Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a photo booth?
Great Question, but unfortunately, I don’t offer a photobooth. There are a few reasons for this, but one being that there are a bunch of other companies that offer such a service and I’d gladly recommend a couple of a true professionals – Dale @ Dynamic Sound or Dennis @ DDM Photobooth . Both are great guys, and will surely take care of you! Be sure to drop my name, see if I can get you a discount lol
What will you wear?
As you’ll see all through my facebook, and my website, I try my best to wear my Tuxedo. It’s somewhat of a trademark for me. I may however alter it in the future, but I’ll always be professional. And to be honest, I’ve worn the tux for the last 14 years…. It would be hard to walk away from it now. In the odd case where I need a 2nd shooter, and he or she doesn’t have the matching tux, I’ll wear a suitable dress shirt…and maybe… just maybe a tie (I hate ties, they don’t fit me well)
Do you bring your own lighting?
Any quality photographer would indeed bring their own light. Seriously, I carry with me at any time 5 flashes, 3 light stands, 3 umbrellas and more batteries than you could image. Proper lighting is the key to quality wedding photography. Not only must one have it, but we also need to have mastered it.
What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publication? Do you own the copyright to the photos?
Legally, I own the copyright yes. As I am the one who took the image, it defaults to me as the owner of the copyright. But my contract allows for you to have access to the images and do as you like with them. Meaning, I want you to share them on Facebook, or any other social media. Please do. Tell the world how much you love the images I’ve created for you PLEASE!! What it doesn’t allow you to do is put filters on the images, and overlays etc. I take great pride in learning, practicing and performing and delivering quality images for my clients. That is why you hired me. When we use overlays or filters it often takes away from the quality that I’ve worked so hard to develop or create. And that’s why I say no to the altering of the images, but please, please feel free to share and print as you like of the images I have delivered for you!
Will you follow a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free reign to capture the festivities how you see fit
Truth is I do not use a shot list. I just don’t have time to put out the sheet and check off etc. That just seems crazy to me. I do have a logical order in which I do things, and I’m fortunate enough to follow it most of the time. It’s not an issue of having free reign, it’s just the logistics of documenting each image. I don’t do that. In fact, I have shot certain family groups twice not realizing that I already shot this pose. It happens! But at least I didn’t miss an opportunity right? lol
At one wedding – Sarah and Nick. I walked in to photograph Sarah getting ready. When she greeted me, she handed me 8 pages of Pinterest printouts! Think about that for a second. I’m supposed to walk around in a tuxedo with 8 pages of printouts in my back pocket? Am I supposed to pull it out and refer to the list before I set it up. Should I have the images on my phone and constantly refer to it? Seems crazy right? And unprofessional!
Of course while I am completely open to any and all ideas, and I do love Pinterest, just tag me or send me ideas before the date. I’ll do my best to remember them on your wedding day. But I’ll never bring that list with me 🙂
How many weddings do you do a weekend?
I only photograph one wedding in a day regardless of how many hours I’m at the event. But there are times where I’ll photograph a couple of weddings over a weekend, such as a Friday and a Saturday, or a Saturday and a Sunday. It’s extremely rare, but it does happen.
How do you coordinate with my videographer? How do you envision working together?
It’s not too too common that I work with a videographer, but the two most popular I get to work with is Mike from Over the Oceans and Joe from Celebrity Music. Way back in the day, when I first started on this adventure, I did wedding photography as well as wedding videography. In the beginning, Jay was the videographer along side me. Some time after, I had Joe doing the video. At some point I found I was too busy, with too many events, and the workload was becoming to much. Too much to edit the video, and the stills and deliver on the timelines that I wanted too.
I share that previous experience story to show that I fully understand exactly what goes on in a videographer’s mind. It’s not that much different than a photographers to be honest. Except maybe that I am a little more mobile than a videographer. They are somewhat located or mounted in one area, and they really don’t move. So knowing this, I will photograph from behind the videographer, or beside, but never in front… (cause I don’t want to be in their clip).
I’d like to think that they appreciate the respect I give them. We all have a job to do, let’s work together, and really do a great job!
How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?
Most of my packages will get you your images on an image disc within 30 days. But you’ll be able to see a sample of the images within 72 hours of your wedding day. That’s right, your images will begin to appear in your personal Online Wedding Gallery just 3 days after the wedding. And more images will appear each night.
Will there be a second shooter or any assistants?
If you would like a 2nd shooter to be present on your wedding day to photograph your wedding, I can definately make that happen. But the truth is, I really only use a 2nd shooter once a year if that. I really just don’t like it. Nothing against the people I’m working with, but it’s all about my mindset. When I am the only shooter, I know it’s my responisibitly to be prompt, quick, alert etc. It’s entirely up to me to capture those moments and the details as well.
