Photography FAQ's

This is a delicate situation.  While we can’t remove someone from the photo later, we can photograph one including family only and a second image with everyone’s significant other.  We highly recommend that you communicate your wishes to your family prior to your wedding day.

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This depends on how many guests you have in attendance, but it could average 30 – 40 minutes.

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It is customary to invite your photographer to dinner. After a busy day of shooting, they will truly appreciate having dinner. If you have a “vendor table”, it is common to seat your DJ, Photographer and Videographer at the same table. It’s a good idea for your service providers to be close and available in the event that they are needed to shoot a spontaneous event.

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Our #1 goal is to make you happy and to exceed your expectations. We’ve learned an important step in the process is to help you understand what is realistic and achievable for your specific wedding. Keep in mind, that some of the most re-pinned wedding shots on Pinterest were captured in a controlled setting, with professional models with the SOLE purpose of the entire day to getting those specific shots. The purpose of your wedding day is much different. Some of the most common roadblocks to re-creating a specific Pinterest shot are this: weather, access to some locations, lighting, time constraints and other environmental limitations.
Please be aware of how neither you, nor your Photographer has ANY control over these factors.Pinterest is an excellent resource to share your style, preferences, poses, cool ideas and more with your photographer. While trying to recreate some of your favorite Pinterest shots can be fun, we suggest you tell your photographer what it is you like so much about the specific shots. This way, unexpected challenges can allow you to create something you like even better. Setting realistic expectations with your photographer prior to your wedding day will help you rest assured that you’ll get beautiful wedding photography.

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Capturing family photos is an important part of the day. Making a list of family photos and prioritizing it is a great way to make sure you get all the shots that are important to you. Talk with your parents and each other about who you want photographed. Also, please discuss with your photographer any unique family dynamics that they should be aware of.

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Your wedding photo proofs will be available in your secure online gallery by your one month anniversary.  You may choose to share your link and password with family and friends.

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With over 25 years of wedding experience, most likely we have shot at your location.

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You will receive all the digital proofs from your online gallery on a flash drive at the completion of your design process.

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Great question.  Fortunately, in over 25 years of doing business, Mike Staff Productions photographers have never missed an event. Better yet, we have a system in place to assure that we never will. In the event of an emergency that prohibits your pre-selected photographer from making your wedding, an experienced MSP Certified Photographer will be on call and ready to go: gear loaded, a full tank of gas, and cell phone on so they can be on their way immediately upon receiving our call.  This allows you the peace of mind in knowing that an experienced, professional, MSP Certified Photographer will be there for you.

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You may add additional time to your wedding photography service for $150 per hour, per photographer.

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We do not offer this service because we think it’s important for our photographers to focus on shooting during your wedding day and not be distracted by having to set up equipment and edit images for viewing.

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While one of our packages includes an engagement session, you may add an engagement session, afterglow or trash the dress session to any wedding package.  Please refer to “Package Description” on your contract to determine if you have a scheduled engagement session.

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You will receive a password protected link to your wedding proofs one month after your wedding day.  You can share this password and link with friends and family if you choose.

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We have packages that include one and two photographer coverage of your wedding day.  Please refer to the “Package Description” on your contract to determine how many photographers you chose.

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Final payment for photography services is due within 30 days prior to the wedding (or event).

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We are happy to accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover for photography services.  As a client, you can make payments by calling our office or through your secure online account at mikestaff.com.

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Most couples will seat their wedding services team together, often with other guests. By keeping your wedding photographer in the room with you, they are present should a great photo opportunity come up such as an impromptu toast, a candid group gathering or other events.  Additionally, It is most beneficial to you to keep the photographer on as close of a schedule to the couple as possible.  When your photographer is on a similar dining schedule, you might be able to sneak out for sunset photos.

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Depending upon the rules regarding photographer movement at your ceremony venue, your wedding photographer will do her best to capture a photo of your groom’s face.   The desire to have images of both the bride and groom’s face will the bride is walking down the aisle will often lead couples into choosing a 2 photographer package.

