FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



My Mission Statement

"I will document and preserve the once-in-a lifetime moments as they unfold during your wedding. I will capture the natural beauty and emotion in order to tell the story of your wedding day. I will strive to be unobtrusive, and record real moments as they happen. I will create a wonderful experience for you, before, during and after. My goal is to meet and exceed your expectations. I don’t follow trends, I create them."



I have been asked many of times questions about my Style, policies, albums and travel, etc, Below is a list of FAQ'S to help you, If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contacting me.


Style 


What's your style?

My style on wedding photography is by capturing natural beauty and emotion in order to tell the story of your wedding day. I strive to record real moments as they happen. Your wedding day is about you and the people that have always cared for you. I will capture the monumental, the unpredictable, and the subtle moments! With an artful eye, my photographs will meticulously document the details that make your event special. These are the moments that will tell the story of your fantastic day.

Please explain the difference between a Traditional versus candid/journalistic photos?

25/75 rule is my rule, 25% traditional and 75% journalistic.

Traditional style is portrait oriented. The photos are directed by the photographer. People are aware of the photographer and that they are being photograph. I feel there is a time place for these type of photos, such as bride & groom, wedding party, and family portraits.

Photojournalism is candid oriented. The photojournalist’s goal is to take pictures while people are not aware they are being photographed. By blending with the crowd, a photojournalist is able to capture the action as it unfolds – the true emotions, the real expressions, the happiness and joy. Instead of the traditional formal portraits and posed photos, this approach produces a more intimate, artistic take on a wedding. Photos will reflect a fleeting, unposed moment that conveys the emotions of the day. For example, the above photo of mom seeing her for the first time. I didn't pose it, but I anticipated what was going to happen before it happened. It tells a story with out saying anything. 

Do you take family formals?

Yes I do, I take great pride photographing the family formals. It's not easy making every look there best but with my experience and know how I will capture this. Making it fun and enjoyable! I will meet with you 30 to 60 days before the wedding and discuss with you your family photos. When where who? Just remember that its a wedding not a photo shoot. A list a mile long of families will take some time, but I will be more then happy to do it. I'm very quick and with a personality. It will be enjoyable and fun! 

Do I have to provide you with a shot list?

No. I will discuss it with you at our meeting 30 to 60 days before the wedding about the shot list. I will get the standard formals. You are hired me for my style and my experience, so with that in mind, I will capture the important photos that you request, but I would also prefer to integrate my creative vision.





Coverage & Policies

This section is on my prices and polices, travel, timelines on delivery and other details. 

How much are your packages?

All weddings are different, My prices start at $3500. It all determines about the coverage and the products you would like. My packages reflect four different packages from engagement photos to coverage and albums etc. Of course the more products you order the more its going to be. Also is it local or destination wedding? I would love to chat with you about your wedding so we can see what package fixes your needs.  

When should we book you for our wedding? Can you hold the date?

ASAP. I do not pencil clients in without a retainer. It's first come first serve bases. Clients usually book me one to two years out. 

Are you photographing my wedding?

Yes, of course! I will personally be there. Guiding you though your day, and capture the moments as they unfold. I will also bring an associate photographer.

What do you wear  to the wedding?

When it comes to attire, my goal is to blend in with your guests. I will wear something that is both appropriate for your type of event and comfortable for me to work in.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you should wish to cancel our services, we will retain the full amount of your retainer. However,if you cancel within one hundred and twenty days of the event, the total amount for your photographer’s services will be due in full. 

Do you travel international?

Yes I do! I've been to London, Dublin, Florida, Arizona, Texas and California. 

How many images do you take?

This depends on the size of the wedding. On average wedding I will present a 1000 to 1500 images to the client. As each wedding is different from the next, I will photography as much as I feel necessary to capture the great moments of your day. I never had a bride say to me you didn't take enough photos. What they do say to me that I took to many.. can't make a choice. That's a good problem to have!

What is the payment policy and schedule?

Dates are reserved on a first-paid, first-served basis. A non-refundable $2000.00 retainer, with a personal check, is required to secure the services for me for your special day. Sixty days 1/3 and the balance Thirty days before the wedding, No exceptions. We accept check credit cards and cash.

