Drawn by the excitement of all new couples’ hopes and dreams for a future, we develop close ties to our clients during the process of working together. Listening, encouraging, and praying for clients are foundational elements of our service. After discussing their vision for the ceremony or celebration, we formulate a timeline for their event. The timeline is a baseline for many other decisions the couple will make. It’s a freeing, essential starting-off point.

In the words of my father, a retired Army officer, “excellent planning begets excellent execution,” and “hope is not a method.” Because we see these pearls of wisdom proven -without exception, week in and week out - we encourage all couples who are not gifted planners - to find a suitable professional to help plan and execute their vision.

Our highly personalized, detail-rich, “cross-check and collaborate approach” means we only seek twenty (20) wedding bookings per year, along with seasonal or anniversary sessions and regular lifestyle portrait sessions. If current trends continue and God willing, Birdsong Louis Photography will complete its 100th wedding sometime in mid-2017. This benchmark number, while just a number, represents many, many more hours of careful and prayerful planning, thought, and effort.

We guard our work and our reputation by setting reasonable goals for achievable excellence. Our highly personalized and detailed approach requires significant effort on our part. This means we only seek twenty (20) wedding bookings per year, along with seasonal and regular lifestyle portrait sessions.

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Teamwork. We are a husband and wife team, and as such, we both perform duties of a primary photographer. We photograph together as well as separately. Team-shooting weddings allows us extra time for special detail shots. Therefore the event operates more seamlessly and less rushed, because two primary photographers provide a smoother, more well-documented event. Smaller weddings can be covered separately with no noticeable difference.  

Planning and Execution. Pre-planning is a strength of Birdsong Louis Photography. Because we spend ample time and energy with or on behalf of our clients in preliminary photo-shoots or planning, the photographer-client relationship is established before the “big day.” We understand our clients’ vision for the day quite clearly by the time of the event, and come prepared to execute. By anticipating and ironing out trouble spots in advance, we can discuss any issues in event management with our client or third party contractors. When we are unable to coordinate schedules that maximize the potential for excellent photography, we come prepared with a back up plan to minimize or eliminate surprise. 

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We will help you make the coverage selection that best fits your event and budget. We are able to accommodate different event styles and budgets to capture all the special moments of your day. We work to customize every event to make it reflect you and your story.

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Our packages reflect a variety of price levels ranging from Husband and Wife Team to Solo Coverage to Solo plus a Second (shooter) to help you better meet your budget. Weddings can be quite expensive, and we encourage clients to thoughtfully consider their needs so they properly estimate the value they place on photography. We do customize our packages upon request. If we are not able to accommodate your event, we will send you a list of photographers we highly recommend who might better fit your needs.

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We are Nikon photographers who own five (5) cameras, approximately fifteen (15) lenses, and a variety of flashes that we use at weddings and events. Each photographer carries their own fully charged and ready-to-go backup camera in case a camera malfunctions. Although a camera failure has never occurred before, these are machines with electronic components, so it’s best to be prepared, even if it means we’re over-prepared. 

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For starters, clients can expect to receive digital photos they will cherish. Each session includes an online gallery of your photos, a print release, and much more. We want clients to be able to print, share, and enjoy all of their photos! Our website makes it easy to select and order high quality prints to frame or archive, whichever you choose to do.

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Our photography is a blend of candid, traditional, and photojournalistic styles. We are natural light photographers who specialize in using the beautiful natural light to capture the unique and memory-making moments of your life.

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Our prices reflect our years of experience, ongoing education in the field of professional photography, the consistent quality of the service we provide, our thousands of dollars of equipment, and the passion we bring to our work. New photographers might charge less for a brief season, however we find they are often not able to stay in business, keep up with equipment upgrades and taxes, and maintain high quality.

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Delivery of photos depends in part on which package is selected. However, within one (1) day, we will send out a one-day after “Sneak Peek” which includes a couple photos from the day before. All the photos are delivered within 30 days post-wedding.

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We would be honored to work with you! If you would, send us a note on our contact form and fill it out to the best of your ability so we can get to know you and what you’re looking for a little better. If we have your wedding date available, we will send you a contract via email, along with an invoice for the retainer fee of $600. This retainer is non-refundable and secures your date on our calendar.

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