QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I want to be your wedding photographer. I love what I do and I will hard for you. I feel that the quality of my services and products are high quality and fairly priced in today's market. All other things equal, you are hiring someone that you can trust to do what they said they's do and perhaps a bit more. I hope that you read through these questions and make the right choice for you.
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
This is ia fair question to ask your prospective wedding photographers and I think it'll be even more helpful to you, if you have tried to narrow it down to your top two or three choices first. That way, you are weighing your decision on their response versus other factors that may or may not be as important to you. Given that all other things are equal, I think that I stand out due to my ability to adapt to changes and circumstances and my tireless energy and passion for what I do.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
This is something that I haven't totally pinned down myself, but from what I know, I could be described as a blend of an editorial and documentary style wedding photographer. I think that a good wedding photographer needs to know how to utilize different techniques, but yet be consistent in quality. The inspiration for my photography, I would say comes from my love of all The Arts rather than just one aspect of it.
DO YOU WORK WITH A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER OR ASSISTANT?
I have used a few second photographers in the past, but I prefer to shoot weddings by myself. Instead, I find it useful for larger venues to hire an assistant that helps me with my gear and light setups.
ARE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS INCLUDED WITH ANY OF YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES?
Enagement sessions can be added on to any package. I have priced them both ways in the past. Those services aren't typically needed for Maine destination wedding clients, so I have them as an option only.
ARE ALL THE DIGITAL PHOTOS YOU SHOOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGES?
Yes, the digital files are included in the package pricing. You can order prints right through your ShootProof Wedding Gallery.
DO YOU OFFER ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES OR PRICES?
Yes, I would be happy to hear about the details of your planned elopement and provide you with a quote. Just fill out and submit the quote form and I'll be back in touch soon.
HOW LONG AFTER MY WEDDING WILL IT TAKE TO GET ALL OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
Typically, I can deliver your images to you within 30-45 days. Since I do all my own editing, there are times when I have more than one wedding to process, so it could take a little longer. I should be able to tell you within a few days, when I'll have them ready for you. You will get a few images and a sneak peak within 48hours after the wedding.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
I can accept a credit card for the deposit to reserve your date. After that, I prefer payment by check. I will consider other options if requested in advance to the signed contract.
DO YOU OFFER ANY TYPE OF DISCOUNT FOR OFF-PEAK SEASON OR WEEKDAY WEDDINGS?
I don't offer discounts, but you can submit a quote request and I will try to work with you on it.
DO YOU INCLUDE RETOUCHING SERVICES?
Yes, all the images that you receive will be lightly edited to improve the color and contrast. and any other effects that I feel warrants the photos. Also, I will retouch portraits for minor flaws. Extra charges may apply for additional time.
WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK AND WHY ARE THEY SO POPULAR?
A First Look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony and their "meeting" is candidly photographed. Deciding to do a First Look takes some of the pressure off the couple and allows the photographer time before the wedding to shoot the bulk of the wedding party and group photos. That way, the wedding party and family members etc. can enjoy the cocktail hour, while the couple has some extra time together. I like to get a few more shots of the couple too, if time allows for it. The downside is that everyone has to be photo-ready a lot earlier for this to work. Sometimes, there is just no time and the couple decides to opt out of doing the First Look.
CAN WE ORDER PRINTS OR ALBUMS THROUGH YOUR SERVICES?
I offer album design services and you can order your album through me, if you like. Also, you can use the file I will create for the album and source out your own album company. I can give you a list of my recommendations upon request.
WHAT OTHER OPTIONS CAN BE ADDED TO YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES?
If you are looking for a particular service or product that I don't currently offer, I would be happy to help you find the right vendor. As far as my services go, you can add more hours any days, a second photographer, an album or book and prints. If you want a beautifully custom slideshow of your images with music, I can do that too.
HOW SOON AHEAD OF OUR WEDDING DATE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
If you have decided you would like to hire me as your wedding photographer, you should send me a deposit ASAP, so that I can reserve your date. Your date isn't guaranteed until I receive it. I accept credit cards for deposits.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, I carry equipment and liability insurance.
WILL WE RECEIVE A SIGNED CONTRACT?
Yes, I will send you a wedding photography contract to approve and sign once you have made your decision to hire me.
HOW FAR ARE YOU ABLE TO TRAVEL TO PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING?
I include normal travel expenses in my packages, but if I reasonably can't drive home and it requires an overnight stay, then there may be an extra charge for lodging, air fare etc. I enjoy the opportunity to photograph other wedding venues , so I would be happy to discuss it further with you.
DO YOU OFFER VIDEO SERVICES?
I am not a videographer. If I find the right opportunity to shoot some short clips with one of my DSLRs during your wedding, I can switch one of my cameras over to video mode. I will include them at no extra charge. If you are looking for professional quality video with sound etc., you should hire a Professional with all the right lighting equipment etc.