Can we purchase all the digital files?

Yes! They are included in most of the packages. You can always add them to a package.




What is the cancellation policy?

If you should wish to cancel our services, we will retain the full amount of your retainer. However,if you cancel within one hundred and twenty days of the event, the total amount for your photographer’s services will be due in full.

What happens if you become ill or is unable to provide coverage?

No need to worry! I will guarantee that if something should happen to me from performing my services at your special occasion, I will dispatch one of our other highly qualified photographers to cover your event and reduce your contract fee by $500.00.

Can we speak to any of your pass clients?

References are huge in this industry. I build my business on referrals. It's not like Im going to give you a name of a couple thats going to give me a bad review. So the answer is NO. You can ask the vendors in the industry how it is to work with me. You can also go up on wedding wire or the knot to see my testimonials. 

How do we see the images from the wedding?

We understand how excited you are to see your photographs, and we will make every effort to get them to you as quickly as possible. I will send you sneak peak app of 40 to 50 images the week of the wedding. The website and the DVD of images will all be ready within two to three weeks from the date of the event.





Do you offer a photo booth?

Yes, I have a team that comes and runs the photo booth. It's fun for the guest and its a great give away!

Do we need a permit to shoot on location?

Its up to where we are going. Some places ask for a permit so there is some type of control. I will help you with this when we talk about the day and schedule the time line. Check out my Photo locations on my website. 

Am I required to provide a meal for my photographer?

Yes, please! I work very extremely hard throughout the course of your special day, and they build up a big appetite. Myself and an assistant would appreciate a hot meal. Please discuss this with your caterer and arrange to have our meals served while your guests are enjoying their main course. This will allow me time to eat without missing any momentous photo opportunities.

What is the fee for overtime and what does that include?

Overtime is a flat fee of $400.00 per hour, per photographer and includes, processing and assistant(s). As a convenience to you, overtime is a decision you can make on the day of the event if necessary. I'll will bill you after you return from your honeymoon.

Do I have the option to purchase my images?

I will retain the images produced in conjunction with your contract for twenty-four (24) months after the wedding date. After such time, I will attempt to notify the you that they have the option of purchasing their images. You have the option of purchasing your digital files/negatives at the completion of your album(s) and print orders for an additional fee of $500.00 plus 7% tax and the cost of shipping. We highly recommend storing your digital files/negatives in a safe deposit box for they are not expensive they are priceless.

What are the estimated delivery times for pictures and albums?

We understand how excited you are to see your photographs, and we will make every effort to get them to you as quickly as possible. Ordinarily, the website, DVD of images printable to a 5x7, and digital portfolio will all be ready within eight weeks from the date of the event. Loose photographs are often ready within six weeks, except during peak season which may take a couple weeks longer. Framing typically adds two weeks to the delivery time. Our custom handmade albums are usually finished within four to six months from the date the complete order has been approved and paid in full.



 


Do you have insurance?

Yes I do! Don't leave home with out it!

Can you provide my venue with a certificate of insurance?

Not a problem, but please ask the venue if they need this months before so its not last minute. So i can make properly plan with my insurance company to get the documents over to them. 

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you done?

I started my business in 1986, and have photographed over 3000 weddings in my time. I've seen it all from the small intimate 14 person wedding to large extravagant 600 person wedding. 

Do you bring back up equipment?

Yes I do, I usually have 4 camera bodies, a number of lens and extra flashes. I'm always prepare if something happens. 

My uncle has a camera. Can he take photos?

Not a problem. Everybody with a phone today is a photographer. I will have to say that it doesn't look good in photos with a paparazzi of guest photographers during the ceremony and the first dance. I do recommend considering that you hired a professional photographer to capture this wedding and that your guest should be a guest and take in the moment. There are proper ways to ask you guest to refrain from taking too much photos and to be a guest at the wedding. Not a photographer.

It's just when I do the formals that I do not allow it. Its just that usually we are on a time line and that it makes it longer then we a lotted for. 

What are your thoughts on digital versus film?

My background in film photography made me a great photographer because it taught me proper exposure and lighting, so the transition to digital was an easier process. In the days of film, there was no room for error, there was no screen notifying the photographer if the exposure was correct.