WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY FAQS
Location & Travel
1. Where do you live and how far do you travel?
I live in the beautiful community of Renfrew, Ontario; a quick 45 minute drive from downtown Ottawa, 2 hour drive to Kingston and Belleville and 3 hour drive to locations like North Bay, Peterborough and Vaughn. Don't worry about your wedding being in or near the city... I am quite accustomed to commuting there regularly for weddings and my pricing includes that.
Coverage, Booking & Inclusions
1. What is your delivery time & how do we get our photographs from you?
Within four to six weeks of your wedding (I personally strive for 2-3 weeks but in the contract it states four to six weeks), I send you a download code which gives you full access to your photographs online. In your private-online gallery, you can download and share. The gallery is password-protected and there are no watermarks or logos.
2. Do we get all of the photographs taken?
Absolutely! The only photographs I do not deliver is the mid-blinking, blurry, repeats or unflattering photos that I KNOW you will not want to have. My average delivery is 650 to 800 photographs but I do not put a cap on how many, it really just depends on the size and duration I am there for.
3. We want to edit our photos... Can we have the RAW files?
I do not send you any RAW (unedited) photographs – you are hiring me for my creative eye & editing style and trust that I send all the right ones. My comprehensive, quality coverage and experience photographing weddings ensures you leave with a story that speaks for itself.
4. How do we secure our date with you & what do you accept for payment?
I send you the contract to be signed. Once the contract is signed a 50% retainer is made. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the wedding.
I accept E-Transfer (most-preferred), Cash and Certified Cheque. Payment installments are available!
5. How far in advance do you book?
For Saturday weddings, which book-up the quickest, I book approximately 12 to 24 months in advance. For Friday and Sunday weddings, I book approximately 6 to 12 months in advance. My busy season is May through to October.
It is guaranteed that I will get inquiries for the same date so if you know that you would like to get in touch with me... Do it as soon as possible as I book on a first come, first serve basis!
6. Do we need a second photographer, and if so who are they?
Every wedding is unique, and for that it ultimately comes down to what your vision and layout is for the day. A second-photographer is especially great if the bride & groom are getting ready in separate locations. For the rest of the day it allows me to focus more on the bride and groom and the second photographer more on the guests and venue. That said, I happily can and do work by myself at several weddings every year. Please do not feel the pressures of the "second-photographer trend" because a GOOD photographer should be fully capable of covering a wedding all on their own unless of course there are particulars to a wedding that require a second person on the job. We will go over the size of your wedding and what best suits your needs.
I have two photographers as my go-to gal's; Olivia Huyer & Bridget McLeod that I sub-contract to assist me when a second-photographer is needed. They are successful wedding photographers themselves, and have been fully-educated on how to follow my style and techniques throughout a day. Your date and location will determine which photographer works alongside me.
Style & Photography
7. How would you describe your style of photography?
I am a documentary wedding and portrait photographer, capturing the mood, emotion, touch, and the unscripted moments as they happen. In simple form, I like to be the fly-on-the-wall for most of the day, and I do just that!... Photographing moments unnoticed. When it is time for portraits I will give you direction as needed, while photographing what happens naturally in front of me.
My mission is to provide the people that come into my life with beautiful imagery that tells THEIR story.
8. Do you photograph family portraits during a wedding day?
Yes of course! I do not share many in my portfolio as posed portraits do not speak for my brand but I LOVE providing my clients with gorgeous, thought-out and well-lit family portraits... They are such an important part to every story. I will help you arrange for them and make them a part of the day that is enjoyable and efficient for everyone involved.
9. Should we send you a list of poses we like?
I expect that since you have made it this far on my website, you are probably intrigued by my work! For that reason I strive for clients who appreciate the creativity process it takes in the documentation of weddings, therefore leaving the creative mind up to the photographer hired, and not copying someone else's work.
10. We are awkward having our photo taken... Help?
Honestly... 99% of my couples tell me they are awkward having their photo taken. Take a deep breath and it will all be okay! I remind my couples of this throughout our time together, and quite frankly these "photo" nerves wear off quite fast once we get going. I will give you direction as needed, while photographing what happens naturally in front of me. You don’t need to be professionals, you just need to be open-minded and remember how much you love one-another.
11. Can you show us a full wedding that has been delivered?
Absolutely! Just let me know you would like to see one and I can send you the link and password to some of the galleries!
12.Can we see the extra photos that did not make the final cut?
Culling is this thing we do that organizes the desirable shots in one group and deletes the undesirables for good. Most of the photos are added to your gallery however some may have a wonky eyed family member or are out of focus, these are the ones I leave out of the group.
13.Can we print our own photos?
You can print your own photos, however I highly recommend ordering your prints through me. It is important to hire a proper specialist to print your images with a proper printer. I get all of my work printed locally in Toronto, and the prints are of the highest caliber & with fine art finishes.
