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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 Kristen putting on some finishing touches on makeup, laughing with your friends who surround you as you get ready, or Christopher putting on his suit jacket, I love capturing these moments to be treasured for years to come.


As you & your closest friends get ready at your venue or. a hotel, many precious moments are shared. Champagne toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes. Countless moments of excitement & easygoingness will be captured for you to relive all over again in your wedding gallery.

2: CEREMONY


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 & your first kiss, but also the way Christopher smiles as Kristen gives her vows, & 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 family members & friends bearing witness to the commitment you are making to each other. You are choosing to invite the people you do for a purpose, so we will also capture their reactions throughout your whole ceremony, being sure to pay extra focus to those closest to you like your family.

3: GROUP PHOTOS


When it comes to group photos on film, I do not go for the standard angle or approach, as that Is more so what digital is there to capture. I will be looking for the laughter in between poses to capture of you & those closest to you, be it your wedding party or family members.


Then I also do my best to memorize the faces of those you love most, so that throughout the reception I can capture truly candid moments of you two as you bump into a college friend or are dancing your heart out on the dance floor with you MOH.

4: BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOs


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 home walls for the rest of your lives, as well as candid photos of joy that you will want to make your phone lock screen. Stuffy & rigid posing will be nowhere in sight!


Bride & groom photos don't stop though just because you made your way to dinner/cocktail hour, because I will always be on the lookout for a stolen kiss between the both of you, or a glance you two hold as you catch eyes from across the reception space.

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, 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 Kristen a hugo spritz & Christopher a cucumber jalapeno marg :'))

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.


Your proposals:

Investment Proposal for 5 hours on May 17, 2024: $4,500


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 by the way I've included elegant & timeless imagery, in a magic that only film can provide.


My team & I believe we are best suited for you, because of the way we specialize in the in between moments, both big & small. 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 & 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 guarantees six rolls of film (204-216 images) & 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. I included an extra hour here because I think getting pre-ceremony moments is truly such a special experience, & could be worth the extra investment if you can make it work! The amount of film here will also give you a pretty well rounded take at your whole wedding day.

Investment Proposal for 4 hours on May 17, 2024: $3,300


If the investment for additional hours & film is not doable for you two, this is still a great option! We will still provide you with the same amount of service & attention to detail that will make your wedding day authentically you.


This proposal guarantees three rolls of film (102-108 images) so it will be more like a highlight reel of your day, which will make an incredibly special mini album for you two to treasure for a life time!

Additional Costs that would be agreed upon in the contract: $650/hour for additional hours of services & $150/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 costs look like?


Viet (my fiancé) & I are considering getting a car soon, but assuming we do not have one yet, travel costs would unfortunately be an additional $200-ish to cover a rental car for the day. I hope to cut down on this cost for my clients soon, but for now this would be in the contract to ensure I have good travel to & from your venue!

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 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 timeless & detailed as you envision it to be.