The Seeing Southern Wedding
Narrative. Authentic. Inspirational.
We are so glad you're here.
For the past five years, we have been telling love stories through photography, creating heirlooms for your family that will stand the test of time.
We are honored to document your wedding day, and we promise, we'll give you the best of us.
This will be THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE
for THE GREATEST JOURNEY
of your life.
We only curate a small number of weddings each year in order to provide the service we feel is so important. Once you book your venue and secure your date, reach out to us and we'll build a package that
perfectly meets your needs and budget.
Now is the time to book your storyteller.
Welcome to the Seeing Southern family.
We're Len + Judy. Our love story began 12 years ago after each of us had experienced the not-so-pretty side of love. A chance meeting. Love at first sight. We haven't been apart since.
With a passion for travel, stories, and photography guiding our lives, we are seeing the world through unified eyes and while we're home, we continue our love of storytelling by documenting your story.
The mantra that guides us? The timeless legacy of photography. As time passes, the few images that we have of our parents and families have preserved our memories. The good moments, and even the bad, that have been documented have preserved our history. We believe this was our gentle nudge to pick up cameras, tell stories, and create heirlooms for our family as well an any others who will allow us the honor to photograph their moments.
We believe that photography is meant to live on your walls, on your desk - a daily reminder of moments and family. That's why prints, canvases, albums, and wall art should not be the exception to your wedding package; these things should be one of the most important inclusive elements.
We're not trendy or hipster: being older has its perks! We will be the one thing that will never cause you worry or pause; consistency produces excellence. We are classic in our photography and in our relationships. We're hands off, narrative and documentary, discovering the in-between moments that will tell your authentic story. Our style is random and pure, not stiff or choreographed. Of all the images over the years, the unexpected and the undefined move the hearts of our clients most. And we love that. We advocate quality of service, product and experience above everything. We have fun. We laugh, and we think you will, too.
We hope that you'll be part of our story, and in turn, we'll give you the best of who we are. We might just fall in love with you and consider you part of the family. In fact, that's rather a given.
Contact us today, and let's continue your story together.
Here's some answers to your photography questions.
* Why should we hire you as our wedding photographer?
Since we only book 15-20 weddings each year, our time is yours. Any more bookings, and we'd sacrifice what we believe is so important to the service we provide. From the time you book until, well, forever, we'll be there for you. Zoom calls. Pre-wedding consultations. Engagement session. Bridal session. Organizing and planning is one of our strengths, and every client receives our years of professional business experience and training in addition to our artistic, creativity, and passion for our genre.
And on your wedding day, we'll hem your pants, walk your dog, tie your bow-tie, fetch water, carry your tissue, and love you like family. Since you'll see more of us that anyone else, we'll be the stress-reliever and the laughter instigator, and we take both very seriously.
Being a talented photographer means more than knowing how a camera works; it means pouring everything we are into capturing your day. We want this experience to be the best ever without any hiccups or surprises. And if there are, we'll roll with it like it was supposed to happen.
What does your pricing cover?
We have three curated packages that provide service along with the best print products available in the industry; likewise, we have three print packages that provide the most items at the best value and savings.
Not exactly what you need?
We'll customize a special package that will include everything that is important to you. How many hours on the wedding day? An engagement session? Bridal portraits? Prints and parent albums? The perfect wall art to go over your mantel? Let's talk through your needs and budget and come up the perfect package. It's that simple.
How many weddings do you shoot each year?
We book between 15 and 20 weddings each year. We also dedicate the entire weekend of the wedding to you, never booking events the day before or the day after your scheduled event.
Do you have a second photographer?
Well there's two of us, so yes, there's a second photographer!
Do you edit the images?
Yes. Every. Single. One. We also work with one of the premier national labs for additional editing.
Do you have an assistant?
On occasion, we do hire an assistant to help with larger weddings.
Where do you live and how far will you travel?
