Wedding Information2022-08-06T01:59:51-04:00

Your Wedding Perfectly Captured


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.

My Approach to Wedding Photography


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-lighted and posed Group Photos and 3. Details like the dress, the shoes, the cake, even the wedding venue are also important to capture.

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! Experience has taught me how to be at the right place at the right time.

2. Posed & Group Photos

A second area of focus is to capture well-lighted bridal party and family photos.

Before or after the ceremony, we’ll definitely get beautiful posed photos of the couple!
I’ll make sure we get some nice bridal party photos with various combinations.

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.

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


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

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 fire, flood, and natural disasters, this estimate can’t be 100% guaranteed every time but in the normal course of events that’s the expected 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.

New! Special Discounts

Book a wedding session and get special discounts on a future family shoot, baptism session, professional headshots, lifestyle session, discounts on my online store, and more!

Wedding Photography Addons


Digital Photo Funbooth

Photo-booths are always fun. I bring a backdrop, an extra DSLR camera and some props and let your guests go wild!

Guests can take as many photos as they’d like! You will get the high resolution files in an online gallery and guests can use them for their social media, making prints, or any personal project.

All photos from the photo booth will be added to your wedding gallery and available for download to your guests.

This booth offers high resolution digital files only -on site printing is not available. High res files are more versatile and you have more options like posting on social media, making prints, use in slideshows, collages, scrapbooks, and albums.

Wedding Reception Slideshow

Add a fun slideshow to your reception that will be sure to impress and entertain your guests. I’ll bring an iMac and set it up in a corner of the reception venue. It will have a slideshow of the wedding day photos. Always a big hit!

New! Raw Files Available

Some clients prefer to also have the original .raw files (the source files) direct from the camera. Special software would be required to open these uncompressed files but they are the best for custom editing or use for special design projects.

Wedding Pricing


Need only need ceremony and family group photo coverage? No problem, contact me for a custom quote!

August 2022: Pricing section being updated! I’m adding some new options and will have this section updated soon. Thanks for your patience!

Book Your Wedding Today!

Clients can now make wedding reservations online through my new online system. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I look forward to working with you!

Book Your Wedding Online Here

Voted by Expertise.com as among the best wedding photographers in South Bend

Expertise Best Wedding Photographers in South Bend Award in 2018
Expertise Best Wedding Photographers in South Bend Award in 2019
Expertise Best Wedding Photographers in South Bend Award in 2020
Expertise Best Wedding Photographers in South Bend Award in 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Customer Reviews


5 Stars Reviews

“…They are amazing!!! Perfect! Exactly what we wanted! Thank you sooo much!!:) And thanks for getting them back so soon.”

Samantha Schmidt

“Thank you again for doing our wedding last July. The pics are incredible and will be enjoyed for a lifetime. I’d love to write up a little testimonial, if you have somewhere to showcase it. Or to simply be a referral.”

Alison Hicks
“The pictures look FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much for all of your hard work, we are deeply appreciative.”
Erin Williams

“Josef was so wonderful to work with! Let me tell you – all of my friends said the same thing, “those pictures look like they came out of a wedding catalog!”  Josef is very creative, with an eye for the perfect lighting, perfect setting and perfect moment.  His website speaks for his talent.”

Mary Carley

“Nicely done!!! The pix are picture perfect… You have a WONDERFUL talent…Thanks for the memories!!!”

Suzy Kremer

“By the way, two of my friends are getting married at the ND Basilica this summer. I told them to call you – without a doubt, hiring you as our photographer was the BEST decision Dave and I made while planning our wedding!!”

Liz Binz

“Hi Josef, just looked at the wedding pictures you posted for our daughter’s wedding. You’ve made our family very happy…just simply excellent & touching photos.”

Al Valles

“People are raving about you – these pictures are just AMAZING – thank you for the great memories!”

Mary Wiseman
5 Stars Reviews

“WOW!! The pictures are stunning, absolutely stunning. They were so much better than we even expected and I just can’t tell you how impressed we are!”

Jessica Meister

“Thanks for the fast turn around time and the great pictures. The pictures looks AWESOME! We love them! You are super!!!!”

Cheryl Lau

“The quality of your photos is unlike any other wedding photos I have seen!”

Katy Marvin

“I loved pictures. It was beautiful. Thank you.”

Hansel Cho

Vi todas las de la boda y estan hermosas y muchas de otras bodas parecen princesas, como le haces parecen fotos con mucha magia, me encantaron.”

Beatriz Medrano

“We want to let you know what a fabulous job you did of capturing our Special Day!! The pictures are amazing!! Done with a flare and creativity. You didn’t miss a thing.”

Lennie Molenda

“Hi Josef!  I am the special events manager at the Hilton Garden Inn and I would love to hand your info out….sooooo beautiful.”

Nicole Smeltzer

“We received the photos -they are even more brilliant than they seemed on the website. Thank you SO MUCH for enhancing our wedding day with your special talents.  We will be sure to recommend you every chance we get!”

Holly Sparks

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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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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