1. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
I require a 50% deposit due along with a signed contract in order to reserve your date. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your event. All taxes and fees are already added into each package.
2. Just to confirm, will you be the actual photographer shooting at my wedding?
Yes, I am the primary photographer for all weddings booked-- All of the photographs on the website are 100% my work, so what you see is what you get.
3. Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
I never double book weddings since schedules are so changeable often because of weather. It’s for this reason once your wedding date is locked in, no other events will be booked same day.
4. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
Absolutely, I always encourage my clients to share with me any ideas or inspirations they would like included on the big day. Feel free to email photos or Pinterest boards as I would love to see what your ideal wedding photos look like.
5. What information would you need from me before the wedding day?
Lots! I love wedding details, with no two weddings being alike I like to get a feel for details, colors and everything in between. This helps me to create a more personalized experience for you. After dozens of weddings I’ve put together a fun questionnaire for all of my couples that covers all of the ins and outs of the big day. Some clients even take to mailing me Save the dates or wedding invitations to be photographed for inclusion in their album—this is another free service I offer with all of my wedding clients.
6. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
I usually arrive to the venue 15-30 minutes ahead of time on the day of the wedding so I can walk the venue and see how everything is set up the day of the event as well as get accurate light readings. If you would feel more comfortable with me making an appearance at Rehearsal I can certainly accommodate that as well.
7. What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?
Shooting times vary depending on which package you select, with the Gold Package you would get 6 hours of camera time. I usually like to arrive 15-30 minutes in advance, this is time I use to get light readings as well as to walk the venue and layout my plans for where I will be standing for photos.
8. Do you shot in digital or film format or both?
I shoot entirely in digital format now, photos are shot in 20.2 megapixel format which allows them to be printed poster size without looking watered down or distorted.
9. Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
I always bring 4-6 lenses with me along with a backup camera. I do have a backup photographer who can replace me if there is some emergency, but luckily I haven’t missed a wedding yet.
10. How will you (and your assistants) be dressed?
As the photographer, I strive to be as unobtrusive as possible on your big day, it’s for this reason I wear all black clothing, usually this consists of black slacks, a blouse and flats.
11. Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
In short yes and no. Guests are welcome to photograph as much as they like during the ceremony and reception—during formals I ask that guests please refrain from photos until after we are finished. Usually this isn’t an issue since guests are enjoying cocktail hour during formals. In the contract you will see two sections that delve into this issue a little further—see page 4: Unplugged Wedding Option & Hindrance Clause.
12. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
Yes, all images are edited in Photoshop CS5 prior to you seeing them. Basic edits include color correction, brightness/contrast, blemish retouching and teeth whitening. On certain images I might include black and white options or color filter options but you will always have the option of the original color included.
13. How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online?
I pride myself on how quickly I am able to get my clients their photos—most photographers will give you a wait time of 6-8 weeks for your proofs. My wedding clients have their sneak peek posted the next day and their gallery link within 2-3 weeks. This link is good for 30 days, after which it moves into archival mode. All photos are archived for 1 year. On the contract I allow for 4 weeks of editing time, this is mainly to give myself a buffer should a medical emergency arise.
14. How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?
When you have your proofing site link and have finished selecting your photos for your album, the order is immediately placed. You typically have your wedding album 2 weeks after your final selections have been placed.
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