HELLO & CONGRATULATIONS!!
Thanks so much for reaching out! We can’t wait to hear more about your big day! There is so much to talk about and so many exciting conversations ahead! To briefly introduce myself - I’m Blaine Siesser. I’ve been photographing weddings for 12 years and I specialize in a fine art film based type of wedding photography. My approach is an intuitive blend of documentary and editorial photography that creates a feeling of easy, beautiful, elegant and authentic imagery. I’ve been married now for 8 years- and I love it! My wife Lisa photographs children and families and I have a son named Sebastian who is 2. You can check out Lisa's work at lisasiesser.com I am constantly exploring, and I consider my life a great adventure and full of endless things to learn about. I love to just get in a car and drive without a plan or a care in the world! In my free time I enjoy working on fine art projects and installations that you can check out at themichiganproject.com
I'm sure you are excited to be engaged and are enjoying the beautiful feelings and emotions that accompany love. Soon you will be making plans for that amazing day when you and your fiancé begin your married life. Your wedding day requires a lot of planning and preparation, and your wedding photographs require the same. They are going to create memories of that amazing event that are forever cherished. Once you have set the wedding date I definitely recommend setting up an appointment to meet with us and discuss your wedding photography plans.
What We Need to Know
In order to help you design the perfect photography package, we need to know several things, including the date, time of day, wedding and reception venues, the size of your wedding party, other vendors hired, and the number of expected guests. Often based upon the answers to these questions I'll often put together custom estimates for my clients to meet their weddings specific needs. Whenever possible, we like to visit the wedding venue ahead of time to look over the best places for your photos. Sometimes though we do all our scouting work the morning of the event. Getting to know you and your fiancé is important to us as well, because everyone wedding is different and has different needs. Communication is paramount in having a successful photography experience. Because of that my most important question that I ask again and again is - "what is most important about wedding photography to you?" Everyone answers this differently and I cater my shooting each day to this question. I look forward to meeting you soon and hearing how you answer this question.
During your studio visit we'll also discuss your budget, the timeline, and also have a chance to browse portfolios of our previous wedding shoots. After our meeting carefully read our contract and discuss any changes you might want to make. Once the contract is ready, sign it and return it to us with a retainer. This will insure the date of your wedding is saved. The required retainer amount is $2500 A final appointment is scheduled to discuss any changes that have been made to the schedule and to go over any other details. This is also a good time to provide us with a list of special photos that are important to you or lists of family photos that you’d like taken.
THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING
The day of your wedding Blaine Siesser will arrive well before your guests, prepared to capture perfect memories of the big day. We arrive well before the guests and begin set up and scouting for the day. Typically, we photograph all the details during your hair and make up appointments: the shoes, jewelry, invitations, and dress. Once those are complete usually your make up is almost finished up and it is a great time to capture that last touch of mascara or lipstick being applied. After a quick snack its time to put on your dress. We love this moment and hope you pick out a perfect spot with lots of light and windows and plenty of space. Make sure your mom and bridesmaids are dressed and looking their best while they help you into your dress. Once your gown is on it's usually a great chance to get a few last minute shots of you with your bridesmaids and immediate family before a first look or the trip to alter. During the service our coverage is thorough but discrete. We use longer lenses to capture all the priceless moments tears and joy. Our focus here is a very documentary style of wedding photography that is unobtrusive and natural allowing the ceremony to flow naturally. Following the service we typically take a few family photos and head off to photograph you, your beau, and the bridal party. The moments after the wedding with you and spouse to take photos will be natural and intimate. My focus is to let you enjoy each other while simultaneously getting you into good light and good locations so you have beautiful pictures. Once at the reception we focus on capturing the beauty of the space you created, getting great candids and social photos of the guests, and photographing all the classic moments from the toasts to the cake cutting. Once they party starts we hit the dance floor and try to capture all the joy and fun you and your guests are having. Our goal is cover everything and simultaneously create a succinct set of images that will give you a editorial sense of the day in all its beauty.
The WEDDING COLLECTION
One comprehensive offering to assure gorgeous photos of your entire day start to finish. After 15 years of photographing weddings we’ve perfected the wedding package: plenty of time on your wedding day (no stress trying to fit it all into 8 or 10 hours), gorgeous classic color and perfect skin tones by using analog film and the latest digital cameras, a big beautiful proofing gallery, plenty of staff on hand to help, Photoshop editing to make sure the key images are perfect, a stunning wedding album designed and edited by our studio to enjoy with family for decades to come, timeless photos of you and your love plus tons of detail shots, guests shots and everything in between (we are talking close to 2000 photos). This is a once in a lifetime day - no corners are cut and every line item has been designed to encompass a full service experience.
