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Top 10 Wedding FAQ

Top 10 Wedding Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is your style?

My approach to wedding photography includes a blend of photojournalism, traditional portraiture, and lots of pretty details. Here's a little more of what that all means.

  • Photojournalism is a reality-based approach to document real moments. Rather than posing for pictures, I will capture events as they naturally unfold. After photographing over 150 weddings, I have found that many weddings have lots of things in common, but my favorite moments from the day are often times the moments that make them unique. For example, one of my favorite candid wedding pictures is THIS image from a destination wedding in Los Olivos. After a beautiful summer's night celebrating, the bride and groom exited their party through a showering of confetti, onto the back of a vintage convertible. I had very little time to set my gear to capture their exit but I was able to quickly use my flash to freeze the action with a slow shutter to add a little motion blur in the background as they were whisked away into the night. I later converted the image into black and white to bring attention to the subjects expressions instead of the red car in the background. This image was part of a series for the final page of their wedding album.
  • Traditional Portraiture A classic style of posed photography often used for formal portraits including family group shots, bridal party, bride and groom romantics. These images can take a bit of effort coordinating everyone together. I will choose simple backgrounds and give direction for good posture and expressions. I promise keep it fun and photograph all of your desired formal group shots within a reasonable amount. If we do a "First Look", a bulk of the formal pictures may be completed before the ceremony freeing up more time during cocktail hour for you to mingle or do more romantic pictures together as a couple.
  • Pretty Details We both know, you've spent many hours curating all of those personal details from picking out the perfect wedding dress, choosing the most beautiful color palate, to the thoughtful centerpieces, and delicious food menu. If there is time, I like to style all of these picture perfect details to be both magazine and Pinterest worthy!

2) How long should we have 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.

3) What are your suggested wedding shots?

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
  • Groom getting ready
  • Groom’s accessories (suit, shoes, tie, socks, cufflinks, watch, vows, etc.)
  • Groom alone
  • Groom w/ groomsmen
  • 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)
  • 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 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

Suggested after the first look or immediately following the ceremony (up to 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 / candids
  • Reception décor including entire reception space without people (time permitting), signage, escort cards, tables, place settings, centerpieces, table numbers, menus, sweetheart table, party favors, etc. (this may require additional photographer for proper coverage)
  • Bride & Groom's Grand Entrance
  • First Dance(s)
  • Toast(s)
  • Bouquet / Garter Toss
  • Cake / cake cutting
  • Entertainment
  • Couple’s departure

4) How much do you charge?

Whether you’re having an intimate gathering of just 20 guests or grand affair for over 250+ my flexible pricing is designed to fit your budget and needs.

Wedding Photography $500/hour

  • photography coverage with Sherri J and experienced associate photographer
  • pre wedding consulting to discuss ideas including style, timeline, products
  • selection and color correction of all images
  • online gallery to view, share, and download images
  • complimentary travel within 75 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90042

Portrait Photography $400/hour

  • photography coverage with Sherri J
  • selection and color correction of all images
  • online gallery to view, share, and download images
  • complimentary travel within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90042

Additional Products & Services products are sold a la carte including:


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

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

  1. Basic Edits are first applied to ALL of your images. First, I download and backup ALL of the RAW files. I do my first pass in Lightroom making selections keeping the good shots and removing the outtakes like test shots, blinking, and blurry stuff. I then go over the images a second time applying overall edits to all the "keepers" with adjustments to color, exposure, saturation, lens corrections, and clarity. I will also convert a small amount of images into black and white or sepia. After the basic edits, all of your images will be consistent and cohesive.
  2. 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 beauty edits with skin smoothing, teeth whitening, hair taming, body contouring, removal of distracting stuff, sunset sky replacements, and additional Photoshop magic. All advanced edits are complimentary with all product orders including album and prints, or as a per hour rate.

6) Do you do videography?

Unfortunately, I do not offer videography services at this time. I find it's hard to be a master of two things and do them both really well. For my contracted clients I can provide you a short list of videographers I love.

7) 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 of my favorites are my Canon 5DM4 camera for the excellent ability to shoot in low light conditions. Two of my favorite lenses are the Canon 50mm 1.2L for pretty bokeh and details and the Canon 70-200mm IS 2.8L for capturing moments from a distance and zooming in for unobtrusive coverage. Additional lenses include a 100mm macro for fine details like wedding rings. My Canon 24-70mm 2.8L is a workhorse and the first professional lense I bought for the range on a close zoom. I also have a backup camera and multiple flashes with modifiers, gels, and triggers.

8) Will you travel to my location?

One of the best parts of my job is traveling to wherever love takes us. Some of my favorite destinations include:

  • Los Angeles area from Malibu to Long Beach- complimentary
  • Santa Barbara, California $250
  • Palm Springs, California $250
  • San Diego, California $300
  • Orange County, California $150
  • San Francisco, California $750
  • Hawaii $750

Beyond 75 miles or about 2 hours from Los Angeles, additional travel fees may include hotel, food allowance, airfare, etc. If your location is not listed above please contact me for an estimate.

9) Do you have insurance?

Yes, I am up to date with our business license and insurance. A certificate of liability can be provided to your venue upon your request.

10) What's Next?

Photography Commissions are accepted up to 18 months in advance. You are invited to visit me at my Los Angeles studio. We will discuss your preferred style of photography, photography timeline, and final product ideas. A signed contract plus booking fee is required to reserve your date. Full balance due 30 days before your event.

I look forward to speaking with you and creating beautiful work together!

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