When a 2nd shooter is present, I find myself almost becoming lazy. I’ll expect that they shot this, or shot that. And what if they didn’t. Or didn’t do it like I would like?
My couples will recieve anywhere from 900-1400 images on their image disc’s. So I think it’s safe to assume I don’t miss many moments. And let’s be honest, I photograph 25 weddings a year. I usually have a pretty good indication on what’s happening next, and I’ll be able to be in the right place, at the right time to capture those moments. So while I will gladly bring a 2nd shooter, if you desire… I think it might be a little over rated. For a photographer just starting out etc a 2nd shooter is a great idea. But going with a seasoned veteran like myself will be the better bet.
Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick?
The theory of one being sick is definately intimidating. It would suck if any vendor wouldn’t be available due to sickness. But the truth is, I don’t get sick. And when the pressure’s on, you find a way. No bride ever cancelled their day because they became sick, and neither would I.
In 14 years, it’s never happened for me, and I don’t expect it to.
Will you be my actual photographer, or will it be one of your associates?
Nope, It’s only me…. You’ll get me! 🙂
What is the deposit and total fee?
The retainer (or deposit) required to book your day is $200. If the retainer is not paid, your day is not officially booked. The retainer is not refundable so if you change your date or cancel your date…I’m sorry. I will however, put your retainer towards a future date if I’m available of course.
The remaining balance is due on to be paid on your wedding day. Of course, you can make payments or pay in full before your date but that is entirely up to you!
Do you shoot both digital and film?
I am not sure you’d find anyone shooting film anymore. I shoot digital, using 2 Canon 5DmkII . As for lense’s I carry the 24-70mm 2.8L on one camera, while using a 70-200mm 2.8 L IS on the other. I carry various sizes of memory cards to ensure I’ll have the storage needed to capture your memories
What’s your favorite part of a wedding day, and time of year to shoot?
I don’t know that I have a favorite part one’s wedding day. Because each segment will give a different challenge for me each is uniquely rewarding. And I truly do see it as a reward. I definately realize that personally, my stress levels go down as soon as my signing matte is developed and presented as from there, it’s a true documentation of what happened. First dances, speeches and the party afterwards… there is no real “necessary” images to have. I get the chance to shoot at my pace, and be creative etc. Shooting a reception is so much different than photographing the wedding ceremony.
But my favorite part would likely be the next day when I get to reflect on the images, realizing that I did capture this, or “I love this image” etc. That along with reliving your day through the images is my absolute favorite part.
Favorite time to photograph? I’m a wedding photographer. I shoot whenever, wherever as dictated my bride and groom. Now if you would have asked location… but you didn’t lol
How many weddings have you shot, and how many do you do in a year?
One day I’ll go back and count every single image disc that I’ve created for my couples. Yes I actually have each and every one. I also have every portrait session, maternity session and every event I’ve ever shot. They reside in a series of totes in my storage room. But to know how many? I haven no idea. I can tell you the names of every couple, and likely some story about them, but to try and write them down, from over 14 years of photographing people. It’s tough.
But I can share that I photograph about 25 weddings per year. In 2015 I photographed 26 weddings, and last year I photographed 23. And it’s like this every year. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!
What style(s) do you specialize in?
This is a complicated question…. or a complicated answer. When you read a magazine or google photographer styles, terms like photojournalistic and documentation, and classic, traditional etc get thrown around a bit. When thinking of my style, I’d have to say it’s a bit of all of these.
If I could try and creative a name or style I’d call it wedding portraiture. I shoot images to hang on walls. Images to be showcase. Of course I document… especially when it comes to the ceremony or the details. I’m classic, by way of I’m not a fan of the current trends, matte finishes, or the “god awful” bride and groom in a frame picture. Ugh!!! Such cheese!
Take a look at the images within my site, there are reception pics, official portrait pics, and ceremony pics too. There are images from every part of a wedding day. And they are all awesome. That’s not me saying my work is great blah blah blah. What I’m saying is the images I chose to share in my galleries really showcase one’s wedding day. It’s not an arrogance, it’s a pride in that what I wanted to capture… I was successful at. And I know my bride and grooms love that vision, and of course the results
Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs?
Yes each image will be colour corrected and cropped or straightened before they get to the gallery (the gallery is like your proofs, only you don’t have to order them) I will not remove blemishes or scars or whiten teeth however. The reason is, that I would have to do it for all 1000 images. That’s an incredible amount of work, and time. And let’s be honest, as a wedding photographer, I have to tell the story of your day. I feel I have to responsibility to photograph your day as it was. Your makeup artist will cover any blemishes and ensure you look your best. Right?