• 2 Photographers (Blaine Siesser & 1 Associate)
• 1 Assistant
• 14 Hours of Coverage
• 1500+ Digital Photos
• 6 Months of Online Viewing of Photos
• 1 Smart Phone App of the Best Images
• 60-80 Gorgeous Predesigned Album Pages (Design Service Only)
• 12 Hours of Custom Photoshop Color Grading of Digital Files
• 3 Hours of Photoshop Beauty Enhancements
• 350 Film Photos (Analog)
A LA CARTE
•Extra Hours: $500/Hour
•3rd Shooter: $1500
•Engagement Session $1500 (1.5 Hours)
•Film (450 photos developed and scanned) $1500
•Parent Albums Starting at $1500 (10x14 with 20 Pages)
11x14 20 Page Album...Starting at $1500 Extra Pages..........$90
La-Vie Album..................Starting at $3900
Couture Book....Starting at $5100
Queensberry Album.....Starting at $7500
PRINTS & WALL ART
5x7 Print .............................$80
What is the difference between film and digital?
Film is an analog format. We are literally shooting film and yes you can still buy it! :) We shoot Fuji and Kodak film in both color and black and white. Its processed at our lab and we get digital scans back. We also use digital formts too. I like to educate my clients and let them choose which they prefer.In either case both formats end up as digital files that you can download and print just like photos from your camera phone. Film is better at creating color harmony and has a nostalgia Americana look - it tends to have creamy highlights that either shift yellow or pink. Digital on the other is a super reliable and secure format and lends itself to more flexibility after the wedding. It has more clean pure perfect look. Both mediums are useful at different times of the wedding day. I've found that film photos I take carry more weight and nostalgia to them whereas when using a digital medium I'm able to get more "perfect" photos because I can take so many shots of a moment. I enjoy using both mediums and I've found some people can really see a difference and have a preference. You can view some film and digital side by sides here: http://www.blainesiesser.com/filmdigital/
When is payment due?
Your final wedding packages balance is due 30 days before the wedding. Payment for extra a la carte orders must be made when the order is placed.
How should we prepare for our engagement session?
When you make the decision to get married, your engagement photos will announce your love to the world. Here are some tips to make the photos a success! Bring two outfits - one cocktail and one casual. Bring along some props for a few fun or sentimental shots. Get professional hair and make up done before the session. It can also be romantic and fun to look at other photos and practice being together. If you'd like I can help you style the shoot by helping you pick out outfits as well. I have a pinterest board of ideas and also try to keep tabs on clothing trends in NY & LA and especially Milan and Paris.
Do you HAVE REFERRALS FOR FLORISTs designers bands or DJs?
Absolutley - we’d be happy to share this info with you your first appointment
What clothing should we wear for our engagement session?
Before the engagement session we will send over a pinterest link of styling ideas and then we can set up a phone convo to go over final decisions.
When will I get to see my wedding photos?
Because we shoot film our typical turnaround is about 6-8 weeks.
Do you have back up equipment?
Yes, we not only use the very best professional film and digital equipment (Canon, contax, mamiya, hassleblad, and a phase one 65 megapixel camera). but we always carry back up lenses, camera bodies, and flash units to every wedding.
Are you a full time photographer?
Yes, this is my profession. I take it and my business very seriously so that my clients can not only have confidence in my work, but also so they can have the very best service.
Do you take any traditional photographs?
Of course. Many times couples require a few photographs of their grandparents or parents. I can do these very traditionally with lights if you’d like, however most of my clients prefer something more naturally lit and naturally set.
How should we choose our Photographer?
The best photographers say again and again, Consistency! Anyone can take a great shot here and there but a quality photographer should be able to show you consistent work year in and year out. While you browse, ask yourself, do these photographs show consistent control over composition, light, and style? Are they inspiring, visually appealing, emotionally absorbing, or just generic, dated, or flat. Go with your gut and not just pricing. There really is no better place to invest your money.
What are the 60-80 Pre-designed Pages?
When I first started working with my clients on their wedding albums years ago I would tell them, “pick out 100 of your favorite images and I’ll design them into an album.” This turned out to be a suprisingly difficult task because everyone really loves all 2000 images. I also think my clients want their books to look like the ones they see in my studio. because they want their book to look gorgeous I started taking on the role of editor and creative designer as a service to my clients. I choose which images best symbolize a time period and create graphic layouts that are consistent and beautiful. The album pre-design service make the experience of having so many photos easy and simple. We pick out what looks best and build it into a book but you still have all your photos in digital format too. We know we won't design every book perfectly and you are allowed a round of changes in case we missed a photo of someone important or something especially meaningful to you.