St. John’s Cathedral & Davenport Hotel in Spokane – Low Light Wedding Photography

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Questions for Interviewing a Wedding Photographer

Hello Brides and Grooms to be! Are you trying to choose the right wedding photographer for your totally awesome and unique wedding? There are a TON of wedding photographers out there so what I am aiming to do with this multi-part  post is help you determine if I am the right wedding photographer for your special day. There are a million different styles out there, hopefully you like what you’ve seen from LaDuke Photography! If that is the case, I’ve taken some time to answer some of the basic questions that every couple asks. I’ll tackle four introductory questions today and post a follow-up soon.

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Questions to Ask Wedding Photographers

1. What is your preferred style of photography?

I consider myself to be fairly traditional in the fact that I make sure to take timeless images that you will love for the decades to come. Sure, I get creative with some images, but the majority of what you get will have a quality that you will appreciate long after instagram filters are no longer cool. I split my interests between natural lighting and flash photography depending on the situation.

When you work with me you also get a good leader who is great at wrangling large groups, making fun creative poses and helping everyone relax in front of the camera. Once the formal photos are over I like to go into a photo-journalistic mode and meld into the background. You wont even know I’m there unless we are doing more poses photos.

2. How many weddings do you shoot per year?

With only 52 weekends in a year and even fewer in a regular wedding season (Eugene, OR has a wedding season from Memorial Day through Early October, Spokane’s wedding season is even shorter, not generally beginning until late June and ending in Mid September) I try to shoot between 15-25 weddings to offer my clients fast service and the best quality work I can produce. If I spent every weekend of every month shooting 4 weddings you wouldn’t get the hands on approach that I am known for. I like to visit with my clients, attend rehearsals and make myself available in any way I can. I also like to have my fun so I schedule time to go camping, rafting, scuba diving or rock climbing too!

3. How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day? (If they say more than one ensure there is adequate time in between each wedding.)

Just one. Absolutely only one wedding per day. I try to stick to a policy of just one wedding per weekend, but there are times that I am able to make special exceptions since Friday and Sunday weddings are generally smaller and need less coverage. This is why it is important to book your photographer early, we are human and we haven’t figured out how to be in multiple places at once (Once I figure this out you’ll find my master clone on the beach).
If you find a photographer who offers to photograph multiple weddings in one day you are likely going to be working with someone who hires other photographers to work for them. Make sure that you are getting the photographer that YOU hired, not their “B” team. If you are okay with a company that does employ multiple photographers but you want to make sure you get a particular one make SURE that it is written into your contract.

4. Have you ever shot at my venue? Would you be willing to go do a site visit?

 You can see some of the great venues that I have been lucky enough to work at here. If you don’t see your venue in my galleries just ask, I may have worked there before and have some fun photos to share! Since I am based in Eugene and Spokane I know a lot of wonderful locations here, there and in between! If I haven’t had a chance to work at your venue yet then I definitely want to go walk through it with you and your coordinator. This will allow us to talk about where the best light will be, what will make a great backdrop and best of all you get to see the venue from my fresh and creative perspective!

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful, I’ve got a whole list of questions to answer for all of my future brides and grooms so make sure to pin this blog page so you can come back to it. I’d love to hear from you on what questions you think all couples will want to have answered as well!

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Wedding Photos Before The Ceremony – The New Trend

As the “traditional” wedding approach has fallen to the wayside, an increasing number of brides are choosing to take their formal wedding photos on their wedding day, prior to the actual ceremony. There are many advantages to this newer trend and this article looks at some of the reasons how and why brides are making the choice (you can find the Pros and Cons of Pre-Ceremony Wedding Photos in my earlier article). As a Eugene, OR and Spokane, WA Wedding Photographer, my goal is to provide options and make sure that your special day is remembered exactly how you want it to be!

As society has shifted away from the traditional pre-marriage lifestyle to a more modern approach (extended engagements, living together prior to marriage, etc), so has the “traditional” wedding approach. Now, more than ever, couples are introducing innovative and unique concepts to their special day. Taking formal wedding photos prior to the ceremony is a request that I hear regularly. While some feel that it takes away from the “first look” that you remember from a bride walking down the aisle, there are ways to capture that “first look” in a more intimate and custom pre-ceremony setting.

When wedding photos are done prior to the ceremony I include a ‘first look’ or ‘unveiling’ session with my wedding photography packages. This session can be done with just the bride and groom or it can involve family and close friends as well. Generally, the groom will stand with his back to the bride as she walks into the room. Once the mood is set, and everything is in place, the groom will turn around for the desired ‘first look’ reaction. I will be there to capture that special moment before everyone is ushered out so the bride and groom can spend some alone time together. This is a benefit that you don’t have at the altar, allowing you both an intimate moment that you may not receive until long after the last champagne toast. You can hug, you can kiss, or you can exchange precious words with each other that will always be remembered. After the one-on-one time is complete, there will still be plenty of time to take the formal wedding photos before the ceremony.

Honestly, when all is said and done, the choice is yours on your wedding day; my goal is to capture your special moments so they can be shared and remembered for a lifetime. However, if you choose the traditional approach, remember to allow time for everything that you hope to accomplish and then some. This especially applies if you hope to do your photos between the ceremony and the reception at another location. Things get delayed and sometimes people aren’t where they’re supposed to be. If you’re prepared and if your photographer is prepared, your wedding day will be as magical as you’ve always dreamed.

Stay tuned for my next article! I’ll be highlighting Eugene, OR Engagement Photography Locations. I just finished a fantastic engagement photography session on the University of Oregon campus!

Wedding Package Updates

As a wedding photographer I am an integral part of your big day. My job is to work for you to make sure that everything goes as planned. This isn’t just on your wedding day though, the process starts as soon as you contact me for a quote. I start by getting to know a bit about you and your fiance and this helps me tailor a quote specifically to your needs. Recently in talking to brides to be I’ve found more and more people want to be able to build their own packages. I’ve always obliged but never officially announced it so here it is: Lacey LaDuke Photography is now offering a ‘Build your own Wedding Package” option.

Optional session items include but are not limited to:

  • Engagement Session
  • Bridal Boudoir Session
  • Bridal Shower Coverage
  • Rehearsal Dinner Coverage
  • Trash the Dress Session

Also onto any package you can add the following items or upgrades:

  • Wedding Books (7×7, 8×10, 11×13)
  • Mini Parent Books (standard 7×7)
  • Canvas Wrap Prints up to 20×30 inches
  • Prints for “Save the Date” cards
  • Prints for “Thank You” cards
  • Matted Framed “Guestbook” photo

Products and services aren’t limited to this list. If you’ve got anything in mind that you are curious about please ask. I’m working for you and I aim to please! I still have a few openings for the 2011 season and I am booking for 2012. If you are looking for the right photographer please do not hesitate to contact me for a personalized quote.

Amber & Joe