Frequently Asked Questions about Wedding Photography

Twenty something years later, one would hope I could answer a few of these... LOL - if you have more, however, just let me know!

Do you bring a second shooter and why?

Most of the time. My secondaries are studio trained and very good in their own right. If I have a small group, it becomes superfulous, and I've shot many a wedding of consequential size alone. But the simple truth is that I cannot be in two places at once. For instance, if I am shooting the bride getting ready - who is supposed to be with the groom? And nobody wants to spend hours on end doing formal photos, so we can get you, your parents, your attendants ahead of time. The other big reason for me is that my secondaries can do the "tried and true" shots which allows me more artistic freedom without taking the risk of missing a shot Mom and Dad really want. That and they can haul my gear to the car at the end of the day. THAT is really the only reason I pay them. LOL. Seriously, my second shooters are awesome. They allow this studio to give you a rounded coverage, on many levels. They are also in charge of me not getting lost, which, I will have you know, is quite a feat.

What do you wear?

Clothes.

What happens to me if you get sick?

I agree this is a valid question, however - please know that in 2002 I was hit by a Lincoln Continental while crossing the street. I did two weddings in a wheelchair with 5 assistants. Mind you, I gave my clients the option of having any number of fabulous photographers (all of whom were coming to my rescue) shoot. But they opted for me. So go ahead, ask me what I'm going to do if I have the flu. Sudafed.

What is your turn around time after the wedding?

By contract, you will receive your images 4-6 weeks after your wedding date. This could change if you are in Indonesia or somewhere for your honeymoon because this stuff doesn't need to be on your porch for indeterminate periods of time. We chat.

What am I looking at in terms of hours?

Packages are 5 hours or full day. No, I am not going to get your eyes opening in the morning and do 20 hours with you. But I do get the cultural issues of the Asian and Indian ceremonies and I will most certainly work with you on that without tagging you extra money for it. A full day is a full day. We need to talk.

Do you do formals?

LOL - of course. You can see them if you go to the ordering site. I find formals to be very important for reasons that would surprise most photographers. First off is that my children are adults and, damnit - I will have family photos - end of sentence. But aside from that, it is a chance for me to figure out who is important to you aside from the immediately obvious (parents and wedding party) - so I know who to look for during the reception. It is also a wonderful chance for people who are nervous about being photographed to find out how fun and easy we really are, so when I go to get those great candids during the reception people just look over and think "Oh, its just Sharon", rather than "OH NO!!! Someone is taking my photo!". I, too, get insecure around being photographed, so I find I'm sensitive to making people comfortable. (Aside from the part where it is rather disheartening to have people hiding from me. Gives me a complex!)

How would you describe your style?

In a word? Versatile. My original training is in fashion - to my work with the bride and groom falls along that line. However, I am a mom and I know the value of traditional photos and respect that so we definately have the family portraits in there - and I think I may have been one of the first photographers to incorporate "photojournalism" into wedding photography 25 years ago. (In those days we called them "candids", which, btw - is highly uncool in this day and age.) Look at my galleries. I believe my images will answer this better than my words.

Can I have some recommendations?

Yes. I have written "testimonials" and I love people for that, but I would rather have you talk to someone, so call me and I will hook you up with a few of my clients who will honestly answer your questions. Giving you anything else is comical, really - who in the world would post bad reviews? I would like you to talk to the people I've worked with.

What is it about weddings you enjoy shooting most?

Ummmm... this changes on a "artistic" level periodically as I learn and grow as a photographer. And it changes from wedding to wedding a bit as each wedding is different. But if I had to choose one thing overall it would be the bride and groom. Doubtless this is my fashion training coming back to me. I mean, after all, isn't it every little girls dream to be a model for a day? This gets to be that day and that is pretty special. Especially since I have the skill to teach you how.

What has your experience taught you?

Not to trust Map Quest.

Can we get our digital files/negatives?

Absolutely. Edited, ready to go in 6 weeks. I am not going to hold your images hostage from you. I put the photos online so that your friends and family can order from me without making you insane to go get them a 5x7, but you do have the capacity and freedom to make your own prints.

How much time should we set aside before the wedding for photos?
This depends largely on the size of the wedding and wanted photos. If you have lots of guests and lots of family photos you want, it's a good idea to get as much done ahead of time as possible. Take the number of guests that you have, multiply them by three minutes each - figure the time. So, if you throw in cake cutting, dinner, bouquet tossing, garter, dance, then add three minutes per guest to chat with them...well, you get the idea - So the longer the time in the beginning, the better. Two hours isn't too much. One hour is minimal.

How do you approach the ceremony?
Quietly and with as little fan-fare as possible. Nobody wants to see a photographer racing about during their ceremony. Nobody wants someone in their face with flash bulbs popping while they are in the intimate moment of exchanging their vows. We shoot from two different angles, move quietly and slowly, stay out of the way and as innocuous as possible and work with zoom lenses to give good coverage without being in your face. In other words "we get it".

We don't want to see each other ahead of time. How do you deal with that?
That's easy enough. We simply do all the individual portraits, family stuff, groom with groomsmen, bride with bridesmaids, etc. ahead of time. And if need be we will split up in order to get it done. We do the rest sometime after the ceremony. Trust me, there is plenty to do. And we respect your choice, after all its your day.

How many images do you shoot at a wedding?

This question never fails to irritate me because the answer is inmaterial if I only deliver a handful. I shoot tons and I deliver tons. I've been at this a long time and I see more than the average bear and having had an extensive history in shooting film, I am trained to "get it right" in the camera rather than relying on post production to try and save me from my mistakes. Anyone can shoot 3000 images at a wedding - so the REAL question you should be asking is this the next one.

What is the percentage of images you deliver out of what you shoot?

I, personally, run around 85% of my images for delivery. My assistants are less. I'm damn good at this. I learned to shoot when you couldn't "save" yourself. There are a zillion new photographers out there who are shooting 3000 images and giving you 300 finished images. People - do the math -my dog could pull that off. Ask. Ask the question. You're wedding isn't a crap shoot and you aren't having it in a casino - this isn't about playing the odds. This is about someone capturing your day.

 

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