Frequently Asked Questions
1) My venue is dark. Is this going to be an issue?
No. We are equipped with professional external flashes to compensate for dimly lit venues. In addition, our cameras and lenses have low light capabilities to be able to photograph in situations where we may not be allowed to use flash, such as during a Catholic ceremony.
2) Do you touch up all the photos?
We will pull the images and select the “best of”. We’ll include basic touchups such as adjusting for white balance, skin tones and highlights for those selected images that are delivered to you. Images selected for your album will receive extra touch ups. If you have a special request such as removing a bridesmaid’s tattoo, that is considered a custom edit and is quoted separately.
3) How many hours do you suggest that we need?
Our average bride usually books for 6 or 7 hours. If you desire a lot of pre-ceremony photos or if your ceremony and reception are at two different locations we recommend that you book at least 7 or 8 hours. After we learn more details about your wedding day we will be able to give you a more specific recommendation on coverage.
4) How many images do we receive?
Since every wedding is different, we do not guarantee a set amount of images. There are several factors that affect the amount of images shot at your wedding including the amount of hours you have contracted us, activities you have scheduled and the number of people in your party. As a guideline you can expect approx. 30-45 images per hour of service that you contract. If you have two photographers the number increases to approx 50-60 images per hour of service.
5) Can I show you samples of photos that I like?
It is helpful to see samples of images that represent the style you are looking to achieve in your wedding images. You may e-mail some sample images that you like or send us a link to your pinterest planning board. We do our best to replicate images, but do not guarantee specific shots.
6) I have lots of downtime between the ceremony and reception. Will we be charged for that?
Our hours of service are calculated from when we arrive at your ceremony venue to when we leave the reception. Although the schedule may appear to have some wedding downtime there may still be activities going on that you will want documented to help tell the complete story of your day. Oftentimes it’s during the downtime that we are able to catch the most candid moments. It’s a great time to do group photos as well, or to get a photo with that friend or relative who may have missed the pre-ceremony group photo session.
7) What happens if things run late and we need more time? We provide a courtesy 10-15 minute grace period just in case things run a little late and you haven’t got to the cake cut, etc… If you know early on that you are going to need additional coverage it’s best to inform us prior to your wedding day. Any time added on the wedding day is billed at our hourly a la carte pricing, which may be higher than our package rates. So if you think you may need more hours, it’s better to book them ahead of time.
8) What happens if I lose my images?
We keep backup digital files of our images on two servers. In case of an emergency we can send you a downloadable link. The first time is complimentary. You will be charged a fee for any additional retrieval requests. There is a fee for all replacement discs in addition to any shipping costs.
9) Do you include the raw files?
Your final edited images are delivered in .jpeg format at 8 x12 in at 300 dpi. RAW files and unedited files are not available for purchase and remain property of the studio.
10) Do you offer childhood photo slideshows to view at our reception?
Yes, we would be happy to create a “through the years” slideshow featuring photos from your childhood up to and including your engagement session. We ask that all your childhood images be pre-scanned at a high resolution of at least 300 dpi and sent to us via dropbox. We will provide you with the final slideshow on a dvd. We do not provide projection services or a projector screen.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) May we bring props to our session?
Props can add interest and personality to your photos. If you would like to include props, please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly.
2) How long do sessions last?
Session time varies depending on the package you select. Mini sessions are approx. 15-20 minutes while regular sessions span average about an hour.
3) Will you suggest a location for the session?
I’d loved to share some of my favorite places! Don’t feel like you are limited to my suggestions. Also, please keep in mind that when kids are involved, it’s best to stick to one setting, such as a park or playground. Pick a place where they are comfortable being themselves.
4) How can we best prepare for the session?
Get yourself and your family excited about the session. Whether you go all out on a styled shoot or purchase new outfits for everyone. It’s great when you can involve the entire family.
5) When is payment due?
50% of the total cost is due at booking and the balance is due on the day of the photography session.
6) I see a lot of ideas on Pinterest, can we suggest ideas for photos?
I have a variety of samples at my studio. During the pre-consultation I will discuss your vision and my experience. If there is an image from Pinterest that you love, bring it in and we’ll look at it together.
7) Is there a time that is better than others for outdoor photo sessions?
The best time for an outdoor photo session is either early in the morning or right around sunset. I’ve found that the best light is usually 15-20 minutes before sunset and 15-20 minutes after. You can visit timeanddate.com to get an accurate time for sunset on your scheduled photo session day and then back up approx. 1 hour to 1.5 hours from that time for start time. You want to make sure to factor in extra time just in case you happen to be running late, want to change outfits during the session, etc…
8) What is included in a session?
All sessions include travel to the location, my services during the shoot and basic editing of the images. A set number of images are provided upon completion based on the duration of session. For example, with an hour session you will usually receive a min. 35-40 images. Hi resolution images with reprint permission are including in some of our most popular packages.
9) What type of payment do you accept?
I accept checks, paypal and all major credit cards.
10) How long after the session until I see my photos?
Turnaround for photos is approx. 1-2 weeks. I will usually post a few sneak peak images to social media within 24-48 hours of photographing the session, so make sure you are connected!
“Pictures are worth a thousand words – choose wisely!”
Preserving the memories of one of the most important days in your lives can be captured best with choosing a professional photographer. In order to choose the right photographer for you, here are some important suggestions:
1: Interview several photographers and make sure you are comparing “apples to apples”. Ask questions about their styles. Most wedding photographers offer either traditional, posed portraits or a candid photojournalism style. Some offer a combination.
2: Look at samples. This will give you an idea of both the style and quality each photographer provides.
3: Ask about backup. Always ask if the photographer carries back-up equipment. Also, make sure the photographer has a ready replacement who can photograph your wedding if he or she becomes ill. Also what backup plan they have in case of rain in the event of outdoor pictures.
4: Develop a relationship. Look for a photographer that you are comfortable with. Remember, you are not hiring someone to simply take pictures, but to tell the story of your special day. A skilled professional will want to know about the bride and groom – your personalities and preferences.
5: Communicate your ideas – after all it is YOUR wedding day. Make sure the photographer has a clear understanding of your expectations. Take the time to sit down with the photographer and discuss the services provided and the fees involved. This helps avoid any future misunderstandings.
6: Ask about credentials. Membership in a professional association, certification or a photography degree shows a certain level of commitment to the profession. These types of credentials can help you determine which photographer is right for you.
7: Read testimonials. Feedback from other clients will give you an idea of the type of photographer you are dealing with.
8: Passion. Look for a photographer who is passionate about what they do. Anyone can pick up a camera but only a few can take great pictures.
Once you have compared your options, choose the photographer that is right for you!
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