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Your wedding photographer will work with you to establish a photo plan unique to you and your preferences.  Most couples opt for a stylized photojournalistic approach to their wedding photos.  Stylized wedding photography blends the storytelling elements of photojournalism with elements of traditional photography. Images often have an artistic nature, using blurred backgrounds, different levels of focus and a variety of angles. The stylized shooter will create the environment for your natural emotion and personalities to be reflected and provide coaching to look your best without creating over-posed photographs.
For special moments like your ceremony, special dances and toasts, the photographer will take a more photojournalistic approach and allow the events to unfold, while capturing them with an artistic eye.

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If your wedding photography package includes two photographers, you can choose to have your second shooter capture room details and the guests at your cocktail hour instead of attending your romantics session.
While it’s not always easy to do, if your wedding photography package includes one photographer, you will need to try to include time in your wedding day photography plan and timeline to make room to capture some of these images.

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Our past clients rave about how easy and thorough our process is, so an in-person meeting is not necessary.  Proper communication is essential to understanding your needs and expectations. Our photographers are highly skilled at asking questions in order to fully understand your wishes and exceed your expectation.
One month prior to your wedding, we will arrange a teleconference with you and your photographer to discuss your wedding photography plan and all of the important details of your wedding day.  Then, your photographer will check in with you again on the Tuesday before your wedding to go over any final details.

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Each family has unique needs that don’t fit to a “standard” list.  For that reason, your wedding photographer will work with you to create a customized list of the formal photos for your wedding day.  You might want to ask your parents if they have any images they would like captured as well.

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Of course!  Your wedding day is great opportunity to get professional photos of you, your family and your guests.

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While wedding receiving lines are not as popular as they once were, you should still greet your guests during the reception.  Most couples visit with guests by going from table to table during the latter part of dinner service, as the bride and groom will be finished with dinner first.

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When planning the photography for your wedding reception, share the timeline that you have developed for the grand entrance, cake cutting. toasts and special dances. Most couples focus the wedding reception photography on those key moments and take a more candid approach to the remainder of the evening.  Coverage times are dependent upon the timing of planned events.

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It is common for your wedding photographer to start the day shooting with the bride.  It is recommended that hair and makeup be complete or nearly complete when the photographer arrives.  The photographer can then capture the bride’s details and candids of the preparation before moving on to the planned poses and images of the bride and her attendants and family.  And then the rest of the wedding day ….

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More couples are choosing to meet in private before the wedding ceremony, allowing for some beautiful and intimate photographs and videography to be captured. It can be a private event for the couple or shared with close friends and family. This time is a low-pressure, yet highly emotional, way to spend a few special moments as a couple before walking down the aisle. If your wedding day timeline is tight after the ceremony, a first look session can allow you to create amazing images, without sacrificing time with your guests.
A first look session can take place at the location of your choice, allowing the photographer and videographer to position themselves to get the best images of this moment. Your photographer and videographer can create the environment for this special moment and then allow it to unfold naturally. This gives you the private time to exchange looks and words without interference and direction. After you have a few private moments, you can capture additional images for your wedding album and video.

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You bet!  Your wedding photographer can make location recommendations for your romantic photos during your call one month prior to your wedding.  Having an idea of the style of photos that you are looking for can help in selecting a great location, ex. Urban, Nature, Water, Location that is special to you.

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It’s your choice.  It is common to start the wedding photos with immediate family and add in significant others to the next photo.

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You might want to budget around 45 minutes.  If you greet each person for just 15 seconds and there are 150 people…that is almost 40 minutes.

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Absolutely!  Your wedding photographer is your personal photographer for the day.  Your wedding photographer will work with you to develop a “must-have” shot list.

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Speaking to your parents about the importance of having both in photos in advance of your wedding day gets everyone on the same page.  Share any family dynamics that could impact your photo plan with your photographer. In cases of divorce, some couples decide to do photos with one parent and then separately with the other.  When possible, you can then do a set of photos with both parents.

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While you might like to have the extra images from your friend, it can also be distracting during the formal wedding photos and romantics if there is more than one person providing direction.  We would suggest that your friend focus on images from the guests perspective or additional images where your photographer is not currently executing your wedding photography plan.

