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 Tabitha putting on some finishing touches on makeup, laughing with your friends who surround you as you get ready, or Steve 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 your apartment, many precious moments are shared. Champagne toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes.
2: First look + private vows + Bride & Groom photos
I will photograph Steve's emotions that come with seeing Tabitha in her gown for the first time, & crystallize the memories of Tabitha's overwhelming love for Steve as she sees him in his tux/suit. Then, in a special setting at (hopefully!) your dream venue, we will soak in all the intimacy & tears of joy that come as you two share your private vows!
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 classic bride & groom photos that will make your parents proud to hang on their living room walls, as well as candid photos of joy that you will want to make your phone lock screen.
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 Steve smiles as Tabitha gives her vows, & the way your close friend 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.
Oh, & let us not forget the tears. You better believe the second I hear a sniffle my camera will dart to capture those tears of joy that are sourced from the great connection you two have with each other, as well as your guests' love for you both!
4: GROUP PHOTOS
Family photos can be a headache. I do not want this to be a mundane part of your celebration, but, instead, right after the ceremony, let's capture hugs & laughter that will undoubtedly come after you two say "I do". Then (depending on your run of show) 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.
Honestly, wedding party photos will be happening all throughout the day. We will make sure there is some solid time set aside to take photos just with the bridesmaids, just with the groomsmen, & then with the whole wedding party. However, I memorize 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, as displayed above.
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 Tabitha a Moscow Mule & Steve an Old Fashioned ;))
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 family member 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.
&, if you two are feeling it, we can sneak away at sunset for some magical photos by the water & a private moment between just the two of you <33
At the end of the night, I have no doubts everybody will be leaving overwhelmed with the fun they just experienced, & that it will go down as one of the most memorable weddings any of them have ever attended!
REMEMBERING TABITHA'S BROTHER.
Kimberly's step father passed three months before her elopement celebration.
When I arrived to Kimberly & Justin's apartment to take getting ready photos for them, I asked if there was anything special they wanted to include with their ring detail photos. Kimberly immediately went into their bedroom & brought these images of her father back into the living room for me to include in the detail images.
John's mother passed a few years before he & Carly tied the knot in downtown Brooklyn.
John put together a slideshow in her honor that played during the time for toasts. As the slideshow played, John's father, sister, Carly, & John stood together in a corner of the room, watching reminders of the love they have for their mom run across the screen.
These are only two of countless ways we can honor your brother during your wedding celebration. I am so moved by your idea to reserve a seat for him at your ceremony - I do not take the responsibility of photographing weddings lightly, because I recognize there is so much to emotion on each wedding day, thus I promise to pay special attention to thoughtfully capture the ways you honor your lost loved ones.
Investment for all Wedding Events: $7,000
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 waterside wedding venue, & images of couples + guests full of emotion & showcasing their authentic personalities. I believe we are best suited for you, because of the way I specialize in the in between moments, both big & small. I 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.
This proposal includes coverage for your engagement party in July, your welcome party during your wedding weekend, & 12 hours of service on your wedding day!
*I guarantee 70+ photos/hr during coverage, but always am a fan of the over delivering sentiment.
Investment for Engagement Party + Wedding Services: $6,100
I want to be apart of as much of your wedding season as I can! If getting me out there early the weekend of your wedding for the party coverage does not make sense, then consider me there for your engagement party still! I want to capture all those candid moments, after taking all of 15 minutes to grab organized photos your family will want!
*regardless of which package you choose, I guarantee at least 70+ digital images per hour that will be fully edited in your galleries.
Investment for Wedding Services: $5,200
If only being a part of your wedding is what ends up making sense, I will be so sad to not join you in all your special moments, but will be OVERJOYED to join you two on your most important day. I want to capture every tear & every smile. I want to capture each moment, planned & unexpected. It would be an honor to do this for you two, & while it is still a large investment, I hope it is one that we can make happen!
*regardless of which package you choose, I guarantee at least 70+ digital images per hour that will be fully edited in your wedding gallery.
What would travel/accommodation costs look like?
LIRR tickets would be invoiced to you two after the wedding day, as well as any Uber's to get to & from the train station & the venue. (We would take the subway system to get to Grand Central Station, you would not incur extra costs for our travel within NYC.)
For my safety, I do not travel back after 11pm on public transit. You two can either 1) get me a place to stay. I can book hotel/airbnb reservations after getting approval from you two, or you two can book them (which gives you the opportunity to book with points or gain credit card points). Or, if you have a family/friend I can stay with I trust your judgements for a guest room to crash in ;))
The 2) option for if I were to leave after 11pm (whether it is for your engagement party or your wedding) is you two could cover the cost of a rental car. I should only need it for one full day, which hopefully should not cost more than $100 picking it up from the airport!
Engagement Session: Included, anywhere in NYC.
No matter what investment option you go with, 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 (my go to session location) or revisiting spots in Carrol Heights that are nostalgic for you two or anywhere else - I am here for whatever!
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 memorable & timeless as you envision it to be.