Frequently Asked Questions

Finding the right wedding photographer can be overwhelming. There are so many options, and this is a once in a lifetime moment. There's a lot riding on making sure that your first kiss is captured forever. I get it! Serving you well on your wedding day is something I am super passionate about. I have assembled some of the most commonly asked questions that I have been presented with during consultations in hopes that it will help you figure out even faster if I may be the right one for you!

Because sometimes when you know, you know.

HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD WE BOOK YOU? | I am always booking 18 months in advance. Couples usually book their photographer immediately after securing their venue. Most of my couples book 8-12 months in advance, but I photographed a wedding with 28 hours/ notice. Literally! 
 
DO YOU ALLOW PAYMENT PLANS? | Absolutely! The vast majority of my clients make payments on their wedding photography.

WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE TO BOOK? | I require a 20% retainer and signed contract to secure your wedding date + plan your engagement session. 

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU? | Step one. Click the "Connect" tab and send me an inquiry! I will double check that I am available for your date, and we will schedule a phone consultation to see if we may be a good fit! 

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? | Please see the Weddings tab for more detailed information on pricing. Most of my clients spend around $4,500-$5,000 for wedding day photography, which includes a full digital gallery of high resolution images, engagement session, and usually an album. 

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HOW DO WE PAY YOU? | I send all of my contracts and invoices electronically, and you can pay online easily and securely. I also can accept payment through PayPal, Venmo, or by check. Payment Plans are accompanied by a 2.95% convenience fee. This fee is waived if you pay in full at booking.

DO YOU DO ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS? | Yes! Most of my wedding collections include an engagement session or have the option to add one onto your wedding coverage. They are great to help us get to know one another and make you feel more comfortable for wedding day photos. They also come in handy for save the dates, wedding websites, and wedding decor. 

SHOULD WE HIRE A SECOND SHOOTER? | Yes. All of my wedding collections include a second shooter. I have a close group of second shooters I use regularly who all have their own thriving photography businesses. They are invaluable to me on a wedding day. For elopements and smaller ceremonies, you have the option of adding a second shooter.

 

SHOULD WE HAVE A FIRST LOOK? | I LOVE a First Look. However, if you decide that a First Look is not for you, I will NOT pressure you. As your photographer, it is my job to educate you on why First Looks are helpful during your wedding day and let you make the best decision for you two as a couple. I have done weddings both with and without First Looks with happy clients all around, but it is my personal preference as your photographer to have a First Look. 

DO YOU TRAVEL? | Yes! I am ALWAYS ready for an adventure.  Mountains? Sea? Abroad? Passport + carry-on are always ready. All long distance wedding quotes are done on an individual basis and will include travel, accommodations, and reasonable per diem. 

WHEN DO WE GET OUR PHOTOS? | You will receive a sneak peek within one week from your wedding. The sneak peek is a highlight reel of some of my favorite images from your wedding. Your full wedding gallery will be delivered within 2-3 months from your wedding date. While my editing process takes a considerable amount of time, I process each individual image, and that simply takes time. :)

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HOW DO YOU DELIVER OUR PHOTOS? | You will receive an email with your gallery link, custom password for viewing, and PIN for downloading. You will be able to download your gallery in both web size (for social media uploading) and high resolution (for printing). 

YOU RECOMMEND ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS? | Yes, I do! Your engagement session gives us a chance to meet in person and get you both comfortable with having your photo taken before your wedding. We will also go over some basic posing so you can easily recall them on wedding day to make portrait time a snap and to minimize those wedding day camera jitters. AND you can use the images for wedding decoration, save the dates, wedding websites, and more. (Plus it's super fun!)

DO YOU SELL ALBUMS + PRINTS? | I do! I offer high quality, professional prints that are available to professional photographers only. Albums begin at $250.

HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET? | Guaranteed number of images depends on how many hours of coverage you purchase, but you will receive literally hundreds of photos. My elopement package guarantees at least 100 photos.

