— answers to all your questions
Before I get into answering
all your questions I REALLY recommend you read this blog post I wrote. CLICK HERE. It explains my philosophy when it comes to what I do and how invested I am with my couples and clients. I really believe that what I do requires collaboration between my subjects and myself. We are in this together.
YOU: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING?
ME: I have been taking photos a long time. I started with film. I even know how to print in a dark room, b/w and color. I shoot all digital now.
I have been shooting professionally for about 15 years. To me, professionally means you get paid to do what you do.
YOU: WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU USE?
ME: I’m Nikon all the way. I have a lot gear! Click here to read my blog post about what’s in my camera bag. Yup, I have back up gear too.
YOU: ARE YOU INSURED?
ME: You bet. I always say insurance is like birth control. You never think you need it until it’s too late. J I have lots of coverage and can provide your venue with documents to prove it.
YOU: DO YOU SHOOT ONLY WEDDINGS?
ME: Nope. If it has a face, I photograph it. I photograph music people, dance, families, and even though it doesn’t have a face, I shoot food too. In the past three years I have opened up my business to capturing Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and I LOVE THEM TOO.
YOU: WE ARE HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING IN A FAR AWAY LAND. DO YOU TRAVEL?
ME: I can travel pretty much anywhere. (Far away means anywhere outside a 300-mile radius.) I have traveled as far west as Los Angeles and as south and Puerto Rico for weddings. I just charge a flat travel fee that includes flight, lodging and a little food too.
YOU: HOW DO WE GO ABOUT BOOKING YOU FOR OUR WEDDING/EVENT/ INSERT JOB HERE
ME: First you need to fill out the contact form here on my site. Once I get your info, I will send you a little questionnaire so I can find out more about you. Then we meet up for dinner/drinks/coffee or even a Skype session if you are far away. I’ll show you some albums so you have proof that I can shoot an entire wedding. If you choose to have me be apart of your life, then I will build your package, send you a contract, you sign it along with a 50% deposit to hold the date and we are good to go.
YOU: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE TO YOU BOOK?
ME: I usually book up about a year in advance but you never know. I have been known to book the occasional last minute weddings in the so called “off season”.
YOU: DO YOU SHOOT ELOPEMENTS?
ME: Of course! I love them. I have a special elopement package complete with cool information (like restaurants, hotels and things to do) for the out of towner that’s taking advantage of the marriage equality rights we have in Massachusetts.
YOU: WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK?
ME: This is when the bride and groom see one another before the ceremony. This is a great way to have some very intimate alone time together, get your portraits out of the way and even do all the formals so that you can actually attend your cocktail hour. I love doing them but some of my clients still like things the old fashion way and wait until the actual ceremony to see each other. This is totally the couple’s call. You don’t need to decide until a few days before your actual wedding so I’m good either way. It’s your day!
YOU: WHAT IS AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
ME: This is when all cameras, phones, iPods and ipads are shut down and put away during your ceremony. Some of my couples choose to have their entire wedding unplugged. In today’s plugged in world, I think it’s important to take a break from all things technology, especially on your wedding day. When people are at your wedding with their faces smashed up against their cameras and phones, they are missing everything. Not to mention they get into or ruin a lot of very important shots that I need to take including the bride walking down the isle, the recessional, the kiss…pretty much everything. Besides, I think it is very important for your guests to be completely present during your ceremony. So I request that technology is turned off, at least during your ceremony. I have also started requesting that everyone put their phones away while I am capturing the getting ready moments. There are a couple reasons for this. 1. I don't want to hand the couple a whole bunch of photos of nobody talking to one another because they are so distracted by their phones. 2. We are now so preconditioned to post so much about our lives with photos on social media the last thing you want is someone taking a photo of the bride or the groom while they are getting ready, post it on instagram, facebook or twitter, only to spoil the first look because that photo on social media spoiled it.
YOU: YOUR WEDDINGS LOOK SO WILD AND CRAZY. OUR WEDDING IS KIND OF FORMAL BUT WE LOVE YOUR FUNKY EDGY STUFF. ARE WE GOING TO BE EDGY ENOUGH FOR YOU?
ME: I get this question from time to time. Listen, I shoot all types of weddings, formal and funky. Love is love! It's all about a state of mind. It’s about a marriage, and not necessarily about a wedding. If you want to have fun, it doesn't matter if you are getting married in a warehouse or the four seasons, it's all about having a good time, period. My clients are teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, construction workers, big wigs in finance burlesque dancers, musicians, artists, you name it, no two are a like and I love that about my job.
YOU: WHAT IF WE WANT A 2ND SHOOTER? HOW ABOUT A 3RD SHOOTER?
ME: My basic coverage includes a 2nd shooter. If you want a 3rd shooter (which I recommend for over 275 guest) you can add that when you build your package. All my additional shooters are actual wedding photographers with their own businesses. They know their stuff and love to 2nd shoot. I also 2nd shoot from time to time so that I stay on top of my game!
YOU: WE WOULD LIKE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN OUR PACKAGE. DO YOU DO THOSE?
ME: Yes, of course I do. I like to call them a “practice session”. This is a great way to see how I work. It also helps you as a couple feel more comfortable around me as well as the camera. It allows me to see if you are a blinker, what angles you look best in and other fun stuff. I always tell my couples before we start their formals on their wedding day, “Remember how we did your engagement session? Well it’s the same thing you are just fancier clothes”.
YOU: HOW LONG BEFORE WE GET OUR FINAL PHOTOS?
ME: This is a two-part answer. I come, shoot your wedding, go home and cull (a basic edit to get rid of nasty photos), back up everything, then do the final edits with light retouching. About 60 days after your wedding date your images are uploaded to a private proofing gallery so that you are able to view and purchase prints and products. This gallery stays live for one year. If you are purchasing the final edit of all your images on a flash drive, you will receive that approximately 3 months after your online gallery goes live.