WHAT TO EXPECT
The fact that you're here is a pretty good indication that wedding photography/videography is important to you. It's really important to us, too! We are really laid-back, but we take what we do very seriously. You put a lot of trust into your photographer, and we are honored to carry that responsibility. You will spend more time with your photographers than any other vendor on your wedding day, so it's really important to us that we can all be friends and have a good time together!
Our style is very candid, raw, and artistic. We work best with naturally-lit conditions and couples who are madly in love. We want to see you be YOU on your big day - that means minimal posing direction from us! We strive to create an environment for honest love and connection.
We love crazy dance parties, seeing you cry (in the happy way, of course), PDA, first looks, outdoor ceremonies, fun wedding parties, vulnerability, and seeing people just have a great time. Take full confidence in knowing that we are constantly looking out for the candid, beautiful moments that truly tell the story of your wedding day.
If you like what you see, we would love to talk about the possibility of us documenting your wedding day! Message us through the contact form and tell us more about yourself and your fiancé(e), and why you're interested in having us be part of your day.
If we are available on your date + feel like we would be a good fit for each other, we will get back with you as soon as we can with our Philosophy + Package Guide. Our packages start at $2,500 and we have a few different options. And if your festivities are a bit more unique than most, let’s talk about customizing a package to fit your needs!
We offer photography packages, videography packages, and hybrid packages that include both. Every package includes two photographers, an online gallery, personal photo USB with a print release, + an engagement session. Albums and print options are available to you once the gallery has been delivered. If you'd like to see a full wedding gallery, please contact us + we’d be glad to send you some examples.
"Choosing our wedding photographers was truly one of the easiest decisions we made while planning our wedding. I was first a bridesmaid in a wedding that they photographed. I was struck by their natural and joyful presence, and when I saw the photos I was amazed! Shelley and Portugal are passionate, easygoing, no fuss, talented artists. I was not stressed for one minute on our wedding day. They were hard-working and joyful. Their ability to capture incredible photos AND video while feeling like guests, or really just like friends, is a gift. They find beauty in candid/real moments. I absolutely love our wedding photos and video, and am so thankful for how beautifully & well our day was captured. I received countless praises from family and friends about Shelley and Portugal's natural presence that day, and about our photographs. I would highly recommend Shelley and Portugal to any bride confidently! They are quality photographers and people!"
- SOPHIE + BEN
"Shelley and Portugal were the PERFECT duo for documenting our wedding! They took both our engagement photos as well as photos on our wedding day. While ALL photos were spectacular, the candid shots were by far my favorite! They really understand how to live in the moment to find the most memorable photos, and capture them in perfect time. They were just a joy to be around, and run a very professional and reliable business. One of the most important things when planning our wedding was finding the perfect photographer, because the photos are what will last a lifetime. Shelley and Portugal definitely exceeded my expectations!"
- SARAH + DAVID
"Portugal Story Co. captured my wedding day without making us do corny poses or feel uncomfortable. Shelley and Michael have such a relaxed and enjoyable vibe. Many people approached me at our wedding telling me that I was so lucky to have found photographers who truly LOVE what they do. I can't look at my wedding photos or highlight video without tearing up. They made sure to capture all the smiling faces of the people I love and ever happy moment. They are a blast to be around! I will certainly be using them in the future! I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us!"
- AMELIA + TREY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are artists who feel very fortunate to have turned our craft into our full-time career. We have spent years fine-tuning and perfecting what we do. We 100% believe that this is the most important part of your wedding day. You will never get this day back, so please don't settle for anything less than images that speak directly to your heart.
Though we are very fun-loving, laid-back people, we conduct our business as professionals - insurance, contracts, backup gear, the whole nine yards! We proudly shoot with Canon gear - not that our cameras get to take all the credit for our images, but they sure do help! ;)
Our friend offered to shoot our wedding for free. Why should we hire professionals?
