Our Services

Intimate Weddings & Elopements

Planning Your Event

Many couples place a high value on a more intimate wedding ceremony. In fact, intimate weddings and elopements have become a trend.  There is a lot to be said for planning a more simplified, less stressful event and having the time to relax and visit with all your guests! Portraits by Thom specializes in the unique niche of Intimate Weddings and Elopement photography. 

There is an old saying that there are 20 “must-have” photos for any wedding. Carol and I will need a specific list of photos you desire. If you decide to have us photograph your Intimate wedding ceremony or Elopement, we’ll need to create a detailed list so no meaningful images are left out.   

Traditional photos include the preparation of the bride and groom, small details, the dress, shoes, the rings are a must-have for sure, the FIRST LOOK, private pre-wedding portraits of the couple and special guests if you like immediately after the first look, photos from the ceremony and of the venue. Just let us know in writing what photos are most important to both of you!

During the ceremony and preparations, I will continue to shoot photos to try and capture candid photos in between. This is where the most magical moments happen!  Carol and I believe there is no “one size fits all” ceremony, we are open to your unique ideas. If you have any, please let Carol and I know. 

 Intimate Wedding Package

Starting at $1,995.00 + Travel

The Essentials package includes all of the following items

  • A pre-wedding consultation to discuss your needs
  • 4.5 hrs of (1) photographer coverage + my photo assistant
  • Coverage begins with bride and groom preparation and ends at the opening of the dance party.
  • Post-processing and editing raw image files and conversion to jpeg files
  • Delivery of hi-resolution images via 3.0 Flash Drive.
  • Full image rights to make photo prints, cards, albums, and social share.
  • Additional coverage for myself and assistant is $325.00 hr.
  • Guestlist is traditionally from 25-40 people
  • Add wedding officiant   $395.00

 

My wife Carol is an interfaith Ordained Minister and can perform

marriages in all 50 states. Her fee includes the rehearsal. Carol would be happy to provide any additional details or answer any questions!

*Travel expenses include driving mileage beyond a 25-mile radius of New

Milford, Ct. and lodging if needed. A 50% downpayment to reserve is due

upon signing.  Guestlist for Intimate weddings range from 25-40*

 Elopement Packages

Starting at $1,350.00 + Travel/Lodging

The Elopement Package includes all of the following items

  • Your pre-elopement consultation to discuss your needs
  • 3.0 hours of (1) photographer coverage + my photo assistant
  • Coverage begins with bride and groom preparation and ends after post-ceremony Just Married portraits
  • Post-processing and editing raw image files and conversion to jpeg files
  • Delivery of Image Files is via 3.0 USB Flash Drive
  •  Full image rights to make photo prints, cards, albums, and social share
  •  Up to 25 guests.
  • Additional coverage for myself and my assistant is $325.00 hr
  • Add Wedding Officiant   $395.00

My wife Carol is an interfaith ordained minister and can perform marriages in

50 states. Her fee includes rehearsal. She would be happy to provide any

additional details or answer any questions!

 

*Travel expenses include driving mileage beyond a 25-mile radius of New

Milford, Ct + lodging if required. A 50% downpayment at signing is required to

reserve the date.

Engagement Sessions ~ Vow Renewals

Are You a Bride to be?

First, let us begin by saying Congratulations! We’d be thrilled to photograph your Engagement portraits! Carol & I encourage all couples to do an engagement session. In fact, most couples use the images for their Save the Dates. 

Carol and I don’t believe an engagement shoot is a one size fits all ordeal! You are unique, your engagement shots are as important to you as it should be for us. 

For the bride to be, we understand and recognize if you want joyful, genuine portraits of yourself and your new groom that you need more than just a few pretty pictures. You need a wonderful experience.

The Process Begins ~  by determining if we are the perfect fit for you.  We’ll begin by getting to know you a little online through email, and then proceed to meet up in person before setting a date for your engagement shoot. Also, keep in mind if you decide to use us for your intimate wedding ceremony, you’ll save $300.00 off your Engagement portraits!

Now that we’re friends, let’s make sure your planned date is safe and secure so we can make this a reality. We’ll go over the location or multiple locations if needed, determine if travel time is necessary, figure out a package that’s right for you, and speak about what to wear during your session. * To secure your date, we require a 50% deposit*

The Big Day of your engagement shoot! Before we take one photo, we’ll begin slowly and spend 15-20 minutes with you and do a brief posing tutorial. We’ll get you comfortable teach you everything, we thrive at making couples feel comfortable and confident. There are 4 “core poses” we work off. As we progress and you excel at this, we’ll get into more advanced poses.  

