How much investment would be needed to avail your services?
I like to work with couples that truly value and appreciate good photography. If you’re looking for someone to replace your uncle Bob who happens to own a fancy camera, i’m probably not the one for you. If you’re looking for an artist, someone with a solid reputation and years of experience who is constantly investing time and resources into learning and enhancing their craft, and constantly evolving as a result, then you’ve come to the right place. Though I understand each couple has a budget to work with, I strongly feel that price should not be the only deciding factor when hiring someone to document one of the most important days of your life. I often hear horror stories of how poorly someone’s wedding images turned out when price was the only deciding factor. Leslie Milk, lifestyle editor from the Washingtonian, sums up my feelings perfectly:
“Here’s the most important thing you need to know about wedding pictures: Book the best photographer you can afford as soon as you set the date. The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die, and you won’t even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception. But the wedding pictures last forever.”
With this being said, since each wedding is unique in it’s own way, I like to meet with every client to learn more about their wedding day and go over different options. Investment can vary greatly depending on the number of days (for multiple day weddings), # of photographers, location, total hourly coverage, number, type, and size of album, number of pages in the album, album options such as cover, page finish, lining, imprinting, number of parent albums, number and size of canvas prints, etc. As you can see, there are many different factors quoting a price. I get too many phone calls where the first thing people ask is "What is your price?" I can not quote a price until I have all relevant information about your wedding. When contacting me, please provide me with the locations, number of hours of photography coverage, how much travel is involved in between locations, and date(s) of your wedding so that I can provide accurate quotes.
we love your work, but can we get a discount?
No. The price is as quoted. I encourage you to shop around and come to me last. I can assure you my prices are very competitive. Am I the cheapest person on the block-no, not at all, but i'm also far from the most costly. Remember, you get what you pay for. As I mentioned before, price should not be your only deciding factor for one of the biggest days in your life. There are no repeats for your wedding. I encourage you to hire the best you can afford. A "no" on the discount is especially true for multiple day weddings. Imagine going to the doctor 3 different times, does the doctor expect to be paid less for working more? Of course not. My multiple day packages are very competitively priced, and while I definitely appreciate your business, at the same time I do not under value myself as an artist. Again, my focus is more on those who appreciate and value good photography. There is a lot more work involved in a multiple day wedding. Working a 2 or 3 day wedding means it will take 2 or 3 times LONGER to process your images to make them look their best. Each and every image is processed, which can add up to many thousands of images when we are talking about multiple weddings in any given month. There is a misconception that our work is done after your event is done. The truth is, as a photographer (and a business owner), the real work begins after the event, and is much more time consuming then the actual event. The post work is not just processing, there are many other tasks involved, such as marketing, social media, working with other vendors as a follow up, blogging, scheduling appointments, emails, album design, etc.
OK, BUT MY GUEST LIST IS VERY SMALL, CAN I PLEASE GET A DISCOUNT?
Unfortunately price is not dependent on the number of guests at your wedding. I frequently get emails stating that "we only have xx number of guests at a wedding, what is your price....". Whether you have 50 guests or 500, you can expect the same quality work. If your wedding only has a few guests, that does not mean that we only bring half of our equipment or that we deliver pictures that are anything short of amazing. I shoot each wedding as if it's a million dollar wedding. All equipment, lighthing, backups, assistants, everything is included whether your wedding is big or small.
How soon should we meet with you, how do we save our date and how does payment work?
Most of my weddings are booked 4-12 months in advance. An early booking can mean savings as prices are subject to change at the end of each calendar year. Dates can fill up quickly, so I highly recommend scheduling a meeting with me as soon as you have your date finalized. A 25% retainer (deposit) along with signed contract is required to hold your date. I can not, under any circumstances, reserve a date without these two things. The retainer is non-refundable as it is payment for me marking my calendar off. The remaining amount is due at least 1 week before the wedding.
Are you Insured?
Absolutely!! I am fully insured to shoot at any venue. As a professional photographer, it would be silly of me not to. Most venues require insurance and I would be happy to provide proof of insurance. The only thing I require is a few weeks notice so that the insurance company can forward the certificate of insurance to the venue.
Did you take all the images I see on your website?
YES!! I get asked this question quite often, so I thought I might as well add this on my FAQ. It wouldn’t make much sense for me to use anyone else’s work. That would be considered stealing and would not represent the work I can deliver. Copyright infringement is illegal and unethical. The type of images you see on my website are the type of images you can expect to see for your own wedding. In fact, this is something to be very careful of when choosing a wedding photographer. Make sure the photographer you choose is genuine and is able to verify images on his/her website are actually shot by them. You can request to see sample albums which show more work from any weddings on the website, or show more images from the same wedding during your consult.
In addition, some photographers setup up “styled shoots” with paid beautiful models, controlled lighting, and a pre-planned beautiful location. NONE of my images on my website are from styled shoots. ALL of them are from real weddings, most of which were shot in a rush because a wedding day is very fast moving and unpredictable. You can never know what to expect in terms of lighting, environment, etc. on the actual wedding day.
