- How long have you been in business?
- Why should we hire you?
- Do you photograph your own weddings?
- Will you help with the timeline on my wedding day?
- How does a typical wedding timeline work?
- I don't see any family photos on your website. Do you take those?
- Do you carry backup equipment?
- What is needed to reserve my wedding date?
- I don't like posed photos. Can you not pose us?
- Can I give you a list of photographs I want?
- How far will you travel for a wedding?
- What is the timeline for obtaining my photos after the wedding?
We began shooting weddings and portraits in 2002. Rae went full time in the business in 2006 and Wesley 2007. Since 2002, we have photographed approximately 300 weddings.
There are several dynamics that come together to create great wedding photography. Technical ability, experience & professionalism are just a few. A good photographer has to be able to cope with all of those dynamics. In the event the timeline gets completely off schedule, the photographer has to keep a cool head and get the day back on track by working quickly to get the necessary shots they need. In the event of bad weather, we have lighting equipment that will provide you with beautiful photos indoors.
Professionalism... we will be professional at your wedding and courteous to your guests. With approximately 300 weddings in our portfolio, we have dealt with almost every situation (good and bad) that could arise at your wedding. You can trust that you're in good hands with us.
Absolutely! Any time you hire us whether it's for family portraits or a wedding, Rae or Wesley will be there. We shoot every wedding together unless you purchase a one (1) photographer package.
Definitely! We will work with your planner (or you if you don't have one) to create a timeline that works best for your needs and ours to get the most out of your photos.
Our packages start at 7 hrs which is a standard length of time for most weddings. The following is a typical approach to the timeline for a seven hour wedding:
3:00 Wes and Rae arrive for preparation photos. Makeup and hair should be in final stages.
3:00-3:45 Bride preparation photos
3:45-4:15 Photos of the bride and bridesmaids
4:15-4:35 Photo of the groom and groomsmen
4:35-5:00 Photos of guests arriving
5:30-5:45 Family photos with bride & groom
5:45-6:15 Photos with bride and groom alone
6:30-6:45 Bride and groom arrive at reception/first dances
7:45-10:00 Reception / cake cutting / dancing
Every timeline is obviously different depending on the length of the cermony, travel distance between all of the locations, and the needs of your planner.
Most definitely! While we don't showcase a lot of traditional family portraits, we do feel that it's an important part of your wedding day. We've had several occasions where a beloved family member passed away within a year or two after a wedding, and our photos are the last professional photo that a family had together. Feel free to ask for a wedding gallery that you can look through to see the standard family portraits we take at every wedding.
Definitely on that one! We have 4-5 cameras at every wedding we photograph with several lenses and flashes. Having enough equipment will never be an issue.
Our booking process is so easy that it will be sure to please. All you need to do is read over our contract through the link we will provide you, sign it electronically by typing in your name, and then reserve your date with a $1500 retainer you can pay with by check or credit card. It's that easy.
Only once in our career have we photographed a wedding where the bride & groom wanted no posed photos at all. They wanted us to follow them around and maintain a totally photojournalistic approach to their wedding with little interaction. While we do not do old fashioned "poses", we do guide our clients and help them to interact with one another for their couple portraits. Many of the bride and groom alone photos you see on our website were guided by us, even though they may look totally not posed. If you feel at any time that you want 100% photo-journalism for your wedding, let us know and we'll be happy to oblige you. Otherwise, we feel it is part of our job to use our expertise to have fun and set you up for interaction to get the portraits you see examples of on our website.
We prefer not to use photography lists because it takes away the spontaneity and originality of your wedding day when you want a list of photos duplicated from other photos you've seen. Also, time is precious and it takes twice as long for photos when we're having to go by a list for your family portraits. What we do before every wedding is have a phone consultation to find out about your family members and who is important to have in photos so we can work it into your timeline. Remember, every posed family shot takes a minimum of 3-5 minutes to get everyone in the right place and the photo taken. In the instances where we may only have 30 minutes between a ceremony & reception, it doesn't take many family shots to eat up all of your time and leave you with little opportunity for your couple's session with us. We prefer to do one large photo of the bride & groom with extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins), and then we'll break down into more options with immediate family that we discussed prior to yout wedding.
Anywhere in the world. We have photographed weddings in Hawaii, Notre Dame, New York State, New Orleans, and the Florida Keys. We do not profit on travel fees and charge only enough to cover our costs to be at your wedding. If we must fly to your wedding, we do ask for an extra night of lodging so we can arrive two days before your wedding as a buffer in case of an air travel delay.
Our goal is to have every wedding posted in our online gallery within six weeks of your event. During the busiest months, it can take up to seven weeks. Two to three weeks after your gallery has been posted, you will receive your proof book and disc of images in the mail if you purchased a package that included those items.