How much do you charge for a wedding?
I can understand how a simple one-line answer would be so much easier, but to give you the best information requires a little more detail.
If you are simply looking for a ballpark figure to ensure we're within your budget, start with a stop to the Pricing Page, which I keep updated regularly.
I photograph weddings large and small, local and far away, and for clients with different needs, and I often create custom packages as well, so the best way to get a detailed price list is to drop us a line and I'll send you a PDF with everything you're looking for.
How many photos will you take on my wedding day?
Documenting a wedding in photographs is a fluid process. It changes depending on the event. Simple weddings with few guests, no decor, doing vows only on a beach with only a bridesmaid and best man, are going to require much less imagery than, say, a 10 hour event that spans three locations, hosts 200 people, has 20 in the bridal party, activities planned at every hour, and a dance floor that stays hoppin' all night.
The other thing to keep in mind that it's not the number of images a photographer "takes" that is important, it's how many great photos are delivered afterwards that counts.
Every wedding is different, but if I had to give you a ballpark answer, I would say you can count on receiving approximately 60 to 100 images per hour of photography coverage. This number can be higher when I'm working with a second-shooter, or lower if it is more of a portrait-focused session without a lot of candids.
Where do you shoot?
I am located in Key West, and regularly travel the length of the entire Florida Keys, from Big Pine, Marathon and Islamorada, to Key Largo to shoot. I also regularly travel to South and Central Florida, Tennessee, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina...but I am comfortable working in any venue, in any city. If you are traveling to another country to get married, it is much easier it will be to work with a photographer from the States who speaks your language and with whom you can interact with easily after the wedding as the images are being delivered and your album is being designed.
Can we shoot somewhere other than our hotel or venue?
You'll want to plan for a minimum of one hour - ideally an hour and a half - for this part of the day. I know it sounds like a lot at first, but getting to and from, parking, walking to and from the vehicle, and setting up shots in this "run and gun" fashion eats away at the clock really fast. In an hour we can hit about 3 locations if it's just with you and your new spouse. If you want to bring the bridal party, that's no problem, but just allocate more time, or select fewer locations. Remember everyone is there to party and have fun, so shuttling them efficiently about town can sometimes be like herding cats.
The other thing to consider is that unless your guests will be superbly entertained during this time after the ceremony, you'll want to schedule these images before the ceremony. I'm all about traditions, but in this case, I always vote to ditch the "not seeing other before" in trade for having the time to capture stunning photos.
Will my photos be edited?
Absolutely! I have a professional editor who reviews your entire set of wedding images, culling out images in which someone blinks, a flash doesn't fire, is blurry or just technically not correct, or is a blooper image of the ground, my foot, the ceiling, etc. Then each of the final-selected images is edited by hand to optimize the color tones, highlights and shadows, contrast, and select artistic finishes as we see fit.
While all images delivered receive this standard level of editing, we go even one step further with those photos that will be ordered as prints, canvases, or used in an album. Retouching includes things like removing stray or flyaway hairs, facial blemishes, softening sunburn lines, lightening undereye circles, whitening teeth, removing small stains from clothing, or retouching out small distracting elements from the background.
More extensive body-shaping retouching is also available upon request for an additional fee. Check out our Retouching Before and After for examples of the types of retouching we do.
How will my images be delivered to me?
We create a custom online gallery, to which you will receive access once the images are live. You'll be able to view and share these images, even post them to social media, right from your gallery. If your package includes High Resolution Digital files, you'll also receive a password that will allow you to download the full-quality images and save them right to your computer.
You will also receive a USB drive that has all your photos on it as well.
Will I receive the digital negatives?
A Digital Archive is a collection of all your digital images in a medium-resolution file size, printable to 12", and shareable on social media. This is great if you would simply like a set of digitals for posterity, but aren't necessarily looking to plaster every wall with 40x60 canvases.
A High Resolution License is a collection of all your digital images in their full, out-of-camera file size, printable in virtually any size you like. We also include a second copy of the images in a smaller size so they are easy to share on social media.
Both digital options include a release for printing at your local professional photography lab.
I do retain intellectual property ownershp of the images for marketing, promotion, website portfolios, competition, and similar uses.
Do you have anyone that helps you?
First, my amazing, fantastic, incredible, stupendous husband Rob has been my business partner and fellow photographer for many years now. I rely on him for general everyday "get things done" help, answering the phone, running errands, delivering orders, and helping me stay on top of all this work while still caring for our favorite preson in the whole wide world, our 3 year old daughter, Arabella. He also shoots and assists, and is generally my "jack of all trades". Did I mention, he's pretty awesome? ;)
Second, I have a fabulous and studious assistant Penelope, who, when we are not out shooting, handles all the "back of house" stuff. She's in charge of production, making sure images get edited, galleries get uploaded, and albums get ordered.
Third, my editor and retoucher, Julia, helps me keep your images looking their best, correcting white balances, crops, adjusting exposures, and doing a little "nip and tuck" work when necessary. :)
Will you follow a "shot list"?
We'll discuss your wedding day in exhaustive detail, I'll create a very detailed photography schedule for the day, and we will go through a very extensive photography questionnaire, to ensure we are both on the same page with everything. For formal family portraits, I will create a detailed list of names and relationships, so we make sure we don't miss anyone.
If you feel more comfortable sending a list of "must have images" to me, I will certainly keep them in mind as we work through the day, but because I'm there to document emotions and moments that cannot be staged, posed, or predicted, I am more concerned with being present and watching what is happening in front of me.
