Where are you based and do you travel?
I'm based out of Mount Pleasant Michigan, but if you couldn't tell, I love to travel!!! If you want me to photograph your story, it will require a travel fee for sessions depending on where it takes place (for locations farther than 30 miles from Mount Pleasant, there may be a travel fee associated with that). But no worries, I always try to find the cheapest way to travel and we will discuss this upon our initial contact. Don't forget, I offer GREAT DISCOUNTS FOR ELOPEMENTS AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS!
When will we get our photos?
Wedding galleries will be delivered 4-6 weeks after your wedding date. Photos will be delivered through an online gallery; a link will be sent to your primary email and from there you can share that link with your family and friends.
How long will my wedding photos be accessible online?
The images will be available for 45 days after your wedding gallery is completed. I recommend that you please back up your images in at least two forms (laptop, USB, external hard drive, etc.) before that expiration date; if your gallery expires and you have not downloaded your images, there will be an archival fee for me to save and re-upload your images.
What exactly are "printing rights?"
Printing rights means that you can take those images to a printer of your choice and get those printed. For example, if you wanted to use Shutterfly or another online printer, you are able to do that. I never recommend places like Walgreens, Walmart, etc. as the inks/printing methods they use often screw up the color profile of your images. I do not guarantee the printing quality of any printers outside of those that I recommend and use directly through my online galleries.
I know that I get a print release, but can I also order prints directly from you?
Yes, the online gallery system I use allows you, along with friends and family, to order prints directly from the website. Those go through a professional printing lab that I work with and ensure the best colors/composition for photos of your special day!
Can we request a specific shot list for our wedding?
Yes, a month before your wedding I will send you a wedding questionnaire which will request the specific group shots or images that you are interested in. After I receive this questionnaire, I then go ahead and put a personalized photography timeline together to ensure that I (and my second shooter if applicable) know where we're starting along with planning out time for the shots you're requesting. I never guarantee an exact duplicate shot as we want to ensure that your wedding and session is represented in a unique way, but I do use photos that you request as an inspiration for specific shots.
If for whatever reason you're unable to shoot our wedding, is there a back-up plan?
This has never happened before (and knock on wood that it never does!), however emergencies do happen. In that case, I would have my second shooter take over and find another back-up for him/her. I would then be the one to edit all of the images to ensure that they are a similar style to what you would see and what you would expect from my wedding gallery. I always hire my second shooters to ensure that they have a similar shooting style to me in the case that, god forbid, an emergency were to ever happen.
Do you carry insurance?
Yes! If your venue requires proof of insurance, please just let me know and I can get that to them prior to your wedding date.
Do you do any retouching, color adjustments, etc. to the photos that you take?
Yes, color adjustment of images is a typical process of my editing. In terms of retouching, I do complete light retouching, however, if there are extensive amounts of retouching that are requested, those would be charged per image (for example if Uncle Bob had sweat stains when in his suit, I would not fix that unless specifically requested). Light retouching means that I would be looking for images of the two of you and if you had a pimple or something on the day of your wedding, I would ensure to remove those. My style of shooting is not heavy editing where I am using Photoshop to change what anyone looks like, instead it would be to enhance the natural beauty during the day and remove the things (like pimples) that wouldn't be there typically.