Do you deliver every image you shoot? No, I feel one reason you hire me is for my artistic eye and not every image I capture makes the cut. I want to make sure what you receive is the best of the best. Besides, not many clients want to sort through 3,000+ photos from their wedding day.
Does your photography business offer videography services? No, but I’m a part of Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals and can reach out to other professionals if you are wanting those services or any other services you’re still looking to book for your day. Just ask, I’m happy to help and recommend the best.
Do you do destination weddings? Yes. I have a passport and LOVE to travel. Travel fees, such as airfare or mileage, and two nights lodging are the only additional expenses to book me for a destination wedding.
Do you provide partial day coverage? No, but I do offer hourly coverage for weekday weddings and weddings scheduled during the non-peak months of November-April
Do you shoot in JPEG or RAW? I shoot in RAW so that I have more flexibility during post-production, but the final delivery of high-resolution images are in JPEG format.
Can I submit my wedding photos to be considered for publishing on wedding blogs or magazines? Although you have hired me to photograph your wedding and you have received the high-resolution digital images, I am still the copyrighted owner of those images. If you are interested in submitting your images, I am thrilled and ask that you please contact me before doing so as not to jeopardize any submissions I have made to blogs requiring exclusivity. Publishers are always looking for various styles of weddings from farm weddings to elegant weddings. If your wedding is a candidate for publication submission, I’d love to work with you after the wedding to gather the details and bride/groom perspective of the day.
- What type of editing do you do to the images? I edit each and every image to a style that satisfies me, a look you can see throughout my work on my website. I only shoot digital as I like the immediate gratification, but am drawn to the look of film and process my images to have a film feel to them. I will do minimal retouching if needed but am not a fan of, nor skilled in, Photoshop. I pride myself in creating and capturing genuine moments and the use of Photoshop, to make you look like something you’re not, does not lend itself to this pillar of my work and business. I will, however, use it to remove distracting backgrounds, etc. when needed. Additional editing requests once a gallery has been delivered will be subjected to an additional charge.
- How long will it take to receive the digital files after the wedding? Typically, you can expect your completed gallery of digital files 4-6 weeks after your wedding. However, I want your wedding guests to see professional photos as soon as possible after your wedding and therefore I will post a sneak peek a few days after your wedding. Be sure and like my Facebook page and follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss this sneak peek.
- How long will it take to receive my album? The entire design process can vary depending on my workload and your response time, but as soon as you select your favorites I try to have a first draft to you within 2-3 weeks. Once you have approved the final proof, you can expect your album in the mail in approximately one week.
- What if I lose my images? I recommend that you create multiple copies and backups in different locations of your images (including the cloud), as I do not archive images. If you encounter this misfortune, please contact me to see if I do have any of your images. There will be a $100 fee to reproduce any images that I may still have.
- How many weddings do you shoot in a year? 10 and 15 per year so I can give each client the attention that is needed through the entire process.
- Will my wedding be the only wedding you book that weekend? Yes, I only book one wedding per weekend to ensure that I am fresh and prepared for your big day.
- How long have you been shooting? I’ve been a self-taught photographer since 2009 and am continually expanding my knowledge and pushing my limits. I believe that we never stop learning.
- Do I need to decide where to take portraits? While I value client’s input and try to honor requests, there are many factors to consider in choosing a location for portraits. You may want to use a fantastic backdrop for family formal portraits but on the day of your wedding, if it means everyone is looking into the sun, that may not be the best option for creating the best portraits. I ask that we work together to find the best location.
- Will my extended family and guests be able to view our wedding images and order prints? Absolutely. You’ll be able to share your wedding gallery with friends and family but the PIN to download should remain with you, as you are the client who has purchased rights to do this. The one exception to this is your immediate family. Your extended family and guests can purchase inexpensive high-quality prints and digital download rights within your gallery should they wish to have an image of your day. My contracts reflect this policy to protect my work as well as your wedding images from being shared without your permission. Your online gallery will be available for up to one year after your wedding.
- Do you need a shot list? I only ask that you provide a list of family group shots and I will work with you to create a manageable list and timeline for this portion of your day. Providing a list of must-have shots for the photographer is a kind sentiment but can present challenges and perhaps be detrimental to providing the best coverage of your day. I prefer to be keenly present and capture moments as they unfold instead of being distracted looking at a shot list and missing moments. While I am a firm believer in lists for other areas of a wedding day, working from a list of shots is not my style.
- How far out should we book you? I typically book 90% of my weddings by October of the previous year so I would book at least 12 months in advance.
- Do you shoot with an assistant? Yes, so please plan for two for vendor food count purposes. If you’ve opted for a second photographer, the second photographer doubles as an assistant when needed.
- Do I need to feed you? My wedding coverage starts at 8 hours, and it would be great to stay nourished during that time. It doesn’t have to be at a table with guests, many weddings set up a vendor table for photographers, videographers, band members, etc. so everyone can be fed and happy. Generally, we eat when you eat because let’s face it, no one wants photographs of guests eating and no one wants to be photographed while eating.
- What type of camera equipment do you use? I shoot with two Canon camera bodies and both prime and zoom lenses. I also have an external speed light when more light is needed.
- Do you have insurance? Yes, and I am happy to provide this should your venue request it.
- How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photos? The amount of time suggested depends upon many factors, including your ceremony and reception locations and how many portraits you list for your family portraits. I’ve found that 8 hours of coverage is the sweet spot to telling a complete story from getting ready images to a few dance floor images. Click here to see sample timelines for 8 hours of coverage, both with and without a first look assuming your ceremony and reception location are the same. Also, you can reference my photo checklist to get a better idea of what I strive to capture on the wedding day.
- If I provide a shot list, will you work from that. Actually, I prefer that you don’t.
- What happens if I go over my contracted time? I understand that not everything goes as planned on your wedding day. I never pack up before the contracted time and don’t leave on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, I will check in with you when I am scheduled to leave and either offer additional coverage if I don’t think I’ve got enough to tell the story of your day or see if you want to extend coverage. If you would like to extend coverage, I will stay for my current hourly price and round to the nearest 15-minute increment. You will receive an invoice for the extended coverage within a few days after your wedding day and payment is due before final delivery of images.
- How do we reserve you? A 25% retainer and signed contract must be completed to book your date. Even if we do an in-person meeting or Skype meeting to discuss your big day and you feel like it is a good fit, I cannot hold dates without a signed contract and deposit.
- Do you accept credit cards? Yes
- If we cancel the wedding, do we get our deposit back? Unfortunately, no. Deposits are used to reserve your date, and once I receive your deposit, I do not accept new clients for your date or the weekend of your event.
- If we change the wedding date can we apply our deposit to the new date? Yes, assuming I am available, but if rates change from your original date they would apply.
- When is the remaining balance due? 30 days before your wedding date.