FAQ – Wedding Photography Services
I’m self-aware enough to know that I’m likely not the first or last photographer you’ve browsed online. I’m also aware that the last thing you have time for is reading my long winded rants. So let me be candid for a moment (pun intended.) This job is my dream, and my favorite part of it are the people I get to work with. My style is more than pretty pictures, it’s real and honest moments. Those come from a deep connection we will build starting the day we meet up until the day of your wedding. The questions below are consistently asked to me in meetings and over email. I’ve gathered up all the ones that I feel are important for you to understand about me. It’s okay if what you find doesn’t float your boat! I’m aware that my style and personality is an acquired taste. I want you to hire the perfect wedding photographer, even if that isn’t me. You deserve to have your memories is good hands.
The tendency to browse is beyond real. We go through so much information on a typical day. I’m pleading with you though to take your time in reading what I have to say below, in full. I promise there’s no filler, just like in my photos.
That all being said, I’ll be giving you an out. For each question, I’ll have a short answer and a long. It’s my hope that you’ll read both, but no judgment if you don’t.
Are second shooters necessary, what’s the big deal?
Short: Yes, but it’s based on your values.
Long: The answer to this lies in what you value and the specific details of your day. If it were my wedding, I would personally want one there. I believe they add a lot of value to your day in unexpected ways. What sticks out to me, is all the extra moments you’ll have that would otherwise be lost. A few of the most benefits they bring are listed below:
1. Getting ready: If your fiancé and you are planning on getting ready for the day in different locations at similar times, there’s no way I can physically be in both places at one. (Believe me, I wish I could!) Even with different times, it’s still usually a stretch for me to get to both locations, and in the process, I’d likely be missing out on some beautiful moments. If you plan on having a small elopement and can have more flexibility in scheduling, I can definitely get amazing imagery without the assist from a second shooter.
2. Ceremony: I move like a ninja, for real. Quiet, stealthy, and all over the place. That being said, I shoot with lenses that don’t zoom (They are higher quality and develop light better than lenses that do zoom) and therefore if I’m in the back, I won’t be able to make it to the front of the ceremony in less than 5 seconds. With a second shooter, I utilize them to be opposite of me at all times. We cover more ground and see more moments otherwise missed. Again, if your ceremony is small >30, I will be able to see it all.
3. Cocktail Hour / Bridal Party: One of the biggest advantages to a second shooter is to capture the vibe and celebrations at cocktail hour while were out in the field/city/woods getting your bridal session done. These images make great detail shots for your album and help tie your story together. It’s fun to see all the party that you were absent for as well! Who doesn’t love a photo of grandma filling up her plate with stuffed mushrooms and tempura shrimp!
Who are your second shooters?
Short: They vary from wedding to wedding, all are professionals in the field!
Long: My core belief is to provide you with the greatest possible value. I want everything I do to melt your mind. My second shooters are no exception. I only work with other artists whom share my passion for creating and crafting your memories. The people I work with are all pro’s with their own businesses as well. That being said, scheduling of my second shooters happens very soon before your date, as these photographers are all trying to book weddings of their own. There is no one photographer I have working with me consistently. My deck is stacked, though, and I’d trust all of them with my own wedding.
Does this affect my images?
Short: Absolutely not.
Long: The people that work with me already shoot within the same stylistic approach as me. After the weddings, I take all of the raw photos from both photographers and edit them cohesively together. You’ll never be able to tell which ones are mine and theirs.
The people that work with me already shoot within the same stylistic approach as me. After the weddings, I take all of the raw photos from both photographers and edit them cohesively together. You’ll never be able to tell which ones are mine and theirs.
Do I get all of the images you take on the day?
Short: No. But you don’t want all of them!
Longer: On your day, I’ll be everywhere and taking photos of everything. By the end of your day, there will be thousands to sort through. Typically with my style, and for security, I’ll take multiples of every scene, object, or person(s) in my view. Instead of giving you all of the photos, my process, and essentially what you’re paying me for, is to sort, organize, and discard of any unusable photos. This includes blinks, “uncle walked in front of camera”, and other minor mistakes. I’ll post an image below to illustrate. The thing to keep in mind is that I’ll never delete whole moments from your gallery. I actually have built my whole brand around the outtakes. I love all the candid moments and I’ll never filter out one that might mean something to you. I put your memories above my ego. I must admit that there is a certain level of trust you must have in me, however, If you already enjoy the wedding photos I’ve done of people you don’t know, I can promise you that you’ll love the ones you are in.
How many images will I receive?
Short: A lot, but not too many.
Long: I can’t make promises on this because it all hinges on your day’s flow and how many hours you’ve hired me for. A 6 hour day with 50 guests would yield less than a 12 hour day with 200+ guests. My average number delivered is in the mid to high hundreds (500-800.) Again, I unfortunately can’t make any promises here! I hope that makes sense!
How do you protect my images?
Short: With every fiber of my being. It’s my #1 priority after I capture your day.
Long: I take every measure to ensure you memories are never lost. On you day, I’ll have at least 2 camera bodies and dozens of memory cards. I change my cards out often and protect them inside a waterproof/smash-proof case. My second shooter will do the same! Once they day is over, I uploaded all the images immediately when I get home to my computer and a backup hard drive. Once backed up, I store one of the Hard Drives off-site in case of fire/flood. After I’ve finished editing I repeat the process and upload to your gallery (cloud based) so your images will never be lost.
What are your packages and pricing like?
Short: My packages start at 2,500. The average bride spends 4,000. I do not give full pricing over email as I’ve found it creates more confusion than resolution. Let’s meet up and talk about what matters most to you, from there I’ll answer any question you could possibly have (even the meaning of life!)
Long: I do not give full pricing over email as I’ve found it creates more confusion than resolution. Let’s meet up and talk about what matters most to you, from there I’ll answer any question you could possibly have (even the meaning of life!)
With the packages, do you include digital files?
Long: I have 4 packages and the top two include all the digital files, in high res.
The bottom two include some in hi-res and all of the rest in low-res with a watermark. For the bottom two packages, the images you decide to put in your album are the ones that will be given to you as a hi-res file.
With the low-res, you can still download to your computer and keep forever. They will look beautiful on your computer and phone. They just aren’t large enough to make prints of.
So why do you care so much about albums? What’s the big deal?
Short: I genuinely believe that I care about you more than any other photographer.
Long: I care about the tangibility and longevity of your memories. I’ve thought about the next 60 years for you (who knows when I get any sleep!)
Remember the floppy disc? That was less than 20 years ago. No one knows where the future is going (besides Elon Musk.) That being said, books will always be forever. It’s wireless, runs with no electricity, and can last hundreds of years. The photographers who give you a flash drive and wave goodbye haven’t thought about how important your memories are. To me, they are like any great wine and age better with time. It makes me deeply upset to imagine a reality where you’d come home with your flash drive, throw it in the drawer of your desk, and never looked at it more than once (Happens all the time.)
Life is chaotic and the reality is often that, while you keep telling yourself you’ll make time to build an album or get prints, that day may never come. I want to take that stress off your hands. I don’t want to deny you the files, I just want to make your album a priority. That’s why at a minimum I always give you all the files, even if they are only low-res and watermarked, and with every image you put in your album, I’ll give you the hi-res file. I just want you to understand that your album comes first.
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