FAQ's to ask your Charleston Wedding Photographer

What’s your style?

can I see a full gallery?

How many weddings have you captured?

how long after the wedding do we get to see our photos?

How will we receive our completed gallery?

do you have a shot list?

Have you shot at my venue before?

what will you wear to my wedding?

Are there any travel fees?

what is the deposit and payment schedule? 

what if we have to reschedule our event?  

What if we have to cancel?

what is your plan in case you have to miss my wedding for an emergency? 

do i have to order prints through you? 

will there be a second shooter? 

what kind of editing do you do? 

what kind of lighting do you use?

Can I post my photos on social media to show my friends and family?

Can i have all the unedited photos? 

What should I wear for engagement portraits?

should we do a first look?

From a wedding photographer point of view, do you have any advice for future brides?

In one word, balanced. When dealing with such a large scale event with so many different parts and feels to the day, I feel strongly about adapting to each scene and each style preference of the couple. I use a solid mix of flash and natural light to best tell the love story of the bride and groom. If the couple tells me they like one method over other however, I’m happy to accommodate that request! 

Absolutely! I recommend asking any photographer that you inquire with to see an entire gallery that they have delivered to a bride and groom. This way, you will be able to see what details we pay attention to, and the consistency from the start of the day to the end of the day.

At the end of 2020 I had captured 132 weddings. I am looking forward to all the 2021 weddings I have coming up!

I generally have a 4-6 week turnaround. However, every wedding is different and some may take a little longer than others just from the sheer volume of photos. I will give each photo the care, and attention to detail it needs.

The full resolution images will be delivered via online gallery with no watermark. From that gallery, you will be able to view, star, and download, any and all of the images for you to use/print however you’d like. You will also be able to share link with family and friends, and set privacy and access limits so you control who sees which images. 

While I don’t operate off a printed list, I have three rules for myself throughout the day.
1- Anything you spent money on, I will be taking photos of. (Dress, rings shoes, food, music, venue details, favors, ANYTHING. )
2- I try to get at least one photo of everyone that attended the wedding. 
3- Any event, I’ll be telling the story. (Putting on the dress, walking down the aisle, party at the reception, ect.!)
That's EVERYTHING you would find on a list :)

Maybe, maybe not, BUT I’m not worried about it either way :) I love capturing weddings at new venues! It ads a whole other level of challenge and inspiration for me, and thats part of what I love about this career! Side note, I always leave plenty of extra time to be able to walk around and familiarize myself with the best photo sports the venue has to offer! 

I like to blend into the crowd, so I will generally come dressed like a guest. I lean towards dark or neutral colors, as to not draw too much attention to myself when I’m taking photos. I like to ask my bride and groom what they told the guests to wear, for example, black tie, semi formal or casual, and that will be my guidelines as to how formal I should be that day.

I LOVE to travel and capture weddings in new places and at new venues, so I make it very easy for you to take me there! Travel fees are calculated case by case, but I generally don’t ask for anything over two nights in the hotel, and transportation if I need to fly/drive. Anything within two hours of Charleston has no travel fee.

Payment is nice and simple. 50% retainer to hold the date, and 50% due 7 days prior to the wedding.

As long as you reschedule to a date that I am available for, there will be no financial penalty. The deposit would transfer to the new date. 

 In the event of a cancelation, retainer fees are nonrefundable. This covered the time I spent planning for your day, as well as expenses incurred. There will be a contract you will have to sign in the even of a cancelation that releases me from your wedding date on my calendar. 

First and foremost, I always recommend a second shooter because the chances of BOTH of us having an extreme emergency on the same day in incredibly unlikely. The second shooter is someone whom I trust and work with often and would be who I turn to in an emergency situation anyway. The second shooter would handle everything until we found another photographer for the remainder of the day. If there is no second photographer scheduled for the day, I would call around my network of fellow photographers and find someone who has a similar style to myself. 

Nope! You have the freedom to use whatever print service you would like!

If you would like! Absolutely! You get more photos, different angles, and the ability to have photos of moments happening simultaneously, like the bride getting ready in one room, and the groom in another. 

After the basic sorting out all the photos with people blinking and such, I like to add a clean edit. I like the image to be as close to what I saw as possible. I generally stay away from the heavy stylized filters and simply aim to show exactly what I saw. 

I use a mix of flash and natural light. I use the flash just to even out the light on a face, provide a little more light in a dark room, or really make a sunset pop. I don’t like my photos to look flashed and I choose my setup very carefully to make sure the image doesn’t look so.

 Please do! I love that you love your images! I also very much appreciate any photo credit, posting and word of mouth are my two biggest sources of business! 

Trust me you don’t want all the photos. First off I take thousands of images to be safe, have options, and make sure there are no people blinking, or making funny faces in any image! You will receive all the images minus any duplicates, blinking, weird faces, and safety shots. 

First time in front of a camera? You’re not alone! Check out this article I wrote about best ways to prepare for your engagement session. It includes location and outfit suggestions as well as other commonly asked questions. 

That’s totally up to you! There are some different timeline options we can do based on if you do a first look or not. There are also some personal reasons why some couples choose to do a first look, like they don’t want to cry in front of all their guests! We can talk more about it, but final call is up to you.

Yes! First and foremost, don’t forget, this is the day that nothing else matters other than the love you have for each other. It should be taken in, every moment and enjoyed to the fullest. Trust the professionals that you hired and focus nothing else but on marrying the love of your life! 

Article: How to Prepare for your Engagement Session