Q & A

 

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Q: What's your approach on the wedding day?

We strive to document the pretty details, the organic moments, and the quiet beauty of your wedding day.

We anticipate, read the vibe, and let moments happen. You won't find us with huge lighting equipment, clumsy bags, or stands. We like to blend in and be un-obstructive. However, we direct and step in when we need to - moving your dress or invitations to be composed artfully or directing during portraits for luminous natural light and flattering angles.

Q: What is your photography style?

Ethereal, artful, and romantic. 

Q: Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we take all major credit cards via Stripe. We do not hold dates. To book your date, a non-refundable retainer and contract must be submitted via our all-in-one secure client portal. 

Q: What kind of cameras do you use, film or digital?

I LOVE film, but I shoot digital! I only use professional grade Nikon bodies and lenses.

Q: Do you have backup equipment?

Of course! I bring at least two backups of everything from cameras, memory cards, to batteries.

Q: Do you have business insurance?

Absolutely! I'll be more than happy to provide a certificate of insurance to your venue upon request. 

Q: Do you shoot weddings alone?

Depending on the level of investment, I will always bring either an assistant or second photographer. 

Q: If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?

Of course! We always ask if you'd like us to stay longer, especially if you have a grand exit planned . We charge our regular hourly rates if you decide for additional hours before or on the wedding date. 

Q: How many photos do you shoot at a wedding, how many do we get to keep?

Each wedding varies and will depend on the level of investment, but we typically deliver 50-100 edited high res photos for every hour of coverage. 

Q: How much time should we set aside for portraits on our wedding day?

Ideally, 45-60 minutes for couple portraits, 20 minutes for wedding party photos, 20 minutes for family photos. 

Q: Do you retouch your photos?

“Less is more”. We’re more concerned with whats going on “in” the photo that what we can do “to” the photo. We do not airbrush any photos, however we can get rid of those pimples or a pesky trashcan in the background. All the photos that you will receive on your USB will be edited to have a consistent, natural look. We edit each culled photo individually to provide consistency - we do not batch edit. Additional or extensive retouching services are available for extra costs.

Q: When will our photos be ready?

You’ll have the online gallery within 2-3 weeks (during a busy wedding season) and a USB/keepsake box within 4-5 weeks.  

Q: How do you store our images and for how long?

We have multiple backup external drives that guard your photos with their life. Along with external hard drives we have back everything up on a Cloud system. So even in cases of fire or theft, your photos will be safe. We’ll keep your images on our hard drives for 1 year after we deliver the USB. We suggest keeping a copy in a safety deposit box and backing up your files on another device immediately upon arrival. Remember, USBs and discs have a shelf life of 10 years until data becomes corrupted. Your online gallery is live only for one year. 

Q: Do we get the Copyrights or a Print Release for our photos?

Printing rights are released with the purchase of the High-Res files (included in all of our Wedding Collections), which allows printing and usage for personal needs. Example: Printing photos for yourselves or others as gifts, posting it up on your Facebook or instagram, using your images to decorate, sharing/distributing to family
+ friends, etc.

As the creators, we naturally have copyrights to all the images we make. No image may be altered in any manner (besides basic cropping or text) or sold for profit without our explicit consent.

Regardless of obtaining the Print Release for the images, we highly recommend that all prints be ordered through our professional print lab (via your personal online gallery) for color and quality we intentionally post-processed each image to achieve when printed (on archival paper, with archival inks)…  If you do choose to print elsewhere, we are not responsible for print color errors when ordered through any other lab than our own.

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Q: How far in advance do I need to book you?

We recommend booking at least 6-12 months in advance. Our wedding season (summer-autumn) fills up quickly. We only take a limited amount weddings to ensure our creative energy and time to each couple! 

Q: How many black and white photos will we get?

Around 10-15% of the entire body of images will be black and white.

Q: Should the bride and groom see each other before the wedding? 

Seeing one another before the ceremony gives the bride and groom a chance to chat, flirt, and take in the moment just between the two of them. We also have the chance to do all your photographs before the ceremony so that you or your guests don’t have to wait around afterwards.

We’ll be able to use all natural light and make a relaxed timeline for the day. This keeps everyone involved less stressed and allows the couple to actually enjoy the wedding day.

Q: What kind of album do you provide and what are the costs?

All heirloom albums are flush mount (lays flat when opened) with various leather and fabric options. Sizes vary from 8×8, 10×10, 12×12. Printed on high-quality paper with archival ink. The price depends on amount of pages, cover material, sizes, and extra additions/upgrades. Most couples invest in $1-2k for albums if purchased a la carte or with album credit. It takes 2 weeks to design an album and an additional 4-6 weeks until it’s mailed to you.

Q: Will you be posting about our wedding on your social media sites and submit to wedding magazines and blogs?

Yes, we will be posting our selected favorites on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Afterwards, we'll do a short post on our blog. We do not submit all the weddings we've shot to magazines and wedding blogs, but if we do, we always ask for your permission and for a little blurb of your experience/highlights of you wedding day.

Q: What should we wear for our engagement session?

Try soft colors, simple patterns, or solid gem colors (greens, reds, etc.). Wear colors that flatters your skin tone. Bring cardigans or jackets in case it gets cold, a few pair of shoes, and one or two extra outfits. Look through your favorite store catalogs, wedding blogs, or magazines for inspiration. And always keep in mind the scenery and setting of your location. An engagement guide packed with tips and advice will be provided for you to look through upon booking!