantic Photos (2 hours)
This will be your first chance to relax and gather yourself and enjoy a little time with your partner. Also, the wedding party will surely want to crack open some refreshments. Depending on the locations you have chosen, there may be some travel time and everyone has to get in the limo and out of the limo at each location.

To save time , you can have group photos with the wedding party right after the ceremony and send them off with the guests and then have your romantic photos at a nearby location.

Dinner & Speeches (2 hours)
This section always takes longer than expected. It really does normally take a long time for guests to settle down, find their seats, the wedding party entrance, dinner to be served and speeches throughout.

To save time, you can do the wedding party entrance, first 3 dances, bouquet toss, garter toss and cake cutting immediately (which will take about 1 hour) and let your photographer go before dinner.

Traditions (2 hours)
If you save the traditions for after dinner, they typically take a little longer. Likely you will be going by a more relaxed timeline, which may mean there will be a few more speeches, you will be socializing with guests and so on. This will typically mean about a 2 hour time frame to get all of you traditions done.

To save time, you can remain diligent and get the traditions done within 1 hour after diner.

Guests, Party and Exit (2 hours)
At this point it is up to you how much longer you would like the photographers to stick around.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Payment:
Sessions require a 25% retainer fee to reserve the date. The remainder is due 7 days before the session. Cash, cheque, email transfer or credit card.
Cheques payable to: Lighten Up Photography.   E-Transfer to: info@lightenupphotography.com

Do you work with a second photographer?
Yes we do. Our second photographer helps to provide a better quality of lighting. They speed up the process for the lead photographer, allowing more images. They back up the images throughout the day. They can also provide sweet little benefits, such as getting to the reception early to capture details and set up a same day slideshow of your best images from your wedding day; which is a big hit with our clients and their guests. And of course, our second photographer will provide additional photographs in a well planned out manner to ensure the absolute best coverage possible. Many photographers split up during the getting ready photos... We do not do that. Both of us provide coverage for both the Bride and Groom, ensuring your images are higher quality.

Aside from the benefits to the client, a wedding day is a long day and having two photographers provide an opportunity to cover each other during washroom breaks and snacks. As well, if the lead photographer is hurt or damages their camera, the second can provide un-interupted coverage until the lead photographer is ready to go again.

In some cases, if the event is less than 8 hours, we can replace the second photographer with an assistant which will provide many of the same benefits at a lesser cost to you.

How many pictures do we get?
It varies on the type and duration of the session. An estimated quantity will be discussed in advance and detailed in the contract. Typically we do provide as many as we can. A rough estimate is somewhere in the range of 50 images per hour in the case of large events and often more. We do not limit the number of photographers based on quality or price. We provide as many as we can minus duplicates.

Do you edit every photograph?
We edit every photograph we provide. Editing involves making sure that the brightness and colour are professional, the images are straightened and cropped to look ideal and minor adjustments are applied overall for a quality finished look. As well we provide basic retouching to images as needed to fix obvious blemishes.

Can we see the outtakes?
After receiving your images, you should feel confident that we have provided you with just about everything we could and we hold nothing back.

Should you attend our rehearsal?
It is not necessary. We have photographed many weddings and events in a large variety of locations and conditions. Typically within seconds we will have our lighting and settings dialed in. However, please let us know if there is anything unique that we should be aware of.

Can our family and friends view, download and/or order prints?
Yes. We recommend that you collect emails on the invitations. This will give either us or yourself the ability to send out a link to the image gallery quickly and easily.  You will get to decide if there are shots you’d rather not have accessible to them in the online gallery.

Can we give you a photo list?
Yes. We like to refer to it as a mood board, that we will discuss in advance to ensure we meet your style. At the same time, the majority of the requests we receive are already on our must have list.

Can our friends take photos and/or follow us around?
Yes. We welcome and encourage guest photography. However, they must be respectful of everyone's time, personal space and attention. We expect minor disruptions, but if it does get out of hand, we will ask for our space and expect you to have our back, should your guest be offended. The same rules apply should you want to allow one of your guests to shadow us.

Do you mind if my friend, X, who is a photographer re-edits the shots after delivery?
If we have communicated well, there should be no need for additional editing. If there is a need, please let us know

What do we need as the photographers?
We need time to photograph well. The majority of what we do is a business and can all be looked at accordingly and achieved in a timely manner. However, the photography itself needs to be respected in concern with time. When necessary we can work quickly and under pressure with excellent results. Nonetheless, ample time will allow you to slow down, relax and be comfortable in front of the camera as well as, allow us to respect your vision and focus on the details. Therefore, depending on your needs, do not underestimate the amount of time needed to achieve the results.

Copyright, Licensing and Model Release:
A copyright, License and Model Release are designed to protect both the client and the photographer. We have full respect for your privacy. Details will be included in the contract and you will have full rights to print and use your images.

Any advice you can give us?
3 second First Kiss; and practice the night before. Don't wing it, this is the best kiss of your life!

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