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Alecia & Mike {Southern Michigan Wedding Photographer}

This wedding has been SUCH a long time coming! I have been photographing Alecia & Mike’s daughter for a few years now and completely honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding! These two are AMAZING together and Mike can make Alecia laugh at the drop of the dime! Which made for great pictures at least! This day couldn’t have went better really we woke up to 70 degree weather in APRIL!!! The sun was shining which made for AMAZING sunset pictures! The ceremony was held at the St. Nichols Orthodox Church and the reception was held at the beautiful Colonial Valley Suites. Now lets talk about the brides bouquet! It was completely made out of shells and when I say this thing was heavy that is an understatement! I carried it like a football EVERY where I took it! I wonder if she ever weighed it! If you haven’t Alecia GOO NOW!!  I can’t wait for you guys to see all the images but here are some of my favorites until their gallery is complete in the coming weeks but here is the link to where the pictures will be uploaded to!! VIEW THEIR GALLERY HERE!!! Bride and GroomAlecia & Mikebride with bridesmaidsgroom and groomsmen with detailsmom putting on dressbride getting readyfirst lookflower girlbride coming down the aisle dad and bride at alterbride and groom at churchbride and groom at alter in churchbride with bridesmaidsbridal partybride and groombride and groom, bouquet of shellsAlecia & Mikebouquet of shells ring shot in shellbride with cake on her Dress: Davinci from Perfect Fit in Clio

Bridesmaid Dresses: Perfect Fit in Clio 

Groomsmen: Meant to Be Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe

Make Up and Hair: Marlaina Hubbard with Octane

BOOK YOUR WEDDING WITH KAYE’S PHOTOGRAPHY at Info@kayesphotography.com or by the contact tab above!!!

Cody Lowery - Love the details!! That bouquet is awesome too! These photos are wonderufl I enjoyed looking through their special day

Yay for WEDDING SEASON!!!! {Southern Michigan Wedding Photographer}

I am SOOO excited to start my 2015 wedding season this weekend!:)With weddings come RING SHOTS of course! Last year we had a LOT Of good ones and this year I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve! Girls we have to show those diamonds off while they are all shiny right?! ring shot, brides ring, so prettyHaven’t booked your wedding with KAYE’S PHOTOGRAPHY yet?? DONT WAIT! Email me at info@kayesphotography.com or use that contact tab at the top!!!

Veronicaa & Tyler – {Detroit Michigan Wedding Photographer}

Meeting both Veronicaa & Tyler was such a treat! They laughed together and you could definitely feel the love between them! Veronicaa really wanted a rustic open field look to her engagement session and doing this in mid April was a bit of a challenge but that just pushed me to be more creative! Everything around us was dead and in a few of the shot poor Veronicaa was still standing in SNOW!!! I mean come on there wasn’t much to work with here BUT I pulled into the park and there they were! I am not sure what they were called but the sun was coming down for that lovely golden hour and hitting these wheat looking plants soooo GORGEOUS I was like THERE!!! There it is I am going to put them RIGHT in the middle of those! Right in the middle of a PARKING LOT hahah! Do you think these were taken in the middle of a parking lot?? I bet you don’t go have a look! I LOVED THIS SESSION!!! engaged couple in a field, ring shot on wheatengaged couple on a bridge looking at each other

Corey - Beautiful engagement session! Love the location and the light was just perfect!

Abbie - love the ring photograph! it’s so cool! a couple so in love here!

Kathy - I would have never in a million years guessed these were in the middle of a parking lot! Amazing job working with what ya got! Beautiful Maternity Photos!

Emily - Such pretty photos! Love the warm light coming through here. Nice variety too.

Doru - Beautiful engagement shots! I love the flare effect on the last one!

Melissa - Beautiful engagement photos!

Nicola - These engagement photos are so lovely! I really like the golden tones of the plants and light, and Veronicaa and Tyler look so happy :) I can’t believe this was a parking lot!! You are such a talented photographer.

Alexia Garcia - such wonderful engagement session! The couple definitely look so in love! You did such a great job capturing this beautiful moment in their lives!

Jenny Storment - I love this engagement session with Veronicaa and Tyler.

Patty - these are just lovely!! I love the tone. So warm.

Cynthia - LOVE LOVE!!
What a beautiful engagement session and that Detroit location is beautiful!

Ashley - Cute couple! LOVE the lighting!

The Beam Twins { Michigan Twin Newborn Photographer}

When these two little peanuts walked into my studio I squealed with excitement!! They were just so GORGEOUS and can you believe they were still not suppose to be born! Sister was so relaxed and sleepy and brother was so filled with drama and just wanted to eat! Their parents were just so smitten over them have a look at their family picture! I can’t wait to watch these two grow up!! parents with twin newbornstwins, twin newborns, brother and sistergirl newborn, girl twinnewborn, newborn girl, girl twinnewborn boy, boy twinnewborns, newborn twins, boy and girlnewborn twin photography, newborn twins, boy and girl twinsnewborns, newborn twins, twin photographynewborn twins togetherBook your newborn session with Kaye’s Photography at info@kayesphotography.com or just click ABOVE at the contact me now page! I cant wait to hear from you!

10 REAL Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer…

bride with her bridesmaids walking

Captured second shooting with Niki Marie Photography

 

First off, Congratulations on your engagement and I am so excited that you have landed here. Now I want to get REAL with you real quick on the things you SHOULD be asking your future Wedding Photographer. All the time I hear brides when I sit down with them at a consultation say, “Well, I am just not sure WHAT to ask?” or I get a bride that has a notebook FULL of questions!! Either one of these is not the MOST productive way to make sure you are asking the RIGHT questions. Now as I go into my 5th year of wedding photography and have shot 40+ weddings, I have honed down the MOST important questions to ask your Wedding Photographer!