We also need to know stuff like.. what’s your best side to photograph, is there anything I should be aware of? We don’t want you feeling self-conscious about anything!  Repeat after me, Comfort and Confidence!  After the first 20 minutes of posing, you guys will be killing it. We promise.

What really makes Carol and I feel great is when people tell us how comfortable and confident we made them feel during their session. That is the ultimate compliment! 

For your engagement session, we highly encourage you to bring props! We see so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest for engagement shots like picture frames, signs, chalkboards for sayings. The ideas are limitless. This is a wonderful way to individualize your photos.

My wife has over 30 years of experience working with the public in the beauty and personal care industry. When it comes to identifying what makes you look your best in these shots, Carol is that person. What works well in our partnership is that I can concentrate on the technical aspect, focus, and lighting while Carol expertly works on the posing and has you looking your best!   

 

The Engagement Photo Package

Starting at $795.00 + travel

An Engagement Portrait session includes 2.5 hours of photographer coverage, + Carol as my special assistant to help with posing, props, reflectors, and making sure you both look amazing!! 

Before we begin shooting, we’ll provide a free pre-portrait consultation @ 15-20 minutes to chat and go over the basic posing techniques and making sure you are both comfortable. 

Post-processing of the most flattering raw files is included to artistically edit and convert the raw files to jpegs. 

Delivery of Image Files is via 3.0 USB Flash Drive

You’ll have full image rights to make prints, photo books, share on social media, print out mailer cards and of course, Save the date invites!

Custom additions ~ We believe no two engagement sessions are the same so we are open to customizing your session. We would be available to provide continued coverage beyond the first 2.5 hours if needed for $195.00 per hour. This may be necessary to accommodate multiple locations and outfit changes.  

Combo Package ~ Engagement + Intimate Wedding/Elopement

If you were planning a more intimate, simplified wedding ceremony and chose us to photograph the event, we’ll reduce your Engagement portrait session to only $495.00 for the first 2.5 hours, plus travel and lodging if needed beyond a 25-mile radius of New Milford, Ct.

Vow Renewal Photo Package

Starting at $1095.00 + travel

A Vow Renewal Ceremony includes 3.0 hours of photographer coverage, + Carol as my special assistant to help with posing, props, reflectors, and making sure you both look amazing!! For the photographer, Vow renewals and Elopements are very similar. They both tend to be a more personal intimate celebration that’s celebrated with close friends and family.

Included is a pre-event consultation to go over your entire event and photography needs including your must-have shot list. You may not need a full 3.0 hours of coverage due to a small guest list or simplified ceremony, so we can customize your coverage to fit your needs. 

Post-processing of the most flattering raw files is included to artistically edit and convert the raw files to jpegs. 

Delivery of Image Files is via 3.0 USB Flash Drive

You’ll have full image rights to make prints, photo books, share on social media, print out mailer cards and of course, Save the date invites!

Custom additions ~ We believe no two events are the same so we are open to customizing to fit your needs. We would be available to provide continued coverage beyond the first 3.0 hours if needed for $325.00 per hour. 

Travel fees apply if any event or portrait session is beyond a 25-mile radius of New Milford, Ct.  

 

Professional Portraits

Portraits 

Starting at $395.00 + travel 

Collect Memories!  Family-oriented portraits can be done all year long, so

there’s no better time than now to start making precious moments and

preserving them as beautiful, professional photos to last a lifetime.

 

This is an ideal package well suited for any number of portrait needs from

Family, children’s, couples, anniversary, and custom modeling portfolios. We

prefer to offer clients the opportunity to select a location for their sitting that

they feel most comfortable with, or may have a special bond or emotional

attachment to.

It may be a front porch family portrait, a favorite park, a waterfall, a

lighthouse, or a beach just to name a few. Feel free to let us know so we can

research the location if I’m not already familiar with it.  No two family or

couples sessions are the same, so we can customize your sitting to

accommodate for location changes and longer coverage for shooting.

