#2 – There is a back-up for our back-up
We hear horror stories all the time of photographers backing out, getting sick, showing up late, and many other things that no bride should have to ever have to worry or stress about. With Catherine Lea there is always a back up in place in case something happens. We are a team who is here to support each other which means supporting you as well and making sure that your wedding is stress free and just what you envision it will be. Whether we show up to hold an umbrella on a rainy wedding day, help lead a big crowd, or whatever the situation calls for, you can count on our team to take amazing care of you on your big day and step in when the need arises.

Congrats on your engagement! We are so excited for you! As you begin the wedding planning process, you are going to be faced with a lot of decisions. I might be bias... but I believe choosing your photographer may just be one of the most important ones you make! But it's just the facts! The day after your wedding, and decades after your wedding, your photography is the only thing you will walk away with from your wedding. Okay maybe the top tier of your cake will last for about a year.

We have no doubt the thought of a choosing an associate shooter can can cause feelings of nervousness, as it is a relatively new concept in our area. But we wanted to explain the process to you a little bit further and give you a handful of great reasons why an associate shooter could be the best choice for your wedding. 

#1 –Save that Money
Speaking from someone who just planned their own wedding this past May, I know that weddings are crazy expensive, and most of the time brides are working with a tight budget! Many times that budget determines the level of photographer you can hire. In the traditional wedding photography market, less budget equals a less experienced photographer. Depending on your budget, you may be hiring a wedding photographer who only has a few weddings under their belt. If you hire an associate photographer through my company you will save substantially against what it costs to hire a photographer of our experience level. However, you still get to take advantage of all the years and years of experience, planning, resources, organization and training that comes with an experienced photographer. You get access to all of Catherine Lea's session prep information, the CL bride experience, and everything that I provide to her my brides that have been the cornerstone of my business. 

#3 – Experience
When you hire an associate photographer with our team, you are gaining access to years and years of experience. From the over 100 weddings that Catherine has photographed, to the years of experience that our associates have shot, there isn’t a single thing that we haven’t seen, experienced or been through. So instead of hiring a photographer who is “just figuring things out” you are able to have access to professionals who have been through a lot. We are constantly in contact with each other, sharing ideas and experiences, so with any situation that might come up we can handle it and have probably been through it before and can make sure that we use that experience to make your day stress free and all those unique situations handled just perfectly.

#4 Engagements
Either myself, or my husband (we are quickly becoming a full-time husband wife team!) will photograph your engagement session. So you will get to work with both my rock-star associate and myself!

#5 – We have a proven system in place!
Each bride that works with our company gets the same experience. From session prep, vendor suggestions, timeline help, tons of other information and anything else you need we don’t hold anything back and no matter who you are you are important to us. We are grateful that of all the choices out there that you have chosen us and we want you to have the best of everything we have to offer. I have always prided herself for her organization, client experience, turnaround, and ability to connect with her brides and our associates and entire team are committed to providing you with all of those same ideals.

#6 – The office focuses on all the things photographers loathe, so they can focus on what they love…YOU!
The reality of life is that many photographers dread the business side of things. They got into photography because they love interacting with clients, love being a part of your big day, love capturing the moments and emotion of your wedding, and love the photography element. Though our associates have all had experience in running their own businesses and done an amazing job at it, if they had to choose business over shooting, they would leap at the chance to just create stunning images. Which is where our team jumps in. Our office takes care of all the editing and business aspects that make for a smooth and amazing experience, so your photographer can put their whole heart into being with you behind the camera. They are able to focus on the things that they love and we are able to take care of all the behind the scenes aspects that need to be top-notch as well that we love doing. Our Team Manager is amazing at keeping things organized, on schedule, and making sure you have everything you need. Abbey handles all of the client experience and business elements of things that she loves. So you gain an amazing photography experience, without having to sacrifice on the business end with a photographer who either doesn’t have the experience yet in that aspect or whose heart just isn’t in it.

We hope that you are as excited to work with us and we are to work with you. Please let us know what questions you have. We are here to help. Talk to you soon!

All About My Associates

Nicole & Corey

Before we get into all the reasons choosing an associate photographer is a smart choice, we want to explain to you exactly what an associate shooter at Catherine Lea Photography is. Many times when you hear the word “associate” and instantly you probably think of an assistant, someone who is less experienced, and someone who doesn’t have the ability or experience to shoot a wedding as the primary shooter. With us, that's not the case. All of our associates have years of experience shooting weddings as the lead shooter. But for personal reasons, whether it is to focus on their family, they don’t have the time or capacity to run a business, or they just wanted to be part of a team, each of them have joined us and we are so grateful.
In reality, there are several reasons why hiring and associate is beneficial for couples. To make it easy, I've listed them below! Also, For a Look at one of my recent associate's wedding, check out the gallery below.

Ella | Associate for CLP Associate

Rachel | CLP Associate

What are the benefits of hiring and associate?

Q: Do you deliver every image you shoot?
A: No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to want to dig through thousands of images to find the best ones, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. 

Q: Have you shot at my venue before?
A: We have shot at tons of venues in Colorado, so there is a good chance that we have. However, if we have not, I will schedule a visit with the venue to perform a thorough walk-through to scout out the best photography locations. We also do extensive online research prior to your big day.

Q: Do you do destination weddings? What additional fees are associated with destination weddings?
A: While Catherine Lea Photography is set out of Denver, we serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations. Because of our frequent trips to Texas, special, lower rates may apply depending on the specific circumstances. Contact us by clicking here.

Q: Are engagements included in your packages? 
The majority of my packages include complimentary engagement sessions. Why? Because I believe they are a) a blast b) a great way for us to get to know each other, and c) get you and your fiancé comfortable in front of the camera so you know exactly what to expect the day of the wedding. 

Q: Do you touch up all the images in our image download?
A: Yes we do. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique signature style of post production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any images, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones or other common photography flaws.

Q: What equipment do you use? 
I am a Canon gal, and use their very best equipment. 
1 5D Mark iv
2 5d Mark iii
Canon 50mm 1.2 L
Sigma 35mm 1.4
Canon 85mm 1.2 L
Canon 135mm 2.0
Canon 100mm macro 2.8
Canon 70mm-200mm 2.8
2 Canon Speedlite 580  Ex ii