THE WEDDING EXPERIENCE GUIDE

I’m so excited you’re interested in The Wedding Experience with me,  and I cannot wait to chat more about your big day! This guide is here for you to help you get to know me better and learn more about the Wedding Experience with JHP!

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Couples and Portrait Collections begin at $450

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She captured the joy and beauty of our day in pictures that are works of art. She is passionate about her work and committed to her brides. And she has quickly become a friend. You will not be disappointed by choosing JHP. They say you get what you pay for, and hiring JHP was worth every penny. We will cherish our pictures of our wedding day for a lifetime and I'm so glad that I had someone so accomplished at what she does on our day."

"I cannot say enough about JHP. For such a young woman, Jessica Hunt is nothing less than professional. Don't take her youth as a sign of lack of experience, she was poised, energetic and polished on our wedding day. 

She organized our family and friends for pictures quickly and efficiently and had everyone laughing from her sweet quirky personality. 

Elisha & Tony 

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"Jessica was my wedding photographer & did an AMAZING job! I was blown away at everything she did - from engagement pictures, to bridal portraits & the big day! She also made sure I had everything good to go for the wedding & went above and beyond to make sure the day was special for me. 

"I told my husband we would be using her for ALL of our pictures from here on out!” 

 Nick & Halli

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"2 weeks ago, I celebrated the happiest day of my life, and my husband and I had the privilege of working with Jessica. Let me start off by saying that Jessica is a professional. She is courteous, respectful, and most importantly, she understands. She responds to calls/emails right away, she provides suggestions when asked, and more importantly she makes you feel comfortable. Upon getting my gallery back, I was shocked. I LOVE all of my pictures. 

"I can't say enough about Jessica... I will definitely be using her again!"

Heather & Chance

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From the first meeting to the engagement session to the day of the wedding she was so professional and a joy to work with. Everything was so well planned and executed the day of the wedding I was so pleased. I am currently picking out pictures for my new apartment!!!"

Katie & Nathan

"So AMAZING.. I can't say it enough!"

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"We can't say enough about our experience with Jessica. She is very professional, organized, prompt, and friendly. Her positive energy is contagious :). She makes you feel like a supermodel to add personality... bringing your pictures to life. 

Natisha & Eric

Very creative shots and is willing to bring any wedding vision to life. 

Although is was misting rain during our photo shoot....pictures are flawless. 
Jessica come highly recommended!!!!"

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"Anyone searching for beautiful, sweetly composed, gorgeously lit photos will be very lucky to find Jessica. Can't recommend enough."

"Finding a weddding photographer was a daunting task for me. However it took only a few minutes looking at Jessica's portfolio to realize she has a wonderful talent for lighting and depth of field. Turns out I'm not much of a wedding planner; Jessica is a godsend for folks like me. She set a very clear itinerary and list of things to expect/prepare for. She wrangled two large families (only half understands English 100%) with professionalism, joy and efficiency. It only took 2 1/2 weeks to get the full album, and every photo is lovely. 

Sejan & Michael 

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"I can't explain how amazing she is at her job. I will cherish my photos forever."

"If you ever need a photographer, this is the one you want. Her and her assistant helped make my wedding an amazing experience. On my wedding day, she made sure that if I needed a single thing, I had it. I also used her for my engagement session, bridal session and boudoir session (as a gift to my husband.) She delivered perfection. I was extremely picky about the photography for my wedding. I believe that the photos are the one thing that will last after your wedding day to help you preserve memories. Nothing can replace them, and there are no redo's when it's all done. I never worried once with Jessica. She made me the happiest bride. She is more than a photographer. She is an artist behind the lens. She is also worth more money than she charges. No doubt about that. Jessica can make anyone comfortable in her shoots. Guides you every step of the way. 

Shelby & Alex

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My husband is not the best at taking photos. Some how this amazing woman was able to get really good photos out of him and made the entire process fun and pain free."

Becky & George

"Jessica was absolutely amazing."

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MY PHILOSOPHY

I know your mind is racing about all that you need to do as you plan for the biggest day of your life. It’s all very exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. You’re planning the day that you’ve been waiting for your whole life yet you only get ONE shot at it! My goal as your wedding photographer is to make this aspect of the planning process as easy and enjoyable as possible. I believe that wedding photography is one of the most important parts of your day, and it’s more than just images. It’s a very REAL part of your day, because as your wedding photographer, I’m going to be spend 8-10 hours with you on your day. The photography of a wedding day leads the day to unfold, and I work hard to plan ahead of time to make your wedding day flawless by creating a customized timeline for you and your bridal party to follow. 

