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Wedding Information2023-01-29T10:12:32-05:00

Your Wedding Perfectly Captured

DETAILS & INFORMATION

Your big day is coming soon! Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. I have years of photographing weddings in the Michiana area and beyond. I can help with the day planning and timing, give ideas and suggestions, and make sure you get some amazing photos from your wedding day.

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My Approach to Wedding Photography

3 MAIN AREAS OF FOCUS

Every wedding I focus on three main elements that I think will provide an excellent collection of photos from your wedding day: 1. Candid Moments 2. Well-lit and posed Group Photos 3. And Details like the dress, the shoes, the cake, even the wedding venue are also important!

1. Candid Moments

Throughout the wedding day I’ll be focusing on capturing candid moments. These often happen very quickly and sometimes last a mere second. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time!

2. Posed & Group Photos

A second area of focus is to capture fun posed bridal party, family and group photos.

We’ll need to plan some time for bridal party photos and time for just bride and groom photos which can be done after the ceremony or before. There is also an option to do a Day After photo session of just the couple. Ask me for more information on that!

An hour with the Bridal party is a good place to start. And it doesn’t just have to be picture taking, if we can plan a fun activity with the bridal party, there can be some great candids captured!

Before the wedding we’ll make a checklist of various family group combinations that you’d like to have. Then on the wedding day we’ll be ready and organized with the checklist to get all the important family group photos.

Party Bridal Wedding Photography

3. Wedding Details

You’ve worked hard and planned your wedding down to the last detail. I’ll be sure to document and capture them. These photos are also great for scrapbooking and collages.

Before the wedding please let me know if there are special or sentimental details (like heirlooms or similar items) that you would like photos of.

Included In All Wedding Photography Plans

FEATURED ITEMS THAT COME WITH ALL WEDDING SHOOTS

Whether the wedding photography coverage is 1 hour, 4 hours or 8+ hours all the wedding plans include the following features below:

Wedding Photography Experience

Pre-wedding Planning

I’ve been photographing weddings full-time for many years and am familiar with most if not all the wedding venues in the area. I’m happy to help with the planning of the wedding day schedule, give ideas and advice, and suggest locations for photos.

Post Processing & Editing

All the wedding photos will be edited for brightness & contrast, color correction, and cropping & straightening.

Each photo will be analyzed for brightness/contrast and adjusted for best results
Photos will be corrected for the right color temperature as well as hue, saturation, and luminance corrections
Every photo will be analyzed and cropped and straightened if needed

Photos will have details enhanced by careful sharpening. Perfect for making prints and enlargements!

3 Week Turn Around Time

For wedding coverage of 8 hours, the average turn around time is approximately 3 weeks. Due to unexpected events like natural disasters, heavier than normal work loads and such, this estimate can’t be 100% guaranteed every time but in most cases that’s the normal time frame.

Online Gallery & Cloud Backups

All wedding packages include a private online gallery so you can view and share the photos with your friends and family. This gallery is stored in the cloud indefinitely so your photos can be accessed any time on your phone or computer!

Shared Copyright

All wedding packages include a shared copyright. This means that you have the permission to use the files for any personal project like making prints, enlargements, scrapbooks and albums from the photo lab of your choice, use on social media and more.

My studio can also help make professional prints & enlargements. There are a wide range of options like mounted prints, framed prints, canvas, acryllic, standout prints and more. I can also make professional wedding albums. Contact me for more details!

Gear Backups

I always bring multiple cameras and a variety of lenses, batteries, flashes, etc. to each wedding shoot. The files are also backed up online in case the worst disaster happens.

Wedding Photography Pricing

FLEXIBLE OPTIONS TO MEET ANY BUDGET

Need only need ceremony and/or family group photo coverage? Contact me for a custom quote!

4 Hours

$2000
  • ✅ Pre-wedding planning
  • ✅ Post processing & editing
  • ✅ Candids, Family Groups, Bridal Party & Details
  • ✅ High Resolution Files
  • ✅ Online gallery and cloud backups
  • ✅ Shared copyrights

6 Hours

$2400
  • ✅ Pre-wedding planning
  • ✅ Post processing & editing
  • ✅ Candids, Family Groups, Bridal Party & Details
  • ✅ High Resolution Files
  • ✅ Online gallery and cloud backups
  • ✅ Shared copyrights

8 Hours

$2800
  • Pre-wedding planning
  • Post processing & editing
  • Candids, Family Groups, Bridal Party & Details
  • High Resolution Files
  • Online gallery and cloud backups
  • Shared copyrights

10 Hours

$3200
  • ✅ Pre-wedding planning
  • ✅ Post processing & editing
  • ✅ Candids, Family Groups, Bridal Party & Details
  • ✅ High Resolution Files
  • ✅ Online gallery and cloud backups
  • ✅ Shared copyrights

12 Hours

$3800
  • ✅ Pre-wedding planning
  • ✅ Post processing & editing
  • ✅ Candids, Family Groups, Bridal Party & Details
  • ✅ High Resolution Files
  • ✅ Online gallery and cloud backups
  • ✅ Shared copyrights

Frequently Asked Questions

HAVE A QUESTION? THERE’S AN ANSWER!

