You are probably a bit overwhelmed at this point, planning a wedding is a big deal. We understand the stress you are feeling and hope to ease some of that. Below we guide you through what you can expect when working with us, so “explore the process” below, check out our work, read what people are saying about working with us, and if you like what you see give us a holler, we’d love to hear from you!
You've thoroughly looked through our website, blog and Instagram feed and you like what you see. We’d love to learn a little more about you, your wedding plans and how we might be able to help. So the next step is setting up a time to chat to make sure we're the perfect fit for one another.
After we have met via Coffee/ FaceTime/ Zoom, booking information is sent your way. A retainer and contract will make your date official, and then welcome to Mercedes Morgan Photography!
Let the real fun begin!
Engagement sessions can take place anywhere from immediately following a proposal to just a few days before the wedding. This are a perfect opportunity to get you two comfortable in front of the camera. Since most of us aren’t professional models, we make sure you’re having a great time! We’ll work together in advance in case you’d like multiple outfits, props or your furry family members. We work hard to make sure you don't feel awkward. Need more help? A style guide is available on request.
Leading up to your date we will start chatting about timeline specifics and recommendations we have to make sure you get the awesome photography you’re looking forward to. A month before your big day, we’ll send out a questionnaire that will give us information about any special details we don't want to miss, family formal shot lists as well as special traditions and anything else we should know about.
Your day is finally here! The day the two of you say "I Do" surrounded by family and friends. We are so excited to celebrate and capture your wedding day.
It's going to be amazing.
You can expect your photos to be delivered via an online gallery within four weeks of your wedding. If your Collection includes albums or fine art prints for your home, we’ll set an appointment to help you choose the best images for both options.
One of the most fun parts of our work is getting to be your Austin engagement photographers! This is a great opportunity to get our collective thoughts together to come up with elements to showcase who you are together.
Think about where you like to spend your time. Are you homebodies? Consider an Austin in-home session. Adventurous types? Perhaps a McKinney Falls engagement session works just perfectly. Maybe you’re like many of the couples we work with and have a strong attachment to Austin even if you’re not from here. You might want a photography session at the Texas State Capitol or any of the other landmarks Austin is known for.
Personalizing the session for you is a priority for us! We encourage you to consider not just the location, but what you bring with you as well. Props that help tell your story, your pets, multiple outfits—some or all of the above would be awesome.
One hour of photography
Option for multiple outfits
Location of your choice
40 fully developed digital photographs
11 x 14 fine art print of your favorite shot
The Engagement Session includes:
Let’s get real: it’s awfully fun to get to put on The Dress and show it off a little. So the tradition of a Southern bridal photography session is one we fully support!
It’s a great opportunity to make sure that alterations are a perfect fit, hair and makeup are just as you like it and the results are a gorgeous 16” x 20” image to display at your reception.
One hour of coverage
Photographed at your venue or a location of your choice.
40 fully developed digital photographs
16 x 20 fine art print of your favorite shot
The Bridal Session includes:
More and more of our couples are choosing to add rehearsal dinner coverage to their wedding packages. And for great reasons! When you really think about it, a rehearsal dinner is the official start to your wedding celebrations.
You’re with the core of your guest list—closest friends and family. This is a great opportunity to capture more candid moments together, as well as casual group photos with everyone. We love it because we get to meet everyone in advance so they’re already comfortable with us at your wedding. Plus it’s a wonderful way to get a more complete story of your Best Day Ever.
Two hours of coverage
Perfect for remembering the casual family dinner before the more formal setting of the wedding
Location of your choice
90 fully developed digital photographs
The Rehearsal Session includes:
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How would you describe your style?
We are lifestyle photographers. Our style is photojournalistic, candid, with some direction and style. So our photographs are approachable, relaxed, and timeless. Artistically we really love vibrance, warm shadows, and clean, realistic skin tones. That said, we do occasionally stray into the dramatic. We love to play with smoke and old lenses for their unique qualities, and how can a good Golden Hour photo not be dramatic!
How many images do you provide?
We provide 50-75 images per hour of shooting. It’s important for our clients and us that it’s more about quality and not quantity. The photos are delivered approximately six to eight weeks after your wedding date. We do try to post a few sneak peeks online a few days after the big day. It’s hard not to!
Will all the pictures be edited?
We edit every image, so it has our signature “look.” We will take the time to remove blemishes---non-permanent marks---on your wedding day portrait images. However, we do not over-process the photos until you look plastic. Your skin will still look like, well, your skin and not like a vinyl doll. If there are more extensive adjustments that you would like made, we can make it happen. Additional changes (beyond touch-ups mentioned above) cost $150/hour.
