Frequently Asked Questions

May 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I shot my first wedding over 35 years ago.  Enough said.
 
HAS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WON ANY AWARDS?
Yes. I have been honored by awards.
 
DOES PRICING INCLUDE TRAVEL?
Yes. Travel is included in Wyoming, Southern Montana and Western South Dakota. If your wedding venue is elsewhere, I will ask for gas money or airfare.
 
IS LODGING INCLUDED?
Yes, I pay for my lodging unless special arrangements have been made.  Sometimes I will trade out lodging costs for gas money.  Generally, wedding parties have special discount rates and it is to your advantage to provide a room and I pay for the gas.
 
DO YOU HAVE BACK UP EQUIPMENT?
As a professional, I would not dream of going on assignment without adequate backup (including another professional photographer on call in case of medical emergency or accident).  I own two professional grade Canon 5D Mark III camera bodies, and four flashes which are part of my traveling equipment with me at all times. Flashes can be remotely triggered for special lighting effects. I also own several Canon "L" series lenses - the best professional lenses on the market.  Lens focal lengths go from macro to extreme telephoto.
 
DO YOU EDIT PHOTOS OR JUST BURN THEM TO CD STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA?
I am a professional and am a firm believer in digital editing software.  Only amateurs burn wedding photos straight out of the camera. My workflow includes, Lightroom, Photoshop, OnOne, PhaseOne, Topaz, DXO Optics Pro and many others.  Adjustments are made on digital files create realistic results without over manipulation. I don't believe in over processing photos as those fads will not endure.  Instead, I believe in giving my customers classic photography which has endured the test of time.  I will also select my favorite photos and perform in-depth edits to them.  All edits are designed to enhance the mood of an image.  Special editing is available upon request.
 
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?
As I have different wedding packages (half day or full day) the number of finished images will vary.  During a typical full day wedding, I will take 700-1100 photos.  Edits will reduce this amount by about 10%. I also reserve the creative right to release only those photos which are professional in quality and within my artistic standards. All photos that do not meet my standards are deleted.
 
CAN WE SAVE MONEY IF WE DO NOT HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
I will substitute some enlargements from your wedding day if an engagement session is not possible.  I highly recommend an engagement session as you will be more comfortable with me on your wedding day.  We get to know each other during the engagement shoot and I can get ideas for any special requests for your wedding photos.
 
IS THERE AN ONLINE GALLERY WHERE MY FAMILY & FRIENDS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE IMAGES?
YES.  All edited images will be uploaded to your wedding gallery.  Sometimes, couples also request that their engagement session also be uploaded. These galleries are provided as part of the package price.  There is no password required.
 
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SEE OUR IMAGES?
Usually online images are available within one to two weeks from your wedding.  I will send you an email with the link. There have been times when bridal couples have been able to see their images while still on their honeymoon.
 
DO YOU BACKUP IMAGES?
Yes.  Original camera files before edits are backed up on two external hard drives.  Camera compact flash card are not erased or reformatted until after edits have been completed.  Once edits have been completed, files are uploaded to Smugmug where they are archived and can be downloaded in case of complete computer and all hard drive(s) failure.  Also files are kept on two external hard drives as well as your wedding CD/DVD.
 
DO YOU MAKE CUSTOM PRINTS IN-HOUSE OR SEND THEM OUT?
I am pleased to make custom prints utilizing my Canon IPF Prograf 6500.  I can print up to 24 inches wide and 40 feet long.  Wedding proofs and canvas gallery wraps as well as metal prints are provided by a custom wedding lab.

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