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Spindle Photography

Birmingham , AL
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Birmingham, AL 35209 US (map)

PHONE

205-356-2061

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ABOUT US

I’m Kelly Cummings, the Don Quixote* behind Spindle Photography. I’m drawn to photographing people, their lives, pretend lives, pretty things. I am passionate about lots of things, all... Read more
I’m Kelly Cummings, the Don Quixote* behind Spindle Photography. I’m drawn to photographing people, their lives, pretend lives, pretty things. I am passionate about lots of things, all at once, and fortunately photography is greatly aided by that. I’ve had the privilege of shooting weddings, portraits, maternity sessions, commercial products and places, musicians, models and aspiring models, friends, food, events, and details. I’ve learned from teachers, darkrooms, magazines, friends, mentors, experience, and now I’m making things happen.

I’m a Francophile, most especially in the Kelly-American ideal world where they all wear stripes and eat pain au chocolat for breakfast, and every outdoor cafe experience (especially those at a place called Cafe Amelie in New Orleans) makes me feel even more like a Frenchwoman than when I finally really went last year and realized I didn’t speak French. I don’t wear a watch so to figure out what time it is I take photos of my feet and see what time my camera says. Which means I have a lot of pictures of my feet (one day you may be so lucky to see them and all my comfy wedding shoes), and that I should be better at military time.

*The thesaurus suggested that Don Quixote and visionary are synonyms and I’m not one to argue with reference books.

Wedding day coverage begins at $3000 with collections ranging from $3500-5000. To inquire about a date, you can fill out the contact form on my website! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
digital
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
yes
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Nikon d700 and d300, light stands and umbrellas, and a wide range of professional Nikkor lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
yes
Do you charge hourly or full day?
full day
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, if you would like an additional event photographed, such as a rehearsal dinner or day after shoot, the cost will be $300. Another full day of coverage (for multi-day weddings) would be $800.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes, travel fees include transportation and accomodations if the event is more than an hour from Birmingham, AL or Raleigh, NC (accomodations only if necessary)
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
The proofs are guaranteed to be ready within a month for a standard, one day event.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
digitally, either online or by cd.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
yes, a high resolution cd is included in the packages.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, included in all packages is online hosting of your images for 3 months.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Flushmount, hardbound 10x10 Bride and Groom albums with 80-90 images. 8x8 Parent albums and 8x8 Engagement Guestbooks are always available.
When will the client get the final album?
My goal is to get the client an album within three months, but is dependent on approval and revisions of the design by the client.

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Heather
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Kelly! She was easy going and worked well with the chaos of the wedding day. Kelly was able to catch the aspects of our amazing day, but blend in so we didn't feel each moment was posed with the thought of pictures. We were able to do our engagement, bridal, and wedding day with Kelly and each outing was better than the next. Also she was helpful in making decisions on vendors, schedules, and timelines of when and where to do things to make our wedding day go as smoothly as it did.
We loved working with Kelly! She was easy going and worked well with the chaos of the wedding day. Kelly was able to catch Read more...
We loved working with Kelly! She was easy going and worked well with the chaos of the wedding day. Kelly was able to catch the aspects of our amazing day, but blend in so we didn't feel each moment was posed with the thought of pictures. We were able to do our engagement, bridal, and wedding day with Kelly and each outing was better than the next. Also she was helpful in making decisions on vendors, schedules, and timelines of when and where to do things to make our wedding day go as smoothly as it did. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Spindle photography was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. A very professional business and amazing photos.
Spindle photography was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. A very professional business and amazing photos. Read more...
Spindle photography was one of the best decisions I made for our wedding. A very professional business and amazing photos. Read less
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Elisabeth
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
It was great to work with Kelly and I reccommend her to everyone!
It was great to work with Kelly and I reccommend her to everyone!
It was great to work with Kelly and I reccommend her to everyone! Read less
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Taryn
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The best advice I can give to a bride is to hire Spindle Photography! The owner and photographer, Kelly, is fantastic. I am blown away by every single one of my wedding pictures. She captured every moment and every detail--she didn't miss anything. Also, Kelly uses light in a really wonderful way, so be sure to get some sunset photos. She has so much talent and skill, and you will be thrilled with the results.

In addition to being a great photographer, Kelly is so pleasant to be around. Your photographer will be with you all day on your wedding day, so it's important to choose someone who is easy to get along with and fun. Kelly is the perfect choice.
The best advice I can give to a bride is to hire Spindle Photography! The owner and photographer, Kelly, is fantastic. I Read more...
The best advice I can give to a bride is to hire Spindle Photography! The owner and photographer, Kelly, is fantastic. I am blown away by every single one of my wedding pictures. She captured every moment and every detail--she didn't miss anything. Also, Kelly uses light in a really wonderful way, so be sure to get some sunset photos. She has so much talent and skill, and you will be thrilled with the results.

