Wedding Related Questions
- "Why should we hire you?"
Let's answer the big one right off the bat. There's a lot of photographers out there, there's a lot of wedding photographers out there - why me? I want you to hire because you love my work, you feel a connection to the way I shoot and color my images. I want you hire me because you want to work with me. I want you to hire me because you feel that I am the person you have the most trust and faith in to produce, for you, a gorgeous collection of images from your wedding day. I am very good at what I do and my desire is to be my best for you on your wedding day.
- "Why do only offer 2 time packages?"
This comes from experience. Your wedding day doesn't start when you do your first look or when you walk down the aisle. It starts when you get up, when your makeup is being done, when your hair is being perfected, when you and your soon-to-be-spouse are getting dressed and sharing moments with friends and family. It's during this time that some of the best and most emotional moments of the day happen. It's when everything is relaxed and everything is candid. It's also the time most likely to get cut. And I don't want any couple to miss those moments.
- "Have you ever shot XYZ location before?"
- “Do you travel?”
- "Do you release all the pictures? What does your editing include?"
For question 2, I edit to correct white balance, exposure, horizon straightening and other minor adjustments. For day of bridal portraits, I also edit hair, remove blemishes and soften skin. Grooms get the same treatment less the skin smoothing (they want some kind of manliness to them).
Significant editing, such as removing things/people, a lot of hair work (think windy) or other detailed work is sent out to be done professionally. It is $20 per image and is due before it is sent out. This is very standard across the wedding industry.
- "What amount of time do I need?"
That depends a lot on what you want covered. For example, depending on your desires, 6 hours will cover all of your getting ready, the ceremony, the family and couple formals, but very little of your reception and none of your wedding exit. Alternately, you could flip that around cover very little of the preparation time and most of the reception. 8 hours provides you a good blend of both the getting ready and the reception, but may or may not quite cover all of your day, leaving to decide what is going to missed. However, this time frame allows for some flexibility in the types of couple portraits, locations and times of day and is my most picked package. 10 hours tend to cover everything within reason from early in the start to late in the evening and provides a tremendous amount of flexibility for your couple's portraits, giving time to do some at several parts of the day rather than in one period.
- "Do you offer less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours?"
Yes, I do. In fact, my 2nd most booked wedding package is for 12 hours. While I do offer less than 6 hours, most brides realize the time constraints are too much and end up choosing the 6 or 8 hour package. These are custom quotes, so you would need to contact me for a quote.
- “Do I own my pictures when I receive the digital files?”
- "Do you use a second shooter?"
- "I'm getting married in a venue that doesn't allow flash photography. Can you handle that?"
- "What do you require from me?"
- "Flash or natural light?"
- "Where might my day go wrong? How do you handle that?"
Superb question! There's a lot of places a day can go wrong. Hair and make up can run behind - happened. Wedding parties are late - happened. Wardrobe malfunctions - happened. Spur of the moment rain storms occur - happened. I've even shot 2 weddings that were over an hour late due to traffic - one an unforeseen long detour after a hurricane and the other a wreck blocking the entrance to the venue. Things happen during a wedding day that can't possibly be planned for, and that's what makes each wedding different and, shall I say, personalized. My advice to all couples is to relax and know that your day is about you and can't happen without you. Things happen and that's OK. But how do we get it back on track? Sometimes it means shifting some of the pictures from before the ceremony to after. Sometimes, I have to really shorten my time and work super efficiently (I'm already pretty efficient). It may be that we have to trim your formal list or the couples sunset session turns into a night time session. Regardless, I always remain calm and work around it while trying to help you remain calm and ensuring that we still cover the images you ask for!
- "What do you bring to a wedding equipment-wise?"
I bring 2 camera bodies to every wedding I shoot for two reasons - (1) I like to have 2 different lenses on me at all times and (2) to have a backup in case one goes berserk on me. Both cameras have dual cards slots with a card in both slots with both recording the same images, therefore acting as a duplicate is case one fails. I bring several lenses, both prime and zoom, and a load of flash gear for use on-camer and off-camera. And, while not equipment, per se, I bring over 10 years of experience in almost every wedding situation you can think of (big, little, sunny, rainy, windy, hot, cold, indoors and outdoors and so on). I've shot weddings that were dead on schedule and some that were over an 1 hour late. I've worked with loose, fun bridal parties and some that were, shall I say, a little tighter. There's little to nothing you can throw at me that I can't handle. I'm prepared.
- " What is the single biggest thing I should look for in my wedding photographer?"
There's a couple things I suggest in answer to this question.
#1 - Personality. You should feel comfortable working with your photographer, talking with your photographer, being around your photographer. Honestly, that's the person you'll see the most on your wedding day! If your personalities clash, your images are going to show it.
#2 - Experience. We all show our greatest and best on our websites, but what do the rest look like. Ask! If they aren't willing to show you a fully edited and delivered album, then you might should reconsider. Look at a couple delivered weddings in similar venues to your's. Are you liking what you see? Does the way the day is captured in it's entirety match your vision? Experience doesn't have to be wedding related always, but you should feel comfortable in their knowledge and ability to handle your wedding professionally and deliver what they say. This is where you'll have to trust your gut.
#3 - Equipment. Now this isn't a name brand type question. It is more of a backup and preparedness question. Just as things happen to throw off the wedding day schedule, things happen to break on wedding days too. Does your photographer carry at least 2 cameras? Are his or her lenses overlapping in focal length? How many flashes do they carry? Any professional should have a minimum of 2 camera bodies and a number of lenses and flashes and you should feel they are confident in using them. I also strongly recommend you ask if their cameras have two card slots and how they use them. On 2 weddings this year, I have had card failures where one of my cards quit recording without notice. Fortunately, I carry several backup cards. Also fortunate was that I was recording each shot to each card so my 2nd memory card had all the images on it and I missed nothing. Wedding photography horror stories come from this simple, but often overlooked, backup plan.
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