FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ANSWERS TO THE COMMON THINGS EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW
Your wedding photos are about so much more than just images of a pretty dress, photos of shoes and endless detail pictures. My approach is the most important thing I can bring to you.
The wedding day is all about relationships, emotions, you, your family and friends falling into the swirl of the day, reacting ... living in an important time in your lives. Possessions and decorations become the backdrop ... for you and who you are on your wedding day. It's all about the two of you celebrating this milestone surrounded by the most important people in your lives. That can be filled with emotion. That can be a screaming party. It can be small and intimate or big and brash.
Your wedding photos will be your unique photos, ones which will help you remember and re live your wedding day. Not idealized photos from some stock check list which cater to some industry person's notion of what a wedding should be. Or one that seeks out vanity as the ultimate expression of who you are.
And you want to know how all that is going to happen ....
Contact Me Today At This Link and I'll be in touch quickly.
How many photographers are on your team?
I'm a trained photojournalist and full time photographer with decades of experience.
So you won't automatically need 2 shooters just to make up for the shortcomings of an inexperienced, self-taught photographer. You'll get tons of images from me if I shoot your wedding solo. Of course, a second experienced professional photographer can always be added to any wedding package. Most weddings, I work alone and do so quietly and unobtrusively. That isn't possible when several people are moving around. Your wedding day isn't a Hollywood production and I'm a hard worker. A person with little experience operating a camera adds little to the wedding day coverage, and is what so many people call a Second Shooter.
After all, you're attracted to my photos you see here and I'm the one who can produce that style and content. If you're not sure one photographer can cover the day, please contact me and I'll give you the links to several galleries where you can see how I work on my own and how productive I am.
We can add a second shooter for part or all of the day if there is a genuine desire for one or a specific logistical need.
What are your prices?
Contact Me Today At This Link and fill out an inquiry form and I'll be in touch quickly with some information. No obligation ... no pestering, ... guaranteed.
Finding the right wedding photographer is all about the photographer's style, how their images "feel" to you, their experience and what they bring to your wedding day, not just the price. Spend a few minutes looking at my images and learning about my deep experience.
What are your packages?
Get in touch using this link, fill out an inquiry form and I'll get back to you quickly with some information.
Can you hold the date for us?
Dates are booked and held once you sign a contract, pay the non-refundable retainer of $750 and I sign and accept the contract. Until then, dates remain open, first come-first served.
How soon should we book?
Bookings are accepted 14-16 months in advance. Get in touch early since April-June and September-November week ends fill up over year in advance. If one week end day is booked already, or I have met my goals for a particular time period, my calendar may be closed to bookings regardless of whether or not the date is open. I don't shoot 3 or 4 weddings per week end.
Because of hot summer weather, dates between July 4th and the second weekend of August will be booked at my discretion, depending on the specifics of the wedding.
What is your payment schedule?
A signed contract and nonrefundable retainer of $750 is required to reserve a date. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the wedding. Credit cards are accepted including for the retainer payment, your final balance and for anything you may add on.
We're having a small / off season / winter wedding ...
Outstanding! These weddings are always enjoyable. Let's talk about the specifics to see if we can put together a custom package for you. There is no "off" season or "off" days. A Friday wedding in September isn't any less work than one on Saturday, nor is a February wedding less work than a June wedding.
Wedding photojournalism ... just a marketing phrase?
My degree is in photojournalism from Syracuse University from the Newhouse school. I worked full time as a staff photographer, shooting tens of thousands of news assignments (seriously). My work has been published in news and consumer publications all over the world. Photojournalism defines my style and my approach to weddings. Interestingly, the concepts I outline here are now being repeated on more wedding photographer's web sites. But you can't just 'decide' you're going to 'be' a wedding photojournalist this week. It's not a template you can buy.
What happens if ...
Mine is a real, full time business and photography is my life-long career. This isn't something done 'on the side'. So preparations have been done, systems are in place and commitment is strong:
- Full top of the line professional equipment with backups.
- Professional image management systems with on and off-site backups.
- Insured with liability insurance that most venues require.
- Experienced, shooting hundreds of weddings and tens of thousands (yes really) of news and corporate assignments.
- Connected to other photographers all over the country.
Who will be shooting my photos?
Me. You're not dealing with a chain studio that sells you a wedding package then looks around for someone to do the work. You'll never get "associates" in my place. And I don't believe in using private Facebook groups to look for $20 an hour second shooters.
We might want to add something to our package...
You can add to your package at any time.
If you need more coverage time, want a book or an engagement session or something else, we can add those under separate invoice any time. You can decide 4 weeks before the wedding that you want more hours of photographer time or 6 months after the wedding that you want an album.
How soon will we see our photos?
You'll have your online gallery within 6 weeks of the wedding. Digital files will be in your hands within 2 to 3 months of the wedding.
