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alders photography

North Hills , CA
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i am jenny smith, creator and photographer for alders photography. i provide modern sensibilities with antique touches to your wedding. with the use of both professional digital and... Read more
i am jenny smith, creator and photographer for alders photography. i provide modern sensibilities with antique touches to your wedding. with the use of both professional digital and playful film cameras, i aim to document and capture your day in artful ways.

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Negatives, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I provide color, black and white, or sepia options for my photos. I shy away from selective color or other special effects. I like to let the natural integrity of the photo shine through, rather than manipulating it.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Weddings provide ALL kinds of lighting situations. I am a natural light user, only pulling out my flash when absolutely necessary. I want to document how it actually looked and felt on your wedding day. A flash usually destroys that.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I prefer to use both Canon digital and funky film cameras since both offer a different feel and effect.
How many photographers do you work with?
I have a stable of trusted professionals that have become my friends and that I fully trust to shoot with me. I would prefer to think of them as another photographer at the event, rather than my "second shooter" or "assistant".
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I, Jenny Smith, will always be at you wedding from start to finish.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Your wedding day only happens once, and I firmly believe in dedicating my full attention to your whole day. So, no, I don't shoot more than one per day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Again, my stable of trusted photographers are always on hand in case of a dire emergency. But I have never needed them for the 150+ weddings in over 5 years of shooting.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring a number of bodies, lenses, and extra equipment for whatever situation I am presented with. One of the skills I have is the ability to assess the lighting situation in a matter of minute and shoot accordingly.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Absolutely!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I would work with you ahead of time to determine the number of hours needed for your day and put together a package accordingly.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
$250 per hour for 2 photographers
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Except for quickly eating during your meal, no breaks are taken.
Do you charge for travel?
I love traveling just as much as I love weddings! I would be happy to cover your event wherever that may take me. I just ask that you pay for my travel needs.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
about 2-4 weeks!
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
2 weeks after your event, the best 100 photos are presented as 5x7 prints in a proof box. These photos have been extensively retouched (blemishes, reshaping, color correction, etc.) to show you the potential for all your photos. At about the four week mark, roughly 500 photos will be available for viewing and ordering through a private online gallery.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
The 5x7 proofs are yours to keep forever!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes, I provide them on an 8 GB flash drive that is also yours to keep!
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer two kinds: a fine art coffee table book with archival matte pages that are scored and folded, providing truly panoramic design as well as a classic matted book providing individually placed and matted photographic prints. I love designing books just as much as shooting the wedding day. It provides a way to showcase the work for you and your family, and I enjoy the ongoing relationships with my clients that it naturally provides!
When will the client get the final album?
The predesign of your book is given to you at the same time you receive your proofs. From there we will work together to do a limited number of changes before the book is sent to be printed and bound. You will receive your book within a month after that.

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natalie.schaffer@gmail.com
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow! I don’t even know where to start. Jenny is a stellar photographer, but was also an incredible source of support during our big day. She and her team were a calming presence in what could have been a very stressful and overwhelming day. Jenny and Jordan made getting ready fun; we even had a good time during the obligatory family photos. Jenny made sure that our couples shots never felt stagey or forced. She truly understood that if we were comfortable and in-the-moment, our photos would turn out beautifully. Jenny did an excellent job of utilizing our surroundings and creating the perfect inspiration. Jenny encouraged us to be ourselves and perfectly captured the intimacy and fun of our special day.

Alders Photography is the absolute best!
Wow! I don’t even know where to start. Jenny is a stellar photographer, but was also an incredible source of support Read more...
Wow! I don’t even know where to start. Jenny is a stellar photographer, but was also an incredible source of support during our big day. She and her team were a calming presence in what could have been a very stressful and overwhelming day. Jenny and Jordan made getting ready fun; we even had a good time during the obligatory family photos. Jenny made sure that our couples shots never felt stagey or forced. She truly understood that if we were comfortable and in-the-moment, our photos would turn out beautifully. Jenny did an excellent job of utilizing our surroundings and creating the perfect inspiration. Jenny encouraged us to be ourselves and perfectly captured the intimacy and fun of our special day.

