I've created this page to answer some commonly asked questions about my services, and wedding photography in general. If you have other questions, please let me know
Q: How does this whole thing work?
It's easy, just follow these simple steps:
First, contact me to check if I have your date available (phone: 971-222-6426, or firstname.lastname@example.org). Yes, "971" is a local Portland number.
(Optional) If you like, we can meet to review some sample prints & albums, and get to know each other.
To reserve the date, I just need a deposit for 1/3 of the total amount, and a signed copy of a wedding agreement.
When we get closer to the date, we'll work out a general plan for the day to make sure we both have a clear understanding of how the event will unfold.
If you have any questions at any point, I'd love to answer them!
Q: How long after the wedding will you have the photos ready?
Usually about 3 weeks.
Q: Do you do wedding albums?
Sure! There's no deadline to decide what you want. You can think about that after the wedding. Just send me an e-mail to get all the information about the wedding albums I offer.
Q: What type of cameras do you use?
To ensure the highest quality results, I use professional digital cameras. Most photographers have transitioned to a digital workflow. Today's digital cameras exceed film cameras in nearly every technical aspect, and can help a photographer be creative in ways simply not possible with film. All my prints are made with a traditional photo-lithographic process to ensure durability and excellent color rendition.
Q: What other equipment do you use?
The camera is only one tool. I use top-quality lenses, and have extensive lighting equipment (wireless strobes/flashes, reflectors, etc) to produce quality images in any situation from dimly lit churches, to bright sunlight. It's important to me to have no compromises when it comes to equipment. I also bring backups for everything.
Q: Can you do black & white photos?
I first capture all images in color. When I process the images, I may convert some images to black & white, or other creative styles if they appear more compelling in that style. I will include those as part of the proof package.
Q: Can I get the digital negative files (full resolution files)?
Yes, this is an option for any wedding or portrait session. You can use these to make your own prints.
Q: How much time does it take to do formal (posed group) photographs?
This primarily depends on the size of the wedding, and how many formal photographs you want (if any). This is something we can discuss before the wedding. The time can range from as little as 15 minutes to over an hour.
Q: What if your equipment breaks during the wedding?
I have backups for everything.
Q: How many photos do you take for a wedding?
As many as it takes. I have no limits or quotas. I make sure I get a sufficient quantity of quality photographs that cover all aspects of the day. For an average wedding, I'll have hundreds of proof images from which to choose.
Q: Do you retouch or "fix" the photos?
I consider quality post-processing (adjusting tonal qualities, color balance, etc.) a fundamental element of quality photography. I often spend more time working on the images afterwards than I do taking them. I include minor touch-ups (fixing blemishes, etc) as part of basic included service prior to proofing.
Q: Can you be available the entire day at multiple locations?
Certainly. I prefer to be wherever the story is unfolding.
Q: Do you take engagement photos as well?
Sure! I love taking engagement photos, it's a great way for us to get to know each other as well. Ask me about the details.
Q: Do you offer on-line proofing?
On-line proofing is included with every wedding. If you don't have a high-bandwidth internet connection, I can also make you a proof CD-ROM, or even a full set of proof prints.
Q: How far in advance can I schedule an event?
I don't have a limit.
Q: Are you available on short notice?
If my schedule is open, I'm available. Contact me and find out, it only takes a moment.