Jessica Yahn | Southwest Missouri Wedding Photographer » Jessica Yahn is a professional and award winning engagement, portrait and wedding photographer from Springfield, Missouri! She specializes in editorial Lifestyle Engagement & Wedding Photography throughout Missouri and the midwest.

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Your Questions – Answered!



Q: I want you to photograph our wedding! What’s next?
A: Fill out the contact form or shoot me an email! When you are ready to complete the booking process it is all done online and super easy! If you prefer to book in person, that is A-OK and we can set that up too!

Q: How far in advance do you book a wedding?
A: I am currently taking bookings for 2018-2019. I only commit to a limited number of weddings per year, so it is definitely important to book as soon as possible. Once you have your date (and preferably venue) set — I am more than happy to help finalize your contract and add you to the calendar.

Q: Our wedding is in __________. Do you travel?
A: While I primarily photograph weddings in the Branson, Springfield, and Joplin Missouri areas I am more than happy to travel! (Extra love points if you’d like me to photograph your destination wedding. Hawaii is still home in my heart!)

Q: How much does it cost and what is your payment policy?
A:  Every couple and wedding is unique, which is why I am happy to provide a quote to reflect your needs!  There is a 25% retainer to book and hold your date. To be fair I cannot hold a date without a retainer and a signed contract. The retainer guarantees that I will hold your date exclusively for you and turn down all other inquiries for your wedding date. The remaining balance may be broken up into a payment plan or paid as a lump sum no less than 2 weeks prior to your wedding date.

Q: What is your photography style?
A: My style is deeply ingrained in a photojournalist approach. While I am happy to grab the formal & posed images, my goal is to capture the true moments…the emotion of the day. Of course I am there to photograph the “big” moments like your first kiss as newlyweds but I want to capture the little moments just as much, if not even more.
I want to catch you having an amazing time laughing with your friends while getting ready, or the flower girl twirling in her dress while she feels like a mini-princess.  I’m looking for mom or dad’s tears when they see you for the first time and that squeeze of the hand from grandma giving you a little extra love & reassurance. And then after the “I Do’s” have been said, you’ve had your first kiss and you get a moment to breathe…I want to look for that moment when you exchange a small look of happiness because you realize that you now have the rest of your lives together to adore & support one another.

Q: Do you have a favorite style of wedding?
A: I love weddings with beautiful elegant or vintage details…whether the location is industrial, a historic downtown building, a rustic barn, or even a beautiful vineyard. I could go on and on. In the end, no matter what the style of your wedding is, my goal is the same – to capture a day full of laughter, romance, and (happy) tears.

Q: What is a ‘First Look’ and why should I do one?
A: A First Look is a special moment before the ceremony for the couple to have a quiet moment together. While not every couple chooses to do this, it does have it’s benefits. This provides a good time to get the bridal party photos (and family if you wish) without having to take you away from your guests at the reception any longer than necessary. (It also can be popular to do a “First Look” with the Father-of-the-Bride”.)

Q: Do you have backup camera equipment? What kind of equipment do you use?
A: Yes, yes, and YES! I bring multiple cameras and lenses to use as needed. If it’s not too boring, you can find a quick break down of some of my equipment here!

Q: What is a second shooter and do I need one?
A: Currently I am the main photographer working with my company. I typically have somebody with me who acts as an assistant and 2nd photographer as needed. You do not need additional photographers but some couples prefer having additional viewpoints. Please make sure to let me know if this is something you are interested in.

Q: Do we need to provide a meal at the reception?
If I will be shooting 6 hours or more a meal is always appreciated, but is by no means required. We typically try to take a brief moment to eat while your guests are having dinner since most people don’t enjoy having photos of themselves eating.

Q: How soon will our images be ready?
A: I do my best to get your photos to you as quickly as possible! I know how excited you are! While I try to get them to you faster, please expect up to 2 weeks for engagements and 4 weeks for Weddings to receive your online proofing gallery. (Please allow an additional 4-6 Weeks for any album design process.)

Q: Can you edit out  _______ ?
A: Skin broke out? No worries! I can take care of blemishes. If you have a specific editing concern – feel free to send me an email.

Is there something I didn’t cover? Please feel free to contact me and I am more than happy to answer all your questions! 


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