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Q: How many hours do you shoot per wedding?
A: I prefer to photograph a wedding without worrying about time. I feel that time restraint stresses out my clients and it feels too business-oriented when I am constantly checking to see if I'm "off the clock." I offer half day and full day packages for my wedding services. The half day package is generally best for weddings that are 4 to 6 hours long, while the full day package is best for weddings that are 8 to 12 hours long. For a full day wedding, I begin my work day when the bride is getting ready and I end my work day when the last song of the night ends. All weddings are different and the time I spend with the bride and groom will vary, but my goal for every wedding is to capture all of the important moments that they want me to photograph.
Q: How many images do you take per wedding?
A: One of the great advantages of shooting digital is being able to take as many images as we want without increasing cost to the client for film and developing. There is no limit on the amount of images taken at a wedding. The number of images depends on the length and the program of the event, but on an average 8-12 hours wedding, we usually take about 1000-1500 images.
Q: Do you take traditional/formal photographs?
A: I do take formal and traditional photographs. There is usually time between the ceremony and the reception when the bride and groom takes formal photographs with their friends and family. I will discuss this with my clients at one of our meetings.
Q: What about romantic shots of the bride and groom?
A: I am most excited about the romantic photographs of the bride and groom. This is where my creativity comes into play. In most weddings that I have photographed, many couples squeeze in a short bride and groom session on their wedding day, usually after the ceremony and before the reception. I personally recommend doing this session by itself on a separate day, either before or after the wedding. This eliminates the time constraint, gives more time to shoot, allows more creativity, and with some rest, you will look your best on your wedding day and in your photos. In any case, I am at your service, so just share your game plan with me.
Q: Do you take black-and-white or sepia pictures?
A: All of the wedding photos will be processed in color and black and white.
Q: What are you like on the wedding day?
A: Energetic and unobtrusive. I am always there, always aware, always shooting. I believe the best images come from natural, unscripted, uninterrupted moments that are honest and real.
Q: What is the turnaround time to see the images?
A: I understand the excitement and eagerness to see the photos after the big day. I will deliver the images in the shortest turnaround time possible. In general, I will have the proofs online within a couple of weeks after your wedding day. It will take up to four months for me to fully process the images. Please also allow a couple more weeks after the images are fully processed for printed products such as albums, canvas, and prints.
Q: How far in advance should we book your service and is there a deposit due?
A: It is completely random; some booked a year in advance, and some gave me only a few days notice. To ensure the availability of your event date, I recommend making reservation as soon as you know the date since it is a first come first serve policy. There is a deposit of $500 or 50% of the package, whichever is more financially suitable for you. Please note that the event date is not reserved until the deposit is received, and a contract is signed.
Q: Do you travel, and is there a travel fee?
A: Yes, I travel and I usually get excited about it too. I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area but I welcome photographic adventures. I usually do not charge a travel fee unless I have to fly or if the location is hours away from the San Francisco Bay Area. To keep it simple, there is no travel fee if I can drive there within a reasonable amount of time of one hour. If it applies, bring it up to me and we will discuss the exact amount for a travel fee, which is based on gas mileage or flight tickets.
Q: Do we need to get you a shot list?
A: You may hand me a list of your must-have shots, but it is not necessary. In any case, at one of our meetings before the wedding day, I will meet with you to go over photographic expectations and the list of your must-have photographs.
Q: Who picks the images that go into the album?
A: Some brides prefer to be able to pick the photos personally, some leave it to the photographer to use their best judgment to decide what goes into the album. If you choose to pick the photos, I sometimes suggest some additional photos to compliment your selection. Likewise, if I pick the photos, I will ask if you would like to add anything else that you like. You will give the final approval on the page layouts of the album before they go into production.
Q: Do you use a second photographer?
A: A second photographer will be included in all of my wedding and event coverage. I prefer shooting with a second photographer because it allows my clients to have photos from two different perspectives. I cannot be everywhere at once, and by having a second photographer, there will be more coverage on your wedding day.
Q: Do you work with an assistant?
A: I do have an assistant that will help me with the equipment. He/she may also be second shooting or filming the wedding on video, depending on the availability of my assistants. All of my assistants are student interns from local art and community colleges who are looking to gain experience in wedding photography by assisting me.
Q: Do we need to provide a meal for you and your assistants at the wedding?
A: I do ask that you provide meals for my assistants and I if your wedding last more than six hours. On a wedding day, I usually spend all day shooting from morning to night, without any time to stop for some lunch and snacks, so I would really appreciate it if you can provide meals for us. I will let you know beforehand how many people will be part of my team for your wedding day so you can notify your venue/caterer. Typically, there will be two people including myself.
Q: How do we book the date and what is your payment policy?
A: Your date is secured when the contract is signed and a deposit of $500 or 50% of the package is paid. There are two payment options. Either 1) the deposit is 50% of the package and the rest is due on your wedding day OR 2) the payment is split into three portions where there is a $500 deposit, second payment [amount of your choice] due on your wedding day, and third payment [rest of the package] due some time before you receive your photos in the 4-months span after the wedding. We will discuss payment when the contract is signed to clarify all of the details. We can also discuss payment plans, such as monthly payment, if it is more financially suitable for you.
Q: In case of cancellation, do I get the deposit back?
A: The deposit is a non-refundable retainer to secure your date. I have to reject other reservations to make the service available for your date, and therefore the deposit will not be refunded in case of cancellation. However, if you must postpone your event date, I can apply the deposit toward the new contract.
Q: What happens if you cannot make it to our wedding in case of emergency?
A: I have several photographers who will replace me if I cannot make it to an event. These photographers are highly skilled and experienced, whose photography style is very similar to mine. I will transfer our agreement and the deposit over to the photographer, but I will still be liable for the photographs. I want to ensure you that you will have quality photos from your special day, so even if I cannot make it to your wedding, I will do everything I can to provide beautiful wedding photographs. Planning a wedding is already stressful enough, I do not want my clients to stress out from the possibility that their photographer can bail out on the last minute.
Q: Do we get to keep the original digital images?
A: You will be able to keep all original digital images. I will also give you a printing release, which will give you permission to make prints from the digital files. This is needed because federal law states that images produced by a professional photographer are copyrighted and are intellectual properties of the photographer, and copying or reproducing copyrighted material without permission is prohibited. Please do not mistake print release with copyright release because I still retain all copyrights for every image I produce.
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