The Experience

You deserve to indulge in the beauty of your wedding day for the rest of your life and have the opportunity to share those special moments with friends and family for years to come. 

The goal of this section is to inform you about what you can expect from me, your photographer, as we work together and give you a step-by-step glimpse of what my photography process will look like from beginning to end.

Being a fine art photographer means the images I create express the vision I have as an artist. 

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MY VISION WHEN CREATING IMAGES IS TO PRESERVE GENUINE MOMENTS OF JOY, LOVE, AND INTIMACY AS BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART INSPIRED BY LIGHT, COMPOSITION, AND ENVIRONMENT.

I want to showcase the love you and your partner have for each other. And tell the story of how you celebrated your love with close friends and family in a beautifully aesthetic way.

Now that you've decided to hire me to be your wedding photographer. Thank you so much! I'm happy to serve you with my time and talents. I greatly appreciate your support for my life and my art. 

We now have some waiting to do as your wedding day is still some time away. I encourage you to get to know me through Instagram. Over time, you'll learn about all of my quirkiness, see my sock collection, me my copilot as we fly over Charleston in my airplane, travel with me vicariously through pictures, get to know the causes I support that are helping people all over the world, and be inspired by the relationship advice I love to post about.  

I want to follow you and get to know you as well! I want to see the things you like, the places you go, the fun activities you and your fiancé do together. I want to see the selfies you post and poses you like. The more we know about each other, the better success we will have on your wedding day. 

I also encourage you to invite me out for dinner or drinks. Let's be friends! 

Let's be Friends

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Another excellent way for you to get to know me and to get comfortable in front of the camera is with an engagement session. You'll have a wonderful time, and you'll have beautiful photographs to share and display in your home. Many people tell me how nervous they were leading up to it but how fun it actually was. 

We can do anything for your session. All ideas are welcome. I recommend incorporating things that are unique to your relationship. Some past engagement sessions have included couples taking their boat out on the water, hiking on mountain tops and glaciers in Alaska, having a quiet picnic in the park, drinking coffee and reading books in their favorite coffee shop, riding bikes in the park, or walking down Rainbow Row in Historic Downtown Charleston. 

Do you already have an idea for your engagement session? If not, I'm happy to make suggestions for us. 

Engagement

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Now that you've had engagement pictures fast forward to your wedding day! Imagine that it's finally here! Photography coverage typically starts during the bridal preparations. I like to start by styling your details into "flat lay" designs like you see on the left. These are great for showcasing those essential accessories you thoughtfully chose to be part of your wedding. I love to include the wedding invitation suite, wedding rings, all of the bride and groom's accessories, all of the boutonnieres, vow books, and any other memorable items you have. 

Tip: be sure to let your florist know that I'll need an extra bucket of floras for the photographer to use for "flat lays." Timing-wise, it takes me about 2 - 2 1/2 hours to create these designs, plan your package time accordingly. If possible, it works best for me to do these before the actual wedding day. 

After the details are out of the way, I'll capture candids of you and your friends laughing and having fun while everyone is getting ready. I love to have the bridesmaids all share a favorite memory they've had with you. This produces a lot of natural, candid moments. I also like to have the groomsmen try to give marriage advice, which is hilarious because they don't have any clue what to say, especially the single ones. Lastly, I like to have someone important in your life, such as a mother or grandmother, to put on your wedding dress privately as the bridesmaids wait with anticipation outside. Then once you're ready, do a bridesmaid's first look reveal, which is one of my favorite moments too, as their expressions are priceless. 

THE Day Of

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Now that everyone is ready, it's time to either do the first look reveal or wait until you're walking down the aisle to see each other for the first time. Some people think that doing a first look before the ceremony is less meaningful. I believe this moment can be just as powerful as when walking down the aisle like you see by this incredible moment of Anna & David during their first look (image right). David was ecstatic during the first look, and he even cried when we saw Anna walking down the aisle. 

The benefit of seeing each other before the ceremony is that we will have much more time for creative couple portraits, wedding party formals, and family portraits before the ceremony. It also allows for more time to enjoy the cocktail hour. If we don't do a first look beforehand, we can transition to capturing wedding party portraits, separately with each group and any family. Once we have those completed, it's time to freshen up and prepare for the actual ceremony.

Throughout the ceremony, I move around to get various angles (left, right, center, close, far). In addition to focusing on the main event, I am always watching for crowd reactions that are momentous in telling the overall story of the day: guests laughing, bridesmaids crying, parents holding hands (one of my personal favorites), and so forth. I like to get a combination of wide scenes and also zoom for those special moments. One of my favorite images is the overall scene during the ceremony from a broad perspective encompassing the ceremony location and the environment in which it is taking place.

"I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride!"

The moment you've been waiting for! You're married!!! Now rejoice with a cheer of celebration and run down the aisle as a new married couple!

