Wedding Photography F.A.Q.
Looking for a wedding photographer is often times a monumental task. There are simply too many photographers out there to choose from and far too many variables to worry about! How in the world do you choose one? What kind of questions should you ask? What kind of information do you need in order to make an informed decision? Trust me. I know how it feels. I went through the same thing when I got married!
I have put together this F.A.Q. page in an attempt to answer some of the questions you may have. These are basic questions you should ask any wedding photographer you are considering.
Q. Are you going to be taking the photos?
A. Yes. I am the owner and primary photographer. You are dealing directly with me, and only me! I will be there every step of the way! For packages that come with a second photographer, I have a list of photographers that I trust and have worked with in the past that I choose from.
Q. What is your photography style?
A. I like to take a photo-journalistic approach to my wedding photography. I know that’s pretty cliche these days, but it does allow me to stay out of the way, most of the time that is, and capture unstaged, unrehearsed, genuine moments of the wedding day.
Q. What type of camera do you use?
A. I use professional Nikon cameras, lenses, and flashes. I also have an assortment of lighting equipment such as strobes, battery packs, light stands, modifiers, reflectors, etc. I also carry backups at all times so rest assured you are getting the best!
Q. Will you be open to any ideas I may have for photos?
A. Absolutely! I welcome it. Let me know what ideas you have in mind and we will work it all out!
Q. Are you going to stick around until the end of the day? Do you have any time limits?
A. While my packages state 8 to 10 hours of shooting time, that’s just a typical day. I don’t start a timer when I begin shooting for the day and I certainly don’t work like I am on the clock! No, I don’t have any time limits provided that it’s within reason.
Q. How many images do you usually deliver to the client?
A. Each wedding is unique, so it’s difficult to answer this question with any kind of certainty. I would say I shoot on average around 1000 to 1500 images per wedding. I usually deliver anywhere from 400 to 700 images to the client.
Q. What kind of processing do you perform on the images?
A. I process all of my images regardless of the package selected. This includes color correction, general enhancements, touch-ups, black and white or sepia treatment, and much more.
Q.How soon can I see the images? A. I usually am able to get some “teaser” shots up online in 2 to 3 days. Proofs are usually available online in 2 to 3 weeks with CD/DVD to follow. An album takes longer because it needs to be custom designed and ordered.
Q. Do you provide high resolution images on a CD/DVD? What are my usage rights for those images? A. Yes! You will receive a CD/DVD with high resolution images. You are allowed to use these images strictly for personal use. For instance for printing or posting on your Facebook page, etc.
Q. Can other people take photos while I am taking photos? A. Since everyone has a camera these days, whether it be an actual camera or a cell phone, there’s no point in trying to control what can’t be controlled! I just ask that for formals and group shots, that no other photographer is around my immediate vicinity since people tend to get confused where to look and their eyes tend to shift and aren’t looking at my camera!
Q. Are you going to come to my wedding in a pair of shorts and a tanktop?! A. No! I dress for the occasion. This means at the minimum, dress pants, button down shirt, and dress shoes. The same goes for the second photographer I bring with me. No worries there!
Q. Do you expect to be fed at the wedding? A. Yes!!! Shooting weddings is no easy task. It’s literally a whole day assignment involving getting into all sorts of weird shooting positions, sweating a lot, not to mention the aches and pains felt throughout the day! You wouldn’t want the poor photographer to work on a empty stomach, now would you?! I expect me and any contracted secondary photographer to be fed at the reception, usually in a separate room or somewhere to the side of the main area. So yes, wine and dine us with some Dom Perignon and Filet Mignon!