FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
What is your photographic style and approach?
I’m not your typical Hudson Valley wedding photographer. I strive for contemporary NYC photojournalism juxtaposed with classic portraiture and a modern metropolitan edginess. In other words, my fine art photography is current, but at the same time, keeps the aspects that make a photo timeless. I am extremely low-profile, and love being a ninja when it comes to capturing your images. If you’re looking for someone “in-your-face”, asking you and your guests for false smiles into the camera and put you in cheesy poses, I’m not for you. While I will give you direction in posing to help flatter your best features during formals and portrait sessions, I prefer to tell the story of your day exactly as awesome as it unfolds, and no less… This awesomeness can be found in my wedding gallery.
What’s your photographic background?
I’m not going to sit here and tell you how I got into photography the day I was born (see the photographic proof instead). I have always been a photographer at heart, taking a few courses in college, and shooting events for friends, but only turned professional several years ago. It has now blossomed into a full-time romance, sometimes to the chagrin of my real-life, ever-loving & supportive wife. [+1 husband point added]
Why do you limit your weddings to only 25 per year?
Since I hand-edit all the images you receive, each wedding takes a fair amount of time and devotion (rightly so) in order to get my clients one of the fastest turnarounds in the industry (3-5 weeks). Therefore, please understand that in order to simultaneously be a proper dad, husband, and business owner, I must limit the weddings I take on to 25 each year at this time.
Are you insured and do you have backup gear?
Absolutely, and absolutely.
How soon will our wedding photos be done?
I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t like to keep things on his plate. Call it, “anti-procrastination”. Portraiture and family shoots will take at the very most, 2 weeks after the shoot (but usually, I’m able to have it done within a week). Weddings take more time due to the sheer number of photos to cull and edit with their due personal attention, so please give those about 3-5 weeks (albums will take a while longer, but I PROMISE you they will be worth it). You’ll find a sneak peek via my facebook page a day or two before your full gallery is up. If your wedding is in the off-season, your photos will be completed significantly sooner. Though it takes a massive amount of time to post-process each of your images, I make it a goal to highly prioritize my clients. Thusly, an important and consistent key to my success has been my efficiency. I’ve heard some horror stories with friends that have had to wait years for their finished products.. but don’t worry. My policy for each and every client is to never under-deliver, and always over-deliver.
What do I need to do to book you for my wedding?
I require a 50% non-refundable retainer and signed contract. The remainder of the balance must be paid in-full 30 days before your wedding. This is pretty typical in the wild and wonderful world of weddings, but I can understand the concern some folks have in the process (after all, we went through the same thing, not super-long ago). However, rest assured the contract is binding, and I will honor it as such, no matter what. This is really a help to all parties involved, so that all things are completely cared for before the day of the wedding and you’re able to just relax and enjoy it!
What if you get sick or something happens to you?
I have never EVER missed a shoot, much less a wedding. However, God-forbid the unthinkable should happen, I will find you a comparable photographer who is more than capable of delivering the goods to my (and more importantly your) satisfaction. Even if I were physically unable to shoot your wedding, I would still be the one editing the final images from said comparable photographer.
Are all your photos retouched?
All the photos you receive will be hand-edited (color-corrected, edited for exposure, cropped for composition) and incredible. They will have gone through extensive and circumspect processing. The photos you see on the blog have all been given extra-special attention and given my custom treatment. The number you receive will depend on which collection you have chosen. Feel free to contact me for details!
What type of photographic equipment do you use?
I shoot with all professional gear, my favorites being the following-
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon Speedlites triggered with Radiopoppers
Canon 16-35 F2.8L II
Canon 24-70 F2.8L II
Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II
Canon 100 F2.8L IS Macro
Canon 135 F2L
Sigma 50 F1.4
Sigma 85 F1.4
46″ Photek Softlighter II
How far are you willing to travel to shoot weddings?
How far are you willing to take me? =)
My wedding photography style is typically appreciated in New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx), Long Island, New Jersey, and pretty much anywhere else in the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), even though I reside in the Hudson Valley. That said, I’ve always got a gear bag packed for wherever you’d like me to go!
Do you offer discounts?
I know the economy is tough. I am always willing to work with a client who wants to work with me. Though this is easiest and most feasible in my off-season, know that no matter which collection you choose, I will, without fail, give you tremendous value.
“Here’s the most important thing you need to know about wedding pictures: Book the best photographer you can afford as soon as you set the date.
The wedding music will fade, the flowers will die, and you won’t even remember if you ate, let alone what you ate, at the reception.
But the wedding pictures last forever.” ~Leslie Milk, It’s Her Wedding but I’ll Cry if I Want to
Of all the things that go into your big day, at the end of it all, only a few last a lifetime. Your wedding photos should be considered a top priority- a cherished heirloom filled with memories you can relive over and over, showing your future children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren… Coverage of your wedding will start at $3200. Collections including albums and hi-resolution files start at $4300. Hit “CONTACT” in the menu above for more information regarding the rates of my collections or any other questions you may have!