Cortnie Dee Photography provides wedding and portrait photography, and is based in McKinney, Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you more expensive than some other local options?
Well, I've been photographing weddings now since 2010 - but that's not really even it.
I have a high standard of customer service. When you book me, you aren't just getting a photographer. You're getting someone with coordination and planning experience. You're getting someone who has worked as a staff member at venues and knows certain rules you might not be privy to. You're getting someone who totally has helped couples build centerpieces days before the wedding. You get a hands-on, full-service human being who, on the day of your wedding will be with you ALL day - without hourly limitations - to capture every single moment (and will totally help run the day if you don't have a planner on your team).
I also don't require any additional purchases. You get high resolution, watermark-free images that you're free to print and recreate however you see fit. Of course, if you aren't the type to sit down and make an album, I'll happily help you with that and keep you as close to my costs as I can (plus a little bit of money for my time). When some photographers charge $1,000 for an album, I'm helping you keep that close to $200.
So, with me, you get full timeline planning, dinner dates to vent about how crazy everything is, help picking out amazing vendors, and technically someone to help you set up (hey, I'm all-day. If you don't need photos until 12 but you want me there steaming linens at 8am, I'm your girl). Any wedding help you need, I'm on it.
Do you offer payment plans? And how do I make payments?
Oh, totally. For several reasons, I would never expect anyone to pay in full, up front, and sometimes even 50/50 can be tough. I offer monthly payment plans to help keep it all manageable.
Payments are generally made via PayPal invoicing, but I can run cards, and do accept cash and checks - just not via snail mail. Venmo and the Cash app are also fine! (Basically I want to make everything as easy on you as I can.)
Is there a retainer fee?
It is included in your total package price. 50% of your total package is a retainer, which does mean it is nonrefundable if you change plans, or go off and elope (but absolutely can be applied elsewhere if need be).
What does "full day wedding coverage" mean?
It means that I do not hold you to strict hours of coverage. Sure, we could cover a lot of our bases in 6 hours, but let's break that down for a minute.
If you start getting ready at 12pm, and your ceremony is at 4, you want a first look and family portraits, that coverage would be 12-6pm. That covers getting ready photos, ceremony, family portraits, newlywed portraits, and an hour of your reception...and that's when people are eating. Add two more hours and we might land just before your sendoff?
So I don't put limits. If your whole day is 8 hours, cool! If it's 14, great! I'll be there, all day, with pep and pizzazz. (And coffee.)
Is it just one photographer? Do I need two photographers?
While I do offer a second photographer, it normally is just me. I'm quick and efficient, but I also can't be everywhere at once. I recommend a second photographer if your guest count is over 200, if your ceremony site has a balcony, or if getting ready photos of your spouse-to-be is super important to you.
Also, I want to note that the jump for a second photographer price-wise is higher than you may see elsewhere, but that is because I pay them to be there full-day with me, and culling through another set of 3,000 images is double the work.
Do you offer prints and albums?
I do - however, I also give full printing permission, which means you're free to do all of that yourself if you so choose. I offer products mostly because I know some people just don't get around to it and would rather hand that job over to me! We can go over your needs once all your edits are finished, so you'll have an idea of what goes on your walls and what goes into an album!
What gear do you shoot with?
Currently, I have two cameras in my backpack: a Canon 5DmkIV and a Canon 7DmkII. For lenses, I have a 24-105L, an 18-135, and a little 50mm. I'm no gear-head (if I was, my prices would be much steeper!) but I have everything needed to get the job done beautifully.
What happens if you're sick on the day of my wedding?
So, this might be a little morbid, but I actually have a Google Document filled with people for my s/o to contact if I'm sick or deceased. I'm connected with a lot of amazing local photographers and, heaven forbid anything should ever happen, I would cover their pay and would make sure you had coverage. It hasn't happen, and I surely hope it doesn't. (I'm a very careful person and I get my Vitamin C.)
What is the turnaround time?
For engagements and pre-wedding portraits (like bridals), I say no longer than 7 days turnaround. For weddings, 30 days. I do try to push out sneak peeks during that timeframe but from start to finish, it's 30 days.
Do you work well with videographers?
I don't know why people assume we're all at odds with each other! I play well with others and I will be the first to ask what shots they need so that I'm not in your video clicking away.
Do you require a shot list?
Nope. If you make one, awesome. If you want one but don't know where to start, we'll sit down and make one. If you just want to wing it, bring it on!
How much time day-of do you need for posed photos?
Not much, honestly. Because I don't shoot magazine-style, high-end artwork on your wedding day, I realistically would love 30 minutes or more with you and your spouse. I'd also suggest 20 minutes for wedding party, and 20 minutes for family. I'm all about getting you back to your event -- you didn't plan a wedding to have photographs, you're hiring a photographer for your wedding.