Portrait Packages ~ The Basics: Includes 1.5 hours of photography

coverage and if needed, my wife Carol as my posing assistant. Also included

is a pre-portrait consultation either by phone or in-person to go over your

specific needs, what to wear, props to use if you want to incorporate them,

and also selecting your location. *Please note that Family Portraits are

limited to 6 individuals. Any more than that and it becomes an event.*

In addition, I will post-process and edit the most flattering raw image files

and converting them to jpeg format for you.

Delivery of Image Files is via 3.0 USB Flash Drive. You will have full

rights to make photo prints, create greeting cards/mailers for any occasion,

create photo books, and share on social media.

Custom additions ~ Travel expenses are added if the destination is beyond

a 25-mile radius of New Milford, CT.  Also included is $195.00 per hour

extended shooting if we go past the 1.5 hours for the basic package, if needed.

 Headshots – Business Portraits

Starting at $195.00 + travel

Your headshot is what makes you stand out from everyone else. If you are

interested in making a great first impression online, then you need a

professional quality business portrait!

This is the most basic portrait session in our list of services. What you’ll get is

a half-hour to 45 minutes of uninterrupted photography coverage. Most

business portraits focus on the waist up, however, we can do full-length shots

and depicting you in your daily environment in typical attire.

~ Included is 30-45 minutes of coverage, a 15-minute pre-photoshoot

consultation to go over your needs and establish what you are looking for.

Delivery of Image Files can be via 3.0 USB Flash Drive, or as a

downloadable WeTransfer email.

Travel time is added if I need to drive beyond a 25-mile radius of New

Milford, CT. If we need more time beyond 45 minutes, I can continue for a

pro-rated $125.00 per hour.

Event Photography ~ Please Contact Us Below

Do you have an event in the planning stages, and you need to have high-quality photographs of the day’s most lasting memories? You know, the great candid photos, group shots, important moments.  It may be a birthday party, a reunion of any sort, the ideas are almost limitless! 

If so, by having an event photographer on hand it takes the burden of carrying a camera around off of you, and allows you to relax and enjoy the event. All you need to do is let me know in an email what type of event you are planning and a few more details I’ve listed below. 

Where will the event be held? Do you have a date and time reserved? How many guests will be attending, and you should also be thinking of your “shot list” of must capture moments and people. 

Event Pricing is done by the hour, with a 2-hour minimum.  No two events are similar, so I’ll need you to provide all the details so I can work up a quote.

Professional Print Services

Display Options for Truly Special Moments

Included in all of our photography packages is the delivery of digital images via 3.0 Flash Drive. You can create your own photo books online at Shutterfly, Mpix, SnapFish, or take it to a local economy printing service to have basic prints made. I also provide, as an attractive alternative, more luxurious options to display the photographs of those most beautiful memories. 

There are definitely going to be images I capture during your event or portrait session you’ll want to enlarge and display. These are the shots that bring a smile to your face every time you gaze upon them and bring back a recollection of all the precious moments that happened! 

For photographs such as these, you’ll want to preserve those truly special moments on a fine art quality print medium that are made available only to professional photographers.  Through my Fine Art Nature Photography business, I have partnered with a TIPA award-winning as Best Photo Service worldwide photo lab that specializes in “ready to hang” large-format works.   

Large format print services offered by Portraits by Thom. Thomas Schoeller PhotographyI offer (3) beautiful large-format display options. A Canvas wrap that is of exceptional quality, guaranteed never to warp and UV protected for fade for resistance. I also offer our ultra-Hd prints mounted on DiBond aluminum (metal print) and lastly, the ultimate presentation where I have your beautiful prints mounted behind crystal clear and hand-polished acrylic glass with a rigid DiBond aluminum backing. A 24×16″ acrylic is shown above free-standing on a fireplace mantle.  Each of these options is frameless and ship to you ready to hang the moment you unpack them! If you desire frames, I have several slim-mount options to choose from!   

Here is a list of the traditional sizes they are available in.  12 x 8, 18 x 12, 24 x 16, 30 x 20 and 36 x 24.  Can I go larger? YES!!  Wall mount displays are available up to 66″.  Feel free to inquire about my professional print services. I’d be thrilled to go over what medium is best for your display and deliver a quote based on the size(s) you are interested in. 

Get In Touch

We look forward to chatting with you!

Photographer Thomas Schoeller - Owner of Portraits by Thom

If you are inquiring about an intimate wedding/elopement or any of the Portrait services we offer, you are free to use the little form right here to do so.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you prefer, you may also email Thom & Carol directly via: Thom@ThomasSchoeller.Photography

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