Wedding Price Guide
You have made the incredible decision to spend the rest of your lives together. Wow! Let me just pause for a minute and celebrate with you!!!!
Alright, now that I've got that out of my system, let me say, Welcome!! I am so incredibly honored to be considered to document such a special day. Thank you thank you thank you!!! This pricing guide should answer several questions that you may have, but once you've had a chance to look through everything, I would love to set up a time to meet over coffee and get to know you better! Every couple and wedding is unique. For that reason, almost all of my packages are customized to best serve you. With that said, let's dive in!!!!!
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably already seen this face. But just in case, my name is Kara! I’m a Nashville, TN based photographer, but I love adventuring and travel makes me so happy. I am a Type 9 on the enneagram and an INFP. Donuts and croissants are my love language. I am mama to the sweetest twins and married to my college sweetheart.
I would describe my photography style as very laid back and natural. The little in between moments make for the best photos, and I’m not about capturing awkward prom poses and forced smiles. I want the real stuff - the stuff that’ll make you laugh till your cheeks hurt and will make your heart beat faster. I want to photograph the things that make you who you are, and the things that make your love unique. Because there’s only so many angles and poses and pretty locations, and they’ve all been done before - but what makes each photo special is the memories attached to it, and my goal is to make those unique to you!
How does this work?
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"This was our first time getting professional pictures taken and we were nervous up front but as soon as we stepped out at our location and met Kara; our nerves calmed and we became even more excited to capture our memories. Kara made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We felt so natural. She made us feel as if it were only Devin and I standing there, showing our love for each other. I felt like Kara captured Devin and I's personality and love for one another perfectly. Our pictures show our love and who we are together. She was incredibly friendly and kind and made us feel like we walked away with a friend."
“You will not be disappointed! After searching forever to find a photographer I luckily stumbled across Kara’s instagram and instantly fell in love with her work. I told her what we liked to do for fun and she incorporated that into the shoot by giving us a ton of adventurous location options. We also had a tight timeframe and she helped us make it work! My fiance and I drove from Charlotte NC to spend the morning taking engagement photos at Cloudland Canyon State Park. This was our first time taking professional photos and she made us feel so comfortable! By the end of the shoot we felt like we walked away with a new friend. It was hands down one of the best mornings we’ve hat to date! Highly recommend!”
"Right from the start, I could tell that we were going to have a positive experience- but we were blown away! We had not done any professional photos prior to this, so we had no idea what to expect. Kara was exceptional and very professional throughout the entire process, while bringing a warm personality and smile! She answered all of our questions before, during, and after in a timely manner. During the shoot she made us feel so comfortable, that our relationship was really able to shine through in the photos. We honestly had so much fun! When it came to the final product, she delivered everything right on time and we are in love with every single photo. It's great when my only complaint is that I can't decide which photo I like the best! I would 100% recommend her to everyone I know who wants someone to capture a moment of their life on camera!"
(within 50 miles of Columbia, TN)
An engagement session is not only an amazing way to document all the little things that make your love story unique, it's a great way to get to know each other before the wedding so that I already know your best angles and you already know what to expect from me! This is a one hour session at a personalized location to celebrate this season of your lives.
ALL DAY COVERAGE
You shouldn't have to stress about squeezing all your special moments into a timeline. Whether you are eloping or having a more traditional wedding, your wedding day matters! and you deserves to have all the special, unexpected moments from your perfect day captured. Every package includes up to 12 hours of Wedding day coverage.
MY TRAVEL IS INCLUDED
what you see is what you get! as long as the location you choose is accessible by commercial airlines and 2WD, there are no additional fees that you need to worry about!
I'm here to help in any way that you need. No such thing as too many phone calls, FaceTime chats, texts or emails. I know the industry pretty well and I'm here to give you all my best tips and tricks so that you can cut out the stress and focus on whats important: how much you love each other!
ALL OF YOUR IMAGES DELIVERED IN TWO WAYS
you will receive all of the images in a personalized online gallery & on a custom usb so that you never lose these precious images that will help bring the memory of this day back over and over again.
