Do You Charge By The Hour?
Not unless it’s a specific situation where I’m only needed for a couple of hours. Otherwise, I offer unlimited wedding day coverage which usually starts a bit before the bride begins hair and makeup, and lasts through the end of the reception.
Do You Sell Prints?
No. It would cost my clients far more to purchase an actual printed photo from me than it would for them to order it directly from the same online print lab I would order it from, so I’ve never really seen the point. Clients have the option for friends and family to purchase photos through their galleries if they don’t wish to fulfill print orders for them personally, but all clients receive edited, digital files printable at least up to 32″x48″.
Do You Shoot Video?
Short answer? No.
Longer answer? Yes, but never for weddings. Photography is (should be) an all-encompassing job for whomever is responsible for it on your wedding day, as is the videography. Trying to have one person do a quality job at both is a bit like having the DJ run the dance floor, cook the food, and run the bar at the same time during reception and hoping all goes well.
What’s the Difference Between One or Two Photographers?
With one photographer, which is always yours truly, you get my view of your wedding day. With two photographers, you get another person’s view of wedding day from different angles than what I’d be shooting.
For example, during a first look I typically stand in front of the groom and photograph the bride walking up from behind over his shoulder. A second photographer would shoot the same exact scene from the side getting a wide-angled version of what I’m photographing from the front. You don’t necessarily miss anything by having one photographer, you just get more of an overall view of your day with a second pair of creative eyes.
Do You Work With Pinterest or Photography Lists?
No, the main reason being that handing a creative person a list of a bunch of other creative people’s work and asking them to recreate it basically takes their fluffy unicorns of individuality and self respect and tramples them into piles of broken dreams and sadness. It’s kind of like going on a first date and handing the other person a list of all the best qualities of your past exes and asking them to be all those things. Or walking into Chick-Fil-A and asking for burritos from Taco Bell.
Pinterest is great for inspiration, but if you want someone else’s work recreated, I’m not the droid you’re looking for.
When it comes to photography lists that include things such as making sure to get a shot of the shoes, or the bride looking out the window, and now the bride looking at the bridesmaids, and now the bride looking at the bridesmaids but the bridesmaids are looking out the window, etc, I do not allow those. Any professional wedding photographer worth a darn already has the must have shots from your wedding day in their heads, and by looking at a few sample galleries you'll be able to tell if a photographer's style covers the basics of what you're looking for.
What I do encourage are any lists of family groupings that you’ll want photos of during formal photos so you don’t have to try to come up with them on the spot during your wedding day. Another exception is if there’s any super important detail of your day that’s unique, such as a charm or pendant tucked away in a bouquet, or a piece of fabric sewn into a dress, something I may not notice easily, those types of things I sincerely appreciate advanced notice about.
What Is A First Look?
A first look is when the couple sees each other before the wedding ceremony. I’m a huge fan of them because they allow the couple a few moments of alone time and it makes for great photos. The bonus is that once that’s done, you can get your wedding party photos out of the way, and then the only thing you have to do after your ceremony is take family photos. Bam. No guests waiting through cocktail
hour. They can also be done with a family member or friend, or your bridal party, etc.
Some people will tell you it’s not traditional for the bride to see the groom before the ceremony, and they’re right. It’s not traditional. But you can spend about five minutes with The Google and realize how ridiculous the tradition it came from is. It comes from the days when women were bought and sold as property to whatever dude pranced across the desert with his herds of donkeys and chickens to buy a baby-maker. And you wore a giant, thick veil to hide your face, wait for it, just in case you were ugly. And that veil didn’t come off until the contract was signed and you were paid for, because if the dude didn’t find you attractive he couldn’t back out of the deal and bring shame on your family. And now you also know where veils come from. #awwww #allthefeels
Bottom line, if you don’t want to see each other before the ceremony, do that. If you want to? Do that. But whatever you do, make sure it’s what both of you want to do, and not what someone else is ranting about the sky falling if you break a tradition. Because that “tradition” is sketch. #justsayin
My (Insert Friend/Relative/Boo Here) is Learning Photography, Can They Follow You Around During My Wedding?
Partly because they’ll be distracting whomever I’m trying to take photographs of, partly because your wedding day isn’t the time you want someone distracting me from doing my job, and partly because it’s a bit like paying someone a lot of money to do an important job for you, and then letting an entire class of third graders shoot them in the face with Nerf darts and kick them in the shins the entire time.