Answers to my FAQ
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Just my opinion, but here are all the "must asks" for any wedding photography meeting - and the answers I would personally give.
Tell me about your approach.
I have a photojournalistic approach with an emphasis on candid, natural moments. That said, I also understand the importance of posing and feel comfortable giving direction. I have a never-ending list of good poses running through my head that I will share if we're in need of a switch-up. My cousin Matt once told me: "... realize that no one will remember the food or what songs were played or what kind of table linen you used or the accent colors you labored over, they'll just remember the people that make them happy and how they feel seeing you happy" -- and I strive with every wedding to capture exactly how everyone felt, the small looks that were exchanged... and all the details so nobody forgets ANYTHING.
Do you personally edit each of the photos?
Oh yes. It's one of my favorite parts. I cull the best pictures of the day, edit all of them and never outsource to a batch-editing firm or anything like that.
How many photos on average are delivered?
This number changes case by case and is more of an estimate than anything - prep, number of formals, and guest count can all have an effect on this outcome. For an 8-hour wedding, I typically deliver between 1,200-1500 images. My big 10-hour wedding package usually yields 1500-1800 images.
Do you make some photos black and white depending on how you think they look? Is there an upcharge for that type of thing or is it just a creative discretion thing?
I make photos black and white depending on what I think will look best. I can go back in and make photos black and white if you request it! There is no upcharge unless you want more than 30 of them converted after the fact.
Do you have an emergency plan - what happens if something prevents you from getting to the wedding?
I always suggest you book second shooter with me that will be on their way in case of an emergency, I will try their my best to enlist a professional photographer in the area to make it there if there is an "act of god" emergency the day of. I have spare batteries, spare memory cards, a spare camera/spare lenses, and a file backup system for my computer / hard drives. I plan for the worst, always.
Is there a travel fee to / from our venue? What about lodging fees?
This depends on distance traveled and is taken case-by-case. Fees really only apply if there are hours of driving and/or an overnight stay is necessary.
Can I do whatever I want with my pictures?
Yes, yes, absolutely! Share em, post em, print em, they're yours!
Are you skilled with posing? Are you comfortable taking candids?
Absolutely. My style is photojournalistic & natural, yet I have a constant list of poses that I love to use in my head and ready for you and your spouse.
Do you have a second shooter? What is the charge to add a second shooter?
A "second shooter" means a secondary photographer who will be there during the day to capture the artistic angles and extra details that the primary photographer won't. The primary photographer is focused on getting, say, a shot of the first kiss during the ceremony while the second shooter might be capturing the mother of the bride's happy tears with the couple blurred out in the foreground. Not every budget can accommodate a second shooter but I absolutely suggest you get one if you can. I do have second shooter packages and the prices are listed on my pricing/package list!
Do you have an assistant with you to tend to things like timelines + shot lists?
A photographer's assistant is a huge help! Once again, not every budget can accommodate an assistant and not every photographer uses one, but I think it makes the whole day go smoother. I do have assistant packages and the prices are listed on my pricing/package list! Sometimes, a second shooter is enough to cover the assistant role and I can advise you on whether or not I think we need one, depending on wedding, size, etc.
Do you develop + deliver a photographic timeline for the wedding?
Oh yes. I will develop a custom timeline for you to share with family, friends, the bridal party & groomsmen before hand so everyone knows where they need to be and where we will be throughout the day. I get your shot list & make suggestions on logistics & details.
How long after the engagement shoot can we expect the photos?
Once again, an engagement shoot is something I recommend that is a financial extra. My delivery time ranges, but a good estimate is 2-4 weeks. Tell me if you need a rush!
How long after the wedding can we expect the photos?
I try to give 4-8 weeks to work my artistic magic on your photos. Timing depends on how busy that season is.
What is the turnaround time on the wedding album?
Albums will take longer and they are an added expense. Design time is ~3 weeks, and the order time depends on the third party company we choose to use together.
One of the most important things to me is that my photographer clicks with us as a couple and will fit the vibe of the wedding. Can you speak to that?
I can't tell you how many times I've felt stressed out as a guest when the photographer at a wedding was unfriendly or just plain rude. I value kindness, positivity, and efficiency. I am there at your wedding as a vendor, and will behave respectfully, will try my best to study and remember everyone's names, and make it my mission to blend in with the vibe of your wedding.
Is blemish + flyaway removal included?
Yes! Blemish and flyway is included always. Extra editing projects (Photoshop removal of people or excess correction may or may not be an extra charge, but is considered on a case-by-case basis)
Do you send high resolution NON watermarked images back after the fact?
Yes, yes, absolutely yes.
Can I see a wedding album from start to finish?
Yes - ask me when you reach out and I'll invite you to a few galleries of mine!
Tell me about any hidden fees...
The only things that would incur an extra charge would be extensive travel (over 65 miles from Saratoga, NY). I try to keep charges like that to a minimum, and love destination weddings, so contact me about your event regardless and we'll figure it out together!
Are the prices firm?
I love photographing weddings and events. I love it so much that I shall attempt to accommodate your budget. If you really love my work and just feel like you need less coverage or wanted to pay a certain amount, let's discuss things and see what we can do!