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 lots of pretty details. 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. Prefered method used to document 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 groupings including the bridal party, family formals, to SUPER LARGE 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!
- Pretty 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 time consuming from getting a close up shot of your wedding rings, styling your invitations, to fluffing wedding gowns, straightening out pant legs, and making sure bouquets are held in the correct position.
2) How long do we need coverage for?
Wedding coverage usually starts 2.5 hours before the ceremony as the bride and groom are getting ready and goes until 30 minutes after the last big event at the reception. It is not necessary for me to be there until the very end unless you have something special planned for your grand exit. For most of my weddings this is a full 8 hour day.
- 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 w/ bridesmaids
- 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 w/ groomsmen
- Wedding + Engagement Rings (cleaned and with the bride)
- Wedding invitations (two complete sets, 1 stamped and addressed to bride and groom)
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.
I suggest doing as these after the first look or immediately following the ceremony. (up to 60 minutes)
- Bride alone
- Groom alone
- Bride & Groom romantics
- Bride & Groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen
- 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 extended family
- 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
- Cocktail hour
- Reception décor
- Bride & Groom's Grand Entrance
- First Dance(s)
- Bouquet / Garter Toss
- Cake / Cake Cutting
- 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 use a 100mm macro for details and a 24-70mm 2.8L for my most flexible close zoom lens. 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 or split up to cover things happening at the same time at different locations, 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 3+ photographers may be suggested.
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 offer travel to destination weddings in Santa Barbara, Orange County, and Palm Springs. Travel fees in Southern California area start at $60/hour.
For destinations beyond 2 hours, travel fees may include additional expenses for airfare, food, and hotel. Per diem includes meals and lodging at $200-250 with a two-night minimum (the night before and the night of the wedding). Airfare will include 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 downloading and backing up all the files, overall image selection of images keeping the good shots and deleting the outtakes. Overall color adjustments, some saturation or vibrance, exposure, and straightening. After the first pass of edits, your images will be consistent and cohesive.
- The second kind of edit is Advanced Photo Retouching to include my signature style of retouching to be a work of art. This 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 additional Photoshop magic. All advanced edits are complimentary with all product orders including albums, fine art canvas, and prints larger than 8x12" or available at a flat rate of $60/ hour.
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?
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 products directly from a professional photo lab.
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 to 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 your contract with a booking fee to hold your wedding date.
- The final balance of your package is due 30 days before the wedding.
- Acceptable forms of payment include Cash, check, all major credit cards, & Paypal