1) WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BOOK YOU?
For weddings I currently have an online contract that you need to review and accept as well as a $1000 non-refundable retainer to lock your date in the calendar and reserve your wedding on the list. This retainer can be broken into two payments of $500, one at booking and the second 90 days later. Final payment is due 30 days before the wedding. Lifestyle sessions are payable at the shoot if not paid for with a wedding.
2) WHEN DO I GET MY PHOTOGRAPHS BACK?
Wedding day images are typically ready in about 4-6 weeks.
Lifestyle session images are typically ready in 3-4 weeks.
Studio flushmount albums take about 4 weeks for production once final design is approved by client. Couture art books take closer to 6-8 weeks.
3) WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU HAVE?
I shoot all Canon gear, while most of my associate photographers who assist me shoot Nikon. I personally have a 20D, a XSi that has been converted to full time infrared, a 7D, 5D, 5DmkII and the 1DmkIV. If one camera fails for any reason during a wedding I’ll cry and call the insurance company the next day – but for your day coverage continues as I just grab another camera to use.
4) DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS?
Yes and no. My retainers can only be paid by check at this time. I will allow final payments to be made by credit card if needed however.
5) HOW LONG DO THE SHOOTS LAST?
Full wedding day is considered from the last hour of getting ready to the end of important events during the reception. Just keep in mind I’m human and after 10-12 hours of non stop work my productivity will slip just like anyone elses. Depening on your wedding day schedule you can expect me there anywhere from 7-9 hours. Lifestyle sessions are typically 1-2 hours but that to can vary depending on location and just what type of shoot it is.
6) HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I GET?
For weddings I average 75 an hour with most weddings producing 600-900 images. For lifestyle session this is around 50-75 total images.
7) DO YOU HAVE A PHOTOBOOTH?
Nope, I love photo booths but you really don’t want your photographer wearing too many hats do you? Would you rather I be fiddling with the computer or printer on the photobooth or capturing that look in your eyes during the first dance.
8) WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO SHOOTS?
Depends on the shoot. Most weddings the uniform of the day is a black dress shirt and black slacks. For lifestye sessions I dress based on where the shoot is. Don’t worry though I always show up to a wedding looking like I belong at such an event, not sweeping up afterwards
9) My ceremony is in a church and they have a lot of restrictions on photography, will this be a problem for you?
I’ve shot quite a few weddings in many area churches over the years and have never had a problem either shooting under their restrictions or dealing with the church officials. Basically I’m going to follow their rules, the last thing I want is the clergy to get upset with me and make a scene during your day because of it. My choice in cameras and lenses is built around being able to shoot in low light with no flash and even quietly if needed. While the restrictions may effect the angles we are able to get for your photos – it certainly won’t ruin your coverage.