It's time to celebrate with your friends and family and gather everyone together for pictures as a new family. I always get pictures with you and your parents, siblings, grandparents, and everyone together. Additionally, I love creating portraits of parents and grandparents by themselves, these pictures are priceless. If possible, I try to create individual portraits of them too. I believe these portraits are incredibly valuable, and they will be cherished for a lifetime.

Once all the family photos are completed, you can head over to enjoy the remainder of the cocktail hour with your friends. A little later, I'll pull you away for a few more romantic sunset portraits with the warm sunlight shining in. Sunset is my favorite time of day! 

At some point during the day, I need to photograph all of the reception details and decorations you worked hard to prepare. I like to do this as early as possible for me to have plenty of time for creativity. The more time I have, the better images I'll be able to create for you. 

I've taken multiple workshops teaching me how to photograph weddings from famous photographers like Charla Storey and Rebecca Yale. I have actually become good friends with these women too. They are masters of wedding photography, and I am so thankful to have their support and guidance along my journey of being the best photographer I can be. I do my best to capture as much of the wedding as possible, using everything I've learned. All of these images combine together to tell the complete story of your day. 

Now that the reception has begun, I love to step back to capture the overall look and feel of the event (image right). I then come back in close for all of the intimate moments with your new spouse and all of your friends. One of my favorite images I've created is the groom holding the bride during their toasts. I am a hopeless romantic and dearly love intimate moments like this. Fun fact about me: one of my favorite movies is The Notebook, I am a wedding photographer, so I guess that fits pretty well...plus, how much better is it knowing that the movie was filmed in Charleston! 

Another one of those priceless moments is the father-daughter dance. At the last wedding I photographed, the father of the bride danced with the bride, then handed her off to her grandfather, then to her brother, and then back to himself. He's crying, she's crying, her mom's crying, it was a powerful moment. I love that I was able to capture this special moment for them all to remember. 

Additionally, I always try to get lots of group candids of your friends and family during cocktail hour and reception. Throughout the entire day, it's your friends and family members that matter the most. I want to capture them for you and document your wedding day in the best way possible. Go enjoy your wedding, and be sure to take a moment to breathe it all in. 

ALBUMS

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Now you're enjoying married life, soaking up the honeymoon stage and waiting for your wedding pictures to come back. My editing workflow is a very intensive process and not something that gets skipped over quickly. I happily admit that I am a perfectionist when it comes to photo editing. I believe it is a definite benefit when it comes to producing a high-quality product. 

I have a four-step process for editing. 

First, I look through every image, full-screen, to choose whether it gets kept or deleted. We call this the "culling" process, which means choosing the good from the bad. I do this for all of the images we capture on the wedding day. 

Secondly, I adjust the color and tone of all the images. I do this individually on every single picture. When editing these images, I use the film scans as a reference point for how the digital camera images should look. This is the most time-consuming part. 

Lastly, I divide all the images into small groups and categories called details, preparations, ceremony, family pictures, reception, etc. 

Meticulous Photoshop editing is included and performed on all prints and album orders made through your online gallery after the wedding. This is one benefit of ordering through me. 

The Editing

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When all of your images are ready, they will be uploaded to an online gallery where you'll get to see your pictures for the first time. You can save your favorites, order prints, wedding albums, and share them with your friends and family. 

Your wedding package also includes access to the high-resolution image files for you to keep. To receive these, you will get a Dropbox link where you can download them to your computer or add them to your own Dropbox account (plus or pro account required).

You are welcome to order prints directly from me (more on that below) or print them on your own as much as you like. One advantage of ordering prints from me is that all print orders include additional photoshop editing, at no extra cost.

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The beauty of my work is in the final images and the final products I create. I focus my attention on producing the highest quality work possible. I maintain full creative control over photo selections, editing, retouching, and printing of my images in-house. This is why I offer only custom handmade products of the highest quality available. Anyone can order online from Shutterfly or Costco, but I want to give you something that was not mass-produced, rather handcrafted just for you, and that has been approved by my exceptionally high standards. 

I offer handmade "Heirloom" wedding albums because I believe they are the best way to display your wedding memories. The unprecedented craftsmanship and beautiful fine art pages wow the viewer with their stunning appearance. 

In addition to handmade wedding albums, you also have the option of my custom fine art giclée prints. This is a process of printing with a specific, twelve color, pigment-based archival ink printer and archival acid-free paper, which is a smooth matte finish photo paper. I am the one personally printing these prints myself, in-house. My fine art prints are available in a standard clean-edge border or a hand-torn border (image right).

Now that you'll have a glimpse into my process, I encourage you to view more photo galleries of previous work I've created. 

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Because moments like this need to be captured forever.

Via email: Philip@philipcaseyphoto.com
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