While we'll still provide all the guidance you need, we stray from traditional posing methods. Instead, we opt for playful prompts that bring laughter, create natural movement, and help you to feel comfortable and confident. While we chase the golden light and run through fields, we'll focus on capturing your interactions and the spark that started your love story. This time spent together is so valuable, which is why every wedding package includes an engagement session. It builds our relationship and trust (see below), so you feel completely comfortable by the time your wedding day comes. You've probably never been photographed by a professional, and that is 100% okay - most of our couples haven't. We're here to make the process simple and fun! During moments in-between our prompts, we'll give you space to interact, steal kisses, giggle about that silly thing you just did, snuggle up, and live in the moment. By the end of your session, you'll leave feeling like you've just made a friend. When you invest in us, you'll walk away with so much more than just quality photos. You'll gain lifelong photographers and friends.

Our photography approach is to document what's real.

The Approach

The last thing you want is a complete stranger showing up on your wedding day! This fact is wild but true: you'll likely spend more hours on your wedding day with your photographer and wedding party than with your new spouse. Make sure you spend those hours with people who make you feel supported, safe, understood, and heard. Having complete trust in one another will help us tell your story more genuinely. From your initial reach out to your gallery delivery, we're here for you every step and for every chapter after.

Building a relationship with our couples is a vital part of our process

The Relationship

It can be an overwhelming process selecting your wedding vendors and deciding where to invest. We know your wedding day is filled with people you have thoughtfully chosen to be there, and your vendors should be no different! While all wedding vendors play an essential role in bringing your vision to life, after the day has come and gone, your photos are what remain. Wedding photos become keepsakes you'll proudly share with generations to come, and they'll only become more valuable over the years. Our pricing is based on our time spent with you capturing your day and on time spent behind the scenes, learning to serve our couples even better, professional equipment and software, editing, and all other costs for running a business. We're here to tell you: investing in quality is worth it, and down the road, you'll be so thankful you did. We are happy to offer flexible payment plans to help you out.

You deserve quality.

The Value

Ready to reach out? Head over to our Connection page, complete the form, and you'll be sent our current pricing automatically.

TODAY

Within a week, I'll be in touch personally! We'll discuss packages and pricing and determine if we're a good fit! If we feel a little more connection is needed, let's schedule a phone or video call!

LET'S CONNECT

It's official, we're your photographers, and your date is reserved! The contract has been signed, the deposit is paid, and now it's time for the fun part - planning your engagement session! Need a flexible payment plan? We're happy to help!

BOOKED

I'd love to follow each other on social media to grow our connection even more! I love staying up to date on all your latest adventures (I wanna see all the travel photos, pet selfies, and yummy restaurants you try!) If questions come up during this in-between time, please know you can reach out ANY time for any reason. We'll be there for you! We've seen it all and are happy to share our expertise to help you plan the best day ever.

LET'S STAY IN TOUCH

I'll send over a Detail Questionnaire to gather all the most accurate information about your big day, including your timeline, vision, shot list, and more! Need a little help with the timeline? I got you! After you complete the questionnaire, I'll schedule a meeting for us to go over your answers and any other questions either of us may have.

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

We'll arrive and capture all the moments - the love, the tears, the hugs, and so much more. We'll dance with you while capturing your sweet moves on the dancefloor, and we'll celebrate the incredible day you've spent so long planning. We did it. You're married!!!

BEST DAY EVER

within 6-8 weeks after your wedding!

EVERYTHING IS DELIVERED

THE RHOADEMAP

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Wedding Timeline Assistance

Up to 10 hours of wedding photography

High resolution online wedding gallery

Print Shop within Your Gallery

Friends and photographers for life!

When you book with us, you get...

Sarah was such a dream to work with! When I first reached out to her, she responded within 24 hours and continued to be super responsive after that. Her editing style is what had drawn my eye to her work and I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed with our engagement pictures or wedding pictures. Our pictures glowed with warmth and romance—which was exactly what I had wanted. Sarah was patient, kind, open-minded, and professional. I would recommend Sarah to anyone and everyone! I am so looking forward to having her capture more milestones in mine and my husband’s life!

