Brian Lewis Photography - Frequently Asked Questions

WEDDING PLAN

WEDDING PLAN - When is my balance due?


The first 1/3 of your Wedding Plan is due to book your wedding with Brian Lewis Photography.

The second 1/3 of your Wedding Plan is due around the time of your bridal session, 6 weeks prior to your wedding.

The remainder of your Wedding Plan is due before your wedding.

Don't forget, if you want to take advantage of our PLUS Plan, that must be added and paid for prior to your wedding.




WEDDING PLAN - What does my plan include?


Your Wedding Plan includes:

2 Photographers (Brian Lewis and Mary Charlotte Thomas, unless told otherwise)
5 Hours Coverage
Bridal Session
Bridal Image for use in a Newspaper Announcement
Wedding Album for the Bride and Groom*


*Album size, style, design, and number of images included varies depending on your Wedding Plan selection.




WEDDING PLAN - What is the PLUS Plan?


The PLUS Plan is a great way to save money on photographs over the course of your wedding. It must be added to your Wedding Plan before your wedding.

For $800, you receive $1,000 in printed product credit.

Once the PLUS Plan is purchased, your PLUS credit can be used towards anything printed along the way. Bridal portrait, additional images in your album, prints for your home or for gifts after the wedding, parent albums, etc.

Printed products only - it cannot be used towards digital images or leather upgrades.




WEDDING PLAN - What if we go over the coverage time?


We plan on covering your wedding from beginning to end, unless told otherwise. Additional time over the 5 hours included in your Wedding Plan is $150 per hour. Over 8 hours is $250 per hour. This includes the additional time for both photographers and will be billed after the wedding.





DIGITAL IMAGES

DIGITAL IMAGES - What are my options?


Add them to your Wedding Plan!

Complete Set of Wedding Day Digital Images - $1950
Complete Set of Wedding Day Digital Images with PLUS Plan - $1600

Includes all images from the wedding day in a complete set of full resolution files along with copyrights for you to print and use as you would like. Individual digital images are not available for purchase, only the complete set of wedding day images. These do not include images from portrait sessions (engagements/bridals).

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In years to come, the cost for your wedding day digital images decreases. This makes a fantastic anniversary present - hint hint!

3 years from wedding day - $950
5 years from wedding day - $750
7 years from wedding day - $600




DIGITAL IMAGES - Can I buy just one digital image?


Unfortunatly, we do not offer individual digital images for sale at this time. We do offer a complete set of wedding day images, along with full copyrights for you to print and use those files as you would like. This complete set of wedding day images are from the wedding day only, and do not include the engagement session or bridal session.
If you've opted to add the PLUS Plan, you get a break on the digital images!

Complete Set of Wedding Day Digital Images - $1950
Complete Set of Wedding Day Digital Images with PLUS Plan - $1600





WELCOME

You've hired your photographers! Now what?


We are so excited to be a part of your wedding.

We would love to get to know you more over the course of your engagement. Add us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, link up on Pinterest. Anytime you have a question or see an image that you love on social media - send it our way to use as inspiration!

Interested in an Engagement Session? You can add it to your Wedding Plan for $150 and it can be done at any point throughout your engagement.

8 weeks prior to your wedding, we will begin talking in more detail about your Bridal Session. By that time, you should have a good time estimation on the completion of your dress.

6 weeks prior to your wedding, we will photograph your bridal session. This allows us time to prepare an image for a newspaper announcement, or any portraits you would like displayed at your reception.

A month before your wedding, we will request a meeting at our studio to talk about specific timing and details regarding your wedding day. This meeting is very importrant because we will gather information on family trees, special groups, and other requests so we can be prepared and organized the day of your wedding.


Studio (318) 797-4133
Brian Lewis Cell (318) 426-7430
Mary Charlotte Thomas Cell (318) 426-2571





ENGAGEMENT SESSION

ENAGAGEMENT SESSION - Can we add it?


Engagement Sessions are a great way to document this special time in your lives. They can be formal and fun, showing off your style and personalities. We can include your hobbies and pets - the options are endless.

An Engagement Session can either be swapped for the Bridal Session included in your Wedding Plan, or you can add it for $150. It can be done anytime before your wedding.


Where is our favorite location? YOUR HOME!

It is sentimental, comfortable, convenient, and we can find creative and beautiful backgrounds at ANY home - big or small. Your home, a friend or family member's home, your church, your reception venue, downtown, where the two of you met, or we can provide several recommendations of locations around Shreveport that charge for use of their location, but provide beautiful backdrops like a theatre or plantation home.





BRIDAL SESSION

BRIDAL SESSION - What? When? and Where?


WHAT?
A Bridal Session is included in your Wedding Plan. This is a formal portrait session taken of you in your wedding dress before your wedding. Often, brides display a bridal portrait at their reception, or feature their bridal portrait in a local newspaper with an announcement to run the weekend of their wedding.

