Why am I a wedding photographer?
to honor our Time.
Have you ever uncovered an old box of family photos and felt like you’ve just discovered the lost city of Atlantis? That feeling right there is what hooked me into the world of photography. I think it’s so important for us to understand where we’ve come from so we can know where we’re heading.
To take lasting portraits of your people.
This idea stems from the last, but to me, there’s nothing better than a clean, evocative portrait. They can happen at any time, in any place and, if told honestly, can captivate better than any classic novel (at least I think so).
to Tell your story so you can relive it in vivid Color and detail.
In one way or another, your entire life led to where you are right now… engaged to the love of your life. And over the next year, or months, leading up to your wedding day I’d love to hear how I can help make your dreams and wishes for the day come true. Then, years from now, you’ll be able to show you kids, and grandkids, the love that bound you all together. Your wedding day is the story of how it all began.
To communicate the love you share in hopes that it might inspire others to do the same.
I’m a tolerant, empathetic person who believes the world just needs more love. If I can craft a photograph that radiates love and a feeling of hope I know I’m working from the right place. It’s too easy to hate so let’s find a better way and work towards understanding one another.
What’s this experience all about?
Before the Wedding Day:
Your wedding date is officially put on my calendar once you’ve signed the contract and paid the 50% retainer on your collection. After the business stuff is sorted, the name of the game is planning. I’m a firm believer in open communication during the months leading up to the aisle. I want to be included on as many scheduling and creative decisions as possible to ensure a fun, stress-free day. This means working with you and your planner every step of the way to build the perfect day-of timeline and family groupings list. And if you don’t have a planner, I usually fall into that roll by default, which is totally fine by me because I’ve seen it all after ten years. Face to face meetings are always best, but video chat works well too if you’re living overseas or in a different city. I’m always available for a text or email.
If your collection includes any engagement, bridal, or boudoir sessions we will discuss all of the important creative details like location, time of day, beauty, posing, and wardrobe as far in advance as possible so you can relax and enjoy the process.
*On a side note, if you’re reading this before you’ve booked a venue, my single greatest piece of advice for reducing stress on a wedding day is to pick one beautiful venue for the entire day and stay put. Most of “problems” and schedule woes that you’ll encounter on a wedding day are a result of transportation and traffic. I can’t tell you how many times a driver got lost, took the wrong route, parked outside the wrong hotel or got stuck in traffic. This goes for guests too. I’ve seen ceremonies delayed up to 45 minutes because the mother of the bride, or a VIP, was stuck in traffic. Plus, if you love photography, add up all the time you’ll spend moving from one location to the next and realize that time could be spent taking photographs or hanging with you loved ones. Of course one location doesn’t work for everyone, but this is just food for thought to those of you on the fence.
On the Wedding Day:
If we’ve done the planning phase right, the wedding day should be smooth sailing. I try my best to keep the clock running on time, but if that’s not the case, I’m easily able to adapt to the situation.
Kind words from past couples…
Corey + Laura
“My wife and I hired Jim to take our engagement photos and shoot our wedding day. I can say that without a doubt, it was one of the easiest and best decisions we made throughout the entire process of planning our wedding. The attention to detail that Jim shows when shooting, comes to fruition when you see the photographs from your event. He makes you feel comfortable and goes the extra mile to ensure that he captures the moment in a unique way. I would recommend Jim to anyone that is in need of a photographer for any type of event - and I know that you will be 100% satisfied with the finished product.”
Liz + Mario
“I've worked with Jim Trice for shoots in the past and knew I would call him for wedding photos. I chose my date because of his availability (he's that amazing). Pictures last a lifetime, but they last forever with Jim! He's amazing at what he does, sees a vision for the shoot that somehow exceeds what you dreamt in your mind and does NOT stop moving. His attention to detail, down to the final product, is perfection. Slow clap for another job well done!”
If you identify with these, we’re probably the right fit…
As a couple, you don’t mind making a scene when it’s for the right reasons (—>).
You both recognize that life is tender, unpredictable, and beautiful so you soak up all the moments as they come.
You like nice things and understand that quality is more important that quantity.
Strive to find happiness and a silver lining in your day to day.
You appreciate and know how to make a plan, but can just as easily set it aside and go with the flow.
If there was some way to accept Margaritas and sea shells as payment, I’d totally be willing. Until then… here’s where things start, but please contact me if you’d like more detailed pricing.
Wedding Day Coverage
Begins at $3600 with complete collections ranging between $4500-$6500 depending on albums, hours, etc.
Family Sessions - $500
Includes an hour session, high resolution files and an online gallery for prints
Boudoir Sessions - $600
Includes full hair and makeup, high resolution files and online gallery. For a limited time, as we build our portfolio, these sessions are 50% off. Please contact us for specifics.
For complete 2019 + 2020 pricing please inquire below or shoot me an email at email@example.com
Charleston-area weddings do not incur travel fees because I love Spanish moss almost as much as sandy toes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you travel to my wedding? Absolutely. Traveling, both personally and professionally, is one of my favorite things. There can never be too many new places, cultures or people. For weddings, I will always do my best to keep costs affordable. Please just ask if you’re interested in a destination wedding.
Can we customize our wedding coverage? My wedding philosophy and approach is designed for simplicity's sake, but I’m always happy to customize offerings based on your needs.
How do we book you for our date? To reserve your wedding day, a retainer of 50% of your package price is due at the signing of the contract. The remaining balance can be paid 7 days prior to your wedding day.
How many photos will we get from our wedding? In many ways, I try to live my life with the “less is more” philosophy and this pertains to weddings too. That’s not to say I don’t want you to have all of the moments and memories from your day, but I do spend a lot of time curating the best of the best so that when you sit down to look at your images you can enjoy every one without feeling rushed to get through everything. The total number largely depends on the amount of coverage, details, bridal party, locations and other things that make up your wedding day. Over the years I tend to estimate anywhere from 50-100 images per hour of coverage on the wedding day.
What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backup gear? I shoot on professional Nikon (film and digital) and Pentax medium format. I'm a hybrid photographer, which means I shoot a mix of film and digital. Why both? Digital helps me keep up with the faster parts of the day. And film because it has a magical quality to it that can't be matched. It loves light. On any given wedding day, I usually have 3-5 cameras with me so there's plenty of redundancy. That goes for insurance too. Got it covered.
How long have you been a wedding photographer in Charlotte? I’ve been photographing weddings in here in the United States and internationally since 2008.