It's my job to make sure that everything goes smoothly for you on your couples wedding day. I love making sure I am there to capture the moments you might not be able to while also assisting in the little things like fluffing a dress, or making sure grandma gets on the shuttle to the ceremony. I make sure that I am always flexible with whatever you may need for me to do! I like to have fun while making sure I am there for every little moment. My favorite lens to shoot with is my 70 - 200 mm because I can get beautiful portraits from far away and get close for those moments where the groom wipes a tear or the bride is smiling with her dad at the daddy daughter dance. No matter what it may be, I cant wait to help you give your couple the wedding day they always dreamed of! 

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SECOND SHOOTING
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Choosing me for your couples wedding day is more than just hiring a photographer, it's about hiring a friend. Every time I get the honor of being a part of a couples love story & connecting with another photographer, I fall in love with my job all over again. 

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Camera Body  
Nikon D750

Lenses
24-70mm, 105 mm
70-200 mm, & 50 mm 

Location
Blacksburg, VA

How many Weddings?
Lead: 7
Second Shooter: 20+

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHER ARE SAYING

"...You caught SO many people’s reactions & so many behind the scene moments that I know these couples wouldn’t have had otherwise...anyone hiring you WILL NOT be disappointed..."

You truly captured so many precious moments that I would never have been able to do alone. You are so intuitive to think through the things I may not have a moment to capture. You caught SO many people’s reactions & so many behind the scene moments that I know these couples wouldn’t have had otherwise, and will absolutely be thrilled to have in their gallery to look back on for the rest of their lives.... they WILL NOT be disappointed— you were an absolute joy to work with & were incredible professional, humble, and worked so hard. Your images were exactly what I needed & I had the utmost trust in you handling any part of the day on your own, just the same way I would have.

ALY SPRECHER CREATIVE

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE SAYING

"...She worked independently with the groom/groomsmen, and they all loved her...She treated the guests/clients like gold and was very helpful to me as the photographer all day..." 

Marena showed up like a breath of fresh air. She was so appreciative of the natural beauty around us and took advantage to seek out shots that showcased the environment. She worked independently with the groom/groomsmen, and they all loved her. This was especially important because we were in two separate, remote locations up until the ceremony began with no cell service or other means of communication. She treated the guests/clients like gold and was very helpful to me as the photographer all day. Marena was always conscientious of making sure she maintained a different angle from me throughout the day, so my clients' gallery was huge! I hope to work with Marena again soon! 

MARSHALL ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE SAYING

"Marena was great with the couple - very personable and friendly. She showed up on time and was very helpful throughout the day..."

Marena was great with the couple - very personable and friendly. She showed up on time and was very helpful throughout the day. She is easy to work with, reliable, competent, and great with the guests and the couple!

MICHELLE TUREK PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE SAYING

"...I could tell from her photos she understood lighting...stop looking around - you found your 2nd photographer!..."

Flexibility is the number one thing I look for on a wedding day. Marena showed up early and I didn't have to worry about anything.  I could tell from her portfolio she understood lighting. I feel like 100% of the job is to bring the best personality forward and keep mood going. I want someone who is able to be down for anything and be a team player. So thank you for doing just that - being happy, supportive, and having a good time. Stop looking around - you found your 2nd photographer! 

JUSTIN KUNIMOTO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photo Delivery

You found a dream couple to work with and you have said "yes" to a second shooter! I cannot wait to hear all about your couple, the wedding location, and how we are going to have so much fun working together! I love getting to know other photographers that I will be working with! I would love to get to know you over a coffee date or you have a destination wedding I would love to chat over the phone! Whatever your cup of tea may be, let's get to know each other! 

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Share Your Heart

The Perfect Fit

The Final Chat

Wedding Day!

Photo Delivery

Its SO important to me that we make sure we are great fit for not only each other but that I am for your wedding couple as well! This is why I love meeting with my lead photographers before the wedding day over coffee, or in my case tea, or a phone chat to discuss the wedding day and get to know each other! I love shooting with someone who has the same passion as me to capture the couples special moments and values that their marriage is the thing thats most important! 

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Share Your Heart

The Perfect Fit

The Final Chat

Wedding Day!

Photo Delivery

Yay! We are a dream team and I cant wait to work with you! We have discussed the wedding day in detail and the timeline is all set and ready to go! I will reach out a few days before the wedding to make sure everything is still accurate and if there is anything else I need to do before the day! We will finalize locations, where I will be starting, and talk about any details about the wedding couple that are special to them! I'm so excited to serve you and your couple on their wedding day! 

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Share Your Heart

The Perfect Fit

The Final Chat

Wedding Day!

Photo Delivery

IT'S FINALLY HERE! It's wedding day and I'm so excited to share in this day with you! There is nothing I love more than watching a couple in love, who are best friends, get married in front of their close friends and family. I help with whatever you need and be able to serve your couple and their guests in anyway I can! I love making sure I get professional photos of you hard at work shooting or helping your couples so you can have for sharing! I cant wait to shoot all the groomsmen details and get different angles of beautiful sunset portraits of your couple as husband and wife! 

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Share Your Heart

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The Final Chat

Wedding Day!

Photo Delivery

I had so much fun shooting your couples wedding day with you! Now its time to hand over the photos! I always makes sure to take advantage of my duel slot SD card reader in my Nikon 750 camera! That way in case anything happens to the first card I have a backup! Some photographers also let me use their SD card, I bring my hard drive and laptop to the wedding, and off load them for myself at the end of the night! 

