What should I wear?
We have a clothing guide to answer your questions! Once you book you will receive your welcome kit with all the information you will need.
Can I buy a full resolution CD of the session?
Yes, we offer digital image collections and individual /images can be purchased with your portrait order. You receive a personal release with your images. Meaning you can do a lot with your /images and print them where you like. Your images are delivered to you electronically. You can take your images to Costco, Shutterfly or Ritz to get them developed, make scrapbooks, etc.
When should I book a wedding photographer?
There are many factors to consider in answer to this question. What month will you be getting married and is this during the summer months or a holiday period? Should this be the case then you will want to book at least 12 months in advance.
What about our engagement portrait?
Without a doubt most wedding photographers will either include a portrait session in any packages he or she offers or as an add-on option. This is a good way for both you and me to work together prior to the big day. It will help build trust and confidence that I will produce the outstanding pictures that you want. I think it’s an essential step to getting to know you! You can also use them for your save the dates or wedding website!
I’m having a religious ceremony, are you familiar with the events that will take place?
We have been blessed to have photographed many, many different types of weddings. We’ve documented Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Non-denominational Christian, and African ceremonies. If you are having a wedding that is not listed here we would absolutely love to learn all about the customs and events.
Can I get a discount for low season or weekday weddings?
As the business of weddings is still predominantly a weekend affair it means that dates are limited in the year. I receive the same requests for a single date many times over. I attend one wedding per day, so it limits the number of commissions that can be taken. Some photographers will offer a reduced rate for people getting married on weekdays or at certain months of the year. I feel that the effort involved and the precious time I take to deliver amazing wedding photographs is the same whatever the day or month. So my rates are applicable to any day or time throughout the year.
Someone I know has offered to do our wedding photography for $300 and give us the files.
There are photographers of all levels and experience and that means that there will be a broad range of prices for what looks like the same package. Some who cover weddings for such a low rate may not be able to produce the high quality pictures that you want. People who offer this service for such a low price may be either starting their trade or be part-time. Professionals will have built up years of experience and will have invested much in the correct equipment (and backup equipment) – all will have professional insurance to cover them in the event that something goes wrong.
Why does our photographer copyright the pictures at our wedding?
This is standard practice and is a form of legal protection. A photograph once taken automatically has the copyright afforded to it. Copyright is in force for a period of seventy years AFTER the photographer dies. Any use that is subject to reproduction of the photographs has to be agreed in writing with the photographer. Therefore, the photographer retains all rights the photographs even if you receive a download of images. Should you envisage that this will be a problem, then discuss it with us.
We love your style, but would love to have some traditional portraiture. Is this something you do?
I do traditional portraiture at most of our weddings. Even the most modern brides still want the heirlooms that family portraiture creates. I do not, however, conduct portrait sessions in a traditional way. Instead, they are very loose, fun, and show off your personality. I will spend only 20 to 30 minutes on posed family photographs.
Do you have a minimum order?
Yes, there is a $200 minimum portrait investment.
Do you do weddings or other sessions like bridals and boudoir?
YES, YES, and YES! I offer engagement, bridal, trash the dress and boudoir sessions for all brides! Email me about your interest in any of these sessions. For boudoir session, please visit Beauty Couture Portraits my sister site.
Do you have a studio?
I have access to a studio, but I do not shoot traditional studio portraiture in it. I only shoot boudoir or beauty in it. And the occasional newborn. I am a lifestyle photographer who shoots 90% outside. I have a few locations that I love to shoot at, however I’m flexible and would love to explore new areas of the Valley you love. If you are looking for something more traditional, I suggest you try contacting other photographers that will fit your needs.
I am currently looking for an assistant to come to weddings and portrait sessions with me. They will not shoot, but assist, carry bags, hold lights, etc. It’s the best way for you to observe and learn! If you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an unpaid opportunity. I started from the bottom, we all have to pay our dues!
What’s in your bag?
I use Canon 5D mark III and have a backup.
50mm 1.2 L
135mm 1.4 L
24mm 1.4 L
35mm 1.4 Sigma
and much much more flash and lighting equipment!
I highly suggest renting prior to buying. It’s better to rent and experience for yourself than ask me =)