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Should you hire your photographer at the rehearsal dinner? Top reasons why you should say yes to documenting the rehearsal.

  1. The weather could be terrible on your wedding, great time to get everyone in the daylight in gorgeous weather, just in case the next day is dreary.
  2. Everyone is relaxed and comfortable, there are no demands, just simply documenting the evening.
  3. It lets the photographer have a little head start on who is who.
  4. The best reason… you can get in their face while they are practicing, you cannot do this at the wedding, so it really gives you great, fun photos.

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Love on the run!  We are offering an elopement package to celebrate all weddings.  To show our excitement for the recent changes in NC marriage laws, we will provide an officiant and a photographer for your ceremony.  We can customize a package for you whether it’s two or two hundred people   You can give us a budget and we can make it work!  Our basic package starts at $300, includes a disk of images and a video montage.  Let’s us plan everything, all you have to do is get your license at the Register of Deeds and we will have the ceremony, parade, pony show, whatever you dreamed of when you publically declare your love to each other.  We are happy to be spontaneous if it’s last minute too!

Bryce & Jarrett 164 (679x800)

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Engagement Photos Charlotte is my jam.

I love engagement sessions! It’s like weddings without the stress and bad Chardonnay! It also gives me a chance to get to know my future brides and/or grooms and gives them a chance to see how I work. It’s a win win!

Hailey and Dan are getting hitched April 26, 2014! I wonder how many engagement sessions we will have before then!

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Questions for your Wedding Photographer

Questions you should ask your photographer.

  Answered by Poprock Photography


•  What’s your primary style? Posed & formal, relaxed, photojournalistic, candid, traditional?

I prefer natural images, showing genuine emotion but I understand  the need for formals. My strong suit is candid.  I think everyone can take a good photo, you just have to know the tricks.  This is where an engagement session really comes in handy, never say no to save a few dollars, it is valuable to you and the photographer.

• Do you use an assistant/second shooter? Is there an extra charge for this?

$500 extra for a whole day- Second shooters are fantastic if your budget allows.

• Will you be present at our wedding or send an employee? I am a one man show, unless a second shooter is arranged.

• Will you have backup equipment available? Yes, I have two cameras and two external flashes, plenty of batteries and plenty of memory cards. One of my cameras even backs up itself with two memory cards.
• And what happens if you get ill? I would have to be in the hospital not to show up at your wedding, I have a list for my husband to call photographers if something catastrophic happens.

• Can other people take photos while you are taking photos? Yes.

Not my second shooter!!

• How many photos come in each package?  Mucho!  You will get over 500 images from me of your wedding, I rarely delete old people, even if the photo is average.  Sometimes you even get blurry, non-perfect  photos because I alter them and I end up loving them!!! You could also ask a photographer to see a whole album of a wedding.  Most have them on a site that your friends and family can purchase images anyway, so you can peek at a wedding.

• Will you accept a list of specific photos to be taken? I will certainly accept a list, but it isn’t necessary.  It is good to remind photographers of blending families, so you aren’t calling a step mom the mother of the bride.  And sometimes people have a time frame, then they aren’t ready, someone forgets their lipgloss and one groomsmen/bridesmaid has to go somewhere.. parents are ready, Uncle Larry  is drunk behind the building…  It gets done, you just have to ebb and flow and trust your photographer, this is when it’s important to hire someone who has done multiple weddings.

We know you want a picture with Grandma!

• What attire will you and/or assistants wear? I wear comfort, I usually wear dresses and Converse.

Literally running circles around everyone at a wedding, comfortable shoes a must!!

• What time will you arrive and how long will you stay? I take photos of bride and groom getting ready and stay till the shut down time of event space,  unless specified otherwise.  8 to 10 hours is the norm. Say the wedding is at 4p- I arrive 2p- leave around  10p or 11p.  This is not set in stone, sometimes I go to brunches, bars or lunch with my bride or groom hours before the wedding.

• Should the event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Extra charge? Yes, if there turns out to be an after party, I will stay for $100 an hour.

• How long after the event will the images be ready?  I try to put 20-100 images on Facebook immediately, then I take my time and go through EVERY image and edit, crop and enhance. Usually disk is in your hands within 40 days.

• What type and how much assistance will your provide in planning an album? Albums can be purchased.  Albums can be anything you desire, mostly are hardback, lay flat, black leather bound albums.

• Do we get the negatives/disk/access to FTP site? You get a disk of all images, free of watermarks.

• Is this your recent work that I’m seeing on your website? Yes, you can look at my blog, and on Facebook

• Do you provide a written contract and guarantee? YES!  Poprock Photography Prenuptial Agreement!  This is the single most reason to hire a professional.  If a friend is doing your wedding, what if they panic when it gets close?  What if their camera malfunctions?  Will they edit all the images and give you a disk? Will it arrive in a timely matter?  Can you hold them accountable if something goes wrong?

• When is the remaining balance after deposit due?  Full payment due 30 days before wedding.


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Tom & Kalli

I met Tom and Kalli recently, they met in college and Kalli was going to move away.  Tom knew he didn’t want her to slip away, so he decided to propose a little early.  Awwwwww, romance.  Very cute couple, fun and their whole life is ahead of them. Their wedding day is Saturday May 15, 2012, Charlotte, NC.  Can’t wait!  Photos taken around Uptown Charlotte and South Charlotte by Poprock Photography.


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Sloane + Christian October 8, 2011

Sloane & Christian met in middle school and Sloane told Christian they were getting married.  Christian thought she was crazy.  I wonder if he still thinks that?  Sloane got her way and now she is on her honeymoon on some tropical island with her one true love. They had an outdoor cookout at Christian’s parent’s house the night before with all their friends and family and a beautiful, Beatles themed ceremony  at the Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte.  What a beautiful night filled with laughter and love.

Some of my favorite things about their wedding, first of all the groom and his groomsmen wore sleek grey suits, they looked stunning!  Love, love, love.  Tuxedos are always so illfitting, slim suits look much better. 




They had a rack of vintage postcards and a mailbox to write your well wishes.




And they had a Beatles themed wedding, with one of their dj friends playing vinyl records.  What a great wedding!  Congratulations and best wishes Sloane & Christian.


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The Loom Simpsonville SC Morgan + Courtney

Morgan and Courtney think they’re celebrities, they had their baby first.  Then a year later, tied the proverbial knot.  I started my photography company a year ago, around the same time they were starting their family  and they signed up immediately, it was very humbling knowing they had faith in me. I thought it was pretty cool and I better get my act together.

Morgan and Courtney met at work, ohhh, scandal, office romance.  They married in Simpsonville, SC in an old cotton mill, The Loom,  it was a beautiful ceremony.  Just the right amount of modern, simple with a touch of southern charm.  Mason jars,  cotton blooms in the centerpieces and plenty of booze.  What more could you ask for?

I shot this wedding over the span of two days.  I documented everything, the set up for the shrimp boil rehearsal dinner, the rehearsal, followed them around town, hair and make up and shot the wedding till the bitter end.  I posted a few photos across the board to show the span of the paparazzi style shoot out, Morgan and Courtney received over 1000 images, their days were documented!  Fun wedding.

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