Frequently Asked Questions
How would you describe your style?
One of my favorite things about the image above is the connection between the couple, and that’s really what I enjoy capturing. Sure, a picture made in a studio of the two of you looking straight at the camera can be a really nice picture! It may even be one that you would blow up and put on your wall. But the types of photos that I am always chasing after are the ones where all of the love and joy you feel when you are with that person is captured in that one sacred moment in time. Life is short, and I do what I do because I feel that I provide my clients with images that they can look back on 50 years from now and say “Look how much we love each other”, because they see it right there in that image. That is what gives me the joy in what I do, and what keeps me going, and that is my photographic style.
What is your pricing?
Each and every wedding is unique, and that’s something that I reflect in my pricing. There are small elopement packages for smaller and shorter beach weddings, and there are full day packages as well. Please CONTACT me, tell me a little about your wedding and I can see if I can help you come up with a package that suites your needs.
How long will it take to receive our images?
Immediately following the wedding I will post a Facebook and/or blog sneak peek with my favorite images from your wedding. Your completed and final gallery will be provided to you within 6-8 weeks of your wedding. This is because I edit each image myself. I do not outsource my editing.
Will we receive all of the images you take?
I select the images that best represent my work and your wedding day. Any images that are unflattering, have bad lighting, blurred, or were test shots or mistakes are removed and are not available for viewing or purchase. On average, I provide 70-80 edited images per hour give or take a few depending on the wedding.
Do I get the Copyrights?
This is a common question. You will receive what is called printing rights for your photos. I will provide you with high resolution images printable to poster size, and you will receive the rights within your contract to print your images for personal use. Copyrights will remain with me, which allows me to continue using your beautiful images for advertising and photo contests.
Will you stay longer if it’s needed?
Why certainly. Each additional hours incurs an hourly coverage charge and will be billed following the wedding.
Do you photograph during dinner?
I’ve found in the past that nobody really likes to have their pictures taken while they are eating, so it is during this time that we will take our break to eat and refresh. We like to eat while you eat to ensure that we are done when you are in order to capture the rest of the evening. We are typically provided a meal at each wedding. If this is not the case please inform us so that we can make other arrangements.
Will you travel for my wedding?
Yes, I am available for travel. Once I know the location of your wedding, I can better determine what my travel fee would be to cover the costs involved.
What separates you from a new photographer. Why not let my friend shoot my wedding with her camera?
These days many people have decent digital camera’s, so you might be asking yourself why you would hire me. The biggest thing that separates me from your aunt, uncle, or friends who don’t own photography businesses, is the experience of shooting many weddings. I have shot so many weddings now that I know the flow of the day, I’m familiar with where I need to be at each moment to capture certain images that you want, I am completely comfortable with my camera on manual mode which is very important. I know exactly how to manipulate my exposure to get a specific look and I can recreate it each and every time. I know how to shoot in many different types of lighting which can be very difficult for budding photographers and use flash to enhance imagery in the dark or to illuminate you while still being able to capture the sunset at your back. And most importantly, I’m passionate about wedding photography. I know how to make you look good, and I know the way to make you both show the love that you have for one another in camera. These are the most important moments of your life that you will never get back. Don’t trust that to someone who doesn’t have the same experience.
How much time should we set aside for pictures?
I recommend a minimum of 1.5 hours for pictures. I like to break it down into 30 minutes for family, 30 minutes for bridal party, and 30 minutes for you two as a couple. This can be done either before or after the ceremony, or a combination of the two. Here is a sample schedule . In the past I have had a few situations where I was given 20 minutes for everything and this can create a rushed situation where you don’t receive the photos you have set your hearts on. I highly recommend giving yourself enough time for pictures if that is something that is important to you.
Should I have a first look?
That is completely up to you. I’m not the type of photographer who will pressure you into something that you don’t want to do. A first look is the chance to see each other before the ceremony. The pro’s are that you have a moment to see each other alone, as I am off in the distance with a long lens. This can be a very beautiful and special moment and many couples have said that it does not take away the joy of seeing each other for the first time. You also tend to have a lot more time for photos and more time to mingle with family and friends stress free after the ceremony. The cons would be that if things run late getting ready, you have not built in time for pictures after the ceremony typically and that could leave us with very little picture time. Another cone is traditional and depends on your religion or beliefs about being seeing each other beforehand.
Sample Schedule without a first look
2-3pm – detail and getting ready shots (I will arrive and take pictures of your dress, your ring, jewelry, the venue and all the decor, and then you getting ready)
3-4pm – Bridal party pictures separately
4-4:30pm – Ceremony
4:30-5pm Family portraits and bridal party all together
5-5:30pm – Couple portraits