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 Riniz putting on some finishing touches on makeup, laughing with your friends who surround you as you get ready, or Ronald 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 apartment, many precious moments are shared. Champagne toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes.
2: FIRST LOOK + BRIDE & GROOM PHOTOS
I will photograph Ronald's emotions that come with seeing Riniz in her gown for the first time, & crystalizing the memories of Riniz's overwhelming love for Ronald as she sees him in his tux/suit. Then, we can enter right into bride & groom photos, capturing that 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-stuffy 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.
3: GROUP PHOTOS
Family photos are such a joy. I do not want this to be a mundane part of your celebration that drags on too long, but, instead, right after the ceremony, we can 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 then make sure there is some solid time set aside to take photos just with your close knit friend group. However, our team memorizes the faces of your family & closest friends 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 & your first kiss, but also the way Ronald smiles as Riniz 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 who you do for a purpose, so we will also capture their reactions throughout your whole ceremony.
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 a mule for Riniz & a Cuba Libre for Ronald ;))
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 school who is dancing on the table 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 Film & Digital: $5,950 for 7 hours on June 30, 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 an intimate wedding in a non-traditional restaurant setting like Radegast Hall, with quick access to the water where the Manhattan skyline will be an amazing backdrop for couples & group photos. I did my best to include images that portray our past couples' personalities, so you can see how comfortable we help our clients feel! I also included candid moments of guests interacting with each other & the bride + groom, so you two can envision your guests at your wedding, where you two will go out of your way to cultivate a sense of feeling seen & known.
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 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: $5,300 for 7 hours on June 30, 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 (560+ digital images for 7 hours of services guaranteed per your contract - this is in writing to protect you so that you are contractually obliged a minimum, but I am a big fan of the over-deliver sentimentality & typically deliver over 700 for a 7 hour wedding) that will be fully edited in your wedding gallery.
Additional Costs that would be agreed upon in the contract: $450/hour for additional hours of services & $225/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!
Engagement Session: Included, anywhere in NYC.
I want to join you two on a date night out, & make a photo session out of it. Whether that means walking around the West Village or Brooklyn Heights (my go to session locations) or revisiting spots that are nostalgic for you two somewhere else in one of the five boroughs - I am here for whatever! The engagement session is such a wonderful time for the three of us to get to know each other before we spend 7 hours together in 2024 on one of the biggest days of your life!
Also, once you book with me, I will send you a full outfit guide PDF that will be helpful in picking out your outfits! Then, I will always be available to help you choose between options as well! I am here to help as much or as little as you want, I love having an avenue for my inner stylist to come out haha.
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 full of tangible emotion as you envision it to be.