Our Wedding Package

September 10, 2014

When Thomas and I were trying to create our wedding packages, we first did some competitive research. We wanted to know what it was a like to be a bride. You know what we found? A lot of packages. You can get a less expensive “Dreams Come True” package but it only covers 4 hours of your wedding, or you can purchase the “Happily Ever After” middle tier and it comes with 6 hours of coverage and a canvas print. It goes on. The exercise of comparing packages between different photographers is similar to comparing apples to oranges to bananas to pears to spring rolls. Ugh. Such a pain…we feel you and certainly felt the struggle when we got married.

So what did we come up with? The exact opposite – a single wedding package. We thought of how the rest of the world was doing it, and then we thought about how overwhelmed brides must feel when they see this. How amazing would it be to know that when your photographers show up on the wedding day, you already feel like they are your friends? You’ve met them before. You’ve had your photos taken by them. You know they are a team that works together at every wedding they photograph. Not to mention, you know they will be there to capture the full day – not missing the getting ready action or the final exit dip kiss because they hit their coverage cap. Toss in the magic of film, some subtle posing direction, Thomas’s funky tunes and you’ve got us, The Ganeys! Woohoo!!!

So what does this mythical package include?  Let’s take a look:
-An engagement session
-All day wedding coverage
-Two photographers for your engagement session and wedding day
-Wedding timeline consultation
-Your engagement session and wedding photographed with good ol’ film cameras to ensure your images have a timeless, soft, romantic look (don’t worry – we use modern digital cameras as well to help us capture the fast paced environment of a wedding day)
-Access to your high resolution edited images through an online gallery (no watermarks – we promise!)

So – bam – there you have it! The one package that we created with you in mind.

Want a little more detail? Here are some frequently asked questions:

We already had engagement photos taken – I don’t need them. Do I get a discount?

We include an engagement session in our package. Even if you’ve already had photos taken, we think it is really important that we get to know each other. Did you ever think about the fact that on your wedding day, the two people you will spend the most time with are your photographers? We will be with you every step of the way. It is really important that we all get along and we are friends. We want you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. We also want you to provide us with feedback from your engagement session before your wedding. And heck, if you decide after the engagement session that we aren’t the right photographers for you, we want you to know that before the wedding. You are the priority and making you as comfortable and confident as possible is our goal.

All day coverage?

Yes…and no. We want to tell your story. We may not be there to serve you breakfast in bed, but when you are getting your hair and makeup done, we will be there. Having a bride and groom send off? We will be there to snap that last dip kiss. We want to capture all of the moments of your day to the best of our ability – that’s what we are here for! Our cut off is around 12 hours. But we can capture a lot in 12 hours, believe us!

Do you always work with Thomas as your second shooter?

All of our weddings (and the engagement session) are captured by Thomas and I together. You have the two of us taking multiple photos, capturing a moment from different angles. The huge benefit of this on a wedding day is that Thomas is capturing the groom as he gets ready and I spend the morning with the bride-to-be as she puts on her makeup and dons her dress. Not a moment is lost, which is so important on your wedding day. Also, Thomas is my husband (aka: has to do everything I say with no back talk) and I’ve trained him well. I don’t have to ask him to go do something – because he is already doing it. We have a groove, that’s the benefit of always working with the same person. 🙂

How many photos will I get?

Along with not limiting the amount of time we spend with you, we also don’t put a hard cap on the number of photos we give you. Granted, this doesn’t mean that you get every photo. I just provide you with the best photos from your event that tell the story of your day. There are always photographs that are less than perfect (and we don’t send you those ones). We strive to deliver the highest quality images, and these images you receive are selected with utmost care and consideration. On average you’ll receive between 75-100 edited images per hour of coverage.

Will you help us create our wedding timeline?

Absolutely – please let me help! If you have your venue set but haven’t selected a ceremony time, we can figure out when the sun is going to set and how that will affect your day. If you have your ceremony time selected, we can work backwards and figure out what time you should start having your hair done. Are you doing a first look? That has a huge impact on your timeline. I want to help you make the most of your day. We can do this over the phone, in person, or through emails.

What do you mean by film, and why do you use it?

We both shoot rolls of film throughout your wedding day. This doesn’t mean a video. This means, film, like what you used to use in cameras before digital memory cards came along. I use a medium format film camera that captures beauty and softness like nothing else. I think these photos are timeless and romantic. I could go on and on about how much I love the art of film photography, but instead, I’ll let you read more about how great film is here.  🙂

When will we get our photos back?

I deliver all of your edited images through an online gallery within two months of the wedding.

What isn’t included in the package?

We do offer wedding albums but we didn’t want to include this in the package, because we know that not everyone wants one. Some people want more than one to give to their parents. Albums can be ordered after your wedding. We can also help you with canvases and prints if you’d like.

Depending on where your wedding is taking place, travel costs may apply. We live in St. Petersburg, FL.  We love to travel and visit new places! 😀

How much does this cost?

We do offer a high quality service, but I will say that we aren’t the cheapest option out there. Our niche is film photography. If you’re looking for a film photographer for a great value – we are probably a great fit! If film isn’t your thing, then we won’t be the best value.

I create a custom quote for you based on your contact form. The more information you include, the easier it will be for me to provide you with an accurate quote. Nothing makes me happier than when a couple tells me about their relationship, how they met, and what they have envisioned for their wedding when they contact us.

For reference, last year our couples paid $4,750 on average.

I’m ready to get in touch with you. How should I do this?

We are excited to hear from you! Please send us a message on our contact form, or email me at emily@theganeys.com to get started! We look forward to hearing from you!