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Most couples have never spent a day being professionally photographed so it’s natural to be a little apprehensive about this.   Your wedding photographer will have creative ideas and can draw upon their experience to help pose and guide you for your wedding photos. But it’s also important that you share how you are feeling. Do you need more or less direction? Does something feel uncomfortable? Do you have a great idea you were hoping to try? Sharing this information with your photographer helps to create wedding photos you’ll love. Don’t be shy – this is your wedding day!  While planning your wedding day photography, your photographer will discuss poses that you are both comfortable with (and not).   Our photographers are easy going and fun to work with … we promise you’ll BOTH enjoy the process.

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Sure.  Your wedding day photography is a collaborative process between you and your photographer. Amazing things can happen when you show your photographer what inspires you (and even what you never, ever want to do!). Allow your professional photographer to use their creative gifts to capture and create unique images for you based upon what you have shared. Your photographer can look at your unique locations, variances in lighting and work with your personality to create wedding photos that are perfectly you.

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The amount of time necessary for family photos at the church is dependent upon how many groupings you need.  On average, most churches will allow 30 minutes for family formals.

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It depends on your wedding day schedule.  Downtown romantics can be a logistical challenge and a time-killer without the right plan.  If you would like downtown romantics, it may be necessary to build extra time for travel into your wedding day schedule or consider doing these photos before the ceremony.

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It is no longer in vogue to do table shots at a wedding reception.  Most tables have drinks, food and large centerpieces that tend to clutter the photo. Also, it is very common for all of the guests to not be present at the table prior to dinner. Couples that want to get additional shots of their guests normally will hire a PhotoBooth.

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Album Design FAQ's

Telling your wedding story is a collaborative process between you and your personal graphic designer. Your designer has created this first draft of your wedding album based upon your answers to the short design survey you completed before your wedding.

Because we are telling your wedding story, we want your input in the album design. You may choose to add or remove images, change the layout, request image enhancements and more. Your designer will work closely with you to create the album of your dreams.

Your wedding album can be accessed in the link sent to you by your graphic designer.

To navigate through your wedding album presentation, simply click the arrows in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

The first image that you see will be a suggested cover for your wedding album. For covers that include leathers, the second set of images will include your graphic designers suggestion of color palette, leathers and fabrics that will compliment your wedding images.

It is important to note that the first side of the interior of your wedding album will be a blank page that is not counted in the sides included with your wedding package. This blank page is required for the structural integrity of your wedding album.

Throughout your wedding album, your graphic designer will leave notes in the upper right corner of your wedding album to help you reference sides in your communication as you design your wedding album.

While reviewing your initial presentation, you may have ideas for changes. Wherever you see something you’d like to change, click right on the page, on top of the place you want to make changes. A comment box will appear for you to give us your input. Once you have added your note, click the check box beneath your comment. To view your added comments, you can click on the number that has been placed on the image or page. Changed your mind? No problem, simply click the trash can to remove the comment.

Some changes that you might consider include swapping with a different image, adding effects like black and white or color washes, rearranging album sides, changing the background, deleting sides, or anything you’d like.

To swap an image with a different one, please reference the image number that you would like as the replacement. You can find the image numbers beneath the photo in your online gallery. It is important to note that replacing a horizontal with vertical, or vertical with horizontal, will require additional changes to the side you are editing.

Our wedding albums feature lay flat slides. This means that an image that crosses the crease will still be seen in its entirety without image disappearing into the crease.

The final side in your album is also required to be left blank. Again, this provides stability to your wedding album.

Your graphic designer may present additional sides to your wedding album to show you options for the design. You are under no obligation to purchase these additional sides. You may choose to combine, remove or purchase additional sides as presented.

When you have completed your comments, please click submit comments in the lower right toolbar to submit requests to your graphic designer. Once we have received your comments, we will be in touch with any questions we may have and to let you know when your next version will be available to view.

Once you are satisfied with the design of your wedding album, you can select approve album in the lower right toolbar. This will let your graphic designer know you are ready to print your wedding album. Prior to sending your album to the printer, your graphic designer will retouch the final images and send it to your for one last look and final approval.

