Wedding & Engagement FAQ
What can we expect during our engagement session?
I am enthusiastic about what I do so I will always bring a smile and positive energy to every session. My goal is to keep my captures organic while still directing and guiding your engagement (no pun intended) with one another. Get lost in each others eyes for a moment, laugh and let your guard down. On average 45 minutes to an hour is the perfect amount of time for photography and one locale is plenty. Feel free to bring a change of clothes, props or something to freshen up your hair and makeup too!
How much are engagement sessions and what do they include?
Check out my investment page for pricing. Engagement sessions are included in some wedding package options too!
When should we do our engagement session?
Many couples use their photos for save the date announcements. Anytime before you walk down the aisle is fine with me but traditionally they are taken 6 months or more before wedding day.
Do you design and sell save the date cards?
Technically yes. I have teamed up with Minted.com You can use the photos from our session complimentary when placing an order with Minted. Just let me know which images numbers you’d like to use and I will upload them to Minted for you to get designing.
Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend?
Weekend dates are limited as they are reserved for weddings April through October. Please contact me to review my schedule.
Where do you suggest we have our engagement photos taken?
Somewhere that means something to you…as long as it’s within 30 minutes of Chatham 🙂 But luckily there are so many beautiful locales to choose from. I would be happy to offer my suggestions and help guide you to that perfect spot!
Can you help use with clothing coordination and styling?
Yes! My biggest suggestion is don’t match but compliment each other. Call me, email me, Skype me. Send me photos of what you have in mind, links to outfits to consider or Pinterest boards you are pouring over. And…barefoot is best for the beach so skip the fancy shoes and splurge on a great mani/pedi!
What can we expect at the end of our session?
Within a week or so I may post previews on my Facebook page, blog and/or Instagram (with your permission). Turn around time is up to 4 weeks (but usually less). I will email you with a link to your gallery when your images are ready to view.
How much are your wedding packages?
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My wedding is more intimate can you custom tailor a package to fit our needs?
Absolutely, my packages are a guideline not every wedding will fit perfectly within their offerings.
Do you do destination weddings?
At this time I do not travel off Cape Cod for weddings but ask anyways – you never know!
How far should we book in advance?
Most couples book 9 months to a year and a half in advance. The shoulder seasons May/June and Sept/Oct Saturdays tend to book first so plan accordingly.
I am ready to book! What happens next?
I will send you a contract electronically through ShootQ to review, sign and return with 20% down non-refundable deposit. Once all is retuned to me I will send a questionnaire to get to know more about your wedding day.
Any discount if I pay in full?
Yes, pay in full and receive 5% off your package!
What types of payments do you except?
Cash, check and credit card!
How many images do you typically deliver from a wedding?
I absolutely believe in quality over quantity but I understand the importance of this question as every studio is different. I first ask you to preview a full wedding of mine to see what you can expect. The short answer would be average 50-100 images per hour booked.
Do you do same sex weddings?
Absolutely! Love is love. I have a sample gallery too if interested please inquire.
What are digital downloads?
Just another way of a saying a digital file. Hi-resolution JPEGs downloaded to your computer via a .zip file.
What rights do I have to the digital downloads?
You have royalty-free use. This means I keep the copyright but you have permission to print and share just not sell the images.
How long do downloads take?
Allow several hours. I usually start them before I go to bed and they are ready by morning.
Do you provide the RAW files?
I do not. All images provided to my clients are lightly edited and enhanced in JPEG form.
What type of camera/equipment do you use?
I am a Canon girl! Love my Mark iii camera and my favorite lens is my 70-200mm 2.8 but my Kelly Moore bag is stocked with flashes, wide angles, macros and everything in between…and backups of course!!!
Do you backup our images? How can we ensure that our images won’t be lost?
Yes! Actually as I am shooting RAW files onto a CF card my camera is simultaneously duplicating those files into JPEGs onto an SD card before I have even downloaded onto my computer! From there I have copies backed up on multiple hard drives and cloud storage. I guarantee your images backed up for a minimum of a year. They are safe with me!
Do you have Insurance?
I sure do!
If we change the date or cancel the wedding will we receive our deposit back?
