I’m ready to book you as my wedding photographer. What are the next steps?

Simple. We’ll hop on a call to determine the right amount of coverage for your day, and I will email over a proposal. From there, you’ll sign the attached contract electronically and pay the retainer via the provided link. This secures your date. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before your wedding date. 

I’ve signed the contract and paid the retainer. now what?

A few days after you sign the contract and pay the retainer, you’ll get an email from me with my Planning Guide that should help you……..

About a month prior to your wedding date, you’ll receive an email with a questionnaire that asks for a few more details, like where you’ll be getting ready, how many people will be in your wedding party, and what kind of traditions will take place at your reception. This information helps to ensure I won’t miss any important moments. 

Using the answers to your questionnaire, I put together a suggested timeline for the day to ensure ample time for photos and ideal lighting. I am also happy to coordinate with your wedding planner on a timeline to keep things flowing smoothly.

About three weeks before your wedding, you will receive an invoice detailing payments made and any remaining balance.

When will I get to see my photos?

I typically deliver galleries within four to six weeks, but editing can take up to eight weeks. For an additional fee, I offer sneak peeks and expedited editing (gallery delivery within seven days) for a flat rate. 

Do you have backup gear? Are you insured?

I always bring two camera bodies to every wedding, and I always have three to four lenses with me. I bring an excess of memory cards and shoot with two cards in my camera so in the instance one fails, I have a back up.

My business is insured, and I am happy to share documentation with you or your venue.

What if it rains on my wedding day?

In Louisiana, it’s not an unlikely scenario! We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I won’t let a little rain stop me from getting gorgeous photos on your wedding day.

How many photos are included in my gallery?

Portrait sessions typically yield 60 to 100 images. Weddings range from 500 to 1500 images depending on the length of coverage.

What should I wear for my engagement photos?

Balance is best. I recommend balancing patterns and solids, colors and neutrals. Most importantly, wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable.

What should I expect at my engagement session?

We’ll meet at a location that’s meaningful to you, or if you need a little guidance, I’m happy to suggest some of my favorite spots to shoot. From there, we can meander about, keeping it fun and playful, and snap some photos when inspiration hits.

faqs

my goal

For many, being in front of the camera is a little awkward. I totally get it. There’s a reason I prefer to spend my time behind the camera! It’s my hope that with a few corny jokes and a little trust, you’ll allow me to coax out your inner goof and catch a glimpse of your romantic side. The best photos happen when you’re most relaxed and comfortable, and I prioritize creating a space where you can let go and be you.

MY SHOOTING STYLE

I’m a documentary-style wedding photographer — no forced smiles or awkward posing here. If I’m doing my job right, you’ll barely notice my presence, but you can trust that I’m catching every small gesture and moment while you enjoy your day. My approach to portraits is a little more structured. I may encourage you with prompts, like whispering in your love’s ear or having your kids do jumping jacks, always with the goal of capturing authentic emotion.

MY EDITING STYLE

I take a “less is more” approach to editing. In most of my work, I prefer to simply enhance what my camera captures rather than make any drastic changes. My classic, timeless style ensures you’ll cherish your photos for years to come. 

WORKING WITH ME

I’m Ali, a wedding and portrait photographer in
New Orleans, LA.