Why Christen Smith Photography?
We're moment savorers. We believe that stillness is a beautiful way to recall your day, and that emotion and authenticity should be evident in your wedding photos.
We're in your corner and go above and beyond to ensure that your day includes what's most important to you.
What is your process?
* 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 want you to look at your images and know that each nose crinkle, laugh, and kiss are 100% you.
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.