vendor spotlight: Whitney Heard Photography

You know when you meet someone that you immediately click with? Those people who can so easily make you feel comfortable and at easy? These qualities are SO important in the wedding industry and Whitney is definitely one of those great people I have had the chance to work with.

Not only is she sweet and friendly, she is super talented and provides a level of service I would want every one of my clients to have with their photographer (or any vendor).


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After working together on a really fun, bright project, I thought Whitney would be a great vendor to feature on the blog. I asked Whitney the top 10 questions that brides have asked me in regards to photography and today I am sharing her answers!

1. How far in advance should I book my photographer? 8 months to a year in advance! Sounds crazy right? Photographers only have a certain number of weddings they can shoot in a year, limited by the number of weekends as well as the time it takes to edit the photos. So if you have a favourite photographer, be sure to contact them well in advance!

2. Is an engagement shoot additional or included in my wedding package? An engagement shoot is included in all of my wedding packages, as I find they’re a very good opportunity to get to know you: i. To see how you and your fianc√© are in front of the camera! Everyone gets nervous, so I want to have a chance to make sure you feel calm and comfortable in front of my camera! ii. So you know what to expect from me! Your wedding photographer is going to be with you all day, it is important to feel comfortable with them, and know how they are going to act. iii. So I can get your feedback of the photos before the wedding day! So you can say, ‘Wow, I love that shot’ and ‘Im not sure I like this photo as much as the others!”, so that I know exactly what you would love for your big day. Many photographers do not include engagement photos in your package! But be sure to think about adding it on.

3. How long will you be on site on my wedding day? I find that 8-10 hours of coverage is ideal. Usually, I get there a bit before you finish getting your makeup done so I can capture some getting ready shots, and I leave after the first dance and cake cutting (depending how your day is scheduled).

4. What is the timeline for the photos to be ready? I have your photos finished and delivered to you a month after your wedding, unless you have requested your photos to be delivered on a rush schedule. For every hour I spend shooting, I spend at least two more editing. So, say I was with you for 10 hours, there is still another 20 hours of work for me to do, for editing alone.

5. Do your packages include an assistant or second shooter or this is an extra cost? A second shooter is extra–I don’t mind shooting alone!

6. What would you say is your photography style? I love bright, raw moments. I tend to focus on details, and make sure everyone is smiling!

7. How far do you travel? I have been all over for weddings! I just got back from shooting in Mexico!

8. Do you prefer guests not to take photos while you are shooting? I don’t mind during the ceremony, or other times during the night, but I do like to have alone time with the bride and groom so they can be comfortable, and we can get those intimate moments that are oh so romantic.

9. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment and other corrective services? I provide light editing ( Color, contrast adjustments, light skin touch ups, etc ) in all of my packages! I also include all of the photos in black and white so you know you don’t have to worry about that! Additional re-touching is extra, as it is very time consuming.

10. What has drawn you to the wedding industry? What do you like most about working in the wedding industry? The love stories, the people, and the details! I feel so blessed that I get to be a part of the bride and groom’s big day.

For more information on Whitney Heard Photography, click here!

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