Your wedding - all the questions you wanted to ask me
June 6, 2016
Engagement session - what to expect?
June 6, 2016
Your wedding - all the questions you wanted to ask me
June 6, 2016
You just got engaged – congratulations!!! It is so exciting to plan the wedding, but you`ll have to do a million little things. Wedding industry is there to provide you with help and advice, and you`ll definitely see a lot of lists, questions to think about and ask yourself and potential vendors, wedding photographer being one of them. I`ve decided to put together a list of questions (and my answers to them) for you to know me better before you`d even meet me for a consultation.
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
I`d suggest, as soon as you know your wedding date. Popular dates (Saturdays being the most popular, Sundays and Fridays are next, from May to October) are being booked up to a year in advance.
So as soon as you have your date decided on (probably will be connected to venue availability), please get in touch. We`d arrange a free consultation (usually about an hour long meeting), ideally with both bride and groom.
We`ll talk about your wedding day, ideas you have about photography, see if we are comfortable around each other. I will be happy to share my experience and provide some planning advice.
How long have you been in business?
I have been doing wedding photography for two years full time (photography being my only job), and for 3 years part time prior to that. It is usually how photographers start in this business, testing the waters and gaining experience, before diving head first into it.
How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
Over 40 weddings, different size, cultures, styles, number of people, and location. Very likely there was something similar to yours, but I`d need more information on what you are planning to answer this question.
How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)? How would you describe your working style?
I would probably have to call it eclectic, because depending on the time of the day and the events I will be acting differently. For example, during the bride getting ready part I may be wearing a hat of a product photographer, capturing the details, rings, flowers, the dress etc, and being in the corner, trying to catch the reactions of the bridesmaids helping her, or her mom hiding tears. I may give a little bit of directions, mainly involving the juxtaposition to the light and backgrounds.
During the ceremony I will be blending in as much as possible, so you won`t hopefully even notice me and I`d be able to get great shots from different angles, capturing candid emotions.
Couple portraits, bridal parties and family portraits involve quite a bit of direction, simply because more than two people are involved. I will likely be moving people around and definitely be conducting the scene to ensure everyone who is important to you is being photographed.
Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
Absolutely! All of the images are mine, there is a selection that represents my style on my website – www.juliedoro.com, as well as a bigger selection from different weddings on my blog posts. I take pride in my work and I`m happy to show you more images at the consultation too.
What type of equipment do you use?
I use Canon equipment, including two cameras (Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III), I`m occasionally using both to get different lenses working, or having one of them as a backup. It is very critical to have a 2nd camera to make sure all possible equipment failures are covered. I only use professional lenses L-series, my main lens is 70-200mm/2.8 II (2nd generation), 24-105mm/4.0, 100mm/2.8, 50mm/1.4, and speed lights.
All of this equipment is commonly used by wedding photographers and is definitely considered top of the line.
Are you shooting in digital or film format or both? Do you shoot in color and black & white? Infrared?
I only shoot digital images, and it is very easy to convert any image into black and white after the shoot is taken. I love B&W images and you`ll see quite a few in your gallery in addition to color.
Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
I always appreciate the bride and groom putting the effort into photography on their day, so yes, you are welcome to show me the images you`d like to replicate. However, we`d definitely need to look at them together beforehand and decide which ones can be replicated (eg what kind of background we`d need to produce a certain shoot and whether we could find that close to your location). Also, if the list is really extensive, you`d need to make sure you`d dedicate ample time to just photography. So it is totally can be done, we`d just need to work together to ensure it is possible with your timeline and location restrictions.
Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour? What about an “instant” slideshow of the ceremony?
Yes, both are possible for additional fee. Ask me for details at the consultation
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Aside from the usual info about the venue, the number of guests, locations during the day, and the ceremony specifics, I`d send you a questionnaire about a week before the wedding to confirm all the details and times, and addresses, your phone number and other ways to contact you (eg your bridesmaid`s phone number), as well as important cultural details, names of your immediate family, possible tensions in the family and other details I need to know to make sure the day runs as smoothly as possible.
May I have a list of references?
Absolutely! Please see the reviews on my website, Facebook page, and I`d be happy to connect you with a few of my former clients as well.
Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding?
Yes, I will be the main photographer for your wedding. Depending on the size of your wedding and your goals for photography coverage, I may suggest bringing a 2nd photographer. It requires additional investment and we`d talk about it to decide whether it will be needed for your wedding.
Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
I definitely have backup equipment (see details in Equipment question). This is probably on of the major differences between an amateur and a professional photographer – I have a backup or replacement for every single thing – batteries, lenses, flashes, cameras. There is no way my equipment will fail and I won`t have a replacement to keep going and capturing your special moments.
I will be doing everything humanly possible to photograph your wedding, but in case something happens to me that will affect the quality of my work, I will provide you with a replacement photographer I`ve worked with previously and can guarantee the same quality of work. That is why we are signing a contract, as it is protecting you as a client if a case like this occurs.
If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
Everything within 100km from my location (Downtown Vancouver) is included in price package. I will charge a travel fee and potentially will need you to provide accommodation for me or cover a hotel if the wedding is longer than 10 hours and my drive home takes over 2 hours. Please contact me to discuss every case individually.
Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
Definitely not. Your wedding day is crossed off my calendar, I won`t take any other shoots for that day, so in case there are some last moment changes on your agenda, I can accommodate you.
How will you (and your assistants) be dressed?
Very professionally – I usually wear black formal dress, long or short sleeve depending on the weather. No jeans, bright colors or inappropriate clothing for me or my assistants.
Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
It is a part of the experience for many guests and they will be uncomfortable not to. Even though I am a huge fan of “unplugged” weddings (when bride and groom are requesting the guests to be present at the ceremony and not to use their mobile devices), I understand that it is becoming a norm. As long as the guests are not preventing me from capturing critically important moments, such as your first kiss, it is fine with me. Usually it is also helpful to be the only person with the camera during family portraits, as people tend to look at other photographers too, and it gets really hard to take the shoot when everyone is looking at the camera. However, I never had a problem and will just talk to the other person and take turns, if needs be.
Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
I may have, but even if I haven`t, I will try to attend a rehearsal at the church to make myself familiar with the area, meet the priest, or at the very least see the location for myself prior to your wedding day. It is very important to know the location well.
If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
Definitely. That is why I won`t have anything planned for that day, and can stay as long as you`d like me to. Any additional hour is $200.
What packages do you offer? Can I customize a package based on my needs?
I offer three basic packages, depending on the lengths of coverage you are looking for (usually depends on the size of your wedding). 8 hours seems to be the most popular package, allowing me to cover all important events, including the bride getting ready and all the details, the first look, the ceremony, family portraits, bridal party and couples portraits, the reception, first dance, cake cutting, the speeches and flowers and garter tossing. However, you can totally customize your package based on your needs and specifics of your wedding.
Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
Yes, I always include the engagement session in the most of my packages (8 hours +) and it is complimentary.