Alders Photography is the absolute best! Read less
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Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF WORKING WITH JENNY SMITH!!! She is the best. We decided to do an engagement photo shoot and it was one of the best decisions we made. It got us familiar with her style of shooting. Jenny really has a great creative eye! She was really attentive through out the whole planing process even letting me borrow some props for my wedding day. I seriously know that hiring her was one of the best choices i made through the planing process. We received a sneak peek of our wedding a few days after and the pics were amazing. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos!!!
LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF WORKING WITH JENNY SMITH!!! She is the best. We decided to do an engagement photo shoot and it was Read more...
LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF WORKING WITH JENNY SMITH!!! She is the best. We decided to do an engagement photo shoot and it was one of the best decisions we made. It got us familiar with her style of shooting. Jenny really has a great creative eye! She was really attentive through out the whole planing process even letting me borrow some props for my wedding day. I seriously know that hiring her was one of the best choices i made through the planing process. We received a sneak peek of our wedding a few days after and the pics were amazing. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos!!! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
8/9/2013
5.0/5.0
There is a reason Jenny has a perfect score, no she did not pay us or offer HomeTown Buffet coupons, Jenny is truly a 5 star photographer. Planning and producing a wedding is harder than people can really imagine. I mean how many times have you ever thrown a party for a 100+ people? There are just a lot of "moving parts" to a wedding and while the process is worth it, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having Jenny on the Jindra/Sawyer Wedding Team, made the process easier.

Our first meeting was love at first sight. We got to see examples of her work and she clearly explained her process and style. Throughout the planning she had ridiculously quick response time to emails and was generously flexible when scheduling our engagement shoot.

During our wedding, she effortlessly took charge of the group shots, organizing everyone in a kind and efficient manner. Then for the rest of the night she was like a stealthy, photographer ninja, slipping in and out of the shadows, barely detectable. (Later my grandmother was surprised to see many beautiful shots of her and I together, because she had insisted that "no one took any pictures of [her].") Did I mention that Jenny also stood in the rain, taking pictures soaking wet because my ceremony got rained out? Yep, she is a ninja.

You really only have to look at her website to see the extent of her talent. Her work is exquisite. Not only does she capture the details and the people, she captures the feelings and emotions. Of course I have 100's of beautiful shots, but some of my favorites are of my bridesmaids laugh-crying during our ceremony, the "behind the scenes" shots of the caterers in the kitchen, the shy flower girl and my husband lettin' it all hang out on the dance floor at the end of the night.

Not only is she a talented photographer, she is a little red-headed ray of sunshine and a joy to be around. Without a doubt 5 STARS!
There is a reason Jenny has a perfect score, no she did not pay us or offer HomeTown Buffet coupons, Jenny is truly a 5 Read more...
There is a reason Jenny has a perfect score, no she did not pay us or offer HomeTown Buffet coupons, Jenny is truly a 5 star photographer. Planning and producing a wedding is harder than people can really imagine. I mean how many times have you ever thrown a party for a 100+ people? There are just a lot of "moving parts" to a wedding and while the process is worth it, it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having Jenny on the Jindra/Sawyer Wedding Team, made the process easier.

Our first meeting was love at first sight. We got to see examples of her work and she clearly explained her process and style. Throughout the planning she had ridiculously quick response time to emails and was generously flexible when scheduling our engagement shoot.

During our wedding, she effortlessly took charge of the group shots, organizing everyone in a kind and efficient manner. Then for the rest of the night she was like a stealthy, photographer ninja, slipping in and out of the shadows, barely detectable. (Later my grandmother was surprised to see many beautiful shots of her and I together, because she had insisted that "no one took any pictures of [her].") Did I mention that Jenny also stood in the rain, taking pictures soaking wet because my ceremony got rained out? Yep, she is a ninja.

You really only have to look at her website to see the extent of her talent. Her work is exquisite. Not only does she capture the details and the people, she captures the feelings and emotions. Of course I have 100's of beautiful shots, but some of my favorites are of my bridesmaids laugh-crying during our ceremony, the "behind the scenes" shots of the caterers in the kitchen, the shy flower girl and my husband lettin' it all hang out on the dance floor at the end of the night.

