How many images will I receive? Do you deliver every image you shoot?
In general, I deliver about 100 images per hour of coverage. If you have a 6 hour wedding, you can expect somewhere in the neighbourhood of 600 images to be delivered. I do not deliver every image I take because many of them are duplicates. If I am photographing a large group, I’ll take about 1 image per person in the group. That might mean I take 20 frames of the same image if there are 20 people in a large family group, but you certainly don’t want 20 of the same images. Many of those photos will have people blinking, talking, looking away, or similar. I cull the duplicates and the unflattering moments out of the gallery. If there are two great images of the same moment (or similar), I will often convert one into black and white, while leaving the other colour.
Do you do videography also?
Nope. I am not a videographer, but I know some amazing videographers whom I’ve personally worked with and can recommend 100%.
Where are you located? Do you travel?
I am located about 20 minutes South of Providence, Rhode Island. I travel throughout New England and parts of New York regularly, and love destination work. If you’re planning a wedding outside of New England, I would love to be there – just contact me with your event details for a personalized quote.
Is your business insured?
Yes, I hold liability and equipment insurance and can happily provide the certificate to your venue if necessary.
Will you actually be the one to photograph my wedding?
Yes. Unless I am on my deathbed, I will be the one to photograph your wedding. I am a member of a large network of local photographers whom I could rely on in an emergency but in 15 years of shooting weddings, I have never missed one.
Can I have a second photographer at my wedding?
Absolutely. I work closely with a handful of other professional wedding photographers, whose styles closely relate to mine. If you choose to have a second shooter at your event, they will photograph it with me. I’ll edit all of the images to have a cohesive feel and tell a story, then deliver the finished product to you.
I don’t know how many hours of coverage I need – can you help me?
Most traditional weddings require between 6 and 10 hours of coverage. It’s up to you which parts of your day are most important. If you are having a smaller wedding where the ceremony and reception are both in one location, then 6 hours might work. If you’re having your ceremony and reception in different locations, you’ll probably need at least 8 hours. 10 hours allows for travel time between locations, including a generous amount of time for portraits; enough where we could go to another location of your choosing. Part of my job as your photographer is designing a wedding timeline. That’s how I know when to arrive, and what order everything will happen in.
For elopements or small events with 20 guests or fewer, I typically shoot for 2-4 hours.
I have downtime on my wedding day. Do I still need to pay for those hours?
Yes. My timeline starts when I arrive at your first location, and ends when I leave. There is no option to pause your photography coverage. If you have downtime, let’s do some amazing creative portraits together! I also use downtime to back up my images, photograph details, capture candid moments of your guests, and make up for any delays we may have had throughout the day.
What happens if we run out of time on our wedding day and want to add more coverage?
That’s totally fine! I can always stay later than originally contracted upon. The cost is $500/hr and I will bill for it when I arrive back home after your wedding. Once that invoice is paid in full, I will begin editing your images. I charge for additional coverage because for each hour I spent shooting, I spend almost double that editing.
What does your wedding coverage cost and which services are included?
My wedding packages range from $2900 to $6000. I also offer hourly coverage, which is $500/hr, includes digital files, and requires a 2 hour minimum.
All of my wedding packages include a) my time, b) professional editing, c) high resolution JPG files and d) web resolution edited JPG files for social media sharing. The higher value packages include things like more hours of photography, a second shooter, rehearsal dinner coverage, albums and print credits. For full wedding pricing, please contact me.
Do you require a retainer to book your services?
Yes, I require a $1000 retainer, along with your signed contract no matter which package you choose. This is a non-refundable retainer that secures your date.
If we cancel our wedding, will we get our money back?
The retainer is non-refundable or transferable if you cancel your wedding. I will accommodate a reschedule if possible. If I am already booked for the rescheduled date, the deposit can be used towards the cost of other photography services or I can hire an associate photographer to shoot your wedding on my behalf. In that situation, I would still edit and deliver your images myself. If you can cancel your wedding less than 8 weeks before the date of the wedding, payment in full is required per the contract.
STYLE + EQUIPMENT QUESTIONS
How would you describe your style?
