choosing a wedding photographer


Selecting a wedding photographer is one of the most critical choices for your wedding and enduring choices you'll make as a newly-married couple.  Surely, you have an abundance of choice.  We know this and we're enormously grateful for your consideration. We encourage you to speak with us as well as a few other photographers as everyone's style, approach, and level of service differ. Here are a few important elements to consider when selecting a photographer for your day.



Personality


You're selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day.  You're hiring a companion, an advisor, a trusted storyteller.  Personality matters!  We come to you with true servant's hearts.  We laugh with you, cry with you, and become an indelible part of your day. 


Your wedding photographer can set the emotional tone.  Karen is a true "people person," making friends and sharing laughter with almost everyone she meets.  Warm and outgoing, she looks forward to getting to know what makes you you, to hearing your story as a couple, and to celebrating your two families becoming one. She also knows that this is your day and aims to be as unobtrusive as possible as she captures the day unfold.



Experience


Price is but one factor to consider when selecting your wedding photographer, but it should by no means be the major consideration.  Your wedding is a big investment.  Hire a photographer dedicated to honoring and protecting it.  When all is said and done -- the guests go home, the food is eaten, the flowers wilt, and your dress is preserved away -- the photographs are the only tangible part of your wedding that remains. Too often, horror stories emerge when an inexperienced, under-resourced low-cost photographer is involved. Penny wise, in this instance, is truly pound foolish.


Select a photographer who invests in her business, with professional equipment, back-up equipment, skilled associates, insurance, proper legal protection, storage and backup, editing and post-production, strong vendor relationships, as well as experience and skill to anticipate and respond to your needs.  Further, choose someone who has spent decades honing her craft and mastering creative and technical skills to tell your story artfully. Karen brings 16 + years and work with literally thousands of clients into service to you. She hires only vetted and experienced associate photographers on her team.



À La Carte v. Collections


Be sure to choose a wedding photography whose offerings meet your needs. Often, photography collections offer to much (you pay for what you don't need) or too little (forcing you to add on services to truly meet the needs of your day). While there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to wedding photography offerings, select a model that allows you to create the experience and deliverables right for you.


We offer a base service collection that includes six hours of coverage and may extend up to 16 hours on the wedding day.  We offer flexible coverage as little as 4 hours for elopement sessions in Southeast Michigan and as much as a full weekend anywhere in the world. Each experience includes a wide range of optional services and fine art presentation pieces. Every experience includes wall art and album credit because we believe so strongly in the power of the printed work.


Because we understand that weddings are truly family affairs, we go above and beyond with exceptional offerings including a premium leather archival print album with parent albums matching in exact size and specifications (not a diminutive version of the "real deal"), bespoke hand-crafted album display and transport totes, a bound wedding guest book featuring engagement portraits, among an array of stunning display products.


Our bridal portrait session is its own affair with complimentary professional hair, makeup, and floral arrangement. We know how important the dress is and how the day can pass by like a blur, sometimes leaving little time to focus on this important piece. Either before the wedding day or after, we'll recreate you looking and feeling as gorgeous as envision yourself to be.



Albums


Don’t underestimate the importance of owning printed photography from your wedding. This is your first heirloom as a married couple and will endure as a lasting symbol of your love for generations to come.  Select a photographer who has sourced the highest quality and most artful albums that tells your story.  We've researched hundreds of options and selected three albums with a range of design and upgrade options.



Additional Photographers


Most weddings can benefit from at least two photographers to ensure complete coverage.  No one person can be in two places at once and there is so much going on in your day. Plus, stories benefit from a multitude of angles and creative approaches. Karen personally photographs every wedding. Upon request, we offer additional seasoned associate photographers at your request to ensure complete coverage on your day.



Artwork


At the end of the day, you are investing in artwork for your home. Owning the digital proofs offers psychological reassurance, but nothing ignites the senses like masterfully-printed custom-framed large wall art or stunning album on display.  Be sure to select a photographer who has spent the time sourcing and understanding the right products and finishes to meet your needs, as well as one who can execute flawlessly. 


Our studio specializes in wall art. We undergo a meticulous multi-step process with clients to ensure a perfected finish product. We are so proud of our work that we install all custom-framed pieces in our clients' homes in Southeast Michigan with a lifetime quality guarantee.



Professionalism


We all want to be treated like a VIP, a most valued client. We can all sense when we're just "a number" or low on the totem pole, or when a business simply doesn't care. Karen and her team go out of their way to serve clients with the utmost care and concern and to ensure a smooth, enjoyable day. Karen responds to all inquiries in a timely manner, guides clients through the many options and ideas to customized your experiences, arrives promptly, dressed for the occasion, ready to give 110% energy and effort for the day. She prides herself in working well with others, including bridal parties, family and friends, vendors, and staff. She works diligently to deliver images in a timely way, and guides you through creative design and delivery from beginning to end.



PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


In sum, it's important to consider the elements most important to you. We encourage you to speak with several photographers, ask them pointed questions, be sure there's a personality fit. We enjoy the opportunity of meeting with every couple in person (or online, as needed) prior to beginning our work together. If you would like to set up a no-obligation discovery consultation, we welcome the opportunity to share our services or answer any questions you have.


“we’ve followed karen’s work for years. when we decided on a destination wedding in santa fe, we knew we wanted karen! during our wedding weekend, she became like family, sharing so many of our special moments and helping in so many unexpected ways.  the images were simply amazing. we love showing off our “big box of beautiful” and framed canvas. karen is a warm and genuine. we are proud to call her a friend.”


javier + audrey barerra  |  dallas, tx