For one of the last weddings of the year, I photographed a wedding at the Royal Boucherie in Philadelphia. The bride and groom, colors, venue, staff, and food made this one of the best of the year for me personally.
The groom was my good friend Katie’s brother so I knew most of the family. His bride, Vanessa, was a dream. She looked absolutely stunningly gorgeous in her gown. So much fun was had all around. I wish all weddings could be like this. First it was on time. Second, very organized. And third, the visuals were fabulous.
The groom’s brother is a professional hockey player, and is currently playing in the Austrian hockey league. COVID locked down the country a few days before he was to leave and attend the wedding. Through the grace of FaceTime technology, he was able to watch the ceremony as his sister broadcast the ceremony and some of the reception to him in Austria. How is that for cool?
When the engaged couple are Phillies fans, you shoot their engagement pictures at the ballpark.
Whenever doing an engagement session, the first thing I ask a bride and groom is where they met, or do they have a special place to them. Most times they’ll say college, or a park or a restaurant or a town, etc… The idea here is to personalize their session to them specifically. What matters to them? What is their favorite location as a couple? What might define them if there is a place like that in their lives?
Every now and again they’ll mention a ballpark. I’ve had couples ask to shoot at Longwood Gardens, The Art Museum, Valley Forge Park, Citizens Bank Park and Grounds for Sculpture to name a few.
While most locations are easy to pull off, a place like Citizens Bank Park calls for a bit more logistical issues. First, you have to get permission from the owner, The Phillies. Second, you have to pay a fee for renting the space. And you have to sign a bunch of paperwork. They have to have an escort available to you to take you from location to location. You can not go on the actual playing field, but everything else is open to you. Liability insurance is required as well. Not that you’ll need it, but you never know. Better to be safe than sorry. Some place just require a donation for entrance.
You’ll find that most places are open to allowing use of their locations, but be prepared to cover the rental fee. Some might not be, but all you have to do is ask. They can either say no or yes, and you won’t know unless you ask first. Some are free and some are not.
Personally, I love finding locations where no one has done an engagement session or even though of it yet. Let’s be the first to shoot at (fill in the blank).
I made this image at Gibraltar in Wilmington, Delaware and love the setting. That moss really pops and the couple’s love shows through. It’s a moment in time captured for eternity. I was wandering around the location and stumbled upon this little nook and thought PERFECT! The bride and groom then sat down and I blended into the background, like I normally do for most shoots. It’s an art to be able to blend in, be unobtrusive and capture what happens in front of your eyes with good light and emotion. When it happens, it ROCKS!!
I’ll be delivering a gallery today to this lovely couple who held their wedding and reception at Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton a few weeks ago. What a great location and couple. Had a blast making pictures for these two.
Standard still photography and video pricing and packaging.
Half and Full Day packages available.
These packages can be customized to suit your needs.
To request a custom package, go to CUSTOM PACKAGE & PRICING REQUEST, fill out the form and we can send you a custom quote.
8 Hours of Coverage Unlimited Locations Non-Watermarked High-Resolution Images Free Digital Negatives Online Proofing & Ordering Hand Color Corrected Images
Photo Deluxe–$1,999 One Photographer
8 Hours of Coverage Unlimited Locations Hand Color Corrected Images Non-Watermarked High-Resolution Images Free Digital Negatives Online Proofing & Ordering Custom Album Design Signature Album (10×10) Add Replica Albums (6×6) for $300
Complimentary Engagement Photo Session
Photo Deluxe II–$2,499 One Photographer 8 Hours of Coverage Second Photographer for 6 Hours
Hand Color Corrected Images Non-Watermarked High-Resolution Images Free Digital Negatives Online Proofing & Ordering Custom Album Design Signature Album (10×10) Add Replica Albums (6×6) for $300
Complimentary Engagement Photo Session
Photo Supreme–$3,499 One Photographer 8 Hours of Coverage Second Photographer for 8 Hours Unlimited Locations Hand Color Corrected Images Non-Watermarked High-Resolution Images Free Digital Negatives Online Proofing & Ordering Custom Album Design Signature Album (10×10) Add Replica Albums (6×6) for $300
Complimentary Engagement Photo Session
Are you the photographer that will work my wedding, or are you a representative of the company and another wedding photographer is actually going to take the photos?
Unless otherwise specified, I am the photographer that will photograph your wedding. I do have other photographers that I work with and will let you know before booking if I am already booked for your date.
Can I see some of your work from at least three different weddings?
I have been first and foremost a photojournalist for 30 years, 12 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and with Getty Images for the past 15. My approach in wedding photography is the same documentary syle that I have used in my career in newspaper and magazine photography in that I capture moments as they happen.
Will you provide both color and black/white pictures, or is there a separate charge?
All images are shot in color, but can easily be converted to black/white at no extra charge.
You can’t make a color image from black/white. So, it’s better to have the image in color and decide afterwards if it would look better aesthetically as a black/white image.
Do you do formal portraits?
Yes. I will shoot formal portraits of the bridal party as well as candid photos of the bride and groom enjoying their day.
Can I give you a shot list?
Yes. If there is anything specific that the bride and groom would like photographed it is helpful to have a shot list or itinerary of how the day will progress. It helps me know where and when to be in place to make certain pictures of the wedding or reception.
