Wedding Photography F.A.Q.

Over the years, I’ve been asked countless questions about my services in particular and about wedding photography in general. To make your planning a bit easier, I’ve put together an F.A.Q. of the more common questions. Chances are you have a few of these questions yourself, and you may find a few that you never thought to ask. You can also find out a bit more about my wedding photography by taking a look at my weddings page here, and if you have any questions that you don’t see here please don’t hesitate to ask.

How many photographers are going to be there?

For a full-day package, 2 photographers will be with you for the entire day.

Do you photograph the prep?

Yes.

Do you stay to take reception photos?

We can stay as long as you like to cover the reception, although usually by midnight everything has been covered.

How long do you stay?

The full-day packages are all either 8 or 12 hours long, or until midnight.

When can I get my pictures?

I’ll put together a web gallery of the photos so you’ll be able to see them a few days after the wedding. If there is no proof album included in your package, the photos can be in your hands within a week.

Do we feed you?

Usually it’s a good idea to include a meal for your photographers at the reception. We are going to need to eat, after all. If there is nothing for us at the reception, we’ll have to go find something to eat and this means that we will be unable to cover the reception while we’re out.

How much do you charge?

Packages start at $1995 for an 8-hour package and can go up to $5200, depending on what additional products and services you’re looking for (album, photo booth, etc). We also offer an hourly rate of $250/hour with a 4-hour minimum if you’re planning a smaller, shorter day.

Can I customize my package?

Of course! The packages are simply starting points and can be customized to suit your needs.

Do you do touch-ups?

Final prints that go in your album, thank-you cards and other print products will of course be touched up.

Do you need a schedule for the day?

It’s always a good idea to have a schedule for the day. This is something that we will set during a meeting sometime in the final month before the wedding.

Do you have a female photographer (religious reasons)?

Of course! If your cultural traditions involve keeping men and women separate at any point during the day, I can make sure that I hire a female second shooter for your day.

Do you do video?

I do work with several talented videographers and am more than happy to recommend one to you. There’s also the option of our hybrid video coverage if you’re interested in having some video but don’t want to hire a separate videographer.

Can you do a montage of our engagement photos for the day of?

That can certainly be done. Ask your d.j. if a projector and screen are part of their production. If not, I can provide that.

Do you provide props for the photobooth?

Of course! What’s a photo booth without props? If you have your own theme and props, feel free to bring them along.

Do you do destination weddings? How much would it cost?

I can travel to shoot anywhere in Canada. The price will vary depending on the location. I’m more than happy to provide you with a custom quote.

What's the best location to take photos of the wedding party?

Anywhere that’s away from the rest of the guests. You always want to make sure that the only people at the portrait session are the ones being photographed, otherwise it gets crowded and impossible to control.

What style best describes how you shoot?

I consider my style to be documentary/candid/photojournalist. I see a wedding as an event, so my job is to document the event as it would have unfolded even if I weren’t there. That doesn’t mean that I’m completely hands-off, though. When it comes to the portrait session, I make sure all the friends and relatives are where they need to be, when they need to be there.

Will you shoot on film if I ask?

My weddings up to now have been shot exclusively on digital, but I do have a background in film photography. I went through a 3-year professional photography program in school starting in 2001 and everything I did there was on film. I’ve been thinking recently about starting to incorporate some film photography into future weddings.

Will you be the photographer at our wedding, or will it be one of your associates?

I’m always the main photographer at the wedding. I do have some associates who could fill in for me if I get sick or injured at the last minute (it’s never happened, but I like to have a backup plan in place).

Do you shoot exclusively with ambient light?

I use whatever lighting is necessary and looks good. If the ambient light looks good, I go with that, but I’m not the kind of photographer that is afraid to bring out a flash or two if the situation calls for it.

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