• What is your style?
My style tends to lean heavily towards traditional wedding photography which includes portraits of the bridal party, family close-ups, and full length as well as candid photos that tell the story of the day, but with the main focus on the bride and groom. I have found that this is the style that suits most weddings and most people. I also touch on photojournalism, illustrative and creative wedding photography techniques. A good blend of shooting styles captures a little something that appeals to most everyone and a good photographer never misses what works best for a particular shot, location or situation.
• Do you have backup equipment and a backup photographer for illness?
I carry backup equipment in case of a malfunction or equipment failure. There is nothing more important to me than capturing your day in photos. These things do happen from time to time, so rest assured I come prepared and will be able to keep shooting no matter the situation.
In the 20+ years that I have been photographing weddings, I have never missed a single one. In the event of an illness, a trusted, trained professional will be brought in. Your day will not be missed for any reason!
• How much is my deposit and when is it due? Is it required? What happens after I pay it?
I require one third of the total price at the time you book your wedding, non refundable. The remainder is to be paid 30 days before your wedding day. One thought to keep in mind when searching for a wedding photographer is, if your budget is small, you will be choosing from the second and third tier wedding photographers. Unfortunately, when you are limiting yourself to a smaller photo budget you can usually expect lower quality photographs or lack of experience. Once the deposit has been paid, this ensures that your date is booked.
• How far should in advance should we book the day?
Typically 6-12 months in advance as soon as you have a date and venue. If you’re not the 'plan way in advance' type of guy or gal, fret not. Check with me for availability. Once in a while, I do have last minute cancellations freeing up a day.
• What is your payment policy?
Cash, check, PayPal and credit cards are all accepted. If paying by credit card, this can be done through PayPal. All you do is click pay now, select pay by credit card, and input your information. It's safe and secure. I never see your card number or have any access to it. This is my preferred method for credit cards so that both of us know your information is kept secure. It really is the safest way to pay by credit card. This can be handled at the time of booking your date if this is the way you want to make your deposit or payment. See our payment section under services.
I do NOT accept tips, nor expect them. If you really feel a tip is necessary, give it to your favorite charity! :)
• Do you offer packages?
Some photographers offer "Packages," each package having a set number of hours, images, and certain number of final pictures or even an album. I used to do this also. I have migrated to one price, and one package only. It covers the entire day, no limits, no restrictions and frees me to be 100% completely focused on you, your day, and the task at hand, without worrying if a certain photo falls into a preset package category that you purchased. There are no limiting package restrictions to cause me any distractions. This, in my opinion, frees me to be 100% quality driven. My job is simply to capture the most amazing photos possible of amazing people.
• Do you shoot RAW or JPEG?
Both. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos. I extract the JPG's from my RAW files in Photoshop and edit those. I prefer this method because it allows me to have the security of RAW while getting all the great color, contrast, and vibrancy of an in-camera JPG. I then upload the JPG's to my website for delivery to my client. You can download them once a link is sent to you. I do not sell RAW files to clients as the majority of people can't even open them, therefore having no use for them.
• How long will it take to get my digital negatives after the wedding?
30 days minimum... I'll send an email with a progress report and a time your images can be picked up. It's worth the wait, just like your wedding night, I promise.
• How many photographers will be at my wedding? Will it be you?
Yes, it will be me. You are hiring me to shoot the wedding, not another photographer working under my name. I usually shoot with an assistant / second photographer with rare exceptions. This frees me up to focus on shooting and looking for those special moments while ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss any important ones. The second shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day. It also yields more photos to you the client. It's a win win situation all around, for both of us. Only in the case of an extreme emergency or illness would I not be there. But in 20+ years I have never failed to make a wedding date.
• Do you need to visit my ceremony or reception site?
I almost always attend the rehearsal, but not the rehearsal dinner. (I consider the rehearsal dinner quality family and friends times not needing the intrusion of a photographer.) I like to have a strategy worked out before the principal photography takes place. This is optional and I do not charge for this. It helps us get to know each other a bit better beforehand, as well as lets me see who is going to be where, and the layout of the location. I can then make the best decision on where I need to be during the actual ceremony. This also allows me to meet the officiant and be made aware of any photography rules there may be. In my opinion, this helps to make the quality of the ceremony photos the best that they can be.
• Do you charge travel fees?
If there are more than 50 miles to travel in Indiana, then a travel expense will be added and you will know what that is up front. Depending on the miles to travel, it starts at $50 after 50 miles from Indianapolis. This will need to be discussed in advance and quoted before booking your day.
• Where can I view samples of your work?
• How many images will we receive?
This one is hard to estimate. In the days of film 5 - 7 rolls of 36 exposure was standard, unless you opted for medium format, and that varied from photographer to photographer. Now with digital, and usually an assistant shooting, the numbers sometimes are 1000 or more. It's really tough to nail this down to any one number. Do keep in mind that I am quality driven and prefer that to quantity, but yeah, it's going to be a few!
• Can I print my images wherever I like?
Once you have downloaded your digital negatives, you are free to print them wherever you like and as many as you like. Money may be a concern, especially after a pricey wedding and prints can wait until the time is right for you. This is the beauty of what you get here. :) You aren't forced to buy prints from me.
