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 averages 35-55 booked weddings per year.

Yes, please look through the portfolio for examples. We are not ‘natural light only’ photographers – we bring our own lighting to create quality work even at night-time outdoor venues and dimly lit reception rooms.

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 couldn’t see myself doing anything else!

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

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 a training period with established studios. This is the kind of skill and dedication that you deserve during your wedding.

Any location within 40 miles of downtown Orlando does not incur travel fees. Please ask about rates for traveling outside of that zone. Your area may still not require any fees.


Consultations can be through email, phone, skype video chat, or in person at our downtown Orlando office. Meetings are typically 40-60 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. Payments must be completed before the wedding date.


This provides us with a great guide for what you like in photography, and it can be 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 we can create an identical copy of inspirational images.


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 will not run the risk of the light being gone for formal portraits which are typically done after the ceremony. Avoid mid-day weddings whenever possible, as the sun is just too bright and intense to produce ideal photographs… and if you’re getting married in Florida, it may be very hot and uncomfortable for you and your guests during that time.


At least a month before the date you need to send them off to the printer. Please allow time for post processing and for you to work with the images. As there are many ways to include your images in invites and save the dates, and many different timetables provided by labs, we simply ask that you tell us your own deadlines to work within.

 

Wedding Day


I shoot roughly 150 images per hour, not including the second shooter’s work. Our weddings typically have 700-1200 final images for the client to use after culling through 2500-4500 and reducing it to the best selections.

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. Please allow for travel time in addition to this.



About 60 minutes. I like to give my clients 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 moment in your day for just 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 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. This time is set aside for the bride and groom to focus on each other.



You may want to ask the coordinator ahead of time so you’ll know what limitations a church may have placed on your photography team. 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 primary photographer and second photographer. Please check with the caters to make sure they won’t be serving your vendors ham sandwiches and chips. We have unfortunately had cases of these vendor meals being given with a full plate charge to the client.


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 along with 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, usually the same week of the wedding. This first set of 25-60 images is delivered via Dropbox 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.



Please contact us directly for canvas prints and albums, but for all other products we ask that you seek out an appropriate lab to have the work done. We release high resolution files so that you may print and use them in your home however you’d like.



We work with our clients after the wedding to create customized 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.  The full set of images have color and exposure corrections and our own style of processing. Major retouching and additional editing is available at $60 an hour.



High Resolution (printable) images are delivered via zenfolio.com or dropbox.com for instant download. The client is responsible to keep them backed up for personal use, as they may not remain on the download site after the designated package time. By request a copy can be mailed on a set of USB drives.



You are more than welcome to share your images, but we ask that you please use the watermarked versions to ensure client privacy and frustrate anyone looking to use our images to  scam and mislead wedding clients.



Professional photographers retain the full ownership and rights to the photographs as the original creator. Limited rights are released to you under a specific usage. By law you are allowed to make prints or albums for yourself, but you cannot sell the images to make a profit without written permission from the creator. Your contract covers non-profit use only, which in most cases is all that’s needed anyhow.


The original RAW files are never released. You probably won’t enjoy trying to comb through 2000-4000+ unedited images, and the average consumer does not have the right software and computer system to do this. Primarily the outtakes are removed – blinking and any strange expressions for example…. nothing that anyone would actually want to keep. In special cases we may work with a client to provide another format such as TIFF but always with our own culling and editing work applied to serve as a finished product.



Yes, we will provide you with a release form if needed. It’s not often asked and you should be fine taking the files there.



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.