10 Questions with Jennifer Pritchard

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and sought-after wedding photographers in Kansas, J Renee Photography. Wichita based Jennifer Pritchard is the founder and owner of J Renee Photography.

Photographer - Jennifer Pritchard

10 Questions with Jennifer Pritchard
  • Business: J Renee Photography
  • Location: Wichita, Kansas KS
  • Experience: 20 Years
  • Photography Types: Quinceanera, Engagements, Family, Weddings
  • Website: www.jreneephotography.com

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am the sole photographer/owner of J Renee Photography in Wichita, Kansas. My love for photography began back in high school with film photography over 20 years ago. After high school I went to college for web and graphic design, eventually transitioning back into digital photography and finished with my Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography. I began to photograph weddings in 2010 and fell in love with telling the love story of my clients wedding's. I really enjoy the excitement and energy the day of the wedding! It's so excited to capture all of the special moments as they occur. and my passion to create dynamic, stunning images that wow my clients.

Fabulous images are not just my niche though, amazing customer service really sets J Renee Photography apart from the rest. My goal is to be not only helpful throughout your wedding day but everyday leading up to it as well. From start to finish I help my clients with vendor referrals, offering expert advice on achieving the best poses and anything else that may arise leading up to the big day. With over 20 years of experience I've learned how to manipulate lighting in a way that sets my photography apart from others. I want my wedding couple to have images that stand the test of time, and make them feel the love they share so intently for each other when they look at their portraits.

2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?

I have been shooting weddings primarily since 2010 and I have photographed around 100 since then. I have been in photography for 20 years now as far as total experience and have shot a wide array of photography types. I always say if you can photograph a wedding you can photograph anything! Weddings are my bread and butter but I also shoot portraits, events, and headshots on the side. This keeps me busy year round when the wedding season has quieted down. When I am not photographing a wedding or event I am constantly doing new workshops to sharpen my skills or training with classes in photography. I am constantly working to improve myself and my wedding photography every year so my wedding clients get the best photography and service they deserve.

3. How would you describe your photography style?

As a photographer well versed in lighting I do use a combination of styles and lighting during a wedding day. I like to use modern and contemporary posing with vivid and bold lighting to create really dynamic images. I have a true to life photography style meaning that I don't use a bunch of filters or presets in my editing style. I am not a "light-and-airy" or "dark-and-moody" photographer but rather something that is in between. My imaging colors are more true-to-life unless the client requests otherwise. Of course during a wedding day many different styles will take hold. I like to incorporate a photo-journalistic style for documenting the day and those can't miss moments. I would consider my style more editorial/fashion for the portraits of the bride and groom, and a traditional but modern style for family portraits. In short, I use a combination of styles to create a well rounded imagery that best tell the wedding day story for my clients.

4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?

I can not stress enough to book your photographer as soon as possible and at least 12-18 months prior to your wedding date. With the addition of Covid-19 and the pandemic many weddings from 2020/2021 are rescheduling to future dates and many newly engaged couples are looking for those same dates. Wedding photographers tend to only take a certain number of weddings a year which makes the demand really high for highly sought-after photographer's. I typically have clients that book with me 1-2 years in advance and my most popular dates are from June to September each year, primarily on Saturdays. Not only is it easier on your wedding budget to book early, but it also allows time for you to get your engagement session done for your save the date cards, and time to get to know your photographer more intimately. This helps the wedding couple feel more confident on the wedding day in front of the camera too!

5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

I currently offer four packages and an a la carte menu to build your own custom wedding package. No two weddings are alike and needs vary based on what the couple would like to achieve with their wedding photography. I offer a silver, gold, platinum, and diamond package for my wedding couple's to choose from ranging from $1800-$4800. My most popular is my gold platinum package which includes 10 hours of photography, engagement & bridal session, a 12x12 Lay-flat photobook, a handcrafted wooden flash drive gift set with 25 - 5x7 prints from the wedding, and all digital images,

I do offer a basic package that includes 6 hours of photography and the digital images which is typically enough to cover most of the wedding day and details. This is a great package for those on a budget or who are having a smaller wedding without the need for all the bells and whistles. I am happy to customize a package from the a la carte menu as well or add something to an existing package from that menu too! Extra hours can be added to any wedding package as needed. Do keep in mind the total wedding package costs also include 4-6 weeks of professional editing of the photos after the event. All of my packages with pricing can be found on my website under Wedding Investments. I am happy to schedule a consultation to go over your individual needs and budget, either in person or via zoom if you prefer due to the pandemic.

