Charleston SC Wedding Photography

Where is My Money Going? | Northeast Tennessee Wedding Photographers, Tennessee Wedding Photographers, Asheville, NC Wedding Photographers, Charleston, SC Wedding Photographers,

If you’re here because we were telling you to raise your photography budget then here’s the nitty gritty of it. There are a lot of costs that go into small businesses, especially ours. We are a full-service studio, meaning we handle everything. We don’t outsource your photos to other people to handle. We curate your shoots, design your albums, hand edit each and every single photo and video we deliver. It’s our gear to give you the best photos possible, our artisan albums that will last forever, even our office space so we can answer emails and prep for your wedding! To think that some people think that all we do is push a button baffles us sometimes, but hey, those people aren’t educated like you are about to be. Consider us doing you a favor! You get to learn about what goes on behind the scenes and can debate against the “push a button” naysayers!

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 Professional Experience and Education: $80k student loans combined for 4 years of college each, plus we like to spend an additional $1-2k on educational workshops each year. Why? To better serve our wonderful couples.

 Pre-Production and Post-Production: If we only charged for the time we were actually at your wedding, then things might be a little different aka we wouldn’t be in business. We spend anywhere from 40-60 hours on each wedding. Before your wedding, this includes emailing and admin work like filing, signing contracts, bookkeeping, emailing back and forth, planning and consulting over coffee, creating your custom timeline, etc. This includes the work on your wedding day, which starts well before your coverage begins and goes through from the time we walk back through our door. We immediately back up your images in five different places until they are edited and delivered so we never lose files. Then after your wedding, this includes hand editing each and every photo that we deliver so it’s perfect, organizing your galleries so you can share with your families, designing your album and products and then delivering those albums and products.

 Equipment: We shoot with three Nikon D750s ($1300 each), a Nikon 85mm 1.4 ($1600), a Nikon 35mm 1.4 ($1700), a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 ($2400 ), a 105mm 2.8 ($900). Our lighting kit consists of 4 speedlights ($350 each), 2 triggers ($300 each), 4 lightstands ($50 each) so we can properly light your ceremony or reception. Our memory cards are $50 each and we shoot on one and back up on the other. We use about 10 cards per wedding! Our videography kit includes 2 microphones ($180 each), our beloved drone ($1600), our stabilizer ($700), our slider ($1000). Not to mention batteries at $60 each (we have too many to count), filters for our lenses, camera bags, straps, etc. Anyone bother to add all this up? No? We did it for you and rounded up because we are positive we are missing something. We use $25,000 worth of gear to cover your event.

Business Expenses: Postage to mail your welcome kits and products ($20), our phones ($150), our internet ($80), our computers built specifically for photo and video editing so we can deliver your images and video promptly ($5000), our software ($1000). We are definitely forgetting stuff here.

 Taxes: 30% of every collection goes to the great Uncle Sam. *insert upside down smiley face here*

 Insurance and Business Licenses: This one is important. We are LICENSED and INSURED. We carry $1,000,000 worth of coverage.

Living Expenses: Of course, this will vary from business to business, but we have rent, car payments, pet and grocery bills just like the next person.

We have priced our services at a fair price for our clients, but also one that will keep us afloat and allow us to continue doing what we love. You can copy this exact blog post and use it for any other business, too. The next time you think, “Wow, that plumber is really expensive”, maybe consider that he might be the best in the business and that he also has a family to take care of, as well as business expenses.

We’d love to chat more with you if you have any questions on what it takes to run a small business! Shoot us an email if you’d love to learn more.

Sarah and Cole's Carver's Gap Engagement Session in Roan Mountain, TN

A little late on this blog since these two crazy-in-love people are getting married this week! Sarah and Cole met in her mom's classroom at a local high school and I think it's safe to say it was destined from the beginning that these two would find love with each other. From what we've talked about planning wise during our consultations, their wedding is going to be super sweet (cue crying behind the camera) and very reliant on their faith!

