Frequently Asked Questions & Best Advice

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How do you describe your style?

Heartfelt, delicate, cinematic, atmospheric and timeless. I am looking for real and soulful moments but my aim is to also bring a sense of timeless beauty and a touch of ethereal romance. It’s more than just taking pictures it’s about observing human interactions and anticipating that little moment before it’s gone. It’s about those moments that are perfectly imperfect. I want to create dream-like quality images that makes you feel the emotion and like you’re there in the image.

What are your rates?

We offer various packages based on the type of wedding your planning whether its a wedding in a Toronto venue, a destination wedding, or an intimate elopement. Full day wedding photography collections start at 3000 for two photographers. If you would like to view the complete pricing PDF, simply get in touch through the contact form at the top, or send us an email to info@jacquelinejamesphoto.com

Do you travel?

We sure do. Although we love Toronto, we equally love travelling nationally + internationally. If you are thinking of getting married somewhere awesome, do it. And we’ll come too.

Are all the photographs edited?

Yes, it is part of how I tell your story, and therefore all the photos are edited in my style. I give a lot of attention to on each image, creating a whole set of fine art photos which will be print ready when you receive them. It’s actually a part of the process I enjoy, putting the whole story of your day together.

How many photos do I get?

You will get a minimum of 600 wedding images. Here’s the thing though. I focus on quality over quantity. I give you the best of the best. I make sure all the important moments are there and beautifully edited. I put tons of love into my work to give you the best photos possible.

Do you have a second photographer?

All of my collections include our studios’ exclusive second photographer, Braden Hendrickson, who is not only an expert behind + in front of the camera – but is also the love of my life! We work seamlessly and efficiently as a powerful team throughout your full day, and this enables us to provide the full scope of our photojournalistic, story-telling style of photography.

When do we get our photos?

We know you are excited to see your photos + I promise you that we are even more excited to show you the final product. You can expect to see your photos 6-8 weeks following your wedding. But keep an eye on IG + our FB Page to see sneak previews. The last thing I would want to do is rush over your wedding, just to get it done by the deadline. I spend time and effort trying to handcraft each individual photo to make them beautiful treasures. Editing takes time. Sometimes, it takes more time than normal. If more time is needed, I will notify you and keep you updated through the process.

What about prints?

Yes, I offer prints! I wholeheartedly believe that there is nothing more magical than holding your images between your fingertips. When you receive your personal web gallery, you will have the option to order prints directly from there! Friends and family can order as well if you want to offer it to them. Prints are reasonably priced, professionally and locally produced and is of highest quality.

Do you offer albums?

Absolutely. We believe that your photos are made to be more than just screen savers + Facebook profile pictures. They are meant to tell a story + what better way than to have them in a book that can be passed down for generations.

Do you have backup gear?

Yes! We own multiple camera bodies, a number of lenses, and more memory cards than we need at all weddings. We shoot primarily with the Nikon D750 and an assortment of beautiful prime lenses. Our camera and our style works best in natural light. Light is the most important element of photography, so it’s very important to us that we have a lot of natural light to work with. During the evening (when all available light is gone) we will use flash to get those fun dance shots!

We love you! Now what?

If you decide we are the best fit for your day, awesome! All we require to secure your date is a 50% retainer fee along with a signed contract. Boom.

How does the payment process work?

After being officially booked,  the rest of the payment is due 1 month before the wedding, so that I’m not chasing down a check from you on your wedding day. For our largest collection, we do offer an additional payment plan of 40% non-refundable retainer. Email Money Transfer is easiest & preferred. However, you can also pay by certified cheque or cash.

Are you able to hold my wedding date while we make our decision?

Unfortunately, due to the nature of this industry, I frequently have multiple couples who inquire within days of each other for the same wedding date. In these instances, I always like to keep things fair and simple by explaining to all of my couples that the first to deliver a signed contract and a retainer is the client who gets the date.

Do you have professional insurance?

Yes, 100% absolutely.

Do you photograph anything other than weddings?

I do, I have been professionally shooting fashion, editorials and Vanity Fair-inspired portraiture for over 5 years.

Best Advice

– Hire good people who reflect your style, taste and have your best interests at heart.
– Beautiful photography is all about beautiful, natural light. Get ready in a spacious room with lots of beautiful, natural light and big windows. Pick a venue with lots of natural light.
– Sweeping, breathtaking architecture, vast backdrops and thoughtful interior design can elevate your images. Consider prep time in chic AirBnB’s over hotel rooms with often bold and distracting carpets, wallpapers and curtains.
– Make sure your timeline is well-cushioned and gives you a lot of relaxing in-between alone break time with your partner. Plan your ceremony and reception start times with your photographer to get the most out of our gorgeous sunlight for your entire day.
– Wholeheartedly consider an unplugged ceremony.  Amongst a generation glued to their mobile devices, it is a sincerely refreshing experience to have everyone completely present for your day. There is nothing like looking back at the crowd of all your family and friends and seeing all of them smiling and tearing up with you (and not down at their phones).
– Write your own vows. If you want that moment to remain intimate, consider saying them in private during your First Look.
– Confetti exits at ceremonies are simply magical! They elicit this incredibly visual celebratory experience for you and your guests to partake in and have fun!
– Consider at least a Day-Of Coordinator so you can be as present as possible at your wedding. Focus on real moments.
– Don’t rush your Couples Portrait time, they will be some of your most cherished and beloved photographs
– Make time during your reception for sunset portraits, it is the most dreamy, romantic light!
– Let the day really represent you and never forget why you are getting married in the first place. Make sure you follow your heart with all your decisions.
– Eat, drink and kiss (a lot!)