6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?

I am the sole photographer at J Renee Photography so typically it is just me on the wedding day. I do have some wedding couples that want a second photographer for different angles and when that happens I hire only professional pro's that I have worked with in my industry with the same quality of photography as myself. I primarily shoot with Canon, using only the top-of-the-line equipment along with backups. On the wedding day I will work with the wedding couple to establish a timeline of portraits so everything goes smoothly. I often work with both wedding planners and the DJ to ensure everything stays on schedule so everything is completely documented.

7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

First off I love destination weddings!

There's so much fun in traveling to a new place to get the creative juices flowing! I do have my passport for any weddings out of the country or overseas.

For weddings in Wichita, KS and the surrounding metro areas I do not charge any travel fees within 50 miles of my location, For weddings further away I do have a mileage fee included at 57 cents/per mile round trip. For weddings over 2 hours away (120 miles) I require a one-night hotel stay on the night of the wedding. If the wedding is over 3 hours away (180 miles) I require a two-night stay. The mileage costs will also be added to the total.

If the wedding is out of state or requires flying to a destination my clients would be responsible for the air fare from myself (and a second photographer if requested), a two night hotel stay close to the wedding venue, a rental car, and a $250 travel stipend (food, gas, baggage fees, etc). I do try to drive to keep costs down to save the costs of air fare but the other fees would still apply, In the case of a further destination that requires more days there could be further fee's included.

Also a bride and groom may want to take into account with the covid restrictions in many states they are requiring a 10 day quarantine period if traveling from out of the area. These costs would also be the responsibility of the client.

Travel costs will be estimated until they are fully booked so the prices are subject to change depending on availability (flights, hotel, car rentals, etc). Once the accommodations are fully booked they will be invoiced separately from the wedding agreement. This keeps everything transparent and makes sure there are no surprises. I do my best to keep the travel costs at a minimum for my wedding clients. Wedding packages require a 30% retainer and signed agreement with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to the wedding date. Travel costs will be itemized separately and due 8 weeks prior to the wedding to ensure there are no issues with getting accomodations on their date.

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

I do have two packages that include prints, albums, or photo books. My platinum package includes a 12x12 lay-flat photo book and custom handcrafted wooden gift set. The set includes a maple wooden box with a slide lid printed with the wedding couple's photo and wedding date. Inside is a luxe wood cut magnetic flash drive with the couples names and dates printed on it and 25 -5x7 prints from the wedding of the bride and groom's choice. This is all of my bride's favorite item and is very popular.

For the wedding couples that want it all they upgrade to the diamond package which upgrades from a photo book to a wedding album, and add's a mounted or framed 16x20 portrait as well as everything else listed above! Of course any prints, canvases, albums, or photobooks can be added on to any of my packages to make sure you get exactly what you want added! I custom design all of my albums, photo books, and boxes to match your wedding colors and theme.

9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?

I try to get my wedding images done as soon as possible for all of my clients. I will typically post a sneak peek on social media within 1-2 days after the wedding and delivery of the final, edited images I quote 4-6 weeks. Final images are delivered via a private online gallery. This is a modern delivery service which allows sharing photos online from the gallery to social media, downloading images, and ordering prints/gifts.

Wedding clients can share the gallery with friends and family whom may want to order a digital image or print as well. Digital images are always included for the wedding couple in their packages. If a wedding client has an album or photo book order included with their images the timeline for delivery is 6-8 weeks for those products unless it is a custom album design from Italy which can take 12-14 weeks to create. The wedding client will always have their digital images as soon as possible but I quote these times in case of a busy season. If products are included in the packages I hand deliver those with white glove service. I will help assist with hanging of portraits, framing, etc as needed.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

All retainers for your wedding date are considered non-refundable. My cancellation and refund clause states that if a couple cancels their wedding, they must notify me immediately by phone and writing. Couples will make every effort to avoid canceling their wedding. If they canceled their wedding because of a change of mind, no monies would be refunded to the couple. My Force Majeure/Act of God clause is very comprehensive and in the event of a Force Majeure/Act of God event, the client and I would work together to find a suitable date that works for both of us. In case a date can’t be agreed on by the client and myself, I will have sole discretion in refunding all monies paid minus any expenses/retainers. Every effort will be made to accomodate the wedding couple as J Renee Photography understands unforeseen circumstances do arise and my ultimate goal is to find a favorable outcome for everyone!

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020