Our graphic design team is here to help you with your wedding album process. If you need assistance at anytime, please let us know. You can reach our team by emailing your graphic designer or calling 248-434-5575.

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We are happy to present your online gallery of wedding images. You may choose to share this link with your family and friends.

To view your wedding gallery, simply click on the gallery link in the email from your graphic designer.

Once you are in the wedding gallery window in your browser, click the View Gallery Now in the upper right corner.

Your wedding images have been sorted into individual collections for key time periods throughout the day. Clicking into an individual collection will expand the images into full view. In the lower left section of your screen, you can choose to view the collection in collage, highlight or thumbnail views. You may also choose to view the images as a slide show.

Clicking on an individual image will allow you to view the image in more detail. This larger view will also show the image number in the lower left of the image screen. You may also view the image as a black and white, add it to your favorites folder or place it in your shopping cart for product ordering.

To favorite an image, click on the circled star beneath an individual image. Your favorites will then be stored in a folder that can be accessed from the star image at the top of any screen in your online gallery. This is a convenient way to select images that you might consider for use in your wedding album or print ordering.

To add an image to your shopping cart, simply select the add to cart image at the lower right of an individual image. Your shopping cart can be accessed in the upper right corner of any screen in your online gallery. From your shopping cart you can choose the size of print, fine art image or photo product you’d like.

It is possible that you might like an image zoomed in or cropped differently than it appears in your online gallery as a print. To adjust the cropping of your image, you can click on the magnifying glass beneath the images in your shopping cart. By dragging the blue button handles over the images, you can zoom into the image prior to printing and be assured that the image will print as it appears on your screen by selecting update crop in the lower right of your image viewing window. You will have the opportunity to enter your gallery credit promo code prior to your order being placed by entering it in the space beneath your photo order. Your gallery credit code will be the brides last name grooms last name in all uppercase letters, without a space.

To complete your shopping cart order, select begin checkout.

After entering your shipping address and credit card information, you will have the option to add a note to your graphic designer. All images receive basic retouching prior to printing. Basic retouching includes.

Minor blemish removal
Minor stray hair removal
Minor wrinkle softening
Softening and lightening under the eyes
Teeth whitening
Skin softening
Cropping

If you would like additional enhancements to your images, please reference the image number and instructions prior to placing your order in the Add a note field.

At anytime, you can return to the full collections screen by clicking on albums in the upper center of the browser or clicking on your names in the left of the toolbar above your images.

Your wedding gallery will remain online for one year following your wedding. You will receive a flash drive with all the images from your online gallery when you have completed the design process of your photography services.

Our graphic design team is committed to helping you with your wedding photography images. If you need assistance at anytime, please let us know. You can reach our team by emailing your graphic designer or calling 248-434-5575.

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Your wedding images will receive color correction and exposure balancing so that they are print ready. All of the images which go into your album, other products or that are ordered as prints through Mike Staff Productions will receive basic retouching, which includes:
– Minor blemish removal
– Minor stray hair removal
– Minor wrinkle softening
– Softening and lightening under the eyes
– Teeth whitening
– Skin softening
– Cropping

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Our album manufacturer does not print with metallic inks. So silver or gold will appear as greys or yellows.

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During the design process, your graphic designer will create spreads to tell your wedding story. As each side relates to it’s opposing side, it is recommended that you remove the entire spread or it will disrupt the sequence of your design. Removing one page will cause similar elements to be separated. If you dislike one particular page, you should remove the entire spread or create a new page so the remaining sequence can be maintained.

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Gallery credits are good for the purchase of any of our products available through your online gallery. Gallery credits do not apply to album products. You may use your gallery credits to purchase prints, fine art gallery images, ornaments, phone cases, cards and many more image products.

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Yes, we can include images you send us to include in your wedding album design. There are just a few limitations:
For copyright reasons, you must have permission from the image’s creator to use the image. Images must meet the album manufacturer’s standards for image resolution so that they print correctly. This will vary depending on how large you want the image to be the album. We do not retouch or provide any Photoshop work to these images. We recommend sending us the largest resolution file(s) you have access to as well as how large in the design you’d like it to be. We can let you know if that meets the manufacturer’s standards.

