Q: How much do I need to deposit?
A: I require a $500 initial retainer and the rest of the fee to be paid 30 days prior to the wedding day.
Q: How far should we book in advance?
A: Typically 12-18 months in advance - as soon as you have a date and location.
If you’re not the plan way in the advance type of gal or guy, fret not. Check with me for availability. I try to leave a few weekends open a year for just these types of intimate affairs!
Q: Will you be shooting the wedding?
A: Yes. You are hiring me to shoot the wedding! However another photographer that’s been trained by me and shoots to my style will be there that day as well.
Q: Do you shoot with an assistant?
A: I always shoot with an assistant/2nd photographer with rare exceptions. This frees me up to focus on shooting and looking for special moments while ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss the important ones. The 2nd shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I am based in Edmonton, Alberta!
Q: Do you travel?
A: I love to travel and will generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day.
Let me know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you. :)
Q: When will I get to see my wedding photos?
A: Your photos will generally be ready within 6-8 weeks weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.
Q: Do you shoot video?
A: Unfortunately, to focus my attention on the photography, I cannot do both at once myself. In the future I may be incorporating this into my services by adding a videographer or two to my team!
Q: Do you offer albums?
A: Yes. I offer custom-designed 12 x 12 hardbound coffee-table photo books along with a selection of other products.
Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?
A: I offer you a chance to pick a selection of photos that you must have in the album. This can be anywhere from 0 to the entire album. However, I do advise that you let me choose the majority of the photos for the album since I will use my best judgment to select the best and more relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day. One of the top reasons, couples often times say they haven’t ordered the albums from their photographers is because they haven’t gotten around to choosing the pictures for the album.
Q: Will you post the photographs online?
A: I certainly hope so. I generally will post about every shoot on my blog and possibly my portfolio. However, I also respect that some clients like their privacy and don’t want their faces on the internet. If this is you that’s not a problem – I revise the contract to suit the client’s privacy wishes.
Q: How many images will I get?
A: This all depends entirely on you and the coverage you book. Generally you can expect between 500-800 high resolution digital images from your day. I encourage brides to include me in their planning process in order for me to help them ensure they are getting the most for their money.
Q: Do I have to print through you?
A: Nope! Other than the complimentary guestbook, canvas and album that you include in your collection you are free to print wherever you like. However, I can’t guarantee the results of third party printers and my work. If you need some recommendations – just ask! I’m always here to help!
Q: I would like you to shoot my wedding, how do I start the process?
A: Reach me via my contact form along with your wedding date and venue, if secured. I can respond by email or phone. If possible, I would like to meet you both in person so you can get to know your future photographer and can ask me everything you need. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, I will send a contract for you to sign and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list.
Q: What does a wedding session cost?
A: My Wedding coverage starts at $3,000.00 and the average BJP Bride spends about $4,000.00. All packages include full day coverage with two photographers and a complimentary engagement session.
If you are eloping, doing something very simple, or only need me for a few hours, shoot me an email and we can find something that will work for everyone.
Q: When should we do the wedding portraits?
A: This is mostly up to you, but usually a couple of hours before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light. So it’s totally up to you!
Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?
A: These are some of my favorite photographs to capture on a wedding day. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but I can also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to their big moment.
Q: Do you take dance shots?
A: My coverage includes all the big moments! First dances included!
Q: Do you shoot in RAW?
A: Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.
Q: Do you shoot in B&W?
A: I love B&W photographs. There is something so timeless about them. Since I shoot digital, this allows me to decide after the fact whether I want to process the image in B&W or Color. However, I generally shoot the image with a color preference in mind based on what I am seeing.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III and a Canon 5d Mark II and a combination of prime and zoom lenses.
Q: How do you deliver images?
A: 6-8 weeks after your wedding you will receive a link via email to your personalized online gallery. This gallery is styled by me in a way that best tells your story. Take a look through and advise me of any missing images. If there are none – I will then put together your image packet and have it ready to deliver on a USB with your album and canvas! (That’s a really fun day by the way!)
In the meantime you can download your images from the gallery and share them with family and friends online! Your engagement images will also be there available to share with family and friends!