Why should I want two or three photographers at my wedding?
Why should I purchase an album?
How long will it take until I get my proof images back?
How long will it take until I get my album back?
What equipment do you use?
What kind of photography do you do?
Do I get the full resolution DVD and reprint rights to my images?


Why should I want two or three photographers at my wedding?

Shooting with one or two additional photographers is integral to my process as a storyteller and an artist. The most obvious reason for having two photographers is for backup. It is inevitable that cameras and equipment occasionally break, memory cards get corrupted, and for many other reasons shots can be missed. Weddings only happen once, in real time– they can’t be re-shot. Having more than one person helps ensure that the important shots that you want aren’t missed.

The other, and maybe more important reason, is that it gives you multiple angles and multiple viewpoints of your wedding. It’s literally being two places at once. It goes beyond just having people standing in different spots– each photographer brings their own style and expertise to your wedding. It also means one photographer can concentrate on doing family shots while the other can capture precious, candid moments. It can also save time and add flexibility– while one photographer is with the bride, the other is with the groom.

When making an album, my goal is to tell your story. The more interesting angles and photos we have to choose from, the more likely it is that we’re going to be able to pick out images that really capture the narrative of your day. Imagine an album page that includes a photograph of you walking down the aisle and a photograph of your husband when he first sees you. That type of thing really brings life and dimension to my coverage.


Why should I purchase an album?

An album is a piece of art, made by an artist, that you will keep for the rest of your life and pass down to your children. Investing in a well-designed, quality album is something you will not regret as the years pass. In fact, many of my clients show me their parents’ cherished wedding albums as a point of inspiration.

Unlike many photographers, I’m not finished when I’m done shooting. I don’t think that a DVD or CD of unedited, disconnected images is the final product of all the hard work we do together to tell your story. Your story is best displayed as a thoughtfully composed, custom wedding album.

I understand that many couples don’t have the means to purchase an album from the very beginning, so I do offer packages without albums. You can always order an album later, be it next year or in 5 years. Albums are generally going to be less expensive when folded into the package price because of how they become part of my workflow, but there’s never a time when you can’t order more products from your wedding photos.

Even if you choose not to purchase an album at the time of your wedding, you still benefit. Many photographers are aiming to shoot that one or few “killer” images. When I shoot, I am always shooting with the idea of narrative in mind so that I can later compose a gorgeous album. It doesn’t mean I’m not trying to take those single images that take your breath away, but that my focus is also on taking a full set of images that work together to capture the story of your day, from the tiny details to the big moments.


How long will it take until I get my proof images back?

Proof books and albums take anywhere from 4-6 weeks from the date of the wedding, and can take longer during peak times of the year. After the wedding, I take all of the images from each photographer and pare them down to the very best images. After that, each image is color corrected, edited, and retouched before it is laid out into a proof magazine or sent to a professional lab for processing. Proof magazines are assembled right at the lab, which can take over a week. Proof albums are assembled by me after I have quality checked all of the prints and the album itself. This process can be time consuming, but it means that you’ll be getting professional quality images from the start.


How long will it take until I get my album back?

The first step is getting an album layout. This is a collaborative effort and requires input from both of us, so that can vary greatly. Some of my clients like to get things done and finalized in a couple weeks, some take over a year. This part really depends on when you’re ready to sit down and pick out the images from your proofs that you want in your album. I am flexible and will accomodate this process as much as I can.

The second step depends on which album you choose, but 4-12 weeks after we’ve finalized a layout is about average. Digital albums are either assembled by me or printed and bound at the bindery. Traditional matted albums are bound at the bindery and assembled by me. I work with album binderies in Italy, Australia, Mexico, and the United States. Each one has a different production schedule and many vary at different times of the year. At the time of album selection, I will be able to give you a better idea of how long it will take to get your album.

I do prefer to finish albums by the first anniversary, but that’s not always possible for various reasons.


What equipment do you use?

Our cameras are all professional digital Canon SLRs with L series lenses. The current workhorse lens is the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens. We also have some f//1.8 lenses for using with ambient light in low-light situations, as well as 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. We also carry a slew of light modifiers, lighting equipment, batteries, battery packs, and little gadgets in our camera bags. I have learned over the years that having good, reliable equipment is essential to my craft, and invest in new equipment all the time. This gives me the latitude to take advantage of creative lighting situations and work quickly and efficiently.

If you would like medium format film coverage, this is something I can provide on a limited basis. I also own a large format camera and can bring that to bridal portraits or engagement portraits. Please contact me for further details.


What kind of photography do you do?

I am flexible. I try to blend the best of traditional, lifestyle, and photojounalistic coverage– and the way I mix them on your wedding day and in your album is up to you! I am equally comfortable doing formal family and bridal party photos as I am doing more photojournalistic coverage. When we meet to discuss your wedding day and begin to assemble an itinerary and shot list, we will figure out together what fits into your style and your day. Every wedding, every couple, and every client is different, so I try to plan my shooting accordingly.


Do I get the full resolution DVD and reprint rights to my images?

You can purchase that DVD for $400 which includes right to reprint. Though many photographers offer the DVD to their clients with their packages, keep in mind that I’m giving you professionally edited, color balanced, and processed images, not proofs or images straight from my camera. This represents hours of work as well as thousands of dollars of investment in software and equipment. And though it is very convenient to be able to make prints whenever you want from that DVD, keep in mind that when you order prints from me, you’re getting prints made by a professional lab that only photographers have access to, and the quality is much better than what you get most anywhere else. Also, my prints are 100% guaranteed– if you don’t like them, I will reprint them until they’re perfect.