Our First Meeting
From the moment we receive your inquiry for your destination wedding, until you have ordered your prints and album, we are at your service. We don’t delegate your needs to employees or sub-contractors. We are a two-person husband and wife team who provide a personal, boutique experience for you. M&J means you deal with Michael and Jennifer, not just one of us and not a rotating cast of assistant photographers.
We always have a personal meeting with you, either when you are in Mexico to visit resorts or by Skype, Google video or FaceTime. We think it’s important to talk and get to know each other so we can understand your plans and style. During our first meeting, we want to hear about how you met, the plans for your wedding day and why you are drawn to our work. We don’t shoot “formula” weddings. We tailor our coverage to fit your Riviera Maya Destination Wedding needs.
Once you have decided to work with us, we are available to answer questions about vendors, venues, side trips, or any other question that comes along. As photographers for National Geographic and other international publications, we have worked and traveled in more than 45 countries. Chances are we know of a good honeymoon spot, too.
At the early stages of planning, we help you with the timeline to insure there is enough time to get the photos that are important to both of you AND to make sure that you also enjoy your day.
On Your Wedding Day
On the day of your Mexico destination wedding we generally arrive 2 hours before the ceremony to photograph details (dress, rings, shoes, special gifts, flowers, etc) and the final stages of getting ready. We suggest finishing with hair and makeup at least 45 minutes before the ceremony begins so we can shoot some bridal portraits and get photos of the wedding party. Michael will work with the groom and his guys at the same time.
How We Work at Your Wedding Event
We mentioned we don’t do “formula” weddings. But, we do have a very strict routine during the wedding to make sure we capture everything, to make sure we aren’t in each other’s photos and to make sure that we are unobtrusive during the ceremony. Let’s just say, you might even forget we are there. After all, it’s about you, not us. This might be a good spot to mention video. It’s a personal decision for you and we have worked with some talented and cooperative video professionals in the area. We have also worked with a few companies whose employees were in nearly every photo of the ceremony. We are happy to advise you against working with those companies.
Having said that, we can’t over-emphasize the importance of a Timeline. We want to help you develop the Timeline that will allow for a fun, relaxing day, but one that will allow us to capture and to create the photos that are important to you.
Our timing is also designed to give us a 45 – 60 minute window of time after the ceremony and before sunset to do group, family and creative images of the bride and groom. The striking images of the couples at sunset on our site happened because we had the time to create them.
The rest of the evening is all about capturing the fun: speeches, toasts, first dances, and cake cutting. Whatever you have planned. Photographing all of these events requires five to seven hours.
Trash The Dress Option
Many couples find that the timing of the day and the desire to spend time with their guests leaves little time to create distinctive portraits. Many couples want something in addition to the photos that can be done at the wedding venue. The “Trash the Dress” session at a local cenote is an amazing opportunity for these photos. The cenotes are fresh water and will likely clean your dress more than trash it. If your budget allows this, we guarantee you won’t regret it.
One of the reasons we limit the number of weddings that we shoot each month, is to allow us to do everything possible to have a “quick edit” from your wedding ready within a week for a sneak peek on our web site and/or on Facebook. We usually need six weeks to put the finishing touches on your images.
Wedding Photo Album Printing
All of the images of the wedding will be displayed on a private gallery where you, and your friends and family can order custom prints. Currently, our brides are going nuts over the metallic prints made by the lab we use in the U.S. The lab ships the images directly to you.
We want you to do something special with your photos, whether it’s getting prints for your wall or making an album for your coffee table (and for your future children). It breaks our hearts when the photos are made by Wal-Mart or end up in drawer on a USB drive.
If you choose an album, we can help you get the best album possible by Graphis Studios, one of the premier album makers in the world. Based in Italy, these affordable, hand-made albums are durable, classy, feature incredible photo reproduction and a wide variety of options.
We suggest another Skype call or at least a phone call so we can view your online gallery of photos together. We can offer suggestions about which images will look good on your wall and which will be better printed on paper, canvas or metal.
We look forward to speaking with you about how we can make your wedding day special and memorable. Contact us!