I want you to photograph our wedding! What’s next?
Fill out the contact form or send 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! I will never turn down a chance to grab a cup of coffee and chat!
Why should we hire you?
Can I get super real with you for a minute? I only want you to hire me if you really want to hire me. While you are investing in us capturing one of the most important moments in your life – I am also investing my heart in your story. You will never be just another client to me. I am 125% in your corner and ready to help make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. I love people…I love weddings…and well, I love LOVE!! I wholeheartedly believe that authentic love is limitless. It has no labels. So no matter who you are or where you are in this crazy thing we call life – we’re ready to celebrate your love story.
With years of education and over 200 weddings, I know how to pose and guide clients to make them feel relaxed while looking their very best. I have found a balance between being extremely professional, yet laid-back to make sure my sessions are intimate & fun!
How far in advance do you book a wedding?
I am currently finishing booking events for 2024, 2025, and inquiries into 2026. I only commit to a limited number of weddings per year, so it is definitely important to book as soon as possible. We are often filling popular dates over 12-18 months, even 24 months in advance. 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.
How many hours of wedding day coverage do we need?
For Friday thru Sunday weddings, I typically recommend 8 to 10 hours of coverage. Typically 8 hours will cover the end of getting ready through the important parts of the reception. If you really love the getting ready and detail photos or are planning a grand exit such as sparklers, then you may want to consider booking 10 hours of coverage to make sure we can fit all of those memories into your timeline. The only time I recommend booking more than 10 hours of coverage is for specific weddings that might have 2+ locations and/or couple’s who are having long ceremonies. (For example Catholic or Hindu Weddings).
Do we need a second photographer?
This is purely up to you! While I can easily photograph the wedding just myself, I find that a lot of my couples appreciate having my second photographer there to assist in capturing additional moments and helping keep things from getting behind. This is especially true for the ceremony & reception. For example, I can stay focused on those special moments between the two of you while my second photographer can focus on moments happening with your loved ones. Either way, you can decide this based on what parts of the day are most important and/or what your budget allows.
Our wedding is in __________. Do you travel?
I currently am based out of the midwest, primarily photographing weddings in Missouri & Arkansas BUT my time as a military spouse gave me an even deeper love for travel. Living in Hawaii gave me a deep love of the ocean and the beach. I have traveled as far as The Cayman Islands for a destination wedding. EXTRA points if you’d like me to travel back to Hawaii. It is still very much home in my heart. I offer special rates specifically for weddings on the island of Oahu, HI.
How much does it cost and what is your payment policy?
Every couple and wedding is unique, which is why I am happy to provide a quote to reflect your needs! Local weddings require an $800 retainer for local weddings, while destination weddings or weddings requiring further travel will have a $1200 retainer. This ensures travel and accommodations can be booked appropriately in advance. Along with your retainer, a signed contract is required to get your wedding on the calendar. To be fair I cannot hold a date without a retainer and a signed contract. The retainer guarantees that I/we will hold your date exclusively for you and turn down all other inquiries. The remaining balance after the retainer will be accessible through your client portal to create your payment plan. The remainder of your balance is due no less than three weeks prior to your wedding.
What happens if you get sick or cannot photograph our wedding?
First of all, let me reassure you that in my entire career, with over 200 weddings and countless portrait sessions, I have never missed a wedding and only had to reschedule one engagement session. I have photographed a wedding with Pneumonia (pre-covid), several weddings with a broken arm, and even a wedding just a few days after my dad unexpectedly passed away. I understand that this is a once-and-a-lifetime day for you and I do not take that lightly. But IF something were to happen, a contract is in place to protect you and I have a wide network of trusted photographers that can step in if necessary. I promise I've got your back!
What equipment do you use?
I use all of the latest Canon equipment. I always carry the Canon R3, Canon R6, 28-70mm, 70-200mm, 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm lenses, among many other lenses & needed lighting items in our large wedding bag.
Will you Photoshop my images to hide any blemishes, wrinkles, scars etc?
Color correction and minor edits for blemishes will be made to all of your portraits, but I believe in celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of who you are. If there is something you view as an imperfection, please let me know about specific edits you want. These may be charged according to the number and complexity of edits.
How long will it take to get our images back?
Portrait sessions are delivered within 1-2 weeks.
For weddings, If you have opted for sneak peeks, I offer a couple of different options. Sneak peeks can be received anywhere from 48hrs up to 1 week depending on which of the two options you choose.
Full Wedding galleries are typically delivered within 3-4 weeks of the wedding. Please allow up to 8 weeks during peak wedding season and around major holidays.
Will my photos be posted publicly on your site or social media?
I respect your privacy and allow each client to decide whether or not they want their photos displayed publicly. I’d love to show off you & your images if you’re game! If not, that's okay, too.
Will our photos be featured in a magazine or a blog?
While we have had many sessions and weddings get featured, this isn't something that is guaranteed. Most publishers are interested in uniquely designed weddings with A LOT of details.
Do I have to order prints through you?
You retain printing rights to all of your images, though I highly recommend ordering prints through one of my professional vendors, but it isn't required. The difference in color & quality is huge when it comes to ordering through a professional lab, so I always love to help with prints!
Do you have a list of preferred vendors to use?
Yes! From wedding planners to florists and caterers, we have worked with some of the best companies in the industry & would love to share their information with you!
Jessica Yahn is a professional
wedding photographer located
in Southwest Missouri.
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