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Top 10 FAQ for Weddings

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions for Weddings

1) What is your style?

My approach to wedding photography is a blend of styles including documentary, traditional, and editorial.  Below is a little description of what that means:

  • Documentary is a reality-based approach to capture real moments.  Rather than posing for pictures, I will follow you throughout the day capturing events as they naturally unfold.  When needed, I will blend seamlessly into the background and become “invisible" to the experience.  The best documentary photojournalists are both experienced to anticipate the shot and also work very quickly to catch a fleeting story.  Most common method applied during your wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Traditional Portraiture  A classic style of posed photography often used for engagement and formal portraits, with a focus on good posture, natural expressions, and simple backgrounds.  I have lots of experience directing a wide range of subjects from a single person and couples to more challenging groups including the bridal party, family formals, and even big groups of 250+ people.  These skills have taken years to master and I feel confident that I am able to take charge, keep it fun, and get all of your desired formal pictures within a reasonable amount of time so you and your guests can enjoy the party!
  • Editorial Includes highly styled images with great attention to details.  These are the kinds of images you are seeing in bridal magazines, on wedding blogs, and all over Pinterest.  The creation of these images can be very time consuming from a close up shot of your wedding rings, to fluffing wedding gowns, straightening out pant legs, and making sure bouquets are held in the correct position.  You may want to incorporate some editorial flair if you love fashion, artistic details, and want to be published (ask me how)!

2) How long do we need coverage for?

Wedding coverage usually starts 2-3 hours before the ceremony as the bride is getting ready and usually goes until 30 minutes after the last big event at the reception.  For most of my weddings this is a full 8 hour day.

Getting Ready

  • Bride getting ready, final touches of hair and makeup, candids
  • Bride's wedding gown - full length and details
  • Bride’s accessories (shoes, jewelry, veil, garter, perfume, purse, vows, etc.)
  • Bride alone
  • Bride w/ bridesmaids
  • Wedding + Engagement Rings
  • Wedding invitations (two complete sets, 1 stamped and addressed to bride and groom)
  • Bridal Bouquet (suggested delivery to bridal suite)
  • Boutonnieres (designate someone to pin these on the guys)
  • Groom getting ready, candids
  • Groom’s accessories (suit, shoes, tie, socks, cufflinks, watch, vows, etc.)
  • Groom alone
  • Groom w/ groomsmen
  • Bridal party gifts

First Look (optional)

Some couples choose to exchange gifts, say a prayer, or just enjoy a quiet moment together before the day unfolds.  A first look will also allow the opportunity for more romantic and formal group pictures before the ceremony, freeing up more time later in the day to socialize with guests and enjoy cocktail hour.

Ceremony

  • Ceremony décor and details (at least 20-30 minutes before ceremony)
  • Processional- Bride walking down the aisle and Groom's reaction
  • Bride and Groom together, vows, ring exchange, kiss
  • Recessional- Couple coming back down the aisle

Formal Portraits

I suggest doing as many of these after the first look or immediately following the ceremony.  (20-60 minutes)

  • Bride & Groom with wedding officiant (optional)
  • Bride & Groom with parents of the bride
  • Bride & Groom with parents of the groom
  • Bride & Groom with both sets of parents together
  • Bride & Groom with children attendants
  • Bride & Groom with Immediate Family members:  1-3 minutes per small group, 2-4 minutes for each group up to 8, and 5+ minutes for larger groups of 8+ people.
  • Bride & Groom with Extended Family: I suggest keeping family formals to immediate family only and pictures with extended family members as you see them during reception. If you would like to include extended family in the formals, then calculations should apply as 1-3 minutes per small group, 2-4 minutes for each group up to 8, and 5+ minutes for larger groups of 8+ people.  Usually after all of the extended family portraits are complete, your family can join guests and enjoy cocktail hour.
  • Bride & Groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Bride & Groom romantics (maybe at sunset? time allowing)

Reception

  • Cocktail hour food / drinks / decor (this may require additional photographers for proper coverage)
  • Reception décor (signage, escort cards, tables, place settings, centerpieces, table numbers, menus, sweetheart table, party favors, etc.)
  • Entire reception space (without people, time permitting)
  • Bride & Groom's Grand Entrance
  • First Dance(s)
  • Toast(s)
  • Bouquet / Garter Toss
  • Cake / cake cutting
  • Entertainment
  • Couple’s departure

3) What kind of equipment do you use?

