Frequently Asked Questions
Hello there! If you've stumbled across this page, you're most likely engaged to marry your best friend and soulmate! I hope you've taken a peek at The Blog to view some of my recent work and wedding planning advice. You can see more of the beautiful couples I am so fortunate to work with on Facebook, and get to know me on a more personal level on Instagram!
Below you'll find some of the most frequent questions I've received when couples are getting ready to book a wedding photographer. If you have a question that isn't covered below, feel free to shoot me an email or drop me a line– I'd love to chat and hear all about what you have planned for your wedding day!
How did you get into the event photography industry?
In my sophomore year of college as a photography major, I began second shooting for a local wedding photographer. I instantly fell in love with the wedding industry and documenting one of the most joyful days of a couple's life! It also allowed me to introduce boudoir photography into the photography services I offer. After seven wedding seasons later, I fall more in love with what I do each and everyday!
What makes you and your work different from other photographers?
I strive to take all of your photos in an intimate and relaxed setting, and try to use natural lighting as often as possible for the most flattering portraits. It is my mission to not only provide you with beautiful photographs for you and future generations to look back on, but to also provide an unforgettable experience! The time I spend with my clients is candid and fun!
What is your style?
I describe my work as elegant, timeless and romantic. While I love capturing genuine smiles, laughter and emotion, I also enjoy the little details and lightly posed photographs that take some extra creative thinking. My photojournalistic style, mixed in with a bit of fine art is what makes my style unique. I believe photography not only preserves memories and emotion, but also tells a story. Read more about my philosophy.
Do you edit the images yourself?
Absolutely! After an engagement session, wedding or boudoir session, I narrow down the images to present to my clients, which are then professionally edited by myself. I do not provide unedited photographs to my clients, as it would be similar to buying a car that is only partially assembled. You deserve only the very best!
Do you travel?
Yes! I LOVE to travel, especially if my photography is bringing me to new places! I am available for destination weddings and engagement sessions worldwide. Shoot me a message for destination pricing, along with the details of your day!
I love your work! How do I reserve you to photograph my wedding?
Once I you've told me you're ready to book, I'll send you an online contract for you to sign electronically. When I've received your signed contract and the non-refundable retainer fee ($750 for weddings, $300 for boudoir sessions), your date is saved!
Do you shoot more than one event on my wedding day?
Once your wedding date is booked, you are my only client for that day! My heart and soul goes into photographing your wedding day, so I decline any other commissions or inquiries I receive for that date.
What do your wedding collections include?
Each of my wedding collections includes at least six hours of wedding day coverage, a second photographer, private online gallery with your images delivered to you for immediate download, customized photography timeline of your wedding day and complimentary engagement session. I offer wedding collections beginning at $3500 and have most couples invest in the Wedding Experience for $5000. To learn more about my wedding collections and the Shaina Lee Photography Wedding Experience, inquire here.
Do you offer professional prints and products?
I sure do! I believe photos should be printed, instead of just hanging out on a hard drive for all of eternity. I work with the best in the industry to provide my clients with prints, albums and wall art to showcase their beautiful photos.
Do I have permission to print the photos and use them online?
Yes and yes. When you download your images, you'll also receive a print release with detailed instructions about printing and posting images online. I ask that you tag Shaina Lee Photography in the photo caption when posting an image online to social media. Much love and effort goes into providing you with quality, artistic photographs. If you prefer not to print through me and print photos on your own, I cannot guarantee the quality of the print lab you choose to use.
Wedding Gallery: When you enter the gallery, I'll have each part of the day separated into folders (i.e. Details, Wedding Prep, First Look, Bridal Party Portraits, Ceremony, Family Portraits and Reception), which will be sized for print. There will also be a folder labeled "Shaina's Favorites" which will contain images sized for web sharing with a small watermark in the corner of the photo. In the event that there is a photo that you'd like to share online but isn't in the "Shaina's Favorites" folder, just let me know and I'd be more than happy to add it for you!
Engagement Gallery: Your engagement gallery will have two folders with the exact same images in each. One folder will be labeled "Photos for Print" for printing only, and the other "Photos for Web" for online sharing only.
How long is the Engagement Session?
Your session is one hour in length at the location of your choosing. After your wedding date is booked, we'll choose a date that works with your schedule. Engagement sessions are photographed in the hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset. If you need help planning your session, I have plenty of suggestions for locations, what to wear and more!
Will we be featured in a magazine or blog?
Having your wedding featured is not something I can guarantee, but I do often submit my work for publication. Many publishers are interested in colorful, uniquely designed weddings, as well as documentary style engagement sessions.
Do you photograph same-sex weddings?
Absolutely! Love is love, something special shared between two people. I couldn't be happier to capture the exchange of vows and commitment on a couple's wedding day!
Do you photograph intimate weddings and elopements?
Yes! Whether it's a small gathering at the beach or two people are tying the knot at the city hall, I love all weddings, no matter how many guests are in attendance. For inquiries regarding small, intimate weddings and elopements, contact me to learn more about special pricing.
How long does it take to receive my photographs?
Engagement and boudoir galleries are generally ready 3-4 weeks after your session date. Your wedding gallery will be sent to you 4-6 weeks after your wedding date (though in the height of wedding season these time frames may be a bit longer). I'll always post a few of my favorites to Facebook and Instagram to give you a sneak peek until the full galleries are ready!
How long are the online galleries available for?
Galleries are private and password protected. They are available to you for 2 weeks, and can be re-opened for an additional fee of $25 at one week increments. When you download your photos from the gallery, be sure to save them in a safe place on your computer (though I do recommend backing them up in another location (i.e. external hard drive, the cloud, etc.) just to be safe!).
What happens if you have an emergency and are unable to photograph my wedding?
In the highly unlikely event that I would be unable to photograph your wedding day due to an unforeseeable situation, I have a list of photographers that I work closely with whom I could call upon as a replacement if needed. Due to my strong ties in the area, as well as the numerous photography networks I'm part of, I would easily be able to find someone with a similar style to mine.
Have more questions?
No problem! Email me at email@example.com or give me a ring at (203)247-7905. I'd love to chat!
Posts for Reference:
Who is The Shaina Lee Bride? – A must read for all inquiring couples! My philosophy and more!
Capturing Moments | My Style & Approach – A bit about my photographic style.
The Engagement Session – What to expect, why they're important and some planning tips!
The Power of a Photograph – The importance of preserving a rich family history of love and life.
Print Your Photos! – Your photos should live on the walls of your home, not on your hard drive!