1. We are interested in booking your services for our wedding – what are the next steps?
Great! I’m really glad to hear that, because I’d love to work with you too. The first thing I always do is I meet my couples. That initial conversation over coffee or drinks is so important to building our friendship and rapport. If you prefer, I can send you a written contract and just ask that you send it back with your deposit if schedules don’t align, but I always love to meet first.
2. How much of a deposit is required to secure my date?
Planning a wedding can be expensive and usually requires budgeting – I totally get it! To ensure I do what I can to alleviate some of that stress, I only require a 10% deposit to be placed to hold your date of choice for you. Deposits are non-refundable but may be applied to a new date if your wedding date is moved due to extenuating circumstances, as long as I am available.
3. Do you have a second shooter available in case we decide to have one?
Absolutely! But one of the first questions I’ll ask you is “why do you feel you need a second shooter?”. Often times, 1 photographer is plenty, but there are times where you may need 2. One of my goals is to help you save money, so I’ll sit down with you and review your vision and itinerary with you, offer you helpful tips and tricks for your wedding day, and then if I really think you need a second shooter, I’ll definitely recommend it. However, if I don’t think you need one, I’ll make sure to tell you.
4. I am considering hiring a wedding planner – what are your thoughts?
Coming soon, I’ll be posting a video on the PRO’s and CON’s of hiring a wedding planner and what some of your considerations should be. Until then, please feel free to shoot me an email with the details of your wedding and I’d be happy to let you know if I think you need one or not.
5. How would you describe your photography or shooting style?
I pride myself on being fun, contagiously fun, and full of laughter. When it comes to my photography, I really want my couples and clients to feel comfortable, and that to me is one day to guarantee it. I enjoy being myself and love seeing you in your element, being transparent, sharing your ideas with me, and just having a great time. I shoot 80% of the day through candids of emotional and raw moments, whereas the other 20% would be guided posing, to help your family get together for everyone’s favorite group and family shots, as well as a few photos during your portrait session. But for the most part, I shoot your day using a photo journalistic approach that is unobtrusive yet intimate and fun.
6. How long does it typically take before I receive my final photo package?
Great question! I know you’re going to be excited to see your final photos, and that’s why I post teasers right away. I pay attention to all the small details of your final product and package, from carefully selecting and curating the final images, performing color correction, sharpening and other editing tools on every single photo, and then carefully designing your final product. Depending on package choice, as well as time of the year, you can expect your final product between 1-3 months after your wedding.
7. Can I see teasers or sneak peek photos after the wedding?
Absolutely! In fact, I begin to backup all of the photos and start editing some of my favorites right after your wedding, because I’m always so excited to see how the photos came out, even if it’s 2am! Within 48-72 hours, teasers from your wedding day are shared with you via Facebook, Instagram and email, so that you can share with your friends and family!
8. Do you capture Trash the Dress sessions?
I do! Please contact me and let’s talk about what you envision and I’d be more than happy to capture it and tell your story!
9. How much is it to add additional hours of coverage to a package, or if our wedding goes overtime?
Overtime is charged at a rate of $250/hour – please select a package and the number of hours carefully to ensure you have the flexibility of delays, travel, etc.
10. Do you carry business insurance or commercial liability insurance?
I’m glad you asked! Commercial Liability Insurance is absolutely neccessary and yes, Element Fusion am fully insured. This insurance gives you peace of mind, as well as protects yourself as well as the photographer (Element Fusion). Some “companies” and “individuals with cameras” may not be insured – be cautious as this offers you no protection, nor them.
11. Do you carry backup gear?
I sure do! Along with Commerical Liability Insurance, I also carry a ton of backup gear. You see, it goes back to my decades as a DJ where the show had to go on, no matter what. I’d have backup amplifiers if my main amplifiers overheated, or a backup laptop and CD player in case one of them failed, and I practice the same as a professional photographer. At all times, I carry 2 cameras with a 3rd as a backup for a worst case scenario. I also carry approximately 8-10 lenses, 20 different batteries, 4 different flahes, 15 memory cards, and more. A wedding day is fast paced, and the last thing you want to deal with as a photographer, is scrambling due to equipment failure. The wedding must go on, flawlessly and without interruption, and that’s why we always bring additional equipment.
12. Are you a Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic or Sony shooter?
Fellow photographer are we? 🙂 Regardless of my answer, we can always be friends! I shot with Canon for over 16 years but recently sold all of my Canon gear and switched to Sony. Sony’s cameras are simply leading the rest when it comes to technology and features, and in order for me to deliver the best photo and video, I have to work with the best equipment. It was a sad end of an era with Canon, but in the end, it was the right choice.
Have any more questions I haven’t already answered? Shoot me an email and I’d be more than happy to answer it, or give me a call!