Not only is she a talented photographer, she is a little red-headed ray of sunshine and a joy to be around. Without a doubt 5 STARS! Read less
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Karli
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Jenny was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. From our very first meeting with Jenny, we knew we didn't want to even meet with anyone else. We felt so comfortable around her, and she is so incredibly knowledgable about her craft. You can tell that she takes great pride in her work. We are so incredibly happy with our photos - both engagement and wedding. On top of everything, she was incredibly prompt, friendly, and helped me with any questions I had about the wedding planning process.
Jenny was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. From our very first meeting with Jenny, we knew we didn't want to Read more...
Jenny was such a wonderful photographer for our wedding. From our very first meeting with Jenny, we knew we didn't want to even meet with anyone else. We felt so comfortable around her, and she is so incredibly knowledgable about her craft. You can tell that she takes great pride in her work. We are so incredibly happy with our photos - both engagement and wedding. On top of everything, she was incredibly prompt, friendly, and helped me with any questions I had about the wedding planning process. Read less
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Malaika
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Alders. Jenny and Melanie were incredibly warm, engaging, and professional from our first meeting to the end of our reception. They listened to what we were looking for in our wedding photography and clearly explained their style and different options. We ended up selecting the package with Melanie as our lead photographer and were incredibly pleased with our choice.

Melanie was a joy to work with. She made us very comfortable at our UCLA engagement shoot, and we genuinely had a fun time despite our original nerves. She really put us at ease and allowed us to be ourselves. Our engagement photos turned out beautifully and the engagement book was a wonderful, memorable guest book for our wedding day. We got so many compliments!

Planning the wedding photography with Jenny and Melanie was very easy. We met with Jenny the week before the wedding to hammer out the final details. As always, she was on top of everything which gave us great peace of mind throughout the lead up to the wedding. Not to mention that Jenny’s feedback about the day-of timeline and photos were incredibly helpful and definitely made the day run smoother.

Melanie and her assistant photographer were fantastic on the day of the wedding. They worked their butts off and got the mix of details, bride and groom, family, and friend pictures we were looking for. They also did a great job of capturing but not interfering with the wedding, it was amazing to look back at the photos and think “I didn’t even know they were there when that happened!” By the end of the night, we felt like we were friends with Melanie and were so happy to have her at our wedding.

Most importantly, the photos were gorgeous and went up quickly. Their online site makes it the pictures easy to share and download for FREE which was truly appreciated by our guests.

Thank you Jenny and Melanie!!
I cannot say enough good things about Alders. Jenny and Melanie were incredibly warm, engaging, and professional from our Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Alders. Jenny and Melanie were incredibly warm, engaging, and professional from our first meeting to the end of our reception. They listened to what we were looking for in our wedding photography and clearly explained their style and different options. We ended up selecting the package with Melanie as our lead photographer and were incredibly pleased with our choice.

Melanie was a joy to work with. She made us very comfortable at our UCLA engagement shoot, and we genuinely had a fun time despite our original nerves. She really put us at ease and allowed us to be ourselves. Our engagement photos turned out beautifully and the engagement book was a wonderful, memorable guest book for our wedding day. We got so many compliments!

Planning the wedding photography with Jenny and Melanie was very easy. We met with Jenny the week before the wedding to hammer out the final details. As always, she was on top of everything which gave us great peace of mind throughout the lead up to the wedding. Not to mention that Jenny’s feedback about the day-of timeline and photos were incredibly helpful and definitely made the day run smoother.

Melanie and her assistant photographer were fantastic on the day of the wedding. They worked their butts off and got the mix of details, bride and groom, family, and friend pictures we were looking for. They also did a great job of capturing but not interfering with the wedding, it was amazing to look back at the photos and think “I didn’t even know they were there when that happened!” By the end of the night, we felt like we were friends with Melanie and were so happy to have her at our wedding.

Most importantly, the photos were gorgeous and went up quickly. Their online site makes it the pictures easy to share and download for FREE which was truly appreciated by our guests.

Thank you Jenny and Melanie!! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Jenny Smith to shoot our wedding and engagement photos was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. Hands down.

We ended up with photos that we LOVE. Jenny's photojournalistic style captured our wedding day in a really spectacular way. Plus she's got this infectious personality that is buoyant. When we were shooting both our engagement photos and our wedding photos, it was impossible not to have fun.

The nitty gritty: Jenny was responsive to any and all emails or phone calls. We initially met with her to learn about her business and her style, and we were sold. She had a handle on all situations at the wedding. She helped wrangle in all the relatives and get them together for all the family photos. We received all of our photo files so now we have a huge repository of high-res images our family and friends can download and print for free. The turnaround from wedding day to delivered image files was two weeks as promised, and we got to see a sneak peek on Jenny's blog almost immediately.

A great big thank you to Alders Photography for giving us an incredible memento of our wedding day!
Hiring Jenny Smith to shoot our wedding and engagement photos was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. Hands Read more...
Hiring Jenny Smith to shoot our wedding and engagement photos was one of the best decisions my husband and I made. Hands down.

