Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been in business?
Michelle Behre Photography shot her first wedding in 2016, started full force in 2018, and has been photographing love stories non-stop ever since!
How many weddings do you accept per year?
Michelle will close off her calendar at 17 weddings. She prefers to provide exceptional service and a personal experience for each wedding couple, which means she chooses to not accept back-to-back weddings per weekend. By doing so, she does not limit herself, rather she allows herself to fully commit to each and every client she serves. Additionally, this makes her calendar book up FAST!
Where are you located?
Michelle is based in Hackettstown, New Jersey and currently services the tri-state area of New York, New jersey, and Pennsylvania and is available to travel for destination weddings.
What services do you offer?
Michelle specializes in engagement, wedding, and portrait photography. In addition to her photography services, she offers full service design of family heirlooms, including but not limited too, albums, parent albums, and matted prints.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, and Michelle is more than happy to provide a certificate of insurance to your venue upon request.
How do I book my date? What is the payment schedule?
Michelle requires a signed agreement, consultation to learn all about your love story, order of wedding events, and 50% retainer to secure your wedding date. Booking is conventionality done online, where you are able to access all of your pertinent wedding information right at your fingertips. We accept cash, check, and all credit/debit cards for your retainer. Your balance must be paid as per the payment schedule and made payable 1 month before your date.
When does the reveal and ordering session of our wedding photos take place?
In Michelle’s agreement, the reveal and ordering session is scheduled 10 weeks following the wedding date. Though this can fluctuate and be much sooner than that, too. If you purchased an album at your initial consultation, your first proof will be placed on display at your reveal and ordering session. Most couples have their wedding albums within 3 months from their wedding date, though this is highly dependent on your design requests and length of time to submit approvals.
What’s a “first look” and do I need one?
A first look is simply a choice to see each other before the ceremony. The first look grants you the flexibility and freedom in your wedding day timeline to take all of your wedding party and/or family formals before your ceremony. We highly encourage the first look if your ceremony and reception are taking place at the same venue. This will allow you more time for your bride and groom portraits, you will have the luxury of having a few moments to share to your yourselves, and to simply enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.
Do you take engagement photos?
Michelle highly recommends engagement sessions. This is a way to not only celebrate your engagement; however, to also celebrate you, your love for one another, and the moment as you are planning your special day. The engagement session is one of her biggest recommendations she wants you to consider as you are hiring your wedding photographer. The engagement session is the introduction to the photographer and their services. Besides investing in beautiful images of you, the engagement session is the time to build a relationship with your photographer, learn all about their process planning for your session, of working on-location, becoming comfortable in front of their lens, taking photography direction, communicating clearly with one another, understanding each others individual needs and knowing what to expect for your wedding day. Having an engagement session simply yields superior wedding day images!
Why do you use film?
Michelle’s photographic style is romantic and natural. Her images are aesthetically soft, dreamy, elegant, and chic. Film provides the results that Michelle desires while photographing her fine art boutique portraits. Additionally, film truly possesses a magical quality. As you expose an image on a negative you have to wait for it to be developed into a tangible photograph. In addition to its tangibility, film possesses this sense of magic in the way it renders light and color spectrums. Simply, film creates the aesthetic Michelle has loved since the moment she picked up her first film camera at the age of 15. Film is her go to medium of choice and prevails over digital photography. During the process of photographing, she finds herself to be fully present, in the moment with you, and does not feel conflicted to look at the back of her digital camera. Film photographers are expert image makers. Film photographers have to get it exactly right in camera, which means there is a great amount of knowledge, time placed behind the camera, education, and experience required. In final, film photographers really know and understand their craft, whereas digital photographers can simply rely on looking at the back of their camera to instantly correct it.
So then why do you photograph using both film and digital formats?
Michelle has the ability to understand and appreciate each format for its strengths, and use those to the best of their abilities. Film is an incredible tool to utilize for fine art portraits, details, landscapes, and especially while there is an abundance of natural light. Digital cameras are great for fast paced scenarios and low lit scenery. We love to use our digital cameras during ceremonies in dark churches and at indoor receptions because often these moments are going so fast, we do not want to miss a beat!
What kind of camera gear do you use?
Michelle’s favorite is the Pentax 645 NII with a 75mm lens (medium format film), a Nikon F100 (35mm film), as well as a ton of digital Nikon gear including a Nikon D750 and backup, with a range of Nikon pro-series lenses, multiple flashes and other lighting equipment, tons of film and memory cards, and more. It’s a BIG bag.
What styles of weddings do you photograph?
Michelle is open to photographing all types of weddings and her style of photography truly compliments historic and private estates, private country clubs, mansions, manors, inns, vineyards, winery’s, farms or weddings set romantically at your private estate!
What venues have you photographed at?
Monmouth Hills Waterwitch Club, Running Deer Golf Club, The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, Meadowburn Farm, Indian Trail Club, Essex County Country Club, Stone Hedge Golf Course, Scotland Run Golf Club, Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, Lehigh Country Club, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, The Frog and the Peach, Bello Giorno Estate, The Ryland Inn, The Estate at Moraine Farms, Smith Barn at Brooskby Farms, Waterloo Village, Westmount Country Club, The Grove, The Manor, Crystal Point Yacht Club, McLoone’s Pier House, Central Park Conservatory Gardens, Bethesda Terrace & Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, Bow Bridge in Central Park, Rock with a View in Central Park, Hudson Rooftop, Houston Hall, Mr. C Seaport Hotel, Backyard Weddings and Private Estate Weddings.
Do you travel?
Absolutely! We would love to travel to your destination to photograph your love story. We have traveled to amazing destinations to photograph love. We customize each quote so you don’t need to worry about additional expenses after your wedding day.
How do I order prints?
At your reveal and ordering session, Michelle will present your wedding day slideshow, heirloom album preview, deliver your private online gallery, and mobile gallery. When your images are completed, they are hosted in a private online gallery for easy viewing and ordering. You can share this link with your guests for them to place orders, as well as orders for yourself.
Who are your second photographers?
Michelle has worked with several professional independent photographers since the birth of her company. These talented professionals have been hand picked by Michelle and trained in style to shoot in a consistent manner to the MBP look.
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