This could be you & your guests...
1: GETTING READY
One of my greatest honors as a wedding photographer is getting to be in the moments that are often private to most of the world. Be it Jess putting on some finishing touches on makeup, laughing with your friends who surround you as you get ready, or Oleh putting on his suit jacket, I love capturing these moments to be treasured for years to come.
As you & anyone you choose to be with you get ready at the venue, many precious moments are shared. Champagne toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes. & if you two decide to get ready together, we will capture those beautiful, intimate moments of connection, leading to the ceremony where you say yes to forever.
2: FIRST LOOK (IF YOU do not get ready together) + BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS
I will photograph Oleh's emotions that come with seeing Jess in her gown for the first time, & crystalizing the memories of Jess's overwhelming love for Oleh as she sees him in his tux/suit. Then, we can enter right into bride & groom photos, capturing perfect light before your ceremony begins!
I will give you two prompts that help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, as well as play off your natural energy together to capture moments that are authentically you. We will take non-traditional bride & groom photos that will hang on your apartment walls, as well as candid photos of joy that you will want to make your phone lock screen. Rigid posing will be nowhere in sight!
3: GROUP PHOTOS
Family photos are such a joy. I do not want this to be a mundane part of your celebration, but, instead, right before the ceremony, let's capture hugs & laughter that will undoubtedly come in anticipation of you two say "I do". Then we will move into taking group photos of different variations of family members & get these done in an efficient manner so we can continue on with the rest of your day.
We will also make sure there is some solid time set aside to take photos just your individual parties, but also with the whole wedding party (if you decide to have one). However, our team memorizes the faces of your family & wedding party intentionally, to always be looking for completely candid moments shared between you two & your core group of people.
The ceremony is such a beautiful time of showcasing your commitment in front of those closest to you. For me & my associates, we will not just capture the walks down the aisle & the breaking of the glass, but also the way Oleh smiles as Jess exchanges rings, moments with the details of the chuppah framing the foreground as you two stare out at each of your valued guests, & the way your mom tears up as you two say yes to forever with each other.
If you move forward with us, we will approach every moment with an intentional & artistic heart, & capture moments of each of your favorite people bearing witness to the commitment you are making to each other. You are bringing all your people together for a reason, so we will also capture their reactions.
5: COCKTAIL HOUR + MINGLING
Mingling photos are the bread & butter of our work. When I cull through the thousands of photos my associates & I take during a wedding day, some of my biggest smiles come from seeing those in between moments we captured. Whether it is a hug, laughter, a cheers between two people, or anything else that unfolds, I am here for every moment that would have gone unnoticed if it were not for our cameras.
From every moment, planned or unplanned chaos coming from your rowdy crew, we will be there to capture a documentarian like, perspective, so that when you two look through your finished gallery it truly feels like you are reliving the day all over again.
Also, you better believe I will be on the lookout to ensure your glass stays full. Whenever I see it running low, I'll be walking right over to the bartender to grab Oleh a good ole sidecar & Jess a boulevardier :'))
6: DINNER + PARTY TIME
What better way to celebrate than in the company of those closest to you over a good meal?! Food is at the center of so much community, & beautiful moments of laughter occur when sharing in a good meal. Whether it is just that, laughter, or spontaneous toasts that are given, we will be right there capturing all the candid memories that take place.
What is a wedding if not the party of a lifetime?! After those slow dances are had, & your toasts are made, we will be getting on that dance floor with you all to celebrate the life you two are starting together. From your friend from college who is dougie-ing like nobody's business, to your sibling who is busting out their best moves, as your photographer, I will have my most comfortable shoes on, so I can stay on my feet all evening & not miss a single moment.
Below are some film photos from previous weddings & elopements.
Investment Proposal for Digital & Film: $6,500 for 8 hours on April 14, 2024.
The Carissa Joy Photo treatment is one that takes a real look at who you are as a couple, & documents your wedding day authentically to who you are. I hope you feel that already by the fact that I have mostly included imagery that could translate to a fun evening celebrating your wedding in a Twin Peaks like setting, with an fun evening full of stress free time to share your love with all your friends & family. Also, I have included special moments we captured of couples with their guests & families without them realizing we were even there taking a photo, to show you two all those special candid moments we will capture of you with your favorite people.
