Maine Wedding Guide

There are two items that we see as most important during the wedding day, creating a stress free experience and having amazing light for the photographs you’ll enjoy for the rest of your lives and pass down to future generations. We take both equally serious which is why we created this wedding guide. Our goal is to help you with all the parts that make up your day so on your actual wedding day you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Maine Wedding Venues

Maine many different types of weddings venues. Everything from coastal locations along the beach to barns with beautiful views of the mountains and everything in between. We have created a venue page that lists all of our favorite venues. 

Example Wedding Day Timeline

Once you’ve booked with us we always create a custom wedding day time line just for you. We break down what time all the important events are scheduled for as well as the location and who will be photographing each event for things that are at different locations.  We typically reach out to you about 2-3 months before your wedding to ask for details in order to put together the timeline. Once we have everything put together, we’ll send you a copy for your review and approval.

We always suggest looking up what time sunset will be on your wedding day and using that as a starting point for creating your timeline. We usually start covering the getting ready about 60-90 minutes before you’re done with hair and makeup. That’ll give us time to get detail shots of all your accessories as well as the actual getting ready. After that we typically do a first look and then take formal pictures with the wedding party which typically takes about an hour total. We usually aim to be done with formals about 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. This gives some extra time in case of any delays and also gives you time to relax before the ceremony starts. Some couples take this time to sit out of sight from the arriving guests alone with their partner for some quiet time before the ceremony and others like to spend it with their wedding party.  

Once the ceremony ends, we will take any remaining family portraits and then you can go and enjoy your cocktail hour and dinner before we grab you just before sunset for some amazing sunset pictures.  For a typical wedding day 10 hours of coverage is enough to cover from getting ready through the first hour or so of reception dance coverage. We typically do not recommend more than 60-90 minutes of dance coverage unless you have a special exit planned that you want us to photograph.

Below is an sample example for a typical wedding with 10 hours of photography coverage.

Example 10-hour day:

8:00-9:00 Hair and Makeup Starts

12:00 Photography Coverage begins

1:30 Hair and Makeup Ends

2:30 First look and wedding party portraits

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Cocktail hour

5:30 Wedding party announced in

6:00 Dinner Starts

6:45 Speeches/Toasts/Dances

7:30 Dancing Starts

7:45 Sunset Portraits

8:00 Sunset

8:05 Cake cutting

10:00 Photography Coverage ends

Light

Light may not be something you’re thinking about for your wedding but it will have a big effect on your photographs. We recommend trying to find a nice shady spot for your ceremony. This will give nice even light for the wedding party during the ceremony. We know that will not be possible for all locations so for those situation we recommend putting the sun behind the officiant.

What to do when it Rains

If your planning an outdoor ceremony the chance that it might rain can add a lot of unneeded stress. When you look at the weather forecast the week before your wedding and see that there is a chance of rain don’t worry. All of our recommended wedding vendors know how to handle the rain.
For your ceremony we always recommend having a back up plan just in case. For your wedding pictures we always carry a few large see through umbrellas with us so you can still have your outdoor photos and not get wet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you carry insurance?
We carry full liability insurance. If your wedding venue requires proof of insurance please let us know and we will provide the appropriate documentation.

D0 you offer videography? 
Videography is a service that we are not equipped to offer. However, if you are looking for someone to capture video for your wedding day please reach out to use and will provide a list of recommended videographers.

How much do your services cost?
There are several factors that influence our pricing including the time of year, day of the week your wedding is on and the number of guests. For typical weekend coverage during the Maine wedding season, coverage begins at $2500. On average, most couples spend $3000-$3500 on their photography collection. We also have several add-ons for our packages as well as many products that you can add to your package. Please check out our pricing page for more information.

Do you include a second photographer?
All of our wedding packages include a second photographer. We find this allows us to best photograph your wedding. For smaller weddings or elopements a second photographer is usually not necessary but we almost always have an assistant to help carry equipment and keeps things organized.

Do you offer smaller packages for small weddings or elopements?
We love photographing small weddings and elopements and offer two and three-hour packages. These packages are perfect for smaller weddings with up to 12 guests but we’re somewhat flexible on that number.

How far will you travel?
We are based in Westport Island, Maine and most of our weddings are all across Maine but we will travel to any destination to photograph your wedding.

Do you charge for travel?
For most packages, travel within the state of Maine is included free of charge. Outside of Maine, travel may be subject to an additional charge depending on the situation.

