Q: What is your photography style?
A: I strive for that magazine-editorial look--you know, swoon-worthy images. :) As far as processing goes (factory settings are not ideal so processing is absolutely necessary), I process my images so they look as natural and romantic as possible. Every photographer is different, so pick the photographer whose "feel" you like the most. Remember, what's in right now, might not be popular a few years from now. Timeless is always better than trend.
Q: What kind of equipment do you have?
A: My camera body of choice is my Nikon D300 or D3x. For my lenses, I use a 50 f/1.4 and 80 f/1.4 for details, portraits, and dim lighting conditions. For photojournalistic shots, I use my telephoto 70-200 f/2.8. For wide angle shots, I use a 24-70 f/2.8. Usually, I use as much natural/ambient light as possible. However, I have my portable lights available for extra lighting if necessary.
Q: What kind of album do you provide and what are the costs?
A: Albums are 100+ images that hi-light your wedding day. Pages can range from 25-45 and sizes can range from 10x10, 12x12, 10x12, 12x14, or 14x14. The price depends on several factors: the pages, cover material, sizes. Covers can be leather bound, or full bleed. The layout looks somewhat like a magazine, and the pages lay flat when you open the book. Albums are printed on high-quality paper with archival ink gauranteed to withstand the test of time for a century. I truly recommend getting an album from your wedding. It takes 2 weeks to design an album and 2-3 weeks until the order gets back.
Q: How do I prepare for a shoot?|
A: Create a list of what you need to bring so you wont forget. Research images and pay careful attention to how couples pose. I recommend checking out wedding blogs as they post engagement sessions up frequently. While I may help you with posing, I may not be aware of your comort zone. You know yourself and your significant other best. The best shoot are when the couples are calm and relaxed and if you're prepared, everything is smooth sailing. Oh, get PLENTY of rest!
Q: Who picks out the location?
A: Let me know what feel you like your engagement shoot to be and I'll do my best finding a location. If there is a place that's special to you, that's a good place to shoot as well. My default setting is usually in an open field or in a garden.
Q: What should I wear for an engagement shoot?
A: Everyone's style is different--but for shoots, I recommend solid colors or neutral color palettes. Try not to wear busy patterns, jeans, or over-accessorize. The foucus should be YOU and remember, you want to look your best! :)
Q: What do you recommend I bring to a shoot?
A: If you're hiring a makeup artist, I suggest to use her/him for your engagement shoot as a trial-run. That way, you'll point out what you like or don't like and you'll also see how your makeup photographs. They can also do touch-ups on the spot. This applies to hair stylists as well. If you are unsure where to begin, I have several makeup artists/hair stylists that I prefer, because they have consistently shown me quality work. Also bring props if you like!
Q: When do I get my photos?
A: For engagements, photos will be ready within 2-3 weeks online and on a CD. I do not release printed proofs for copyright reasons. For weddings, images will be ready in 5-6 weeks and albums will be ready 2-3 weeks after the order is sent out for printing.
Q: How did you come up with your pricing?
A: I have an hourly rate for myself and I figure in the cost of: equipment rental (extra lenses, cameras, and such), time spent editing photos, the cost/worth of photos, and time spent designing an album. I spend an average of 2 minutes/photo for color correction and about 15-30 minutes/photo for careful selective editing. I shoot somewhere from 400-3000 images depending on the length of the wedding. A wedding may be 4-12 hours long, but photographers typically spend about 30+ hours editing one average length wedding. So it's just not the coverage you're paying for, but also time spent making your photographs stand out.