This engagement session was such a fun time! We hiked to the top of Carver's Gap in Roan Mountain, TN, and even though the mountains were a little hazy on this particular evening, it didn't stop us from getting amazing portraits! We had great conversations about our families and their plans for after they get married! I have no doubt in my mind that these two are going to do amazing things together as husband and wife!

I can't wait for these guys' wedding at a church here in Kingsport, TN and their reception at The Social! It's going to be blast!

Intimate Mountain Wedding at White Fence Farm in Trade, TN

If any of you guys know me personally, you’ll know I’m a little OCD. Not really in the fact that I am a tidy person, but more in the fact that I keep track of my time in a journal sometimes down to the minute and eat my M&M’s coordinated by color (brown first, blue last). Also, when there’s rain in the forecast on a week that I have a wedding, I’m obsessively checking about five different weather apps to the point where my phone dies. I watched the weather for this wedding for two weeks! It was the first of my 2018 season and by George, it was NOT going to rain. Except the five weather apps said there was about a 90% chance of rain. For two weeks. I was so SURE that the weather predictions would change in the period of two weeks, but they didn’t budge at all. I think by the time wedding day was here it was down to 70%, but still – in the mountains in East Tennessee, that pretty much means it’s gonna rain.

 

Thankfully, it never rained during the ceremony or reception. We did get a light shower right before the ceremony but all was well the rest of this magical night.

 

I had the privilege of meeting Kelsey and Ian sometime last year through a website known for putting together clients and wedding vendors. We clicked on the phone right away and I knew deep down their wedding would be an amazing one. Not only was it decorated beautifully, but it was decorated with a style that definitely fit them as a couple! Kelsey and Ian said their vows surrounded by beautiful mountains, but also so many of their friends and family. They continued the celebration with traditional cultural dances and dances to music like Mumford and Sons and Caravan Palace (a couple of my own heart and Spotify, if I say so myself). They finished the night off with a beautiful display of fireworks and a hot drinks bar! 

I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for letting me capture such a special day. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness in your marriage!

Wedding Decor Trends for 2018

If you’re like me, you mindlessly scroll Facebook until you see something interesting or drama inflicting, and earlier today I saw something that literally made me gasp. It was an article (not going to say by who but if you’ve seen it you know it) calling for all brides and couples to stop using burlap and mason jars in their wedding decor. 

I’m here to tell you to shove opinions like this out of your head and use whatever you want for your wedding decor! It doesn’t matter to anyone but you if you use burlap, mason jars, decorate the table with blades of grass from your grandma’s front yard, whatever! A lot of time brides think, “Well, I wonder if people will like this?”  

My dearest brides, stop worrying about what other people will like or think will look cool and worry more about what you want to see images of in your wedding gallery. If that means a burlap wrapped mason jar with sunflowers in it, then so be it! Your wedding should celebrate who you and your spouse are as a couple! I’ve shot many weddings and seen many, many styles and every time I see burlap and mason jars, I smile because I know that’s that couples personality coming through in their wedding. Just like I smile when I seen huge centerpieces with intricate flowers or no centerpieces but cameras and a bottles of beer. 

So, this is me, your wedding photographer, telling you that it’s 2018. Decorate your tables how YOU want to, and not how some magazine says something will be trending. 

 

Side note: I can take very good macro images of blades of grass. 😂 

Love, 

Lakyn

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Willow Creek acres in Kingsport, TN, Limestone, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Rustic, country wedding at Thomas Farm Events in Kingsport, TN, Church Hill, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Classic, intimate wedding at Meadowview Convention Center and Domtar Cabin in Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN

Country Wedding at Willow Creek Acres in Limestone, TN

I don’t even have words for how beautiful this day was. I’m normally successful holding back happy tears at weddings, but this one was crazy hard to do that. Ryan and Alyssa deserve every ounce of love and every amazing thing that happens for them. Their love and happiness is evident just by looking at them, and it radiates to their friends and family around them. Congratulations on a gorgeous day and a lifetime of memories!