My goal is to walk onto your wedding not only as your wedding photographer, but also as your friend. I want to get to know my couples on an intimate level so I can create YOUR love story in beautiful, timeless images. It’s just so much easier to laugh when it’s your friend behind the camera, right? Your wedding day is an experience from beginning to end, and your photography is a HUGE part of your experience… shouldn’t it be fun? And a breeze? And enjoyable? I think so! My goal is not only to capture memories for you and your family, it’s to create an experience that you will never forget, both in person and through your wedding day images.

One way that I ensure that my couples enjoy the best photographic experience possible is through forming a relationship and friendship with you TWO! I want to make JHP is the perfect fit for each couple before booking. Lovebirds preparing to get married should connect with their photographer, trust her, and be EXCITED about the whole process.

 After booking, I love getting to know my clients through an engagement session. We get to spend time together, and I’m able to learn how you two love in front of my camera. While I’m getting to know you, I’m also going to be teaching you two how to pose flawlessly so you’ll be ready to SLAY your portraits on the wedding day. 

 By the time wedding day approaches, my clients feel more like friends and that creates the perfect set up for wonderful images from the wedding day!

my process

general faqs

Engagement FAQ

BRIDAL FAQ

WEDDING DAY FAQ

FAQs

How will I receive my images after my session or wedding day?

All your final images will be delivered via an online personalized gallery for you. From within this gallery you’re able to download all of your images straight to your computer or mobile device. This gallery will be live for 10 years after your wedding date, so you can always go back and access your memories. 

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Can I add on an engagement or bridal session after I’ve already signed my contract?

YES! You’re always welcome to add on services to your contract at any time, so just send Jess a message with what you’d like to add on and it will be added to your invoice. 

See the A la Carte pricing here

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Do you have insurance?

Yes, we do! Both Jessica and the business are insured on many different levels, and if you need a copy of this information for your venue, just let Jessica know!

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How many images will I receive after my session or wedding?

Jessica will cull out (or delete) test shots and duplicates or anything that would waste your time. We do like to include as many photos as we can, even ones that aren't personal favorites because we know those shots tell the story of your wedding day. Jessica loves to include bloopers, too! A typical wedding ends up with about 75-100 per hour, which is more than one photo per minute.

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Will I receive EVERY image you take on my wedding day? 

No, you won’t, and trust me, you do not even want them all! Jessica will go through and pick out the best of the best that represent the story of your day best. Blurry or too dark shots will be removed, so when your gallery arrives, it only holds the best images possible from your wedding day. 

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What type of gear do you use?

Jessica shoots on an arsenal of professional Canon equipment during your wedding day and session, and not to worry, we have backups on backups ready just in case! Just remember, the camera is just a tool for your photographer and is not as important as the person using it.

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Are you comfortable shooting in dark areas or with flash?

Yes! Jessica is ready with a variety of lights and flashes for your wedding day, and we are ready to shoot in any reception location with a little bit of set up time.

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Who is your second photographer?

Jessica’s second shooter may vary at weddings depending on who is available. We work with a small local group of equally talented wedding photographers who all know the business inside and out. We promise the second shooter will always be just as awesome as Jess!

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Why do we have so many questionnaires repeating what we’ve already talked to Jess about?

Funny you should ask, actually! Jessica loves to get to know each of her couples personally, but sometimes, with 25+ couples, the details get a little jumbled. We love to have these personal details about you and your love story written down so Jessica can back and reference them before your sessions and wedding day. 

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How do we get our wedding published?

I’m so glad you asked! We love seeing our clients and real weddings published, and we love that you want that for your day too! The easiest way to get published is two-fold. First, be sure to fill out your ‘Wedding Vendor Questionnaire’ completely when it’s sent to your inbox a month before your wedding date. The more information Jessica has about your vendors, the best chance of getting your wedding featured. And secondly, be sure to book a healthy 8 hour timeline with Jessica on your wedding day so our team has enough time to document every little thing! 

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How do we properly credit you as our photographer when sharing our images on social media?

Gosh, you’re the best! Thank you so much for asking such an important question! The best way to show your photographer love is to be sure that when sharing your images, you are tagging Jessica in the images AND leaving a link to ‘www.jessicahuntphotography.com’ underneath each one in the description. We love celebrating with your friends and family through your images, so be sure to tag Jess in each post! 

You can find Jessica on social media and add her as a friend right here:

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How do I order prints of my images after they’ve been delivered?