In addition to being a great photographer, Kelly is so pleasant to be around. Your photographer will be with you all day on your wedding day, so it's important to choose someone who is easy to get along with and fun. Kelly is the perfect choice. Read less
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Maegan
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough kind words about Kelly. She was AMAZING to work with from the moment we had our initial meeting with her in her office (before we even signed our contract) to the day she sent us our wedding photos (way ahead of schedule, I might add) almost a year after our first meeting. Not only that, she is one of the kindest people I've ever met and quickly makes you feel more like you are working with a friend than just a normal vendor. Her work speaks for itself - we used her for engagement photos, bridal portraits, and, of course, our wedding day and I couldn't be more pleased with all of the pictures. She has an amazing eye for detail and composition and somehow manages to beautifully (and discreetly) capture every detail and element of your big day and do it in a way that is naturally beautiful (without a lot of unrealistic filters and airbrushing). Finding the perfect photographer was high on my priority list, so I definitely had high expectations. Kelly went above and beyond and blew those expectations out of the water. Needless to say, we cannot recommend her enough! In fact, we're trying to find other excuses to use her ;) Thanks again, Kelly for capturing our day so perfectly and providing us with such stunning images to enjoy for years to come!
I cannot say enough kind words about Kelly. She was AMAZING to work with from the moment we had our initial meeting with Read more...
I cannot say enough kind words about Kelly. She was AMAZING to work with from the moment we had our initial meeting with her in her office (before we even signed our contract) to the day she sent us our wedding photos (way ahead of schedule, I might add) almost a year after our first meeting. Not only that, she is one of the kindest people I've ever met and quickly makes you feel more like you are working with a friend than just a normal vendor. Her work speaks for itself - we used her for engagement photos, bridal portraits, and, of course, our wedding day and I couldn't be more pleased with all of the pictures. She has an amazing eye for detail and composition and somehow manages to beautifully (and discreetly) capture every detail and element of your big day and do it in a way that is naturally beautiful (without a lot of unrealistic filters and airbrushing). Finding the perfect photographer was high on my priority list, so I definitely had high expectations. Kelly went above and beyond and blew those expectations out of the water. Needless to say, we cannot recommend her enough! In fact, we're trying to find other excuses to use her ;) Thanks again, Kelly for capturing our day so perfectly and providing us with such stunning images to enjoy for years to come! Read less
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Hollie
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I can not begin to say enough good things about Kelly and the beautiful images and experience she created for our engagement and wedding day. If you are looking for an extremely talented photographer with a sweet personality and work ethic to boot, hire Kelly. You will not regret it! She is worth. every. penny.
I can not begin to say enough good things about Kelly and the beautiful images and experience she created for our Read more...
I can not begin to say enough good things about Kelly and the beautiful images and experience she created for our engagement and wedding day. If you are looking for an extremely talented photographer with a sweet personality and work ethic to boot, hire Kelly. You will not regret it! She is worth. every. penny. Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Kelly was absolutely wonderful. She and her assistant were very organized and able to capture every moment of our day beautifully. Some of our favorite photos are of us on a stairway platform outside, with the cityscape behind us-- it was a photo opportunity Kelly had an eye for and came out great! Kelly was a delight to work with, is incredibly sweet, and very conscientious. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a highly talented professional photographer to capture their special day.
Kelly was absolutely wonderful. She and her assistant were very organized and able to capture every moment of our day Read more...
Kelly was absolutely wonderful. She and her assistant were very organized and able to capture every moment of our day beautifully. Some of our favorite photos are of us on a stairway platform outside, with the cityscape behind us-- it was a photo opportunity Kelly had an eye for and came out great! Kelly was a delight to work with, is incredibly sweet, and very conscientious. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a highly talented professional photographer to capture their special day. Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
7/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Kelly was brilliant, friendly, and easy to work with!
Kelly was brilliant, friendly, and easy to work with!
Kelly was brilliant, friendly, and easy to work with! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Finding the perfect photographer was the most important item on my wedding checklist. Kelly was just that. PERFECT. Her work speaks for itself. Once you see what she can do you will not want anyone else to shoot your special day.
Finding the perfect photographer was the most important item on my wedding checklist. Kelly was just that. PERFECT. Her Read more...
Finding the perfect photographer was the most important item on my wedding checklist. Kelly was just that. PERFECT. Her work speaks for itself. Once you see what she can do you will not want anyone else to shoot your special day. Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Kelly was the perfect wedding photographer! Leading up to the event, she was a dream to work with. She always replied quickly to questions and concerns, and she seemed just as excited about the wedding as I was. It's easy to see how much she loves her work.

For the wedding itself, Kelly did an AMAZING job. She's easy to be around, so all of our photos seem natural, never too posed. She and her assistant worked quickly. I loved that all the family photos seemed to take only a few minutes. That gave us more time to be with your wedding party and just have fun.

The photos turned out beautifully! Our venue, flowers, my dress, everything looked even better in the photos than I remember it being in person. Every shot is precious to me, and I know I'll cherish them forever. Yay Kelly!
Kelly was the perfect wedding photographer! Leading up to the event, she was a dream to work with. She always replied Read more...
Kelly was the perfect wedding photographer! Leading up to the event, she was a dream to work with. She always replied quickly to questions and concerns, and she seemed just as excited about the wedding as I was. It's easy to see how much she loves her work.

For the wedding itself, Kelly did an AMAZING job. She's easy to be around, so all of our photos seem natural, never too posed. She and her assistant worked quickly. I loved that all the family photos seemed to take only a few minutes. That gave us more time to be with your wedding party and just have fun.

The photos turned out beautifully! Our venue, flowers, my dress, everything looked even better in the photos than I remember it being in person. Every shot is precious to me, and I know I'll cherish them forever. Yay Kelly! Read less
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