A La Carte
ADD ONS & EXTRAS
MORNING AFTER SESSION
Want to spend your wedding day just soaking up the moment with your loved ones, a morning after session will allow you to do the majority of your portraits the next day so that you don't feel rushed on the day of and have more time to just enjoy the day. We will work together to find the perfect location, you will have the chance to get all dressed up, and we will set out on an amazing adventure!
$100 per hour
A second photographer to help capture all your memories and all of your angles.
PRINTS & ALBUMS
Prints and albums can be purchased right from your gallery after it’s delivered. Please feel free to ask me for a full list of options and prices if you’re interested in more info!
Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Day
01. SET THE BUDGET
It’s stressful enough trying to plan an entire wedding. Things get expensive REAL FAST, no matter how hard you two try to keep the costs down. So before you even begin searching Pinterest or Instagram for wedding day inspiration, know what your top dollar is. If the money is coming from your parents, sit down with them and see what they’re thinking. If it’s coming out of your own pocket, sit down as a couple and discuss the same thing: money. It’s not fun… but I guarantee it’ll make the entire planning process so much easier.
03. GIVE YOURSELF TONS OF EXTRA TIME!
Next, as you’re getting closer to the actual wedding day, give yourself TONS of extra time in your timeline.
Trust me on this one. I think the biggest mistake I see couples make is trying to cram everything into a tight schedule on the wedding day. They want to fit everything in that they can, so they budget the smallest time frame for each event and on the day-of, when (not if!) things run late, suddenly the entire day becomes stressed. In my opinion, budget extra time for almost every single event. If you think the ceremony will be 30 minutes, budget 45. You might start 5 minutes late and go over by 5 minutes. Small pockets of time, but knowing that you put in a time buffer will help keep you calm and relaxed all day. If you’re guessing family photos will take 15 minutes, budget 20 or 25. Family can be hard to wrangle (we’ll talk about that next) and it’ll keep that experience as stress-free as possible to know you have extra time budgeted. I could talk about almost every single part of the day and explain why I would add extra time… but I think you get the idea.
If your not sure where to start, no worries! I am hear to help every step of the way! I will gladly sit down and help create a timeline that meats all your needs and allows plenty of extra time so that you might be able to sneak away with your spouse and enjoy a few minutes of time to yourselves!
02. FIGURE OUT YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES
Even once the budget limit is set, it’s so easy to feel your heart and eyes pulled in fifty different directions at once: flowers, chairs, catering, linens, bridal party gifts, “OH A REALLY COOL GETAWAY CAR!!!” Yeah. It’ll probably happen. So, I always tell my own couples to sit down and hash through all the options and set their top three priorities for their wedding. That could be a dress, venue, and photographer. Or: a venue, cake, and florals. Whatever that looks like for you, just know what’s most important. Beyond that, cut corners, rope your friends into helping with DIY, have your friend’s mom bake your cake, etc. It’ll make the entire planning process feel so much easier when you know what is most important to you and where you should spend a good chunk of that budget.
04. HIRE VENDORS YOU TRUST
With all of that being said, vendors play a huge role in the smoothness of the wedding day. Bottom line? Hire vendors you trust explicitly.
If you’re hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, make sure it’s someone who makes you feel peaceful and relaxed when you’re planning things with them. They should make you think that if the whole sky exploded above your heads, they’d know what to do and you could keep on sipping your cool beverage.
As a wedding photographer, I can’t stress this next one enough: find a photographer who makes your entire soul come alive when you talk to them or look at their work. They’ll be with you pretty much every minute of your wedding day. You want someone who feels like a close friend, and definitely someone that you trust in the same way as I described with the wedding coordinator. Raining? My photographer’s got it. Bright sun? They can handle it. My dress just ripped? Kara can probably fix that too. Your photographer does so much more than carry a camera around on your wedding day. They can pretty much play as your wedding coordinator: especially if you don’t have an actual coordinator. They do a lot. Make sure you love them and trust them with everything under the sun. The same thing goes for florists, DJ, caterer… hire people you feel confident in. It’ll make everything so much less stressful for you knowing that the professionals can handle anything that might possibly happen.
YOU MIGHT BE THINKING...
Here’s the truth: you have tons of options when it comes to choosing someone to photograph your wedding. You have different price points, different styles, different personalities, different levels of experience, and all the other stuff that makes every photographer different.
let me be honest for a minute, I’m not the photographer for everyone - and that’s totally okay!
