The Experience
Why Christen Smith Photography?

We're all about you and your story. From the initial email to documenting your transition into marriage, our goal is to encapsulate what makes you and your story entirely unique.

In addition to listeners, Patrick and I are also planners. In 2016, we planned the most amazing wedding, and through that, understand the amount of time, energy, and tears that go into making your day happen. Your day is worth remembering, and we want to be collaborative and supportive as you wedding plan to ensure you get to enjoy rather than rush through it.

What is your process?

* Consultation
* Rough Timeline Developed
* Reserve your date (signed contract and retainer fee)
* Final Timeline Development and Questionnaire Completed (6 weeks prior to wedding)
* Balance Due (4 weeks prior to wedding)
* Get Married!
* Gallery Delivered (4-6 weeks following wedding)

Do you travel?

Yes! We love Raleigh, North Carolina, but enjoy having an excuse to road trip.

How many images can I expect?

Every wedding is unique, but we estimate between 50-75 images per hour of shooting.

How will I get my images?

All edited images will be delivered via online gallery within 4-6 weeks following the event. You will have the rights to print and publish for personal use.

I want to book, what's next?

Yay! So excited to journey with you! From here, fill out our contact page. After that you'll sign the contract, apply the required 50% retainer fee to reserve your date, and you will officially be a CSP couple!

Do you pose your couples?

We are lifestyle photographers, meaning we compose but do not micromanage moments. We've both found that giving space for beautiful moments to unfold naturally presents opportunity for genuine emotion and feelings surrounding key moments to take place.

Do you require an engagement session?

Yes, and here's why! Having someone point a black box at you while asking you to cuddle in a flower field feels unnatural, and it takes time for anyone to relax in front of the camera. The engagement session is not only a time for you to grow comfortable in front of the camera, but it's also a great time for Patrick and I to get to know, and showcase who you are together.

Wedding day timeframe

Because we love to capture your day as it truly unfolds, we begin our time as you are getting ready, capturing details and moments leading up to your ceremony, and end the day with your reception.

Do you photograph anything other than weddings?

Yes! Because we believe that photography is about reflecting on both the emotions and experiences of your life, we photograph you in all seasons. Contact us to see if we're what you're looking for!

Do you photoshop?

We color correct all delivered images, but only Photoshop, if specifically requested by the client.

Do you offer professional prints?

Yes! We offer printing through your personal online gallery and have found that it's honestly one of the best investments our clients can make post-ceremony.

We offer prints, canvases, folios, and framing, depending on your interest.

What about albums?

We're all about savoring moments in every way possible, and albums are highlighted experiences you can tangibly hold from your day. We photograph your story throughout the day with the album in mind and view it as the true final product. It is your first family heirloom, and your memories passed down for generations. We do all album designing and ordering in-house to make the process easy peasy.

2019 Wedding Collections begin at $2700

Preserving photographs means choosing how you will share your memories with others. Albums and prints encourage recalling memories as often as you’d like, and ordering from a professional printing service ensures several key components:

A professional print press is color-calibrated, meaning it will be the exactly color and quality of the original image.

The ink and paper of professional prints are archival quality, meaning that time will never fade or ruin the image quality.

Our selection of genuine leather and fine linen cover materials are absolutely stunning, and we collaborate with you to customize the album or folio as the foundation for your story.

We offer professional prints, albums, and do all designing in-house. This means that you get to savor your preserved memories, and leave all of the heavy lifting to us.

Contact us here to learn more about products!