Client Welcome Guide
We believe that the key to a successful professional relationship is communication. This extensive guide to your wedding day photography has all the information you need to ensure a stress-free and fun experience! One of the most important documents you can read here is our FAQ's page (along with your contract which you have already read). This will ensure that all of your expectations are met and discussed BEFORE the wedding day. We are so happy to work with you and we hope that this guide makes your experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!
Our Contact Info
You can reach me at my personal cell phone or via email at any time!
401.749.0598 | Dhlefebvre@me.com | 3041 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI 02864
INDOOR PHOTO LOCATIONS (RAIN BACKUP)
- RI State House (Permit Fee required)
Newport & Middletown
- Ochre Court, Salve Regina ($250.00 for non-alumni for 1 Hour) | Contact: 401-341-2197
- Newport Art Museum ($300 for 90 Minutes) | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- McAuley Hall, Salve Regina ($250)
- Linden Place | $300 | www.lindenplace.org
- Mount Hope Farm | $50 for outdoors, $150 for indoors
OUTDOOR PHOTO LOCATIONS
Newport & Middletown
- Chateau-sur-Mer | $250 for 1 hour
- The Elms | $250 for 1 hour
- Marble House | $250 for 1 hour
- Green Animals Topiary Garden | $250 for 1 hour
- 424 Bellevue Avenue | $250 for 1 hour
- Ochre Court, Salve Regina (info above)
- Glen Manor House (info above)
- Roger Williams Park | $50 per site per hour
- Lincoln Woods | Free
- Chase Farm
- Goddard Park | Free
- Colt State Park | Free
- Blithewold | $50 for 90 Minutes for portraits, $300 for 90 Minutes for Wedding portraits | www.blithewold.org
- Mount Hope Farm | $50 for outdoors, $150 for indoors
Preparing For Your Engagement Session
Preparing for your wedding day
In order to ensure that we can do the best job possible for you on your wedding day, we request that all of our couple's set aside the following time increments for photography on their wedding day. If you do not have a wedding coordinator and would like help with creating a timeline for your wedding day, we are happy to help with that!
- Groom Preparation: 60 minutes (or less)
- Bride Preparation: 90 minutes
- First Look: 15 minutes
- Family Portraits: 30 minutes
- Bride & Groom Portraits: 30 minutes
- Want to attend part of your cocktail hour?: Consider an extended cocktail (about 15 minutes).
- Detail shots of your room setup BEFORE guests are allowed to enter: 10 minutes
- Sunset Portraits (optional): 10-15 minutes
Other things to consider:
- Sunset: Make sure you check sunset times for your wedding day and how that will effect the timeline above. Click here to check the sunset time on your wedding day.
- Portrait Hour: Portraits should be scheduled at optimum lighting time(s) whenever possible. Anytime after 2pm (as long as there is some shaded areas/trees to work with on the property), is the best time to plan your portrait hour. The most beautiful light occurs just 60-90 minutes before sunset.
- Hair & Makeup: Hair and makeup artists will often give you an estimated completion time. Add 20-30 minutes to this time as a buffer, just in case you want something changed or re-done, or the schedule is running behind. Hair & Makeup should be complete 30 minutes after the time I arrive at the Bridal prep location.
- Travel Time Between Locations: If the travel time is 15 minutes, add another 15-20 minute buffer in the event of traffic, accident, or delay.
Tips For Getting the most out of your wedding photography
Tip #1: Please trust us
You've hired a professional and you have spent a significant amount of time researching your photographer and selecting your photographer based on a number of things (recommendations, reviews, personality, quality of work, professionalism). So I can't stress this enough...leave the photography to us. You can rest assured that we will select the best location (while considering lighting and background limitations) for your portraits. We will make sure we capture as many of those special moments that happen on your wedding day that we possibly can. We'll know exactly where to stand to get that perfect shot and chances are, we have anticipated that moment happening before you are even aware that it is happening. We are pretty confident in our ability to do an amazing job for you ... so relax, enjoy your wedding day and let us do our job for you. We do our best work when we know that you are enjoying yourself and that your have full trust in our abilities!
Tip # 2: "Fun Bridal Party Photo's" & Other Photo requests
I'm game for whatever photo requests you have on your big day. Our request is that when you ask… "Can we do a fun bridal party photo?", you follow it up with a specific request, because we aren't always sure what your idea of fun is and the last thing we want to do is make a suggestion that just creates an awkward moment for everyone. If you have any specific photo requests, please send those to me two weeks before the wedding day (ie. Night-time shots, sparkler exits, etc.). Some photos require planning and special lighting that we want to have prepared ahead of time.