1. FULL GALLERIES… The FIRST and by FAR the most important question I tell ALL of my brides even if they don’t end up booking me is to ask for 2-3 FULL GALLERIES of weddings. It is so easy to showcase 5-20 decent images from a WHOLE wedding but what about the other 95% of that wedding?? This is one of the BIGGEST mistakes that I believe brides make! As a wedding photographer I can tell you that NO photographer should be upset or justify why they can NOT do this. Here are just a few I can show you immediately at any consultation or over email but these links are in my first email back to you when you inquire so you DONT even have to ask!

Katie & Kurt’s October Wedding
Taryn & Jason’s September Wedding
Brooke & Kyle’s Wedding

Full Wedding Gallery

 

2. ASK ABOUT DIFFERENT LIGHTING CONDITIONS… This one stems off the previous question. The main reason for this is because a photographer can show you BEAUTIFUL galleries of weddings but pay attention to the LIGHTING CONDITIONS. Notice if the whole gallery is done outside in natural light but you have a wedding that is done COMPLETELY indoors. That could be a problem. That photographer might not have the equipment to photograph indoors in a dark reception. Ask to see those images also.

Jamiee + Lucas

3. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY PHOTOS TO BE RETURNED? This is different to EVERY photographer depending on their situation and there isn’t a wrong answer it really just depends on how long you would like to wait! The industry average is about a month. My turnaround time is 4 weeks for your online gallery containing all of your images that is ready for IMMEDIATE download. Your album proof if included in your collection will then be ready within 2 weeks of that time (or 6 weeks after wedding) and then as long as there is good communication between us we can get it revised and ordered. The lab takes about 3 weeks for printing and shipping and I will contact you immediately for pick up or I will ship it to you!

4. Again stemming off the previous question… WILL YOU EDIT ALL THE IMAGES? Though this seems like a silly question I have come to find out that some photographers only edit their favorite 50 or so and the rest are returned to you untouched. Now this seems CRAZY TO ME!! You pay me for my art and creativity this means I SHOULD NOT be giving you any image that has not been finished and you WILL NOT get an image that is not edited by me even if it is near perfect out of the camera. I will make sure it is sharpened and enhanced to make it even better!

5. CONTRACT?? This should be a silly question as well but there are still photographers out there that do not use contracts. This should be the largest RED FLAG of all of them! Contracts are used to protect YOU and the Photographer! I will go through every each of my contract with you to ensure you understand everything!

6. INSURED?? This is the next question that will separate the PROFESSIONALS from the Amateurs. I could be here all day telling you why the photographer needs to be insured but a few main reasons are because equipment fails, memory cards get lost, and accidents happen! PLEASE ASK!! Also a lot of venues also require photographers to prove they are insured!

7. WHAT HAPPENS IF PHOTOGRAPHER GETS ILL? I know I kept saying this stems from the other question but this one does to! Easy to flow from one to the next at least :)!! But this is a VERY important question.. I have kids and my own health and though I have NEVER (KNOCK ON WOOD.. No like right now get up and Knock on wood) missed a wedding but I know it can happen! I do though have an AMAZING support system to help with my kids but what if they are in the hospital? I have BACK UP! I ALWAYS have back up! I have networked and made several friends around the area though would be HAPPY to help me out if I am in a pickle. I also always bring an assistant that could step in if I was in a huge pinch!

8.WILL YOU HELP IN THE TIMELINE OF MY DAY?? YES YES YES I WILL!!! PLEASE let me help with the timeline of your day! Trust me any photographer should be completely willing to help you with that! This is the first wedding you have put together most likely but I have been to 20 weddings a year! I know how a wedding should run and when and where you should be during a wedding! I also know how much time it usually takes not how much time you think it will take!:)

9. IS THIS THE ONLY WEDDING YOU WILL SHOOT THIS WEEKEND and WILL YOU BE SHOOTING MY WEDDING?? Now this is another other that a LOT of brides just assume! DON’T!!! A lot of the big name, get DJ, photography, and photo booth all in one stop shop do NOT send their photographer to the meeting nor show you the portfolio from one photographer. What if you guys don’t get along during your wedding? Wouldn’t be the worst thing to have to spend the best day of your life for 8+ hours will someone you DON’T get a long with?? Knowing that you and your photographer are a good match is a VERY IMPORTANT! I will be at the consultation and AT YOUR WEDDING as the lead photographer. You are hiring Kaye’s Photography and I am Kaye!!

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10. And the last question I hope you are asking at the end of my consultations… HOW DO I BOOK YOU?!? YAYYY… It just takes a $500 non refundable retainer fee and signing the contract! I cant wait to book your engagement session and start working one on one with you make your wedding day the smoothest day I can make it!!

Thank you so much for reading these and I hope it will help you when meeting with me or other wedding photographers!  Contact me at info@kayesphotography.com or the contact me page ABOVE!!! I cant wait to talk with you and plan your big day!

sarah - what a great idea for a post! these are great questions to consider when newly engaged! so true that couples looking for a photographer don’t always know what to ask. what a great guide you’ve given them.

Shayla - Love this so much! Such a great idea to put in top questions that clients should be asking when booking a photographer for their wedding!

Stephanie Necessary - It’s good to see real questions. So many of the wedding sites have canned lists that are just not ‘real’ questions and brides just don’t realize the traps they can fall into. Great educational blog!

Emily - I love this post! These are great questions to ask your wedding photographer – the list is SO much better than those crazy questionnaires from “The Knot” and such!

Jennifer Parsons - Excellent points!! I especially agree with the full galleries request – SO important! This is a great resource for bride and grooms-to-be!