Below are the questions we’ve received and answered so far. Something missing? Let me know!
Do you Photograph with an Assistant?
For weddings with more than 75 in attendance, I almost always bring an assistant. It is best to have 2 sets of eyes and perspectives of your special day. Most of all, it allows us to be in 2 places at once. Depending on your wedding package, I may bring an additional photographer. As for most other photo sessions, engagements, and portrait sessions, I work alone unless I feel an assistant is needed.
What kind of equipment do you use?
My workflow is 100% digital starting with pro level Canon photography equipement. Everything is edited on a Mac using the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop. For video, we shoot with DSLR equipment. We have yet to find good quality gear that has the dynamic range of color at a price point that would afford us to shoot weddings and events other than DSLR. Being that we shoot photo and video on DSLR it gives us a wider range of lens choices since the lenses we use work for both photo and video.
Do you shoot in color and black and white?
I shoot everything in color and do black and white conversions in post production. I prefer having control of how the final black and white image will appear. If I let the camera capture in black and white, all of the color data that could have been used to fine tune a black and white image to perfection would have been lost. Shooting in color and converting to b&w in post production is the best method.
Do you provide a CD of my images?
Yes I do but let me explain what I prefer to do for you. Most people want a CD of images so they can print somewhere affordable. I understand this and that is why I want to help you achieve this with out ending up with average looking prints. A Pro Photo Lab produces some pretty fantastic prints. These are prints that you can enjoy for a lifetime and come with pretty amazing guarantees against fading. I always recommend that you order a few prints that can live forever. You probably have a few prints like that in your family from a Parent or Grandparent’s wedding. However, it is not a wise use of your financial resources to order professional prints to give to family members who most likely will stick them on their refrigerator put them in a frame until the next photo you give them. For that purpose, I also offer cheaper prints at comparable rates to what you would find at a standard photo lab. To give you an example: Prints at your local drugstore are probably around $0.20 for a 4×6 and most of the time they look flat. I can print you a vibrant 4×6 for $0.50 that will still look fantastic. My goal is for your photos to look good no matter what and I want to help you with that process regardless of price.
Do you retouch our photographs?
Yes, for any printed prints, photos selected for your album or image files for posting online, we do retouch the images. However, if you are purchasing digital negatives in high resolution, we do not retouch all of the images on the disk. As there are typically about 1200 images on disk (for example in a 6 hour wedding) we do not retouch all 1200 images. As these are digital negatives, they are by definition an image right off the camera so they are not retouched.
Do you shoot more than one wedding in a day?
I have done this once, and it was a lot of work. It worked out because one wedding was over by 2pm and the next was not to start until 5pm. They were both within a mile of each other. In this case, I may shoot more than one event per day but only if there is more than enough time to regroup and make it to the next. If this is not the case, I will not book another wedding on the same day. I do not want to be distracted and I want to assure that I am available to show up early or stay later if my client needs me to, so 99.9% of the time, I will not shoot 2 weddings on the same day.
Do you bring backup equipment to our wedding?
Yes, I bring enough equipment to cover a 50% loss should something go wrong. I have never had a major equipment failure but I have always had backups. It is easier to change out a piece of equipment than it is to troubleshoot it. I can do that when I get back to my office.
How far do you travel for weddings?
There really is no limit to the distance I will travel. I have been lucky enough to shoot weddings all over California and even shot a wedding in Hawaii. People understand that the one thing you have left after your wedding is over is the photos so trusting that to a photographer they don’t know or may not get to meet until their wedding day is a huge risk. Traveling long distances may require me staying in a hotel or even flying to the destination however I prefer to work that into the price so that it works for both of us.
Do you shoot destination weddings?
I do. I have photographed destination weddings in Hawaii, Yosemite, Carmel, Monterey and San Francisco. Sometimes the destination is a location that is near me, for example, I shot a wedding in Yosemite of a couple that was from Boston. They love Yosemite and decided to get married there. I am about 2 hours from Yosemite so I was a good fit for them. Other times I have had to fly to the location and spend a night or two in a hotel due to the travel distance. Choosing your destination wedding photographer is an important decision. I would rather work out a price works for both of us so that you get the photos you desire.
Do you offer discounts for Friday and Sunday Weddings?
I understand that people are booking their weddings on Fridays and Sundays often to save on costs. My wife and I had a Friday wedding, which ended up being cheaper but our church could not support a wedding on Saturday evening because they have a Saturday night service. Anyhow, I understand that cost is a huge issue with planning your wedding. When I shoot a wedding on a day that I typically would have spent with my wife and boys I make up for it by taking another day off during the week. I love spending time with my wife and kids. I feel it is the most important thing I can do with my time. With that said, I choose to take a day off over offering a price discount. I will however offer you some special add-ons to make up for it, because I want this to be a win win for both of us.
How do you protect my wedding photos from the moment you take them to the time you deliver them to me?
This is an excellent question, I am glad you asked it. I backup everything and keep offsite backups of wedding photos until a couple of months after I have delivered everything to you. My process is actually so robust that I posted about it on my blog.