The following questions came from The Knot, a bridal website. I decided to take 10 of their questions and supply my answers for you. I may do a follow-up blog post, in the future, to answer more of their questions.
Question 1: Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs?
Yes, all photos I deliver to you as proofs will undergo our basic retouching process. Please do not ask us to give you images that are not retouched, in order to "save money." I believe that this practice is unprofessional and can do real damage reputations. The basic process includes: cropping, color balance, exposure adjustment and retouching. Some photos that you select for portraits and printed mediums, undergoes an advanced retouching process.
Question 2: What exactly is included in your package? (Updated 1/17/17)
I have put together several collections that are pretty straightforward on what you receive. All of the Collections include an engagement shoot with a complimentary portrait package (at various levels), USB drive containing High Resolution Digital Negatives with a personal print release, low resolution, web quality images with social media release, professional editing of images, online gallery, photographer and an assistant. Each Collection has a their own unique selection of printed products.
Question 3: How many hours of coverage do I get? What is the charge for overtime?
Since we have several choices, each one has a specific amount of coverage. Our Signature Collections, were built around our most popular amount of coverage. We offer wedding packages of 6, 12 and 24 hours of coverage for weddings The charge for overtime is $250 per hour for all print only packages and $350 for a high quality digital negative with personal print release only package. These rates are in line with my creative fees for those services.
Question 4: Will you be my actual photographer, or will it be one of your associates?
I will be your actual photographer unless something happens out of my control, on the day of your wedding. If that happens I will do everything, in my power, to find a replacement for you but I still will edit the images and deliver them to you.
Question 5: Will there be a second shooter or any assistance? Is there an additional charge for each?
Each Collection and Package has an assistant included in the price. A second shooter is available for you at an additional charge.
Question 6: How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?
We do are best to deliver your images within three months of your wedding. If requested we can provide you with a small taste of your images as they become available.
Question 7: How many weddings do you do on a weekend?
We will only shoot a maximum of two weddings during a weekend. Never more than one on the same day, if you are a package and collection clients. I may schedule several of our wedding options, we only provide one or two hours of coverage for them, so in that case we may do more than one of them per day.
Question 8: Have you ever shot at my venue before?
I have shot at various locations and venues. But if I have not shot at your venue, I will contact them before the wedding to do a walk-through to see what my lighting challenges are and to get some reading for camera settings. The Boy Scout's motto is "Be Prepared," I abide by it when it comes to my business.
Question 9: What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publications? Do you own the copyright to these photos?
You will receive a release to post your web quality images to your social media. You may also use an image for a wedding announcement. You can purchase the rights to the high quality digital negatives with personal use print release for. I do retain ownership of the copyrights to all photos. You may not alter any image before publishing them in announcements, printing them for personal use or posting them on your social media. I ask that you give me credit for the image where ever they appear.
Question 10: How many weddings have your shot and how many do you do in a year? Also what's your favorite part of the wedding day and time of year to shoot?
Although we have spent 15 years doing photography, it has only been the last few years that we have branched into the wedding photography market. Also, our photography business went from part-time to full-time in the middle of last year. I have shot over 40 weddings, plus numerous black tie charity Gala events. These events have similar demands as weddings. We have averaged around 10 weddings over the last few years but I am looking to increase that number going forward. Also, having done extensive work withportrait photography, which has given me much needed experience to shoot high quality portraits at weddings. I have trained in lighting design so I can achieve any looks you require. Finally, I have shot images in some of the most demanding lighting situations, musical theater.
My favorite part of weddings, if I have to pick one, would be when the couple see each other for the first time just before the ceremony begins. My favorite time of year to shoot is in the fall, the colors are just amazing for portraits on location! If I may add my favorite time of day to shoot, it is at sunset with wonderful golden colors and brilliant fiery sky.
This concludes today's Blog post, I hope you found it enlightening.