Vendors:

Dress: David's Bridal

Hair: Jenny Lea Academy

Cake: Amber Horton

Makeup: Julia Wilson

DJ: Taft Simmons

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Gorgeous table centerpieces | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The brides bouquet was HANDMADE! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Delicious cake! | Kingsport, TN wedding photography 

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Walking down the aisle to some fun fall colors | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Close up of this gorgeous handmade bouquet | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

A venue specialty - Osage oranges! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography 

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

Love the bridal suite | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

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A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

A moment of good ole southern prayer | Kingsport, TN wedding photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

What a gorgeous venue Willow Creek Acres is! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

An emotional groom | Kingsport, TN wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The newlyweds! | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The gorgeous bride | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

The beautiful ceremony | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photography  

2017 Bucket List!

With 2016 wrapped up and 2017 offering more potential than ever before, we’ve created this bucket list to fulfill some of our biggest dream shoots. The best part is you get a discount for taking us up on any of the items listed! Bucket list item discounts are open to every couple boked or to be booked in 2017.

And since 2017 is going to be our best year yet, for all the newly engaged couples: book by January 31st and receive 10% off any wedding package booked, and book by February 28th to receive 5% off!

In 2017, our hope is to work with joyful couples who value real moments over poses, expect their friends to pack the dance floor, are able to laugh at themselves (and at us, cause we’re nerds), and love each other so much they could burst. If this sounds like you, then shoot us an email! Keep reading below for our 2017 bucket list items and snatch them up before someone else does!

Wedding Day Discounts:
 

·         Black and Gold Wedding Colors  - 1 available - $100 off

·         New Year’s Eve Wedding – 1 available - $100 off

·         Sparkler Exit during Recessional – 2 available - $75 off

·         Confetti Exit during Recessional – 2 available - $75 off

·         Grandma as a flower girl – 1 available - $50 off

·         Pastel Wedding Colors – 1 available - $100 off

·         Bride Wears a Flower Crown – 2 available - $75 off

Location Discounts:

·         Crooked River Farm – 1 available - $200 off

·         Chateau Selah – 1 available - $200 off

·         The Millstone – 1 available - $150 off

Destination Weddings:
 

·         Pacific Northwest- No travel fees

·         Charleston, SC – No travel fees

·         Southern California – No travel fees

·         Colorado Mountains – No travel fees

·         Ireland – No travel fees

Other Discounts:

·         Proposal - $50 off

 

Your In Person Ordering Session and What it Means | Kingsport, TN Wedding Photographer

I’m sure most of you have been to photographers were you get a run of the mill experience, get a USB or disc of images and a print release and they send you on your way. I have to be honest. For a while, I thought that’s how this whole “running a photography business” thing worked. However, the more I thought about it and the more clients that came through my door and right back out my door with just a disc full of images that would never be printed off, I started to really examine the world of photography and how it has worked for years and years.

Continuing on this year and into 2017 and further years, I have decided to incorporate the “old” way of doing things into my business model. My brides deserve to display their wedding portraits, not have them sit in a desk on a USB. After your wedding, your images will be ready to view in about 4-6 weeks. While my collections still offer the USB for your printing needs, each collection comes with a leather bound album and, depending on the collection, wall art and other products. At your ordering session, you will view your gallery, which is a hand selected slideshow of your wedding images. It can be lengthy, but I want you to have a first class experience and image reveal. There will be snacks and beverages and please, invite whoever you think will want to place an order! You will also be viewing a rough draft of your wedding album at this time. The rough draft is predesigned by me with your wedding day timeline in mind. This is your moment to add additional images and pages to your album, choose your cover color and switch any image you feel like doesn’t fit in your album. Friends and family are more than welcome to place orders for gift prints at this time. If you have family abroad or long distance, I can upload a watermarked gallery online for them to purchase from.

My couples typically invest anywhere from $3000 to $7000 in their wedding portraits. I understand that this is a huge investment for many and payment plans are available.