GAH! I LOVE YOU. CAN WE BOOK?!
I love meeting face to face with all of my clients, though sometimes that isn’t possible before booking. We do require at least one phone call to get to know my couples, and to ensure we are a good match. Personality is just as important as style and skill, so I urge my couples to find their perfect fit. Our joy is to make some life long friends along the way! We do require a 25% retainer and signed contract to reserve the date, whether for wedding photography or video. Please send me an email, here, with some adorable details about the two of you!
ARE YOU A FULL TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
You betcha. I have been in full time wedding photography for 8 years and have shot hundreds of beautiful weddings during that time. I love that my experience and expertise brings stability, but that each wedding and couple I encounter brings something new.
DO YOU REQUIRE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS?
The straight answer, no. Do I think they can be a valuable experience? Yes. If you and your fiance have yet to be in front of the camera, engagement sessions are a nice way to explore how comfortable you are before the wedding day. I would rather see my couples spend more money on their wedding day coverage than on a ‘test shoot’, if that is the sole purpose. I would say 90% of my couples share how surprisingly at ease the feel, both on their engagement session and on their wedding day (again, that is why I emphasize that personality match with my clients!).
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SHOOTING STYLE?
My style is very candid and relaxed. Documentary. I am an observer most of the time with very limited intrusion. Those natural ‘organic’ moments are what make the magic for me. At the same time, we certainly recognize the need to give direction at certain portions of the day. Often we give direction based on the use of light we see available. When in combination, theres’ nothing better!
HOW LONG IS THE TYPICAL COVERAGE FOR A WEDDING DAY?
We always build a custom recommendation for our coverage based on the timeline of your day. We are most commonly booked between 8-10 hours on a wedding day, but each wedding significantly varies! Our multi-day Indian weddings are most commonly booked with 20-30 hours of coverage.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE, AND DO YOU HAVE BACKUPS?
Yes, even our backup equipment has backups. Though technology allows us to create art so beautiful in this day and age, we also acknowledge there is often no warning when it comes to a hiccup in technology. For that reason our entire team has backup camera bodies, lenses, batteries, and even your images/video files are written on two separate memory cards instantly.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes! We only take on 10% destination weddings per year, though we love to capture love, both for our Chicago weddings and abroad. Costs are associated with with travel; If it is over 1hr outside the city area there is a minimal mileage charge and if more than a 2hr drive out of the city accommodation is needed.
DO YOU EDIT THE PHOTOS?
All images are edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. All the editing is done by Dana (ME!), so it will be consistent with what you’ve seen featured on publications and our website. Extensive retouching available at an additional cost.
WHAT IF IT RAINS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
It is rare for a wedding day to be completely rained out, though it is always good to have a contingency plan. Most venues provide beautiful backdrops in case of rain. I’d be happy to provide you with indoor options, though some require permits and planning!
WILL YOU HELP WITH OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE?
Yes, in fact I encourage it! I would love to make recommendations for your wedding day schedule. Padding time is key. It makes for a stress free day where you can fully enjoy and celebrate with your loved ones, helping capture those raw moments us photographers love best. I urge my couples to account for 45 minutes for bridal party photos, 45-60 minutes of private bride and groom photos, and 30-45 minutes of family formals.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE AT MY WEDDING?
We shoot approximately 75% of our weddings as the sole photographer or videographer. Some timelines and ceremonies require us to be in two places simultaneously in which case we offer secondary coverage for $75/hour. I’d love to talk more in depth about your wedding details, as I often customize a schedule and coverage for each of my couples.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO WE NEED TO BOOK YOUR SERVICES?
There is no right or wrong answer for this, though just like finding a venue, it is likely that your favorite photographer will book out a majority of their weddings 12 months in advance. With that said, I never mind a last minute elopement!
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AND CUSTOMS?
Our entire team has been blessed to have photographed many, many different types of weddings. I have documented Catholic, Hindu, Punjabi, Gujarati, South Asian, Muslim, Non-denominational Christian, Jewish, and Greek Orthodox ceremonies. If you are having a wedding that is not listed here I would absolutely love to learn all about the customs and events.
HOW LONG DO PHOTOS AND VIDEOS TAKE TO EDIT?
Our contract states 60-90 days to receive the edited images and films. Typically in the slower portions of the season our turnaround time is 2-3 weeks, in high season 6-8 weeks. Additional retouching or album design can always be requested, and will be on a separate delivery schedule.
WHO MAKES UP THE VIDEO TEAM?
There are 3 members of our video team. Two videographers, our fantastically talented editor, Paul, and our audio specialist. Together we have captured hundreds of weddings across the country and globe.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SHOOTING STYLE?
Our filming style compliments both our priorities & style along side our wedding photography. Those organic moments are what make those raw and emotional moments in the films we create. It is important for us not to interfere with photography or those raw moments as they happen. We love working side by side with our photo and video teams, and for this reason, we offer special bundling when booked together.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO PICK THE SONGS FOR OUR FILMS?
Yes! We would love to hear which songs hold special meaning for the two of you. We are happy to create films with any song selection. Song licensing is required to share films on social media outlets. This fee is included in your package cost. To see if your favorite songs are available for license, take a peek at songfreedom.com and musicbed.com.
CAN WE PURCHASE THE RAW VIDEO FOOTAGE?
Yes. As a bride, I know I would want the option to keep the raw footage and memories, no matter how raw they are. A hard drive with raw footage may be added to any wedding photography package for $500.