I think I'd like to inquire, how does this all work?
tl;dr - you reach out to me, I give you a rough estimate. We schedule a quick call to chat, bc we should really talk through everything. Based on our discussion, I send you a custom timeline and any other considerations you need in order to have the best photos possible, bc I want that for you. You realize we make good teammates, and tell me you’re ready to do this thing. I send you a contract, and we’re ready to go chase sunsets.
1. Get in TOUCH
First and foremost, head on over to the contact page. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, right? I love a new challenge. I want to try new things, get my hands dirty, and see what I’ve created on the other side of it all. Test me.
2. Receive an Estimate
Of course, I’ll let you know if I’m available and give you a rough estimate or pricing document to help give you an idea of the investment for your wedding or shoot. There’s no pressure involved, and I won’t pester you to get back to me - I know I’m not for everyone.
3. Get to Know Each Other
For me, photography is a pursuit of excellence in craft. Every new shoot or project is a test; an opportunity to find out if I’m better than I was yesterday. I want a shot at my best photo ever in any chance I can get. Quite frankly, I think my clients deserve that. Every prospective client of mine will talk to me in person or on a quick call before being presented with a contract...and it’s not because I’m old fashioned. I want to give my team (you + me) it’s best chance to succeed. I can only do that by taking interest in you and how you see your vision coming to life.
4. Chasing the Sun/TIMING
And speaking of that best photo ever, I craft custom wedding and elopement timelines for anyone considering booking me. You shouldn’t be expected to know how many hours of photography are ideal for your unique wedding or elopement. What time should your ceremony start on May 26th of next year in order to capture the hottest memories possible? I don’t want to miss those moments, I don’t want to run out of daylight when we need to get those important photos taken. And I don’t want to send you subpar images. We’re going to get out ahead of this so that when your day comes, you already know where I’ll be. You just sit back and enjoy the ride.
5. Let's Get Weird/Final Destination + DELIVERABLES
Let’s get weird, but let’s not make this weird. So you’ve never modeled before, and feel like you’re super awkward in front of the camera, I get it. This is the most common thing I hear from my clients before we get the chance to work together. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. I’m a perfectionist, so there’s never a lack of direction on my set. Why would I settle for your best guess at what looks good, when you can’t see what the image looks like? I take hundreds of thousands of photos each each year - I will come with plenty of ideas, and I have plenty of lessons learned from photos past. And you don’t need to take my word for it - check out my testimonials. Skip to the deliverables. How many images do I deliver to clients? How long does it all take? I average 75 - 100 fully edited images per hour of photography. It sounds like a lot because it is a lot. Clients like to have options. My turnaround time from shoot to completed gallery is 3-4 weeks. I want to give my clients images while they’re still excited about it. And because of all that, I send all of my clients next-day previews as well. I want that first social media post after the big day to be an image we can all feel proud of.
NINA & AUSTIN
"Sam was the greatest to work with. He knew exactly what to do with 2 inexperienced "models". He showed us what to do and how to pose. We were comfortable the whole time. He was even comfortable getting into a running stream of freezing cold water for us for the perfect shot. On our wedding day, he drove to the middle of nowhere NY for us and did the same thing. Made us feel incredibly comfortable and beautiful at the same time. I highly recommend using Sam Coba for any kind of photoshoot you need done. You will not be disappointed."