After being a wedding photographer for several years and constantly being “immersed in weddings,” it’s easy to take for granted the things that are a normal part of what I do. When my friend, Grace, was planning her wedding I was reminded that the average girl most likely has never thought about how to choose a great spot for getting ready, the proper way to put on a veil, or which parts of the day you need to choose songs for.

It’s a lot, I know. Planning a wedding is a big deal and there’s a lot that goes into it. Big decisions, small decisions, and everything in between. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices you have make and the seemingly never ending to-do list.

As your wedding photographer, it’s important to me that you feel taken care of. In the midst of all the decisions you’re making, I want photography to be something you can check off your list, knowing that your wedding pictures will be an enjoyable and streamlined process. I’m giving you a peak into my client experience so you get an idea of what it looks like to work with me.

The Karen Elise Photography Client Experience


Your experience with me begins when you send me an inquiry email or fill out the form on my website with a few details about your wedding and what you’re envisioning. I know that locking in your dream team is super exciting and I’ve committed to answering all emails within 48 business hours.

The Karen Elise Photography Client Experience

In-Person Meeting

If the date and price point is a good fit, we’ll sit down together at my favorite local coffee shop or home and we’ll to know each other a bit better. As your wedding photographer, I’ll be sharing closely in all your special wedding day moments and it’s important that you feel like you know, like, and trust me.

During this meeting, I’ll also walk you through what a typical wedding day looks like, we’ll talk about your engagement session, and I get to hear all about your wedding vision, (it’s one of my favorite parts of the whole meeting! 🙂

The Karen Elise Photography Client Experience

Contract & Retainer

If we decide that we’re a good fit for each other, I’ll send you a contract along with a link for you to pay your 50% retainer. I love giving my clients the option to pay online since it saves so much time and effort.

Custom Timeline

Upon booking, you’ll receive a recommended wedding day timeline based on the optimal sunset portrait time for your wedding date. As we get closer to your wedding date, we’ll work together, (along with your wedding planner, if you have one) and customize it to fit in all the traditional and/or unique parts of your day.

The Karen Elise Photography Client Experience

Engagement Session

After locking in your date, it’s time for your engagement session! Engagement sessions are a vital part of feeling comfortable in front of the camera on your wedding day. It allows us to interact without the time crunch of a wedding day and helps you get familiar with my shooting and posing style.

Wedding Planning Resources

A big part of a stress free wedding day includes creating a detailed plan ahead of time and surrounding yourself with a trustworthy team who can execute it. One of my favorite ways to serve my brides is through helpful wedding planning tips sent straight to their inbox, via my blog, or by pointing them to trusted resources I’ve worked with in the past.

The Karen Elise Photography Client Experience

Your Wedding Day!!!

The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here! It’s the day you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy celebrating with the ones you love most while I take care of the rest. I’ve worked hard to create a proven shooting and posing system so that you can have the beautiful photos you want without the stress and tension that’s often present during a typical wedding day.

After the Wedding

I know how much you want to see photos of your wedding day. If you’re like me, you’re scrolling Instagram right after your wedding, trying to find photos since for once, you didn’t take any. 🙂 For this reason, I strive to post a sneak peak within 24-48 hours of the wedding. You shouldn’t have to wait months for your wedding photos! Your blog post with my favorite highlight images will be up within a week of your wedding and you can expect your full gallery in less than 3 weeks.

Modest Lace Wedding Dress |Karen Photography

Karen Elise Photography Experience

What It’s Like to Work With Me

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