You’re getting married, and you have a ton of questions about wedding photography. We don’t blame you, and you’re not alone.
Over the years, we’ve had some brides and grooms come to us with lists of questions. Questions that were kind of passed down to them from friends who have recently gotten married, friends or family who are in the wedding photography biz, etc etc.
Alas, here we have 3Photography’s master, Big Daddy, all-of-the wedding photography-questions-under-the-sun FAQ list.
How long is the engagement session?
The engagement shoot is typically an hour to an hour and a half. We can shoot up to two different locations, and usually end the shoot when we all feel like we have enough variety of shots – this usually happens within an hour and a half. We also wrote a blog post to explain the entire engagement shoot process, you can find it here.
Can we request certain shots for the engagement shoot?
How many weddings do you shoot a year?
We shoot around 15-20 weddings a year, each. We do not take more than 20.
What do you love most about shooting weddings?
We love having the ability to capture special moments that will last forever – that will be passed down generations and generations. Moments that will create a narrative of your family history. You can read a little bit more about us and our story here.
How long have you both been in the business?
3Photography has been in business for about 5 years. Prior to owning our own business, we second shot and assisted with other wedding photographers to learn the business.
What is back up plan if ill or equipment failure?
Myself and my second shooter bring two camera bodies each in case of equipment failure. If either Michelle or Jaclyn is sick, the other would step forward as the principle shooter.
(It has never happened that our equipment has failed, or that we were unable to shoot a wedding due to sickness… pretty good five-year record!
What is turnaround time for proofs?
As outlined in the contract, your photos will be released to you within 2 months of the wedding.
What is process post wedding (do you give proofs online or hard copies)?
We actually don’t go the proofs route at all. Every package includes a DVD/USB of high-resolution, non-watermarked, individually edited photos. For 10 hours of coverage, for example, you’ll receive 400-600 photos.
What sort of touch ups do you do?
We process our photos through Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. We edit with filters for colour and tone. The edits and style of photos that you see on our blog and portfolio is what will be delivered to you. We believe in realistic editing, but, if someone has a huge zit on their forehead on the day of the wedding, we’ll be sure to edit that out!
Can you customize packages (say if we wanted 13 hours of photography)? Do you charge per hour)?
Sure! All of our packages are customizable. $250/hr (both photographers included) if you’d like to add an hour.
What is the payment policy?
We require a 30% deposit to secure your date (cash, cheque, e-mail money transfer). The remainder is due on or before the wedding day.
Who has rights over the photos?
You have rights to do whatever you’d like with your photos, for your own personal use. We own the copyright. This is so that essentially you wouldn’t be able to take a photo I took of you in your dress (for example) and sell it to the dress designer to use in an advertisement.
Have another question? Ask away!
If the answers above seem reasonable enough, send us a quick hello and we’ll set up a coffee date to chat a little bit more in detail about your wedding.