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:
- Photojournalism is a reality-based approach to document real moments. Rather than posing for pictures, I will follow you and your guests throughout the day, capturing events as they naturally unfold. When needed, I will try to blend seamlessly into the background and become “invisible” to the experience. This method is applied best during the wedding ceremony and most of the reception including first dances and toasts. The best photojournalists are both experienced to anticipate the shot and also work very quickly to capture the fleeting story.
- 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 experience directing a wide range of subjects from a single person to very large groups of 250+ people. 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. Attention to the smallest details help tell the story and can include close up shots of things like the wedding rings, wedding invitations, food, party favors, centerpieces, personal items, reception decor, etc. We will also pay attention bridal 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.
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. Please contact me to discuss the specific needs of your day.
6) Do you travel for portraits and weddings?
One of the best parts of my job is traveling to wherever your love takes you!
- Santa Barbara, California – $250 flat fee
- Orange County, California – $150 flat fee
- Palm Springs, California – $250 flat fee
- San Diego, California – $300 flat fee
- San Francisco, California – $750 flat fee
If you are traveling to a different location not listed please contact me for a quote. Pricing for travel out of state usually includes airfare for two, food allowance, and hotel with a two-night minimum (the night before and the night of the wedding).
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. 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 apply an overall edits to all the keepers with adjustments to color, exposure, saturation, clarity, and some black and white or sepia conversions. After the first round of edits all of 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 beauty edits with skin smoothing, teeth whitening, hair taming, body contouring, removal of distracting stuff, head swapping (common in large group shots), sunset sky replacements, and additional Photoshop magic. All advanced edits are complimentary with all product orders including albums, fine art canvas, and large prints or a la carte at $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 wedding day that would be about 800 images. Please note this is an estimate, and the actual number of images for your event may vary.
9) 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 referrals to vendors I love!
10) How do we book you?
When it comes to planning a big event the top 3 things to be booked first are usually venue, wedding planner, and photographer. I accept photography commissions up to 18 months in advance or once the date is set. If you like what you see in my portfolio I encourage you to meet up with me in person.
- Your are invited to visit me in studio for a complimentary consultaiton
- We can discuss ideas including preferred style and ideas how you can enjoy your images
- A signed contract plus booking fee is due to reserve your date
- Final balance of your package is due 30 days before the event