1. How many years experience do you have as a photographer?
I have been shooting weddings since 2009. I started out as a second shooter to other professional photographers in the industry (and still second shoot for photographers as much as I can to learn some new things). So the 2018 season will be my 9th wedding season (wow time flies)!!
2. What percentage of your photography business is dedicated to weddings?
Currently, my entire business is dedicated to engagements/weddings. Which means that all of my market research, training, workshops, gear, and advertising is dedicated to weddings. I will shoot newborns, families, and events for past clients, but it’s not my speciality/focus. Each genre of photography requires so much training, knowledge and gear, and weddings are such unique situations (they encompass everything from portraiture, to family portraits, landscapes and architectural photography, to detail photography and photojournalism) it takes a lot of experience and practice to be able to handle anything that is thrown at us!
3. Approximately how many weddings have you photographed?
I’d guess around 150, as I average about 15 a year.
4. Do you have a professional studio?
Nope, no need for a studio right now, as all of my work happens outside on location. The one thing that is in the works is a home office/client meeting area, to avoid lugging all of my albums to starbucks! I do set up a small little newborn shooting area in my home if need-be, but it isn’t very large.
5. What type of equipment do you use?
I use professional Nikon equipment. A D810/D800/D700 (which are all full frame professional bodies), with a mixture of super fast f1.4 prime lenses and f2.8 zoom lenses. We cover the entire range from 14mm (super wide) to 200mm (telephoto), and have a macro for close ups of rings and stationery. We also bring different lighting/diffusing equipment for use during the reception.
6. Do you bring back-up equipment to weddings? If so, what?
Yes!!! I would NEVER go to a wedding without at LEAST 2 full frame cameras, back-up lights/flashes, back-up lenses, back-up memory cards, batteries, and even shoes & pants! I back up my memory cards as soon as I possibly can, and make a back-up of that!
7. Would you visit the ceremony and/or reception sites prior to the wedding?
Generally we don’t do site visits in advance because everything in photography depends on light. The location can change drastically day to day (or even hour to hour), so places that we’ve pre-scouted may not work if the lighting is different! We like to go into a location as a blank slate and let the light direct us on where to go and what to do.
8. Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. Up to 2 million dollars of coverage for myself and my second shooter, as well as insurance on all of my equipment. So if anything happens to it I can replace it immediately.
9. Do you consider yourself skilled in diffused lighting and soft lighting?
Yes, how a photographer uses light is a very important part of their style, and I would say that overall my style is very soft and natural, with a lot of diffused light. I don’t use flash heavily on portraits (unless it’s needed or for a creative effect), and I tend to shoot into the sun, giving a soft hazy romantic feel to my images.
10. Are high resolution digital files included?
Yes, I provide both watermarked images for use on the web, and unmarked high resolution jpg images ready for print!
11. What is your payment policy (and/or deposit) based on the package I am interested in?
My payment policy is a $500 non-refundable retainer fee to secure your wedding date, an instalment of $400 is due at the time of the engagement session, and the remainder is due 3 days prior to the wedding. The same applies for all packages.
12. What is your cancellation policy?
You can cancel at anytime by sending me a written confirmation that you’d like to cancel, and forfeit your retainer fee. There isn’t any extra fees or hoops to jump through!
13. How long after the wedding will I get my proofs?
My contract says up to 3 months, and I post a few teasers immediately.
14. What is the cost of an album?
Albums range from $750-1500 for a fine art album. It depends on the number of pages, cover material, and other upgrades.
15. What is the cost per additional hour of shooting at the wedding?
Additional hours are $350 + hst for myself and my second shooter.
16. What would you describe as your inspiration for shooting weddings?
My inspiration is love. Working with people at their happiest is probably the most incredible and fulfilling job in the world!!! Kind of strange, but I’ve always been interested in relationships since I was a kid, so it’s really cool to be able to explore different types of relationships over the course of a session… seeing what makes people tick, how they work as a couple, what makes them laugh….. And don’t even get me started with weddings. The flowers, the dresses, the shoes, the rings, the sparkles….. I love it all!
17. Why are you different than other photographers? How do you keep a “fresh eye” and perspective after so many weddings?
Oh man, now we’re getting to the hard questions! It’s always really hard to talk about myself……. I don’t want to say that it is what makes me “different” than other photographers because I don’t want to say that anyone “isn’t” these things….. but what makes me tick is passion. I am EXTREMELY passionate what what I do…… every inch of my being NEEDS to do this. So what keeps things fresh? My inner desire to do better. To top what I’ve already done. To make people go “wow”. To be a better photographer and a better me. I have a hunger to be the very best, and I’m just getting started!
18. What will you contribute to my wedding day and how will you make it special and unique?
We bring a personal touch. For us, it’s not a job and you aren’t just clients. We build a relationship over the course of it all…… from helping pick decor, to going over details or helping with scheduling. Not only are we your photographers on the day of, but we are your “go-to” people. There really isn’t anything that we wouldn’t do! I’ve run through the rain to grab a brides veil so that her bridesmaids wouldn’t have to get wet…..Gray has lent a groom his belt when the rental suit company forgot to include his…… little personal touches that make us more than just a vendor!
We often have guests or family members come up to us at a wedding, just to say how much they appreciate how hard we’ve worked, and what a great job we have done. It always seems kind of funny to me, considering they haven’t seen a single photo. I suppose they see the hard work and effort we put in, and all the running around that we do. I always find that the most touching!