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Wedding Photography Checklist

Wedding photography is a highly creative process.  The best wedding photography outcomes always result from careful planning and teamwork! We know what it takes to produce amazing wedding photographs.  The following wedding photography checklist is Powers Studios’s tool that will help you get the most from your wedding photography experience.

We’re in love with weddings: Ever been to a wedding where the photographer was just not fun to be around? We have. There is a big difference between a photographer who shoots a wedding from time to time and a wedding photographer. We chose to mainly photograph weddings because we love it! We love the challenge, the people, the lifestyle… but most of all we love creating a beautiful collection of images that will instantly become one of your most cherished belongings!

Our team of wedding experts: Imagine researching more than 500 photographers before selecting the best one for your wedding day. That is what we did when hand selecting our team. We know what questions to ask and how to find people that are truly in love with wedding photography. Incredible camera ability is certainly important, but we insist on working with people who truly put your needs first.

The RAW file format & full frame cameras: Do you know the difference between the RAW and JPG file formats? Do you understand bit-depth? If you are shopping for wedding photography and care about quality you should! Our photographers shoot using a high bit-depth RAW format and using only modern, top tier full frame cameras (these cameras are the best of the best). This type of shooting is frankly the only way to get the type of images you see on our website.

Below are a few sample images shot both JPG, on the left, and RAW, on the right. Can you see the difference?

Individual image editing: We individually edit each of your wedding photographs. Most photographers are not as skilled in editing as they are in shooting,  which is why we have a dedicated editor that focuses on creating beautiful images with your style preferences in mind.

Own your images: You and your family own the copyrights to the images we capture and edit. This gives you the ability to share the work easily and make your own prints and albums.

Your album & prints: Our albums are sold just over cost. Many wedding photography studios earn the majority of their profit by keeping the image count low and the editing basic and then selling you albums and prints. We feel that your photography investment is best spent on the things that make your images great and not on the ‘stuff’ that comes after the wedding.

Giving back to you | Our rewards system: Earn and spend rewards points to help cover the cost of your albums and prints! Most of our clients end up paying for all or most of their post wedding needs using this creative system of rewarding you for being an awesome client!

Our online conversation: We believe that who we are is just as important as what we do. Please visit our Facebook Page and jump into the conversation!

What our clients have to say: Please read over the testimonials section of our website and see what our clients have to say about us!

When we first meet with you we will ask lots of questions. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about you and your wedding day goals. This is also the best time for you to learn about us! Take some time to look over our site and formulate your own list of questions. This meeting is laid back and fun – no pressure. If you can’t make it into our office, or live out of the area, please consider setting up a phone meeting instead. All of the info that we would go over in person is also on our website; it is very easy to cover things over the phone. Please click on the links below and explore our body of work – enjoy!




A big part of choosing your photographer is loving the style range of their work! We think it is very important to first love the look and feel that your photographer can provide and then get to know the photographer on a personal level. Remember, you only spend a year working with your photographer but their work will be part of your family for centuries!

At this point your only focus should be on what style of photography really excites you. In 2000 we invented a new way to discover your photography style. While it’s not romantic, this statisticsbased system is epic at successfully pairing our talented shooting team with the right couple. You can read over our client testimonials to hear firsthand how great Powers couples feel about their wedding photographer match!

OK, now it’s time to learn your photography style! This is an easy two-step process that should be completed quickly. Don’t over think things… just go with your gut and you’ll do great!

  • Your Info

  • Step 1: What you LOVE and what you HATE

    ​When you’re ready, quickly look at each image montage, one at a time, and enter 5 that you absolutely LOVE and 5 that you absolutely HATE below.

    Launch styles montage

  • Step 2: Your Style REFINED

    Now that you’ve helped us define the ‘edges’ of your style it’s time to get more specific! When you’re ready cull down the gallery by clicking the 'style 1' button. Please compare style 1 with style 2 and note your favorite. Then, compare that favorite with style 3 and so on. Please make note of your favorite wedding photography style(after you’ve compared all of them) and then complete the process again to define your 2nd favorite style. We will use your selections to fine-tune our understanding of your style. Just so you know this is a statistical process, not just a guess!

    Enter your findings in the form below and then click “Submit my Style Survey.”

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Your photographer will be connected directly to you once your date is secured and the style surveys have been completed. They will email you to set up a time to meet either in person, on the phone, or via skype — many couples enjoy meeting for coffee or happy hour!

Since you are already matched by style to your photographer, this first meeting is focused on getting to know one another and start planning more details for the big day!

As you work with us there are a few times when we’ll ask for your feedback. Please complete the pre- wedding survey and shooting and editing survey sometime between now and your wedding day. We’d also love to get a “shot list” from you just to be certain we capture everything you’re looking for. This is a list of family group combinations as well as your “must have” photos of the two of you, your wedding party and so on.

Final planning meeting: Now that your wedding day is getting closer it’s time to set up a final meeting with your photographer. Try to set this up within a month of your wedding and be sure to confirm the final wedding day shot list and timeline. Remember, you can do this meeting in person or over the phone/skype!

Your photography balance: The balance is due by 15 days before the wedding. You can submit payment via check or card (there is a 3% credit card fee). Here are the options of payment, if you:

  • Want to use the same card as deposit – simply email me to process
  • Want to use a different card than before, you can submit the information with this form or call me.
  • Mail a check to the office; we will need to receive it by the due date – 15 days prior to your wedding.

Mail to:

Powers Studios 825 NW Glisan St Portland, OR 97209

Now that you’ve made it to your wedding day let us be the first to congratulate you. Remember to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself!

Pick up your images: Be sure to contact us and set up a time to swing by and pick up your wedding photographs! If you live out of town we’ll happily ship these images to you but it’s still important to set up a phone meeting to learn about your post wedding options! During this meeting we’ll talk about your images, albums and other options available to you. We’ll also review your rewards account and make sure you’ve taken advantage of all the ways you can earn rewards points.

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Use the login box below to log into your wedding day images and share them with others!

All wedding photography clients enjoy a free Powers Family membership for life. Use this membership to save 20% on all Powers Family shoots. Contact us today to set up a session or get involved in any of our many location day shoot events.

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