Commonly asked questions and their answers
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Planning a wedding takes a lot of research, discussion, more research... it can quickly become stressful blur! I want to make my part easy for you, because I know you already have enough to juggle. I'm sure you have a LOT of questions too. I've taken the liberty of answering some of those questions here. Hopefully these answers can help you along the journey of picking the wedding photographer that's right for you. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't be shy!
Coverage and Travel
So, what are your prices already?
I have put together different collections based on what type of photography session you’re looking for. Please click here to give me more information, so that we can go over your needs, and decide together which one works best for you.
Do you do engagement sessions?
Absolutely! I love engagement sessions. Please note that most sessions will need to take place during the week due to weekends being reserved for weddings, but there are occasional availabilities. I do most of my sessions within an hour of Denver, but I am available to travel if that is what you prefer! Travel rates may apply, depending on where you would like the session to take place.
Do you work with a second photographer?
Yes and no. I normally shoot weddings solo, but have worked with second shooters as well. I am able to cover most events by myself, and a second photographer isn't needed to fully document the day. If your wedding has a lot of moving parts, a large guest list, or anything else that would benefit from having multiple photographers, I do have the option to add one to your collection (an extra person is extra, after all!) You can add a second shooter when you book, or choose to add one later.
Where are you based, and will you travel for our wedding?
I've called Denver, Colorado home for 5 years and don't see myself leaving any time soon. That said, I’m extremely comfortable traveling - it’s one of my hobbies. I have the ability to actually fall asleep on long flights, and am very fluent in road trips (if your snacks don’t look like an unsupervised 9-year-old picked them out, you’re doing it wrong!). Rest assured that if you commission me to cover your destination wedding, then you are hiring someone very experienced with travel. I have wedding collections built to include travel to your part of the world, please click here to get more information and pricing based on where your wedding will be!
We saw a super cool location, and want to be photographed there on our wedding day. Do you know if a permit is needed?
The quick answer is that I'm not sure. If the place you want to be photographed is at your wedding venue, the chances are slim that any additional photography permits will be needed. If you are leaving the venue, a new location may require a photography permit. If we try to shoot in a location that requires a permit and we don't have one, we will be asked to leave. I don't want that to happen to us! When the use of a permit is required, it is the client's responsibility to obtain it, not the photographer's. If you have any questions about specific locations, just let me know and I will help you figure out if a photography permit is necessary.
How long does it take to get our images back?
Online galleries are posted within three weeks of your wedding date. I will send you an email with the login information to your gallery, which gives you access to the high-resolution files that you can begin viewing and sharing immediately. Albums typically take 6 weeks.
How does the online gallery work?
The gallery is a private, password protected website where all of your photographs will be placed for you (and your family and friends) to view and download. It is also a secure shopping cart - you, and anyone you share your gallery with, can order prints from my preferred lab without having to go to an additional site. To share your gallery, you simply provide your login information to anyone who you want to be able to view the images.
Are our digital files watermarked?
They are not. Your high-resolution files are yours, and therefor will not bear any watermarks.
How many pictures will we receive?
The final number of photographs will vary due to many things; how many hours of coverage there were, how big the guest list was, types of events, hours of dancing, etc. My average ranges from 40-50 photographs an hour, but the numbers will of course be different for every wedding depending on the day itself. If you have any questions about image quantity, I'd love to hear more about your plans so that I could provide you with a more detailed explanation.
Do we get the copyright of the images?
Many photographers will include a "copyright release" in their contract, which gives the client (you!) a printing release so that you may print them at home or have a lab print them for you. It is not the same as owning the copyright! In a nutshell, selling or obtaining "the copyright" itself isn't possible, but you will have the ability to print and share the images as much as you'd like!
Do we receive the raw, unedited files of our images?
Much like the copyright, raw files are unavailable for purchase. That would be like asking your wedding dress manufacturer for the leftover fabric scraps! The images delivered are ones I've carefully selected as the absolute BEST from your day. Please rest assured any images that were not delivered were outtakes! If there are a handful of similar images, ie. you laughing with your best friend from college, I'm going to choose the best one, and anything that is a duplicate simply isn't saved. Beyond that, photos that may not be included would be an eyes-closed, person-walking-in-front-of-the-camera, or something that just doesn't work.
Which print lab do you use?
I use and love White House Custom Color. They're quality is consistently outstanding, and I haven't found any lab that I like better.
Can we print the images ourselves?
They are your images. If you'd like to print them yourselves, please feel free to do so. If you would like professional quality prints, I highly recommend printing through my lab, they have a rigorous quality control process, and I whole-heartedly trust them to give you an outstanding final print. If that is what you prefer, I do charge a minimal fee over their production cost. I'm not in the business to sell you prints at outrageous prices, I'm in the business of creating beautiful images that you can have as keepsakes. That being said, I can only guarantee the quality of a product that I know and trust. I cannot guarantee that your images will be consistent with paper quality, color, or clarity if you choose to print them elsewhere.
Business & Details
Can you hold a date for me?
I'm very sorry, but I cannot "hold" a specific date for anyone. To be fair to all of my clients, dates can only be reserved with a retainer and a signed contract. I accept bookings on a first-come/first-served basis.
What is your payment schedule?
A $1000 retainer is due upon booking to reserve your date. 50% of the balance is due 90 days before your wedding date, and the final balance is due 30 days before your wedding date. I'll send you a friendly email reminder when your payment is due. I do require the full amount of payment due before your wedding. Any overtime or upgrades beyond your wedding contract will be due after the wedding and before your final images and album (if included) are delivered.
What if I need to cancel my wedding? Is the retainer refundable?
The retainer and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that I will not be anywhere else than with you on your wedding date, that I hold that date exclusively for you, and once we have signed our contract, I turn down all other commissions for that date.
When should I book my wedding with you?
ASAP. As I previously mentioned, I cannot hold any dates and once its booked...its booked.