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Images are mailed once the final album design is approved for the printer. This is so all the images that are enhanced or retouched for the album, can be included for you. If you need images for thank you cards,please just let us know the image number and we can send the high res file for you. If you have not purchased a wedding album, your wedding images will be available by flash drive upon request once you have reviewed your online gallery.

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A lustre finish has a slightly textured matte finish which helps hide fingerprints. Most portraits and wedding photos are printed on a lustre finish. A metallic finish is high gloss and is printed on metallic paper. The metallic paper gives colors deeper color saturation, makes light colors brighter and has a metallic sheen to the whole print. It’s intended for artistic images as opposed to the traditional family portrait types of poses.

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Our wedding albums feature lay flat slides. This means that an image that crosses the crease will still be seen in its entirety without image disappearing into the crease.

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An album side is like a page in a book. If you were to hold up one page of a book, you would be holding two sides, the front and back side. The same concept applies to your wedding album. For this reason, sides must be thought of as two sides at a time and can not be created individually

Two sides of an album equate a spread. Some designs will be appear on one side at a time, while other designs will span across the spread. Because the albums we create are flush mounted, the pages open flat so the crease is barely visible.

Your album will feature a single side as both the first and last page. After the first side,each layout is actually two sides.If you elect to add or remove sides from your album, you must do it two at a time.

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You will work with a dedicated member of our full time in-house design staff after your wedding.  With our highly trained, service-minded team, you can expect your wedding photos and the first draft of your wedding album on your one month anniversary.

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Yes.  A personal copyright release allows you to display and re-print your wedding images from the printer of your choice.  At Mike Staff Productions, we believe that when you pay for wedding photography, you should get your personal copyrights without additional fees.

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When your wedding images are ready for viewing, a member from our graphic design team will notify you and let you know that images are ready to view and to walk you through the next steps in the design process.  Your wedding album draft or proofing gallery will be available on your one month anniversary.

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You can expect to receive your finished wedding album within 4 weeks of submitting your final approval.  In fact, many of our clients have their wedding album by their two month anniversary!  Our album clients will receive a flash drive containing all their images at the conclusion of the design process to allow inclusion of their edited wedding album images.

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We know you are excited to see your wedding day photos and we’re excited to show them off to you.  Your secure, online gallery is ready for viewing on your one month anniversary.

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Image enhancements can add a unique and artistic effect to an image.  These effects are usually applied after basic retouching has been done to the image.  You may choose unlimited photo enhancement for the images that you include in your wedding album or will order as prints.  Image enhancement includes sepia, de-saturation, color wash, textures, vintage, and black and white.

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All images that you choose to include in your album will be retouched before printing.  The retouching included with your package includes:

  • Minor blemish removal
  • Minor stray hair removal
  • Minor wrinkle softening
  • Softening and lightening under the eyes
  • Teeth whitening
  • Skin softening
  • Cropping
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Gallery credits can be used to purchase a variety of products from your online proofing gallery, including prints, fine art products, metal prints and canvas gallery wraps.

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If you would like additional editing, we will review the image and provide a quote if necessary.

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Photographs that are used in your wedding album or ordered as print products will receive basic retouching and unlimited image enhancements such as sepia, antiquing, color wash or black and white.  The images provided on your flash drive will include all the retouched images from your album; while the remaining images will be enhanced and adjusted for color, contrast, exposure and white balance.

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When you remove someone from an image, you must have something to put into that spot.  Sometimes this can be an easy process, and other times it requires major photo reconstruction.  Please speak with your graphic designer about the options.

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To start your wedding album design process, you will complete a brief survey on your design preferences.  Using your unique style & tastes, your dedicated album designer will present an initial draft of your wedding album on or before your one month anniversary.  From there you can provide feedback and instruction for the images to be used in your album, image placement, as well as image enhancements, allowing you to be as immersed in the album design process as you would like.

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