How long is your wedding coverage?
All of my wedding collections include 8 hours of coverage. This is usually enough time to capture everything from getting ready through the main events at the reception. If you are eloping, or having a longer day, I can customize a collection for you. However, anything less than 8 hours is generally unadvised, even for an intimate wedding, if you wish to document the entire experience of your wedding day.
If we are behind schedule on our wedding day, will you stay beyond the 8 hours?
Yes, no problem. As we are getting near the end of our contracted 8 hours, I will check in with you. You can decide then if you feel that you would like me to stay longer. Any additional hours would be billed after the wedding, and would be overtime, for me as well as my assistant and the second shooter (if applicable).
I’ve noticed that most of the photos on your website look unposed. Do you take posed photos as well?
Yes! In fact, I actually do guide my couples into these “unposed” positions to create the natural interactions which you see pictured on my website. Also, I do take formal posed photos of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and family groupings. We will discuss the exact formal groupings that you wish to have taken during our planning meeting, weeks before the wedding. On the wedding day, we work off that list, round everyone up, and organize them into position.
Do you have a second shooter?
A second can be added to any of my collections for an additional cost. In fact, you can always make that decision as your wedding date gets closer.
Do you edit all of our photographs?
Yes, every single image is edited by hand.
How many images do you deliver per wedding?
Every wedding is different, and will therefore yield a different amount. This depends on how many guests there are, how many details you would like me to photograph, the events of your day, size of the wedding party, etc., etc. However, I average about 800 images per wedding.
How are my images delivered?
I use an online gallery to deliver your images. Both your engagement session and wedding day photos go into the same gallery. From your gallery, you can download photos directly to your computer, share on social media and email, as well as order professional quality prints, canvases, and cards. You can also download the mobile app, and view your images on the go – great for showing off to family and friends!
How soon will we receive our wedding photos?
You will receive your gallery of images within 6 weeks of your wedding day.
Can we have the RAW, unedited images?
I do not release or archive RAW files. Since I do not shoot to reach a quota, but rather to document the day, I will give you an edited JPEG of every image that is not an outtake or a duplicate.
Do you edit in black and white, and can we choose which images are edited in black and white?
Yes, I do often include some black and whites, when it seems to be the right choice artistically. I choose which images will be edited in black and white, but if you have a preference to have no black and whites or to have a large percentage of black and whites, please let me know before your wedding. This will change my perspective while shooting as well as during the editing process.
Do you sell albums and prints?
Yes, albums and prints are included in every collection. I outsource printing to a professional print lab, so you will receive the highest quality in printing.
How does the album design process work?
It’s very easy, and done completely online. I will walk you through it when the time comes, but basically, you choose the images to include in the album, and once I have designed a layout, you will be able to review and make edits to the design all online from the comfort of home!
Will we own the copyright of the images?
You will receive a copyright release, which means that you will be able to print and share your images as much as you’d like. However, as the creator of the images, I will still own the copyright.
Can we share our photos on social media?
Absolutely, yes! And please tag me too. I do ask though that you do not put these images through a filter or alter them in any way. Also, please, please, please do not screen shot and share them. They lose so much quality this way. I invest so much time getting the color and quality of each image as close to “perfection” as I can. And you invest the money in hiring me, a professional, to do just that. Please download, and then upload them, avoid the filters, and by all means, tag me. Word of mouth is how my business thrives.
What is required to book you? When is payment due?
When you are ready to book, I will email you a contract. I require a signed contract first, which is conveniently done online. Then an invoice for 20% will follow. This will be due immediately to reserve your date, and can be paid online by credit card, or by mailing a check. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding date.
Can we make payments over time?
Sure, as long as the 20% is paid up front, and the last payment is made by 30 days before the wedding. You can make payments in between, and your online invoice will keep track of your balance.
Do you have insurance?
Can you provide my venue with a certificate of insurance?
Yes. Some venues require this. If yours does, please let me know as soon as possible. It takes some time to get this information from the insurance company and sent over to the venue.
Can you help us with timing or planning the flow of the day?
Yes, I can, to a point. First off, let me say, I recommend that you hire a wedding planner, or a day-of-coordinator, so that you are not the one having to make decisions and coordinate vendors on your wedding day. I am happy to look at the timing in relation to sunset and lighting as well as making sure that you have enough time built in to your schedule for photography. Also, I can refer you to vendors. Most importantly, I will send you a questionnaire while you are still in the planning stages of your wedding. Also I will meet (or call or Facetime) with you to have our final planning meeting to go over all the final details and flow of the day. Your answers from the questionnaire and feedback at the meeting will help me to plan the photography schedule for your day, and will make sure that I am on top of all the events of the day.
Do we need a permit where we want our photos taken?
It depends, and it is something you will definitely want to look into. If you plan to take photos at the venue where you are getting married or having your reception, you generally will not need an additional photography permit. However, if you plan to go to a secondary location for photos, you may need a permit and perhaps even pay a fee. You would just have to contact that location, well in advance, to see what they require.
What happens if you are sick or have an emergency?
First off, let me assure you that I take my commitment to photographing your wedding very seriously. I haven’t ever called in sick to a wedding and don’t ever plan to. However, being a professional photographer, and a responsible human, this is a “what if” that I HAVE to consider. So, if something crazy were to happen to me, I would do my very best to find an outstanding replacement photographer. I belong to professional organizations as well as local wedding photography networking groups and am in contact with some very talented people. These are the people I would turn to in an emergency.
What if your gear breaks during the wedding?
Well, then it’s a good thing I carry back ups! Yes, unfortunately sometimes things fail, so I plan for it.