FAQ:Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a studio? At this time I do not have a studio. Most of my portrait sessions are done on location at my client's homes, special favorite family spots or scenic open spaces or attractive campuses. I can do indoor portrait sessions in your home if an indoor session is desired.
What types of photography do you do? Weddings, Engagements and Family Portraits are the bulk of my work. I also will do corporate events, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and head shots. I do not photograph small birthday parties, baby showers, prom-getting-ready pictures, passport or visa photos.
What does my package include? My wedding guide is set up as an a la carte menu from which you can design your own package. This means you get to decide what is included. When it comes to wedding photography, different people have different end goals in mind. My a la carte pricing for wedding day coverage begins at 2000. Most often, wedding clients opt to purchase a certain number of consecutive coverage hours (8 or 10) and then add either a printed proof collection or high-resolution files + printed proofs to form a basic package. From this point, clients can choose to add heirloom albums, parent books and framed fine art prints or canvases to complete their package. Bonuses on albums and wall art are given when pre-purchased with your package at the time of booking.
How many images will we receive? An average 8 hour wedding will yield approximately 500-600 images, though this can vary depending on many factors such as the number of family and bridal party members, the degree of reception detail, the length of your ceremony and the amount of time allotted for bride and groom formals.
How do I book you? Once we have met either in person or via video chat and we both feel good about moving forward. I will send you a contract via e-mail that you will sign digitally. After you have signed you will receive an invoice showing what you owe. Once you have paid your 50% retainer fee, you are officially booked. Each time you make a payment after that you will receive confirmation via e-mail. Final payment is due 30 days before your wedding.
How does payment work? I require a 50% non-refundable retainer fee at the time of booking, which happens once you sign your contract. This industry standard retainer fee reflects the fact that once you are booked, I will turn away all other photography and personal opportunities for your wedding day. This creates a potential loss of income to me which is why the retainer fee is non-refundable even in the unlikely event that you cancel your wedding. The remainder of your payment is due 30 days before your wedding date. Photography will not take place until payment is made in full. I do not take payments on the wedding day. I take cash, check or credit card for your convenience.
Do you offer a second photographer as an option? Yes, you have the option of adding a second shooter. I only hire professionals as second shooters, people who have shot and understand well the many variations of wedding day dynamics. I pay my second shooters competitively and am confident in their abilities to carry the day in the unlikely event that anything should incapacitate me in the course of the day. I highly recommend having a second shooter at your wedding. I always bring an assistant, who may or may not be training as a second shooter, with me even when you don't pay for a second shooter.
Will I get a CD or Flash Drive of the images from my wedding? No. I use a convenient online delivery system for any high-res digital files you have purchased. A custom flash drive may be added to your package for an additional fee.
Will I own the copyright to the images from my wedding? The question of copyright can be confusing for a lot of non-photographers. I will give a brief explanation but the short answer is, no. U.S. copyright law states that copyright of images belongs to the creator of the images except in the case of a work for hire agreement. Like most photography professionals, I do not shoot weddings or portraits on a work for hire basis. I am a retail establishment which means that I am paid for both my services and the products I deliver, be they digital or physical. Digital files, when purchased or included in a package, come with a license or print release to print images for personal use (not commercial and not for resale) up to 8x12 inches. All of these details will be discussed at your consult before you sign your contract. Wall art (anything 11x14 or larger) may be purchased directly through me as this allows me to ensure that you are displaying only the most beautiful representation of your portraits in your home.
My wedding is on a Sunday. Does this matter? I shoot a limited number of weddings and events per year. This enables me to give the best service and attention to each one of my clients and also allows me to maintain my family priorities as well. A feature of this is that I avoid taking weddings on Sundays as much as possible, though I do make an exception now and then. I try to spend Sundays with my family and community. Fridays and Saturdays are set aside for weddings.
Will you tell me why you are not able to shoot my wedding? There are many reasons that any professional photographer may be unable to take certain events; from scheduling conflicts to personal style, from budget misalignment to requests that fall outside of a particular business model. Any wedding or event I am unable to shoot, no matter the reason, will receive the same response without detailed explanation, "I will be unable to shoot your wedding." I have a large network of professionals that I am happy to refer when I cannot take a wedding for whatever reason.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use? I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and I love it! I carry with me a variety of Canon professional lenses, which includes a mix of prime lenses such as the 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2 and 100mm f2.8 macro, as well as telephoto lenses such as the 70-200mm f2.8 and the 24-70mm f2.8. I also typically carry extra flash and lighting equipment to create different effects based on location and my artistic inspiration.
How many weddings have you shot? Between primary and secondary shooting, I have shot at over 200 weddings since 2011.