How would you describe your style?
I don’t like to define myself by a specific style. Most of the day I will document things as they happen, while offering occasional suggestions, for example where to stand when getting into your wedding dress. I like to have about an hour of time for more “formal” portraits of the wedding couple and wedding party. At this time I will shoot casually posed and candid images. I will also be focusing on all the important details throughout the wedding, from the dress and shoes to all the reception details. The best way to get an understanding of my style is to look through all the weddings I’ve shot on my blog.
What is your background? How long have you been in business?
Growing up I always wanted to be a photographer. I took my first photography class as a high school sophomore, then went on to study photography in college. I studied Commercial Advertising and Portrait Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. I shot my first wedding while still in school and I’ve been a full time wedding photographer since I finished school in 2004. I started my own business in 2006. I’ve shot hundreds of weddings in 18 states (including Hawaii) and Mexico. I’m always thrilled to shoot in a new location that I’ve never been to.
Where are you located and do you travel?
I’m located in the Philadelphia suburbs and shoot primarily in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. I’m happy to travel anywhere for a wedding! Custom packages are available for destination weddings. Please inquire with your specific details for a custom quote.
Is an engagement session included? When should we do it?
Most of my packages include an engagement session. I think having an engagement sessions is a great way to practice in front of the camera and get a feel for how I like to work. Plus, you get great images of a very special time in your life. Many people like to use the images for Save The Dates – if that is the case you’ll want to schedule your session 6 months to a year before the wedding. I’m happy to shoot your engagement session as far out or as close to your wedding as you’d like – if you’re only going to be in town for a couple of weeks before your wedding and want to do your engagement session then, that is fine with me, too. Please keep in mind that my weekend availability is very limited – I do not book engagement sessions on weekends more than 8 weeks in advance. If you’re available during the week please consider booking your session on a weekday.
Do you work with a second shooter?
Yes, all of my packages include a second shooter. Since I can only be in one place at one time this allows me to offer you more complete coverage. I use trusted, professional photographers with a similar style to myself as my second shooters.
Do you take formal family portraits? Can I give you a shot list?
Of course! I send all my clients a questionnaire before the wedding that will ask for a list of all the people who need to be included in the formal family photos, as well as any other unusual/important details I should know about. Beyond that, no. As a professional photographer I know all of the must have moments and details that need to be captured.
How many images will we receive? Will they be retouched?
You can expect to receive about 50-100 images per hour of coverage. All images are adjust for color balance and contrast, but are not fully retouched. Any images purchased for prints and albums will be retouched at your request.
Should we see each other before the wedding?
If you are not having a long break between the ceremony and reception, I would definitely recommend it. Having a first look with your fiancé is a wonderful time to get amazing, emotional images. Having your formal portraits complete before the ceremony allows plenty of time so there is no need to be rushed, and can allow you to visit more locations for portraits. This also allows you to join your guests for cocktail hour (my personal favorite part of any wedding!).
How long will it take to see the images?
The first place you will see your images is on my Facebook page where I will post one favorite about 1-2 days after the wedding. Approximately 2-4 weeks after the wedding I will post a blog highlighting the entire story of your day. Proofs will be posted online in a password protected site within 16 weeks after the wedding, and at that time your flash drive will go out in the mail.
What is the payment schedule?
I require a $1500 retainer to hold the date, then 50% of the remaining balance is due 90 days out, and the final payment is due 30 days before the wedding. I will send you automatic reminder emails for all your payments. I accept credit cards and checks for all payments.
Do we get a copy of the high resolution digital files?
Yes, along with a print release and a photo lab recommendation for your printing needs.
How does the album process work?
If your package includes an album, I will create a custom album design for you. From there, you can make any changes you would like using an online interface. Two rounds of edits are included in your album price. Once the design is finalized you will select your options.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, I am fully insured. If your venue requires proof of insurance please give me at least 8 weeks notice.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use professional level Canon cameras and lenses, with back up equipment in case of equipment failure.
Do we need to feed you at the reception?
Yes, please! Eight hours is a long time to go without eating, and I get cranky when I’m hungry. 🙂 The best time for us to eat is while you’re eating (you don’t want picture’s of that anyway!). Please ask your venue to feed us during dinner, rather than after all the guests are served, so we have an opportunity to finish eating before reception events continue.
What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?
If things are running late I’m happy to stay for additional coverage, at your request and with your permission, for the hourly rate specified in your contract.