- How long have you been photographing?
You can read more about this topic in the “about me” section, but to sum it up, I have been shooting non professionally since 2003, shooting DSLR since 2008, and I have owned my own business photographing families and weddings since 2013.
- What brand of camera do you use?
Truthfully, this question is asked by many, but it is not the brand of camera which matters. I know some amazing photographers that all shoot Canon, and a few that shoot Sony, then of course you have those who shoot Leica. I myself am a Nikon girl. Since day one its always been a Nikon. Its not because I think is one is better than the other (ok, I kind of do) but really thats not what it is about. For me, I like the way the colors are with Nikon, I love the feel of it in my hands, and honestly for me it feels more smooth while shooting.
- Do I really need a photographer for my wedding?
OF COURSE! Listen, a month, a year, even ten years after your wedding, you wont remember the food you ate, or the specialty drinks that were offered. You wont be wearing your wedding gown, and you wont have the bouquet and centerpieces. What you will have, what you SHOULD have, are images that will take you back to that special day. Images you can share with your children and even grandchildren.
- Is this your full time job?
It is my only job but some weeks I don’t put in 40 hours, while other weeks I put in far more. I do not have another job or career which takes away from my photography.
- What is an unplugged wedding, and should I do this?
An unplugged wedding is when the couple decides they want to rely solely on the photographer(s) and videographer(s) to capture their wedding. This option is great during the ceremony as it eliminates guests from divulging into their phones to try and get that shot and being the first to upload to social media, rather than being their in the moment to support the couple. It also keeps guests from potentially ruining the shot that the professionals need to get, and are hired to capture. I recommend going unplugged through the ceremony, and first dance, then allowing the guests to utilize their phones and camera once the first dance is complete.
- How many shooters do I really need to cover my wedding?
It all depends on the size of the wedding. Smaller, intimate weddings can be captured by one photographer and an assistant. Most weddings do need the help of two photographers, especially during the prep, when the couple may be getting ready in two separate locations. Its also valuable to have two different point of views, and doubles the amount of images you will receive. Three photographers is really just a bonus.
- What is the optimal hours of coverage one should have for their wedding day?
Typically a wedding runs between 9-12 hours for a full day coverage. Most weddings landing in the 10 hour time frame.
- What is a first look and do you recommend this?
A first look is when the couple meets prior to the ceremony, after getting ready. The couple does this usually in an intimate setting, to see each other privately for the first time, prior to the ceremony. Though I myself am all for the traditional “walk down the aisle” reveal, the first look does have its benefits. It allows for more time to take photos prior to the ceremony since you both seen one another already. This may offer the time needed to head to another location, or complete all the formal bridal party photos with the group as a whole.
- Do you edit every image from my wedding day?
Every image? No. Not all images make it to the final cut. The ones that do, they are all edited one by one. I never batch edit, nor do i slap on a pretty preset and call it a day. I edit anywhere between 400-2000 images for each wedding, including the images my second shooter has taken. I feel each image is in a different light, with a different tone, and a different exposure, and I myself prefer to go in and edit each one individually.
- Do you Travel and is there an additional cost?
Right now, I only travel to certain locations on the east coast. (if looking for coverage for a destination wedding, please inquire as I do have fellow photographers which I would love to recommend). Travel costs do exist in certain situations and for certain locations. Most parts of New Jersey are free of additional travel costs.
- Do I need engagement photos?
No, but it is a great thing to have. These can be used to send out save the date cards, or for a signing board if you plan for a bridal shower or engagement party. They can be put together to make a personalized website with all things wedding related, or for a scrapbook. Most of all, they make for great memories, and if the package includes it, then why not?
- What exactly is a honeymoon session?
This idea came to me after seeing countless brides doing a “trash the dress”. I couldn’t believe anyone could do that (yes, I get attached to things!). So I had a crazy idea of making a session for the couple to get back into their wedding attire, and photograph some intimate photos all over again at the location of their choice, with no worry about time. Typically it would be done with in the first year of marriage. This is an awesome option for couples who married in the summer but would love some images in the snow or with fall foliage. Maybe the wedding didn’t allow adequate time for traveling to a particular location, this allows you to recreate those formal shots.
- How long until I receive all my images, and how exactly are they delivered?
Typically images take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for delivery. It varies depending on the amount of hours covered. Engagement, boudoir, and honeymoon sessions take about 2-3 weeks for delivery.
- Do I have the rights to print the images you take?
Yes! These are your images, so you can print and copy the images and share with family.
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