Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I face everyday from the brides about wedding photography. Hope these helps! If you still have questions, feel free to drop me a line!
Q: How far should we book in advance?
A: Typically 6-12 months in advance as soon as you have a date and venue. If you’re not the plan way in the advance type of guy or gal, no worries! Check with me for availability.
Q: Will you be shooting the wedding?
A: Yes. You are hiring me to shoot the wedding, not another photographer working under my name. If you book your wedding with my Associate photographer Imran, you will receive additional 30% discount.
Q: Will there be a 2nd photographer?
A: You can add a 2nd photographer for an additional $300 with any package. The 2nd photographer offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I am based in Alberta, but I am often shoot across Canada. If you aren’t in any of these locations, please read the next question.
Q: Do you travel?
A: I love to travel and will generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day. Let me know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you.
Q: How much do I need to deposit?
A: I require a 40% initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid on or before the wedding day.
Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?
A: These are some of my favorite photographs to capture. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but I can also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to and away from this moment.
Q: Do you take dance shots?
A: That’s where the fun is. I am right there with everyone on the dance floor like a ninja with camera. A harmless ninja.
Q: When should we do the wedding portraits?
A: This is mostly up to you, but usually an hour before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.
Q: What is your style?
A: If you have a look though my portfolio and blog and you like what you see, then that is my “style” you like my “style”. My goal at each wedding is to capture the big milestone events throughout the day like the first kiss, the first dance, the wedding portrait of you and your husband. More importantly, I want to capture the smaller easily missed moments that come and go within a few seconds. Moments like your fiancé’s reaction when he first sees you in your wedding dress, or the brief glance you give him as you think “he’s the one”. Those moments are easily missed and I aim to capture those fleeting moments.
Q: What is an engagement session?
A: Engagement sessions have nothing to do with being engaged and everything to do with having fun. The purpose of an engagement session is to get all that awkwardness you feel when in front of a camera out of your system and start having fun. You will be the center of attention at your wedding and a camera taking photos of you throughout the day can be unnerving. Getting the jitters out before your wedding just guarantees you’ll be more comfortable during your wedding.
Q: How many photographs will we receive?
A: The number of photos delivered is dependent on a range of factors (which package was booked, the number of locations used throughout the day etc). But typically I deliver at least 700 images for 10 hour package.
Q: Do you take group photos as well as candids?
A: I sure do! I’m happy to take a limited amount of group photos of family and important guests and work to a pre-arranged list and this can be discussed at the pre-wedding meeting. It is best for everyone if no longer than 30 minutes is spent on the group photos, and your ushers can play their part in gathering people together to speed up the process.
Q: Do you shoot in RAW?
A: Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: I shoot with Canon 5D mk iii cameras and a combination of Canon prime and zoom L lenses.
Q: Do you bring backup gear?
A: Always. Minimum two camera bodies, multiple lenses, and multiple lights. My camera even has the ability to back up photos instantly to a second memory card inside the body.
Q: Do you offer albums?
A: Yes. I offer custom-designed hardbound coffee-table photo books along with a selection of other a la carte products.
Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?
A: I offer you a chance to pick a selection of photos that you must have in the album. This can be anywhere from 0 to the entire album. However, I do advise that you let me choose the majority of the photos for the album since I will use my best judgment to select the best and more relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day. One of the top reasons, couples often times say they haven’t ordered the albums from their photographers is because they haven’t gotten around to choosing the pictures for the album.
Q: Will you post the photographs online?
A: I certainly hope so. I generally will post about every shoot on my blog and possibly my portfolio.
Q: Do we get the digital image files from the sessions and wedding?
A: YES! You will get your images on USB drive.
Q: When can we see or receive the wedding photos?
A: A photo preview will be placed on the blog + Facebook few weeks after your wedding. Your USB including your digital negatives will be ready typically within 8-12 weeks after your wedding.
Q: Now that our wedding is completed, when and how do we start on our wedding album?
