How long until I get to see my pictures?
You should receive access to your online proofing gallery within one month from the day of your wedding, or two weeks from the date of your photoshoot, unless advised otherwise. Believe me, Iâ€™d like nothing more than to spend the next day in my favorite coffee shop working on your images, but things like day jobs and other commitments get in the way of that.
How many images will I receive?
I cannot promise you an exact number of images – I prefer to focus on capturing the moments themselves rather than on how many shots I need to take in x hours. From my experience, I typically deliver 400-600 edited images for 8-10hr weddings and present 60-90 proofs for photoshoots. But keep in mind there are many variables at play here, and your mileage may vary. Quality > Quantity has always been my philosophy with pretty much everything in life, and photography is no exception!
What is your payment policy?
I require a 50% deposit with a signed contract for weddings and photoshoots. The remaining 50% is due 2 weeks before your wedding, or the day of your photoshoot.
Why should I buy prints from you when youâ€™ve given me the high resolution digital images?
You can print the images yourself, but if you take them to be printed at a local lab, most if not all of the following will happen:
^^ The above is not an exaggeration! I worked in 2 different photolabs for several years when I was in school, and I know how they operate. They may offer $.30 prints, but quality control is virtually non-existent. They usually end up being more of a hassle than theyâ€™re worth. You obviously care a great deal about your photos, since you hired me to take them. Donâ€™t mess around with images that are very important to you – get them printed the right way, through me!
When you order prints from me, I will spend time editing each individual image above and beyond the basic editing done with the images you receive on a disc. This includes removing any distracting elements (e.g. people in the background, stray hairs, facial blemishes) and giving the image a little extra â€˜popâ€™.
In addition, I optimize the image based on the particular size you want printed. With smaller prints, itâ€™s probably not so noticeable… but if you want enlargements (8×10 or greater), youâ€™re going to notice more detail in the print. Thus, a perfectly sharpened image sized for a 16×20 print will not look the same as an 8×10 print made from this same edited file.
And finally, I will see the prints before sending them to you. If a print does not meet my quality standards, it will be sent for reprinting. When you receive them, they will be perfect, and youâ€™ll have saved yourself the hassle of dealing with any of the aforementioned problems :)
I donâ€™t live near NYC, but I want you to be my photographer! Do you travel?
Yes, yes, a million times yes! Have you SEEN my travel blog?! :D
In all seriousness though, I will go to wherever you are and take your picture. Of course, there are things like travel and transportation fees to consider, but I can assure you itâ€™ll be worth it.
Can I give you a list of photos I want you to take at my wedding?
You can send me a brief list of the important photos to take during formals (e.g. bride & groom with brideâ€™s parents, bride & groom with groomâ€™s parents, bride & groom with flower girl…), that way we make sure to get them done during the time youâ€™ve allotted for portraits.
However, I will not spend your wedding day working off of a shot list. It ends up being counterproductive because Iâ€™d be worrying too much about the list rather than doing what you hired me to do, which is document your wedding day. Rest assured that I will capture all of the *must-take* shots, e.g. the first kiss, bouquet toss, cake cutting, etc – thatâ€™s all a given. You hired me because you love my work, which I am able to produce when given as much freedom as possible to work my magic. Just trust me!
Hey! Whereâ€™s that photo you took of so-and-so doing what-and-what at my wedding? Where are all the other photos you took?
I usually take thousands of photos at weddings and hundreds at photoshoots, but a lot of them are redundant. I want to make sure I get the shot, so sometimes Iâ€™ll take extras to be sure. Youâ€™ll only see the best of the bunch (you know, the one with everyoneâ€™s eyes open and looking at the camera). Other, less redundant shots I may feel do not contribute much to the story of your day, or are not as great as the other shots, and I choose not to include them. I donâ€™t want to overwhelm you with thousands of photos when all you really want are the ones that beautifully encapsulate your wedding day. Youâ€™ll have to trust me to do what I do best!
Do we get to choose which images go into our album?
For the initial design, I will choose which images to include. Thatâ€™s part of my service to you – you neednâ€™t be burdened with the difficult task of deciding which shots make the cut! After I present you with the first draft of the album design, you can tell me which images youâ€™d like to replace if I havenâ€™t included some of your favorites. There will be up to 2 revision rounds before your album is sent to be printed and bound.
What do you mean by â€˜Portrait Sessionâ€™, and why is it included in your wedding packages?
I include a complimentary portrait session in some packages, which you will have the option to purchase prints and products from afterwards. Usually itâ€™s an engagement session that we do before your wedding day, and itâ€™s a great way for us to get used to working together. It helps you get more comfortable in front of my camera, and helps me learn more about you and how to produce the best images possible for you on your wedding day. Plus, youâ€™ll have images to show off before your wedding and use for either save the date cards, or to have on display at your reception.
If youâ€™re not keen on an engagement shoot, you have some other options. You can do a bridal shoot instead, where Iâ€™ll photograph only the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. Itâ€™s a great way to photograph you without the wedding day stress, and weâ€™ll have much more time to do this on a different day with a separate shoot. Or… for the more adventurous bride, we can do a â€˜trash the dressâ€™ session after the wedding, where you can traipse around in your wedding dress without fear of getting it wet or dirty. In fact, water and dirt are encouraged! :) Trash The Dress photoshoots have the potential to be super creative, so Iâ€™m open to any ideas you may have!
For more information on portrait sessions, click onto the portrait sessions page.
What should I wear for my photoshoot?
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in whatever you wear. I canâ€™t tell you what exactly to wear, but I can give a few suggestions based on my experience:
What kind of gear do you have?
I have a Canon 5d Mark II and love it dearly :D
Currently I’m using the Canon 16-25/2.8L, 35/1.4L, 45/2.8 tilt-shift, 85/1.8, & 70-200/2.8L IS lenses. I’ve owned probably about 15 other lenses at one point or another in the past few years. I have no qualms with buying and selling lenses on a whim!
I also have a couple of Speedlites, a Think Tank roller bag, and a mock Shootsac bag that my best friend made me.
Are you looking for second shooters?
Not actively, but I’m open to working with new people! If you’re interested in shooting with me, or meeting up sometime to talk shop, feel free to e-mail me.