You can do that right from your gallery, actually! Just click on the image you’d like to purchase and add it to your cart! Once you’ve finalized your order and paid the balance, your images will be professionally printed and sent straight to your home for your to enjoy!

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Can my family members order prints from my gallery?

Yes, they can! Anyone that you send your private gallery link to will be able to access all of your images and order any prints they would like, so feel free to send your gallery around to friends and family! 

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Can I only order prints from my gallery through JHP or can I download my images and print them where I please?

You’re absolutely welcome to download your images and have them printed at the location of your choice. Just remember, Jessica Hunt Photography is not responsible for any of these out-side purchases and cannot ensure perfect picture quality for prints not ordered through JHP’s chosen lab. 

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How do I make Jessica a super happy photographer?

Well, you see, we’ve got just the thing for this one! It’s pretty easy, actually. Just be sure to share all over your social media when Jessica posts either a sneak peek into your day or a blog post featuring your images! Easy peasy, right? Just click that share button for us any time your images are shared, and that will result in a very happy photographer! ;) 

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What if I have a whole Pinterest board of poses and exact images I want to replicate during my sessions or wedding day?

Actually, we encourage you to avoid this! Pinterest can be great for getting inspiration for poses and wedding days, but often those shots to not take into account who YOU are and who YOU love. We here at JHP don’t want to just put you in a cookie-cutter pose that every couple has done before. We want to take beautiful images that show off your love and your relationship, so feel free to leave your Pinterest app untouched for now.

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How long does an engagement session last? 

Your engagement session will last 1 to 1.5 hours on the location or locations of your choice. But, not to worry, if you and your fiancé are ROCKING it and want to keep shooting or if Jessica has not captured everything she wants to for you, the session will last as long as we need it to! 

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Can we travel for my engagement session?

Absolutely!! Jessica LOVES to travel and explore new locations, so if you have an idea for a location outside of the greater Columbia area, let’s do it! 60 miles of complimentary travel come with your session’s investment, and additional travel above 60 miles will be billed at .52$ a mile.

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We want to use our engagement photos in our Save the Dates! When do we need to schedule to be able to do so?

You will need to schedule your engagement session around 8 to 6 weeks before you wish to order your Save the Dates for your images to be ready in time. 

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How long will it be before my engagement photos are ready for us to see?

All sessions will be finalized and edited within 3 to 4 weeks from your session’s date.

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Do we really need professional hair and makeup for the engagement session?

Yes, actually! It may seem a little excessive at first, but making sure you look and feel as beautiful as possible is super important for your images! When you feel pampered and extra-confident after getting your makeup professionally done, it will show in your images and make you look just that much better. Also, you only get engaged once, right? Why not make the experience a little better and truly embrace celebrating this important time in your life? Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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Can we bring along our dog or props?

Absolutely! The more you have to work with to make your images more personal, the better. Just be sure to mention all of your plans to Jessica to make sure you’re both on the same page.

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What if it rains on our scheduled day?

If the forecast calls for rain consistently before your scheduled date, Jessica will get in contact with you about moving your session about 48 hours before your session. Engagement sessions are the one thing we can move without too much hassle throughout this experience, so if Jessica thinks a sunnier, bright day will be better for your images, she will be in contact with you to reschedule your date and time. 

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What if we have some super specific creative requests for our engagement session?

Oh, do you now?? Well, GREAT!! Jessica loves getting creative and fun with images, so if you have a new idea, just shoot her a message, and we can make your vision come to life! 

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What IS a bridal session?

A bridal session is a session with Jessica and just the bride. This session is mean to document in every way possible the bride and her gown and details, and many brides order a canvas along with this session to display at their reception. You absolutely do not have to have a bridal session, but if you’re looking for a way to make your experience just a bit more special, this is a perfect way to extend the celebration.

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Can we travel for my bridal session?

Absolutely!! Jessica LOVES to travel and explore new locations, so if you have an idea for a location outside of the greater Columbia area, let’s do it! 60 miles of complimentary travel come with your session’s investment, and additional travel above 60 miles will be billed at .52$ a mile.

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How long will it be before my bridal photos are ready for me to see?

All sessions will be finalized and edited within 3 to 4 weeks from your session’s date.

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How long will it take for my canvas to arrive at the studio for pick-up? 

Your canvas portrait will be ready for pick after a quality check is complete. Most canvases are shipped to the studio within 2 to 3 weeks after being ordered.

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How do I choose which image to use in my bridal portrait canvas?

