FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Do you offer engagement photography sessions?
Yes, I do! Depending on my clients needs, engagement photography sessions typically run between 60-90 minutes and include 15 digital negatives, chosen by you, from an initial online gallery of around 50 images. Final 15 digital negatives are available for digital download. Certain travel rates may apply to areas outside my usual geographic location.
Where do you live and how far will you travel?
I live in Minneapolis, USA from mid-January through mid-November and Cape Town, South Africa from mid-November to mid-January. I've been all over the world to photograph destination weddings in places like France, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland and England. I am a destination wedding specialist with hundreds of frequent flier miles and quite a few theories on how to get rid of jetlag. Travel expenses are billed very simply—if airfare, hotel and car rental are needed all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement of the charges.
What are your wedding photography prices?
Design your own wedding photography package by simply adding my hourly rates and your choice of printed products. See link to pricing page.
Full wedding photography package prices are not listed as they vary by location. I often create custom wedding photography packages for clients so please email me and I will send you all the information you need.
Do you work with a second photographer?
I'm the only photographer working with my company, and the only photographer shooting on each wedding day. If you are still unsure as to how the day can be documented by only one photographer I will be glad to provide some galleries for you to see how I cover the entire day on my own.
We want to take photographs at a unique wedding location. Do you know if we need a permit?
There are many places that do require you to get a permit but the permit has to be obtained by the client, not the photographer. If you have any questions about the location, just let me know and I will help you figure out if a permit is needed.
How long does it take before we receive our products and photographs?
Online galleries and blogs are posted within 6 weeks of the wedding date. Digital files are available within 8 weeks of the wedding date. Upon final approval of album designs most albums are ready for delivery within twelve weeks.
How many images will we receive?
My average minimum is around 400 images, but those numbers vary and depend on factors like the number of guests, hours of coverage, type of event, how many hours of dancing covered etc.
Do we keep the digital negatives?
I provide the selected, edited high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use the for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, etc. You are allowed to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your family and friends.
Do we receive the raw, unedited files?
The raw, unedited files aren't available for viewing or purchase. The final images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my high standards and everything else isn't archived in the studio. The original images that didn't make the final cut aren't archived and therefore aren't available.
Do you edit all you own images?
Yes, I do! Every image that you receive has been hand-edited, one at a time, without batching in bulk groups or mass-producing the results. Retouching includes cropping, colour correction and the removal of blemishes. More involved editing or requests for major image manipulation like removal of braces will incur an extra charge.
Do you come to the wedding rehearsal?
Wedding rehearsal dinner coverage is available if you'd like to add it to your wedding photography package, otherwise I don't attend the wedding rehearsals.
How does the album design process work?
I give you 3 months to make your photo selections before the book is subject to a fee due to increases in yearly production costs. You will be given various options pertaining to cover style, combo covers, color, and other small details. I strive to keep your designs clean and classic. All full-page album spreads are printed on your choice of paper and mounted to substantial cardstock for thick pages that lay flat, resulting in a durable and stylish finish.
Do you need time to photograph the Bride and Groom alone?
Absolutely. I'd like an hour alone with you both sometime during the day to create some images of you without your wedding party or guests looking on.
Do you take posed family photos?
Definitely. I strongly believe in those family images, as they're records of your entire family at an important time in your history together.
Can we provide you with a 'short list' of wedding photographs?
Other than family groupings, I'd prefer that you didn't as it results in a lesser amount of wedding photography documentary coverage and more time spent rounding up guests to check the groupings off a list.
What cameras and lenses do you use?
I currently use 2 x Nikon D750 full-frame camera bodies. My lenses of choice are Nikon F/2.8 70-200mm, Nikon 85mm F/1.4, Nikon 50mm F/1.4, Nikon10.5mm , Tokina 100mm F/2.8 Macro and Tokina F2.8 24-70mm, Nikon SB 900 and Nikon SB700 speed lights
Can you hold a date for me?
I'm sorry, but I can't hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone I can't “hold” a date without a retainer/deposit. I accept bookings on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What is your payment schedule?
Depending on your wedding photography package of choice a booking fee is necessary to reserve your date with the outstanding balance of payment due on the first business day after your wedding date.
What form of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Electronic Funds Transfer, Paypal, and Credit Cards. Minnesota state sales tax applies.
If we're running late, will you stay longer than you were scheduled?
Certainly. I do have an overtime rate and it goes into effect only with your permission and approval that I continue coverage. I will bill you for those hours after you return from your honeymoon.
Do we need to feed you at the wedding reception?
It would would be greatly appreciated if you did. It doesn't have to be the same as your sit-down meal (many caterers offer “vendor meals” as an add-on option). Feeding me ensures that I keep my sense of humour, not to mention keeping me more mobile. I also prefer to be fed when you are eating, because when you're eating your not at your most photogenic.
Can our family and friends take photos with their cameras?
Definitely. I do however request they not swarm the family photographs right away because I'd prefer all eyes facing me in your images. I don't allow family or friends to come along for the bridal images or the images of you two alone for privacy purposes as other people are distracting.