Wedding FAQs

W E D D I N G   F A Q s :

Q) What is your training and background?
A) I have a professional photography diploma from Prairieview School of Photography and have been a professional photographer since 2006.

Q) Do you also shoot video?
A) Nope. I am just a photographer. A really good photographer! 🙂

Q) When should we do our engagement session?
A) I encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest I suggest is at least 8 weeks prior to the wedding date due to the time necessary to post produce each image (4 weeks) and complete your engagement album (if applicable).

Q) When can we expect to see our photo’s from our engagement session?
A) Post production for engagement sessions are completed within four weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed prior to four weeks after the date of the shoot, a rush-process fee will be charged.

Q) How long does it take to get my engagement/reception album?
A) The engagement album takes around 1-2 weeks to print after the order is submitted.  The time it takes to get the order ready for print depends on how quickly you respond to my instructions and how many changes you request.

Q) Can we really make prints anywhere we want?
A) Absolutely! I’ll even give you a list of great local labs!

Q) Do you help me plan out our wedding day schedule?
A) Absolutely. In order to make sure the wedding day runs smoothly and that there is enough time allotted for getting-ready shots, detail, ceremony, formals and reception shots, I highly recommend discussing your time-line questions with me.

Q) What happens if the weather is terrible on our wedding day?
A) I always suggest to have a couple of suitable indoor locations planned in case of bad weather and can provide a list of suggestions.

Q) When will we see our wedding photos?
A) Because I take such care in making sure all your edited photographs will look great for years to come, it usually takes about 8 weeks to get them completed. At that time, your online gallery will be made available for you and all your friends and family to see and you will be able to download all of your images from the gallery.

Q) Are the photos in my gallery going to be edited?
A) Yes! All the photos you receive will be color corrected and ready to print. They are NOT straight out of the camera files.

Q) Can we still order prints from you?
A) Of course! I use an awesome professional lab that produces AMAZING prints. If you’d like to leave the printing up to me, just let me know!

Q) How does the wedding album design process work?
A) If you have purchased a wedding album, I will have you select images you would like to be included in your album. I am also happy to provide any assistance you need in making your final selections. I will then arrange the photos and design the pages and have you preview and approve it before it is printed.

Q) How many pages and images do we get in our wedding album?
A) Our heirloom album starts at 20 pages and can have 60-80 images. If you’d like to add more pages and images, you can upgrade to a larger album or each additional page can be added at additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.

Q) Will we get to see a “predesign” of our album before it’s ordered?
A) Yes, your album draft will be posted privately online for you to review. You may make up to 3 rounds of changes and your album will be ordered once I receive your final approval.

Q) How long does it take to get my album?
A) As with my other products, production times vary. However you can expect to receive your album 6 weeks after placing the order. The process before placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the amount of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two, others take over a year.

O R D E R I N G  P R I N T S  F A Q s :

Q) How do we order prints?
A) You (and your family and friends) can order professional prints directly through me or through your online gallery. For canvas prints, please email me!

P H O T O B O O T H  F U N!

The Photobooth is a great way to entertain guests, is sooooooo much fun and will usually result in more great pictures of your family and friends than normal reception coverage.  Usually we’ll spend a lot of time shooting people dancing, drinking, partying hard, etc. which results in a lot of the guests that aren’t in those areas being left out of the pictures. However, with a Photobooth, many of these guests will join in on the fun and you will have more great pictures and memories of these important people.  Grab a silly hat, strike a pose and have a blast. Not sure what to do? There’s always a photographer in the booth, helping guide the silliness to help create awesomely fun, hilarious photos of you and your guests.  Your wedding day only happens once, so LIVE IT UP! Your guests will love our booth, and so will YOU!

The Photobooth is usually set up before dinner service or after speeches and is open throughout the time we’re scheduled to be at your reception. During the usual wedding “events,” like the cake cutting, first dance, etc. we “close” the Photobooth so that you can still have two-photographer coverage for the most important parts of your reception.

S H O U L D  Y O U  H A V E  A  “ F i r s t  L o o k ”  S e s s i o n ?

Waaaaaay back in the days of pre-arranged marriages – when marriage was a business deal between families – brides and grooms were never allowed to see (or even meet!) each other before the wedding. This was so the groom wouldn’t have time to back out of the wedding if he happened to find the bride unattractive or unappealing. Over the years, the tradition of the “bride in hiding” changed into a superstition and seeing each other before the wedding was considered to be “bad luck.” Nowadays, though, this “tradition” is being kicked to the curb by modern, photo-lovin’ brides and grooms everywhere.

H o w  I t  W o r k s …

The bride and groom get ready separately, just like “normal.”  When both are dressed and ready, we take the groom to a place with great light and get ready to snap away!  The bride is sent in and the groom turns to see her as she’s walking up.  At that moment, you will completely forget we’re there, but we’ll be capturing every smile, every tear, every laugh and every kiss. Chances are, the “first look” photos will end up being some of your favorites from the entire day! Bad luck?  That’s soo 19th century!  🙂

W h y  Y o u  S h o u l d  C o n s i d e r  A  “F i r s t  L o o k”

We’ll have more time for amazing, natural light portraits. If you wait until the ceremony to see each other, we’ll have no choice but to do all your portraits after the wedding. This is no problem if you’re doing an afternoon wedding, but if it’ll be dark after your ceremony, our options for creative portraits are limited, to say the least. Having an extra two hours before the ceremony for wedding party and bride and groom portraits when there is still plenty of sunlight makes for GREAT photos!  Plus, it’s a private moment for you to see each other without the hustle and bustle of starting the ceremony right away (like it would be if seeing each other at the church).

Get to your reception quicker & greet your guests sooner!  After the ceremony, most of your guests will head over to the reception. You’ll be excited and ready to go see everyone and might even feel bad leaving everybody waiting while you take pictures. We’ve been to so many weddings now that we KNOW your coordinator will be pulling you towards the reception, your parents will be telling you to hurry up, your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be ready to get to the party! Getting all the photos done before the ceremony, when there’s no rush and nobody waiting for you is 150% less stressful! We promise!

first look