They required masks and hosted a smaller guest list.
Wedding planning is always challenging.
But wedding planning in a pandemic can be overwhelming.
At this point, I have lots of experience going through, now that I’ve helped two dozen couples plan, re-plan and re-imagine their weddings in 2020.
Weddings Photographed or Re-Planned during Covid-19
Over the past year, my clients have:
- Re-planned or reduced the size of their original weddings
- Postponed and chosen new dates or new venues (a few of them had to do this more than once!)
- Chosen to plan a “micro-wedding” from the start, planning a smaller, more intimate gathering
These times—more than ever—require experience, compassion, understanding and empathy.
I make it my priority to listen to my clients’ needs and help them connect with the real reasons they are making all these plans: LOVE.
After all, when you’re getting married during a pandemic, it’s deeper than making good portraits. You want to capture these memories and be able to share them with anyone who can’t physically be there on your big day.
COVID-19 WEDDING FAQs
I’ve heard a number of common questions from couples as they’re planning their weddings during the pandemic.
If we need to postpone, how do you handle that?
Most important to me is that you feel great about the date you choose. I’m happy to move your wedding to a new date without a change fee. We will have you covered!
Our venue says we have to wear masks inside the whole time. Can we go outside and take our masks off for the portraits? And what about the family group portraits?
Yes, we can go outside and I would recommend it. We can do some photos with masks on, then if the two of you are comfortable, you may take your masks off so we can create beautiful portraits together. We can keep family pods together for maskless photos.
I also have ways of spacing and layering people in the photo to make a group photo work. And I have even made composite group photos in photoshop after the wedding where we photographed separately and then put them together on the computer. It’s not perfect, but pretty close!
We don’t really know what we are doing, everything keeps changing. So we don’t know what we are asking for!
I totally get it. I’m willing to roll with you, talk it through as many times as you need, and do what we need to do when the time is right. This whole time has been an exercise in planning when things are unknowable. I really offer you my patience and understanding, my listening ear and understanding heart.
His interpersonal style is disarming and perfect for conditioning great photos from camera-shy subjects, and the overall level of service was really high – we heard from Christopher more frequently throughout our planning than from anyone else. Just knowing he was available whenever we needed to talk was great.
Truly the best vendor we worked with – unlike others who have their program that they just run for everyone, we truly felt that we were getting personal interest and attention, which helped deliver a better final product.”
– Isaac, Groom
WANT TO SEE PHOTOS FROM WEDDINGS PHOTOGRAPHED DURING THE PANDEMIC?
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Shonda & Darryl said “I do” after postponing their wedding due to the pandemic.
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