SO, YOU'RE ENGAGED NOW?
HELL FUCKIN' YEAH HOMIES!!
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Getting and being engaged is such a fun stage to enter in a relationship! Now, you get to catch yourselves saying "my girlfriend/boyfriend" and replace it with "my fiance/e", show off your shiny new ring, and you get to start cultivating (or adding to) the perfect wedding day Pinterest board you started back in high school.
But now that one of you has (finally!) popped the question, you've also got a lot of work to do before the big day actually arrives.
You're here, so that means you've already begun your quest to find all the 'perfects' to make up your special day; the perfect dress/tux, the perfect florist/florals, the perfect decorations, the perfect venue to host the occasion… and right now, you're searching for the perfect engagement/wedding photographer to capture it all for you.
AS YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, I WILL BE THERE TO DO SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST TAKE PRETTY PHOTOS OF YOUR WEDDING DAY.
At times, I will step in to be your honorary shoe-fetching, veil-fixing, train-holding bridesmaid.
At others, I will act as your hair-fixing, boutonniere-pinning, strap-hiding bestie.
Hell, I can even step in as the supportive parental figure and provide encouraging words, tissues, and blotting papers during those unavoidable tear-jerking moments.
AND ON TOP OF ALL OF THAT, I WILL HELP TELL YOUR LOVE STORY AND DOCUMENT YOUR WEDDING DAY IN A WAY THAT YOU & YOUR LOVED ONES WILL CHERISH FOR THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.
Will We BE A GOOD FIT?
What I'm Looking For In A Client...
My goal as your wedding photographer is to create a fun, passionate, and love-filled photography experience that feels authentic to you as a couple. I want our time together to be calm, stress-free, and full of kisses, laughter, and smiles.
Sounds fun and do-able, right?
Just like having the perfect venue, dress, and/or tux, your photographer should also be a perfect fit for you as a couple. they need to be someone who you feel comfortable trusting + inviting into one of the most intimate days of your lives. you will be spending about 85% of your day with them, after all.
I pride myself in being able to cater to all kinds of couples + ensuring that you and your loved ones have beautiful photos and heirlooms to love + cherish for decades to come.
That said, I'm trying to work with couples who:
1.) Are super freaking cool (or at least their friends think so!)
2.) Are incredibly in love with each other + not afraid to show it
3.) Aren't afraid to get a little dirty if it makes for an awesome photo
4.) Resonate with the images found on my website and social media
5.) Understand the value of a photograph + what it can provide
6.) Will be supplying some kind of delicious dessert after dinner
Well, okay, so maybe number 6 isn't that important... but as long as you resonate with the other 5, I am the wedding photographer for you!
WHY CHOOSE ME TO CAPTURE YOUR WEDDING?
As your wedding photographer, I'll be there to document all of the magical moments that are created throughout your wedding day and I'll do so in a minimally or non-invasive way. (Minus a few of the traditional family/friend/couples portraits, of course.)
For the most part, I try to document the day as it happens naturally, but I'll also help guide you through various poses and activities that feel fun and natural, helping to create some beautiful and emotional moments to capture.
I'm not just gonna have the two of you stand and look pretty for the camera in all of the shots - I'm going to ask you to do things like share your favorite inside jokes and intimately whisper your favorite things about each other.
All you'll really need to do is focus on what's happening in the moment or with each other - let me do the rest.
What do you get?
SUNFLOWER & SAGE PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE THERE TO BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATE YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER FROM GETTING READY IN THE MORNING TO the BIG SEND-OFF AT THE END OF THE DAY.
But maybe you're not looking for the traditional wedding experience and are left wondering...
"can WE even elope in west Virginia?"
it's possible, I Promise!
Check out my blog on THE TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER Doing WHEN PLANNING A West Virginia Elopement!
Ranked THE #3 WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER in Fairmont & #9 in West Virginia according to WeddingRule!
Read the Article Here!
Sunflower & Sage Photography is a leading professional photographer in the Fairmont, WV professional photographers directory on PhotographerSelect.com!
offering ELOPEMENT & WEDDING photography THROUGHOUT WEST VIRGINIA, Pennsylvania, OHIO, Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland
WILLING TO TRAVEL wherever you are + WITH A PASSPORT THAT'S ALWAYS READY FOR A NEW STAMP
It's Your wedding day - and YOU DESERVE THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
THAT'S WHY I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE I AM A GOOD FIT FOR THE TWO OF YOU BEFORE YOU EVEN BOOK!
In order to ensure my couples are getting the absolute best service, I take on a limited number of weddings each year.
After you fill out this form, I'll reach out and ask if you would like to meet up in person, over the phone, or over video chat to make sure we are going to vibe well together before you officially book with me.
While this meeting isn't necessary to officially book with me (meaning you can opt out of having one if you wish), I love using this time to learn more about your version of a perfect wedding day, discover what you value most, and guarantee that you have exactly what you need for your special day.
After that, you'll just sign your contract, pay your retainer of 25%, fill out a questionnaire, and begin (not so) patiently counting down the days until you say "I do" to your sweetie!
Hope to talk to you soon, homie!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book you for our wedding?
It's easy peasy!
Simply fill out any of the appropriate contact forms found on my website to get the conversation started! (there's one right above this section!)
From there, we'll set a time and date for a pre-booking consultation to make sure we're the right fit for each other. I'll ask you about yourselves and your relationship, we'll discuss your vision for your wedding day, and we can go over the package you are interested in and discuss any changes that may need to be made.
Once we've had our consultation and you've decided to book with me, I'll send out a package proposal for you to review and accept, followed up by a contract, invoice, and series of questionnaires to help me get to know more about the two of you and your wants, needs, and expectations for the day. (but don't worry, those can be filled out later!).