While Pinterest can be incredible tool for helping you hone in what style you are envisioning for your wedding, sending us a long list of images to recreate is actually quite counter-productive to how the day will naturally unfold. Trust us, we will take the best photos we possibly can of you on your big day - genuinely "you" photographs! We are avidly against copying another photographer's' work and feeling like we have to tick off a "to-shoot" list. We hope that you'll hire us because you love our work and trust us to create something beautiful specifically for you.
Can I give you a shot list of all my favorite wedding photos from Pinterest to recreate?
To put it simply, LOVE! We love being able to become flies on the wall - just watching, listening... sometimes waiting. We love capturing moments and interactions between people. More specifically, we really enjoy crazy dancing photos during the reception, crying parents during ceremonies, and of course, our portrait time together.
What's your favorite thing to photograph?
Absolutely! We do both photo + video at most of our weddings. With two of us shooting, we are able to cover all the bases. Choose the photo package you'd like, and then we can add on the highlight video for a flat rate of $700. We can also be hired for videography alone, if you already have a photographer.
Can you do both photo + video at my wedding?
We are both naturally super relaxed and easy-going, and we love to help in any way we can. Shelley is Type A all the way, so she'll be making sure we're staying on schedule. Portugal is the king of candids, so he will be looking out for all those little in-between moments and interactions. We can melt into the background, or we can command a crowd if necessary. We know that things don't always go as planned, so we aim to stay relaxed and ready to switch to a backup plan if the timeline gets thrown off. (Basically, we're wedding ninjas.)
How do you approach your wedding days?
Can we see the RAW/unedited photos and footage for ourselves?
Asking a photographer to hand over their RAW, unedited work is like asking your cake baker to bring you their batter and calling it a day. Us shooting your wedding day is only half of what you're paying us for! The other half is all the culling and editing - removing unflattering photos (blinks, misfires, duplicates...), editing all the good ones, and finally, delivering a wonderful gallery of all the amazing photos we took at your incredible wedding! We promise that nothing worth seeing by you will be excluded.
We will send you a small preview gallery of 15-30 images a few days after your wedding. About 1-2 months after your wedding, we will send you a password-protected link to your full online wedding gallery. Here, you will be able to download single images, download the entire gallery to your computer, make "favorites" lists, and order high-quality prints and canvases directly through us. You are welcome to share this link with anyone who would like to see the photos, though the link will expire at the end of the year.
If we created a wedding video for you, that will be posted online for easy sharing.
When we're finished editing everything, we will send you a custom package including a photo USB, a DVD (if videos were purchased) and any parent packages you ordered. If you ordered an album, we will work together on the layout. Once you've approved the final layout, it takes about a month to get the album from the printers.
After my wedding, how do I receive my photos/video?
We don't have set print packages, but we do offer prints and canvases a la carte through your online gallery. This is the only photo printer we recommend, as the quality is unmatched. We also receive a bit of commission from all sales made through your online gallery, so we greatly appreciate that! You will also receive a print release with your USB if you'd rather print on your own.
We highly recommend a photo album to all of our couples. There's no better way to view your wedding images than holding them in your hands, flipping through the pages year after year. Our Memoir photography package comes with a complimentary 10x10 hardcover photo book. View more options here.
Do you have print or album packages?
Heck yes! We travel long-distance for a handful of weddings every single year. Please inquire for more details.
Do you travel for weddings?
In our humble opinion, yes! We find that couples who do their engagement session with us are much more comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera on their wedding day. Plus, it gives us a chance to get to know each other better! That way, we aren't just "the photographers" when we show up on your wedding day; we're "Shelley and Portugal!"
Should we do an engagement session?
Contact us to receive all the details! We will send you our contract so you can carefully look over it before signing it and sending it back to us. We also require an $800 non-refundable deposit in order to lock your date into our calendar. The remainder of your balance is due on or before the day of the wedding. As a policy, no images/videos will be delivered until the final payment is received.
How do we book you for our wedding?