My images are natural, crisp, vibrant, and they tell stories. I don’t pose my subjects heavily; I prefer to use prompts to get real emotions and reactions out of them, and those are the moments I click the shutter button. This works really well for people who “aren’t photogenic” because it’s almost like I am not even there most of the time. They are just happy, feeling loved and included and surrounded by family and friends, and I’m there as a side note photographing all of these good vibes.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We work with professional equipment. I own two Canon 5D Mark IV bodies, a backup Canon 6D body, and a variety of professional Canon L and Sigma ART lenses. I also have off camera lighting to set up for your reception. I shoot in RAW, which allows me to edit a wide range of settings in post processing including white balance and exposure. You will receive edited high resolution JPG files as your final product. I do not sell my RAW files.
Do you use flashes or available light?
I always prefer natural, available light, but when the lack thereof is going to make for a bad image, I supplement with flash. I try my best to make the photos look as natural as possible, except for during receptions where I like to add a bit of drama with the lighting.
When should we book our engagement session?
I encourage my clients to book at least 6 months out from your wedding day. You might want to use the images on your Save the Dates or Invitations. Other than that, the choice is yours! Sometimes my clients want a specific time of year or type of weather, so we schedule based on those goals.
Can we schedule our engagement session on a weekend?
If I am not shooting a wedding, I try to keep my weekends free for family time. On rare occasions I will shoot a portrait or engagement session on the weekend but generally I do those on week days. I encourage my clients to make a fun day out of it – take the day off work, get your hair and makeup done, we’ll do your session and then the two of you can go out to a romantic dinner.
When will I receive my edited engagement portraits?
I will deliver your edited JPG’s from your engagement session usually within a week or so of your session date. You will also receive a print release with your images, which means you can get them printed anywhere you’d like to.
What do you recommend for outfits?
I have compiled some outfit inspiration on a Pinterest board for your convenience. In general, stick to timeless pieces, keep patterns to a minimum and don’t choose bright/neon colours as they cause a colour cast on your skin that will be very difficult to edit out in post production. There is usually time for an outfit change so bring a dressier option in addition to a casual outfit for both of you.
Can we incorporate our pets?
Absolutely! So many of my clients want to bring their dogs along for their engagement sessions and I LOVE that! I have even had a cat make a cameo at one engagement session, and horses too! If you plan on bringing your pet, first make sure that animals are allowed at whichever location we’ve chosen. Then bring a support person who can take the pet from you when we’re ready to get portraits of just you and your significant other – that way your pet will be in great hands and safe while we are shooting.
What’s the booking process like?
If you love what you see in my portfolio, send me a message with your event details (date, location, general idea of what you’re looking for in terms of photography coverage and budget), and I’ll get back to you a.s.a.p. with my availability. If everything works out with that and you’re local to Rhode Island, we’ll probably meet in person for coffee or a cocktail to chat more. If you are not local, I can chat via FaceTime, Skype or Facebook Messenger. If you decide to go forward and book me, I’ll collect the retainer fee from you along with having you sign the contract, and from there we’ll schedule your engagement session or start the rest of the planning process!
How far should we book in advance?
Some of my clients book me 18-24 months in advance; some book me the week before their event! If I have your date available, I would love to work with you and can get all of the preliminary paperwork and planning done in a couple of days if necessary.
When will we get the photos after our wedding?
On average I deliver the finished gallery within 2-4 weeks of your wedding date.
You mentioned an online gallery. How does this work?
Your personal online gallery is launched within four weeks after your wedding. These pictures will be ready for download without watermarks, without extra costs. The gallery is accessible only with a special link that I will send to you. Friends and family can also access the gallery if they’d like to order prints.
Can we order albums and printed photos from you?
Yes, I absolutely love designing albums as it ties right into my background in graphic design. I use a local album company to print the finished product. It takes about 4 weeks to design, proof, print and deliver the album to you. Albums are totally customizable and are heirloom quality. I promise you, it’s an amazing feeling to see these special memories in print form.
Can we print our images elsewhere?
Yes, you will receive a print release and can have your images printed anywhere you’d like. I do not guarantee the quality of prints from labs except my own professional lab. The reason is that some lower quality consumer labs do not calibrate printers, use low quality ink and paper, and overall deliver substandard prints. Those issues are not a reflection of the quality of the photograph itself.