We get asked these questions a lot!
Do you offer Videography?
Nope, nada, no way. We abstain from venturing into other forms of expression, we want to be the best photographers we can be, rather than water it down and have to master two mediums.
How do we know how much time we need a photographer for?
We got you.... Read this. In truth, only as much as you want photographs of events. Most weddings can do just fine with 5 or 6 hours of coverage. If you don't really want reception coverage, might do alright with 4 hours. If you're having a full mass wedding and multiple locations... might need 8.
How long before the ceremony do I need photography? When should things like hair and makeup be finished?
Well, we generally say 2-3 hours prior to ceremony plus any travelling between locations is enough, with 2 hours for a smaller bridal party and 3 for those people who can't say no and have like 10 bridesmaids. 🙂 Hair and makeup should be finished about half an hour after we arrive. If they aren't... you lose out on photos. I hate to sound negative, but... there are only so many makeup and hair photos to do, and watching that for an hour when you should have been done, really takes away from the group photos, bridal portraits, and other things we should be doing!
I see every photographer out there telling everyone how amazing they are and how they get published all the time.... what gives?
Let me tell you just how great we are... Well, truthfully, every photographer thinks they're the best. It's a confidence thing. I get it. We'd rather you look at our work, talk to us, and decide who's best for you. I can tell you all day how great we are, but, does that really prove anything? If you didn't look already... we have tons of awards, we've been published, etc etc. We've both taught other photographers how to do what we do. Actually... many of the photographers out there saying how great they are were likely Brian's students at some point. Oh, Brian and Derica have both been asked to speak for prestigious Local, State, and National Professional Photography organizations too. See? I can tell you all day....
In complete honesty though, they get published by asking to be published. Trust me, Blogs, Websites and Magazines don't beat down Photographer's doors to get the "privilege" of showcasing their work.
Most times, the photographer asks, or pays for it to happen, but of course they leave that part out when they brag about it.
Do we get our files?
YES! All of our packages include all your processed photos in high resolution, with NO watermarks!
What is your style?
Does it really matter if you like our work? Oh boy..... tough question. We don’t have a “named style”, we try really hard to be ourselves and “different”. I like this one though, “Classic Romanticism with a Modern Twist Elevated by Insightful Observation of the Romantic Rituals of Humanity with a Touch of Humor".
Here’s the skinny:
We tell your story.... If you have fun.... it will show. If you’re romantic.... it will show. If you’re cute and all sweet... well, you know.
Do you edit the photos?
Editing means different things to different people though. You see, back in the film days editing meant choosing what images were of a high enough quality to give to the client. Today, that's called culling. Then editing became a term used to describe essential changes and adjustments, such as white balance and contrast, exposure, etc. Today that's been merged with retouching, which is to fix imperfections in the image that can't be done any other way. So here we are in 2019 and editing means to make changes to an image. Some people use the term to describe adding "effects" and "presets" to an image. We feel each image stands on its own as well as pertains to the narrative as a whole, and so, treat each image as it needs to be. Some are edited more, some less. Just remember, the better the photographer, the less editing required. I mean... shoot it right and there's not as many things to change later, right? That said, Brian does look through and adjust edit each image individually!
How much Experience do you have?
Hmmm, I don’t want to brag, but....
Like a couple thousand weddings? Very likely more than most anyone else you come across. If you meet a Wedding Photographer who's done more, I really want to meet them, take them out for coffee, give them a hug and share war stories.
Who designs your albums and works on my Photos?
We do! As in this:
Brian and Derica will photograph your wedding or session. Brian Processes your images. Derica lays out the design of the Album. Derica then retouches your album. It's a team effort and we keep it all in house. Heck, we even built our own website, design our business cards and write this stuff you're reading right now.
How many events do you do in one day?
One Day = One Event
Its just not fair to anyone to do more than one wedding or large event in a day. Schedules change, we are flexible. If a bride calls me for us to start an hour earlier or stay an hour later, the last thing I want to say is, “Ooh, sorry, have another shoot to get to.”
What kind of Equipment do you use? Will it be in the way?
How does this affect our images? We are storytellers, therefore, we travel light. Most of the time you won’t even know Derica is there, she’s our sniper. Brian will be the voice when direction is needed (yeah, he’s loud, in a good way), but for the most part, your story will unfold, and be captured how it happens without interruption.
For the techies, we use Sony Cameras and mostly Zeiss lenses, but, the cameras can't do a thing on their own, so lazy.
Who decides what goes in my album?
Well, ultimately you do. Its your album.
Here’s our system:
You choose your favorite images to go in your album or book as well as a cover photo and, in the case of Albums, a cover STYLE. Derica designs your album, we retouch the images and add some "special effects", then we order your book or album. It's that simple.
Can I give you a “Shoot List” of images?
Oh Gods please don't give me a Pinterest list. We get this one a lot, and I really think this comes about because of two things: inexperience and bad experiences. For instance, you went to so and so’s wedding and the photographer had no clue what to do. It happens, unfortunately. So for your wedding you try to eliminate that problem. Sounds like a good idea in theory. But... if you hire the right photographer, its a non-issue. We discuss your wedding with you and have all the details on who is in family photos and any events that are going on during your wedding. If there are special requests, by all means, tell us. But... if we have to go through a checklist of photos for things that we would shoot anyway, we’re likely missing out on the action in front of us while we check it off the list.
We do this all the time. We’re pretty good at it by now.
How many photos will I get?
Well, for starters, we don’t limit your photos.
Some wedding photographers will tell you you get 200, or 300 photos. Let me ask you a question: Lets say the photographer has taken 199 photos. You are about to make your grand exit, but then Grandma gets out on the dance floor for the first time all night. Which photo do you want? With us.... you’ll have a few of both events!
In general though, about 30 to 50 images for each hour in your wedding package. Engagements and other sessions are above and beyond this number.
Do you have Backup Equipment and what happens if you’re sick?
We don’t get sick.
We belong to many professional organizations and can have a qualified professional photographer cover your day with just a phonecall. That's part of why we are members of these groups. But we make every effort to do it ourselves. Brian actually photographed a wedding with a broken hand once. He winced every time he had to shake someone’s hand, yeah it was the right one. He went to a doctor the next day. The bride and her family found out weeks later, on the day of the wedding, he wouldn’t say a word. We’re all about the dedication here.
And.... lets say I didn’t close the top of my camera bag. Upon pulling it out of the car, my camera falls out and hits the ground, smashing into a million pieces.
I’m going to cry.
THEN, pick up the backup and go to work, you won't even have to know anything broke.
Ok, I've been looking around at Wedding Photographers, how come you are so.... inexpensive?
Hmm, another tough question. Well, for starters, we keep our overhead very low by working from our home. We're also really experienced at Photographing and processing Wedding Images, so, that efficiency keeps cost down as well. Essentially, we're photographers. We love doing what we do and feel that more people should get to experience what Professional Photography has to offer. The more customers we get to work with, the more the word spreads about us, the more customers we get to work with, the more..... you get the idea.
But the truth is most photographers just charge too much because someone told them they should.
The real question you should ask is why other photographers are so... expensive? The answer might shock you. They charge a lot because others told them to!