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Share Your Heart

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The Final Chat

Wedding Day!

Photo Delivery

This is something I just recently started to do but I love being able to showcase all of my clients wedding days and senior sessions! I love showcasing the photographer I worked with, on the blog, along with my favorite moments of the day. I love sharing a few of my favorite photos including the ones I shot of you helping your clients throughout the day or capturing some sweet sweet moments for them. If this is something you're not interested in me doing I always respect yours and the couples wishes! But I only post these once you have delivered their gallery! 

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THE MCL WEDDING EXPERIENCE

Have a few more questions before contacting me? Click down below to read the answers to common questions from lead photographers?

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Want to know my shooting style and travel options?  Read below all about the lighting details! 

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Q:  What kind of lighting do you prefer? 

Q:  Where are you located and do you travel?

Q:  What is your lighting set up for receptions?

A: I am a natural light photographer. Any photo outdoors is the best! 

A: I like to match my lead photographer so it makes it easier for them when editing. I personally like one OCF with umbrella, one OCF without, and a one on camera to trigger. I use one flash without umbrella, and one on camera for party dancing!  

A: I am located in Blacksburg, VA and work with photographers all over the east coast & surrounding states! I also am also a sucker for traveling and would love to shoot a destination wedding with you! 

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Want to know pricing, availability, or my photography background? Read below all about my booking process! 

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Q:  Do you have a rate per hour?

Q:  How many weddings have you second shot for?

Q:  What days are you available to second shoot a wedding?

A: I am super flexible when it comes to this. It depends on how many hours you would like me for but it is unique to every situation! This is something we can always discuss when speaking about your couples wedding day! 

A: Typically I am available on Saturdays and Sundays to shoot weddings. I am available on select Fridays and that is something we can discuss! 

A: I have seconds shot for 15+ photographers. I have shot 10+ weddings on my own and also some styled shoots for Hope Taylor Photography! 

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Want to know how I operate on the wedding day or my second shooter bacground? Read below!  

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Q:  Do you show up on time?

Q:  Who have you shot for before?

Q:  How do you operate on the wedding day?

A: I usually arrive 30 - 60 minutes before the scheduled time. This is so I can make sure I walk around the location, introduce myself to the couple, give time in case we need anything extra, and speak with you about the wedding day!

A: I shoot for the couple. That means that you will never see me in the same spot as you unless you give me permission to get a shot. I always make sure I am getting different angles to capture different emotions and moments.

A: I have gotten the honor to work next to so many amazing photographer! A few are Michelle Turek Photography, Aly Sprecher Creative, Marshall Arts Photography, Stephanie Anne Photography, & Justin Kunimoto Photography!

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Wondering what equipment I use, or when I would use them? Read below! 

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Q:  What camera body do you use?

Q:  What lens do you use the most for second shooting?

Q:  Which lenses do you have?

A: I use a Nikon 750 camera body along with some sigma lenses.

A: I have a 50 mm sigma art, 24-70 mm nikon, 105 mm nikon, and a 70-200 mm Tamaron lens. 

A: I typically use my 70-200 mm for moments like the ceremony or husband and wife portraits. I use my 24-70 mm for groomsmen photos and the reception photos to make sure I can get close and wide. 

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Want to know how I prevent mistakes, how I look on wedding days, and how many photos I take? Read below!  

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Q:  What card system do you use?

Q:  What is your typically wedding day outfit?

Q:  How many photos can I expect to receive? 

A: I use two 32 MB during the wedding day. I use the second slot for back up in case the first SD becomes corrupt! It hasn't happened ever to me but you never know what could happen! 

A: I do have to say I tend to over shoot but I try not to as much because I know it can be a lot to go through after the wedding day! I typically deliver about 1000 photos for a full wedding day. 

A: I love wearing a nice top with my favorite black skirt with pockets, and my black flats! I tend to wear my long black dress with a black cardigan so that it covers my shoulders but keeps me cool on a hot day.

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Want to know how I shoot or how I love to showcase working with other lead photographers? Read below!  

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Q: Do you shoot RAW?

Q:  Do you do blog posts on the weddings days you shoot?

Q: What is your take on posting photos of the wedding we shoot together? 

A: Of course! To me there is no other way to shoot! RAW gives us the ability to capture the teeny tiny details and make editing so much easier for everyone! 

A: I always discuss this with the shooter beforehand a respect any guidlines they set for me! Typically I am allowed to post photos once the sneak peek or full gallery has been posted.

A: I do! I love showcasing the lead photographers, my favorite moment of the day, and a few of my favorite moments on the blog! If this is something you wish me not to do I will of course respect your wishes!  

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Miscellaneous wedding questions that you may have! Read below! 

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Q: How do you act on a wedding day?

Q:  Where else can we find more information on your services or see more beautiful photos?!

Q:  What are your main personal attributes that contribute to a wedding day?

A: I am very calm while creating a fun environment! I am super flexible and will accommodate anything you, the couple, or the guests need! It is their one and only chance at this wedding day and its my job to make sure it goes amazing! 

A: I am respectful, responsible, kind, hard working, and have an introverted extroverted personality! Which means I an quiet and calm but also fun and bubbly when needed to be! 

A: I'm so happy you asked! You can find more weddings I have shot on my BLOG, more images on my INSTAGRAM, and see all the weddings I have shot on FACEBOOK! Can't wait to see you there! 

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