So. Many. Details. go into planning a wedding, amiright? I’ve been at this gig for a long time and I’m happy to share what I know from 11+ years in the wedding world to help you feel relaxed and present and for the day to go smoothly. I dig educating my clients about the photographic process and I want you to feel clear about what you’re getting when you book me for your wedding.
How would you describe your style of shooting?
I’m not sure I have a set style because every different part of the day requires a different approach. For getting ready, I’m more a photojournalist, documenting what’s happening around me without intervening much. Family formals require a much more directive approach. Couples’ portraits are sort of a mix of the two styles. I love to make engaged portraits of guests if it’s appropriate to the vibe I’m getting from them; if it’s not, I photograph them in a more candid style. Overall, I’m paying attention to emotions, most of the time seeking out the more behind-the-scenes, intimate moments that help to tell the story of your day. Rather than a having a specific visual style, I think my images have more of a specific feeling: intimate, raw and authentic to people I’m photographing.
How many photos do we get in the final set of images?
This varies from wedding to wedding but it’s usually somewhere between 600-800. I cull, edit and retouch each wedding personally because I’m kind of a control freak.
Do you shoot same-sex weddings?
Absolutely. I believe that love is love. <3
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! I usually post a sneak peek in the first week after the wedding so make sure you “like” my page so you don’t miss them!
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. If a photo was edited out of your gallery, there’s a reason for it. You’ll get every single shot that makes you and your people look good.
Can I edit the images myself?
When you’re hire me to photograph you, you’re paying for a complete set of finished images, much like the the fine piece of furniture referenced above. If someone else works on my images, they’re not mine anymore and that’s not what you’ve paid for. It’s the finished product that makes it my work. I put a ton of time and energy into perfecting your images and feel very strongly that another person’s editing technique would take away from the finished product I took great care in creating.
What happens if you are sick or in an accident on the day of my wedding?
Least-fun question ever, but best to be prepared than not. 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 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, alter or use the images for your own branding or marketing, 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.) Please be sure to back-up your images (twice!) because First Comes Love Photo is not responsible for lost images.
Can I share 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 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!
We want to book you! How do we seal the deal?
I require a signed contract + 1/2 of your total fee as a retainer. I usually book about 12-18 months in advance. Dates are limited so that I can give all my clients the time and energy they deserve (so get in touch now!)