Time to sort out all of the information you've been collecting!
Below are answers to common questions that will give you a better idea of how I work and what to expect.
What makes you different than everyone else?
We all experience the world differently and that is art's great strength. When all is said and done, my goal is to capture the 'human experience.' It's a simple concept but very difficult to achieve. Whether it's a romantic moment, a funny expression or an interesting gesture, it all makes up the dance of life...and is ultimately what makes a timeless photograph.
Do you bring a 2nd photographer &/or assistant?
Nope. I photograph all of my weddings solo and actually prefer to work alone. Contrary to popular belief, neither quality nor quantity is compromised with this approach. Remember: it's all about the final product and what you need to best achieve what you're hired to do. Some photographers need to bring along another person to do that, but I am 100% comfortable on my own.
How should we go about planning a 'Life Session?'
This is a great opportunity to explore what is special to you and your fiancee. Forget what you've seen online and what your friends have done and, instead, let's tell your story. What places are near and dear to you? Is it your home? A favorite restaurant/bar? A park? The lake? etc, etc (you get the idea). Let's start there and then we'll work together to come up with a plan that best suits you.
Is Unlimited coverage really what it sounds like?
Pretty much. However, though, I make the final call on the details. After we go over the timeline, I figure out the best time for me to arrive and then I typically stay until the end of the wedding.
Do you photograph accessories, decor, and family group photos?
How much time should we reserve for wedding party photos? Do you have location ideas?
Depending on the location of your wedding, as well as the day-of logistics, an hour will usually suffice. Ultimately, it's all personal preference, but I don't recommend going to too many spots. You want to reserve enough time to get some great shots, but you don't want to be exhausted by the time you get to the party!
Do we get every photo taken? If not, how many should we expect?
Not every photo, but as many as possible. I go through all of the images and remove any that are blurry, awkward, redundant, etc and provide you with the ones that remain. I essentially try to give you as many as possible without sacrificing quality. As for the total amount, there are a lot of variables that can affect that, so the final number varies from wedding to wedding. That said, it's safe to expect a bare minimum of 600 finished photos from a 10 hour day (however, it's usually much more than that).
When will we see our pictures?
Turnaround time is typically around 4-6 weeks after the wedding date.
How long will our online gallery be available for?
Indefinitely. So, no rush.
What package do most people get?
I wish I could say that one package consistently stands out, but that isn't the case. Everyone is different and so item choices tend to be all over the place. We can talk more if you're unsure of what options are best for you.
What if we lose our photos one day? Do you keep a backup?
Yes, but they are only at the recent technology of the time of the wedding. I can't stress enough the importance of making your own set of backups after you receive your photos.
Do we need to meet with you before moving forward?
Only if you want to! I'm always up for it, but it's not a requirement :-)
How do we take the next steps?
If you decide you want to move forward, let me know so I can hold the date (reservations are first come, first serve). After that, we just need to sign an agreement and take care of a retainer and then you'll be all set!