Certain environments make my heart come alive! Something about getting outdoors, breathing in the fresh air and soaking up all the goodness of Mother Nature is so inspiring to me. I'm not afraid of the rain or scared to get my boots dirty. Taking a hike, maybe losing cell service and enjoying a breathtaking view - this is where I thrive creatively! Even more, I’m all about the real and raw moments that demonstrate just how deep your love is. That heart warming look, the unexpected tears, and the untamable joy! I'm not about stiff poses or fake smiles, I want the real stuff! That means I want to create an experience where you are free to be completely YOU. This might mean breaking some traditions and or doing things a little backwards and I am here for every second of it! I want to invoke emotion and really make you feel something. This is where my creative spirit comes alive and I am able to deliver my absolute best, which is what y’all deserve!
Here’s another thing you need to know: photography is more than just my bread and butter, it’s my heart and soul. When you invest your trust and your money in me, I invest everything I have into you, your experience, and your memories. It’s not something that I take lightly. It’s not just a click of a button - documenting your love story is a big responsibility. I want to be there with you and I want to serve you, 100% of the way.
This means, I want to be more than just your photographer! I want to know how you met, what sets your soul on fire, and all the juicy details about what makes your love story unique! Even more, I want to be there for YOU! Wether its location scouting, timeline help, prep and planning assistance, or just being a supportive FRIEND, I'm here for you every step of the way!!
You want an adventure session at an awesome location, but don't know where to start - let me help with all the details! You want coffee the morning of your wedding - I'll grab it on my way over! You need a listening ear when planning gets stressful - I'm here, better yet, let's grab drinks! I want to be there to help take things off your plate so you can focus on the one most important thing: marrying the love of your life!
F A Q
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MANY IMAGES ARE INCLUDED?
I have no photo limit for any of my sessions or wedding collections! All of my collections vary with image amount, but there is a good amount included with each! I want to give you more than enough images to remember your special day!
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?
Engagement sessions will be delivered in an online gallery. Weddings will be delivered through the same online gallery & on a custom USB. Through the online gallery you will have access to a professional print lab where you can easily order prints of your favorite images.
HOW DO TRAVEL FEES WORK?
What you see is what you get! Travel fees are already incorporated based on how far I will need to travel. As long as I can get to the location with 2WD and commercial airlines, there are no additional fees that you need to worry about!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO CANCEL?
Upon signature, I reserve the time and date agreed upon, and will not make other reservations for that time and date. This means turning down other income, to reserve for your event. For this reason, the deposit is non-refundable.
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
I try my best to get your images back to you as soon as possible! Most of the time, for couples/adventure sessions, its about 2 weeks. For weddings or elopements, it is 4-6 weeks. I know how quickly I would want to see my images, so I send out sneak peeks either the night-of or the day after!
DO YOU EVER GIVE OUT RAW/UNEDITED FILES?
No, because I believe that editing and culling through the photos is half the magic! The unedited photos are just not the same without it. I carefully go through the images and I promise to never leave out any photos that I know are the winners!
DO YOU HELP IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
YES! YES! YES! I know the industry pretty well and would love to help in the planning process! I am here to be more than just your photographer, I would love to help take things off your plate so you can focus on what really matters: marrying the love of your life!
I'VE HEARD ALL I NEED TO HEAR, HOW DO I BOOK WITH YOU???
First and foremost, AHHHH!!!!!! I am so humbled and honored that you feel ready to move forward!! I cannot express my gradatude enough! The next step is setting up a phone call to chat about your special day so that we can create a custom package that meets all your needs. After this, I will send you a contract & invoice, which can both be completed electronically. Once that's done, we are all set! Retainers are 25% of the total package cost, and the remainder of your payment is due two weeks before the date of your wedding. Payment plans are also available if you need them!
We are one step closer to your unique adventure!
If this all sounds like what you've been dreaming about, the next step is to set up a consult so that we can start dreaming together, I can get to know y'all a little better, and we can start making some plans!
We can chat over the phone, through FaceTime, or even email--whatever y'all prefer! Click the button below to send me an email with a few dates/times that work for y'all and how you would like to chat!