We live just outside of Athens, Georgia, in a small community called Farmington. Although most of our work takes place in the southeast, we adore destination weddings and hope that a destination wedding is in your future. Let's talk!
Do you offer videography?
No, we don't. We believe in doing one thing and one thing well. We have a list of fantastic vendors that we would love to recommend.
Do I receive the digitals?
With all wedding booking packages, you receive the digitals to your session.
However, we know that wedding photography is an investment and a large slice of your wedding budget. As photographers, we know that once an image is printed, it takes on a life of its own and becomes a memory.
Whether it be an album that tells the story of your entire day or a breathtaking portrait that will live on your wall, these images are meant to be shared. There's an emotional response when you touch these images. When's the last time you and your grandparents sat around a computer and looked at photos? Never. But put an album on a table and it draws you in and you pick it up. Hang a portrait over the mantel and friends can't help but fall in love with the moment. You will return to that moment time and again.
And, remember these images are art. You've hired us for our creative ability and our vision to tell your love story. More than anything, these images are heirlooms, ones that you will pass down to your children. Albums that will become one of many that will be added to your story.
We look at your wedding photography as the first heirloom you will create for future generations. Your wedding gallery deserves to live in an album or on your wall, not simply on a USB or computer.
When will I receive my images?
Engagement session, 4 weeks; weddings, within 6 weeks. All prints (including prints, canvas, albums and wall art) must be ordered within six months of the event date. All prints will be shipped directly to you for a small charge or we can meet for a free delivery.
What if I change my mind and decide I want an album?
If you do, FANTASTIC! As a service to all clients, after the wedding and once all images are ready, Judy creates a proof of an album for your consideration. We promise, you will fall in love with your story once you see it designed in a book. The album quality, superb. Cover choices, amazing. Whether it be the Signature Album or Signature Album 2 or the modern albums, we'll offer those to you (and your family) at a 25% discount.
Are my images watermarked?
Neither digital nor print images are watermarked. You'll see sneaks on Facebook and Instagram and those will be watermarked for image protection.
How many pictures will we receive?
Every wedding is different, so that answer is different. Every delivery is dependent upon hours of coverage, type of events, reception, etc.
Do we get the copyright of the images?
Copyright simply means that we created the images and we "own" the copyright. You own the images and have the right to your images as spelled out in your contract. As creator, Seeing Southern Photography will always retain copyright.
Can we have the RAW files?
We never release raw or unedited files.
What if we don't really want an engagement session?
You might not think you want one, but they are so much fun. We get to know you, and you get to know us. When the wedding day rolls around, you know exactly what to expect. A complimentary engagement session is included in the Heirloom Booking Package which also includes access to digital files of this session. Engagement sessions (2-hours) booked separately are $299.
I would love to hire you, but I have a friend who will shoot our wedding for free.
Often times, when an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If this is the route you chose, we wish you luck.
However, wouldn't you rather have a committed photographer (bound by contract) that will be at your wedding no matter what? Don't you want your friend to enjoy your wedding? It's simply one less thing to worry about. And if your friend pulls the plug weeks before the wedding, chances are professionals are already booked.
Many forget that we are a business, with taxes and insurance and all the non-glamorous stuff that comes with ownership. We are not playing at being a photographer; it's too hard to play at this business. We have invested thousands in our gear and education, shot endless hours for paying clients, and have a enormous passion for what we do. Your client experience on the wedding day, both before and after, will be the thoughts that you share with your friends and family; our passion is what we want you to share. It's this passion that has sustained us in this competitive field. These are the qualities you are paying for.
How soon should I book you?
As soon as you get engaged and set the date, book the venue and the photographer. Those are the first to be booked. We do not hold dates until the signed contract and non-refundable retainer are received in the studio.
Do you take payments or set up a payment schedule?
We require a $1,000.00 non-refundable retainer, along with a signed contract, to reserve your date. Payment plans are available, and we offer a Client Portal which has all your account information at your finger tips.