KAREN
RAINIER

Maryland & Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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 weddings     ||     portraits    ||    boudoir    

Based between Lancaster PA & Baltimore MD

available for travel everywhere

that's what she said... 

"Wow! We are absolutely blown away by our wedding photo collection. Karen truly captured every moment, smile, crazy dance move, and emotion from that day. We have had an amazing experience with her, to say the least. From our initial meeting to our engagement session, wedding timeline meeting to our wedding day...just amazing! Her calm and supportive presence throughout it all made us feel so comfortable. It felt like she was part of the family- and we both recognize how special that is. You truly captured our wedding day like we never thought possible. We will be looking through these photos for years to come and we will always remember how special our photographer was.

From the bottom of our hearts- thank you!"- Lauren
                                                                                                                                

Vibes & Values

The Values

Your photographer will be following you around like the paparazzi during one of your most special days, so you better not only like their photos, but their vibe. So here’s what you can expect from me on your wedding day: I will joke with your friends and help you find your shoes. I will cry during the mother-son dance and clean up broken glass off the dancefloor when things get wild. I will take a 3 minute dance break if my favorite song comes on. I will make sure you don’t have flyaways, and I will bring 14 clear umbrellas in case of rain. All day long I will make you feel like a freaking rockstar, all while tripping over my own feet constantly lol. On your wedding day I will be professional, fun, awkward, and at the end of the day you will know without a doubt, that I care about your wedding as much as you do.  

The Visual Aesthetic

Some photographers pride themselves on providing fly-on-the-wall documentation of moments, and some are more concerned with posing and styling details to make things look fine-art and flattering. I don't believe these two things need to be mutually exclusive. I want you to experience all of the moments, but also have a little help posing so you know the answer to “what do I do with my hands??” So my approach to photography is to provide you a combination of expertise and artistry that not only creatively documents the once in a lifetime moments and personal details, but also helps guide you in the planning process and on your day, so that you are able to be completely present and experience and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest and have FUN (and look freaking amazing doing it lol!) 

2020 + 2021

Wedding Collections

every collection includes...

1.

custom wedding day timeline 

2.

six to ten hours of wedding coverage

3.

gallery of high-resolution edited photos

4.

print release to print photos anywhere

5.

engagement session

6.

gift card credit for wall art and professional prints  

Collections begin at $3750

optional services include...

additional hourly coverage, albums, boudoir, anniversary sessions, adventure or destination engagement sessions, day-before or day-after wedding portrait sessions, keepsakes & wall art

Eloping? Having a simple, intimate wedding? YASSS.

Elopement & intimate wedding packages start at $1450 

 want more info? let's do it. 

FAQ

Do You Travel? 

Absolutely! There may be travel fees for locations 2+ hours from my studio.

Do You Have Insurance? 

Yep, I am fully insured!

Is this your full-time job?

Yes, I have been shooting weddings full time for 5 years now.

What is your shooting style?

I use the words authentic and eclectic to describe my style. "Authentic" because my goal is to take photos that are emotive and transport you back to a moment. I want to document your day in a way that captures *your* style and personalities and the emotions of the event. "Eclectic" because I draw inspiration from many different photography styles: I mix fine-art detail styling with flattering and romantic posing with the story-telling style of a journalistic approach. I also help you plan your day and take a very client-centered perspective by connecting with you and understanding your preferences and what makes your day unique. I work with natural light, shadow and flash to properly and creatively illuminate my subjects so that the photos look both artistic and flattering. 

How would you describe your Editing style?

I edit purposely to create the most accurate color tones. My goal is for the photos to show what things actually looked like, which means I avoid popular editing trends that we all might regret ten years from now (which I can personally vouch for as a bride because some of my own wedding photos from 2008 are edited in sepia and using selective color- yikes LOL). Along those lines, I also don't really fall into the categories of "light and airy" or "moody" editing, I just want the photos to be beautiful with accurate natural tones.

are you LGBTQ+ friendly?

Absolutely of course.  Love is love.

 

Do we need a second photographer?

Maybe. Let's chat about the logistics of your wedding day and your photography preferences and I will help you decide.

Some factors that make a second photographer necessary are: more than one location, large bridal party or family.

When will I Get My Photos ?

I deliver/post sneak peeks within a week after your wedding or session.

For the final gallery, the average turnaround is 1-2 weeks for engagements & portraits, 6-8 weeks for weddings.

What is a "print credit"?

