HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My style would be described as creative photojournalism. This means that for the most part I shoot in a documentary style, using natural light whenever possible to capture real moments as they happen throughout the day. My goal is to create images that tell a story and capture emotion in an artful manor. Portrait time (when I photograph the bride and groom alone) will be the only 'staged' part of the day with the exception of family photos. During a couples portrait session, I will make suggestions and help you to feel relaxed and comfortable so that I can capture your chemistry and excitement. There will be lots of laughing and fun!
ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL? HOW DOES IT WORK?
Yes, I am available for travel to any destination, and have photographed all over the world. I love to travel!
I do my own bookings for flight, car rental if necessary, and hotel (unless there is a room available where guests are staying and you'd prefer I stay there.) Travel expenses will be booked and added into the cost of the package, upon your approval so it's easy to consider booking a non-local photographer. You do not have to make my travel arrangements for me.
DO WE NEED TO GIVE YOU A SHOT LIST?
You will not need to make a shot list for the wedding day. I'm happy to share a full wedding gallery with you, so you can see the full extent of photos taken. Not only will I be shooting the excitement of the day and main events, I will also be documenting all the details, your guests, the location etc. The only list I require is for the traditional family photos you'd like to take.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE? DO YOU HAVE BACKUP?
I shoot with Canon 5D Mark III's as well as all pro series lenses, for the high quality images that are sharp, clean and have beautiful depth. I have backup equipment at every wedding.
WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE OUR PHOTOS?
Photos are presented to clients 8 weeks after each event. A lot of love and care goes into editing each and every photo to make sure it's beautiful and ready to print or add to an album.
WHAT TYPE OF PAYMENTS DO YOU ACCEPT?
I prefer a check, but I can also take VISA and Mastercard payments online.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR PORTRAIT SESSION?
I always recommend a fun pop of color and a little personality. A yellow dress or shirt for example would look great....Any bright color really - doesn't have to be yellow of course. Even if lots of bright isn't really your style maybe just a fun accent like a colorful necklace or shoes can add a lot of interest. Most importantly wear something you feel beautiful and comfortable in, as it will show through in the images that you feel confident. That goes for everyone! And certainly don't feel like you have to match unless you want to. It's fun to see your individual styles too. Also avoid logos, or clothes that are so thin they might be see-through...unless that's the look you're going for! If you'd like to send me a photo of your options prior to the shoot, I'd be happy to give you my thoughts.
TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY:
ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR COUPLES PORTRAITS:
When planning out your schedule for the day keep in mind that you will need to allot at least a solid 30 to 45 minutes for portraits of the two of you alone. This gives me the time I need to create beautiful imagery and get creative. If you'd like to take even more time for your portraits even better! 30 minutes is the absolute minimum. Remember most everything will take a little longer than you expect on the wedding day, so adding a little extra time is never a bad thing. If the activities are running late the first thing that will inevitably get cut is our time alone for portraits, and they are too important to be missed. Making beautiful portraits takes time.
Sometimes creating unique and stunning photographs means doing something a little out of the ordinary in order to get THE shot. Things like climbing up a hill in your gown, standing on top of a chair or a rock, maybe leaning against a building or trees, or standing in the wind etc. Have fun with it! Know that we're making magical, whimsical, fun images about your love and excitement to be married to each other - on that day, in that place. Remember this is also a collaboration - we are doing this together! You're willingness and excitement will only serve to make my photos better.
PLEASE INCLUDE US ON YOUR GUEST LIST SO THAT WE CAN EAT DINNER WITH YOU
It's important that we are seated with the guests during dinner so that we don't miss a moment of important and impromptu toasts and other exciting moments during the reception. This also ensures that we get to eat after a hard days work. Often caterers will make 'vendor meals' which usually means we eat a cold sandwich in a back room away from you and your guests during toasts and dancing. This works for other vendors, however for the photographer it means that we do not get to eat because we will need to be photographing the fun that is taking place at the party.