A: Once you receive your wedding photos, fill out the wedding album form and either email or mail me your preferences. It usually takes 2 – 3 months for your album designs proofs to be emailed your way. After you approve the album pages and the corrections have been made, the publishing of the album takes 1 – 2 months.
You have one year from your wedding day to get me your wedding album form, and then to also complete your corrections. So, please do not delay!!
Q: Our wedding is not in the Edmonton area, what are the transportation fees?
A: I charge a small flat travel fees for the out of Edmonton weddings (locations that requires more than 150kms round trip travel from Edmonton). Please get in touch for a travel fees quote.
Q: How much time do you need for photos on the wedding day?
A: Please refer to the ‘Wedding Day Photo-shoot’ guide that shows an estimated time line for photos.
Q: Should we consider a First Sight?
A: When I got married, I learned my photographer only photographed “first sight” weddings. Originally, I was completely disappointed. However, after the wedding I realized that the “first sight” was the event that we enjoyed most from the day. Now, we have amazing photos of us on our wedding day along with great memories of our first meeting. You can definitely give it a thought.
Q: How does the first sight work?
A: We keep the couple separated until they are fully dressed and ready. Once the couple is ready, we send the groom to an agreed upon location where he has his back towards the bride with no one else in sight. She walks to him and tells him when he can turn around to take his first look at her in her stunning dress. This is where the magic happens. The tears, smiles, words, and relief are always a beautiful sight. As for our part, we take photos without interacting.
Once the couple is ready, we go photograph them privately and then ease into the wedding party and family photos.
Q: When can we chat about developing the wedding day photo time line?
A: Contact me to set up a time to chat, as soon as you know:
- What time will you exit the reception?
- Do you want to do a “first sight”?
- What time will the ceremony start and how long do you think it will last?
- Some venues do not let you arrive early for photos, contact your venue to make sure our time line and their rules are compatible.
- Make sure you are aware of any special rules, guidelines, regulations your venues have and email them over so I’ll be aware of them beforehand.
Q: What information does your photographer need to know for the wedding day?
- A time line that we can collaborate together if you prefer
- The addresses of where the bride and groom are getting ready (hotel rooms), the ceremony and reception.
- How much time does it take to drive between the ceremony and reception?
- Do you have a cocktail hour? if so, how much time do we have for photos after the ceremony?
Q: What are things to keep in mind when developing your wedding day time line?
A: Photos must stop 30 minutes before the ceremony since guests will start to arrive. The flowers need to be present for the photos before the ceremony if you want them in the photos. Wherever you decide to have these photos, have the florist/family/friend drop off the arrangements at least 30 minutes ahead of time.
The photo estimates are estimates. If people are present, ready to take photos, we can stick to the time line. Also, some of the time lines are slightly padded so if we are running 10 minutes late, we can still make it up. If we are running later than 20 minutes, we will need to do more bare minimum and cut out some of the creative photos.
When developing the time line, it helps if work backwards from when you plan on exiting. For instance, if you are leaving at 10 pm, then the photographer(s) arrive at 12am if you have booked the 10 hours package.
Any rules or guidelines pertaining to the photography – What time you want us to start and what time we will exit.
Q: For optional time for an outdoor wedding ceremony, what is the best time?
A: Depending on how long the ceremony lasts, it would be ideal for it to end 30 minutes before the sun sets. Although, if you don’t plan on doing a first sight, I would suggest for the ceremony to be completed 45 minutes before the sun sets.
If you recently got engaged and are looking for an experienced, professional and licensed wedding photographer to capture natural expressions, candid moments, laughter, joy and elegance of your wedding day; I’d love to photograph you in Alberta or anywhere in the world (Yes! I absolutely love to travel across Canada and destinations to photograph wonderful wedding stories.)! If you aren’t looking for an Edmonton Wedding Photographer or an Alberta Wedding Photographer, I also photograph families, lifestyle session and boudoirs! Want to discuss/know more? Drop me a line and let’s chat!