We ended up with photos that we LOVE. Jenny's photojournalistic style captured our wedding day in a really spectacular way. Plus she's got this infectious personality that is buoyant. When we were shooting both our engagement photos and our wedding photos, it was impossible not to have fun.

The nitty gritty: Jenny was responsive to any and all emails or phone calls. We initially met with her to learn about her business and her style, and we were sold. She had a handle on all situations at the wedding. She helped wrangle in all the relatives and get them together for all the family photos. We received all of our photo files so now we have a huge repository of high-res images our family and friends can download and print for free. The turnaround from wedding day to delivered image files was two weeks as promised, and we got to see a sneak peek on Jenny's blog almost immediately.

A great big thank you to Alders Photography for giving us an incredible memento of our wedding day! Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
11/18/2011
5.0/5.0
If you love photojournalistic photography or just natural and beautiful photos, then this is the photographer you need. Jenny is a sweet and kind person. Her personality flows through her photos. She creates works of art from the weddings she photographs. If you don't have a videographer, no worries, Jenny will tell the story for you. After all, books were here long before video's were, and technology will always change, but that cherished album/photo will always carry more value.
If you love photojournalistic photography or just natural and beautiful photos, then this is the photographer you need. Read more...
If you love photojournalistic photography or just natural and beautiful photos, then this is the photographer you need. Jenny is a sweet and kind person. Her personality flows through her photos. She creates works of art from the weddings she photographs. If you don't have a videographer, no worries, Jenny will tell the story for you. After all, books were here long before video's were, and technology will always change, but that cherished album/photo will always carry more value. Read less
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Martha
Wedding:
5/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Jenny is absolutely wonderful! She is so easy to work with. She really makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. She takes such great shots!
Jenny is absolutely wonderful! She is so easy to work with. She really makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. She Read more...
Jenny is absolutely wonderful! She is so easy to work with. She really makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. She takes such great shots! Read less
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ins.kaderbhai
Wedding:
2/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was planned at the very last minute, so was a bit chaotic!! Jenny Smith at Alders Photography came highly recommended and having seen her website and her amazing work, I had no reservations in calling her.

Jenny was extremely friendly and very flexible. I wasn't able to give her much information about my wedding as it was still being planned. She was able to accommodate my needs without any hesitation.

When I actually met Jenny for the first time, it was on the wedding day! I was so impressed with how she just got on with clicking away and put everyone at ease.

The photographs were lovely, Jenny captured the day really well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alders Photography :-)
Our wedding was planned at the very last minute, so was a bit chaotic!! Jenny Smith at Alders Photography came highly Read more...
Our wedding was planned at the very last minute, so was a bit chaotic!! Jenny Smith at Alders Photography came highly recommended and having seen her website and her amazing work, I had no reservations in calling her.

Jenny was extremely friendly and very flexible. I wasn't able to give her much information about my wedding as it was still being planned. She was able to accommodate my needs without any hesitation.

When I actually met Jenny for the first time, it was on the wedding day! I was so impressed with how she just got on with clicking away and put everyone at ease.

The photographs were lovely, Jenny captured the day really well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Alders Photography :-) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Jenny has so much energy and was a blast to work with! Her enthusiasm definitely made our wedding day more enjoyable. I can't say enough about how wonderful she is and how talented a photographer she is.
Jenny has so much energy and was a blast to work with! Her enthusiasm definitely made our wedding day more enjoyable. I Read more...
Jenny has so much energy and was a blast to work with! Her enthusiasm definitely made our wedding day more enjoyable. I can't say enough about how wonderful she is and how talented a photographer she is. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I loved Jenny! She is amazing. Her work is awesome and she has great energy. I planned my wedding remotely and interviewed several photographers. I could tell from the first time we talked that she was the one. She mad us feel comfortable from the beginning. We even traveled to CA and added an engagement session. We loved the way she directed the session and her work basically speaks for itself. She has a great eye for beauty. She is worth every penny!
I loved Jenny! She is amazing. Her work is awesome and she has great energy. I planned my wedding remotely and interviewed Read more...
I loved Jenny! She is amazing. Her work is awesome and she has great energy. I planned my wedding remotely and interviewed several photographers. I could tell from the first time we talked that she was the one. She mad us feel comfortable from the beginning. We even traveled to CA and added an engagement session. We loved the way she directed the session and her work basically speaks for itself. She has a great eye for beauty. She is worth every penny! Read less
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