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Q How would you define your style of photography?
A → In Dirk Halstead’s book, Moments in Time Photos and Stories from One of America’s Top Photojournalists, Halstead declares photojournalism’s main purpose “is to record true-life events as the unfold; to act as a historical record.  Photojournalism is really all about telling a story.”

I incorporate a point of view and aesthetic that is rooted in photojournalism.  I want to tell the story of your day as it unfolds.  That means capturing all of the moments, details, and people that make your day unique and special in an unobtrusive and spontaneous way.

Forming a bond and trust with my clients is also an important aspect of the process that I use to capture your wedding.  In addition to an initial in-person consultation, I encourage my clients to take advantage of an engagement session.  This allows you to get comfortable having your picture taken and more importantly it allows all three of us to get comfortable with each other.  Being comfortable in front of the camera will allow us to produce the best product possible on your wedding day.

Q How can we go about booking you for our event?
A → Upon the receipt of a signed contract a 50 percent retainer fee to secure your wedding date will be due.  The retainer fee will be applied towards your balance, which will be due two weeks before the date of your wedding.

Q Do I receive a copy of the high-resolution digital files?
A → Yes.  High-resolution jpeg files will be delivered on an archival DVD or USB drive and have been color corrected and edited in Photoshop prior to being delivered.  The high-resolution jpeg files include personal use rights.  I retain the copyright to every image that I take.  However, personal use rights allow you to use the images for personal printing and anything else deemed as personal use.  In addition to receiving high-resolution jpeg files I will also supply web size images for Facebook or any other web use.

Q How long before we can see our photos?
A → Your photos will be posted online in a password-protected gallery within eight weeks of your wedding.  Online galleries will be available for six months and will include the option to order prints from a professional photo lab on archival paper.

You will receive high and web resolution jpeg files in conjunction with the delivery of your flush mounted wedding album, within 12 to 16 weeks.  In the event that you do not order an album, files will be made available within 12 weeks.

The timeline listed is my committed time by which you will receive your pictures.  However, depending on the time of the year by turnaround time can be faster than the timeline listed.

Q Tell me more about albums?
A → All albums are handcrafted flush mounted and made with the highest quality materials and construction.  Album pages are made with Kodak professional paper and Noritsu printers.  Covers are offered in 27 different materials including 13 fabric choices, 5 leather choices, and 9 leatherette choices and album covers include a custom recessed image.   I bring swatch samples to all client consultations and an example of a finished album.

Album design and layout is unique to your wedding and the images captured from it.  I design (depending on the wedding) 15 to 25 spreads that I will present to you during an album consultation about 8 weeks from your wedding date.  At the consultation you select 12 spreads from the 15 to 25 presented; album price includes 12 spreads or 24 pages that include 40 to 50 photographs.  Additional spreads over the included 12 billed are $65 per spread.

Q How do you approach formal portraits?
A → Unless you request otherwise, I work closely with you to develop a list and organize these groupings before the wedding.  I try and photograph many of the portraits before the ceremony so that you can get to your reception faster.  Also, I suggest doing a first look with your partner before the wedding.  The combination of better lighting, less stress, and more time produce the best results.  Generally, I’m able to complete the remainder of the formal portraits in about 30 minutes after your ceremony.  Also, designating someone to gather family and friends for formals helps speed things up.

Q Will you travel?
A → Yes. I love to photograph destination weddings.  My passport is up to date.  Contact me to talk more about your destination and to get a quote.

Q Do you have backup equipment?
A → I bring two Canon 5D Mark II bodies to all weddings along with multiple lenses and flashes.  In the event that a piece of equipment were to fail, I can continue working without any interruption.

Q Do you provide coverage in case of an emergency?
A → I will make every effort possible to make your wedding.  In the event that I am not able due to an extraordinary circumstance, I will arrange a qualified substituting professional photographer.

Q How many photos do you take and how many photos do I get?
A → Generally, for a six-hour wedding there are approximately 1,000 to 1,500 pictures taken. The total number edited photographs generally range from 300 to 500.

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