Sorry no. A deposit is in place to hold that date. If you change your wedding date or decide to cancel for whatever reason you will forfeit any monies paid. Please review our contract for specifics.
What’s a first look?
A fabulous event where the bride and groom see each other before they walk down the aisle. Formal photos are taken after the intimate meeting between the couple while everyones hair and makeup is still fresh and everyone now gets to enjoy cocktail hour which is usually reserved for photography.
Isn’t it bad luck?
This one came about back when brides were considered property of their fathers and marriages were arranged. Often the groom had NEVER seen the bride beforehand and if he caught a glimpse of her and did not like what he saw, the marriage was off. (Ouch) Thus it became “bad luck”. This is also where other traditions like the veil come from. (One more way of keeping the bride a secret).
Can I see sample work from our wedding venue?
I have many sample weddings to show. I may even have one for you to view from your wedding venue. Please inquire.
We can’t meet in person before we book is that okay?
Absolutely. We can schedule a phone or Skype meeting if you prefer. Email is fine too!!
Do you have a second shooter?
I do. I have been working with Nicole for almost 3 seasons now. We graduated from photography school together in 2005 and work seamlessly as a team. She is a professional photographer and currently has a business of her own in CT.
Portrait Session FAQ
What can I expect from a session, start to finish?
Every session begins with an inquiry. After getting to know each other a little bit you will review my package options we will secure date, time and location with signed contract and deposit. We will meet at determined location and prepare for fun! I like to go flow and capture candids and casually posed moments. Expect a nice mix of formal posed photos of the entire group to begin and will break it down from there.
Eeek! What should I wear?
My most popular question!! For starters where are we shooting? Is you session beach casual? Whimsical forest setting? A light theme will set the tone. My main suggestion is pick 2 or 3 colors and everyone wear at least one of those colors. You will compliment each other rather than being too matchy matchy. Please avoid EVERYONE wearing white button down shirts and khakis – a few people is fine though. When in doubt peruse my galleries, facebook teasers and Pinterest boards for inspiration! Do not hesitate to email me with idea you have.
Do you have a studio?
Cape Cod is my studio. I am on location photographer specializing in natural light photography. No brick and mortar as of today!
Where should be take our pictures?
Popular choice is the BEACH. I have some favorites I can share with you. If you’d like something different there are many beautiful backdrops to utilize on Cape Cod I can suggest. Wildflower field? Docks? Park? Forest? Just to name a few…
Is there a perfect time of day for my photos?
Yes, there is a sweet light I like work with. Typically 1.5 hours before sunset depending on location.
What if I need to reschedule?
Please give me 48 hours or else you’ll forfeit your deposit.
What happens if there is inclement weather?
I will contact you prior if I see any issues in our forecast. We will reschedule if possible. If not I will refund your deposit. Inclement weather includes wind.
Do you use photoshop?
I lightly enhance all photos in your gallery with special attention to color, contrast and sharpening. Any edits you’d like beyond that we may discuss.
Do I need to sign a contract?
Yes. I sent them via email (super easy!)
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes. 50% is due with signed contract.
How long will it take before I can see my images?
Please allow up to 3 weeks in the busy season especially.
How far should we book in advance?
Weekend dates are reserved for weddings (April thru Oct) and I release weekend dates if not booked a month before the date. If you’d like a weekend date please inquire now to be put on a wait list. Otherwise 3 months in advance is usually perfect to have first dibs on weekday openings.
Where are you based?
I like to work within 30 minutes of Chatham, MA.
Can I see sample galleries from a session?
Yes, please inquire.
What’s a mini session?
Specialized theme sessions with time sensitivity and limited availability.
I only offer a few a year – these sessions cannot be booked privately or by request.
For instance I may post on Facebook or my Blog at the beginning of July that I will be opening 5 mini session slots at Lighthouse Beach on July 17th (which I won’t because it’s my birthday but let’s go with it ;-)) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. I have a special sign up form online I will link to which will allow clients to sign up for the spot they’d like.
How much are portrait sessions?
Should we bring anything?
Props if you’d like and a change of clothes. Hair brush, wipes and lip gloss are good too! I always over prepare so if you’re the same way…towel to clean off sandy feet, favorite toy and a little treat for a well behaved child (or husband) at the end.