"Our pictures glowed with warmth and romance"

I really can’t say enough about Sarah and Jake. I highly HIGHLY recommend Sarah Zakula Photography. She was so easy to work with, and really did a spectacular job capturing our wedding day. Our wedding album was provided to us WAY sooner than we expected and I couldn’t be happier with the editing and the amount of photos we got. I was literally crying going through them, it was like reliving the day all over again. 10/10 beautiful work.

"it was like reliving the day all over again"

Sarah is so incredible to start off with! My wife and I have had our engagement session, resave the date session, our wedding, and now our family photos and every single time Sarah has amazed us! Even just now when looking back at our wedding photos we realized Sarah and Jake did such a fantastic job of hiding the mic our videographer used during our ceremony. She is so great at such little details that truthfully we didn't even notice until now! Thank you so much for being awesome, can't wait for the next opportunity we can come up with to get another shoot!

"so great at such little details that truthfully we didn't even notice until now!"

I love Sarah! She's easy going and truly captures the real moments, not the "staged" pictures. She's communicative and responsive. Also, Jake was so fun to have on our wedding day. He adds a light heartedness that brings out the best of you and your spouse.

"captures the real moments, not the 'staged' pictures"

Sarah and Jake were amazing to work with from day one. Sarah's communication is very quick. She has great packages for everyone no matter what you are looking for. Her ideas are endless, and she even let us try some ideas we had for pictures. We will definitely be using Sarah's incredible skills for future pictures. I recommend her for any of your photography needs. The pictures we got back from both our engagement pictures and wedding pictures had us speechless!

"Her ideas are endless"

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FAQ'S

No. Your photos will be delivered as high-resolution JPEG files, edited in our signature style. By investing in us as your photographers, you're also investing and trusting in our editing expertise.

Your wedding gallery will include EVERY photo from your day that is not a duplicate, under/overexposed, blurry, closed eyes, etc. We take the time to sort through your photos and deliver all the best ones. Rest assured, we will never keep a beautiful image from you or limit your gallery to a certain number!

On average, engagement session galleries typically include 100-150 images. For 10 hours of wedding photography, we usually deliver 1,000-1,200 photos.

This question is common and often a bit misguided. Copyright is the right to copy, but that is not necessary for most people to utilize their photos. We remain the owners of the copyright, as the original creators of the product. We do not grant others the right to alter or copy our original work. However, you will have printing rights and a print shop in your gallery, as well as the ability to share your photos on social media to your heart's content!

No. You cannot remove things like an engagement session or a second photographer from any package to reduce its price. Even if you choose not to utilize your engagement session, the package price remains the same. However, if you need a custom amount of hours for your package, like 7 or 9, we are happy to create a custom package for that reason.

Yes! For weddings, a 20% non-refundable retainer is required upon contract signing to reserve your date. The remaining balance is due one month before your wedding. You are welcome to log in and make payments any time between now and then (for example, you could make payments monthly).

For convenience, all payments are processed online through Stripe. My client portal makes it easy to pay via credit/debit or bank transfer.

This has never happened, and I truly hope it never does! I will do everything in my power to make sure I'm there on your wedding day. However, if I truly cannot be there, I have an excellent network of other talented local photographers I can contact to step in. A situation like this would be handled on a case-by-case basis!

Absolutely. We welcome and celebrate all love!

YES, I love dogs! If you plan to, let me know ahead of time, so I can make sure the location allows dogs, and please try to bring a friend or family member to take the dog(s) while we're doing photos of just you two lovebirds! Having that person hold treats above my head helps too :)

Of course! Over the years, I've learned a lot about what photographs best, and I'm happy to give feedback on your ideas! Most importantly, I want you to feel like yourselves. If a dress and heels or a suit isn't your vibe, wear what makes you feel comfy & confident!

We can totally reschedule your engagement session if the weather looks bad. For a wedding day, we roll with the punches and adjust as needed! I always have several clear umbrellas in my car just in case, and we can move to a covered/indoor area if we need to!

What can Open Rhoades Photo do for you?