I have invested a small fortune to have the best money can buy for your big day.  Some highlights include Canon 5DM4 camera body for the excellent low light ability, multiple focal points, and silent shutter clicks.  My favorite lenses are the 50mm 1.2L for details and the 70-200mm IS 2.8L for capturing moments from a distance.  I also have a 100mm macro for details like the weddings rings, a close range zoom of 24-70mm 2.8L, and a wide 11-24mm 4L zoom mostly for establishing shots of landscapes.  For every event, I usually bring more than one of everything (camera body, lens, and flashes) and my second photographers are fully geared up as well.

4) Do you have insurance?

Yes.  A certificate of liability can be provided to your venue upon request.

5) Do we need additional photographers?

For your special event, an additional photographer is suggested to ensure a moment is never missed. With two photographers, we can work together to get creative images or split up to cover things at different locations happening at the same time, like when the bride and groom are getting ready or during cocktail hour when guests are mingling and the bride and groom are doing formal pictures.

For guests counts over 175 and multiple locations changes with lots of travel, 3+ photographers may be suggested.  Please contact me to discuss specifics of your day.

6)  Do you travel?

One of the best parts of my job is traveling to wherever your love takes you!  Beyond 75 miles of my studio in Los Angeles, I can offer travel to destination weddings in Santa Barbara, Orange County, and Palm Springs.  Travel fees in Southern California area start at $60/hour.

Destinations beyond 2 hours may include additional expenses for airfare, food, and hotel.

  • Per diem includes meals and lodging at $200-250 per day.  Weddings require two-night minimum (the night before and the night of the wedding)
  • Airfare- actual costs of roundtrip flight.  Booked independently.

7) Do you edit all of the images or just some?

There are two different kinds of edits I provide, Basic Edit and Advanced Retouching.

  • Basic Edits are first applied to all of your images.  This includes image selection, color adjustments, exposure adjustments, and cropping.
  • The second kind of edit is Advanced Photo Retouching and it includes things like creative edits, sunset sky replacements, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, hair taming, body contouring, removal of distracting stuff, head swapping (common in large group shots) and other Photoshop magic.   All advanced edits are complimentary with all product orders or available at a flat rate per image.

8) How many pictures will we get?

As a general guide you can expect about 75 images per hour of shooting for one photographer or 100 images per hour for two photographers.  For a full 8 hour day that would be about 600-800 images. Please note this is an estimate, and the actual number of images for your event may vary.

9) When can we expect to see our pictures?

ONLINE GALLERY: The turnaround time on your images is really fast... and faster than 95% of photographers I know!  I guarantee you will have access to a complete proofing gallery of your images no more than 21 days after your wedding.  You can share your online gallery with friends and family and order printed products directly from a professional photo lab to your home. 

ALBUMS: Once approved, you custom album will be sent to a professional lab for printing and binding.  All albums are made in the United States and processing can take up to 6 weeks.  Albums approved by November 8th are guaranteed delivery by December 24th.  Rush orders may be available for an additional fee.

10) How do we book you?

Wedding photography commissions are accepted up to one year in advance.

First we meet!  I invite you to visit me in studio for a complimentary consultation to discuss style, timeline, and product options.  If you are not local in Los Angeles, we can scheduled a time to chat on the phone.

You will pick out the things you'd like in your package.

Submit a contract with a non-refundable booking fee of $1000 to hold your wedding date.  The final balance of your package is due 30 days before the wedding.


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