Can I provide you with a list of all the photographs that I want?
I never mind a few requests of things that might be important to you, but please keep in mind my style is very natural and I prefer to capture moments as they happen. If I have to be constantly checking a list all day long, I run the chance of missing some awesome moments.
How many images can I expect?
I average about 75 images an hour during an event. This is just an average and not a guaranteed amount. This number can vary depending on the level of activity at the event. Expect even more if there is a 2nd photographer in your package.
When can I expect my images?
An email with a link to download the low res images for album image selection is usually sent about 8-12 weeks after the wedding. Once the images for the album have been selected, final delivery of the album may take an additional 5-7 weeks. The high res images will be included with the delivery of the album.
Are we able to print our own pictures after we receive the digital files?
Sure, although I highly recommend ordering any enlargements through me. Having prints made at your local drugstore, walmart, shutterfly, or target can produce disappointing results. When I release digital files, I run the risk of having my name attached to not so good quality work because these local print kiosks are not calibrated with my monitor. Skin tones will become orange, blacks will not be true black, and images can look green. Simply put, the true to life images I see on my screen will not appear the same when printed. Printing on your own means you are printing at your own risk. I deal with professional print labs whose printers are calibrated with my monitors, which means accurate, true to life color reproduction. I can also provide you with a plethora of finish options other then just glossy or matte.
Do you do any editing/post processing?
Since all images are shot in RAW format (this is a different format from jpg files) each photo needs to have certain processing done before being exported into a readable jpg. All images are processed using Adobe software. As far as retouching goes, I don’t do very much by default, I try to avoid the barbie look. It always helps when brides have skilled make up artists. Of course if something is glaring I will touch it up, or per request. Please check out the blog or main website galleries to get a feel of what your final photos would like like. My post processed images will look natural, vibrant, clean, and crisp. During our consult, we can discuss the editing process in more detail, as well as view some before and after photos.
Do you have a second photographer ?
For most weddings I do have an associate photographer with me. His style is very similar to mine. I feel it is very important to have an additional photographer at a wedding so that scenes can be captured from different perspectives. Having a second photographer also enables two different scenario’s to be covered (for example, both bride and groom getting ready at the same time but different locations). For weddings with over 500 guests, I would highly recommend adding a third photographer.
What is your photographic style?
Do you shoot other events besides weddings?
Weddings and engagement sessions are my specialty. However, I might consider other events depending on the time of year. I might also do family portraits every once in a while depending on availability and time of year.
Can you recommend any reputable videographers or wedding vendors?
Yes! Once you book your wedding or event with me, I will refer you to an excellent videographer. I can also help you locate other vendors if needed.
Where are you located?
I reside in Hamilton, NJ (mercer county). However, I am available for travel anywhere and will also consider destination weddings.
Do you have a studio?
Why should we hire you and not the large studio that has been in business for 20 years?
Most studios will boast that they have been in business for 10, 20, 30 years, but this is only because of a high volume, low price business model. These studios normally employ a large number of “photographers”, 5, 10, or more. These “photographers” get paid hourly or a low flat fee for their time, at the end of the day they’re simply just handing over cards to the studio. These “photographers” have very limited training, no technical knowledge of photography, and lack a creative vision. What you see on the the studio’s website is not necessarily what you will get. This is because each photographer that they employ will have a different style, and, well, your photographer is going to be like a box of chocolates-you’ll never know what you’re gonna get! With me, what you see is what you get. I am available 24/7 to discuss any of my client’s needs and each wedding day is treated as if it were my own.
Do you do videography?
No! Because I am a photographer, not a cinematographer. Photography and videography are two different animals that require different tools and a different set of expertise. I'm sure you've heard of the saying, "Jack of all trades, master of none". That is exactly what you get when you hire anyone providing a "package" deal. The only place where you can find a photo/video “package” is from one of these all in one “studios” I've referenced in the question above. If you truly value photography and or cinematography for you wedding day, I highly recommend booking an independent photographer and an independent cinematographer. If price is your only deciding factor, then the studio will be your best option, however if you are looking for an artist – someone with a creative vision and mastery of the field – then your best option is to hire the independent business people within that field.
What type of equipment do you use?
I use only professional grade Canon equipment, full frame camera bodies, high end lenses (mostly Canon’s luxury line of prime lenses), and lighting. Backup camera’s, memory cards, etc are also always at hand in case of camera/memory card malfunction(which has never happened). I shoot with two cameras at every wedding. Here’s a list of some of the equipment I own:
- Canon 24mm 1.4 L II
- Sigma 35mm 1.4
- Canon 50mm 1.2 L
- Canon 85mm 1.2 L II
- Canon 100mm 2.8 L Macro
- Canon 70-200 2.8 L II
- Multiple 5D Mark III camera bodies
- Multiple 600EX-RT flashes and multiple light modifiers
- Cheetah Light CL-360 and wireless transmitters