Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
To help make choosing your photographer less stressful, I have compiled these most frequently asked questions below. There are probably a million questions that you could ask, but these are the most common that I answer regularly. Once you have reviewed them all, why not connect with me for a free consultation and allow me to answer the rest of your questions?
I can be reached Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm at 978-577-6084. On weekends, it is best to email as I’m most likely out working and unable to answer the telephone. Email messages are generally responded to within 24 hours.
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
I love capturing the emotional moments of a wedding. The whole day is filled with opportunities to capture special, once in a lifetime moments. I love observing, staying alert to whatever may come, ever at the ready to catch that moment, the one that just happens without trying, that one that shows just who you are, that one that shows the real you, the whole you.
I love capturing all of that and telling YOUR story.
What is your photographic style?
This is probably the most commonly asked question of all photographers!
My style combines the timeless and classic style with the contemporary and modern journalistic style. My partner and I are always going to make sure we document every detail, every family portrait and each tender moment of your day as you experience it.
I welcome your input to make sure the details YOU want are part of the final delivery.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I have a wealth of wedding experience because I started photographing weddings in 1993 in the greater Boston area. Since my beginnings, I have photographed in all 6 New England states and as far south as Florida.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I rely on Canon professional digital cameras, lighting and lenses. I always have my own back-up equipment on hand for every job.
Using digital allows me to shoot freely and not worry about managing film types. I can re-master a color image to stunning black & white after the event is complete. This gives you greater imagery options.
Do you have an image limit?
No, never. I capture as many images as it takes to tell the story of your wedding day. My motivation is to capture the moment as it happens. I then bring these images back to my studio to carefully select the very best to showcase your event.
The largest event we have covered produced an astounding 5238 pre-edited images. I do not limit the total number of finished images you receive. An average wedding produces 75-100 finished images per hour of coverage.
Do I have to do formals?
No, there is not “have to” anything! We will work together to make sure we deliver you the coverage YOU want!
Although, you may have some family members that would appreciate having a traditional portrait with you on your special day. Be sure to include your family in the planning process so we don’t miss out on making wonderful memories. With some pre-planning, we can work through “must-have” family shots in no time so you can get back to the party!
What if I don't want an album?
You are free to do what you wish with your images after your wedding. All digital files do come with a print release that allows you to print or copy your images. Many brides opt to create their own personalized scrapbook or other special family treasure.
However, I do offer a wide variety of album options from the casual coffee table book style to more formal, leather bound albums all in a range of budget options. You are never limited to the number of images in your book or album and there is never a time period that you have to order an album. Some studios will charge a “penalty fee” for ordering late – never with me!
Do you shoot the weddings yourself?
Yes. I will always be the principal photographer on each event. I am my business and my art. When you book your wedding with me, you are booking my talent, my eye, my expertise.
For events longer than four hours (or where contracted), my wife is my second photographer. She has been a professional photographer for over twenty years and has a keen eye for details.
How long will you hold my images?
I will always maintain a back up copy of your images. Digital files are backed up to external hard drives and stored separately to prevent damage or loss.
I have had bride’s return to me 10 years after their wedding looking for prints and other items.
Will you travel outside of Massachusetts for a wedding?
Yes, of course! I will travel to any destination. Some of my favorite events have been in Boston, Cape Cod and further in New Hampshire, Maine and Florida.
Please know that additional fees may apply for travel or overnight accommodations which may be required for events outside the greater Merrimack Valley area.
How much of a deposit do you require?
Typically, 50 % of your order is due at the time of contract signing. This is a non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to your wedding date.
I will work with you to make alternative payment arrangements as needed. Please be sure to ask if you need an alternative payment schedule.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, personal or bank check, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. For credit or debit card payments, I will send a PayPal invoice for immediate payment with your contract.
I will also accept a gift certificate payments from friends and family to pay for services. Be sure to ask how!
What is your cancellation policy?
This is a tough question but one I must hold firm to because I do turn away work once you sign your contract with me. In the event of a cancellation of the contracted agreement by the client, the deposits paid are non-refundable. Cancellations must be made in writing and as far in advance as possible.
I will endeavor to re-book the date with comparable work, and if I am successful your deposit will be returned.
When do couples reserve your services?
I encourage couples to book me as soon as possible so another couple doesn’t get your date first. Many bookings take place six-months up to a year in advance.
No other events will be booked on your date once you have signed your contract and I have received your deposit.
How do I learn more about you?
Contact me. I’m happy to set up a consultation session where you can see examples of my work and I can learn more about you and your wedding plans. This is a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. I will meet with you at your home or local establishment to help fit your busy schedule. I will also do a consultation on the phone or via Skype for out-of-town couples.
Contact me today to reserve your event date. All 2018 dates are being booked now!