How many photos will we get?
As many as it takes. My style isn't based on shooting 1 frame, then moving to the next spot on a check list after sitting down for 15 minutes. A situation is worked until I have what I want. Then I head off to the next situation that needs my attention or inspires me.
The raw images are edited down to the best ones from each situation, comprising 500 to 600 images on average as the the final collection from the wedding day. Images aren't discarded to hit some arbitrary number. You'll get photos from every situation I shoot. Shorter amounts of coverage or simpler weddings will produce fewer photos and a longer, larger events will produce more.
Keep in mind that this isn't a cheaper-by-the-dozen situation. You want quality choices and variations on those choices, a variety of situations shot, not just a promise of thousands of images from a cheaper-by-the-dozen business model.
Do you retouch every image?
My style is very clean, modern and very 'straight' without lots of trendy effects such as making everything look like a faded 1970's snapshot. Or covering everything with a yellow wash. Each image is hand- toned and color corrected for optimal color, contrast, cropping and doing whatever else is needed to make a pleasing image. These are what you'll receive as your digital files and the ones that will be shown in your online gallery.
Book and album images and art prints ordered from me are given my full creative attention and retouching. Local areas of color and contrast, selecting individual parts of the image, are worked to perfection. Skin tones, are gently retouched, keeping you looking real, just better rested. Distracting elements , such as the altar security camera or my nemesis, the exit sign are dealt with. Retouching is always available as an add on service for your basic digital files.
How much experience do you have? Is this a side job for you?
I'm a trained photojournalist, receiving my degree from Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. My career began in the news business, working as a full time staff photographer, senior photographer and photo editor for newspapers for more than 2 decades. I began shooting weddings in the 1980's and to date have shot hundreds of weddings in all sorts of locations, large and small. Full time photography is my life long career. Packed away is a box full of awards from news and journalism organizations as well as from wedding trade groups.
We want pastel looking images. And you should bring some props to use. And we have a Pinterest feed and a checklist of all the photos we want ...
You are hiring a photographer for their style. My style is very clear from the images you see in my portfolios and in my online sites: clean and modern with an eye towards dramatic light when it's available (or when I create it).
The images you see from past weddings are the sorts of images I'm going to shoot and this is my working style. If you want soft focus and pastel or some currently trendy look, I'm probably not the photographer for you.
Regarding lists, we work out a fine-tuned plan for the wedding day, outlining all of the formals and all of the people needed for them. We create a list of "informal formals" as well. If there's something special you are doing or that you'd like me to capture, I need to know. Otherwise working from a checklist, or giving me long lists of group shots, guarantees you won't get the photos you see here on my blog and on my web site. What you WILL have are many group photos and staged photos from your check list. I'm a pro with decades of experience who doesn't need a list from a magazine that says "bride and groom together, ... couple saying their vows ... first dance". Remember, I've done this hundreds of times and I'm a professional.
... is a place for you to figure out what is important to you, the style you like, the tone you want to set. Those Pinterest photos have been curated from the best of the best, worldwide, and in some cases are advertising images shot under controlled studio sessions. I probably won't be photographing your wedding in late afternoon Southern California light on the Pacific Coast Highway. So think about what it is that attracted you to those photos and how that concept relates to YOUR wedding at YOUR venue. Articulate those concepts to me and it will help me in creating your unique and personal wedding photos.
Why don't you use more lighting?
Thank you. Many of my images, receptions, sometimes the getting ready room have been lit, with finesse and an experienced hand. Remember my style: clean and modern. Whatever is needed will be done to make a great looking image with minimal fussing around and moving of equipment. And my cardinal rule is to never mess with great natural light. With my extensive lighting experience and abilities, I'm better able to see and use natural light to its best advantage. Beware the Natural Light Wedding Photographer. They are simply people who don't have the ability to use artificial light, not some sort of artistic purists. Hire the photographer who has the biggest skill set to make great images from your day and handle the many, and any, challenges a fast moving wedding creates.
Is there a travel fee?
Travel is free for wedding photography in much of the Capital, Saratoga and parts of the Adirondack and Hudson Valley regions.
Do you require a meal?
Thank you for your hospitality. It's rare that I sit down and eat a meal during a wedding. I never will consume alcohol on the wedding day. With the way I work, and with the way caterers serve the meal, there is never time to eat. To anticipate your next question: Power bars, lots of them; strategically placed sandwiches; other food and drink that is readily available for a quick boost. Yes, I really go 8, 10, 12 hours this way and have done so for years. So save the cost of paying for a "vendor meal" and rest assured that I'll take care of myself and won't fall over during the toasts.
Though if there is leftover cake, I might be all over it.
Contact Me Today At This Link to talk about your wedding and I'll be back in touch quickly. I look forward to talking with you about your wedding!