Q: How long do formal Pictures take? I'm superstitious, and I don't want to see my future husband before the wedding ceremony. What should we do?
Normally, formals take about one to two hours, depending on the size of your wedding party, and how extensive you would like your formal coverage to be. A big advantage of doing formals before the ceremony: everything is fresh-hair, make-up and flowers. Some people feel it is bad luck for the couple to see each other before the wedding. But we can still do each side of the bridal parties separately before the ceremony, and after the ceremony we can do the formals with the couple together.
Q: Should I schedule another photographer as a back-up, in case you are sick on my wedding day?
That is a good question. But if you do this, you are asking the back-up to turn down any work he had for that day to do yours. I am part of a large network of professional photographers. And I know many good photographers to call in case of such a situation. Let me handle this.
Q: So, how much does wedding photography cost?
Your wedding photography can cost anywhere from around $1000 up to $10,000, or even more, depending on what you want. On average, be prepared to spend at least $1,500 for a small wedding on a weekday or Sunday, and $2,500 and up for Saturdays. Put another way, photography typically runs from nine to fifteen percent of the total wedding budget, and even up to 30% for couples who place high value on photography. If you are new to this, it is entirely possible that you may find your photography costs at least double your original budget. Or you may already know about what to expect. Whatever you do, remember that your wedding photos should be a meaningful record of your special day, to cherish and revisit later. Try to keep this in mind too, as you review photographers and settle on your budget.
Q: If I cancel, will I get my deposit back?
As long as you alert me 3 months ahead. If cancellation is made on or before 90 days of your wedding date, a total refund of your deposit will be allowed. Otherwise, canceling within 90 days forfeits your entire deposit.
Q: Why should I hire a professional photographer?
There are many good reasons. Reliability: a professional will show up promptly at your wedding. Quality: he/she will have state-of-the-art equipment, and more important, will know how to use it. Experience: he/she will have been to many weddings such as yours, will know how to move around well and quickly set up many different shots. Responsive: he/she will be showing you your wedding proofs right away. Network: your professional will only use the best photo labs in order to get the best prints from the files he/she prepares. If you think about it, you are getting your moneys worth.
Q: Can you do black and white photography?
Everything is shot originally in digital color. From here we have the great flexibility of digital imaging to present you with many choices. We can adjust your photo selections to print in rich color, black & white, sepia tone, blue tint black & white and more. Your options are many, and can be adjusted after the event. How you present your wedding record is completely up to you.
Q: Is digital photography as good as film photography?
State-of-the-art digital photography offers far greater flexibility in operation (while shooting and afterwards for color and online proofing) as compared to shooting film, and outstanding image quality, variability and control. In my opinion, at this point digital imaging has matched and in some ways surpassed film photography.
Q: What is online proofing?
Online proofing is a convenient way to quickly see your wedding photos. After your wedding, your photos will be posted (with a private password for your protection) for you to review and share with your family and friends as often as you like, and at your convenience.
Q: What is a Digital Album?
A digital album is much more than just prints in an album. In a digital album, your wedding photos are grouped and digitally montage (combined or blended) on the album pages, with images running to the edges of the pages for a much stronger effect, something like a magazine feature spread.
Q: Could I meet with you and see samples of your work?
I would be happy to meet with you. Please contact me to set up an appointment.