BOSTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BAILEY QUINLAN

Frequently Asked Questions- Bailey Q Photo

Bailey Quinlan, owner of Bailey Q Photo, answers frequently asked questions about Bailey Q Photo and wedding photography in general. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS,

AND MY 2 CENTS

 
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Did you study photography?

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University & The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where I studied the history of photography and learned how to make pretty pictures. Hopefully you can tell!  I miss the darkroom- the seductive amber lights, the smell of chemicals seeping into my skin. I still shoot film whenever possible (because who knows how much longer it's going to be around?!)

My husband, Yuta and I have an immense photo book collection. (We met in a photo class :P) Every birthday, Christmas, and anniversary we exchange photo books and add them to our growing library. These are some of my favorite art photographers- check them out to see what inspires me: Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott, Emmet Gowin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Todd Hido, Alex Soth, Rania Matar, Hellen van Meene. 

Check out my BEING page to see some of the personal projects I've been working on. 


What's your style?

Since I have a fine art background, my style is inherently creative and I am always inspired by what I find to be beautiful or meaningful in the moment. How the light falls on someone's face, someone's reaction to a really emotional speech, the way a branch hangs down to frame the couple as they stand for a portrait. I am always observing, almost obsessively. 

I'd say my shooting style is also photojournalistic- I look for candid and intimate moments. I like to feed off the energy of the day without being obtrusive, so that the pictures highlight what makes you and your wedding day so special. As far as portrait sessions, I think the best photos are made when the couple forgets I'm there. When they let their guard down and they're just doing their thing. And those are the photos you'll love because it's just you, being you.


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Where are you based? Do you travel?

I am based in Boston, and mainly serve the New England area. But I love to travel! If you are planning a destination wedding, or if you live outside of New England, contact me and we can chat!


What do I get?

No two weddings are the same, but generally this is how it goes:

  • Pre-event consultation and planning session via phone or in-person.
  • Engagement photography session including 2 hours of shooting at 2 locations, with 1 costume change if you like.
  • 8 hours of wedding day photography coverage by Bailey Quinlan, as well as an experienced & trusted associate photographer for the full contracted time. This includes getting ready photos, portraits of the couple & family/bridal party, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.
  • Post-processing of images including minor adjustments to brightness, color, and contrast to make final images look consistent & polished.
  • Digital image files of the best pictures from your wedding, mailed to you on a thumb-drive with high-resolution printable versions, as well as web-size watermarked versions for sharing online.
  • A password-protected private online gallery to share with guests, where you can view your digital files, download, and order prints directly from me!

Main packages start at $3950. 

Elopement packages are available starting at $500/hr, before travel expenses and accommodations.


How far in advance do you book?

Up to 18 months.


Do you use a 2nd photographer?

Yes! I love having another photographer shooting with me on the wedding day. First of all, if you and your boo are planning on getting ready in two separate locations, we've got both of you covered. Also, we will both be shooting for the entire day, providing you with twice as many photos to choose from, as well as alternative angles of portraits and key moments. And maybe most importantly, a second photographer guarantees that everyone on your guest list will be photographed at some point throughout the day, so you know you have a record of every single person who was there. A second photographer is included in all packages (with the exception of elopements) unless otherwise specified. 


What are your ideas about doing a "first look?"

I know at first it might seem cheesy: the groom stands alone in a garden, the bride slowly approaches him from behind, taps him on the shoulder, and catches him by "surprise." The groom spins around to face his bride, all bug-eyed *GASPS* and embraces her lovingly. Birds chirp, the sun breaks through the clouds, the whole thing.

While I also agree that particular scenario is a little much, there are no rules that say you have to follow this awkward, staged guideline. A first-look can just be a casual encounter that gives you the chance to share a moment together without anyone around (I don't really count, because it's all about you!), and it's usually one of the few opportunities you'll have all day. I find that it also gets everyone to calm down after the stress of the morning, and get a chance to breathe and enjoy each other's company before the big ceremony. 

Another thing to think about is, if the first time you see each other on your wedding day is while you're walking down the aisle, there's so much emotion in that moment that it can be really overwhelming! And you're not only seeing your significant other for the first time, but also all of your friends and family. I'm a crier, and I know I would be an absolute mess!

And if you're hesitating for superstitious reasons, I have to say that is de-BUNKED. I have lots of proof of beautiful, intimate portraits of couples who are still happily married to this day!

All of this said, it's not for everybody, so don't feel pressured. We will always allot time for portraits with you and your boo later on in the day. (When planning your timeline, keep in mind that this usually cuts into cocktail hour time.)


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Do you do family formals? How much time do you allot for them?

