Do we get the digital files?
Absolutely! All of our packages include the high resolution digital images, with no watermarks or logos. You’ll also receive the print release/reprint rights, allowing you to use your photos however you’d like for any personal use. You can print your images anywhere you’d like on any format, download your images, post your images online, share them with friends and family, etc.
What’s included in your packages?
All our wedding packages include:
- plenty of coverage time
- high-resolution color-corrected digital images
- your own private online gallery online for a minimum of 2 years
- a custom 30-page digital album
- full print release & reprint rights for all your photos
- day-of timeline planning
- and a host of other options
All of our packages also include two photographers except our base package. We understand not everyone fits in a preset package, too – customize your own bundle to receive what you want and not what you don’t need.
How many photos will we receive, when can we expect them back, and how will we get them?
We typically deliver anywhere from 50 to 100 images for an engagement shoot, and for weddings we typically deliver 500 to 800 images. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on photography coverage length, wedding size, the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured. All images are edited and delivered back to you within 3 weeks of your wedding. You will receive an online gallery of your images, organized by major event of the day (such as Getting Ready, First Look, Ceremony, Bride and Groom, Bridal Party, Family Photos, Reception). From within your gallery, you can download, print and easily share your photos individually or share your entire gallery with just the one URL. You can also mark photos as private, allowing only you to view them.
How much coverage do we need?
Coverage length needed, typically measured in hours such as 6, 8 or 10 hours, depends on a number of factors including wedding size, driving time between locations, and planned events. Generally speaking, for a wedding with around 150 guests, the ceremony and reception are at the same or different locations, and to cover getting ready shots as well as reception and dancing photos, 8 hours of coverage will cover you well. If you’re looking to go to multiple off-site locations for photos or for more reception coverage, or if your wedding guest count is greater than 250, 10 hours of coverage would be more inclusive. Coverage is something we’ll talk about in detail on our initial call.
How do we begin to plan our day-of timeline? How do we structure the day to get the most out of our photography?
With every wedding and every package we include wedding day timeline planning. Leading up to your wedding, we’ll talk about things like having a first look or not, how much time to leave between your ceremony and reception, the various events at your reception, and how to fit all of this in the day while keeping it smooth and stress-free. We’ll write out a day-of schedule for you and review this together a month before your wedding to make sure everything is covered and your comfortable with the timing. The schedule will be as detailed as to include events such as when we arrive, when we’ll be at the groom’s getting ready location, the bride’s getting ready location, travel time between locations, ceremony start time, when family photos are, when bridal party photos are, and when cake cutting is, dinner is served, dancing begins, etc.
How would you describe your working style?
It’s critically important to get the important shots of your big day, but it’s also important to be able to blend into the background, not cause any hold-ups, and shoot what unfolds naturally. This is your day, I don’t want you to worry about the photographs at all – enjoy your day and make unforgettable memories with your families. Often times, my clients will ask if they need to do anything different – where to look, how to stand, should they smile or not? And to that I reply no, don’t worry about that – if I like what you’re doing naturally, I’ll take the shot. Otherwise, I will always ask. During the family portraits, it’s important to get everyone together and in a timely manner, and that’s when I will have a more take-charge-of-the-situation personality to get the shots that are important to you.
Do you have professional insurance?
Yes, we are fully licensed and insured photographers.
What kind of gear do you use? Do you have backup gear?
You only get married once, & wedding shots can’t be re-done. For these reasons I have invested in only the best professional Canon photography equipment. Here is a snapshot of some of my equipment I’ll use to photograph your wedding:
- Camera Bodies: Canon 5D Mark iii – I have two on me at all times, each with a different lens/focal length (what’s especially great with these camera bodies is they write to 2 memory cards simultaneously, which creates an immediate backup of all images in case of a memory card failure)
- 24-70mm f2.8L II – amazing low-light and wide-angle lens to capture “scene setters” that really help tell your story, such as architecture
- 70-200mm f2.8L II – my workhorse lens, fantastic at low-light, candids and portraits
- 85mm f1.2L II – fixed focal length lens which produces beautiful portraits
- 100mm macro f2.8L – great for detail shots such as your cake, rings and reception details – also seconds as a fantastic portrait lens
- Other Equipment: SanDisk Professional memory cards, off-camera lighting & accessories, remote flash triggers, lighting stands, etc.
- Backup Gear: I also carry backup gear of camera bodies, lenses, batteries, memory cards, and everything else in case anything happens during the day
Full memory cards are kept in a secure pouch in my pocket physically attached to my belt loop. After your wedding, photos are backed up to a 4th location via the cloud. We’ve never lost an image and never plan to do so.
Do you keep backups of all our photos?
Of course! Our cameras take advantage of using 2 memory cards simultaneously – as soon as a photo is captured, the photo is immediately saved to two locations. I also keep a copy of all photos on my computer. In addition, I upload all photos to the cloud. And finally, your images are stored in yet another separate cloud service for you to access via your online private gallery.
Can we give you a list of specific photos we would like?
Definitely! I love better understanding the styles of poses or specific photos you’d like to make sure we capture. To ensure you’re comfortable and stress-free on your wedding day, we’ll meet and chat numerous times before your big day. We’ll iron out your day’s timeline, names of family members, who’s in the bridal party, confirm addresses and arrival times, what specific photos you want, etc. It’s so important to me to especially capture the moments you request, and so I make it a focus to spend time with you asking these types of questions so I understand what you’re looking for.
Do you charge for travel?
Travel to and from your event is included for locations within 50 miles (100 miles round trip) of Canton, MI. This covers weddings from Ann Arbor to Flint, Port Huron to Toledo, and the entire Greater Detroit area including Troy, Birmingham, Rochester, St Clair Shores, Monroe, Jackson, Wixom, etc. For weddings farther away, nominal travel fees apply. Please contact me for details.
How do we reserve you for our wedding date? How far in advance do we need to book you?
We keep this as easy as possible for you – all that’s needed to reserve your date is a signed agreement and a $500 deposit. Once we have the opportunity to chat on the phone or Skype, or meet in person, we’ll send you a link with which you can both sign the agreement and pay the deposit.
How far in advance to book depends on the date of your wedding. If you’re wedding is on a holiday weekend or during the busy summer season, it’s best to inquire earlier as those days tend to book faster. Typically I’m booked about 6-12 months in advance, up to 24 months in advance, but again this depends on the time of year and wedding date. Send us an e-mail and we’ll make sure we have your date available! I’ll get back to you within a few hours.