Kelley Raye
lifestyle + wedding photographer

Wedding booking Guide

Oh Shoot! its getting real!

You're one step closer to some amazing memories of one of the best days of your life (so far)!

The Booking Process. it's easy.

• During your consultation, we’ll discuss more details about your day and what you might need from me besides doubling as the security guard (which is totally a part of my job description fyi). Consultations are done via Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime.

• Prices are subject to change at anytime but the official quote that I email you is good for 30 days.

• A 50% non-refundable deposit + contract is required to officially book a full day wedding or elopement package. The remaining balance is due no later than 30 days prior to your wedding date. Mini weddings or any weddings being booked less than 30 days before the wedding date require a 100% non-refundable deposit + contract. I accept credit, debit, checks from mom, venmo, and Beyoncé tickets.

• A link to my Wedding Day Prep Guide will be emailed to you once you are officially booked.

questions before you schedule your consultation...

Q// What if another couple inquires about our date before we've made our decision?
If an inquiry comes in for your requested wedding date before you've made your decision or submitted a deposit, you will receive an email alert from me. After 24 hours, if you still haven't submitted a deposit, I will allow couple #2 to go ahead and schedule their consultation or put an immediate deposit down should they be so inclined. The date will still be available to either one of you until someone submits a deposit + signed contract.

Q// We hate posing so will you make sure every single image is a candid?
Most of your wedding day will be shot in documentary style, and when its time for your official wedding portraits we will be shooting a mix of candid shots and shots using creative direction. I don't like to leave my couples confused, wondering what to do with their hands, I prefer they look like rock stars. So during your first look or post-wedding portraits, we will find us a super cool location and I will direct you during your photos so that you do not look stiff and awkward. If you do not like taking images that involve creative direction (example: the sunset image below), you should probably stop here. If you want to look crazy, bored, stiff, not in love, and unflattering, then by all means, fight me tooth and nail on creative direction. However....if you want to look amazing, then you need to trust me when I'm giving you direction and get over your fear of looking posed. Thanks in advance for your trust :)

this is a candid shot.

this is a candid shot.

this is a directed shot.

this is a directed shot.

a few more FAQs Answered For Ya

Q// How many weddings have you shot?

Q// Do you bring your own lighting?
Yes. I use natural light until there is no more and then I switch to a speedlight to capture the reception.

Q// What kind of equipment do you typically use?
For weddings my camera bag usually contains: 2 red bulls (its a long day), 2 canon camera bodies, a holdfast multi camera strap, 3-4 lenses (both prime and zoom), 2 speedlights, lotsa memory cards, a waterproof, smash proof memory card case, extra camera batteries, rechargeable speedlight batteries and my laptop for downloading images during dinner.

Q// Do I have to provide food for you (and your assistant if applicable) during the reception?
Yes. During dinner, I/we need to eat and also be done before the speeches start. I don't take photos of people while they eat.

Q// Are you vegetarian? Do you have any dietary restrictions?
No. Unless you're serving vegetarian lasagna then yes! yum.

Q// What if you get sick last minute and you can't shoot our wedding?
I will send a photographer who shoots as closely to my style as I can find in my place. No, I've never not been able to make a wedding.

Q// Do you do posed family portraits during the wedding?
Yes. I don't blog posed family portraits but I do take them at every wedding.

Q// Can my mom pay you?
Yes. I will send you an invoice link so that you or whomever is gifting you is able to pay directly online with credit, debit, bank transfer or paypal at anytime. I also have a venmo account (@kelleyraye).

Q// Can we see a full wedding gallery example?
Sure, a full wedding example is < here >.

Q// How do you save images after the wedding is over?
After I race home or back to my hotel (the most stressful part of every wedding day), I immediately download my memory cards to a temporary external hard drive only used for that day's wedding (hard drive 1). Once downloaded there, images from hard drive 1 are then copied to my external primary hard drive (hard drive 2). Once downloaded there, images from hard drive 2 are copied one more time to my external hard drive that is a mirror copy of my primary hard drive in case something happens to it (hard drive 3) and put away. Once images are edited and ready for delivery, I override the newest version of the images from my primary drive onto my mirror drive. I also download raw images to my cloud. In other words, I keep 4 separate copies of your original images. Which seems like alot...until something happens to one of the drives. Better safe than sorry.

Final high resolution edited jpgs are uploaded to your PASS online gallery which is available for download for one calendar year. All images live forever on their respective hard drives. Cloud images are deleted after one calendar year.

Q// Can you give us an idea of what a wedding day schedule typically looks like?
A traditional schedule would look something like < this > if you are doing a first look and < this > if you are skipping first look. 

An elopement would vary as they don't usually follow the traditional wedding day timeline. We can curate a relaxed, elopement schedule together based on what you'd like to incorporate.

Whatever you do, please keep me in the loop as you begin to create your schedule (even if you have a coordinator), so that we have enough time for everything, especially your individual and couples portraits. You can even pass these example schedules on to your coordinator so they know beforehand how much time I need (they should be asking you how much time I need).

Q// Do we get the copyrights to the images taken?
No. You will receive a Print Release (also stated in the contract) that allows you to use the photos for sharing, printing, and reproducing to your hearts desire. You just may not sell photos for profit.

Q// Can we have the RAW, unedited images? Can we have all the images?
Your rate covers edited jpgs only; I do not release raw images straight from my camera. If you need un-edited jpgs for personal use, they can be delivered in addition to the edited jpgs for an additional fee of $50 per un-edited jpg file.

Q// How many edited images can we expect to receive after the wedding?
There is no certain amount or limitation on how many edited images you will receive. A full day wedding can produce up to 600 images or more. Or less.

Q// How long will it take to receive our images?
4-6 weeks.

Q// Do you do wedding albums?
Yes, more info here.

Q// Will you blog us?

Q// What if we absolutely do not want you to post ANY of our images anywhere on the internet to assist you in booking future business?
Unfortunately, I am unable to take on any weddings that are required to remain off the internet because that's kind of how I eat.

sarah with the photobomb.

Hopefully I covered all the questions you would have asked. If I didn't, then feel free to email me or schedule a consultation :)