These questions are the ones all the major wedding blogs tell you to ask your potential wedding photographer. Some of them are informative, and some of them are lame, but I wouldn’t be a wedding photographer if I didn’t make sure they were answered for you.
DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes absolutely!! I am fully insured through Hill & Usher.
IF YOU ARE THE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE WEDDING, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE WEDDING?
I have a network of experienced colleagues I can call upon, and I’m always making more friends. In this business, you can never have too many friends.
WHEN / HOW DO WE SEE THE IMAGES?
We are pretty fast at the editing and post-production process, turnaround generally in 4 weeks. We promise in 6. We usually do a sneak peak within a few days. All finished photos are uploaded to a Proofing Gallery for you and your friends and family to view.
HOW LONG DO YOU STAY AT OUR WEDDING?
Standard wedding day coverage is typically 7-8 hours, which is ample time to cover getting ready through most of your reception, if not the entire thing. Variables such as travel time between wedding day locations, a long cocktail hour, or a first look also play into your timeline. We will work together to make sure all your important moments are covered! Adding extra hours on to your day is always a possibility as well.
DO YOU RETAIN THE COPYRIGHT FOR THE PHOTOS?
Yes, as your professional wedding photographer, I will retain copyright of all your wedding images, however I always provide an official copyright release for you allowing unlimited personal use and printing of your wedding photos.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU DELIVER TO US?
We never limit the number of photos we take, edit, or you get. On average, our couples receive 600-1000 edited High-Resolution images. Every wedding is so unique; there could never be an exact number. I combine my photos with those of my second photographer and weed out all the blinks, the blurs, the duplicates, and give you only the best of the best!
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
We completely understand that weddings may be costly, unfortunately, we are not able to offer discounts or negotiate our rates. We put a great amount of care and hard work into each of our weddings and refuse to provide less than our best work, period.
DO YOU HAVE BACK-UP EQUIPMENT?
Yes, yes, and more yes! I always carry at least two camera bodies, multiple flashes, multiple lenses, and multiple batteries. And remember that second photographer? They ALSO have at least one full set of equipment on them.
DO YOU OFFER ALBUMS?
Yes! Pictures deserve to be printed, and there’s no better way to see and preserve them than in an album. I offer the beautiful Madera Books in several sizes and cover types. Some Wedding Collections include an album but they can always be added on at any time after the wedding. Madera Books are archival and gorgeous and I am over the moon with their quality.
HOW DO ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS WORK? DO WE HAVE TO DO ONE?
Complimentary engagement sessions are included in all my wedding packages. They are not required, but are recommended. This is a great time to get more comfortable in front of the camera, for me to see what angles look best for you and to learn how you two interact. I ask couples to choose a location that is meaningful to them, and then we spend about an hour or so walking around, talking and snapping, and chasing the beautiful light. It’s very relaxed, so no worries!
WE WANT TO BOOK YOU. WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
The next step is for you to reach to me via my my contact form. Let me know your wedding date and all the relevant details (i love all the details!). If possible, I would like to meet you both in person so you can get to know your future photographer and can ask me everything you need. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, I will send a contract for you to sign and and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list.