Frequently asked questions about wedding photography
I believe weddings are a big deal, and so is wedding photography. So, I’m pretty sure you have tonnes of questions for me. For starters, I have compiled my answers for some of the most commonly asked questions.
I hope you find them helpful. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have any unanswered questions.
What's your retainer fee or booking amount?
The booking amount is 70% of the total payment. This also serves as the retainer fee to block your date exclusively on my calendar.
How far in advance should I book you?
I'd say as soon as you make up your mind. Until the retainer fee payment is received by me, I'll not be able to hold the date for you or turn down other commissions for the same date.
What is your payment schedule like?
My payment terms are simple - 70% to book and block the date on my calender, and the balance 30% is due within one week after the wedding date. Image editing will begin only after realization of the complete payment - and this is non-negotiable.
When will I get to see my images?
Within a week, you will receive a link to a preview gallery with 30-40 handpicked, favorite images from your wedding day. Within three-four weeks, you will receive the link to a password-protected online gallery of all your wedding day images -- edited by me and in high resolution.
Do you edit all of the images that you shoot?
I edit all the images that make it to the final shortlist. Because my focus is on quality, the images go through a meticulous culling and filtration process to ensure you get only the best images.
How many pictures will I receive?
It depends on the number of events. The minimum numbers, from my experience:
- Engagement - 200
- Outdoor shoot - 50
- Wedding and Reception - 300
Will I receive the RAW, unedited files?
This is a controversial subject. Since you ask, I'll elaborate.
The answer is: the RAW, unedited images will not be made available for viewing or printing. Rest assured that this is part of my effort to set very high quality standards. Images that don't make the cut are rejected because they are blurry, heavily underexposed or duplicates. They are trash-worthy at best.
Let me also assure you that if it's a picture of a great moment, and if I can still salvage it, I will retain it in the shortlist.
Can I provide you with a “shot list”?
You can provide me with a "shot list" of significant events, but beyond that any list would mean I compromise on my personal style and make images that aren't really unique.
I'm sure you'd want to work with me because you love my style and the kind of images I make. Providing me with reference images will not just make my job tougher but would also mean emulating another photographer and copying another image. So, I suggest we work together to make unique, beautiful images that will be the outcome of my personal vision.
Do you take staged, group shots with guests?
I don't take staged, group shots with guests -- because it isn't my strongest suit. However, I do include some light-hearted, naturally grouped-together shots with parents, siblings, and your closest pals.
Will you personally shoot my wedding or will you send others within your team? Do you shoot alone or with assistants?
I am always the primary shooter at the weddings I get booked for. I take wedding photography seriously, and understand that it's not just a business choice but a life-changing decision for you.
Choosing the right photographer makes all the difference between a lifetime of lovely memories and a bunch of "deliverables" that you'd rather keep tucked away in your cupboard.
I have a second shooter (not an assistant, but a skilled photographer) complementing me at most weddings -- it helps create a different perspective. But I understand that you may not have the budget for a second photographer at times -- which is the only time I shoot alone.