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“How far in advance do I need to book my wedding?”

Your hall, church and photographer are typically the first services you should be looking into. As we only book up to 2 weddings per weekend in order to give you and your wedding the full attention it deserves, we recommend booking with us six to eighteen months in advance. Should you not be planning this far ahead however, please do contact us to see if your date is still available! To see if your wedding day is available and/or to book a consultation, please email us directly. We are now booking wedding dates for 2018 and 2019 wedding season.

“I know that it is important to not only hire a photographer whose work I love and that has experience but also one that I will feel comfortable with throughout the day… how can I find out more about you?”

We are happy to book a consultation with you at a mutually convenient time so we can talk and get to know each other. Another great way of finding out if you will be comfortable working with the photographer is by booking an Engagement Photography Shoot. The engagement shoot gives your photographer an opportunity to get to know you and to have some fun with you. He will discover how you and your fiance interact with each other in front of the camera, your individual personalities, and even your quirks. He will give you tips and coach you how to pose so you look the best all the time on your wedding date.

“Which package is right for me? / How many hours do I need?”

How many hours / which package you choose solely depends on what time you have planned on having your ceremony and how long you would like me to stay during your reception. If you are planning a wedding ceremony that is between late morning and mid afternoon, we would highly recommend the unlimited hour or “Gold” package. From getting ready shots to the bridal bouquet toss, every aspect is captured of your day without needing to stress over time restrictions. Ideally, the “Bronze” (8-hour) and “Silver” (12-hour) packages were designed for couples with late afternoon / evening ceremonies in which the itinerary of the day is more compact and less hours are required to capture your entire wedding story.

“How many hours are you typically with the bride & groom on an ‘unlimited hour’ wedding day? When do you normally arrive and leave?”

This answer completely depends on your itinerary and schedule but typically on an ‘unlimited’ full day package, it is unusual for us to be with you for less than 15 hours. As far as our arrival goes, if you would like us to start at the hair salon or your home when you are getting ready, we will be happy to join you at this time. Some brides have requested us as early as 7:30am, some as late as 1pm, however, it all depends on how much you would like captured and when you will be ready to be “up and about” in front of a camera.

As for when we normally leave, it once again depends on your reception and guests. On average, we tend to leave shortly after the bridal bouquet & garter toss (if you choose to have these events at your wedding) when the ambiance and guests have been captured and there is nothing “new” happening throughout the final hours of the evening. We always ask the bride and groom if there is anything else that they would like photographed before we pack up to leave. Sometimes receptions wind down early, other times they continue until the wee hours of the morning. In the past, we have often left around 11pm, at times as early as 9pm, and a few times as late as past midnight.

“Are the start and end times for the 12-hour ‘Silver’ package or 8-hour “Bronze” package predetermined?”

Absolutely not. The package begins when you are ready for us to arrive and end will run until the hour limit that you have chosen has expired or earlier if you do not have need of our services any longer. You can also extend the coverage on the wedding date at a rate of $200 per extra hour.

“We would like photographs of the groom getting ready as well – do you do this?”

Absolutely. With unlimited locations, all you need to do is list the itinerary (along with all of the addresses) of where you would like us to be. We will do our best to work in being at “all the right places at the right times” to give you a full story of your entire day.

“Approximately how many photos do you take in a day and how many of those do we see in the final package?”

Approximately 400-1200+ photos are taken during the time frame of the various packages (please see the price list for more accurate averages). We tend not to delete many photos during the processing stage. In most occasions, you will be receiving almost all of your photos for you to sort through, keep or discard as you choose.

“How much time should I set aside for family / portrait photos?”

This answer will be a direct reflection of how large your families are. If you have a large family and would like family shots incorporating several different groupings, a larger amount of time should be set aside. At the bare minimum, we usually request an hour and a half to shoot family portraits, bridal party photos and portraits of the bride and groom. A longer amount of time will create a more laid-back atmosphere and allow you and your families to not feel “rushed”. Traditionally, portraits are taken in between the ceremony and reception. If you choose to follow this tradition, please remember that the receiving line or general congratulations take up a good amount of time during this period as well so it would be best to take this into consideration when planning on how much time you have/need for portrait and family photos.