Tip # 3: Timeline or location changes
This is a BIG one. Please DO NOT change your timeline or portrait locations without giving us a heads-up first. Time and location are SO important when it comes to photography and we want you to make informed decisions so that you get the best photographs possible.
Tip # 4: Unplugged Ceremony
I greatly encourage all of my clients to consider an unplugged ceremony. Guests standing in the aisle with their iPad and iPhones prevent us from capturing what would otherwise be a beautiful image and moment. Have your officiant announce/request at the beginning of the ceremony that all guests put their phones away for the ceremony. You have hired professionals to take these photographs for you!
Tip # 5: Preparation Images (Things to prepare)
Wedding Rings & Other Details I will gladly photograph just your engagement ring if that is all you have on hand during the preparation portion, but please please please try to have ALL of the wedding rings at the Bridal preparation location where Danielle will be photographing. These shots can sometimes take up to 10 minutes to complete, so I like to do these first thing in the day, so I have time on my side and the benefit of some natural light to work with. It also helps if you have something sparkly or glittery to add to the background, and/or a mirror/glass or reflective surface to add a reflection in the foreground. Also have the invitation, programs, shoes, garter, jewelry and any other significant details set out for Danielle for when she arrives at the Bridal prep location. Danielle will photograph all details FIRST before any hair/makeup or getting-ready shots.
- Unique Detail Shots Please let us know (via your questionnaire) if there are any unique detail shots that we should photograph. For example, not every bride has special imprinting on the bottom of their shoes. If this is something you want photographed, please let us know about it before the wedding day so that we don't miss it!
- The Dress Something that is a huge time saver for me, is having the Bride and Bridesmaids dresses ready to go for when I arrive. If you have time, remove all of the cardboard and plastic for us and have a pretty hanger ready for me (please no plastic or wire hangers)
- The Vibe One of things you will want to decide before the big day, is whether you would like a quiet morning getting ready by yourself and/or with someone close to you, or if you want to get ready with a room full of people surrounding you. Either scenario depends on your personality and demeanor as each scenario results in an entirely different energy and environment.
- Putting on Jewelry/ Veil We want to be able to photograph you putting on your jewelry and/or veil, so please wait for us to arrive before your put either on.
- Putting the Dress On We will never take nude or half-nude photographs or you while you are putting your dress on - we will always wait until your dress is on and ready to be buttoned or tied. We simply want to photograph the finishing touches. We will, however, have you stand in a very specific spot while you are dressing in order to take advantage of beautiful window light. Myself or my assistant will have already cleared the background of any distractions or clutter, so it is important that you stay in this spot during the whole process to ensure perfect exposures and clean backgrounds. During this time we will also turn off any overhead lights or lamps. It may seem very dark in the room when we do this, but it is exactly the type of lighting we need to create beautiful photos!
- Special People Who Will Help You Please ask that all special family members or friends who will be helping you get ready, are at the prep location when they need to be, but are also dressed before you. We will ask any bridesmaids and/or mom and/or dad to get ready approximately 30 minutes before you need to put your dress on
- Bridal Portraits Once you are fully dressed, we will want to take some bridal portraits next to a window. To put you at ease, we typically will ask all family members and friends to leave the room at this time.
- Bride/Groom Letters or Gifts We want to know ahead of time if there will be any special giving/receiving or Bride/Groom letters or gifts before the wedding day. Please note this is your questionnaire if this is going to take place. We want to make sure that you are fully dressed, seated and looking your best during this important moment. We will carve out time in the schedule specifically for this.
Tip # 6: Reception Lighting
- Good Reception Lighting Many DJ's or event planners offer lighting packages with their services which can truly transform the simplest of spaces. We want to help you determine the good reception lighting vs. the bad, as either can really help or hurt your photographs. For up-lighting hues, we recommend selecting either red, purple, pink or blue accent lighting. Avoid orange or green hues!
- Not-So-Great Reception Lighting Avoid disco-lights, spot-lighting, or laser lights.
Tip # 7: Not all videographers are created equal
If you decide to hire a videographer here are some key things you should ask:
How many weddings have you shot?
Where do you usually stand during the ceremony? Do you have long lenses for shooting the ceremony?
What is your style? Are you going to just document the day as it unfolds, or are you going to ask me to re-create specific moments for video?
How many team members will you have with you on the day of the wedding?
Not all videographers have experience shooting weddings (are a family friend), and/or don't have the proper equipment to shoot your day. Videographers should have long enough lenses so that they can stand at a distant from your ceremony (like we do), so that they can remain as unobtrusive as possible. They should also be aware of other professionals trying to do their job for you. If you have questions or need suggestions for videographers, please reach out to us!