Frequently Asked Questions
+ 1. What is your consultation like?
I like to meet the bride and groom in person, if logistics allow it. A conference call or Face Time is also available because I know couples have hectic schedules and often times don't live locally. I want to get to know them as people – see how they interact with each other. This really helps me to capture their special day through their eyes. During the consultation, we go over the entire process from the engagement photo session to editing and post-production, and answer questions they may have and discuss talk about any special moments, guests of honor, or specific shots they’d like me to photograph. I usually have a good sense of how I want to photograph them by the end of the meeting.
+ 2. How would you describe your style of photography?
I like to capture honest, emotional moments. I don’t like to stage or create something that is not real. I have a background in documentary photography, having spent several years in the Middle East as a photo-journalist. I like to act as an observer, and I try to be as unobtrusive as possible. I think about the way I would want to be photographed if I were getting married or was a guest at a wedding. Most people don’t like to be constantly aware that there is a camera lens following them – what they do want at the end of the day are beautiful, natural images that they will treasure forever.
+ 3. Do you shoot digital or film? What are the pros/cons of each?
Both are great. As a classically trained photographer, I will forever love film and the subtle qualities it brings to photos. However, like many other event, commercial, and art photographers, I have made the transition to digital over the last twelve years. Not only have digital cameras advanced drastically since their introduction, so has the software to create images that have the look and feel of the different film stocks I used to use. Digital also has many advantages that are particularly beneficial in a wedding environment. It allows me to review photographs immediately onsite to make sure I have captured exactly what the couple wants, and I’m able to upload photographs to a password protected website for the couples to enjoy and share with friends quickly. It also makes it much easier for the couple to review photos and decide what copies they would like at their convenience in the privacy of their home. Of course, if a couple feels strongly, I will shoot their wedding in film, but the majority appreciate the many advantages that digital provides.
+ 4. Do you shoot solo or with additional photographers on the day of the event?
I always have a second shooter/photo assistant at weddings. My team is great at photographing in multiple getting ready locations and capturing moments from different angles. The assistant carries backup equipment, is ready to hand me different types of cameras to capture every shot perfectly, and uploads data to my laptop throughout the event so we can review onsite as needed.
+ 5. How will we review our photographs?
Three weeks after your event, you will receive a link to a private website with all of the images. You will have the ability to view, watch slide shows, email and purchase prints and albums directly from the site.
+ 6. What kind of packages do you offer?
My preference is to work with clients to customize the albums to their personal style. Some people like to pre-purchase one main album and two parent albums with a set number of prints, but more and more, I find that my clients prefer to sit down with me after their event and customize their albums to the images. It can be overwhelming to review so many photos, and most people really appreciate having expert advice and guidance.
+ 7. Do you have liability insurance?
We have full liability insurance coverage for myself and my employees. My insurance agent will provide a certificate of liability for your venue.
+ 8. What is your standard attire for the day of the event?
I like to look like a guest at your event, and will follow your dress code – whether that be a suit or black tie.
+ 9. Are you able to work with a photo checklist we provide?
I strongly encourage photo shot lists. I find it particularly helpful during the formal portraits. I know you have very specific moments, people, and events you want to capture forever, and it’s our job to help you create the memories you will treasure for a lifetime. It’s a great thing to think through these kind of details in advance, as on your wedding day, you don’t want to think about anything but each other!
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