Hiring a wedding photographer that is right for you is a challenging task! How do you find the perfect photographer? How do you know who to trust? Where do you go for advice?
It’s normal if you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused because most couples told us that finding and hiring their dream wedding photographer was one of the most complex parts of planning their wedding. Furthermore, it’s not like you hire a wedding photographer every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.
I have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) by couples looking to hire their dream wedding photographer. If you have a question not listed here, please feel free to get in touch, and I will be eager to help you in any way I can.
I have been photographing weddings for over 10 years - over 200 love stories captured from Santa Barbara, California, to Miami, Florida.
I don't offer ready-made packages. Instead, all my wedding photography packages are custom-made to fit my couples’ desires and finance.
To have a package built specifically for you, you must first have a complimentary consultation with me. This way, I can learn what your photography needs are and present you with a custom collection that is uniquely you. My couples generally invest between $3000 and $4000 on their collections.
I do not offer a videography service. My expertise is in photography, and creating authentic still images is my passion.
I occasionally offer discounts, mainly to military couples. However, I do charge considerably more than a budget wedding photographer, and that’s because of the vast differences in the results you will get.
While I cannot discount my rates to meet a low budget, I can certainly give you a lot of value through the experience I have behind my brand. I’ve been a full-time, professional wedding photographer for over 10 years, and I have a whole slew of reviews and awards over that amazing time!
Yes, I do require a 25% Non-Refundable retainer to secure your date. The Retainer is credited toward your total collection cost. The remaining balance will be due one month before the actual date of the event.
Yes, I do! I require a 25% retainer fee upfront to get you on my calendar, and the balance can be broken up into 3 payments.
You must notify me immediately of any changes in schedule or location, at least (30) days in advance of the scheduled EVENT date.
If I’m notified by phone, a written (i.e., email) confirmation must be sent within (5) days of such notification.
If the date of the EVENT changes and notice is not given within the period specified above. In that case, I’ll be entitled to 100 % of the Retainer as liquidated damages for having to reschedule the EVENT. The remainder of the payment will be applied toward the new date, but you shall be responsible for making up the deficiency retained as liquidated damages.
Yes, I do have a 30-day Money Back Guarantee Policy. I’m confident that you will love my services and products. However, if you are not completely happy, you are protected by my 100% money-back guarantee policy.
Yes, I do! I have a million-dollar liability insurance coverage for bodily injury and property damage. If your venue requires a Certificate of Insurance, we would be happy to send them a copy.
My couples describe my style as modern, classy, elegant, and beautiful. However, I like to describe my style as organic contemporary because I take extreme measures to ensure that my photos look as natural as possible.
I have a solid work ethic. I’ll show up on time, and my team and I will work continually throughout your wedding day. There will be times when we may just lay back and capture the moments, and at other times we may be taking charge and choreographing shots. The bottom line is that I’m not rigid. I want you to have fun and enjoy the entire process.
Yes, I have multiple cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment. In addition, my photographs are triple backed up for security.
It depends on your photography needs and budget. I generally recommend a second photographer if you have more than 100 guests. I will also recommend a second photographer if you want getting ready shots of you and your partner, and you both are getting ready in separate locations.
If you are getting prepared in the same hotel, that is fine. You don’t need a second photographer. However, note that, with a second photographer, you will get more variety of shots from different angles.
No, you don’t have to do a first look. However, it is strongly recommended. Doing a first look allows you to create some beautiful and authentic photos when your makeup is still fresh and you both or not under the judging eyes of your guests.
The first look is also a big stress reliever because you get to see each other before the ceremony, reducing the jitters and nervousness.
If your wedding ceremony is late in the evening at sunset, you may want to consider doing a first look so that you can get some couples photos in the daylight.
First, I will send you the proposal with your collection, contract, and payment schedule.
Review your collection, and contract to make sure it is everything you want and agreed to.
Next, sign the contract and pay the initial payment (the Retainer).
I will receive an email letting me know that I have a contract to sign.
I sign the contract and send you an email welcoming you to the White House Family.
Easy – I have a secure paperless booking and payment application. Everything is done virtually.
It generally takes 4 to six weeks to get your photos. I go through each photo and add my recipe to each one - this is very time-consuming, but it ensures that every single picture is the best it could possibly be.
Don’t worry, though. I’m just as anxious as you to deliver the photos to you and get your feedback. I promise I will keep you updated along the way.
Yes, you can, for a premium cost. However, I don’t think the copyright is what you want. When you buy a song on iTunes or a music CD, you don’t ask the song’s creators for the copyrights, do you?
I’m not trying to be smart here but to make a point. And that point is that the creators of the work, music, paintings, photos, etc., are the legal copyrights holders.
Without going in-depth on copyrights, what you do get is usage and print rights. This allows you unlimited sharing and printing rights of all your photos. To learn more about Copyrights and Print-rights, visit my post here - https://mywhwp.com/copyrightvsprintrights.
Heck yea – except the spoils that I trash. I don’t believe in giving you photo proofs that are watermarked and unedited. All your photos will be digitally enhanced, high resolution, and print-ready.
Hell no! I don’t believe in giving you photo proofs that are watermarked and unedited. Instead, all your photos will be digitally enhanced, high resolution, and print-ready.
No, you don’t have to buy prints from us. However, your online gallery will have a shopping cart, and you will have the option to buy prints from me.
The advantage of buying prints from me is that our print lab partners have been truly tried and tested for their quality work. So you can rest assured that when you purchase prints from me, you will be getting high-quality archivable prints.
Plus, you also get the added benefit of having me looking over your photo and making any additional editing to ensure they are 100% ready to go to the print lab for printing.
In this phone call, I will get to know you and what is most important for your wedding photos, so I can build a custom package with everything you need!
With your wedding date booked, I will send you a personalized Gift Box with a beautiful welcome magazine for additional inspiration, plus many tips for engagement sessions, wedding day prep, must-have photos, common photo mistakes, post-wedding info, and more.
We will connect 45 days before your wedding day, so I can get dialed in on all the finalized details and have a totally clear picture of how your wedding day will unfold. I will help you feel confident that nothing will be missed, and I will be by your side every moment of your big day.
On your wedding day, I will be right there with you guiding you and creating unique and gorgeous pictures for a lifetime of joy. 4 - 6 weeks after your wedding, grab some popcorn and your favorite beverage, and get ready to see your stunning photos for the first time!