Question: How many pictures do you take?
Answer: There is no pre determined limit on how many pictures we will take. You can choose to have a 30 minute or a 60 minute portrait session. We take a whole series of poses, use different props, change out a few backgrounds and then allow you to choose which ones you like after you have seen the final product. Depending on the package you choose, you will end up with 10-20 final images that have gone through the full editing process, but you will have dozens of photos to choose from. Then we will edit your favorites!
Question: What should I wear for my photo shoot?
Answer: We have 25 backdrops to choose from so will find something to work with anything you choose to wear. But some outfits still work better than others. Try to avoid loud patterns, logos or busy print. Solid colors and layers both work well. If you are coming in a group make sure to wear similar colors. It is not important that you are all wearing matching outfits, just that you are wearing similar or complementary colors.
Question: What is your pricing like?
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Question: Where will my photos be taken?
Question: What is the difference between a professional portrait and the pictures I can take at home?
Answer: We use a $3,000 camera with a $3,000 lens and $1,200 in studio lighting equipment. But honestly, the biggest difference is in the editing that is done after your portrait is taken. Even with all of this high end equipment a raw unedited shot will not look a whole lot different than a high end cell phone picture at first. But with the skilled hand of someone who knows how to edit images to make you look your best, there will be a HUGE difference between your cell phone selfie and the timeless family heirloom that we can provide.
Question: How long have you been in Business?
Answer: I have been working as a professional photographer since 2001 and I opened Monument Photography in July of 2013.
Question: What is the best time to do my photo shoot?
Answer: If we are shooting in the studio it doesn’t matter at all. However, there definitely is a right and a wrong time to do an outdoor photo session. There is usually about an hour between the time the sun goes down and the time that it actually gets dark. Photographers call this the “golden hour”. During this time the sun is not casting long harsh shadows and there will be a beautiful warm glow to the light that will make you look your best.
Question: How much do you charge for wedding day coverage?
Answer: Wedding day pricing starts at $1499, but we can offer a custom wedding package tailored to your needs. Please contact us to customize your wedding day package!
Question: How long after the wedding until we get our images?
Answer: There is a great deal of editing that goes into your wedding portraits after your big day is over. I strive to get your images back to you in about 4-6 weeks. However, towards the end of our busy wedding season this timeframe may be stretched by a couple of weeks. I would rather take my time and do a full edit on every single image than rush through it. After all, you can’t ever redo your big day!
Question: Do I have the rights to all of my images?
Answer: Yes! All of my wedding packages come with a digital copyright release allowing you to print, share or use your images however you want!
Question: Do we get all of the images that you take?
Answer: No, and honestly you don’t want to… We may take as many as a few thousand shots on your big day, and who wants to go through all of that just to look at your wedding photos 10 years down the road? Part of my job is to go through all of the images and select the best shots of each pose. You are provided with one or 2 of the best shots of every single pose.
Question: How many wedding pictures will we end up with?
Answer: There is no set limit to how many photos you will get. The number can vary greatly depending on several factors. How long are we going be shooting? Did you contract for a second photographer? How big is your family and wedding party? These questions will all change the answer to this question. But for “an average wedding” you will usually receive about 700-1000 final edited images.
Question: Can you help me plan our wedding day schedule?
Answer: Of course! I have shot a lot of wedding and have seen what tends to work and what doesn’t always work as well. I have also worked with most of the other wedding vendors in town and would be happy to sit down with you and your fiancé to discuss what might work for you and how it might effect your wedding pictures. For example, are you planning on seeing each other before the ceremony? Are you planning a first look moment or will you see each other for the first time during the ceremony?
Question: Can you provide a second shooter for my wedding?
Answer: Absolutely! Most of our packages include a second shooter!
Question: How far will you travel?
Answer: I love to travel! I will even consider destination weddings out of the state or even out of the country.
Question: How far in advance should we book you for our wedding?
Answer: There is no right or wrong answer top this, but the truth is that you should book as soon as possible. I can only be in one place at a time so I have to book my weddings on a first come first serve basis. Many people book their wedding more than a year in advance.
Question: Will you stay later than the scheduled contract time if needed?
Answer: Yes. I never make plans right after a wedding. I will ALWAYS be available to stay just in case. Extra time is billed at an hourly rate.
Question: Do you offer engagement sessions?
Answer: Yes, in fact I offer a FREE ENGAGEMENT SESSION with every single wedding package. It gives us a chance to work together before your big day and I get to know you and the styles and types of poses that suite you and your personality. This helps me do a better job on your big day. After all, you can’t call for a re-do on your wedding!
Question: I don’t photograph well, can you make me look good?
Answer: I have worked with so many people over the years. You will certainly not be the first person to be nervous or the first person I encounter who doesn’t like their smile, etc… I have a whole list of different poses and shooting styles running through my head the whole time we’re shooting. And after that’s all said and done, hey, there’s always Photoshop ; )
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