Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. So your wedding is coming up and some family friend just bought a new camera and wants to experiment on your wedding day. Why not right?
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you will never be able to bring back again, and the only thing you are going to have when it's over is (obviously) your new spouse, a top layer of cake that will sit in your refrigerator for a year, a wedding dress that will sit in your closet for the next 60 years, and more importantly - your PICTURES. Make sure to hire a professional who has mastered the fine art of capturing weddings, rather than taking a chance with an amateur. After capturing over 100 weddings with elegance and style, I promise you won't regret putting that special job in my hands.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Most photographers don't offer a disc of your images because they are looking to get more sales on prints after the wedding. This means you end up paying only to get your pictures TAKEN, but never actually end up GETTING your pictures without paying an arm and a leg after the wedding. Some photographers who DO offer the disc of images will only include low-resolution files so you won't be able to print any enlargements without getting low-quality, pixely images, and once again you will have to print through them. I like to relieve the stress for my clients by including a disc of high-resolution files from every session so you OWN your images and have the right to print them any time you want, without ever having to come back or pay for anything else.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Not all wedding photographers are the same. Some of them charge by the hour, which means you will be paying an extra fee the longer they are with you. Iím there from the time youíre getting ready till you drive off into the sunset. I capture your priceless memories while you relax and enjoy your wedding day without worrying about going over any time limits.
Some photographers also have a limit on locations, and will charge extra for any traveling on your wedding day. With Moments to Remember, you can relax and know that unlimited locations are included with your wedding package.
Always ask your photographer how much you'll be paying for prints because you don't want to end up paying through the nose just to get your pictures after the wedding. I always include a high-res disc of all your images so you never have to worry about getting all of your pictures.
Most photographers also charge extra for retouching on your images. I include retouching on all of your portrait sessions, and put them on your disc without any extra charge.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Wedding photography really consists of three different sessions, so you should definitely consider your options before talking to your photographer. The engagement session is perfect for capturing the personality and love you have with your fiance, and allows you to use pictures along with your wedding invitations or save-the-dates so others can put a face to the name. Then there is the Bridal/Groomal session, or as some people call it, your Formals. This is the perfect time to document your wedding day and show off that incredible wedding dress you will only get to wear for this occasion. Bringing the groom to the Bridal session really takes the pressure off on your wedding day. This way you will have some great pictures to display at your reception or in your home, and you won't have to worry about getting them on the wedding day during the chaos that seems to always happen.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. There really is a wide range of wedding photographers out there, so it's best to do a little research before hiring one for your once-in-a-lifetime event. I've heard of photographers wandering around charging for family portraits at the wedding, or charging thousands of dollars for a couple prints after the wedding so you never actually can afford to get your pictures, and all sorts of sneaky tactics. If you're looking for a candid style photographer who won't cause unnecessary stress on your wedding day, you've found the right one. I keep group pictures short and sweet so you can enjoy your wedding rather than spend your day smiling for the camera. I focus on capturing the priceless moments that happen spontaneously throughout your day so that when you look back at your pictures, you will remember the priceless moments, and not just see yourself being posed for a camera.