What is your style of photography?
The most interesting and visually pleasing photos are the ones that are taken candidly. For effectively taking candid photos it is essential to understand the flow of events, as well as any special events which may transpire. We do our best to remain inconspicuous and unobtrusive in order to capture some great candid photos.
While we take a lot of candid photos, we also take beautiful posed photos. For posed photos we like to employ a number of artistic effects. One of the effects that we believe is very artistic is a methodology known as the “Brenizer Method”. Ryan Brenizer is a New York Photographer who has perfected and shared this methodology with other photographers and has created some truly beautiful and amazing images using this technique. To see examples of this methodology see http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/category/brenizer-method/.
We utilize other digital techniques to produce unique imagery such as composite imagery. We focus our attention on the entire environment and focus not only on people and events but also on the small details that are frequently missed.
We are constantly aware of background and composition and will orient ourselves to capture the best images possible.
We prefer to use subtle digital enhancements to produce artistic images. These digital enhancements include black and white, vignetting, as other creative pre-sets.
How is your Pricing Structured?
Our pricing is structured to give you as much flexibility as possible in providing you with what you want in photographing your wedding. Our pricing does not include albums, prints, or other products which you may not necessarily want. Our pricing is based on the amount of photographic coverage you want. We offer the option of one or two photographers. We are happy to provide you a price listing of the options we offer, but please recognize that if one of our offerings does not meet your specific needs we are happy to work with you to provide you with exactly what you want.
We do offer you the option of purchasing the fully edited and full resolution digital images or you may purchase prints and other specialty products from our proofing site.
If you would like albums, photo books, or other specialty products, we are happy to provide that service to you and would be happy to provide you with a quotation to provide these products.
Why is there such a large variation in the prices that photographers charge?
Photographers who are experienced and have unique and artistic styles are able to command higher prices. Experienced photographers have spent a lot of time, energy, and money to hone their skills in composing and editing the photos. Experienced photographers utilize professional camera bodies, lenses, and lighting. Experienced photographers will spend a significant amount of time editing your photos to give you the best possible images.
There are many photographers who will charge lower prices, but they will not spend a lot of time editing the photos that are taken. The quality of photography is very often obvious between a professional photographer and a “shoot and burn” photographer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being aware of cost, and the client should obtain the best value for their money. The customer should not expect the same level of quality from a photographer who is charging $2,000 or more for a wedding as someone advertising on Craigslist to photograph your wedding for $500.
What kind of Equipment do you use?
We utilize Canon professional cameras and lenses.? Our lenses include fisheye lenses, wide angle lenses, fast prime lenses and fast telephoto lenses. All of our lenses are Canon “L” series lenses for superior image capture and quality. We also utilize both on camera and off camera flash with both 580 EX II strobes and Quantum Strobes. We utilize 100 percent (or greater) backup to assure that no critical images will be lost to equipment malfunction or damage (yes, cameras (like any other devices), can malfunction or fail)
For editing your photos we use state of the art computer software and hardware. We use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 for editing your photos and we use color calibrated monitors for accurate color representation
How many pictures will I receive?
We focus our attention on quality of photos versus quantity of photos. One well composed image is worth a hundred mediocre photos. Depending on the amount of time we spend at your wedding, and the number of photographers you want, the number of photographs generally could range anywhere from 500 to 2,000 photographs.
What can we do to assure that we get some amazing photographs?
There are a number of things you can do to assure that you will images that properly and beautifully capture your day:
- Communicate with your photographer. We will ask you for a listing of “must have” poses. It is always helpful if the photographer has additional information about the bridal couple, such as favorite locations, favorite activities, special traits or idiosyncrasies, special friends, etc. We want to tell your story, and the more information you provide about yourselves will enable us to individualize your photos.
- Integrate your photographer into your planning process. The photographer should be aware of how much time is available for the formal shots of the bridal party and family. Locations should also be determined and whether a remote location will be used for photos of the bridal party. In the event that the remote location unable to be used, alternate locations should be identified. Allow your photographer enough time to take your photos. Ideally, a photographer should have an hour to take your photos, and even more time if you want photos taken at a remote location.
- Relax and have fun! Once we have all the information we need, you can be assured that we will provide you with the photos you want. Our job is to capture you interacting with one another and sharing the joy and fun on your special day without knowing that we are there. One of the best compliments we receive is “we weren’t aware that you were taking our photos”.