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Top 10 FAQ for Weddings

1) What is your style?

My approach to wedding photography is a blend of styles from documentary to directed.  Below is a little description of what that really means:

  • Photojournalism is a reality-based approach to document 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 photojournalists are both experienced to anticipate the shot and also work very quickly to catch a fleeting story.  Most common method used during your wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Traditional Portraiture: A style often used during an engagement portrait session and family formal portraits with a focus on facial expressions and natural posing.  I have lots of experience photographing a wide range of subjects from a single person (easy), romantic couples (my favorite!), group shots (like bridal party and family formals), up to groups of 250+ (pictures of all the wedding guests together).  These skills have taken years to master and I feel confident that I am able to take charge, provide direction, keep it fun, and get all of your desired formal pictures within a reasonable amount of time (fast) so you and your guests can enjoy the party!
  • Editorial Photography: These are the kinds of images you are seeing in bridal magazines, on wedding blogs, and all over Pinterest.  They are heavy on details with focus on good lighting to highlight a particular product.  Editorial images can be time consuming, from setting up little details like your wedding invitations, a close up shot of your engagement ring with wedding bands, 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 details and want to be published (ask me how)!

2) How long do we need coverage for?

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

Getting Ready

  • Bride getting ready, hair and makeup, candids
  • Bride's wedding gown - full length and details (cute custom hangars available on Etsy!)
  • Bride’s accessories (shoes, jewelry, veil, garter, perfume, purse, vows, etc.)
  • Wedding rings + Engagement Ring (cleaned and with bride. Have you seen the MRS BOX?!)
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Bouquets (suggested delivery to bridal suite)
  • Bride alone
  • Bride & Bridesmaids
  • Bridesmaids alone (if time)
  • Wedding invitations (two complete sets, 1 stamped and addressed to bride and groom, with bride)
  • Groom getting ready, candids
  • Groom’s accessories (socks, shoes, tie, cufflinks, watch, vows, etc.)
  • Groom in suit/tux - full length and details
  • Boutonnieres (suggested delivery to groom's suite- designate someone to pin these on the guys)
  • Groom alone
  • Groom & Groomsmen
  • Groomsmen alone (if time)
  • 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 formal pictures before the ceremony freeing up more time later in the day to socialize with guests and enjoy cocktail hour.

Ceremony

  • Pre Ceremony: Please allow us at least 20-30 minutes before your ceremony to capture these details.
  • Wedding Ceremony: usually 20-60 minutes depending on faith and traditions
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Groom's reaction to seeing Bride walking down the aisle
  • Couple at the altar: vows, ring exchange, kiss, etc.
  • Wide shot of Entire Ceremony Space
  • Recessional- Couple coming back down the aisle

Post-Ceremony Formals

  • B&G with wedding officiant (optional)
  • B&G with parents of the bride
  • B&G with parents of the groom
  • B&G with both sets of parents together
  • B&G with Immediate Family:  1-3 minutes per small group, 2-4 minutes for each group up to 8, and 5+ minutes for larger groups of 8+ people.
  • B&G with children attendants
  • 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 pictures are complete, your family can join guests and enjoy cocktail hour.
  • B&G with bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Romantic Pictures of the Bride & Groom

Reception

  • Cocktail hour (food/ drinks/ decor)
  • Reception décor (escort cards, signage, tables, place settings, centerpieces, table numbers, menus, sweetheart table, party favors, etc.)
  • Entire reception space (without people, time permitting)
  • Grand Entrance
  • Toast(s)
  • First Dance(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 two 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 detailed shots like the weddings rings, a close range zoom of 24-70mm 2.8L, and a wide 16-35mm 2.8L lens mostly for epic shots and 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 - starting 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.  SAMPLE of Basic Edit.
  • 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 (exit signs, trash, cracks in the sidewalk), 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?

Turn around 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.

ALBUM ORDERS: 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 including design and delivery may be available for an additional fee.

PRINTS & ENLARGEMENTS: 2-5 days

10) How do we book you?

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

First we meet!  I personally invite you to visit me in studio for your complimentary consultation to discuss details of your day including style, timeline, expectations, and products.  If you are not local we can scheduled a phone chat or online meeting via Skype.

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

Review your photography contract and submit a $1000 non-refundable retainer to hold your date.  Your final balance is due 30 days before your wedding.


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