You’re engaged. Congratulations!
This is a thrilling time with many decisions to be made. One of the most important decisions is choosing the right photographer to tell the story of your big day.
With so many options out there, I’m honored that you’re considering Claire Marika Photography to document your wedding.
I hope this information will help you learn more about me and what I can offer.
Nice to meet you! I’m Claire, a French-born, pizza loving, book devouring photographer. I’m inspired by people, nature, history, light, and authentic moments. I’d love to be your photographer.
My style is clean, bright, and classic. I want your wedding images to be a timeless heirloom. Because of that, I keep my photos fresh and natural.
I’ve been capturing weddings for over ten years, and from the start my goal has been to do more than just create beautiful images. I also want my couples to have a wonderful experience. I’m fun and laid back and can help you feel comfortable during our sessions, but I’m also a professional and I take my job very seriously. I pay attention to the details, and I’m organized, prompt and professional. That way you never need to worry about your photography.
Q. Why do you photograph weddings?
A. Because I love doing it. Weddings allow me to work in so many different styles of photography. There’s traditional portraiture and photojournalism, but there’s also landscape and architecture, still-life, and all the little details. When I photograph a wedding, I have the opportunity to tell that couple’s complete story from every angle.
Q. How do we book you?
A. To reserve your date, I require a deposit and signed contract. The deposit is $500 and is applied toward your package total. I accept checks, cash, credit cards, debit cards, and Venmo payments.
Q. Will I have the rights to my photos?
A. Yes. All of my coverage comes with high resolution digital files and a signed copyright release for personal use and printing.
Q. How soon will I be able to see my photos after the wedding?
A. Your wedding photos will be ready by four weeks after the wedding (usually even sooner). They’ll be in an online gallery that you can share with your family and friends.
Q. Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
A. Yes, and yes. As a professional I know that I’ve got to be ready for any situation and prepared for every disaster. I have camera and lens backups with me in case of equipment failure, and my camera automatically creates duplicate copies of your photos on a separate memory card in case one of them were to fail. In the unlikely event that I were to be ill or unable to photograph your wedding, I have a network of trusted photographers that could replace me in an emergency.
Because each couple has a different story and a different day, I don't have set packages. Just start with my base coverage, and add any extras you would like.
5 hours wedding photography
Add hours to the base coverage now, later, or even on the wedding day.
$200 per hour
$250...............Art Book Album
Have a second photographer there to help capture your day.
Add wedding day video coverage to your photo package. Includes edited highlights film and full wedding day footage.
$175 per hour
To reserve your wedding date, I require a deposit of $500 and a signed contract. Don't worry if you're planning from a distance; you'll be able to sign and pay online from wherever you are in the world. I accept credit cards, debit cards, check, cash, or Venmo payments.
Please note that Utah state sales tax will be applied to your total.
Everything you need to know about getting the most out of your photos, from the day you get engaged to the day you say “I do.”
There’s nothing I love more than a good story, and your engagement shoot can be a fun way to tell part of yours. Choosing a location that’s meaningful to you will infuse your photos with personality. As a plus, taking your photos in a place that’s tied to fun memories makes everyone more relaxed. Is there a spot you went on your first date? A favorite hike you conquered together?
If you need suggestions, I am here to help! Whether you’ve pictured a serene field, an urban environment, or a mountain vista as the backdrop for your photos, I have plenty of location ideas.
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in! Some clients dress up in their Sunday best, while others gravitate toward bold patterns and a more casual style. My goal is to capture you in your element, so feel free to get creative with your wardrobe and let your personality show.
Patterns, pops of color, and accessories are a great way to add contrast to your images. You’re welcome to bring a second outfit if you want to add variety.
If you are planning to use your engagement photos in your invitations, you should schedule your shoot for at least two to four weeks before you plan to mail them.
The best time to shoot is in the evening. I try to schedule sessions a few hours before sunset. That way we get the most beautiful light of the day.
Finding the right location for your formal session doesn’t have to be difficult. When thinking about your session, here are some things to consider:
Do you want your bridal photos to be cohesive with your wedding day photos? If so, your wedding venue or a spot with a similar style are great options. Do you want a completely different look from your wedding photos? If so, there are tons of amazing places where we can do your formals. Having an indoor wedding? Let’s head to the mountains or to a garden to get some beautiful outdoor photos! If your venue is rustic, then maybe you want to add a modern or urban feel to your photos by going downtown. If you like a minimalist setting, we can shoot in a studio with white brick walls and natural light or head to the austere white sands of the Saltair.
The earlier you schedule your session, the more dates are available! Bridals should be taken at least two to four weeks before the wedding. We can work on a tighter timeline if your situation requires it, but leaving a couple of weeks will allow ample time for editing and printing. Many brides plan to have their photos taken as soon as they receive their dress from the final fitting.
Some couples prefer that their first glimpse of each other in their wedding clothes be at the ceremony. However, if you don’t mind doing an early reveal, including your fiancé in the formal portraits can be a great idea. This frees up some time on the wedding day, and allows us to get more portraits of you two together without the pressure of guests waiting for you to get the party started.
In addition to your dress, here are some items you may want to include: veil, bouquet, hair pieces, jewelry, and maybe even an extra set of eyes in the form of a friend or family member who can help you get around and keep an eye out for stray hairs, crooked seams etc.
Details help tell the story of your day. It’s great to have a few meaningful items on hand for me to photograph. Here are a few ideas: rings, jewelry, hair piece, flowers, shoes, fun socks, cufflinks, letters, pictures, gifts, cultural items, invitations, programs, printed pieces, and any unique items you’ve put thought into!
TIP: Wooden hangers look much nicer in photos than plastic hangers. Consider switching this out before the big day!
TIP: Consider having an “unplugged” ceremony where you ask your guests not to take photos. This helps your guests to be present and enjoy the moment. It can also help my photos of the ceremony turn out better, since there won’t be arms sticking out of the crowd holding cameras, phones, and ipads (or guests standing or crouching in the aisle to get a shot).
Along with the candid and natural portraits taken throughout the day, most couples like to include group photos with family and friends. I’ll chat with you a few weeks before the wedding about which groups you’d like me to capture so that I can be prepared and make sure everything goes smoothly. Depending on your schedule and plans for the wedding day, I’ll work with you to choose the best time and order for these photos.
TIP: Plan to set aside some time during the day for us take formal portraits of you two together. This could be earlier in the day during a first-look session, just after the ceremony and group photos, or later in the evening as the sun is setting.
We love working side by side to bring you doubly awesome coverage on your wedding day.
We believe that a wedding day captured with both still photography and motion-- by a couple who knows what it’s like to be in love--makes for the best and most complete memories.
We hope you’ll love re-living the happiest day of your life through our work as much as we love being there to capture it.
I look forward to hearing from you!