You get the digital photos with a print release to print your photos anywhere you want, but why pay thousands for me to take and carefully edit your photos only to have some teenager in Walmart print them via a crappy machine? I want you to have the opportunity to get professional prints or wall art, so I include a credit to buy pro products in all of my packages. When you see the difference, you will understand why ;) 

CAN YOU PHOTOSHOP MY BUTT TO LOOK LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN'S?

Yes and no. Yes, I use flattering posing, careful use of angles and meticulous editing to help you look like the best version of yourself. That said, I value self-love, body positivity and authenticity, and you should too (especially if you hired me)! That means if your butt doesn't already look like Kim K's, it probably won't look like it in your edited photos, either, ut that is ok, because I am quite certain your butt is amazing already lol!  In all seriousness though: I don't typically do extensive editing to change things that make you you because I like you the way you are. Things like color correction and small blemish removal are included, but things like digitally altering your body shape are not. However if it is something you desperately want, it can usually be done but there is a per-image flat rate fee associated with those types of extensive edits. 

Why is an engagement session so important?

I include engagements in every collection because it is a chance for me to get to know your posing and photography preferences and for us to get comfortable working together. It is a practice run and makes everyone a lot more comfortable and confident on the wedding day. After all, do you really want a relative stranger showing up on the most important day of your life? It is so beneficial for us to get to know each other ahead of time and an engagement session is the perfect opportunity! 

 engagement sessions included  in every collection

The Process

01

Meet & Greet

 

We can meet in person

or chat on the phone to discuss your wedding vision. This is a chance to give me all of the details and ask questions to be sure we are the best fit. 

02

Booking & Contract

 

We'll go over the contract together. A signed contract + retainer fee secures your date. You will also fill out your engagement questionnaire so that I can tailor a personalized experience for you.

03

04

Timeline & final consult

 

I will send you a pre-wedding questionnaire and we will chat on the phone and create a custom timeline together about 60-90 days prior to your wedding date (earlier if that is your preference). This will ensure you will be able to be present and relax during your wedding.

05

Image delivery

 

Sneak peeks will be delivered within one week of your wedding. Your final gallery will be edited and delivered within 8-10 weeks of your wedding date. 

EngagemenT

Session

 

We will get to know

each other at your engagement session.

It is the perfect chance

for you to see yourselves in my work, and for me

to get to know your preferences.

so...are we a good fit? 

I take a limited number of weddings per year in order to ensure that I am working with couples I can connect with, so that I am able to provide the same personalized experience to each and every client. That said, you may love my photos, but my shooting style is not for everyone.

 

Here are some things that I have been known to ask of my clients in order to get that "perfect shot":

  • Trust me. I promise I have a plan. Take risks and go on adventures with me. Also, know that what looks best in camera isn't always what you see with your naked eye and trust me to find the best locations and the best light. Sometimes you are going to think I am crazy, but if you like unique artistic photos, you gotta take some risks :) 
     

  • Be kind. Be Bold. Be Yourself. Don't be afraid to show your emotions or be a little extra for photos (translation: go big or go home with your outfit choices haha)
     

  • Let me use the golden light. I can shoot anywhere, in any light, but if you want the glowy golden light or the vibrant sky, understand that only happens at certain times of day. Many of the most epic and dramatic shots you see in my work happen during golden hour, sunset and sunrise, or after dark during the reception. I would never ask you to sacrifice your wedding day experience for photos but if you and I plan your timeline carefully we should have no issue carving out a 5-10 minute slot to catch that golden light! Let's take advantage of that amazing light and make some magic! 
     

  • Don't be afraid to be a little silly or get a little dirty. Don't take yourselves or this experience too seriously- it will be fun if you let it be, I promise. 
     

  • Value artistry and creativity. I need a little artistic freedom to make that magic happen :)
     

  • Value love, people and moments (over stuff and minor details). If you focus on what matters: your loved ones and all of the beautiful moments unfolding, then that positive energy will shine through in your photos. 

"I just want to be friends...

plus a little extra.

Also, I love you."

- Dwight K. Schrute

"Karen took our engagement photos and wedding photos and let me just say ... she KICKS ASS!

Her personality sets her apart. She is quirky, bubbly, and gives great direction.

We love that she offers a way to get prints directly from her to Ensure the best quality!

I also am obsessed with Karen’s style- flawless and timeless.

Can’t wait to work with her again soon!"- Cameron

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