Frequently Asked Questions: good stuff to know
What is your turn around time? For albums?
My contract states approximately 90 days from the wedding date. However, I usually deliver earlier than that. The 90 day quote gives me a little wiggle room incase I become ill, have computer trouble, get backed up with other work, etc. If for some reason it will take me longer than 90 days I will be sure to notify you of the delay.
Albums are another story. Once all the photos have been delivered, I will begin work on a rough draft of the album. When the rough draft is completed, I will send you a link where you can view it and request any changes. Since I need a little input from you about how the album is laid out, and the fact that we might go through a few different revisions, I can't guarantee how quickly the album(s) will be finished. But if you're timely in getting back to me, it shouldn't take more than an additional 60 days or so.
What kind of albums do you offer?
My albums come in 4 sizes; 12x12", 10x0", 8x8" and 4x4", with either leather or linen covers. Engraving of the cover is also available. I have sample albums that I'd be happy to show you.
How many images do you deliver?
The final tally on images depends on the kid of day I'm shooting. The longer the day, the more images I'm likely to shoot. For a typical wedding day, I usually deliver between 500-800 images.
Do you backup your files?
Yes! I have multiple on-site backup drives as well as online cloud storage for my files. Your photos are immediately backed up after your wedding, and periodically while I am editing.
Will I be able to see any of my photos before final delivery?
Oh you betcha! While I'm busy processing your photos, I periodically post a selection of them on Facebook as well as my blog.
What is your payment schedule? What forms of payment do you accept? Do you charge tax?
I like to keep things simple. I usually do a 50/50 split: 50% of the total contract amount is due when we sign the contract, the remaining 50% is due when we hold our final meeting (usually 30 days prior to your wedding date. I also do a 25/25/50 split; 25% due with the contract, 25% due about half way to your wedding date, and the final 50% due at the final meeting. Of course I am am open to other payment plans. I want to make it as easy as I can for you!
I accept personal checks and cash. I do not offer a cash discount. All prices are subject to applicable NJ state sales tax (gotta keep Uncle Sam happy).
Will we be able to meet with you before our wedding date?
Absolutely! In fact I insist on it. Our final meeting will take place about 30 days before your wedding date. During this meeting we will go over every hour of the day, discussing how each part of the day will go. I will write down a detailed itinerary that I can follow during the day so that everything goes smoothly. And if any red flags come up during this meeting, it should give us enough time to rearrange things if needed.
Are you insured?
Yes! And if requested I can provide a certificate of insurance to the venue.
What is your shooting style?
I am a candid/photojournalistic photographer. I'm usually standing out of the way, watching the scene and capturing those special moments as they happen. I don't micromanage every shot. I may once in a while ask you to just shoot me a quick smile, and of course I'll give directions during actual posed formal/group shots, but aside from that, I want you and everyone around you to be as natural and in the moment as possible so that the pictures look natural... not forced.
What happens if you can't shoot my wedding?
I would have to be on death's doorstep to miss your wedding! However, if for some reason I am absolutely unable to shoot your wedding, I am part of large network of professional photographers that I can reach out to to cover me.
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? What is your favorite time of the year to shoot a wedding?
It's hard to pick out what part of the day is my favorite. Preparations are always fun. The beginning of the day is always filled with that nervous excitement. Doing portraits allows me to get creative, especially when we're in a unique location which always gets me excited. I guess the reception is probably my favorite part of the day. By then all the hard stuff is out of the way, everyone can unwind and get some food in their bellies... and then it's time to party! That's when the REAL fun happens... thanks alcohol!! ;)
My favorite time of the year to shoot is easy... the fall! I love the cool weather, and if the timing is right, the changing color of the leaves makes for fantastic photos!
Do you drink alcohol on the job?
NEVER! You don't want your photos to come out all blurry now do you? I may join you for a beer at the very end of the night though.
Will you be my actual photographer?
Yes! I personally shoot every wedding I book. My second shooter will vary depending on who is available to tag along with me, but I bring along someone who has a similar shooting style. This assures that all your photos have a cohesive look.
Can I give you a shot list?
Sure! In fact I encourage it if there are very specific shots that you want me to get (Grandma who you rarely get to see, friends from out of town, Uncle Bill doing his signature keg stand, etc.).
What can I do with my photos?
You can do pretty much what you wish with your photos; make prints, share them with others and make backup copies. The only thing you can't do is edit them beyond what I have already done. My work is my calling card, so I would like to keep them as they are presented to you.
Do you bring your own lights?
Yes, and I use them as the situation calls for them.
How do you dress?
FABULOUSLY! Jokes aside, dress shirt and tie, black dress pants and dress shoes. If it's going to be a particularly hot day, I'll swap out the dress shirt for a more comfortable polo.