Q: How did you get interested in photographing weddings?
This is always my favorite question! I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember, but I never had any formal training. Several years ago, I answered a craigslist ad looking for a photoshop artist. Unbeknownst to me, I was replying to one of the bigger wedding photography studios in Austin. Next thing you know, I’m booking tons of weddings, and shooting as a principal shooter. But I was never really satisfied with that big studio feel, where people are numbers, and the motivation is the bottom line. So I launched my own business where I can deliver the personal attention that I believe people deserve. I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given, and I’m humbled by the praise I’ve received. I am in love with what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Q: My Uncle Bob just got a new camera…Why should I hire you?
This is your wedding – your special day. There are no second chances to get “the shot.” No disrespect to Bob, but would you really want to put that responsibility in the hands of someone who has never shot a wedding before? The experience of a professional is simply too valuable. I can anticipate what’s about to happen and will be there to get “the shot.” I can adjust for unique lighting situations, and I have back-up equipment with me at all times. You wear your dress once. The flowers won’t live. But the photographs are forever.
Q: Who will photograph my wedding if I hire you?
In short, ME! With bigger studios, you run the risk of getting a photographer assigned to you. Sure, the price might sound good, but there’s no guarantee of who will be shooting your wedding. Furthermore, be wary of their portfolio and albums – they might have been shot and designed by a photographer that doesn’t even work there anymore.
Q: Sweet! But will you be bringing another photographer with you?
Absolutely! I think that weddings need more than one prospective to accurately tell a story. And technology hasn’t granted me the power to be in two places at once. I have a network of accomplished professional photographers to draw from, and we all love working with each other.
Q. Do you use film or digital cameras?
I use Canon digital SLR cameras and the latest “L-lenses,” which are Canon’s top of the line lenses. Shooting digital allows me to edit your images into color, vintage, b&w, etc.
Q. Do you travel outside of Austin?
Absolutely yes! I do, and I love to travel. Whether your wedding is in Dallas or Hawaii, I can be there.
Q. How much is your retainer? How can I make payments?
The non-refundable retainer is 1/3 of the total cost of the package plus sales tax up front. This books your date and insures that no other weddings will be booked on that date. You can make payment by cash, check, or major credit card.
Q. Should I give you a shot-list?
As far as the formal pictures go, I will work with you a few weeks before your wedding to get a list of the formal picture groupings. “Bride and Groom with the Bride’s aunts and cousins,” for example. There’s no need to give me a list of every detail unless it’s a must-get shot that I might not otherwise take.
Q. How long do the formal pictures last?
It usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of your wedding. If you want fun, quirky shots please allow for more time.
How many pictures will I get?
I shoot around 2000 images per wedding. From that I narrow it down to around 400-700, depending on the length of the wedding.
Q. Can you tell me more about the engagement session?
I love engagement sessions (dare I say, as much as I love weddings!) It allows me to get to know you, your style, and makes for a much better working relationship at your wedding. It can be a sweet and simple shoot at your favorite location(s), or it can be something stylized, or something that reflects your interests and passions.
Q. How long is the engagement session?
It usually lasts 1 to 2 hours.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.