HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE EAU CLAIRE?
The Eau is pronounced just as it is in Eau de Parfum. Eau is French for Water. Claire in French means clear. It’s Sandra’s surname. Sandra’s family is French Canadian. When her grandparents moved to the states, the spelling turned into a very Irish looking O’Claire. Sandra chose to name her photography business with the original spelling of her surname.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in the Lakeview area of New Orleans, Louisiana.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Eau Claire Photographics, LLC was established in New Orleans in June of 2002.
DO SANDRA & SAM PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS TOGETHER?
We usually photograph weddings separately. We have a team of four assistant photographers who work with us on a regular basis as second photographers. Depending on our schedules we will sometimes photograph wedding dates together.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes, absolutely. We have photographed weddings in 18 states and internationally. Sandra is originally from South Eastern WI, and we are available to photograph weddings in Milwaukee or the greater Chicago area with little or no travel fees.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK WITH YOU?
On average our clients book with us between 6-18 months. Please don’t let that discourage you from inquiring if your wedding date is under 6 months, as we may still have availability. We book up super fast in the popular months for weddings in New Orleans which are March, April, October and November – and lately, even December.
DO I NEED A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
We offer packages with one or two photographers. If you have a smaller event with 50 guests in one location, usually just one photographer is fine. If you have a large wedding with multiple locations and 300 guests you will need two photographers. We will help recommend what is needed for your exact wedding size and plans.
DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES?
No, we choose to only focus on photography so we can be at our very best. We can help recommend some amazing New Orleans video companies who we love to work with.
DO YOU INCLUDE A PRINT RELEASE WITH YOUR PACKAGES?
Yes, all of our packages come with touched up hi-resolution digital images with a print release. All packages also include and online gallery and thumbnail proof book.
WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?
You’l be able to view your photos about 60 days after the wedding. Bridal and Engagement sessions are completed at about 20 days.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH FAMILY PORTRAITS ON THE WEDDING DAY?
Yes, absolutely. Our style falls on the documentary side of wedding photography, but we absolutely take time for family and couples portraits during the wedding day. 80% of what we do is unscripted and unposed. The other 20% of the day is dedicated to family portraits, details and romantic portraits of you both. We work with you one on one to plan out an efficient family portrait list that will fit in with your schedule – without taking too much time away from your event.
HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED AT MY VENUE?
If in New Orleans, we have probably photographed at your venue multiple times. We have lots of venue examples in our Journal section. Don’t see it in there? Just ask, we’d love to send you a full wedding example of your venue. We also can help recommend the perfect photographic locations in New Orleans for getting ready photos, first looks and portraits.
HOW CAN WE HIRE EAU CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHICS?
To officially reserve your wedding date with us, we ask for a 25% retainer and a signed contract.