When we're deciding on a professional photographer for our event, where should we start?
You should start by determining what you like. Every photographer's style is different, and will be a better match for some personal aesthetics than for others. Is your event going to be formal, casual, fun, bright, dark, fluorescent, old-fashioned, colourful, busy, beautiful, mysterious, cold, or warm? You should find a wedding photographer who matches your personal style, and who complements your personality. Your event photographer should be someone you like and feel comfortable with, someone you trust to capture your special day.
What is your wedding day philosophy?
My philosophy is: "Your wedding...your way!" It's a wedding, not a modeling session. I believe that the event shouldn't be about the photography, the photography should be about the event. If you want to evoke the best memories of your wedding day, you should have photos of what really happened, not staged photos the photographer made happen. This is my goal: to capture the moments that will last a lifetime. When you want incredible photos, but don't want to sacrifice your day for the sake of a photo shoot, give me a call.
How will you blend in at our wedding?
I will do my best to be as unobtrusive as possible. While some wedding photographers prefer wide-angle lenses, and are always in your face to get the right shot, I prefer a less invasive style. The majority of the time, I use long-angle lenses, so I'm a fair distance away from my photographic subjects. This allows me to acquire amazing candid shots of your day and your guests, without getting in the way of your celebration.
What is the very best thing about your style of wedding photography?
The best thing about my style is that it adapts to give you exactly the sort of photographs you want. If you want pictures of yourself looking at the camera, you need only look at the camera. If you want beautiful, romantic pictures, you need only be romantic. If all you want is fun pictures with your family and friends, all you have to do is have fun with your family and friends. All you have to do to get the sort of pictures you want is to be yourself.
What is Wedding Photojournalism?
The dictionary defines photojournalism as telling a story using photographs. In wedding photography, photojournalism is used to describe the use of photographs to document wedding day events exactly as they happen. Your wedding album will be a visual storybook, retelling the story of your event for years to come.
Can we view the proofs of our photographs online?
Of course you can! I have a wonderful password-protected online viewing site, which allows you to view a slideshow, compare images, zoom in on pictures, share your photos with your family and friends, and save your favourites. Access to your online proofs is provided for one year and is included in all packages at no extra cost.
Do you act obnoxious towards the bridal party to get a reaction for the photos?
Absolutely not. Your wedding day is all about you, not about the photographer. I want to capture your real attitude and emotions, not staged reactions. I want you to be able to look at the photos and remember how you felt in the moment, not what the photographer said or did in the moment.
What kinds of albums do you offer?
I offer only the best quality, top of the line coffee table books and lay-flat flush-mount albums. These albums are available in a wide variety of materials, sizes, colours, and covers. The prices run between $240 and $600. All of the albums I offer are guaranteed archival. Your wedding album will tell the complete story of your wedding; it wont just be a "posed people picture" book.
Can you add text to the pictures in our album?
Yes, but I strongly advise you to keep the text to a minimum. Don't overdo it. Often, the use of borders and text in an album only serves to distract the viewer from the photographs themselves, and reduce what should be a timeless and elegant heirloom classic album to little more than a scrapbook or magazine advertisement. I aim to work with you to make sure your album maintains its elegance, and its focus on showcasing your wedding. Typically, we prefer to limit wording to between two and three sets of lyrics, verses, or vows.
Do Black and White or Sepia prints cost more money than regular prints?
No, although producing them does require more time. I use the best professional photography software available to create those colour effects. Sepia, in particular, is an old-fashioned look, and is typically light brown in colour. I take a more modern approach, using darker-toned browns to add warmth to the photographs.
My ceremony and/or reception location will be dark, is this a problem?
This isn't a problem for me! I do not and will not dictate how your event should be lit, and I won't adjust the lighting you establish. I've even covered a number of events lit only by candlelight. However, we may want to discuss some examples of how the images will look under your preferred lighting, in case you want to change your lighting strategy to get a different look.
What type of equipment do you use?
I only use professional top-of-the-line DSLR equipment, with multiple camera setups and top-quality lenses. I do not make use of consumer or prosumer models. This allows me to ensure a wide variety of unique and multidimensional image styles, and gives me the flexibility to capture each and every unique detail of your wedding. I have the equipment to get the job done right.
How do you handle rules and restrictions at my church or synagogue?
I always follow the rules and restrictions of a given venue religiously, and I have never had any trouble getting the job done within the provided parameters. Most locations do not want the wedding photographers to interrupt, be intrusive, or use flash photography during the ceremony, and I respect those restrictions. With the use of my remote-controlled and long lens cameras, I can cover the ceremony in full, while maintaining an unobtrusive distance. That said, it is always helpful to know of any special requests or requirements ahead of time. For example, some churches only allow the wedding photographer to take pictures from the balcony, not from the main floor. This will limit the variety of images I can capture during the ceremony itself. Be sure that you know and relay to me the rules and/or parameters of your venue prior to booking, so I can tell you what to expect.
How many photos will you take?
I will take enough pictures to cover your event properly, which typically means between 150 and 200 pictures per hour. Photographers who set up every shot use a lot less exposure. In contrast, the nature of my photojournalistic style inevitably creates some wasted shots, but ensures a wider pool of images to choose from for your photo enlargements, reprints, and albums, which allows you to choose the best of the best.
Does having a smaller wedding mean we'll get less photography coverage?
Not necessarily. While intimate weddings may take less time overall than a larger wedding would, it often means I can cover both the events and each individual person's emotions more extensively.
When is payment due?
A 20% deposit is required to hold your wedding date. The balance of payment is due on or before your wedding day.
Can you provide references?
Absolutely! I can provide you with written references, or if you prefer, we can put you in touch with several of our previous clients.