What's your primary style?
We do it all: photojournalistic, posed, artistic, etc. We love candid, photojournalistic shots probably the best though.
That's where photographers can capture special moments. Plus, James was a photojournalist for many years prior
to becoming a wedding photographer.
What format do you shoot in?
We shoot all photographs in RAW. This allows us to capture the most vibrant colors, the sharpest images, and the highest resolution.
It gives the most options when retouching the photographs. However, we'll provide you with JPG files that you can
easily share with friends and family.
What cameras and equipment do you use? Do you have back-ups?
We use a Nikon D3, a Nikon Df, and 2 Nikon D600s. These cameras have a full-framed sensor for low-light photography.
We always have back-up cameras on hand at each event. We also bring accessories such as flashes and reflectors, if needed.
Who will actually be the photographer at my wedding?
We will be! James and Angela will both be taking photos at the wedding. We also have talented side shooters available if
more are needed (they shot our wedding!).
Will I get every single photo that you take?
You will get most of the photos we take. The truth of the matter is that some photos are only test shots to ensure we have our
settings dialed in properly. Other photos have people mid-blink, which we all know is not too flattering. There are also times when
someone will walk into our shot. Basically, there will always be shots that no one wants, so we will remove those prior to sending
them over so you only get the best.
How many photos will we receive?
It varies, of course, but we generally take at least 100 photos per active hour (active meaning during the ceremony or during an event
of some kind). So, for a 6 hour wedding, you can count on 600+ photos, but it's generally a lot more.
Do you touch-up the photos? Is there an extra charge?
We touch-up all photos, but this is included in the price. Your eye naturally "edits" the world around you, so we mimic this natural process
in Photoshop. For the most part, we just enhance what is already there, but if we choose to do something more artsy, we'll give you both versions.
What kind of input will we have on your photography?
We welcome your input! If you like a certain style or poses, tell us! We're happy to work with you. After all, it's your day and your
photographs. We love getting Shot Lists with sample photos that you like. That helps us understand what shots you want. It's also
critical to have this list if you want specific shots of certain guests. We can only take a shot of a moment that happens, but if we
know you want it, we'll take steps to bring that guest over to you so we can get the shot.
What types of weddings have you photographed before?
We've shot indoors, outdoors, small, and large. Take a look at our portfolio to see our past weddings.
How many weddings have you photographed?
Dozens, with more on the way!
Will you shoot other events on my wedding day?
Nope. You get us all to yourself on your big day!
Do you shoot video as well?
Though we provide 360 degree videography, this is not the typical wedding video done by a videographer. Our focus is capturing stills.
What will you wear to my wedding?
We will wear wedding guest appropriate attire. We tend to gravitate towards dark clothing so our black gear doesn't stand
out too much, but if it's hot, we may dress in lighter colors so as not to overheat. If you prefer we dress in a certain way, let us know!
Do you back-up our photos?
Yes. Both head cameras save the images on two memory cards to ensure the safety of the images. After the wedding, we'll
back them up to multiple hard-drives.
What will you do with our wedding photos apart from giving them to us?
We'll use them for promotional purposes only (including, but not limited to: posting on our website, sharing on social media sites,
entering in wedding photography contests, etc). We'll also submit the images to popular blogs/publications like The Knot and
Style Me Pretty to share your gorgeous wedding with others. If any publications accept it, we'll let you know.
Do you charge for travel expenses?
Yes, if the wedding/event is over 150 miles from Saratoga, CA, additional fees will be required. The amount will be determined
by the distance, mileage, and hotel costs.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes, we do!
Do you need a break? Do I need to feed you?
Yes. We generally take a break during your dinner time. No one wants a picture of themselves stuffing food in their face, so
we have our dinner at that time too. Our contract does state that you will need to provide us with dinner for weddings of 6 hours
or more, but we do not need a place to sit, and we can be served after the guests. We will take our plates away from the reception
area for a little break before festivities resume.
When is payment due?
To book the date, we require half down. The final half is due one month prior to the wedding.
What's the cancellation policy?
You can cancel up to six months prior to your wedding date for a full refund (minus the cost of any services already rendered) of
what you've previously paid (half of the final payment). If you cancel after that point, we'll be unable to refund any part of the payment.
What happens if you're sick?
For the most part, we tend to just power through it and get the work done. If it's something we can't power through, we can
have our side shooters come instead. You would be kept in the loop if any changes need to be made.
Do you provide references?
The privacy of our clients is important to us, so we don't give out contact details for reference purposes. However, you're
welcome to view the reviews on our pricing page.
Why are engagement shoots more per hour? And why do weekends cost more?
Weddings are planned entirely by you, so we’re capturing what you have created (and of course, adding in our own ideas
for photo-ops). You’ve booked the venue, so you don’t have to worry about any photo permits or anything like that. Engagement
shoots, however, aren’t planned out extensively in the same way. There are often photo permit applications and location scouting, all
of which is done by us, the photographers. So, there is more work and expenses in the planning stages. Weekends are not only
when we are shooting weddings primarily, but it is also more crowded and will make a "private" photoshoot a lot more challenging.
Thus, we prefer to shoot on weekdays, and we give a discount for those days.
What are the requirements for the photo booth?
The set-up itself is 7ft square, but we recommend allotting a 10tf square area to also allow for traffic around the booth.
It needs to be within 10 feet of a working outlet that doesn't have anything else plugged into it. The photo booth
should be against a wall, and it can be in a corner (walls on two adjoining sides).