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Traverse City Photography | Linnea & Dan

traverse city photographerSince I photograph so many destination weddings each year, one thing I always try to tell brides not familiar with the area is how late the sun sets here!  One of the great things about Northern Michigan is watching a gorgeous sunset over the water.  However, this doesn’t happen until. . . late.  All of the photos below were taken at Traverse City’s West End beach, some at around 10:40 pm.  I really wanted that dramatic, darkened sky.   Linnea and Dan were total sports and patiently waited until the sky was dark enough for the perfect photos.  For the photos that look like they were taken during the day. . . that was about 9:30 pm.  It’s definitely something to consider when planning your wedding photography coverage! Continue reading »

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Frequently Asked Questions. . .

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

This can vary quite a bit.  I’d say most people sign their contract roughly 6-9 months before the wedding date.  However, I do receive requests from future brides a year and a half in advance!  If your wedding date is set in stone (and especially if it’s on a Saturday), it is wise to book as soon as possible.  While your caterer and florist may be able to book several weddings per day, there is only one of me to go around!


How do I book you for my wedding?

When you are ready to book, I will write the contract and email a PDF to you.  Just print it, sign it, and mail it with your check for the agreed-upon deposit.  Once I receive your check and signed contract, I will sign it and mail it back to you with your wedding-day questionnaire and welcome packet.  


How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?

One option is to pay ½ at the time of booking, with the remaining ½ due within one week of your wedding.  Another option is 1/3 at the time of booking, 1/3 due sixty days before the wedding, and the remaining 1/3 within one week of your wedding.  I’m flexible, though, so let me know if there’s something that works better for you.


What type of equipment do you use?  Do you have backup equipment?

I use Nikon digital equipment.  I also have backup equipment, which is also Nikon digital.


How would you describe your photography style?

I do a blend of styles, relying heavily on photojournalism to capture the spontaneous moments of your day, mixed with portraiture and more artistic shots as well.  You won’t see a lot of tilted angles or wild, unrealistic colors, which I’m afraid will look dated after a few years.


How would you describe your working style?

If I could describe it in one word, it would be “blend.”  Your wedding will be filled with many emotions, laughs and maybe even a few tears.  With that level of emotion occurring, my approach is to carefully capture it artistically and unobtrusively.  A pastor once told me of the photographer who put his camera right over his shoulder in the middle of the ceremony.  That is not my style.  It is important to me that you and your guests’ memories of the ceremony are of . . . the ceremony, and not the photographer.  For indoor ceremonies, flashes are turned off after the entrance and aren’t turned back on until the exit.  Camera noises are muted the fullest extent possible by the manufacturer, and we take care not to obstruct your guests’ view.


However, when it’s time for portraits, my approach is a bit different.  Portraits are the time when your photographer needs to give direction, choreograph the moment, and keep the schedule running smoothly.  I like to do a mix between more formally posed photos (that keep Grandma happy) and more modern, relaxed poses. 


What about retouching?

I take my time with each and every photo to make sure you look your best.  That can mean a little smoothing of your skin in addition to all of the other enhancements I make.  It’s not obvious; you’ll just look at the photos and say, “Wow, I look good!” 

If you want extensive retouching for something specific, we can do that.  Let me know and we can discuss pricing further.


How long will it take for my images to arrive?

I will mail your prints and digital images to you within three weeks from your wedding date.  Once you receive them, they will also be published to an online gallery you can share with family and friends.


What information do I need to provide you with before the wedding day?

Once your date is secured through the booking process, I will be mailing you a questionnaire to be filled out a little closer to your wedding date.  Questions will include details like ceremony and reception addresses, your timeline, and whether you will be seeing each other before the ceremony.


How long have you been doing this?

My photography career began in 2000; however, this is my third year photographing weddings.


Why prints?

I am very excited to begin offering prints in 2013.  When you receive your digital images you will also be receiving a 4×6 print of each digital image!  Now you don’t have to take the time sorting through hundreds of photographs, you will have them in your hands, already printed for you!  I found that many brides I spoke with had chosen a few key images to enlarge, and then stopped there, not knowing what to do with the rest.  Scrolling through hundreds of photos on a laptop is not the best way to pick out your favorite images; nothing will ever replace the quality you can see and the emotion you will feel while looking at a print you can hold in your hand.  Additionally, having a hard copy is always a good idea should something happen to your digital files.


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