FAQs 2017-04-02T05:58:13+00:00

FAQs

 Sooo.. you’ve got questions for me…

Where are you based?

I’ve called the San Francisco and Oakland  home for the last 15 years, but I have East Coast roots. I take photography jobs nationally and world wide. My passport is current and I love using it!

 

Will you travel for our wedding? 

Yes! I’ll be there with bells on.

 

 How long have you been shooting weddings?

I’ve been working as a professional photographer for over a decade. I started working for newspapers after I earned my degree in photography (and Spanish). I love all kinds of photography – from editorial spreads to fashion  to weddings. The common thread is my love for witnessing and telling people’s unique stories.

 

What kind of equipment do you use?

It depends on the shoot. I generally use a Canon 5D mark 3, with a selection of Canon prime and zoom lenses. When more lighting or equipment is needed, I have that too! (And I always bring back up gear just in case).

 

Do you have business insurance?

Yep! Some venues require it, so just let me know and I’ll be happy to send proof their way. Our insurance is covered by Tom C. Pickard & Co. Inc and has liability coverage for up to $2,000,000.

 

How many photos do I get?

It varies for weddings, but I usually deliver between 500 and 800 photos for a full day.

 

How soon will we be able to see our photos?

 Four to six weeks is my average turnaround time for wedding photographs.

 

Can I print the photos myself? 

Yes! You can print your hearts out. All of my packages include high resolution digital images. Legally, the copyright stays with me as the photographer… meaning if you want to send some images to your favorite wedding blog, let’s talk!  Of course I’d love that.

 

Do you make albums?

Sure do!

 

How many hours of coverage will we need?
It depends on the wedding but I love eight hours of coverage. That allows for coverage of getting ready, some awesome location we’ve chosen, the ceremony,  most of the reception, and some travel time between the venues.  If possible, I suggest to do group or couple photos before the ceremony so you can go straight to having fun with your guests at the reception. During our pre-wedding consultation, we’ll go over your timeline and create a pace that’s realistic and fun. Check out some APW articles on planning. https://apracticalwedding.com/get-started-wedding-planning/

 

What’s your post-production process?
Each image you receive is  chosen and edited to my specific standards. The first thing I do is backup your images on several hard drives. Then I’ll cull the images down by removing any closed eyes, awkward expressions and anything else that doesn’t look quite right . After that I organize all the images into chronological order and into separate categories (Getting Ready, Couple, Family/Group, Ceremony, Reception) for ease of viewing. You’ll receive high resolution digital negatives (JPGs, not the unprocessed RAW files).

 

 Will we need a second shooter/photographer?
Not at all.. but I would recommend one for weddings with 150 plus  guests.. The second photographer is added on for an additional flat fee.

 

Do you offer elopement packages?

I definitely do! I understand that you might be working with a tighter budget when planning to elope, and I’d love to discuss it further.

So Becca, my future husband hates being photographed…

No worries. First of all, he’s gonna be over the moon because he gets to marry his honey. Second…we’re gonna have so much fun.. he’s going to forget about it. And third… there’s always champagne…

 

I’ve heard of an unplugged wedding…what’s that?

An unplugged wedding is where the guests are asked to turn off all their electronic devices (cellphones, cameras, iPads), throughout the ceremony.

 Why?

Imagine I’m photographing  “you may now kiss the bride”  when suddenly 20 iphones are blocking this gorgeous image ..big bummer.

 

What is a “first look,” and should we do it?

A first look  is when a couple sees each other before the ceremony.  If many of the formal photos are taken before the ceremony it allows you more time to enjoy the cocktail hour/reception.

 

 What other “Fine Print” is there?
Hotel lodging (at least three star to ensure safety and security of myself and my equipment) must be provided for travel beyond a two hour drive  of Oakland. Overtime is charged at $200 per half hour. Overtime is any additional time added after contract signing, either before or on the wedding day. California state tax of 8.75% applies to final price with deliverable goods.

 

We want to go forward.. how do we book you?
After we talk (either in person, over the phone or Skype), all I need is a signed contract and a deposit ($500 for elopements and $1000 for full weddings) to save the date. The final part of your wedding payment is due no later than a week before your wedding date. I accept checks and credit cards/Paypal (3% fee).