FAQSFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Long Have You Been in Business?
I started Amanda Matilda Photography in 2012! Before that I second shot under some pros to get a better understanding of what went into documenting weddings.
Will We Get the Digitals?
Yes! I cull through all the images and retouch them to my style (I like to call it vibrant and timeless!) and deliver the final images in an online gallery. You’ll get both the color & black and white images too!
Are You LGBTQ+ Friendly?
YES!! No matter who you love or what you look like, all people are welcome here.
Where are you based?
I am lucky to live in Grand Junction, Colorado! We’re blessed with incredible locations to photograph right in our backyard, but also just a short trip into the Rocky Mountains or over to the desert of Moab!
How far in advance should I book you?
Wedding couples usually book me 9-18 months in advance. If you’re wanting to work with me, I suggest booking as soon as you have a venue and date secured!
Elopements are typically booked anywhere from 1 week before to a year in advance! There is no right or wrong here, but weekdays are much more likely to be open than a Saturday.
Do you have a list of your favorite vendors?
Yes! When you book your wedding or elopement with me you’ll receive info on alllll my favorite people to work with, who I know provide a great service to couples. You’re not required to book them or anything, I just want to help make your planning journey as stress-free as possible!
Do you require a retainer fee?
I do require a retainer fee to save your date. The wedding retainer is $1,000 down, and reserves your big day in my calendar! Elopements and portraits require a 50% retainer and again saves your date on the books.
Do you travel?
YES! I travel for at least half of my weddings and elopements every year! All quotes include travel because I love it so much. I’ve captured weddings in Telluride, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs, Ouray, Moab and beyond! Please take me with you lol.
Do couples ever travel to you?
Another big YES here! Grand Junction is such an under-appreciated area, but is quickly becoming a destination for couples eloping in Colorado. I love showing you around the best spots of my backyard!
How do we book you?
If you’re in the area, I love to meet up in person to grab coffee or drinks so you can check out the albums included in each collection and we can get to know each other! From there, the booking process is all online. You can sign the agreement and make payments along the way from your client portal!
The Wedding Process
What if I don’t need an engagement session?
Engagement sessions are a great chance for us to get comfortable together and for you to get used to being in front of the camera! That way you’re not awkward or unsure on your wedding day; you know exactly what to expect and all that prep work comes flooding back. Plus they’re just pretty fun! We could go to a coffee shop, hike your favorite trail, or build a bonfire and roast marshmallows. The possibilities are endless!
But yes, to answer your question, engagement sessions can totally be removed for a discount. I have lots of couples every year from states away who can’t do an engagement session, and that’s completely fine!
Why do you include an album?
I include an album with every full wedding collection because I believe in providing tangible products and creating imagery that will last a lifetime. Helping you create and keep your first family heirloom that you will pass down to your kids is something so awesome about my job, and I love to see my couples relive their wedding day as they flip through its pages weeks after the event!
What if I don’t need 8 hours of coverage?
I include a minimum of 8 hours of coverage in my full wedding collections because I aim to capture the most complete picture of your day as possible! Having an album to create to document the day from start to finish makes it super important to me to have enough coverage to feel I’ve done my job well. However, I totally love elopements and intimate weddings, so I have a number of options for smaller celebrations too! Click here to check those out.
When should we do our engagement session?
It’s ultimately totally up to you! Save the dates typically go out 6-10 months ahead of the big day, so if you want engagement pictures to be part of those announcements, you should consider that in timing the engagement session. Other than that, if you have a favorite season you could do them at that time of year. Similarly if you are having a fall wedding and wanted a change of scenery for your engagement photos you could do spring blossoms for that session! It all depends on what you want for your images.
Do you have a second shooter?
While I shoot almost all of my weddings alone, I do have a few photographer friends who will second shoot if that is something you want to add-on!
Can we give you a shot list?
I will work with you through the wedding planning process to get a list of family members you want in your family formals. From there I will help by creating the perfect workflow list of groupings, and get your final approval and edits on that list! This really helps take the stress off you – I don’t want to give you one more thing for your to-do list when I could easily create the list based on my hundreds of weddings worth of experience! For portraits, if there are specific poses you want I’m happy to see your inspiration, but I don’t work off of a set shot list for that part of the day since I want you to be focused on the experience of the day and will guide you through prompts to help you look your best!
The Elopement Experience
Can you help us pick a location?
Absolutely! I love spending my free time checking out new hikes and areas, and have quite a few ideas stockpiled for elopements and sessions. You don’t have to know your exact location(s) before booking!
What if the weather sucks?
I always encourage embracing the weather, as it’s a unique thing about your day, and as much as I wish I could, I can’t control the weather! Plus the wind blowing in your hair or dress or veil, looks pretty dang cool in pictures! If the weather is terrible enough that it would super ruin things, we can usually reschedule though, so don’t sweat it.
What should we do during our elopement?
First of all, there is no should with elopements (or weddings, if you ask me!) You can literally do whatever you want! Feel like exploring a ghost town and ending the day at your favorite brewery? Sweet, let’s do it. Hate hiking but love taco trucks? Why don’t we get dinner at your favorite spot? Always wanted to share your first dance and a champagne toast on the side of a cliff in the desert? I got you.
Do you help with planning?
Sure thing! I can help from location ideas, permit requirements, to fun activity options and vendor recommendations. You’re not in this alone!
How long do we have to wait to see our photos?
I put up a blog highlighting your wedding or elopement the week after your big day, so you only have to wait a few days! Your full gallery is completed within a month of the wedding as well. I’m an impatient person so I totally get not wanting to wait months and months to get your photos back!
What's the album process like?
For designing your wedding album, I’ll start by creating a first draft for us to work off of. I’ve found this is a much less overwhelming start than asking you to choose a number of images or design it yourself from a program. Who has time for that? From the first draft I’ll get your feedback in an easy proofing system and make the edits for you. You’ll have your finished album no more than 2 months after you receive your online gallery!
How many images will we receive?
Every wedding and elopement is totally unique, so I don’t guarantee a set number of images. I work hard to document every candid moment and decor detail of the day to tell the full story of your day! On average, though, I deliver around 50 images per hour of coverage for events.
Can we have the raw unedited images?
No, because the editing process is like putting together the ingredients of a cake and baking it til it’s cooked! I would never give you raw ingredients when you ordered a full cake from me.
Amanda is the perfect wedding photographer. She’s efficient, she gets absolutely all the shots you want and those you didn’t even know you want, and she just blended into our event perfectly. The photos perfectly captured the whole day and I feel like I can easily relive it just by looking back at the photos. I highly recommend Amanda.
We used Amanda for our wedding and she is the BEST! Our photos turned out amazing and she captured the feel of our night perfectly. She’s also such a cool person and really fun to hang with 🙂 We didn’t want her to leave at the end of the night!
If you want perfect wedding photos, as well as to work with a genuinely kind and caring person-look no further!
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