A. I often describe my style of photography as photoposalism. While I try to take a very strong documentary approach to the day, I have times where I lean on my strong posing and lighting background to place couples in a pose that doesn't feel posed and feels like a captured moment instead. I think there is a need for a balance of both to assure that you capture the spirit of the day without creating moments and have the ability to create images that not only show the beauty of a couple, but also their connection.
Q. How far will you travel for weddings?
A. Over the last few decades I have photographed weddings all over the world and loved them, but now I tend to be a bit more of a home body enjoying time with my family and kids so I typically limit my weddings to within 30-45 minutes of my home. Under certain circumstances I may consider a destination wedding, so if you think you have a location that I would love to photograph feel free to ask.
Q. Are you a full-time photographer?
A. Yes and no. I have been a full-time photographer since the mid 90's, however, in 2015 while I was photographing weddings for Disney I was approached by Canon U.S.A. and offered a full-time position that allows me to continue to photograph, but also allows me to travel the country educating other professional photographers on the things that I have done to be successful over the years. So while I photograph a few less weddings and events now than I used to, I would say that I am more immersed in the photography industry now than ever and also have access to some pretty cool toys due to my job.
Q. You list yourself as a Master Photographer, what does that mean?
A. I actually have several different degrees in photography that have been earned through a combination of continuing education, teaching and print competition. I am a huge advocate of print competition and not only judge internationally, but teach photographers and mentor them to have success in print competition as well. I don't see print competition as a way to compete with other, rather to compete with myself by constantly trying to find ways to improve and find new innovations in the way I capture images. I think the result of this leads to happy clients as they know they have a photographer that is never satisfied with what I am currently doing and I am always trying to improve so I can give them a better product.
Q. How many images do I get when you photograph my wedding and what can I do with them?
A. I always give all of my clients a range. I tell them you can expect between 80-115 images per hour that I am shooting and much of that really depends on you. If you have a wedding with lots of activity and you yourself really want to go be a part of creating great images, then we are going to have lots more images for you to enjoy. If you are a bit more low key and want a more hands off presence from me and you don't have a lot planned during your wedding, then you may be on the lower end of the scale. Once you have your images, they are yours, we have a shared copyright on them which allows you to print and post to your heart's content, the only thing you can't do is sell or profit from the images in any way.
Q. Are my images retouched?
A. Each image that you receive will be cropped, balanced for proper exposure and color and some images converted to black and white. I don't swap heads, remove people or items from the background, clean up pimples or more extensive retouching as a part of the images that are delivered to you. While I do shoot in RAW, I do not deliver raw files, I only deliver processed jpeg images to my clients.
Q. I want sunset photos, what is the best time for that?
A. If this is something that you really want, then you definitely need to plan for it. The "golden hour" as it is called, refers to a window of time that starts about 20-30 minutes before the sun goes down until about 15-20 minutes after sunset. If these images are important to you, then you need to make sure your venue, caterer, and event planner are aware of that so that they can plan other events and your meal around that window of time. This will assure that everything else can stay on schedule.
Q. How and when do I receive my images and are they watermarked?
A. Within 3-4 weeks after your wedding you will receive a download link to all of your images and none of them will be watermarked. A usb drive with your images is available for $50.
Q. Do I need to provide you with a list of images I want?
A. As we approach your wedding date we will discuss your event in detail. One of the things I always ask is "are there any things about your wedding that are extremely unique or important to you and may not be immediately obvious?". I typically don't want a list in my hands to reference while I am working as I don't want to miss a moment because I am looking at a sheet of paper. My experience is that most couples that provide a list include mostly moments that you would expect any wedding photographer to capture, like the first kiss or the bride coming down the aisle. That's why I like to have a conversation to make sure I am aware of things that are unique to your wedding and let you rest in the comfort of knowing that my experience will capture all of the basics that you would expect plus those things that make your day unique.