What makes you different from other photographers and why should we choose you?
Do you photograph your own weddings?
Absolutely! Any time you hire us whether it's for family portraits or a wedding, Rae will be there. We shoot every wedding together unless you purchase a one (1) photographer package. In the event one of us cannot be at your wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, a very qualified and suitable replacement from our network of trusted and talented friends will be utilized.
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 skills and equipment that will provide you with beautiful photos indoors.
Professionalism... we will be professional at your wedding and courteous to your guests. With over 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.
We don't like posed photos. can you use a photojournalistic approach?
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. 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.
Do you take formal family photos? There's not many shown on your site.
Most definitely! While we don't showcase a lot of traditional family portraits in our marketing, 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 complete wedding gallery that you can look through to see the standard family portraits we take at every wedding.
Can you help us with the wedding day timeline?
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.
can we give you a list of photos that we want?
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 your wedding.