TIME FOR FAMILY AND BRIDAL PARTY SHOTS:
Remember to allow for a separate amount of time for family and or bridal party pictures. I can work very quickly and do my best to make it painless and fun for your family and guests. Generally I spend between 10 and 35 minutes on family pictures depending on the size and number of group shots requested. If you have a bridal party, then allow 15 minutes for those as well.
**Please make me a list of the traditional family photos you'd like to take, so that we can make sure we have the appropriate amount of time set aside. Thank you!
EDUCATING YOU ABOUT FLATTERING LIGHT:
Keep in mind that there are times during the day that are better than others for taking outdoor pictures. Mid-day sun is not as flattering. It creates very harsh shadows and can be hot…which means you might be uncomfortable. The absolute best time of the day to do outdoor portraits is late afternoon into evening - sometimes referred to as the golden hour. The sun is a beautiful golden color and comes from the side instead of directly above. This type of light is very flattering and will allow us to not only have more flexibility with our choices for locations (as we will not have to hunt for a shady spot) but the dramatic light allows me to experiment with sun flares, silhouettes, highlights and shadows. Just before sunset is the ideal time for couples portraits. If we aren't able to do all the portraits around this time, maybe we can split up the portrait time and sneak out of the reception for 15-20 minute in order to take advantage of this gorgeous evening light.
The following website details sunset times in any part of the world: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html
GETTING READY LOCATION:
When choosing a location to get ready (hair, makeup and dressing) if at all possible find a room with a good natural light source - near a nice window, or even out on a shaded patio if available (your makeup artist will appreciate the natural light too!) Having a good natural light source in the area allows me to get creative and experiment with light and shadows. Of course I always come prepared with artificial lighting as well if necessary.
Make sure the room is picked up. Or at least the part of the room where you'll be getting dressed in as the clutter can be distracting and we want the focus to by on you and your loved ones.
Decide whether you'd like to have a quiet morning, or if you'd like to have the hustle bustle of lots of friends and family. Both are equally beautiful and fun, it's important to know what will make you the most comfortable and relaxed. Also, some music to set the mood is always a good idea!
CAPTURING THE DETAILS AND ALLOWING EXTRA TIME:
Allowing some extra time in the schedule is always a good idea. Inevitably things can take a little longer than expected and putting in a few 'time cushions' can mean the difference between being stressed and instead having a moment to catch your breath and enjoy yourself. Generally I suggest adding an extra 30 minutes of buffer time before your ceremony in case getting ready takes longer than expected. This also gives me the opportunity to photograph all the details of the ceremony and reception area before the guests arrive.
I will need at least 15 minutes to photograph the ceremony location before guests arrive, and also another 15-20 minutes during cocktail hour to photograph the reception and details and set up additional lighting if necessary before guests are allowed in.
DOCUMENTING YOUR PAPER GOODS
If you'd like for me to photograph invitations, or anything else you've sent out to your guests, please have them ready for me during the first part of the day. It's usually easiest for me to shoot these types of things while you're getting dressed pre-ceremony.
FACE EACH OTHER DURING THE CEREMONY
When appropriate, during the ceremony, remember to turn all the way towards each other so that you are facing sideways. Not only will this make it much easier for me to capture all the emotions and expression, but your guests will also be happy because they get to see the joy on your faces too. Sometimes it can be tempting to stay facing the officiant for the entire ceremony with your back to your guests, but it's better for everyone involved if you share the love with the rest of us :) This also means I'll get better shots of your guests too because they'll be more emotionally involved in what's going on.
CONSIDER A DEVICE FREE CEREMONY
Asking your guests to put away their phones and iPads isn't for every couple, but it's something to consider. If your guests are allowed to use their mobile devices during the ceremony, you will see them in my professional photos too. When you're being walked down the isle you will see everyones arms outstretched with their devices making videos and pictures. Guests might also be looking at their screens in my photos instead of at you while you're saying your vows. It's completely personal preference, and maybe you're really excited about Instagram and Facebook coverage! It's up to you, just something I like for clients to give some thought to before the big day. It's not something that can be photoshopped out later.