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Frequently Asked questions
WHether you hire me or not - the questions you should be asking every photographer you talk to.
You guys- lets get real for a second- I can not begin to tell you the number of brides I have had contact me months (EVEN DAYS) before their wedding telling me their photographer cancelled on them at the last minute and they are scrambling to find a replacement. Now, I have a few theories on why this is happening, it could be the lack of accountability being held to these "photographers" (aka no contract), it could be that they are not real professionals, they aren't working to put food on their tables or pay their mortgage payment, or maybe they just plain stink... but nothing makes me more upset then a bride who was left stranded at the last minute. Let me put this into perspective for you.... I have never. ever. not even thought about it. cancelled on a bride. I shot a wedding 5 days before I went into labor with my son, and 3 weeks after he was born. Because, I made a commitment to my couple's before I knew I was pregnant. I also, had a line-up of qualified professionals who could have stepped in for me if I needed. It is something I take extremely seriously. Ok, rant over. Now, Questions you should be asking every professional you interview!
How long have you been in business?
I have been shooting for 7 years (studied photography in college), and professionally (as a legitimate business) for a little over 4 years.
Are you insured?
How many weddings do you shoot every year?
On average, between 20-30 weddings every year!
How long does it take to get my wedding photos back?
In my contract it states 3-6 weeks. I try to keep it on the low end of the spectrum. If your wedding is in the height of wedding season, it could be closer to 6 weeks. I do my best to get your images back as soon as possible. A sneak peek will be up within 48 hours after your wedding.
How old is your equipment?
I am always working to upgrade my equipment and keep on the cutting edge. Currently, all of my equipment is under two years old.
What equipment do you use?
I shoot Nikon. At your wedding I will bring two camera bodies. I shoot full frame photography. I have a Nikon D750, and Nikon D610, also a D5200. I have various lenses, including a 35mm 1.8, 11-16mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 24-110mm, and 70-200mm 2.8 lens. Somewhere around $10,000 has been invested into my equipment alone.
Do you require a contract?
Yes. Yes. YES. If your wedding photographer doesn't have a contract take this as a huge red flag! The contract protects me as a photographer but it also protects YOU! It protects your deposit/booking fee, it should state how long it will take to receive your images, what is included for your cost, it protects you in the case of a cancellation, or a need to reschedule. Super, SUPER important!
How much is the deposit? What are the terms?
Deposit is 25% of whatever package you choose. This is applied to your total cost. If in the event that you have to cancel or reschedule your wedding that amount will be applied toward your new date or used as "in store credit" toward any other photo packages.
Have you ever had equipment issues in the past?
No, I haven't! But, that is why I ALWAYS have a backup camera with me. Nothing will stop us from capturing your priceless images.
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