THE RMP EXPERIENCE

This is about more than just pushing my finger on a shutter button. Above all else, I believe in taking care of each other. I’m excited to surprise you with an experience far beyond the expected.

Step 01: Connecting

You want to work with a photographer you are comfortable with. After all, we spend more time together on the wedding day than you and your fiancé. The better I know you and your loved ones, the more I can make sure your photographs are not only beautiful, but also an authentic reflection for your personalities.

Step 02: Creating

You want your photos to be timeless yet unique to the two of you. Romantic, joyful, emotional and often with a touch of humor. Most of all, you want to feel what that moment was like when you look back at the photos. This can all only be done with a lot of preparation and communication.

Step 03: Cherishing

Throughout this entire process, I will be thinking about 20, 30 and 50 years from now. I am incredibly proud to say every single one of our couples receives their wedding album by their 3 month anniversary! Just as the wedding day is the beginning of your marriage, taking the photos is only the beginning of the experience. 

Scroll down to learn more about the 3 key steps of the RMP experience.

Step 01: Connecting

THE CONSULTATION

Your life was plenty busy before you added wedding planning into the mix, so in order to keep the ball rolling as quickly as possible, we will jump on a phone call first. During that call, you’ll find out if my approach fits with your vision for the day. From there, many couples decide to reserve their wedding date right away to ensure its availability. If you are in Chicago or we are lucky enough that I’m in your town at just the right time, sometimes we’ll meet in person first before making a final decision. As you’ll soon find, it’s really up to what is best for you. My focus through this entire process is in taking as much of the work off your shoulders while always leaving the final decision in your hands(goodbye hours of Google searching on your precious weekends off).

THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION

While some couples are on the fence about having engagement photos documented, it really is one of the best ways to get to know each other. I’ll learn what helps make the two of  you comfortable (and the most flattering lenses to use). You’ll learn what ridiculously silly jokes I tell to keep you laughing through the whole process. Additionally, I’ll be able to learn what your favorite type of photos are of yourself after the images are complete. Armed with this knowledge, we walk into your wedding day more prepared than ever before.

THE IN-BETWEEN

Whether it’s talking about the most photographable color for your wedding squad outfits or the reason you chose peonies as the central part of your decor, between now and the big day, I want to get to know the two of you as much as possible. This way, when I’m deciding whether to point my camera to the left or to the right, the decision is rooted in what you value most. After all, this is your wedding, not mine.

STEP 02: CREATING

BEFORE

I am a big believer in systems and a touch neurotic about being organized. I am happiest when I know all the i’s have been dotted and t’s have been crossed.

I have questionnaires for you to be able to use as worksheets and help brainstorming new ideas. We will always work to keep you one step ahead of the game so that as the wedding day draws closer, you can simply break open the bubbly and celebrate rather than worry about the logistics.

 

DUrING

Everyone is telling you the day will go by so quickly but no one is actually telling you how to soak it in. That’s where I come in.

I will remind you to take a breath and remember the butterflies before your First Look. I will point out the sound of your guests laughing before you walk into cocktail hour. And when you smell lilacs as you walk down your neighborhood sidewalk, you will remember seeing your reception decor for the first time because I asked if you had smelled the flowers yet.

AFTER

There are no grey areas when it comes to knowing when your photos will be ready. It takes 6 weeks to edit your photos and we will set the exact date of when you will see your photos prior to the wedding day!

Once the two of you have seen your photos first, we’ll send you a link to an online gallery for sharing with your loved ones near and far. Of course, there are sneak peeks in between the wedding and full completion, but I’m not going to give away all the surprises now!

 

Step 03: CHERISHING

SEEING YOUR PHOTOS

What better way to relive your wedding day than with a party?! Whether it’s at our Chicago storefront studio or over a virtual hangout, 6 weeks after the wedding we’ll toast together and remember your incredible day by seeing all of your photos for the first time. You will know the exact date of this party prior to your wedding day, so as well-meaning friends start asking when the photos will be ready, you can tell them exactly.

During your party, I will walk you through our customized album process. It’s so easy, you’ll have your perfect Heirloom Album finished in an hour and in your hands by your 3 month anniversary! (Insider secret: That’s typically when most couples are seeing their photos for the very first time)

WHY ALBUMS

It’s hard to put into words how strongly I feel about creating a wedding album. It is quite literally the most important thing I could make for our couples. I believe it in the depth of my being. In a jump up and down on a soapbox, shout it from the rooftops kind of way. Creating a gorgeous, built-to-last, professional album is one of the strongest ways to take a stand and say: “This happened and it matters. We matter. Our story, our families’ stories and our legacy matter.”

Digital media is fantastic for immediately sharing with your Facebook world (that’s why we hook you up with Sneak Peeks within 48 hours of the wedding day!), but digital media won’t be around to sit with your great niece on a couch as you tell the story of your proposal. An album though? An album you can feel and touch and hold the weight of it in your lap. We know this to be true because we’ve been looking at printed photos for almost two centuries. When’s the last time your phone crashed and you lost all of those great snapshots? You are saying “I do” for a lifetime, so your photos should be with you just as long. 

LIVING HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Obviously.

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