As you’re surely finding out, there are many details that go into planning a wedding. My 10+ years in the biz have made me with a wealth of information and I want to share it with you to help your day be smooth and fun. I take pride in educating my clients on the photographic process and always want you to feel clear about what you’re getting when you hire me when you sign our contract.
We want you! How do we seal the deal? I require a signed contract + 1/3 of your total fee as a retainer. I usually book about 12-18 months in advance and I don’t save dates. Dates are limited so that I can give all my clients the time and energy they deserve (so get in touch now!)
How many photos do we get in the final set of images? This varies from wedding to wedding but it’s usually somewhere between 600-850. I cull, edit and retouch each wedding personally because I’m kind of a control freak.
When will our photos be ready to view? My typical turnaround is 6-12 weeks, depending on the time of year. I put a ton of energy and creativity into the post-processing – I promise, it’s worth the wait!
Can we see all the photos you edited out? No way, man. Would you want all the woodscraps from the fine piece of furniture your carpenter made you? Trust me, you only want the finished product, which will be a perfect telling of your story.
What happens if you are sick or in an accident on the day of my wedding? I hate thinking about that but it’s best that we’re prepared if something were to happen. Should I be unable to photograph your wedding, I would call upon one of the many photographers in my community of talented folks. We photographers really support each other and are ready to rally when needed. I feel more than confident that I’d be able to find an awesome stand-in should the need present itself.
Do I own the copyright for my wedding photos? Nope. The copyright stays with me but your contract comes with a print release which allows you to make prints anywhere, anytime. As long as you don’t sell, modify or enter the images in a competition, they’re yours to do what you’d like with them. (Although I definitely recommend using a high-end, professional lab to make prints, if you’re not going through me.)
Can I upload my photos to Facebook and/or Instagram? Heck yes! I love seeing my work being used for peoples’ personal pages and there’s nothing better for my business than word-of-mouth (plus there’s nothing sadder than photos sitting on a computer. I want those photos to be SEEN!) I just ask that you credit First Comes Love Photo and, PLEASE, don’t use an Instagram filter to change the photo – it’s perfect the way it is!
If you have any unanswered questions after reading this, please don’t hesitate to reach out!