You’ve got questions. I know you do. Every couple does. You’re not experts at this and the learning curve is steep.
So let me help you out a little. Below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions that clients ask. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so please just ask if you don’t find what you’re looking for here.Â My goal is to make the booking process as simple and as transparent asÂ I possibly can for you. Contact me with any questions that you don’t see answered here.
MY PHOTOS DON’T JUST SHOW YOU WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE,
THEY SHOW YOU HOW YOU
This is the big one, so it’s got it’s own box.
Coverage starts at $2900 and includes one photographer & image files. Contact me for a detailed pricing guide.
#1 QUESTION AFTER PRICING
My last name is pronounced just like the fruit.
WE LOVE YOUR STORYTELLING IMAGES, BUT DO YOU ALSO DO FAMILY PHOTOS?
Absolutely. I think that those are very important.Â We do a good, careful job with those pictures while still being quick and efficient. If youâ€™re interested, I can send you a full gallery to see the results. Which leads me to the next questionâ€¦
CAN I SEE A FULL GALLERY OF PHOTOS THAT YOU'VE DELIVERED TO A CLIENT?
You certainly may. This is one of the most important things that you can ask a photographer. What youâ€™re looking for here is something beyond the top 20-30Â hits of the day. The work of an experienced professional should be atÂ aÂ consistentlyÂ high levelÂ throughout the day. The coverage should be complete and includeÂ portraits, moments, photos of the details that you worked hard on, and well-exposed dancing photos that reflect the energy of your party.
HAVE YOU WORKED AT MY VENUE BEFORE?
If I have, then Iâ€™d be happy to share some photos from those events with you. The thing is, though, while Iâ€™ve worked at almost all of the larger venues in Pittsburgh I do my best to look at your event with a fresh set of eyes. I do severalÂ destination weddings every year and theyâ€™re always at venues that Iâ€™ve never even seen before the wedding day. Hereâ€™s where experience comes in. The ability to quickly get the lay of the land and figure out, for instance, where a good place for portraits would be is a skill Iâ€™ve developed after years of being a professional photographer.
HOW MANY IMAGES CAN I EXPECT? HOW LONG UNTIL I SEE THEM?
Ok, so thatâ€™s two questions but theyâ€™re closely related.Â I donâ€™t have a set number of images that IÂ deliver. Every event is different, but rest assured that youâ€™ll receive the photos will tell the story of your day. Â Usually, that number works out to be between 400 to 700 photos â€“ it just depends on things like how active your reception is, or if there are one or two photographers. With that many photos, it takes me anywhere from 6-8 weeks to do a good, careful job on your images so that theyâ€™re ready for you to enjoy.
WE'RE HAVING A SMALL EVENT. DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH MORE SHORTER, MORE INTIMATE WEDDINGS?
I get this one a lot. I love to photograph small weddings and can offer a discounted rate for shorter coverage. I canâ€™t do them on Saturdays during the busy season, but other days are fine as are Saturdays from November through early April. Your wedding is on a Tuesday? Heck yeah! Just contact me for more details.
WHAT IF IT RAINS ON MY WEDDING DAY?
The climate around Pittsburgh isnâ€™t like Southern California, so if youâ€™re planning an outdoor wedding itâ€™s important to have a Plan B in case ofÂ rain. Flexibility is the key here. In fact, the more youâ€™re able to roll with things the happier youâ€™re going to be on your wedding day. Things are bound to happen that will cause you to have to deviate from your plan. One thing I learned whileÂ working as a photojournalist is how to adjust very quickly to changing conditions. Iâ€™m prepared if, for instance, we need to move portraits inside or to a different time during the day.
WHAT IF YOU GET SICK OR INJURED?
Yikes! What an awful thought. I canâ€™t believe you just asked me that!Â Seriously, this is something that my friends and I talk about because itâ€™s a concernÂ that we all share. WeÂ all want to take good care of our clients, but since weâ€™re human thereâ€™s always a chance that something will happen. Iâ€™m glad to be a part of a large network of friends and colleagues all of who stand ready to fill in if someone in the group gets sick or injured. Someone is going to be available. Further, if the collection you choose has a second photographer then youâ€™ve got that level of protection built in, too.
WHAT ABOUT THAT SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER? ARE THEY A PRO, TOO?
I usually have the same person with me for each two-photographer wedding. Sheâ€™s a trained professional in her own right. If you look through the archives on my blog you will see that I give her credit for her images that make the website. One of the advantages of a second photographer includes having coverage of both the bride and groom getting ready, especially if youâ€™re getting ready in different places. The second photographer is able to provide alternate angles of the big moments during the ceremony and reception. She helps toÂ carryÂ my lights and set them up, shoots details, photos of your guests, and all sorts of great stuff. If youâ€™re having anything more than a smaller wedding, then I definitely recommend theÂ collection that includes a second photographer.
WE'RE CONSIDERING A VIDEOGRAPHER. ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT?
Iâ€™ve worked with some very good videographers. Iâ€™ve also worked with some whose methods are counter to the approach that I take to documenting a wedding. IÂ can remember a few occasions when I wasÂ waiting for a quiet moment to happen and the videographer beganÂ trying to direct the action, or asked the couple to repeat something because they wanted to get a shot of it at a different angle. IÂ amÂ respectful of other vendors and realize that theyâ€™ve got a job to do, too. I ask the same from them. The best videographers that Iâ€™ve worked with tend to work in the same unobtrusive way that I do. They donâ€™t bring a large crew with lots of bulkyÂ equipment, and they donâ€™t try to take over the direction of the day. Iâ€™m happy to recommend someone if youâ€™re interested.