• Do you back up my images?
Yes - There is a $100 charge for a duplicate set of digital negatives in the event yours are lost. Please archive responsibly.
• How many weddings have you photographed? How many years?
I stopped counting after 50 and I am well over 20+ years of weddings and portraits. I hope this doesn't give away my age too much...
• Website sample usage? Copyright? Publishing?
Yes, as your professional wedding photographer, I will retain copyright of all your wedding images, and I always provide a copyright release for you allowing unlimited personal use and printing of your wedding photos. However, I respect your privacy and I will never insist on retaining any right to publish photos of you or using them for samples against your wishes or without your blessing. But I hope you’ll agree that your photos are awesome enough to share and to use on our website and in our marketing and advertising campaigns! After all, samples from others who agreed are what you are viewing. :)
Copyright stuff is pretty serious and dull, and I can’t really make any good jokes about it. Bummer.
• How much time should I schedule for photographs?
This is mostly up to you, but usually a couple of hours before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests at the reception. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.
The reality is though, in order to get quality photos of you with family, friends, and the bridal party, as well as photos of just the 2 of you alone, please allow a minimum of 1 hour for formals. We also typically capture formal photos of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride / groom separately before the ceremony when possible. If you allow some time between getting ready and the actual ceremony, this will save time after the ceremony.
Keep in mind that falling behind with your schedule is very detrimental on how many images you may receive. As you can imagine, delays can be stressful for you and won’t be very fun. There will always be something that will come up that will cause you to rearrange your plans. If you allot additional time between organizing your day, you’ll be in a much better place when the unforeseen happens. Hair and Make-up are notorious for consuming more time than planned. Additionally, some tasks that may seem small could potentially take much longer than anticipated. Late bridal party members, late flowers, someone forgetting something, etc can all cause the schedule to come to a pause. I have experienced it all at one time or another. Please plan accordingly when planning the day. Remember, you will be looking at these photos for the rest of your life.
• How much time will you spend at my wedding?
I provide full day coverage, but it is really up to you. You may just want a few hours of photography, with a few formal photographs and some pictures of the ceremony. You might want a simple courthouse session. This is all worked out in the email sessions when booking.
• Should our event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Is there an extra charge?
Since I provide full day coverage, I do not charge by the hour. Again, I am usually there from the moment you start getting ready until we say goodnight.
• Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Never. You have us for your entire wedding day. If I were able to clone myself, I would insist he would be my assistant for your day.
• Will you accept a list of shots that we would like taken? Do you honor special requests?
It's your day and we are there to help capture it to your liking. We work with you and the wedding party to pose your formals both at the ceremony and at the reception. I consider special requests to be a part of your purchase, and I will make every effort to work them into the photography schedule. I also work with the dj and officiant to be in the best possible location throughout the event.
• What is your policy on taking breaks? Meals?
I have never required, or even preferred, a meal break. I typically take a couple of very short breaks during quiet moments to have water or soda and a sometimes a small snack. I prefer not to sit and eat a large meal while working because I don’t want to miss anything. Besides, I sometimes like to have a nap after I eat, and it’s hard to find a good spot for that at a wedding.
• Some photographers ask that no one else take pictures during the formal photography. Is that reasonable?
Yes. As I am trying to work quickly through a series of formal pictures, a snap-shooter usually slows the process. The problem arises when there are several cameras aimed at a formal group - the subjects will be looking at different lenses. The diverted attention will ruin the picture. Or, if I am using a light-sensing trigger device ("slave") on a second flash, other flashes will trigger this flash, ruining the pictures (that you are paying for) and wasting precious battery power. I have no problem letting people snap away after I am certain I have the shot. I ask that guests should show respect for the bridal party and myself and put down their cameras until I have finished with a particular shot, then they can snap away to their hearts content.
• What are the advantages of hiring a professional?
A professional photographer will be timely - arriving at your wedding promptly, and getting the results to you on time. A professional has just the right equipment for photographing your wedding. Having attended many weddings, an experienced wedding photographer will be at ease at your wedding. A professional uses a color laboratory that is in the business of meeting high professional standards of print quality. And, a professional is used to working with individuals, couples, and groups to make the formal photography go smoothly. When you think about the cost of photography, remember that the photographer's fee is only part of your investment. You, your parents, your extended family and your friends will be investing time with the photographer during your wedding. Don't waste time on your wedding day with a photographer who won't produce results you love! Remember, you will be investing in photos that will be with you for the rest of your lives!
• I loved working with you! How can I help others find you?
Word of mouth is a good form of appreciation, and we do appreciate it. Give out the web address and tell anyone that would find the information here useful. Go out and be our cheerleader! :)
Wedding Lifespan - The most Important day in your life.
• Officiant - 1 Hour
• Cake Cutting - 2 hour
• Preparation - 3 hours
• Music / Band / DJ - 4 Hours
• Reception - 6 Hours
• Food - 6 Hours
• Ceremony - 7 Hours
• Decorations - 7 Hours
• Dress - 12 Hours
• Flowers - 12 Hours
• Stationary - 4 Months
• Gifts - Lifetime
• Rings - Lifetime
• Albums - Lifetime
• Photography - Lifetime