How will we receive our images?
We have an online gallery for our clients. Once we receive the final payment, we send you a link to your gallery. Prints and wall art can be ordered through the gallery. We encourage you to share it with family and friends so they can do the same.
We also include a set of identical images but are smaller, sized perfectly for social media. That makes it much easier for you to share!
How do we book you?
A non-refundable retainer of one third and the signed contract are all that’s needed to hold your date for you. The second payment is due thirty days before your wedding. The final payment is due when your photos are ready.
We accept all major credit cards.
Is your wedding a weekend event?
Let us know what your plans are, and we will work with you to create a custom wedding package.
Do you travel?
We charge only the travel fees and a per diem rate to cover basic needs but no more than that. We do prefer to make the arrangements ourselves if flights are involved.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use Fujifilm and Canon professional camera bodies as well as modern, professional lenses. Our images professionally edited in Capture One and Photoshop.
How do you handle formal photos and group shots?
While we do lean heavily in the direction of candids, we also know that formal shots are significant to many of our clients. We recommend that we get at least 30 minutes alone with you two, 10 minutes for the bridesmaids, 10 minutes for the groomsmen, and 5 minutes for each family grouping.
Usually, we have time left over, which means lots of extra time to be with you two or for you alone to take a breather between events. Couples who book us often schedule their bride and groom portrait time to coincide with that hour/half hour before sunset. We photographers love getting to shoot at golden hour. We are more than happy to help with your schedule.
My uncle/cousin/friend/sibling wants to learn wedding photography. Can they bring their camera and shoot, too?
We recommend that you ask your guests to refrain from taking photographs during the ceremony. We do not require this, however. We ask that guests leave the formal shots to us. Time is minimal on a wedding day, and we need to make sure everyone’s attention is on our camera.
We want you to enjoy your guests and want them to be present and focused on celebrating with you. Leaving cameras, phones, etc. at home goes a long way to making sure that happens.
Do you require a break for a meal?
For events that are five hours or longer, we require a break to eat: a vendor meal or a spot in the buffet line. Ideally, we would eat when you eat so that we won’t miss any critical events.
Every soon-to-be bride I speak with, I tell them that finding a photographer for your wedding is THE hardest thing. There are SO many photographers to choose from so I had tasked my mom with helping me find one… she picked Mercedes Morgan Photography and we couldn’t be more happy with her selection. They photographed our engagement shoot and our wedding day. They were AMAZING at suggesting locations for our engagement session that matched the style I was looking for. We loved our engagement photos and am still in awe over our wedding photos. They sure know what they’re doing. Not only were the photos stunning, Mercedes and Jesse are fun to be around and easily share in the joy that is happening during your wedding day (which makes posing for pictures all day MUCH easier). We’ve already told Mercedes and Jesse that we want them to capture every next step in our lives… these photos are going to be cherished for our lifetime, our children’s and many more.
– Abby and Robert’s Wedding Driftwood, Texas
Mercedes and Jesse were wonderful to work with and I’m so glad we chose them for our wedding. They really took the time to get to know us and was so sweet and responsive during the process. I didn’t know what to expect but I let them know what I was looking for and they delivered above and beyond. They are extremely talented and have an eye for light. I was absolutely blown away by the pictures and have received so many compliments from our family and friends. They took our engagements photos as well and made us feel so relaxed and comfortable throughout the shoot. You won’t regret choosing Mercedes Morgan Photography for your big day, she is amazing!!
– Helen and Wes’ The Creek Haus Austin wedding
Choosing a photographer is probably the #1 important aspect of a wedding. You only have one chance to capture it, one chance only! After texting several photographers, it seemed Mercedes Morgan Photography was #1 in customer service and very prompt & courteous! I enjoyed our small talk and humorous conversation in less than 30 minutes. I believe having a smooth conversation was one good part of choosing them, but also their images speak for themselves. Some of our images were candid shots and they captured them amazingly! You can catch the feelings through those shots and I love that! She and Jesse did amazing! Thank you guys!
– Julie C.
We can't wait to hear from you!
When all is said and done and your wedding day is over, the one thing you will have to remember it is the photography. That is why it is so important to hire a professional photographer that you love and are comfortable with.
We love working with people, capturing those special moments. The couples we work with appreciate how comfortable we make them feel in front of the camera, just natural, having a great time.
On your wedding day, you will be at ease, knowing that you can trust us to capture those special moments, and your photographs are gonna turn out amazing!
Services offered include:
Full wedding day coverage
Online viewing gallery
Travel throughout Texas
Fine art wall prints and heirloom albums