WHEN?
We recommend having your bridal session 6 weeks prior to your wedding.
WHERE?
Our favorite location for a bridal session is at YOUR HOME!
It is sentimental, comfortable, convenient, and we can find creative and beautiful backgrounds at ANY home - big or small. Need other suggestions? A friend or family member's home, your church, your reception venue, or we can chat about other specific venues in town that charge for use of their location for sessions.




BRIDAL SESSION - Location Recommendations


Our favorite location for a bridal session is at YOUR HOME!
It is sentimental, comfortable, convenient, and we can find creative and beautiful backgrounds at ANY home - big or small.

Your home
Your Parent's home
Grandparent's home
Friend or Family member's home
Your Church
Your ceremony or reception venue

The Petroleum Club
East Ridge Country Club
The Shreveport Club
Southern Trace Country Club
Silverlake Ballroom
601 Spring
The Remington Hotel
Scottish Rite
Pinewold Manor (Fairfield Ave.)
CedarCroft Plantation
Caspiana Plantation
Savoie's
David Toms
The Dixie Gin
Hill Country Village
TaylorTown Store (Bossier)
The American Rose Center
Fairfield Bed&Breakfast
The Women's Department Club
Downtown
...etc. These venues may require an appointment and/or a rental fee to use their property for photography sessions.





WEDDING DAY

WEDDING DAY - What time do we start before the wedding?


At a minimum, we start photographing 2 hours before your wedding. See below for a typical pre-wedding photography timeline. We will have a meeting 4 weeks prior to your wedding to talk in detail about your wedding day timeline.


2 Hours Before (at ceremony location)
- Start formal photographs of Groom, Groomsmen, Groom’s Parents/Siblings.
- Bride, Bridesmaids, Bride’s Parents/Siblings arrive at ceremony location.


1.5 Hours Before Ceremony
- Start formal photographs of Bride, Bridesmaids, Bride’s Parents/Siblings.


1 Hour Before Ceremony
- Grandparents (if able) arrive for photographs.
- Ringbearer/Flower Girl (if able) arrive for photographs.


45 Minutes Before Ceremony
- Bride and Groom are each hidden away while guests arrive.

- Catch up on photographs missed or delayed in bride’s room/ groom’s room.
- Turn schedule over to Wedding Coordnator.




WEDDING DAY - How long do photographs take after the ceremony?


With our recommended Post-Ceremony Photographs list below, we estimate 15 to 20 minutes.

1. Bride and Groom (BG) with Clergy/ Sign Marriage License
2. BG with Entire Bridal Party
3. BG with Bride’s Immediate Family (Parents, siblings, spouses and children)
4. Add in Grandparents
5. BG with Groom’s Immediate Family (Parents, siblings, spouses and children)
6. Add in Grandparents
7. Bride and Groom Alone

If you add extended family photographs to each side, estimated total time after the ceremony extends to 30-45 minutes.

We will have a meeting about 4 weeks prior to your wedding to talk in detail about your wedding day timeline and customize it to your needs.




WEDDING DAY - How soon after the wedding can I see my images?


We typically have your wedding day images prepared and posted online in a password protected gallery for you two weeks after your wedding.

Around this same time, we select 20-25 of our favorites images to post to the Brian Lewis Photography Facebook page for you to share with family and friends!





ALBUM

ALBUM - Where do we begin?


In the weeks after your wedding, I will be contacting you to schedule an appointment to select images for your wedding album using the big screen at our studio. We will talk design and preferences, cover options and more to customize your album exactly how you want it.

From there, I will design your album and have you approve the layout before we do any ordering. This gives you the opportunity to make adjustments and changes if needed.




ALBUM - What if my parents want an album?


We have tons of options for parent albums. From small and simple, to fully designed storytelling albums, and everything in between.




ALBUM - What are the different album styles available?


1. Contemporary Coffee Table Book with Photographic Color Cover
10x13 Coffee Table style book with press-printed archival pages. Page design shows one or more images per page separated by a clean white line. No images overlap. Cover is personalized with an image from your wedding.

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2. Contemporary Album with Custom Leather Cover
10x13 Custom Leather Album with true photographic pages. Page design shows one or more images per page separated by a clean white line. No images overlap. Leather cover is customized by your selections of leather color and imprinting.

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3. Classic Album
10x10 Custom Leather Album with true photographic pages. Page design is simplified. One or two images maximum per page with black border. Leather cover is customized by your selections of leather color and imprinting.

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4. Fine Art Album
10x13 Custom Leather Album with true photographic pages. Pages are hand designed to tell the story of your wedding day using multiple overlapping images on top of background images. Leather cover is customized by your selection of leather color and imprinting.

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