I wanted to create this section to help brides with a few questions I get asked from time to time. Every wedding is a little different and every couple share something unique, but I’m hoping these frequently asked questions are able to help someone through the wedding planning process.
Q: Do you need a deposit to book? & When should I book you as my wedding photographer?
As soon as you have your date set and your venue booked, we can start making plans to chat about the photography coverage of your day. The sooner you find/book your wedding photographer the better. I was shocked when I went to book a photographer for my wedding, almost everyone was booked a year in advance! If you find a wedding photographer that you love – lock them down. I require a 40% non refundable “save the date” deposit and a signed contract to hold your wedding day. As its a first come first served style of booking make sure you book quickly.
Q: When do I receive my images?
I always shoot to have your photos edited by your 1 month anniversary of the shoot date, but this is subject to season. I want you to have your photos as soon as possible so I will let you know as soon as they are ready + I always send out a sneak peek photo on Facebook/email up-to 48hrs after your event. The images you receive will always be high resolution, un-watermarked .jpegs on a disk or USB (depending on what session you have booked).
Q: Do you offer an online gallery?
I offer a personal online gallery that is securely backed up for 10 years, is mobile friendly, easy to share with family & friends + you can order prints directly from the site. I have included it for free for my 2 top wedding day collections (7hrs & 10hrs). It is also an “add on” to any of the sessions I offer for $50.
Q: Do you travel for weddings?
Travel is something that is near and dear to me, so if I can combine it with my love of photography too them I’m all in! Paris, Scotland, Mexico, etc… – destination weddings here I come! I currently cover the Okanagan area with no extra charge, up to a certain radius. If your wedding is a little out of the way, its not a problem, a travel fee can be a little as an extra $50 all in.
Q: Do you have backup equipment on the day of?
Yes I do! I shoot with a professional, full-frame camera and my backup camera is the exact same so if something should fail on one you wont loose quality if I have to use the backup.
Q: Do you shoot in RAW…and what is RAW?
This is one of those buzz words you have probably come across when looking for a photographer. RAW just means that the photographer can drastically make changes to the photos colour and image information. It’s really a safety net for your big day – So yes, I shoot RAW.
Q: Do you shoot video?
Though photography and videography have similarities, they are not the same. I am a photographer and my attention is on you and taking photos you will be proud to have in your wedding album. If you are looking to have someone cover the events of your day and your guests, I have a list of professionals that I love to work with.
Q: Do you have a second shooter…and do I need a second shooter?
Your wedding day is one of the biggest, happiest days of your life. You finally get to spend the rest of your life with the one you love, so there is no way that I would want to miss anything. I personal have a second shooter that I work with on every wedding and it is included in my price. I make sure he is available on your wedding day so you don’t miss the guys getting ready, different ceremony angles, or grandma on the dance floor. However other photographers might only have this as an add on to your price, don’t be afraid to ask who it is and how long they have been working together.
Q: Do you offer albums?
I am a strong believer in the “print” realm. I work closely with a Canadian company that hand makes every album I design custom to suit you and your day. These albums are really an heirloom piece that you will be proud to show off in your home. Now when I say “heirloom” I know that sounds expensive, but I am also a believer in affordable, because everyone deserves one of these keepsakes.
I also offer wall canvases and memory boxes with loose prints from the same company.
Q: Where are you based?
I live in the wedding capital of Canada, Kelowna BC but I love to travel. I have had shoots all over the Okanagan; from Salmon Arm, Lumby, Vernon, West Kelowna and Peachland. I have even created affordable wedding packages for Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary that include, travel, food and lodging in the price.
Q: What equipment do you use?
I have a Canon 6D. It’s a professional full frame camera with great low light capabilities (great for those getting ready shots). I also have a few off camera flashes, reflectors, filters, multiple lenses etc… the list grows every year as I like to be able to offer my clients the best I can.
Well this was officially my very first wedding… I would like to personally reach out to Ryan & Jessica (aka Beck) to thank them for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to capture their very important day.
Beck even trusted me enough to do her makeup, with such a beautiful specimen I really couldn’t mess anything up. The guys were a blast to hang out with as they were getting ready. My second shooter and I have gotten lots of practice tying ties, pinning boutonnieres and hemming pants.
This crafty bride, along with her brides maids did all of the rustic decor and flowers themselves. The grey mismatched brides maids dress went perfectly with the rustic chic atmosphere of the whole wedding. Everyone’s personality was represented based on their choice of dress.
Ryan and Beck even did a “first look” at home to calm their nerves, before they had to go to their intimate family ceremony at Paddlewheel Park in Vernon BC. “First Looks” in my opinion are well worth bending the traditional mold for. You get to capture a beautiful moment between the bride and the groom, you get to take a breather and calm yourself with the one you love + you now have more time for fun activities together.
Once wed, these two had a blast with friends and family that had traveled from all over to show their love and support for the new couple.
The wonderful girls at The Frosted Kitchen created the wedding cake and cupcakes from scratch. The desert was definitely a hit; white chocolate drizzled on top of buttercream icing – because you can’t go wrong with anything chocolate.
This wedding truly was about friends, family and love. Congratulations to Ryan & Beck, two people who were the best of companions and make an even better couple!
All the following photos were taken at Paddlewheel Park, Vernon, BC, Spring of 2015. Canon 6D | 50mm | 24mm – 105mm
Second shooter: Jake Hodder