Frequently Asked Questions

Bride & perfume

We know hiring your wedding photographer is a big decision, so we’re here to help you figure out if we’re the right fit for your needs. We know you have questions, and we have answers. This list is based on a collection of questions we get from brides and grooms who are eager to find our more about us, our rates, how we shoot, the photo equipment we use and more. You’ll notice the answers to the questions are hidden until you click on the question. We know you are busy planning your wedding, so we’ve set things up so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Just click on the question you want to know the answer to, and the information is there waiting. If you have a question that’s not covered here, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

How would you describe your style?

Artistic creative photojournalism with a fashion slant.

How many weddings have you shot & how long have you been in business?

Around 150 over the past 10 years.

How many hours coverage is necessary?

This varies depending on the number of guests & where you wish to take your bridal portraits, around downtown, the house or hotel you are staying at, or out in the country side.  Generally it’s about 8-10 hours coverage, starting around 2 with getting ready shots, then moving on to your bridal portraits, including wedding party & family portraits. Coverage continues thru the ceremony and the reception.

As the bride, I don’t want my fiance to see me before the wedding, but I want portraits of us both during the day. What do you suggest?

I get this question a lot. And, I truly understand the concern, but I usually do a “first look”, which is the moment when the couple sees each other for the first time. I do this because in my 10 plus years as a wedding photojournalist, I’ve found that doing couple portraits before the wedding is important because that’s the moment when the two of you get to spend some time together before the excitement of the day begins, and this is when I love to capture the love and joy between two people who are about to move forward together.

Also, many brides prefer to see their fiance and have photos taken before the wedding because that’s the time when they’re makeup is still picture perfect and they like having their photo taken before their polished look turns into tears, runny mascara and a dress they’ve worn all day long.

How long does the portrait session take?

I like to set aside at least 1.5 -2 hours for your bridal portraits. this is a lot of time, but I would rather have a little extra time than not enough.  And in my experience, we usually get a late start with the portraits because the bride isn’t ready on time.  One of the most important things about photography is that the subject, (you & your fiance) need to feel comfortable & relaxed. If you guys are stressed out are we are trying to rush through the photo session, that stress will come thru in the photos. I want you guys having fun and feeling good so I can catch that emotion!

Do you photograph engagement portraits?

Yes! There’s nothing like capturing the joy of a newly engaged couple.  And, it’s a great way to test me out and see if you’d want to hire me to photograph your wedding.

Do you cover rehearsal dinners & civil ceremonies?

Yes, I do! I believe it’s important (and interesting) to be there from the rehearsal dinner or civil ceremony until the last guest stumbles out of the reception.  I enjoy documenting the entire experience.

Do you personally take the photos at the wedding?

Yes. And I do all the editing after.

Do you work with a second photographer?

Yes, I do. They first assist me with the lights & reflectors during the portrait session, then begin shooting during the ceremony & through the reception.

What do you wear to a wedding?

A suit, to blend in as much as possible.

How many photos do you shoot/submit at a wedding?

Again, this varies depending on the number of guests. The typical wedding I shoot has about 150 guests and I shoot over 2,000 images.  Once I have reviewed and edited them all, I pick the best 300-400 and give those to each couple.

Do you travel for weddings?

Yes, and I charge very minimally  for travel expenses.  Please contact us to get more detailed information about my rates.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, 50% to save the date. If the wedding is cancelled, and I am able to book another wedding that weekend, I will return 25%. If not, it is non-refundable. Once you choose your package and agree to the contract, my assistant will send you a deposit invoice and you will be able to make an online payment.

Do we sign a contract?

Yes, and the contract will include all the details we discussed for your wedding day photography, including the package you’ve selected.

What equipment do you use?

I use the following photography equipment:
* A 36 mega-pixel Nikon camera (D-800)  & backup (D-300)  many Nikon lenses & flashes.
* A Lumedyne 3 strobe set up & a Go Pro camera.
* Film cameras are a Nikon F-3 and a medium format Mamiy.

Do you work with flashes?

Yes, I work with a wide array of strobes & flashes to illuminate whatever situation we are in. It’s all about the light:
photo=light, graphy=to write.  I sum it up as “To write with light.”

Do we get Hi-Res images on a disk to print later?

Yes, all my packages include CD’s with the images in Hi-RES.

How long after the wedding day before we can see our proofs?

You should expect to receive your photos 4-6 weeks after your wedding date.

Do you post photos online?

Yes, and the photos can be password protected if desired.

I retain the copyright to the images, and the right to use them to promote my photography business only. Copyright can be purchased for an additional $1,500 USD if wanted.

Do you shoot video?

No, but I can recommend some videographers to work with.

Do you mind if other people take photographs during your shoot?

Not at all. The excitement is seeing your guests and family happy, and I would never do anything to stop that.

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