I posted a FAQ blog a couple years ago and recently realized that it really needs updated! The last blog was when I had first started photographing weddings and I've changed a lot of things since then. If I don't cover a question you have here, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
When will we receive our photos? For sessions, I deliver the photos via an online gallery within two weeks of the session date. For weddings, it's eight weeks. I typically deliver them earlier, but I like to give myself some wiggle room.
Do you accept a shot list? Yes! I actually always tell my couples to send me poses they really want or even add me to their Pinterest board if they have one. I will always do the poses you want first and then do my standard list of poses. My philosophy is that it's your big day; and I want you to look at your wedding gallery and love what you see! With that being said though, I do not guarantee that I can capture everything on your shot list. Sometimes things fall behind at weddings and we aren't able to get them all.
Do you help with timelines? Yes! I really enjoy helping with timelines. I like to walking into a wedding 100% prepared. Creating the timeline really helps with that. I'm also okay with couples creating the timeline themselves and then sending it to me. As long as we have enough time for the photos you want; then it's all good!
Can you hold a date for me? To hold a date, I require a 30% deposit and a signed contract. I will not hold a date without those two things. Dates are first come, first serve as well. If you are waiting on paying the deposit and signing and another couple asks about your date, I will give you a chance to pay and sign before accepting that other couple. Once you are booked, I mark off that whole day for you!
How many photos do we get? I don't guarantee a set number of photos because every wedding is different. I do, however, give you all the photos except blurry ones, duplicates, and a formal photo where someone's eyes are shut. I don't keep any good photos from you! I'm there to tell a story and taking away photos takes away some of your story.
Do you offer engagement sessions? Two out of three of my wedding collections comes with an engagement session. My collections are customizable, so you can always take it off or add it on if you want to. I prefer that we do an engagement session because it helps me get a feel for what poses you like and what works best for you. Some people are uncomfortable in front of the camera and that's okay! I've noticed that if we do an engagement session together, then when your big day comes, you are most likely going to be more comfortable.
How far in advance should we book you? As soon as possible and I would say the same thing applies to all your vendors! Because of COVID, we are booked out more than we have ever been. If there are certain vendors you have to have, I would reach out to them first.
Can our friends and family take photos too? That's up to you! I don't mind if family and friends take photos behind me for family formals and wedding party photos as long as they are not distracting. If they are asking for you to look at their camera then I will kindly ask them to stop. I also do not allow any guests to follow us when we do couples portraits. Those portraits are most often the most important to my couples and I want you to look back on those photos and remember a good time and not be distracted. I also don't allow for guests to take you out and pose you themselves while I am there. You've invested in me and I want to make sure I give you the best experience possible.
Do you provide a second photographer? All my collections now come with a second photographer. They really do help so much! Not to mention, that you'll receive more photos of different angles. As the primary photographer, sometimes we only have time for the standard must haves! Second photographers are able to get more creative.
Do you take pictures of invitation flat lays and details like that? I can! Again, that's totally up to you. A lot of times my couples only want photos of the ceremony and reception details. I think that is one thing that makes me stand out is that I don't photograph every wedding the same because not every wedding is the same! I cater how I shoot and the photographs I capture to the details and moments that are most important to you.