If your question is "do you shoot with some form of a methodical workflow so that we maximize our time spent and don't miss anything important?", then the answer is YES! But there will be no awkward clipboard interrupting the flow of the day with checkboxes next to obvious things like "Bride looking lovingly at groom" ;)
We want engagement photos...how do we make that happen?
If you will be traveling to the Keys for a wedding meeting/scouting missing sometime during the planning phase, we can schedule your engagement session then. If you would like to have an engagement shoot in your home town, we can make that happen too.
Will you set up posed family groups for us?
Most definitely! On the Wedding Questionnaire that we will work on together, I will ask for your key family members names and relations. On the wedding day, usually right before, or right after the ceremony (before we lose anyone to the bar or bathroom), I will create nicely-posed family groups with all those special people.
I have a pretty reliable system that allows me to build up, expand, and then break down the groups in a methodical manner so that we don't waste any time, and I can usually knock out these key photos in less than 30 minutes (depending, of course, on how many groups you have requested).
My uncle has a nice camera; can he shoot from the sidelines?
Sure! I just ask that he not shoot directly over my shoulder as it can be distracting (plus I don't want to accidentally back over him when I inevitable move back to widen my shot). A good rule of thumb is for family shooters to keep about a 45 degree angle. This way they don't end up blocking an important moment, they aren't constantly visible in the background, and if you and I are interacting, you don't feel the pressure of multiple cameras coming at you from every angle. It's a bit uncomfortable at first to have your photo taken, so I want you to only have to focus on each other and on my directions.
The only other time this doesn't make sense is during family portraits, as it is very confusing for the group who doesn't know which camera they should be looking at (you'd be surprised how difficult it is to move wayward eyeballs in post-production!).
You've chosen a professional because you want the best. I promise no uncles were harmed in the making of the photographs you fell in love with when you hired me. ;)
My venue requires all my vendors to have insurance; can you provide this?
Yes! Just give us a few weeks heads-up so we can request the necessary paperwork from our insurance company.
Can you "pencil us in" while we figure out which package we want?
If you've decided I'm the right photographer for you, but just aren't sure yet which package to book, we can lock in the date with a $1000 deposit, which goes toward your total 50% retainer once you decide on your package, giving you 30 days to decide on the specifics.
What happens if you get sick or die before our wedding?
While this would be most unfortunate for both of us, let me first say that in 15 years I have never...ever...EVER....missed a wedding. I have shot sick, injured, hurting, with ripped pants after falling down the stairs (coincidentally landing on top of my lens breaking it completely in two!), with scrapes on my hands and elbows after slipping down a driveway, in the rain, in the snow, during a hurricane, while seasick, while suffering with morning sickness, and never....ever...(did I say ever?)...have I not been able to deliver. If something has happened that results in me not being there, you can bet your bottom dollar that it's serious.
That said, if something unforeseeable WERE to happen, I am very well networked with other photographers in my industry (four of my very good friends are also well-established wedding photographers), and if one of them was not available, either my second shooter would fill in for me, or another professional would be called in to take my place. I am also a member of professional photographer trade associations (specifically PPA, WPPI, Florida Keys Weddings), through which a network of suitable replacements could be called upon.
What if it rains on my beautiful outdoor beach ceremony
We will all get wet. :)
No I'm kidding...well...kind of.
But seriously...definitely plan for a backup plan with your planner and venue (as you will have more than just photos to be concerned about if it's raining so hard no one can go out). While I can get creative and shoot with protective covers over my equipment, it isn't going to fix the fact that you are standing in the rain. Plan for it, and choose a backup that you will be happy with.
If it is a shoot or segment of the day that can be photographed earlier or later, I am happy to be flexible and adjust your amount of coverage so that we start earlier or end later. If additional time is needed, or we need to set up another shoot on the following day (provided I am available), we can book that as an add on to your package.
What happens if we have to cancel, postpone, or move the wedding location?
If the date is the same and we just need to change venues in the same city, no problem. Just tell me where to be and I'll be there.
If the date is the same and we need to change cities, that's also no problem, but depending on the distance, we may need to discuss a possible travel fee or overnight accommodations. This is because my packages are quoted with the location in mind. If that changes, understandably, the rate may need to be adjusted.
If you need to change the date but the location is the same, provided that I am available, it should be no problem. The terms of your specific quote and contract will be reviewed at that time.
I understand cancellation is not something you want to think about while planning your wedding, but it does happen. Please keep in mind that when I book your wedding, I'm turning down other work on and around that date (especially if I'm traveling), and because I only book a finite number of dates per year, I've limited bookings on other dates as a result. For this reason, all deposits and payments are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.
I do offer the option to apply a portion toward a new retainer on another service (headshots, family portraits, pet portraits, makeover glamor session, boudoir, etc)
If I am able to re-book the date, then the full amount paid is applied to another service.
For situations of hurricanes or natural disasters, I do provide a Force Majeure clause in my contract, which basically gives us both the opportunity to work through alternative options when something extreme outside of both of our control happens.
Do you offer overtime options if we need you to stay later?
Yes! Despite your best laid plans, sometimes things run late, or you're just having too much fun for the night to be over. At your request, we will continue coverage and bill you the applicable overtime rate. If you've booked a Full Event package with a flexible time limit, however, you have much more wiggle room and will not incur any overtime rates under most circumstances.