Unfortunately, if your prints do not turn out when getting them printed elsewhere I cannot assist you. Places like Walmart & Costco have certain auto adjustments that are added to the image that will destroy the edit and quality. This is most likely the problem and has nothing to do with the image quality.
14. Can you provide our venue with a certificate of insurance?
Defiantly. Please let me know 2-3 months in advance at minimum to ensure my insurance company has enough time to process and provide the document.
15. What kind of equipment do you use?
I use Canon's professional line of camera gear, Lexar's professional line of SD & CF cards (my cameras two card holders in them each. This means there is a back-up copy of every photo before I even take the cards out of my cameras to upload onto my desktop), back-up hard drives, and more.
16. What happens if you get badly injured before our wedding?
The topic everybody thinks about but does not want to ask... Injury or worse, death! If something tragic was to happen to me before your wedding, a full refund and a list of at least twenty recommended photographers will be provided to you. If I am badly injured but able to communicate with you, I by all means will do everything in my power to either make it to your wedding or do the above and help you as much as I possibly can in finding a replacement photographer. I am apart of several networking groups online and I am sure the community would step-up in such dire circumstances. With that said, I am not a wimp and have never missed a wedding nor plan to. I have photographed a wedding with the flu and another one with an acute strained leg & ankle. My body takes the beating, not you. This is a situation that that I have planned for very carefully as it is the professional thing to do, but hope I never have to use.
17. Do we need to feed you at our reception?
Yes, please and thank you! I require a meal at dinner to re-charge my batteries after working all day.
At dinner, I do not have to sit near you to eat, but please do not seat me in a separate room to eat my food... With me sitting in the same room as you or at a table of guests, I am able to capture the mood, laughter, and details that I would not otherwise be able to. Things like mid-course toasts, kisses and laughter will go un-photographed if I am in a separate room for dinner and for me that is a big part to your story!
18. What happens if we need to cancel the wedding and/or your services?
If for some reason the wedding is cancelled or you need to terminate my services, the retainer and any monies paid before the wedding is non-refundable as I will have turned down other couples for your date.
19. Do you have reviews from past clients?
Let my clients do the talking... Check out what they have to say, here: testimonials
DESTINATION WEDDING FAQS
1. Do you stay for a week or just a couple days?
Minimum requirement is usually 6 nights for the wedding and trash the dress session, or 4 nights for either just wedding coverage or a trash the dress. I like to be there a minimum of one full day before the wedding or trash the dress to get familiar with everything, if possible. Most often I stay for a full week when traveling to Caribbean destinations as it’s much easier and cheaper when booking full week packages. If you are not staying at all all-inclusive, please contact me to discuss the best timeline.
2. How many destinations or weddings have you shot and how many years have you been working as a photographer?
I have shot over 80 local weddings, and I will be photographing my first two destination weddings this upcoming 2018 wedding season.
3. You haven’t shot at my wedding location before – how will you know where to take us for photos?
I will research online before going to any location and provided I arrive a minimum of one day before your ceremony (as recommended), I will make sure to scout the wedding venue ahead time as well. I love shooting at new venues and locations as it gives me a clear vision to be creative!
4. How do we choose where to take photos? Can we leave the resort?
Research! I will spend time looking over maps and researching online to find the most unique places to go with my couples. I will also check into costs and travel time to ensure the day will run as smoothly as possible when going off resort. Generally on the wedding day there isn’t time to leave the resort for photos, but we try and make good use of the wedding location/resort and we leave the fun stuff for the Trash the Dress session. Your TTD session can be as short as a couple hours or as long as a whole day. We always have options and will have our couples give us feedback on what they would like to do.
5. Why should we bring someone instead of hiring the resort or package photographer?
There are definite advantages to bringing your own photographer with you:
- You get to choose the person based on their style and/or price. The resort photographer is provided to you and you usually don’t often get a choice with who, what or how they do things.
- Resort photographers can be very expensive for what you get and sometimes are not worth it. In some cases you pay a base package and then pay per photo on top of that for very limited coverage.
- If you are local to the photographer, you can meet them before to make sure you’re a good fit, or at least chat on the phone/Skype beforehand to discuss your wedding plans.
- Most photographers who travel with you offer a more inclusive package that includes the wedding day coverage and trash the dress, whereas some resort photographers only come for the ceremony and some photos after and no coverage of the getting ready or reception.
- Once you leave the resort, a resort photographer won’t be able to help you in the same way. What if something happens to your disk? What if you want albums or have further questions?
In the end, it’s the couple decision as to how important photography is to them. Looking back 30+ years from now, you will want to have beautiful photographs of your wedding day to show to your children and grandchildren. The biggest regret most people have about their wedding is not taking the time and money to hire the right photographer for their day.
6. How far in advance do I need to reserve my date?
As I tell all couples, the sooner the better! Wedding dates book up fast, sometimes 12+ months in advance. Since a destination takes up more than just one day, it’s important to book once you know your wedding and travel dates, especially during peak wedding season (May-October).