What time frame does the charge cover? Will you be available all day, or are you charging extra after a certain period of time?
My packages allow for photography of 6 to 10 hours. If needed for longer or shorter periods, that can be worked out. The amount of time I stay to make pictures depends upon how long I am needed. Additional time (hours) can be added at any time @ $200 per hour if added more then 30 days before the wedding date. If less then 30 days before the wedding date, additional hours are billed @ $300 per hour.
Will you be working with someone else? Would there be an extra charge if I would like two wedding photographers present?
Generally I do not bring an assistant unless I deem it necessary. If a wedding consists of more than 150 guests I may bring an assistant and a second photographer if requested. There would be an additional charge for a second photographer, but not an assistant.
Is there a limit on the amount of photos you shoot?
No. The object is to visually tell the story of your day. I don’t place any limit on how many images it may take to accomplishthat goal.
I’ve shot weddings in which I’ve made 500 images, and weddings where I’ve made 2,500 images. This generally depends on how long the wedding and reception last, and how many picture possibilities I see. I shoot anything and everything.
Say you shoot 2,500 images, how many will we get?
All images will be placed on DVD if you’ve ordered a package that includes a DVD and most of my packages include DVD’s. Although, I generally edit the images down a bit by getting rid of any unacceptable images, i.e. out of focus or under exposed. So, If I make 2,500 pictures, you would probably received 2,000 – 2,300.
Do you offer a web site or a CD/DVD that contains my wedding photos? If so, is there a separate charge for this?
Yes. All of my packages offer these features. No additional charge.
Will you help me find a good lab to print images from the DVD?
I’ll glady recommend a good photo lab for you to have images from your DVD printed.
What photo albums do you offer?
I offer three types of photo albums. All are flush mount books.
1: TAP Marshall
3: Artique Albums
What is the turnaround time for receiving my pictures?
Pictures are generally available for viewing on my website within 2-3 weeks of your wedding and reception. Prints take about 2-3 weeks and albums take about a 6-8 weeks.
Do you use a film based or digital camera?
No. I haven’t shot film in 12 years. At this point I believe the quality of digital imaging is far superior to film.
If the reception is far from the place of the ceremony, do you charge a traveling fee?
There is no additonal charge unless otherwise noted.
Will there be a separate charge per location?
Would you be willing to work with me if any of your packages are outside of my budget? Do you do customized packaging?
Yes. All packages that I offer are customizable. Go to CUSTOM PACKAGE & PRICING REQUEST, fill out the form and I will attempt to make it work within your budget.
How much of a deposit do we need to book you?
A 1/3 deposit of the package price is required to reserve a date. Please note that I can accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards.
How do I share my lightbox with someone?
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What is your cancellation policy?
When we accept a reservation deposit for your wedding day, we remove that date from our availability calendar and do not accept any other bookings for that day – it is yours!Most weddings are booked a year or more out from the wedding date. This means that if you cancel your wedding a few months or less before your wedding date, it will probably be impossible for us to find another booking for the date we had reserved for you, resulting in a significant loss to our business.
You may CANCEL at any time by giving written notice to William Thomas Cain – Cain Images’ Love Wedding Photos. This written notice must be sent to us via the United States Postal Service using Certified or Registered Mail:
Cain Images’ Love Wedding Photos
PO Box 479
Jamison, Pa. 18929.
Such requests are deemed effective no earlier than the date your request is delivered at our mailing address. If you cancel at any time on or before the wedding day, the reservation deposit is not refundable. In addition, if you cancel within 30 days of your wedding day, no payments made before the cancellation are refundable. Payment must be made for any services already performed (engagement session, prints, high resolution images, etc.)
If you POSTPONE the wedding, all fees paid up to cancellation date will be applied towards the new wedding date, subject to William Thomas Cain – Cain Images availability.
CAIN IMAGES Wedding Photography & Video is a division of CAIN IMAGES.
We believe there is no significant moment greater than the declaration of a couple’s love in matrimony. Our goal is to paint a beautiful picture once in a lifetime picture of your joyous day with strokes of light and emotion. We capture a slice of life as it happens, visually telling the bride & groom’s story. Cain Images approach is unintrusive and unobstructive. Of our style, Jessica and William Pitts, whose wedding we photographed, said “We were shocked at all the stuff you got pics of that we didn’t even see happening!”
Elise and Juan Berrocal, whose wedding we also photographed, said of our work, “We absolutely love the album and portraits. We appreciate all your hard work — from preparing with us for the wedding, to your professionalism on the day of, to your follow-up afterward. We couldn’t image having worked with a different photographer…you are simply the best. Thank you again!”
Tivona and LeMar, said “My pictures were amazing! When I first looked at them, I started crying. My photographer, Bill captured everything I wanted and so much more! He even got all of my crazy facial expressions (which I love). People are always telling me that I make the craziest facial expressions and now I can see them, LOL! Bill has such a great personality, when you talk to him, it’s like you’re talking to an old friend. I love when pictures tell a story and mine definitely do!”
Also, we accept all major credit/debit cards.
If you are truly looking for beautiful once in a lifetime pictures capturing a moment in time that you’ll cherish forever, we’re your photographers!