Once your contract is signed, a 25% retainer is due to officially book your date. This can be paid online using Stripe. The remaining 75% can be paid all at once or in up to 5 additional installments, with your remaining balance due 1 month before your wedding day.
Why is our final balance due a month before the wedding and not after?
Ultimately, it comes down to minimizing stress for both you and me on your wedding day.
I know how busy wedding planning can get, especially when you're in the home stretch of things. Your wedding day goes by so fast and already comes with an inherent amount of stress, so it can be easy to forget to make final payments to vendors on the day of. Plus, you definitely don't want to have to worry about paying your vendors while on your honeymoon or being on a budget because you still have to pay them when you get back.
It also helps me feel more confident while doing my job because I know I am being paid for my time and talent and am not left wondering if/when I will get paid for my services.
Where are you located? Do I have to travel to you?
I'm located in Fairmont, West Virginia, but I absolutely love to get out for a nice adventure, so I'm happy to offer my services anywhere in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, or anywhere else you/life take me, really. My passport loves to get stamped... it already has stamps from London, Italy, and New Zealand, but it will HAPPILY accept duplicates, haha.
Do you charge travel/destination fees of any kind?
I am willing to travel within 50 miles of Fairmont, WV for no additional charge.
If your wedding will be taking place further than 50 miles from Fairmont, WV, I charge the federal standard mileage rate for 2023 of $0.66/mile for every mile after 50.
Some locations may require a permit in order to be able to have pictures taken there. If this is the case, you will be responsible for the cost of obtaining the necessary permits. Failure to purchase the appropriate permits may result in us being kicked out of the location, or even fined.
If your wedding is taking place more than 3 hours away from Fairmont, WV, with coverage lasting until or after 8 pm, my team and I may require a hotel room be booked for the night - be sure to let me know if your wedding guests are receiving a discount at your venue or any local hotels.
If you are interested in booking me for an international destination wedding, the cost of your custom package will include my and my team's travel expenses. (Flights, hotel, rental car, etc.)
Do you pose us for photos?
I like to capture a good mix of candids and posed shots on wedding days, especially for couples' portraits.
I try my best to capture special moments authentically - through all the smiles, tears and laughs that your wedding day will hold.
So I might have you pose a certain way or I may ask you to act out a certain prompt together. Either method can create gorgeous images, but one tends to feel more natural and relaxed than the other, resulting in much more genuine emotions being captured.
Your family and friend portraits will mostly be posed, but with a few opportunities for candid reactions.
How long will it take to get our photos back?
I try to deliver galleries ASAP, but it honestly depends on my schedule and workload at the time.
Please remember that LIFE HAPPENS. Believe it or not, photographers don't spend EVERY moment of their free time doing photography related things...
Weddings and elopements take a bit longer to edit than other sessions due to the number of images being delivered and the amount of editing required. These can take a month or three to deliver depending on how much coverage you book for and the volume of sessions I am handling at the time.
I'll be able to answer this question a bit better at/after your wedding, as it really depends on how many images I capture while we are together.
How do you choose the images delivered in our gallery?
I cull through all of the images and and select only the "best" ones to edit.
I choose the images based on how they represent my style and your personality. If a picture doesn't tell a story or serve a purpose, it's not going to be in your gallery.
No specific image taken during the session is guaranteed to be delivered - images are delivered at my full discretion.
RAW images will NEVER be provided to a client, as they do not accurately represent my work or brand image. I mean it, NEVER. Please don't even ask.
Do I have to order prints through you?
While you do not HAVE to order through me... I do make it SUPER easy for you to order them directly from your gallery, and I definitely recommend them if you want the highest-quality artwork for your home.
Plus, a print credit is INCLUDED in your wedding package, so why not use it?!
While printing from places like Walgreens and CVS is the economical choice, you will risk a lot - color differences, clarity issues, cheaper material, and overall loss of quality.
Basically, I can't guarantee the quality of products you receive from 3rd party printing companies like I can when you order directly through your gallery - if you order something through me and it doesn't look like it should, I will replace it at no cost to you.
I won't offer this service if you print elsewhere, so do so at your own risk!
What is a Social Media Content Creator?
THEY WILL CAPTURE BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE AND PICTURES OF SPECIAL MOMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. CONTENT WILL FOCUS ON THE TWO OF YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES, AND THE CELEBRATION, AS WELL AS WHAT IT'S LIKE WORKING WITH ME ON WEDDING DAYS.
- SHORT CLIPS/REELS/VIDEOS OF SPECIAL MOMENTS OR HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR DAY
- BEHIND THE SCENE PHOTOS AND BLOOPER REELS
- CONTENT TO SHARE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOUR WEDDING
What is a Wedding Designer?
THEY WILL HELP ESTABLISH THE LOOK AND STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING.
THEY DON’T HANDLE ANY OF THE PLANNING BUT THEY WORK WITH YOU TO ESTABLISH AND PRODUCE YOUR AESTHETIC VISION.
A WEDDING DESIGNER ALSO:
- HELPS DESIGN YOUR WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS/INVITES/RSVP SUITE
- DEVELOPS A DESIGN CONCEPT FOR YOUR WEDDING
- HELPS YOU CHOOSE A COLOR SCHEME
- CAN HELP YOU CHOOSE THE PERFECT ATTIRE FOR A COHESIVE LOOK
- ASSIST WITH PLACING (OR CREATING) YOUR FLORAL PIECES
HELPS PUT TOGETHER YOUR DECOR (IF YOU'RE A D.I.Y.-ER!)
- MAKES SURE ALL DÉCOR IS PUT UP PROPERLY AND ON TIME
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