Frequently Asked Questions for Photography
What primary photographic style do you identify with?
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Nothing is more compelling than a fact clearly stated. I don't use special effects, selective color, etc. I think images need to stand on their own.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
While I prefer to work with available light, I supplement with flash when necessary. My own lighting is indirect and often coming from the side, so-called Rembrandt lighting. I like images to have depth, dimension, shadows. This is particularly important in B&W.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I'm working 100% in digital, though my aesthetics are still those of B&W film, which I printed in the darkroom for years. I prefer to do the documentary work in B&W, though in this digital age any picture can be had in color upon request. I tend to make group pictures in color.
How many photographers do you work with?
I sometimes work with an assistant, but I am usually the sole photographer. It's hard to delegate style or judgment, and I've found most photographers of genuine ability would rather be shooting their own weddings. There are some situations, such as ceremonies with limited possibilities for movement, when a second shooter can be helpful.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
I do not run a studio operation or farm out my weddings to others. You hire me for my eye, you get me.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
It's simply not possible. A wedding is an undertaking, and there are preparations, planning and logistics which consume most of the day, regardless of the duration of the shoot. Doing good work is physically and mentally demanding, and I want to be able to give my best.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I work with a roster of photographers whom I would consider to be my competition. We will substitute for each other if it ever becomes necessary, and it is in our collective best interests to do so. I wouldn't pass off work to an assistant or someone who isn't an experienced, established photojournalist.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
A couple bodies, prime and zoom lenses, portable and studio flashes.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I generally bring more equipment than I think I'll need, and there is built-in redundancy in case of problems. I work with more than one camera body, each of which has multiple card slots so that even in the rare case of a card failure everything is still intact on the backup. I have zoom lenses and prime lenses that cover the same range, so that if I have a problem with one lens other lenses can do similar pictures. I bring 3 portable flashes and 2-3 stand-mounted lights. I bring my own power supplies. I try to keep things simple when I photograph, but I have backups for everything.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I have a flat rate for a block of up to eight hours. If additional time is needed, I do so on an hourly basis.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Usually a brief one for protein and calories. I'll stop to hydrate, but I often end up leaving my glass half way through because I've run off to shoot something else. If I'm lucky, I'll be able to hide it first so that the caterers don't carry it away!
Do you charge for travel?
I include up to an hour of travel each way free of charge, possibly more if the shooting and travel come to less than ten hours. I usually work in an hour for preparation or setup on location, but I don't count that as part of the clients' block of time. For more than an hour outside of Washington, I charge on a case-by-case basis. I'm available nationally and abroad.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Within two weeks, usually within a few days. I push everything else aside and concentrate on getting the pictures edited, processed and available as soon as possible.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
They're available online shortly after the wedding, and in the form of 4x6 prints approximately a week later along with the digital files.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
As long as they want. There are no watermarks or writing or other such nonsense.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I reserve the copyright for all my work, but that only concerns issues of publishing. People are free to do what they want for personal use.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
I have photos run in bridal magazines and other outlets, but I check with the client first.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
My standard package contains 1,000px JPEGs, which are huge for the screen or social media and from which small prints can be made. I offer the option of very high-res files from which the client can make large prints without restriction.
Will images be available for viewing online?
What kind of albums do you offer?
Flush-mount and printed books from a number of manufacterers, including Leather Craftsmen, PictoBooks and others. I'm frequently trying and experimenting with different outlets and approaches.
When will the client get the final album?
Between 1-3 months of the order, sometimes less. It depends on the amount of work required for the specific images, and the demand at the binders, where the work is very labor-intensive.
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