“How do I make sure we don’t miss anyone during the portraits?”

It is always recommended for you to make up a list of people that you would like photos taken with for the portrait portion of the day. Send this list to the photographer with the final information before the wedding but more importantly, ensure that someone close to the family has the list on the wedding day so they might act as a coordinator or assistant to the photographer to make sure that no one is missed and also so the photographer may continue to shoot candid shots in between portraits.

“Do you bring backup equipment?”

Of course! We bring a second camera set-up with us as well as multiple lenses, lights, digital memory cards and accessories to make sure I don’t miss a moment…

“Will you be staying for dinner?”

As we will be with you for the better part of your day, we would appreciate to be included in any and all meal arrangements. Also, many brides & grooms have asked us if we prefer to sit with the guests or be in a more private area… personally, we believe that it is always best to have a designated spot in amongst the guests to keep with the flow and energy of the day. If this however is not possible, being kept as close to the “action” as possible is always appreciated.

“Is there a quality difference between printing our images with your professional printing-house and printing the photos ourselves? How much do prints cost if we order through your professional printer?”

Each final image that is given to you is carefully adjusted by hand by our image editor for optimum color, saturation and contrast to give you the best quality print for each individual photo. We outsource our printing needs to the professional printing house and you may choose to upgrade your packet to print package. The quality and longevity of these prints is very high but you may choose to print your own prints at your local print shop.

If/when you decide to print your own images from your digital images DVD – depending on the commercial/retail grade photo-printing house that you choose – your quality may be anywhere from excellent to adequate. Most local print shop’s paper and printing quality will greatly differ depending on the retail outlet, so when choosing a local printing house, please make sure to take all contingencies into account to obtain the best prints possible. Always make sure that any “auto-correct” settings are turned OFF at your local printer as all photos you receive on your digital images DVD are already color and contrast optimized and in order to to maintain the best image possible should not be “over-corrected”.

“What happens if you’re sick?”

Honestly, we are there rain or shine – whether we are on top of the weather or “under it”. Should the unthinkable happen we will provide a replacement photographer for you.

“Do you have an appearance policy?”

Yes – your wedding day is considered to be one of the most important days of your life and it deserves respect. We fully understand that each person/service you hire is a representative of both you and your families and should behave and dress as such. Our attire on your wedding day is meant to fulfill our needs as a photographer as well as promote a business-like and elegant impression. Our typical outfit consist of black dress pants and black shirt. If you are planning a special dress code please let your photographer know in advance.

“I have reserved my date with you and am in the process of filling out the contract but I don’t have all of the answers to the questions yet – what should I do?”

Don’t worry! Just fill out the contact information section and as much as you can of the remainder of the questions, sign the contract and mail it back with your deposit (if you haven’t given your deposit already) within a week or two of your consultation. We will email the contract back to you so you can go over and fill in or amend the details.

“When will I receive my photos?”

Your wedding pictures will be ready in your online gallery in one week after the wedding and the disk with all high resolution negatives will be ready in two weeks from your wedding date. All other special order products take from 4 to 8 weeks to be ready.

“How long do you keep our photos on file?”

Digital image files will be kept in storage for no longer than one year from the date of the wedding. Please remember that even with today’s technology, it is possible that your image discs may degrade over time, with use, or abuse. It is highly recommended that all image discs be duplicated onto to a new disc every four or five years or stored on another type of media for backup purposes. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BACKUP YOUR ALL DIGITAL FILES.

“I am planning a destination wedding and have some questions…”

Please contact us directly to talk about your destinations plans but in general you have to factor in the cost of the package and all of the travel and accommodations expense of the photographer.