How do I book? 
You can start by filling out our contact form. Once we review our schedule and confirm that we have your wedding date open we’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out to help us put together your custom quote. We understand that you may not be able to answer all these questions as hiring a photographer is usually one of the first items on your wedding to-do list and that you may not have finalized all the details so provide as much information as you can.

If you need some help deciding exactly what you need for coverage don’t worry, we can set up a time to talk through the details of your wedding and help you determine exactly what coverage would be best. Once we have everything we need we will send you a quote. Once you review and accept the quote, we will send you an invoice for your booking fee as well a contract for you to sign. Once we receive your booking fee and signed contract your date is booked.

How much is your booking fee?
Our booking fee is normally the larger of 25% of your total or $1000.

Do you offer a payment plan?
Depending on how far in advance you book we generally allow you to split your invoice into 3-4 payments. The final payment will typically be due two months before your wedding date. We’ll outline all the details in your quote and again in your contract. In case you forget, our online payment system will send you a reminder one week before each due date to remind you to pay your invoice.

What products do you offer?
Our most popular product is a custom designed wedding album. We also offer gallery wrap canvas, professional prints, torn edge fine art prints, save the dates, guest books, thank you cards and many other great items. Our products page contains a complete listing of all the products that we offer. With that said, if you have some else in mind please reach out as we may be able to work with our lab to get exactly what you’re looking for.

When will we receive our photos? 
We always try to post a sneak peek on social media a few days after your wedding. We will typically post your full gallery within 3-4 weeks however during our busy season, it may take a bit longer for us to post your images. 

How many images will I receive?
We shoot a lot of images throughout the day in order to make sure that each image that we deliver is as perfect as it can be. There are many factors that influence the final amount of delivered images but on average we typically deliver ~75-100 images per hour of photography coverage.

How do I get my images?
All of our wedding packages include a custom engraved USB thumb drive with all of your images. Once we have finished hand editing all your images we will post them on our website for you to view and order prints. We will then ship you your thumb drive to you. Your thumb drive will include a copy of your personal use license and two folders with all your images. The first folder is called PRINTS and contains high-resolution images resized to 3000 pixels on the longest side (unless you upgrade to super high-resolution images). These files are perfect for printing up to an 8”x10” print of all your images without having to upsize your images files. The second folder is called SOCIAL MEDIA and has all of your images resized to 1200 pixels on the longest side. This is the perfect size for sharing your images on the social media platform of your choice.

Can I purchase an album or other prints after the wedding? 
Absolutely! We strongly encourage everyone to get their images printed. Once your gallery is posted you will be able to purchase from any of our standard traditional or fine art prints as well as our standard canvas gallery wraps right from your gallery via our online ordering system. Our product page has a full list of all the products that we offer. If you would like to purchase any of the other items that we offer or need some help deciding what to purchase please contact us and we will work with you to get your items ordered.

Can you tell me more about the album pre-buy discount deposit?
If you’re unsure exactly what you would like to purchase for albums or would like to spread your payments out a little further, we offer the option of paying a $250 non-refundable deposit when you sign your contract which will lock you in at our current album prices. You’ll have up to 6 months after your wedding to make your album purchase. Once you finalize your album order we’ll also take 10% off of the final price and put the $250 you paid to lock in your price towards the final invoice.

What is a personal use license?
As part of your signed contract, we will give you one personal use license. The license gives you certain personal non-commercial rights to your images. This license allows you to post your images on social media (don’t forget to give credit to Flutter Focus Photography), print your images or do anything else you want so long as it’s for your own personal use.

If I have the rights to print my own images why would I purchase prints from you?
Yes, your personal use license gives you the rights to print your photographs wherever you’d like. We even provide a list of our recommended print labs when we deliver your images. Your delivered images are sized for ensuring the best print quality on up to an 8”x10” print at these labs. When you purchase your prints from us we have access to print labs that only allowing ordering from professional photographers. We have reviewed prints from various prints labs both available to the general public as well as those only available to professional photographers and we feel that the best quality and color reproduction comes from the labs that are only available to professional photographers. We also work closely with our preferred lab to ensure that we have all the information on their printers so we can view how the printed images will look before printing them to ensure that the color reproduction in your images is perfect.

