Although this collection of Frequently Asked Questions addresses most initial questions, my approach revolves around client preferences. I'm always open to suggestions. As an artist, my work constantly evolves and I’d love to share with you my newest developments.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SURPRISE PROPOSAL AND AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Although both aspire to tell your story as a couple, one is photographed in secret as you propose and the second is done as an engaged couple.
CAN WE HAVE THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION RIGHT AFTER I PROPOSE?
Yes, we can. I personally feel it's better to have another session to allow your partner to look their best for your wedding invitation portrait. A surprise proposal could be overwhelming and asking them to dress nicer for the proposal than usual may raise suspicion. But please feel free to plan for this if you think you'll be able to pull it off.
WHAT LOCATIONS DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR A PROPOSAL?
A location that's special to you both is always best. Look to what your partner would appreciate best. A park you often go to, a hiking trail or even local coffee shop where they're most comfortable are awesome spots. It will be easier for us to do this in secret if there were other people around. Unless the place is important to you, I recommend that you consider other places beyond the must-have landmarks to focus on intimacy of this life event.
WHAT'S THE BEST TIME IN THE DAY TO PROPOSE?
There are two things to consider when you're choosing the time of the day to propose - season and weather. We have more flexibility if it we'd have a warmer day and during the colder months, you may want to look into doing it before dark or indoors. Best natural light comes during the golden hour or shortly after sunrise and right before sunset.
HOW LONG WILL YOU BE AROUND TO TAKE PICTURES FOR SURPRISE PROPOSALS?
A surprise proposal coverage typically runs for an hour. Each additional hour is $150 and I can be there for as long as you need me.
HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I RECEIVE? HOW AND WHEN DO I GET THEM?
There's no solid number but I commit at least 50 images. I will deliver the photos to you through my cloud service. There's no DVD to break and USB thumb drives to lose. 12 professional images are typically sent as previews within 24-hours of the proposal.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IN SECURING A SURPRISE PROPOSAL SESSION?
First, we hop on FaceTime. This allows us to talk more and get a better sense of each other. Putting a face to the texts and emails goes a long way. After we've determined the date, we will then secure the appointment with a 50% deposit. I accept Zelle®, Venmo, PayPal and checks. I will arrive at your location at least 15 minutes from the time we've planned for and your time doesn't go against this. I have quite a bit more planning details to discuss with you.
MY WEDDING REQUIRES LESS THAN WHAT YOU OFFER, DO YOU HAVE ALTERNATE PACKAGES?
Commissions depend on several factors. I’m more than happy to formulate a custom package for you. Please send me more information on your day; include location, time and size of your party.
HOW MANY DO PHOTOS DO YOU DELIVER AND MAY I HAVE ALL THE PHOTOS YOU SHOT?
My delivery usually consists of 80 images per hour of coverage. I eliminate duplicates, calibrations, and unflattering images. As I anticipate moments to photograph, spontaneity is key. This requires quick thinking; the scene changes in a heartbeat. One time you’re smiling beautifully and the next half-second, not as pretty. I only edit the ones qualified for delivery and the rest would be discarded as these not represent the quality you expect of me from the samples I've committed to deliver.
HOW ABOUT RAW PHOTOS, DO YOU DELIVER THESE SO I MAY PROCESS THESE MYSELF?
I believe delivering RAW files is a disservice to my clients. RAW images are unfinished work and don’t represent the work I offer. This compromise goes against the unyielding standards that I hold dear. I feel it’s much like a baker selling flour instead of bread to those who say they can bake better. I’ve committed myself to deliver my best work.
DO YOU OFFER CINEMATOGRAPHY?
I’m sorry, no. I strive for efficient simplicity and prefer to contain my service to what I’m directly involved with. I could recommend several highly-capable professionals for your perusal. I encourage you to match my style with theirs. I once had a video team that had an opposing style. For instance, my first look sequence is intimate and encourages raw emotions while the video team’s methods involves 3 spotlights, 5 cameras and a drone following the bride as she walks to her groom. This method works for some but is opposite to mine.
DO YOU OFFER DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
Yes, I do. I love traveling. I love this a lot. At most, I request that travel, board and lodging is accommodated for your photographer/s. Unless you're fine with me arriving the day before your wedding, I prefer to be at the destination 2 days ahead to avoid travel inconveniences. This would also allow me enough time for location scouting. I always leave at the soonest possible time after the wedding. No fine print funny stuff, I only request to be reimbursed for actual expenses evidenced by receipts.
HOW DO WE BOOK AND PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES?
After you confirm your decision, you will receive an email with a link to our contract. There's no need for you to print, sign, scan and send it back to me. A response saying you agree to the document is enough for it to be legally binding. I accept Zelle®, Venmo, PayPal and checks.
MAY I PRINT THE IMAGES ON MY OWN AND USE THESE AS I WISH?
Yes, please have fun with your images, I will issue a print and distribution release. All I ask is that these aren't reused for any commercial purposes. Let's say your jeweler is interested in using some images for their marketing, they would need to coordinate with me. It will be them using the images at this point and not you.
DESPITE CONCENTRATING ON CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY, DO YOU DO POSED PORTRAITS AT ALL?
Yes, I do! I have a few tricks to keep things fun and candid. These sessions get wilder as the group size gets larger – just as it should. And no, I don’t ask people to say cheeeeese.
CAN MY UNCLE TAKE PICTURES OF MY WEDDING?
Yes, he may. I’d be more than happy to give him tips too! Please request that they stay behind me at all times. For better understanding, imagine your kiss the bride photo with Uncle Bob holding up an iPad in the middle of the isle. I also issue an unplugged wedding discount. This $100 discount is issued when 2 signs requesting guests to put away their devices during the ceremony are put up. The cocktail hour and reception is fair game. No wedding is complete without selfies.
CAN WE SEE A FULL GALLERY?
Yes and I will not have it any other way. I’m a firm believer of transparency as this encourages trust and compatibility. There are plenty of excellent photographers out there, in both character and skill. It’s simply a matter of finding the perfect fit for your vision and it's a beautiful thing once found. Peace of mind and efficiency happens. I never impose my style onto anyone but I do my best to impress those who look.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, my service is insured. Peace of mind is an integral part of my business.
I WANT TO LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY, MAY I SHOOT WITH YOU TO LEARN?
Yes, I’m happy to have you! I accept a limited number of apprentices. Please say hello, I love sharing what I know. The tide raises all boats.