Frequently Asked Questions
- Will you retouch and edit my photos before or after you show them to me?
Typically we take several thousand photos during the wedding. My first step is to quickly go through them and eliminate the bad ones (eyes closed, out of focus, etc). Then, I compare similar shots and choose the best ones. These are the ones I edit and make perfect. After I edit them, I will install them on my website with password access for you, and I give the high resolution versions of them to you on a flash drive. Overall, you'll end up with around 500 - 1000 edited photos. Depending on how many hours we shoot, you can normally expect an average of about 300 edited images per hour of shooting.
- Do you shoot film or digital or both?
I shoot digital only, no film. That said, there are many ways of simulating the look of film by introducing noise and contrast during the editing process, and if you want that look, we can make it happen.
- What is the quality of your equipment and do you have adequate backup?
We shoot only professional Nikon, Canon, or Sony equipment, and everything is backed up at least twice. We will generally have at least four cameras on location.
- How would you characterize your style of shooting? Do you take a lot of posed pictures or mostly candid? Do you go for artistic or dramatic shots?
Our style is almost totally candid, but I like to think that we mix our shooting to include a lot of the spectrum of styles from artistic and dramatic to candid and documentary. I really try to capture 'moments' that you will treasure for many years, and if I can capture those moments in a dramatic way through the use of natural light and shadows, I will. Some portion of time, though, will be taking posed shots, both of ones you want with family and friends, and those romantic shots we plan together.
- Do you take video as well?
Yes, at your specific request, I can take video of some of the more important actions, like 'the Kiss', the rings, first dance, cake cutting, dancing, etc. If you decide to hire a separate videographer, we can coordinate so we don't trip over each other.
- How much of your fee do you require up front and when is the rest of it to be paid to you?
I need to have 25% at the time we sign the agreement, and that reserves your date. A second payment of 50% has to be paid at or before the event, and the remaining 25% will be due when we upload the edited finished photos to our website.
- Will you be the actual photographer or will someone else do it, and do you have a second shooter with you?
I will generally always be the actual photographer at your event, unless we agree to have one of my experienced assistant photographers perform your shoot as the principal, and I sometimes shoot it myself without a second photographer if it is a relatively small wedding. For most of my shoots, I use an assistant/second shooter. I always carry two cameras on me, so I don't have to switch lenses or other equipment in order to get shots of the crowd and the emotional reactions of those watching the action up front.
- How long before we can see the edited photos?
I will have the edited photos posted to my website with password access for you and anyone you want to take a look, as well as sending you the flash drive within 1-3 weeks after the wedding. Our goal is two weeks, and we accomplish that 99% of the time. After uploading your photos to the website, you and anyone to whom you give access, can download freely any or all of the photos.
- If you aren't familiar with the location of the wedding, do you scout it out beforehand?
Even if I am already familiar with your venue, I always visit beforehand the locations of your event to make sure I know aspects of lighting, how you have organized the layout, and any other aspects of your planning that might affect my shooting. If I have to travel a great distance to get there, I will make sure I arrive early enough to scope out the situation. I will always be at your rehearsal to make sure I understand the lighting, shot angles, and any other restrictions.
- Do you use a shotlist that we provide or do you sort of wing it?
The only shotlist I need is for the posed pictures, the ones of you with parents, wedding party, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc. But, other than that, I will generally get the shots you want through the normal course of how I shoot. Also, I usually ask for someone to honcho the posed shots, someone who knows everyone and has the horsepower to get them where they need to be quickly and efficiently. It makes a huge difference in time and aggravation, and since the posed session usually occurs between the ceremony and the reception, having it organized means that everyone can get to the really fun stuff as soon as possible.
- Who owns the rights to your photos? Are there any limitations on how we can use them?
Once I upload the edited images, you can do whatever you want with them. You can take them to the drugstore and make prints, you can send them to whoever you want to have them, no limitations at all - they're yours. In fact, once I post them to my website, you can share them on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, whatever. I also have unlimited rights to use the images I produce as well, pretty much on my website to market my services to other potential clients who may be impressed with the photos I took of your event. One thing I will not do is sell them to third parties without your permission.