Absolutely! I believe family formals (the must-have shots of everyone standing together, smiling at the camera) are a wonderful tradition. The way it usually works is: before the wedding the couple puts together a list of combinations of family members and bridesmaids/groomsmen that they want photos with. Then we work it into the timeline so when the day comes, we have a solid shot list, we can bang through them, and you can get on with the party!

I usually dedicate about 30min-1hr for family formals depending on how many combinations you choose. 


Do you shoot engagement sessions?

Yes, yes, yes! I think they're so important that ALL of my packages include an engagement session. Here's why:

  • It gets you more comfortable in front of the camera (even if it's just a teeny bit!) so that when it comes time for your wedding day, you'll know what to expect out of the portrait session, and photos will be a breeze.
  • It gives us all a chance to get to know each other in the flesh before the big day, so it feels like I'm another friend at your wedding rather than a total stranger.
  • It provides you with more casual portraits of the two of you, compared to the more formal photos from the wedding.
  • You can choose to have book the engagement shoot in a different season/time of year than the wedding to get even more variety.
  • It gives us ample time to explore and have fun with it, rather than feeling like we have to stick to a strict timeline like on the wedding day.
  • It's an awesome opportunity to visit a place that's important to you both, or an excuse to adventure to a new place you've never been. 
  • If you book it far enough ahead of time, you can use the photos for save-the-dates, or a fun party favor or guest book. 

If you're in for somewhat of a long (or permanent) engagement, individual engagement sessions start at $500, including 2 hours of shooting, 1 costume change, and 2 locations of your choice. 


"This whole marriage thing is over-rated..."

I know the feeling all too well. The two of you have been dating forever and people are starting to ask, "When are you going to go through with it already?"

You might be asking yourself: "Why get married in the first place? Why do we have to prove our love on paper? Why go through all the stress of planning if we don't have to?"

I have some advice for you: If for no other reason (except hopefully that you love each other!) you should get married because it's a great excuse to throw THE SINGLE MOST AWESOME PARTY OF YOUR LIVES! Seriously, it's the only time that everyone you care about is in the same place at the same time, with the exception of your funeral... So, wouldn't you like to be conscious for at least one of the those occasions??

Trust me, I was in your shoes not too long ago. Check out my ABOUT page to learn more about how I got bit by the love bug. 


"I found some photos on Pinterest that I want to recreate..."

While I absolutely love it when couples get really into the photos and we can collaborate on ideas together, I find that it's better to feel inspired in the moment and interact the way you would organically instead of forcing something that may not feel or look natural. Just be yourselves, and the photos will come.

And remember: If it feels weird, it probably looks weird. 

 
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DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT MY PHOTO!

 

"Planning this wedding has me wigged out..."

Since you've gotten all the way down to the end of the page, you're probably thinking too hard... Having gone through this whole wedding thing myself recently, I know planning it can be pretty scary, and overwhelming. It's important to remember the way you feel on your wedding day is so much more important than the details. And as much as you can plan for something, it will never go exactly the way you think. It could rain despite you checking the Farmer's Almanac for the past two years and choosing the exact date with the least chance of rain, or the reception could start an hour behind schedule because your family was MIA boozing it up at cocktail hour instead of taking family photos, or a vase with a giant floral arrangement could topple over and shatter into a million pieces (all things I've witnessed.) But it will still be amazing, despite and because of everything that doesn't go according to plan. Instead of an abstract fantasy, it will be your own special lived experience.

Also, don't lose sight of why you are doing all of this, and who you're doing it for. When it comes time for the wedding day, the last thing you should be feeling is stress. Breathe, take it all in, and leave it to me to help you remember every detail for years to come.

 
 
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"Working with Bailey was a pleasure! My wedding day would not have been the day it was without her. She found a way to be a calm voice during my very hectic morning/afternoon wedding and took initiative to make sure all the shots I had requested were completed. My own mother won't stop talking about how positive and polite she was towards all of my guests as well. My pictures came out beautifully and I have no regrets booking such an amazing talent."

- Niksha & Corey, Totowa, NJ

 

"AMAZING work! My fiance and I just had our engagement shoot with Bailey and she made us feel totally at ease. We're not ones to take pictures very often and not only did Bailey make us feel comfortable in front of the camera, she had us laughing and having a blast while doing it! We got our photos back and they are GORGEOUS. We are so excited to have her as our wedding photographer as well and can't wait for the beautiful photos we're going to have. We totally trust her vision and highly recommend her."

- Jess & Tyler, Boston, MA

 

"Bailey is a fantastic photographer! As someone who is a bit camera shy, it was a pleasure working with her. She knew how to make the experience fun and certainly got the most out of the shoot. Bailey's passion for photography and love for people make her a pleasure to work with. I would absolutely recommend Bailey Q Photo to anyone looking for engagement or wedding photos."

- Alex & James, Block Island, RI



 
 
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