My team & I believe we are best suited for you, because of the way we specialize in the in between moments, both big & small, & bring our detail oriented minds to your day to capture every easter-egg moment you may plan. We hope to work with you to align on a vision that feels 100% authentic to who you two are as a couple, & then bring that vision to life for you on both digital & film.
Film has a special character to its images. It is not just a trend making its way through the current wedding zeitgeist, it is a timeless practice of capturing love in an authentic way. I genuinely think that film photography is the most romantic way to capture a wedding, as the character of the images give off warm vibes that are inherently both nostalgic & timeless. The practice of film photography truly brings such intentionality to the moment, that can be felt & experienced when you receive the photos.
This proposal includes three rolls of film (102-108 images), an additional photographer who specializes in film to be there to capture it all, & the editing of each image. We deliver each film photo taken, even if it is slightly out of focus or blurred, because that is the magic of film photography - "mistakes" are made beautiful.
Investment Proposal for Digital: $5,500 for 8 hours on April 14, 2024.
If the investment for film photography is not as important for you two, then just going with digital photography is an incredible option! We will still provide you with the same amount of service & attention to detail that will make your wedding day authentically you.
*regardless of which package you choose, I guarantee at least 80+ digital images per hour (640+ digital images for 8 hours of services guaranteed per your contract - this is in writing to protect you so that you are contractually obliged a minimum) that will be fully edited in your wedding gallery.
Additional Costs that would be agreed upon in the contract: $550/hour for additional hours of services & $50/roll of film for any additional rolls of film.
If at any point in the planning process you two decide you want more hours of coverage or additional rolls of film, I will have this agreement written in our contract giving you two the space to scale up the services at any point!
What would travel/accommodation costs look like?
Because the venue is out of state, the cost of mine & my associate's travel (if you go with film as well) will be invoiced to you after the wedding day. We are more than happy to take NJ Transit, MetroNorth, or carpool with anyone driving in from the city then back the same night! Or, if we collectively decide it is an easier logistical move to get a rental car for one day, then we will get that approved by you two then invoice the cost when the final payment is made.
Whether you have more questions or you are ready to book one of the options, let me know!
I am here to address any area you might be confused on or bring more clarity to each proposal. BUT if you are ready to full send it on either of these proposals, PLEASE do not hesitate to text me, because you already know I will be doing a happy dance as I write up your contract & send it your way.
Once you are ready to book you will...
1) Sign the contract I send over.
The contract is pretty simple & straight forward. It is designed to not just protect our business, but also you to, as all of Carissa Joy Photo's promises will be written down in this contract. From services performed, to editing, & editing schedules, we both will sign the contract to ensure we are on the same page + all of our needs are met. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of it, my team & I are happy to answer!
2) Put down a 30% deposit.
Details about the 30% deposit will be in the contract. Once I receive the retainer, I will mark the date of your wedding off on my calendar, so that if any other potential clients inquire with me for that day, I can confidently tell them, "So sorry, but I already have a stunning wedding with an amazing couple scheduled for that day!"
3) Jump up & down for joy with me.
Once the contract is signed & the deposit is paid, I am OFFICIALLY your photographer! What an honor that will be & I truly cannot wait to make this happen. I am confident in the beauty we will capture together, both the planned & the unplanned moments. So many priceless photos come from in between, candid moments, & I will be right by your side to photograph each one.
Once we have your wedding on the books,
I will be here with you every step of the planning process. I am here to help talk through the schedule, & how photos can work in to both get every moment you want captured, while also giving you two time to be present with your guests. I have a wide network & list of vendors I can recommend, be it florists for a good bouquet & boutonniere or a makeup artist to get you feeling good at the beginning of the day. Anything else that arises, no matter how small or big, consider me your wedding veteran to give you all the tips on ensuring your day is as friendly & comfortable as you envision it to be.