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH SAME SEX COUPLES/WEDDINGS? | Yes, Yes, and YES! Whatever your love looks like, I love to see it. ALL are welcome here.


DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ALTERNATIVE WEDDINGS? | Are your plans a little out of the box? I plan styled shoots, because I love doing stuff a little bold, a little extra, and a little different. Hit me with your crazy. I can handle it!
 

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DO YOU HAVE A FULL GALLERY YOU CAN SHOW US? | Absolutely! In your inquiry, list your venue, and if I have a gallery specific to your venue, I'll send it! Also, feel free to spend some time on the Ivey Photo Blog, where I feature full weddings, engagements, styled shoots, + more. 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? | I shoot using full frame Nikon Z6ii and Z5 mirrorless cameras with a variety of prime lenses, flashes, lighting gadgets, and backup batteries (LOTS OF THOSE!). My favorite lenses to use during weddings are my 35mm for both landscape shots + details and my 85mm for portraits and candids. I refer to my 85 as "my baby". It's my favorite. :)

DO WE TIP YOU?
| Tipping is in no way required or expected, but when it happens, it's certainly a nice blessing and is incredibly appreciated. 

WHAT IS YOUR BACK UP PROCESS? | I shoot every wedding on two separate memory cards using one as a backup. I back up images to both a hard-drive and a cloud based storage system immediately after your wedding. I also never delete memory cards until your full wedding gallery is delivered. Upon delivery, your edited wedding gallery and raw images (unedited, straight from camera) are held in cloud based storage while your edited gallery is backed up on a hard drive, external hard drive, and cloud based storage. I guarantee storage of your entire wedding gallery for one calendar year from your wedding date.

DO WE FEED YOU? | Yes. Listen... There are not many foods that travel well in a camera pack, and this is a highly physical job, so holla at your girl and include me (and a second shooter if we have one) in the catering count. During a pre-determined, pre-planned, + well-timed break, I also change out my batteries and memory cards, switch out my shoes, and check on my kiddos. :)  
I will be back + ready for all your reception highlights (in a new pair of shoes), and you won't even know I'm gone. 

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DO YOU DO SESSIONS OUTSIDE OF WEDDINGS? | Yes! Engagements, bridal, boudoir, family, branding, portraits, seniors... I do a lot outside of weddings, but I have to be honest when I say weddings are my favorite. BUT there is a lot of celebrating that goes on around your wedding that you may also want documented - bachelorette trips, bridal showers, bridal portraits, bridal boudoir, rehearsal dinner, snuggle sessions, maternity, and more! I love documenting my couples throughout their family journey beyond wedding day. Half hour sessions are $250. Hour sessions are $500. Branding sessions, however, are done by custom quote as needs vary greatly from business to business. 

HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED? | At last count just after my third business anniversary in March 2022, I have photographed 55 weddings! And I still love weddings!!!

DO YOU HELP US PLAN OUR DAY TO INCLUDE PHOTOS? | I create a timeline, usually in coordination with a wedding planner, to make sure we have a thorough plan to capture all the images your heart desires! "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." You will receive a questionnaire from me that will help us collaborate on this - and it's all done easily online. 

COVID | I am fully vaccinated + will be boosted regularly + ready to take any precautions necessary to make your day a safe, healthy, + happy one. One of the reasons I have a mandatory second shooter policy in 2022 is to protect my clients. You will have two experienced, professional wedding photographers for your wedding day. Both of us can lead a wedding day with no trouble. Therefore, if one of us tests positive, we have a back-up photographer already in place. If government regulations require that events be cancelled or postponed, I will honor your package on a new date. If I am unavailable, I will hire an associate shooter for your new event date + edit the photos in my signature editing style.

FYI: Tips aren't always money. Clients have surprised me with some beautiful gifts (many handmade!), and each of them have brought me so much gratitude and joy! 

ENOUGH ABOUT ME!
I want to know about YOU!
LET'S CONNECT!
 
I can't wait to hear your love story! XOXO, Paige

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