What is your style of photography?
Our company enjoys capturing emotion and true-to-life moments. We feel successful when, at the end of the day, our photography “tells the story” of the wedding and of the relationship of the couple. Our favorite photographs are made in unexpected moments that vividly express the passion of the greatest day of your lives. We work with each couple to find exactly what approach best expresses the bride and groom’s style and deliver results that leave them feeling like the services our company offered “completed” their romance and wedding day story.
What is your philosophy towards weddings?
Ideal Impressions uses a blend of photojournalistic and traditional photography. These days people throw around the term photojournalistic but we believe the end result is better with some direction. Most couples are more than happy to be prompted to look their best. We specialize in coaching our clients to look as natural as possible and capture the person’s best image and true emotion of the day.
What is your price range of services?
What does this include?
Our prices are very reasonable! We start by offering 3 hours on location and a DVD with full release for $1000. A typical $4000 wedding includes 9 hours on site with two photographers, a slideshow, and album. We are fast! We are known for our immediate digital results. Many photographers and DJs these days are showing family slideshows. However, a distinctive option that we offer is same day wedding shots blended naturally into the family slideshow. We edit about 100 images from the day and put together a highly professional slideshow, completed with panning and zooming effects set to the couple’s favorite music at the reception. The effect is astounding. It is the highlight of the day for the couple and the guests. People are blown away seeing images that were sometimes just minutes before displayed in an entertaining video right before their eyes. Each guest is given a card that directs them to our website where they can download the wedding images free of charge. Prints and an album of the couple's choice is also included in that price range! Most albums are finished and delivered within a month of the wedding. We also offer complete next day service for destination weddings that includes complete DVD authoring and finished albums that can be brought home and displayed at a home-side reception! We specialize in destination weddings and offer countless album and digital viewing options as well as full video and production services.
Do you have packages? If so, what do they include?
Our packages usually include web upload for easy viewing for your guests, prints, and albums. Usually by the following Monday, we upload our “favorite” images to the web site so that people can download them and print them at home for FREE! For $250 extra we would be happy to upload ALL of the images to our web site for you. They may also choose to order prints, books, and a plethora of other services from our web site. If possible it is best if you can let your guests know that these images will be available for free to them by including our web site address, www.idealimpressionsphotography.com somewhere on your wedding bulletin or on the tables at the reception. You may also include our phone number if you wish, 262.903.1887. We will most likely leave our cards on all of your tables and have the RJ make an announcement instructing your guests on how to download the images from our site.
Generally one to two weeks after your wedding we will mail you your package. You will open a box to find your finished album which included some extra images that can be easily switched, this usually works very well. We have gotten quite good at choosing images that will wonderfully compliment your wedding album. They are easy to rearrange if you prefer. You may also receive more 4X6, 5X7 and 8X10 images and enlargements to share with friends and family. You may choose to order another wedding album, we have over 2500 albums available. If you choose a digital album you will have the opportunity to proof and perhaps even build the album online!
The Video DVD’s included are pro fessionally mastered and will play on a Mac or PC with a DVD drive and software as well as the majority of consumer DVD players. They open with a moving image title set to music giving you the options to watch the wedding video and numerous slideshows of all the images taken. Our favorite images are generally on each DVD as well so that you can make prints and share the images. Feel free to make copies of these if you have the ability. You may of course order more copies from us as well. Generally we keep your images on our system for 6 months after the wedding. You will be given full release to print and share these images.
You will also receive PHOTO DVD's with all of the still images on them.
Do you shoot with an assistant?
Always! In most cases we always send at least two photographers! And at large weddings and events may have as many as seven photographers!
Will you be the one shooting the wedding or do you hire other photographers as well?
We have 7 photographers and encourage the clients to choose the best fit for them and are encouraged to meet or talk with any of them!
Do you shoot digitally or with film or both?
We typically shoot with 8-22 megapixel Canon Pro SLR cameras that are capable of life sized prints. Medium format film is also available upon request.
After the wedding, how long until the proofs are ready?
In most cases the images are displayed at your wedding reception! We can leave you with a DVD in your hand upon leaving the reception if you choose!
What are your custom print prices? Are any prints included with the packages?
Yes! Prints are included with the packages and can be easily ordered professionally printed from our web site!
Special services offered (optional or included):
THE DESTINATION WEDDING
We are happy to photograph and capture your entire destination experience for your finished DVD! We can join you for a romantic cruise on the Caribbean, a rock climbing experience, trek to scenic waterfalls, rehearsal dinners, parties, dances, or whatever you have planned! We want to be part of your total destination experience! The Platinum package includes coverage on the wedding day and the night before for up to three hours of photography! Feel free to add events and activities as much as you like for the week prior or after your wedding ceremony. We also offer destination engagement photography anywhere in the world at a very reasonable price! Please inquire about pricing.
A TYPICAL WEDDING DAY (Photography & Videography)
At a typical wedding I will arrive with an assistant (who is also a professional photographer and videographer) 1.5-2 hours before the ceremony to begin capturing the day by photographing the bride getting ready, the bride and groom (separately, unless they choose to see each other before the wedding) with each person in the party and their immediate family. We will also take group photos of the bridesmaids and groomsmen together if the day affords it. Videography is an upgrade to Platinum packages but a majority of those who choose platinum also add on the videography because it is so much more affordable than hiring a separate videographer.” High Definition (HD) is also available! We use top quality professional equipment.
Typically we shoot about 50-75 images every hour. The number of images listed on our chart represents the minimum you would receive in a “worst case scenario.” I can’t remember the last time we shot less than 500 images at any wedding! You will receive all the digital versions of the images we shoot regardless of the minimum number at no additional cost. If you would like us to shoot as many as we can; we would be happy to do so at no additional cost to you! A typical 9 hour wedding will usually end up with over 800 images.
All the prices are all inclusive, unlike a lot of other photographers, the prices listed are the final rates, there aren’t any hidden costs or further fees etc… A typical Platinum package costs around $4000 and includes just about everything most couples want or need! Packages are not set in stone though. We will be happy to cater to specific needs and custom packages for our clients. The package serves as a great starting point for our wedding couples to figure out what is best for them. I encourage you to look over all the services offered and choose ideally what you would want for your wedding. Make sure you download the wedding worksheet from the web site’s pricing page before you come to a meeting with us!