I’d like to print my images myself but I’d like a print larger than an 8”x10” what can I do?
We find that when most of our clients print their own images with their preferred lab they generally only purchase small size prints and reach out to us to purchase medium and large size prints. We do understand that sometimes you would like to purchase a medium or large size with your preferred print lab. For those situations, we offer an option that allows you to upgrade to super high-resolution images. These images are the native file sizes for our cameras and allow for printing up to a 40” print without having to upsize your image files.

What happens if you are sick on the day of the weddings?
We’ve never missed a wedding yet and we don’t plan to but If we are sick we have a long list of photographers that we can contact that will fill in for us. In the event that something happens, we will reach out to you and let you know the situation.

Can I give you list of photographs that I want you to capture? 
If there are any special requests for posed formals or any special details that you have, we encourage you to let us know. We know it’s important to get those portraits because weddings are one of the only times all those people will be together in one place (and looking their best!). We will send you a worksheet to fill out prior to your wedding, where you’ll have the opportunity to plan out all of those must-have shots. While we will not be able to guarantee that these images will end up in your delivered images we will do every possible to ensure that they are.

What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups? 
We shoot with high-end professional Canon cameras bodies, Canon L lenses, and Canon flashes with MagMod Modifiers. We have a blog post that talks all about the Sandisk ExtremePro Memory Cards that we use and we always make sure to carry plenty of them with us on the wedding day. We also carry lots of other items with like, tripods, monopods, gaffers tape, zip ties, batteries, etc since you never know what you’ll need on the wedding day! We always carry two camera bodies and multiple lenses with us at all times just in case there is an accident or malfunction.

Please explain each of your add on items.
What is Long Term Storage?
When long term storage is added to your package we will take care of making sure that all your images are fully backed up should you ever lose your images or need an additional copy. When we deliver your USB with your images to you it is your responsibility to back up your images. While every effort is made to save a copy of the digital files that are delivered to you this additional storage fee covers the cost for backing up both your original raw files and your delivered images to additional hard drives as well as to cloud-based storage to ensure that we have your images in the future should you reach out to us needing a copy. Should you ever lose your images or decide that you want additional prints or to make changes to your photographs at any point down the road you will have the peace of mind knowing that we have your images for you. The first retrieval is free and each subsequent retrievals costs just $100. If this option is not chosen, we will make no guarantees that your digital images will be available should you lose them. If we do have your images the cost for retrieval will be our rate for high-resolution digital files at the time that retrieval is requested (currently twice the fee for this service).

How does your privacy fee work?
All of our packages include a built-in discount for allowing us to use your images for advertising purposes. We understand that sometimes you don’t want your images shared and want to keep them private. In those cases, we will remove the discount from your package. Images will not be used on social media or for any other marketing purposes.

What is Rush Image Processing?
This is for those who just can’t wait to see your images. Including this option moves your wedding to the top of our editing list and guarantees that you will have all your digital files upload to your gallery in under ten days.

What are Super High-Resolution Images?
Our standard image files are perfectly sized for up to an 8”x10” print. We’ve found that this is the size that is perfect for most people who want to print their own images. Super high-resolution images are the native file sizes for our cameras and allow for printing up to a 40” print without having to upsize your image files. If you want the ability to print medium and large size prints or just want the largest files available this is a great option to add to your package.

What do I get with rehearsal coverage?
We absolutely love being a part of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. We find that everyone is a bit more relaxed and that allows special moments to happen that wouldn’t exist on the wedding day. It really is a special time that is worth documenting. We generally provide 2-3 hours of coverage depending on the schedule and make sure that all those special moments are captured. We’ll capture candids and even a few posed formals of everyone during the rehearsal and then we’ll capture all the details of the rehearsal dinner and then a few posed formals. We typically leave shortly before the meal is served.

What do I get with a day after session?
A day after session can be anything you want it to be. Are you planning a special brunch that you want to be photographed or do you have a special location in mind that you want to sneak off to and have a photo session at? The options are really endless. We generally provide 60 minutes of coverage but are flexible. We also allow the option for you to delay your day after session for up to one year after your wedding date. Think first anniversary photos!

What comes with an additional personal use license?
Every wedding package comes with one personal use license for the wedding couple. If mom and dad or grandma and grandpa or anyone else wants to use your wedding images for their own personal use we need to give them permission to do so or legally they would be in violation of the copyright law of 1976. Since we own the copyright to all your images purchasing this license allows us to give them permission to use your images for their own personal use. If you purchase an additional copy of your USB with all your images and plan to give it away as a gift let us know who it’s for and we’ll be sure to include a personal use license for them.