Frequently Asked Questions & Collected Thoughts
The following is intended to reflect many of the questions, situations, and scenarios that we’ve encountered during our history of working with weddings. We hope they prove useful to you, in your planning.
What about backup equipment?
- We are carrying two or three of “everything that matters” so that you are protected from equipment failures and breakage.
What happens if my photographer is sick or injured?
- Not to worry. If something happens to your photographer, we’ll have others available for you.
How do you dress?
- We typically wear all black. Our usual dress is black pants, black shirt, and black sneakers. As our coverage is often very active, we do not wear suits & ties while shooting. Female staff may opt to wear dresses.
What is the turn-around time on photos?
- We complete all of our editing and post-production in about 3-4 weeks.
How many photos can I expect?
- It’s hard to give a generalization, as every wedding is different. Typically, you will receive about 60-80 photos per “useful hour” of photography. Remember, time spent driving between locations doesn’t allow us to make images. Secondarily, the amount of “action” in your wedding can dramatically affect the number of photos. We have shot three hour weddings that resulted in 500 pictures, and we have shot seven hour weddings that resulted in only about 250 pictures. It all depends on the specifics of your event. Don’t worry about count. It’s the actual events of the day that matter.
Can we have the unedited, RAW files of our wedding photos?
- I do not release any unedited, RAW images. A RAW file is an incomplete product and only half of my vision. When I take a photograph, that is only the first part of the process. I then take that photograph into the digital darkroom and add my own style and touches. Releasing a RAW file is like giving you a half-finished painting. If you are hiring us, we want it to be because you love the way we shoot and the way we edit.
What are your payment terms?
- We only ask $500 retainer at the time of booking, followed by $500 at the wedding day (or engagement photo shot), with the remainder paid in cash at the time of pick up of processed files.
- All quoted prices do not include tax. Please note that we pay taxes and therefore we will add tax to all quotes, no exceptions will be made.
What do I need to do, to make sure my wedding is successful?
Planning is key. The success or failure of a wedding is 95% planning and 5% good luck. Here are a few points to consider when doing your event planning:
- Always plan your photography into the schedule for your day.
- Always overplan for your travel time. Is there a major event scheduled on your wedding day? Rally? Concert? Anything can potentially disrupt your planned route. If you are depending on major roads, you should have a backup route prepared.
- The more that you’ve planned, the less stressed that you will be on your wedding day. Nervous brides don’t make for great pictures (please check “important tip”)
How do I get great family formals?
- Plan your “formals” in advance. The time required for your formal photos can vary wildly; depending on the kind of photos that you would like us to take. For example, if you have a very small wedding party, we can finish quite quickly. However, if you have a large wedding party or a large family, you will need additional time. Don’t forget, the types of photos that you want can factor into the time as well. For example, if you want individual photos with each member of the wedding party; this will extend the time required. If the wedding party is small, it will add much less time than if you have a twenty-person wedding party.
- If you plan on having family portraits as part of your formal photos; make sure to plan for them from the beginning. It’s critical to inform your family members in advance, so that they don’t “disappear” before you can get your photos. It’s usually wise to have someone “guard the door” to prevent relatives from escaping before the photos.
- Additionally, if your photos will include grandparent (or great-grandparents), make sure to do “their” photos FIRST. Older people are less mobile and have less endurance. Do all the photos with the oldest members of the family first. The younger groups are capable of “getting up and down” without as much difficulty.
- If you have specific requests for your formal photos, make sure to make a list in advance. Don’t “wing it”. Plan for success.
- It’s much easier for us to “be creative” when dealing only with a few people. To get really spectacular bride and groom portraits; plan for some “private time” with the photographer. You can do a lot of photos very quickly when dealing with only two people. The smaller the group, the greater opportunity for creativity. Don’t cheat yourself out of spectacular photos by spending all your time on family groups, while neglecting yourselves.
How do you get those really creative shots of the couples?
- If you want really creative and spectacular photos on your wedding day, there is an easy formula: give us time to do it. The #1 mistake that most couples will make is “rushing” us through the day. The most disappointing thing we encounter in wedding photography is hearing: “We’ve only got 30 minutes for pictures, and we want you to shoot ten family groups first!”
- It’s critical that you give us “alone time” with just the two of you. The more time that we have with the two of you, the more creative we can be with the photos. When we’re forced to stack all the photos into just a few minutes, they look formulaic.
- Remember, a picture of a large group will always look like a “picture of a large group”. Shots of just the two of you can be a lot more interesting.
- The best images that you see on our website were the result of great planning, rather than spontaneous good luck.
When is the best time of day for pictures?
- Given the option, the best time for outdoor photos is usually about an hour before sunset. Remember, sunset times change by the season. Always plan to have your outdoor photos finished before the sun is down. Although we can shoot them in the dark, they look much better with natural light.
I’m having an outdoor ceremony / reception. What do I need to know?
- Be mindful of your surroundings. Don’t position yourselves so that you will be “staring into the sun” during your vows. It’s uncomfortable, and you won’t get as many good pictures. Additionally, check your venue in advance for prime photo spots.
- Check the sunset times for your wedding day. Although sunset allows for creative and beautiful photos; don’t run late. Sunset waits for no bride.
- Always have a backup plan, in case of inclement weather.
Where are the best spots for pictures?
- There are a number of locations (please see locations ). We always try to stay away from those “official” locations, they are usually expensive, non flexible and (except of few) really boring. We can recommend awesome locations that don’t cost a dime.