How far in advanced should we book you?
Weddings are booked first come, first serve, meaning that whoever puts a deposit down and signs a contract gets the date that’s open. Typically brides, grooms, or parents book their photographer around 9 months in advance. I typically get date requests between 3 months – 1 year. CLICK HERE to fill out a contact form and I’ll get back to you on availability and we can schedule time to Skype or meet in person.
How do I book you for my date?
It’s easy, you just fill out the proposal I’ll send, sign the contract and pay the retainer. I encourage clients to purchase the package that includes everything you want, so you can take advance of the package discount rather than paying the a la carte pricing.
How will I get good pictures because I never know how to pose?
I love taking in the moment unposed images but during the formal pictures, I’ll direct everyone on where to stand, put their hands, and angle their body to get the best possible images. Remember that the majority of people aren’t comfortable with a camera in your face. I’ve been told by many clients that I have a way of helping people to relax and get a good image.
Do I get to keep the files?
My wedding clients will receive all edited high-res JPGs with printing rights. Engagement packages include a certain number of images.
How many will I receive?
A good rule of thumb is about 60 – 100 photos per hour. A typical wedding lasting eight hours will generally result in about 600 to 1,000 delivered images although we typically photograph more than that amount. Many of the photos are duplicate or triplicate making sure we get the sharpest photo possible and go for that in between moment shot that is magical. Once we start going through the painstaking process of culling through the best of the best. Then we edit every single acceptable photo and deliver full sized high resolution jpg. format images.
How long until we see our images?
We usually get photos edited and delivered within 6 weeks. As a business we try to under promise and over deliver at every opportunity.
Do you photograph weddings outside of the Bay Area?
I love to photograph destination weddings or weddings in areas around the world. For destination weddings, the travel fee is dependent on location but roughly would cover airfare, two nights accommodation, and car-rental. I do have specials for couples if I plan to be where they are getting married, CLICK HERE to see if I plan on being in your area on your wedding date. All local weddings (within an hour of San Jose), there is no travel fee. CLICK HERE to ask about travel fees for areas more than an hour outside of San Jose.
What are save-the-dates?
Well, these are announcements that you send once you decide on a wedding date and book the venue. You don’t want to send them before you book a venue as if the venue ends up not being available, you may consider changing the date. Save-the-dates make sure that your guests and family save that date on their calendar. Since Wedding invitations don’t typically go out until six to eight weeks before the wedding, you want to make sure that your guests know well in advance, even 6 months in advance if you want.
Where should we photograph our engagement photos?
We can photograph you at a place that is special to you both. Did he ask at the beach? Perhaps it will be a perfect location to document your love. Do you have a favorite restaurant? Let’s photograph you two sharing an ice-cream sundae. Do you like to go to an amusement park? Let’s photograph him feeding you cotton candy. Did he get down on one knee while you were on a hike? Let’s take your furry child and photograph you in the hills. Let your imaginations run wild and lets document your love anywhere in the Bay Area!
Should we hire a wedding coordinator?
Oh yeah! A coordinator definitely saves unnecessary costs for couples and allows the day to flow more smoothly. If price is a hurdle you might consider hiring someone just for the day of the wedding. I have a few really fantastic planners that I have worked with and would be happy to refer them to you.
What is the difference between copyright and printing rights? And which do I get?
That’s a good question as every photographer can be different. For me, copyright is what I retain after the commission, it is what allows me to use the photographs for my portfolio, blog, online publications, etc. Printing rights, which you receive, allows you to use the files delivered to print at your own vendor or at home.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, a retainer of 50% of your package total amount is required to hold your wedding date. The remaining balance is to be paid no later than 30 days before the scheduled event.