If your question isn’t answered in this section, please reach out to me through the contact form below!

1. What is your pricing for weddings & engagements?2022-01-03T21:06:06-05:00

Please visit the wedding information page for wedding photography pricing and details. Do you only need coverage for the ceremony? Perhaps just some portraits? We can start with 1 hour of coverage and work our way up to a full day of coverage. Engagement photo sessions are $300 and include up to 2 hours of photography coverage. There are no limits to locations or wardrobe changes! Please schedule a meeting with me so that we can go over the full pricelist information with you.

2. How can we reserve our date?2022-01-04T00:02:18-05:00

Weddings can now be conveniently booked online through the weddings page. To sum up, my studio would need the filled out wedding form and a retainer. Both can be done quickly online, super easy!

3. Do we get the high resolution files?2022-01-04T00:04:59-05:00

For every shoot, I provide the high resolution digital files via Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon Drive where they will be backed up in the cloud. If you can, please make a backup of the files when you receive them. Of course I also keep physical backups on my hard drives in case something happens. The files come without watermarks, symbols, or copyright text and are available to you for printing, posting on social media, and/or use for any personal project.

4. When is the wedding balance due?2021-03-16T21:29:54-04:00

After the retainer has been sent, the wedding date is reserved. Following that the wedding balance deadline is two weeks before the wedding date.

5. Do you have an assistant?2021-03-16T21:17:52-04:00

To be as inobtrusive as possible, I normally work without assistants. However, that could change if the client wishes to have a second photographer or a slideshow at the reception.

6. Have you photographed at the Notre Dame Basilica?2021-03-16T21:32:20-04:00

Yes. I’m very experienced at the Basilica and on campus. There are several rules at the Basilica and timing/punctuality is very important as there are multiple weddings at the Basilica during the weekends. So no worries! I can help guide, suggest ideas, and keep things moving along so everything is met according to the necessary timeframes. I have a lot of experience in this area!

7. Will Josef Samuel be the photographer?2021-03-16T21:18:17-04:00

Yes. I’ll be the primary photographer at your wedding :)

8. How many pictures do you take at weddings?2022-01-04T00:07:43-05:00

On a full day wedding event, I typically deliver 1000-1300 photos to the client. This is after narrowing it down and removing the blurry photos and blinkies. All photos are corrected for brightness, color temperature, cropping and straightening, sharpening, and other corrections.

Contact Me Today!

I would love to help with your photography, video & website project. Whether you’re looking for wedding photography, a graduation session, a professional headshot, an event, or if you’re a model wanting to build a portfolio I can help. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Based in South Bend – Notre Dame, Indiana and willing to travel. No destination too far!

I would love to help with your photography project. Whether you’re looking for wedding photography, a family session, a professional headshot, or if you’re a model wanting to build a portfolio I can help. You can also reach me directly at [email protected]
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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I’m so excited to be launching a brand new store hosted right here on my website! I will be adding new creative designs and products that are designed for bachelorette parties including shirts, hoodies, hats, and mugs!

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Trusted By

COMPANIES THAT HAVE HIRED ME AND/OR USED MY PHOTOGRAPHY

In Print

MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, FOX & FRIENDS MORNING SHOW, FEATURED IN THE NOTRE DAME MAGAZINE, IN INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS, and MORE

South Bend Notre Dame Wedding Photographer Josef Samuel

About Josef Samuel

I’m a professional wedding & portrait photographer and website designer based in South Bend & Notre Dame Indiana. I also love to travel and have visited numerous countries around the world. I am very passionate about what I do and would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding or event. Looking forward to working with you!

About Josef Samuel

I’m a professional wedding & portrait photographer, graphic designer, and website designer based in South Bend & Notre Dame Indiana. I also love to travel and have visited numerous countries around the world. I am very passionate about what I do and would love to talk to you about photographing your wedding or event. Looking forward to working with you!

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