Questions you should ask...
Why should I hire you?
One of my greatest strengths as a photographer is making my clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. I believe your wedding day is your wedding day, not your wedding photoshoot, so I try to stay as out of the way as much as possible. I will capture your day as it unfolds, and I might even throw a few jokes in there to help calm your nerves.
How do I book you?
First you look through my website and blog and make sure that you like my style. Then you contact me and we can chat via email, Skype, or set up a meeting to get to know one another and make sure we would be a good fit. Then you will sign a contract with a $750 non refundable retainer. The remaining balance will be due 14 days prior to your wedding. I accept checks, credit cards, and Sooner Football season tickets.
Can you help me figure out how much coverage I need?
Definitely! I am very involved in the timeline process from start to finish. I can give you a general overview of how the day should flow when we first meet and then about 6 weeks out from your wedding I send a questionnaire where I get all the details I need to know and then I work with either you directly or your planner to get your day planned perfectly.
Can you hold my date or tell me when you get an inquiry for my date?
Unfortunately out of fairness for all of my clients, I operate on a first come-first served basis. Your date is officially held once I receive a signed contract and retainer.
Do you have liability insurance?
Ohhhhh yes! Before I was a photographer I was an insurance claims adjuster. I think I'm even still licensed in 30-something states. Anyway, yep...insurance is a big deal for me.
How many images can I expect to receive?
This can vary greatly depending on individual circumstances, but on average I tell my clients to expect 70-80 images per shooting hour. I aim for quality rather than quantity. Nobody wants 17 photos of the groom putting on his shoes or 200 photos of the bride with her hair in rollers. That will water down your gallery and make the special moments less special.
Will you book more than one wedding per day?
Nope. I do all day coverage. I am yours for the day. I obviously won't be there when you first roll out of bed, but I'll be sure to catch all the important stuff.
What is your typical turnaround time?
Turnaround time is 4-6 weeks to have your images edited and uploaded to your online gallery for you to download at your leisure. Engagement and bridal turnaround is typically around 2-3 weeks.
When do we shoot engagements/bridals?
Sessions are typically scheduled beginning at 90 minutes before sunset. I do not photograph outdoor sessions from mid-June to early September because of summer heat. Usually March-May and late September-November will be your best bet unless you specifically want winter photos. Bridals need to be scheduled no later than 4 weeks before your wedding so please ensure your final dress alterations will be complete before that time. Please note that sessions are scheduled Tuesday-Thursday with limited Friday availability. Due to my heavy wedding and travel schedule as well as running a photobooth business, I do not schedule portrait sessions on weekends.
What about travel?
I will travel for weddings all over the US and the world for that matter. There are no travel fees for most of north Texas and the entire state of Oklahoma. Travel outside these areas is very reasonable and is billed on a reimbursement type basis for airfare, hotel, and rental car.
Can I give you a shot list of all the pictures I want?
Aside from family formals and important things I wouldn't know otherwise, no. I find that shot lists stifle my creativity and often have things I would capture anyway such as the bride getting into her dress or groom's reaction. If you give me a list of cheesy Pinterest poses I will roll my eyes and sigh.
Do you guarantee your presence at the wedding?
Yes, unless I am dead.