Can you meet with us to talk about our wedding?
You bet! I want to know all the details! The photography studio is located in Putnam Connecticut; if you are not able to come to my studio I certainly can plan a conference call or we can communicate by email. Many of my clients are some distance away and take advantage of modern technology.
What kind of photographs will you take at our wedding?
The stock answer: My photographic style is a blend of candid photography with traditional groupings of the bridal party and families, as requested.
Candids allow for an unobtrusive approach to capturing the real, and often undocumented details of your family and friends as the celebrate your wedding. I ask for about 30-45 minutes in additional to the formals time for some alone time with just the 2 of you; these portraits are lightly directed and allow you to relax for a few moments before your reception. Your first images of you as a married couple are the ones you will cherish most.
Normal processing includes adjustments to tweak colors, lightness etc; if you like ‘spot’ or selective color or highly saturated and contrasty or (gasp!) HDR photos I can certainly do that. However, if you look at classic wedding images: your parents, grandparents, etc, I suspect the ones that you are drawn to are NOT the ones that show off the fads of the day. The classic images-either posed or poignant candids- WILL be the ones that you will cherish in the days and years to come. Processing fads come and go, and my goal is to make your images remain timeless. Black and white is timeless and processed on request at no charge.
The real answer: The moments that you don’t remember. The events that go by in a nanosecond. The most important moments that bind your lives. The value of a professional photographer is being able to anticipate, be proactive and react to every moment of the day. Being able to describe the moment a photograph was made is one of my greatest pleasures when people ask me about a particular photo. And recalling the events of the photo like it was yesterday will be yours too, if you value the skill set required to accomplish the task.
Will you be with us all day?
I will be with you from the moment your contract is signed until the end of the hours you have chosen for coverage. And afterwards! One of the best things about my job is that I get to talk with you — sometimes 2 years in advance!– about all your plans and the details you’ve chosen. I help you develop a timeline for the day that will take the ceremony, the meals and anything else you’ve got planned into consideration. Your photographer is the one person who you will be working with for most of the day, and should be most aware of your schedule. When you choose your photographer make sure she/he has enough experience to guide you in your planning, and can be proactive to last minute changes in the day. And it doesn’t stop at the end of the day. Creating an album to showcase your day; creating the first family heirloom that you will share with your children and grandchildren. The value of a timeless album is immeasureable, and together we will make it the treasure it is.
What kind of camera do you use?
2 Canon 5DMarkIIIs are the cameras I use primarily. I also have 2 more 5Ds as backups which come to every event, ‘L’ lenses. Top of the line flashes. New England venues are typically very dark at night, even in the summer but especially in the fall and winter! Knowing how to properly expose the scene quickly is essential. And equipment does matter in less than perfect conditions. Studio equipment is also used for very large events and venues. Redundancy is something I take very seriously. Gear can and does fail at the most important times. Being able to use the right tool is an essential decision a photographer must make for various conditions.
What happens if you get sick/can’t shoot our wedding?
I belong to an extensive network of full time professional photographers that jump if something catastrophic should happen. I broke my arm few winters ago with a wedding coming up in 9 days, and wasn’t sure at all whether I’d be able to hold a camera, much less shoot for 8 hours. I secured another primary photographer within hours; we had 3 full-time photographers for the whole day
Do you have insurance?
Absolutely! Errors and Omissions, and liability and gear. I wouldn’t dream of working without all 3.
I’ve been a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) for 7+ years.
I became a Certified Professional Photographer by passing a fairly grueling examination, and acceptance of 20 images which represent the core of my work/subjects. There are approximately 2500 CPP’s worldwide.
I also belong to PPANE, an organization of professional New England Photographers.
What do I get in my package?
Packages vary depending on how many hours you’d like; an 7 hour day is fairly standard and can include the bride and her girls getting ready; ceremony coverage, formals and informals and several hours at the reception. Half and Full day wedding coverage is available with one or 2 photographers. Password protected on-line proofing and ordering is included in all packages. Most packages include a DVD of edited digital files with a personal print release. Proofs and print packages are available. Story book albums are reasonably priced and are custom designed, with your choice of covers; if your package includes digital files, the retouched files found in your album can be included. Flush mount or coffee table albums are available.
Do you do engagements, couples, bridals, TTDs, boudoir?
Of course! These sessions are great fun and we’ll really get to know each other. Most packages include an engagement session which I STRONGLY encourage you to take advantage of! It lets us get comfortable with each other, let’s us talk more about your plans and let’s you get away for a hour or so of R&R . Personalized cards will be available for your guests with information about your galleries highlighting an image from your session.
How long before I get my stuff?
Your event will be blogged within a week or so of your event; private on line viewing averages 2-3 weeks after the wedding depending on the time of year. You will have a few days to view the images privately before they are opened up to your friends and family. They will remain online for 60-90 days. Delivery of the album can be from 2 weeks to 8 weeks after your full approval depending on options you chose and time of year the album is ordered. All albums are made in the US.
OK! How do I sign up?
I need a signed (electronically or physically) contract and retainer to reserve your date. You retainer will be either one third or one half of your package, depending on when your wedding date is. Other options may be available.
I’m really looking forward to hearing about your plans!