We suggest you choose your favorite shot from your bridal session that shows you off in your gown and that you feel best about. Full length, vertical images are our suggestion, but this is YOUR portrait, girl, so feel free to pick whatever photo of yourself that you love the most.

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Will my dress get dirty during my bridal session?

We do everything we can to not get your dress dirty during your bridal session, but we encourage you to schedule your last cleaning and steaming of your gown to be after your bridal session just in case. 

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Do I need my hair and makeup done for my bridal portraits?

Yes, you do! We encourage you to have the same vendors working on your day help you with your bridal portraits so you and them can have a trial run before your wedding. 

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Do I need a bouquet for my bridal portraits?

Yes, you will need one! Thought we can take your bridal portraits without any florals, there’s nothing like a gorgeous bouquet to complete your bridal look for these forever photos.

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Can I bring someone with me for my session?

Oh, honey, YES!! We HIGHLY recommend bringing at least one to two women or friends you want to celebrate with! Great ideas for this would be your mom or your Maid of Honor.

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How much time does usually take for photos after the ceremony?

Usually family formal portraits, full wedding party portraits, and the couples portraits will take exactly an hour to complete after the ceremony if none of those images were scheduled and taken ahead of time. 

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What is a First Look, exactly?

Ah, our favorite question! A First Look is when the couple opts to see each other before the ceremony for a variety of reasons. The main reason is so the couple can enjoy their reveal moment to each other in an intimate and personal way, instead of that moment happening in front of hundreds of family and friends. A First Look before the ceremony also allows for Jessica to capture all of your portraits as a couple and full wedding party together to get you to the reception a full 40 minutes faster! 

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So, why would we have a First Look again?

Okay, so get this. First Look equals getting to the party faster. Not only will you receive more photos of you two together as a couple, but you’ll also get all of that craziness out of the way before the ceremony so you can get right to the reception. 

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How many family shot requests can I send you?

You’re welcome to send as many requests as you have when that question comes up in your questionnaire set, but remember, the more you request, the longer it will be between your ceremony and reception announcement. 

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Can we travel from location to location during our wedding day?

Yes, you’re absolutely welcome to have different locations for getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, but we recommend staying in one place for your day. IF we need to travel between locations, the travel time will count towards your continuous wedding day coverage. 

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Will you eat at the wedding?

Yes, the JHP team will eat during the reception, but only after all of the reception activities are over or the night has reached a lull for the meal. Don’t worry, Jessica grabbing a few bites of your delicious food will not make her miss anything! If anything, those few bites are going to make your wedding day images even BETTER! 

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What if it rains on my wedding day?

If it rains on your wedding day, do not fret! Jessica has photographed many rainy wedding days, and the JHP team is ready to handle these adjustments. Jessica will be in contact with you the days leading up to the wedding to help you plan and adjust to with the weather. 

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How long will it be after my wedding day until I see my images?

Your wedding day’s images will be completed and uploaded into your gallery within 6 to 8 weeks from your wedding date. They could even be delivered before that, you never know!! ;)

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Can I add on more time to my wedding day’s timeline if I need to?

Yes, you’re absolutely welcome to add on additional hours to your wedding day’s timeline! Just shoot Jess an email, and we will make that adjustment for your and update your invoice. 

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What are the benefits of having a second shooter?

Having a second shooter is always a good idea! Another photographer there on your day will allow Jessica to focus on those ‘have to have’ shots while the other photographer documents candid and detail focused shots of your day. A second photographer is also always a great idea to have if you’re having a large or unique ceremony, as two cameras can always capture more than one. 

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Even if I don’t have a second photographer, can Jessica still capture everything we want or need?

Absolutely! Jessica is completely fine with being the solo shooter on a wedding day, and your gallery won’t be missing a thing!

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How does Jessica capture the groom’s reaction to see the bride for the first time without having a secondary photographer?

After 7 years of shooting weddings, Jessica has worked out a plan for this situation and is able to capture both the bride and groom’s reaction in this moment simultaneously. 

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We’ve decided we want to add on a secondary photographer to our day, how do we do that?

Just let Jessica know you’ve decided to add on a secondary photographer at least 2 months before your date, and we will take care of that for you!

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Why does Jessica need so much time before the ceremony for photos?

For almost every wedding timeline, Jessica will schedule at least 3 to 4 hours of photography coverage before the ceremony to cover documenting your details, you getting ready, the wedding party’s portraits, the venue and ceremony location, and any of your special requests. Though it may seem unnecessary, when you see how your gallery tells the story of your day from start to finish, you’ll be so glad Jessica started photography coverage so early!

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