Sandusky Ohio Wedding Photographer - Ashley Michaels

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Creating authentic, meaningful images that are full of life


My Style:

You’re planning a wedding because you love someone, and you’re going to bring together all of your favorite people to celebrate that. You’ll carefully design each element of the day in a way that looks beautiful and makes you happy - and your photos will be some of the few things you keep forever to remember it by.


I understand that weddings are more than photo shoots.


When you trust me with your wedding photography, you'll get a mix of modern creative portraits and true photojournalism. The unscripted moments are just as important as the posed photos. I'll make sure you look great in your pictures, but I don’t want you to feel like I’m directing you through it all. I’d love for you soak it all in and feel like you can be yourself.




WHAT TO EXPECT:


  • I know we all have busy schedules. I'd love to meet with you in-person, but it's okay if you need to talk via email, over the phone, or Skype instead.

  • I’m here to help as much as you need before your wedding. We'll create a timeline that creatively fits your day, so that no one feels rushed, and I know I'll have enough time to make all of the photographs you're hoping for.

  • I'm happy to share helpful tips and tricks to make great photos happen naturally, like having a clutter-free window-lit getting ready room or asking your DJ to have an anniversary dance.

  • I'll guide you through your portraits, placing you in flattering light (creating my own light when needed) and posing you as naturally and comfortably as possible. I will make sure you look your best while feeling at ease.

  • Your digital images will be delivered to you within 30 days after the wedding day. You’ll have personal use and printing rights forever.

  • Your gallery is linked to a professional photography print lab, with zero up-charge. You can print your photos anywhere, but I want to make sure you have access to the highest quality at an affordable price.




PRICING:


No secrets here! Wedding photography packages range $1600 - $2800. See full pricing details here



CHOOSING YOUR PACKAGE:


How many hours of coverage do you need?

There's no easy way to answer this question. I can help you carefully plan your timeline to capture all the important details, ceremony, reception, and portraits. Send me a message to request a consultation and tell me more about your wedding.


Why add an engagement session?

In my experience, most people are not used to having a big camera pointed at them. You may feel nervous and unsure of how you’ll look in your photographs. An engagement session is a great way for us to get to know each other, and for you to relax and trust my style. I’d love for your personalities to shine through in your portraits on your wedding day. If you want to feel 100% sure I’m the best photographer for you, book an engagement session first, then deduct it from your package later.


What are albums like?

I design 12"x12" hardcover albums with sturdy, lay-flat pages. Covers are faux leather, black or white, and embossed with your names and wedding date in gold or silver. If you purchase an album, I will pre-design many pages for you to choose from and you will be asked to select the pages you want or request changes before I place the order.


Do you need a second photographer?

A second photographer creates more photos, from more points of view, and adds extra peace of mind to your photography package. If you have a large guest list, and having photos of all of those guests is important to you, you may want to consider a package that includes my assistant photographer.





MORE FAQs


How many photographs can we expect to receive?

I typically deliver 75+ photos per hour of coverage. When working with my assistant photographer, I deliver 100+ photos per hour of coverage.


How long will we have to wait for our final photographs?

All photos from your wedding day will be delivered via a private, password-protected, online gallery within 30 days. You can order prints through the gallery, download all of your images, and share them with family and friends.


How do we reserve your photography services for our wedding date?

A customized wedding photography contract must be completed and signed, and an initial non-refundable payment must be made to book services for your wedding date. The initial payment is $500 and will be deducted from your total balance due.


When should we book with you?

Most weddings are booked with me 6-18 months in advance. If I'm available on your date and you're interested in moving forward, let me know ASAP. I can't hold your date for you until I have your signed contract and your retainer payment.


Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! Contact me for a consultation.


What equipment do you use?

I photograph weddings with professional grade Canon cameras. I always have a backup camera body and multiple lenses with me at each wedding. I also use on-camera and off-camera flash equipment in low light environments. The camera that I use holds two memory cards and saves to both simultaneously. This is extremely important in case of memory card failure. I take every precaution to avoid the risk of losing image files.


Can we see what a full collection of wedding photos looks like?

Yes! Send me a message, telling me about your wedding (location, indoor/outdoor, length of coverage, time of year) and I'll share a gallery with you via email.