HOW DO WE START THE PROCESS OF BOOKING OUR WEDDING?
I book a limited number of weddings within any given month to ensure all of my clients get most our of their wedding photography in term of my time and my creative energy. Because of this, it is extremely important for me to get to know my clients before booking their day. Generally this process begins with either a video chat or a casual meeting over coffee. Once we’ve met confirmed our compatibility I do my best to offer priority to clients I’ve gotten to know but officially I operate under a first come first serve basis.
AFTER WE’VE MET, THEN WHAT?
After our initial meeting (over video chat or over coffee), all that is required to book your date is a signed contract and a 30% deposit. It’s that easy.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK OUR DATE?
Generally no less than six months and up to a year and a half in advance. Basically, once you’ve booked your venue and set your date, you should book your photographer. Dates fill up about 9 months in advance and I just feel terrible when I hear from someone hoping to book just a few months before their big day only to tell them their date isn’t available. So make sure to lock down your date before someone else does!
DO YOU TRAVEL?
For sure!! I’ve shot weddings as far as India and Mexico and all over the U.S. If your wedding is happening outside New York City please don’t hesitate to contact me and tell me all about your plant for your big day so I can customize a travel package that’s right for you.
*For weddings in California travel costs are generally as low as the cost of a plane ticket (around $300).
HOW MUCH CAN WE EXPECT TO INVEST IN OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Every wedding is different so it’s important to me to make sure you get everything you need and want and nothing you don’t. Please email me for a detailed + current price list. Make sure to include, the date, location, size, and any additional details you’d like me to know about your big day. You can be sure that you’ll not only get the most from you investment but that will be tailored to fit you needs and wants.
WHO WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHING OUR WEDDING WITH YOU?
I always work with up and coming photographers who know their craft and create images that complement my style. This means you will never hear me refer to a photographer shooting by my side as an “assistant”. He or she is a simply second photographer. You will always know who I’m bringing before hand. I assure you can trust that whomever it is by my side will always be a complement to my vision and photographic style.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET OUR PICTURES?
It takes about four to six weeks to edit and upload your images to your gallery. Every image that I deliver to you is individually edited so that every image you receive will be the very best it can possibly be. Let’s just say I can take a great photo, but I can work magic when I sit down at my to my digital darkroom
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL YOU DELIVER?
For a typical 8-hour wedding day most couples receive about 550-750 images which tell the complete story of the day. That number varies depending on how many hours are covered, how many guests you have, and of course— the general flow of your day. No two weddings are alike so the number of images will always vary a little but no matter what, your images will honestly and beautifully illustrate the story of your day.
HOW ARE THE IMAGES DELIVERED?
Wedding images are delivered either USB drive or via digital download depending on your package. Engagement sessions are delivered via digital download but can be delivered via USB thumb drive for an additional fee. In addition, every shoot receives a link to an online gallery where images can be shared and printed in a variety of ways. USB drives and digital downloads also include a copyright release for your personal use. Which means, you can share your photos on Facebook and get them printed where ever you like without concern.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Most definitely! My business is covered by Travelers by USAA and has liability coverage for up to $2,000,000.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use Canon digital equipment which are as follows: 5D MKIII, 50mm 1.2 lens, 90mm 2.8 lens, 24mm 1.4, 580EXII Flashes and occasionally I throw the 85mm 1.2 and/or a 135mm 2.0 into the mix if it’s appropriate. Technical speak aside, all you really need to know is that my camera an extension of my hand and I know as such.
DO YOU BRING BACK-UP EQUIPMENT WITH YOU ?
Yes!! If my camera, lens, or flash should fail, I always carry back-ups. Your wedding happens once. There are no redos. I know that, and I have got you covered. You have my word!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE?
I consider myself a portrait journalist. I’m always looking for that decisive moment and sometimes this means I just have to wait with the lens to my eye and my finger ready to click the shutter. Some parts of your wedding will be posed, although I prefer the term “directed”, while other parts will be captured as the action plays out. When it comes to posing (or directing) couples, it’s simply a means to an end. There is a moment to capture and that’s what I’m waiting for. In between my directing you, something happens, there is a moment of authenticity and that is what I will capture. I promise, even if you think you’re the least photogenic person in the world, I promise to show you otherwise.
WE LOVE WHAT YOU DO, BUT WHAT IF WE HAVE AN IDEA OF OUR OWN?
I love to collaborate with my clients! I am always down to try something creative, crazy, or new! Shoot me your ideas and let’s make some pictures together.