Wedding Photography FAQ

Before the Wedding

I shoot a mixture of traditional and modern artistic styles to appeal to the taste of everyone in your family. If you prefer a certain look please let me know so I can lean towards that style.

Jenna Michele Photography has booked 48 weddings for 2015, and averages 35-50 per year at this time.

Yes, please look through the portfolio for examples. We are not ‘natural light only’ photographers – we bring our own lighting to handle dark conditions as wedding coverage requires.

I love art and photography, and the creativity of today’s weddings. Each one shows the personality of both the couple and the whole family.

I am a full time licensed photographer who works on location. I work all over the state of Florida, the USA, and internationally.

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Five or ten years down the road, the pictures you have will remind you of the cherished memories of that day. Did the photographer capture emotional moments between the bride and groom? Did they make you look beautiful and amazing? Did they know when and where to stand at the right time, to get those moments, and how to instruct you? Do they know how to do the job without getting the way of other vendors, and how to anticipate the flow of a wedding? It’s a craft that takes hard work and time to learn, and most professionals even go through an understudy period with established studios. This is the kind of dedication that you deserve during your wedding.

Any location within 35 miles of Orlando does not incur travel fees. Please ask about rates for traveling outside of that zone.

Consultations can be through email, phone, skype video chat, or in person at our Winter Park office. Meetings are typically 30-60 minutes long.

After a consultation a 50% retainer is required to lock in your date. The remaining fee is due 15 days before the wedding day. You may make several small payments over time or one final payment the week before the wedding.

This provides a great guide for what you like in photography, and once I see what you’ve found and I can customize it to your wedding with a unique twist to make it your own. However, as a courtesy to the original photographer we ask that you not attempt to replicate an image exactly, or have expectations that what we create will look identical.

I use a Canon 5d mark III digital DSLR, and a collection of lenses as my main gear. My backup gear is a Canon 5d mark II DSLR.

The camera I use produces images of 22 megapixels – large enough to make a roadside billboard. I shoot in the RAW in order to maintain the best quality images, which are then converted into a JPEG format for your ease of use.

Sunsets give beautiful light, but make sure you are not having the the formal portraits done in the dark after that sunset ceremony. Avoid mid-day weddings unless during the cooler months, as the sun is just too bright and intense… and if you’re getting married in florida, it will be very hot and uncomfortable for you and your guests.

At least a month before the date to send them off to the printer. You will need to allow time for post processing, and time for you to work with the images. Do it early and don’t add stress to your preparations.


Wedding Day

I shoot roughly 150 an hour, not including the second shooter’s work. The average wedding has 800-1200 final images for the client to use.

At least an hour and a half before the ceremony is the ideal time, so we can record your preparations for the wedding along with the details, hair and makeup, and candids.

About 60 minutes. I like to take time with my clients to give them a special moment to themselves, away from the hustle-bustle of the wedding. I ask that you plan for 30 minutes of private photography time after the first 30 minutes of family formals. It’s a really great breather moment in your day, for the two of you to talk and laugh together.

Ultimately it is up to you, but we ask that you tell those friends and family members with trigger fingers to relax and enjoy the moments in your event. Let your guests soak in the moment and have a wonderful time, while we do the work. Having too many cameras going off at once can cause real problems on the technical side of photography, which is why it’s often discouraged or disallowed. For the bride and groom formals, guests  are not allowed to attend, and are asked to enjoy the pre-reception.

Always ask the coordinator ahead of time so you’ll know what limitations a church may have placed on photography. In the most extreme cases some churches do not allow any photography during the ceremony.  It’s best to find this out early and see what we can do to work with your venue.

Yes, a buffet plate or hot meal is required for any wedding that contracts six hours or more, for both the photographer and second shooter. During the wedding there is no time for us to pick up something to eat or worry about bringing in our own food. Please check with the caters to make sure they won’t be serving your vendors ham sandwiches and chips while charging you a full plate cost, as this can happen.

Of course we will stay as late as you need us to. Check with us for hourly rates on overtime. You’ll be given the option to make that decision at the reception.

While we cover all the ‘standard’ expected moments and candid shots, if you have any unique plans for surprises or will be incorporating religious elements (example: Indian, Jewish, Korean, etc) please do send that information over so we can be well prepared.

After the Wedding

A sneak preview is posted on social media the same week of the wedding. This first set of 25-50 images is delivered via Dropbox immediately for you to use in Thank You cards or otherwise. Your final full set of images are ready for viewing 4-8 weeks after the event at the latest, depending on the current season and wait list. This is due to our quality control process, where the images are culled down from 2000+ into just 700-1000, to remove doubles, outtakes, and apply a basic editing process.  This ensures you look your absolute best, which is totally worth the wait.

Every event has an online site where friends and family can view and purchase prints. Prints are ordered directed from a professional lab and shipped out through a third party company. For canvas orders please contact us directly.

We work with our clients after the wedding to create customized high end albums. Just schedule a consultation to start the process and view the samples after your final images have been delivered.

Basic retouching is included at no cost on the teaser images. Basic retouching includes color and exposure corrections, some diminishing of pimples or blemishes, laugh lines, and other small imperfections. It does not drastically change what you look like, as the goal is to enhance your natural appearance.  Major retouching and editing is available at $60 an hour.

High Resolution (printable) images are delivered via Dropbox for instant download. The client is responsible to keep them backed up for personal use, as they do not remain on Dropbox after a few weeks time. By request a copy can be mailed on a set of DVDs. Customized USB drives with art packaging are available for purchase, please inquire for including this add on.

You are more than welcome to share your images, but we ask that you only post the watermarked versions to ensure client privacy and frustrate any would be photo thieves.

Professional photographers retain the full ownership and rights to the photographs as the original creator – which are released to you under a specific usage type. You’re able by law to make prints or albums for yourself, but you can’t sell the images to make a profit. Your contract covers non-profit use only.

The original RAW files are never released. You probably won’t enjoy trying to comb through 2000+ unedited images, and the average consumer does not have the right software and computer system to do this as the files are very large. Primarily the outtakes are removed – blinking and any strange expressions for example…. nothing that anyone would actually want to keep.

Yes, we will provide you with a release form if needed.

Usually we have no problem with this, but please ask us first. We want to make sure we get proper credit and we like to know where our work goes.