Do you use professional camera gear?
You bet. We shoot with professional-level Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses. (And we bring backups, in case any of our gear starts giving us attitude.)
How many photographers will there be?
Two: me plus my second shooter Carol (who also happens to be my wife). I’m the main photographer, while Carol photographs different angles of the ceremony and portraits, and helps me get broad coverage of candids and details.
How long will you stay at my wedding?
“Okay, we’re ready to cut the cake!”
“Sorry, I just clocked eight hours so I have to leave — unless you want to start paying me an additional (large) hourly rate. But have a fun evening!”
I’ll stay as long as it takes. I view a standard shoot as full day coverage, from bridal prep to reception. We usually don’t wrap up until sometime after cake cutting and garter toss, with time for plenty of dancing shots. If there will be a big exit, we’ll be there too.
This usually works out to 8-10 hours, but I don’t have a fixed cutoff. Weddings are dynamic, fluid events, and sometimes (oftentimes, actually), the day goes on longer than expected. So I don’t play games with strict time limits or hidden overtime fees.
How many pictures do I get?
Between me and Carol, we take a lot of pictures during the wedding. But really, you don’t want to see them all. Trust me. Sometimes shots are (gasp) out of focus, sometimes people blink, sometimes people don’t look as flattering as they could, sometimes a series of 10 photos are almost identical, and so on. I go through all the images and select the best ones, usually delivering ~600 final pictures for a full day of coverage.
Engagement shoot and portrait sessions usually produce 60-80 final images.
How long will it take to get the pictures?
Back in the days of film and paper prints, wedding photographers would have to develop film, sort through the photos, print hundreds of unedited proofs, and so on. That was a lot of work, and it often took 4-6 weeks to just get the proofs to the couple. Then the couple had to wait another 4-6 weeks for the photographer to edit and print the chosen images before they ever saw the final images.
But like it or not, we now live in a digital world, and I’m a fully digital photographer. I deliver my images digitally, and I think there’s simply no good reason for it to take so long to get your pictures any more. Hey, you need to get these up on Facebook, right?
My goal is to sort, fully edit, and present you all the selected images within three weeks. At that point you can order prints online and have them delivered within a couple days. Sweet.
Will you dress nicely?
I think so. While I do consider myself an artist, I won’t show up to your wedding in Birkenstocks and frayed shorts. (I actually don’t even own a pair of Birkenstocks.) I try to blend in with the wedding, be it casual or formal. I wore a Hawaiian shirt to one wedding, simply because it was the theme of the wedding and the bride and groom requested it. (They really liked Hawaii.)