Wedding FAQs

Fun Surf City Sunset Wedding Beach WalkWedding 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?"
That's a good question with a lot of validity to it.  As a professional photographer, I understand that experience with a certain location and staff can go a long way in easing stress in a bride's mind.  To that end, anytime I am booked for a wedding somewhere I have not shot before, I make at least one (often more) visit prior to the wedding day to get a sense of the location, the surrounding area and any challenges I might need to be ready for.  However, as a professional photographer, I am capable and equipped to walk into any situation sight unseen and be able to make beautiful images.

  • “Do you travel?”
Yes, I travel.  Internationally?  Probably not, unless there’s a really white sandy beach or snow capped mountains.  Other than that, yes, I can go where needed.  In case anyone is wondering, my all time favorite place in the world - Jackson Hole, WY.  There is nothing more beautiful than the Tetons.  Destination weddings are custom quoted once I have a full understanding of the entire wedding, setting and client needs.

  • "Do you release all the pictures?  What does your editing include?"  
The answer is both yes and no.  Yes, you get every picture that passes my quality check and that I edit - I give you as many as I possibly can and all my packages include full resolution digital downloads.  No, not every picture makes that cut.  Some will be out of focus, some with really bad looks, some with bad poses, it happens.  I want your gallery to flow with consistency and beauty, so you only receive the highest quality images.

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?”
This question causes a lot of confusion, so I’m going to try and keep it simple.  You will own the right to print them as you choose.  You own the right to post them all over social media.  However, you do not own the pictures.  US Copyright laws state that the creator of any images (me) owns the image and that cannot be given away.

  • "Do you use a second shooter?"
In general, no, I don't use a second shooter.  There's a couple reasons.  First, they are not free and that cost gets passed on to you.  Second, you hire me for my style of shooting, which may or may not agree with a second's style of shooting.  With quality and consistency of utmost importance to me, I prefer to shoot and edit my way, which is why you hired me.  Lastly, there does come a point at which the number of images you receive can overwhelm you.  I generally deliver between 600-700 high quality, retouched images from an 8-hour wedding.  I shoot from multiple angles and cover both the bride and bridesmaids getting ready as well as the groom and groomsmen getting ready by following the schedule you give me.  You get a lot of different images, all the major shots and a lot of candids.  Second shooters do provide more images, but often they are similar images to what you get with one shooter, just from a slightly different angle.  Think of it this way - if your wedding album has 60 images in it, do you want to choose 60 images from 1200-1500 lightly to no-edit or 60 from 600-800 well edited with very little differences in them?  That said, if you must have a second photographer, I offer one as a add-on for $400.00 for 4 consecutive hours.

  • "I'm getting married in a venue that doesn't allow flash photography.  Can you handle that?"
Yes!  It should be noted that I generally do not use flash during a ceremony as I find it to be distracting to your guests, officiant and, probably, you and your other half.  That said, I shoot with 2 of the best high ISO cameras on the market.  Additionally, I run a set of lenses that are 1.4 and 2.8 apertured, meaning they don't need a lot of light to operate and capture moments.  I do not fear and do not worry about my gear or me being able to shoot in dimly lit areas.

  • "What do you require from me?"
Booking starts with the contract and retainer for my services. After that, we do a lot of communication via email and phone.  About 3 months before your wedding, I have a questionnaire you'll receive that helps me in understanding the flow of your wedding day and the major players.  This is when you share contact information for other vendors, details about anything specific you want images of, anything special during the wedding day and images that are important to you as a couple.  The only other thing I ask for is a shot list for the formals and someone from each family that can keep everyone in place and ready to go. For the family list, I recommend as much detail as you can give, while at the same time managing the number of shots.  Keep in mind, the more formals we have to complete, the less coverage you get elsewhere.  I suggest sticking to the parents, grandparents, brothers/sisters and the wedding party, then leaving the rest to be done during the reception at some time with a great candid feel.  I ask to be somewhat involved in the planning aspects, so that we can be prepared for any timing situations that could cause issues and ensure there is adequate time for getting the imagery you want.

  • "Flash or natural light?"
Both!  Any wedding photographer should be comfortable and capable with both - if your's isn't, you should think about that.  Receptions tend to be dark and without good flash technique, your images will look like salt and pepper thrown on a piece of paper (this is known as grain).  For the formals, flash can be used to compliment the natural light available and, at night, flash sets it off.

  • "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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