FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Q. When should we book a photographer?
A. If photography is important to you (and you probably wouldn’t be reading my FAQ if it wasn’t!) then booking your photographer is something you’ll want to do as soon as you have your wedding date confirmed. I have many clients planning weddings from out of town who book within a day of getting in touch – I’m happy to video chat or meet in person if you are local!
Q. Our location is really dark/bright/windy/wet – can you shoot it?
A. I believe one of the most important parts of being a wedding photographer is being prepared and having a lot of tools available no matter how the day unfolds. I use many types of lighting and lenses and composition techniques so that I’m ready with ideas no matter if your wedding is on a yacht, in a cave, or in a snowstorm.
Q. Do I have to feed you?
A. Well, I do have to eat at some point. I am not picky and many venues have the option for a “vendor meal” which would suit me fine. You don’t have to seat me with the guests, but I am a lot of fun with old college friends and rowdy coworkers. When possible, I prefer to eat with guests so that I have easy access to toasts, laughter, and general dinner time antics. Plus, then I usually get a dinner roll, my favorite food. (if you want to talk about food, I am a founding photographer for heavytable.com, a local online food magazine)
Q. How long until we will see our photos?
A. Wedding photos are ready in 6-8 weeks and engagement photos in 2-3 weeks. I’ll email you a link to your gallery so you can view and download images, as well as order prints if you wish.
Q. How many photos will we get?
A. The number of wedding images can vary depending on time and events, but typically a full wedding is 500-650 final images. Engagement sessions typically have around 50 unique images.
Q. How do I know how many hours I’ll need?
A. I like to capture the last hour of getting ready photos, and then continue to about an hour of dancing or until your final scheduled events. You probably don’t know for sure how many hours you’ll need when you book me, and additional hours are the most common thing couples add on as they get closer to their wedding date. On average, I am at most weddings for 8-9 hours.
Q. Do you have a second shooter?
A. I bring a second shooter to all local full day weddings (in Minneapolis/St Paul area) and occasionally to other locations depending on logistics. I also shoot many weddings solo each year, and I approach each wedding as though I am the only photographer in terms of documenting the day. All images you see on my site are mine.
Q: Do you travel outside of Minneapolis/Minnesota/the USA?
A: Sure do! I have traveled for destination weddings from Duluth to New Zealand. Travel fees outside of the metro area vary depending on location and date. I am originally from Wisconsin, and I shoot several weddings each year in the Madison area. Travel to Madison is $300 flat rate plus local sales tax.
Q. Do you collect sales tax?
A. Any weddings in MN are subject to 7.75% sales tax, weddings in WI are subject to 5.5%
Q. How do albums work?
A. I custom design all the albums I produce – you can choose your favorite photos and I’ll design the album and send you digital proofs. Once you like the design, albums take about 4 weeks to arrive and get in your hands.
Q. Should we do an engagement session with you?
A. It really depends on what you want! All of my packages have an option to have an engagement session or swap it for something else. If an engagement session works for you, it will be a fun time to get to know each other and make use of locations or weather that would be difficult on your wedding day.
Wedding photos will always be about a specific day, when you were dressed and coiffed and primped just so; engagement photos are about all the other days you spend together.
Q. Can we print the images ourselves? Is there a watermark?
A. I give you the high resolution edited files for your wedding, always without a watermark. You can do whatever you want with them, as long as you enjoy them and you don’t resell them. I do recommend that you have larger prints made at a professional lab (like I use) to ensure good color and archival quality.
Q. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A. I have been a full-time wedding photographer since 2006. I have shot hundreds of weddings, but I’m still challenged and engaged by each one.
Q: Do you use a shot list?
A: The majority of what I do is to document the day that you plan, without a shot list. However, family photos require a plan, so I’ll send you some info about putting together a list.
Q. I want an unplugged wedding, (or I want everyone to use a hashtag and upload all their photos), what do you think?
A. I will defer to you. I am always happy to allow other people to take photos at the wedding as long as it doesn’t keep me from getting the photos that you want. If you want me to keep your guests in line and have the photos move along quicker, I can do a very good “Camp Counselor” voice.
Q. We don’t really like formal photos, do we have to do these?
A. It is your wedding, and we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. You have probably looked through my images and by now you know that the bulk of my work is candid. That said, part of my job is capturing the posed images you want and making sure it is as fun and efficient as possible.
Q. What if it snows/rains/tornadoes?
A. Well, weather is unpredictable. If the weather gets in the way of outdoor photos you wanted, then we we will take some awesome ones inside, or I will pull out the umbrellas and we will have fun in the rain – whatever you want!
Q. What if you get sick and can’t come to the wedding?
A. Honestly, short of being dead, I will do everything in my power to photograph your wedding. If I die, I will not be shooting your wedding, but I try my darndest to insure that a professional photographer who I trust implicitly will.
Q. What cameras do you use?
A. Lots of Nikon digital cameras, the occasional Fuji, and tons of other lenses and flashes. I am happy to tell you all about my equipment I use and all sorts of technical information if you are into cameras. If you are not into camera geekery, then know that I shoot on professional equipment with multiple redundancy.
Q. How do you dress for weddings?
A: I dress in dark dress casual. Between the weird positions I get into for poses and the multiple cameras hanging off me, I can not blend in as a guest. I try to be as unobtrusive as possible, and my dark attire is part of this. I have even been called a “wedding ninja” before.
Q: Do you retouch the images?
A: I edit every image before you ever see it. Usually that includes color correction, some conversions to black and white, and occasional retouching. If you have specific concerns, let me know before the wedding so I can shoot with that in mind. Occasionally, weddings call for some light retouching to fix unexpected blemishes, and I am happy to do that, too.
Q. How do we book you?
A. To hold your date, you’ll need to finish a contract (online) and return the deposit (typically $1000). The balance is due on or before the day of the wedding. If you are ready to book, just get in touch so I can send you the paperwork.
Q: I have a question you didn’t answer!
A: I’m an open book – ask me anything! Just submit an email (below) and I’ll get back to you asap.