Q & A
When is the best time to book you for our wedding?
As soon as you get your wedding date! It's for two main reasons:
One, someone else may have their wedding planned for the same exact date.
Two, early booking gives me as the photographer a change to talk to you about your wedding plans. It is very important, so everyone can be on the same time schedule and everything runs smooth.
Can you hold a date?
I accept bookings on a first come/first served basis and therefore I can't hold a date without a signed contract and a retainer.
What is your pricing?
My rates and collections are not listed for public viewing for a few reasons. First, the rates vary by location of your wedding. Some weddings outside the Tampa and St.Petersburg area require travel, which would not be included in a local wedding rate. Destination weddings are different as well. I also create custom collections for many clients, which is something I can absolutely do for you! If you would like to obtain collection details for your wedding, simply send me an email and I will send you all the information that you need!
What is your payment policy?
A retainer/booking fee of 50% of your contract is due to reserve the date and the final balance is due 2 weeks before your wedding date. I don't collect payment on a day of the wedding - it's inappropriate and unprofessional. Additional payments such as album upgrades, extra photos or other products beyond your wedding day contract are all due post-wedding. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantee that I'll hold the date exclusively for you and once you've signed the contract I do turn down other commissions for that date.
Will you attend our rehearsal?
Rehersal dinner coverage is available if you would like to add it to your collection; otherwise I don't attend rehersals.
Do you work with a second photographer?
Yes I do! She is extraordinarily talented and a great asset to the wedding day coverage. My second photographer covers the groom getting ready, a second angle during the ceremony, coctail hour guests, and is also a fantastic at reception coverage. I know that you will love working with her just as much as I do!
Do you have an assistant?
Yes I do! The assistant is not the same as the second photographer; the assistant lends me a helping hand by helping arrange families during portrait time, holding up light if needed, and more.
Do we need location permit to take pictures on our wedding day?
There are some places that require you to get a permit, but the permit has to be obtaineid by the client, not the photographer. If there is a location (park, commercial building, etc.) in your mind, let me know and I help you find out if permit is needed. We don't want to be asked to leave in the middle of a shoot if we don't have permit.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
Typically, images will be processed and ready to view within six weeks of the wedding date. However, this may be extended by one week during peak holiday seasons. Printed proofs and the digital files are available within nine weeks of the wedding date. Most Wedding Photo Albums are ready for delivery within twelve weeks upon final approval of the album design.
How many photos will I receive?
The number of photos taken on your wedding day may vary depending on many things: number of guests, hours of coverage, type of events. My avarage for an eight hour wedding day with a second photographer is 600 - 700 images.
Do I get all the images that you took?
I am very critical of my work and what goes out. In the course of shooting images there are always some that are not acceptable. It can be for a number of reasons; unflattering expression, subject moved too quickly and went out of position, or technical failure where flash didn't fire. These images are not archived and therefore not available. All the rest of the photos will be included.
Can we have raw, unedited files?
The raw, unedited files are not available for viewing or purchase. The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my very high standars and everything else is not archived.
What type of editing is included?
To achieve the highest quality images I shoot in a digital file format known as RAW. This type of digital file requires the images be checked and adjusted for white balance, exposure, contrast, color tone, and sharpness in post-production. Every image that you receive has been hand-edited one at a time and is extremely time consuming. Editing that is not included is: extensive retouching of skin, removing people, or Photoshop editing intended to drastically change the appearance of a person. If you should require these services I will send your images out for professional retouching, which is performed at a rate of 60 dollars per hour.
Do I have personal print rights to the images?
I provide a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families. Images may not be sold, used, or otherwise distributed for advertising and/or commercial use. In addition, images may not be edited, modified, or used to create composite works. I retain the copyright ownership to the images and the right to use them for my promotional purposes, professional review, competition, etc..
Can we have both black & white and color photos?
If you would like to have more color or more black & white images of your wedding day, please let me know in advance, so I can be aware of my camera settings. Images taken in black and white are not convertable into color.
Are you fully licensed and insured?
Yes, as a full-time working professional photographer, I am licensed, and carry liability insurance. This is especially important, as many of the wedding venues require proof of insurance before they allow a photographer to work on their property.
Do you recommend any wedding vendors?
Yes, I appreciate working with like-minded professionals when I’m photographing a wedding.
If you’re planning a Tampa / St. Petersburg / Clearwater / Florida / destination wedding, please contact me now.
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If you have any other questions, please contact me and I am happy to assist you.