Dear Newly Engaged Couple, first of all congratulations, and welcome. I’m so glad you’re here! Below you will find my FAQs compilation that will provide you with information on my rates, photography style, and many other details! If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Where are you located? Do you travel?
I am currently located in Albany, NY, though I am still very excited to be to offering services in the Northern VA/DC area for a special price. Please check out my pricing page for more information! I have shot all over the state of VA and am DEFINITELY open to traveling!
Describe your approach to wedding photography.
My goal is to give you a comfortable, stress-free photography experience where you know you can trust me to handle the important job of memorializing your unique love story. We will be in touch many times before the day arrives and I aim to be a helpful resource to you throughout your wedding planning process. All wedding packages come with a complimentary engagement shoot so that we have an opportunity to connect/practice working together before the big day. My shooting style is very relaxed, fun, and direction-heavy. We’ll work together to create natural, candid poses that capture the true essence of your love and provide you with a set of amazing photos in addition to your wedding day portraits! Leading up to the wedding day, I will work with you to create your timeline so we can ensure that the right amount of time is allocated for everything photography-related. I also send out a detailed questionnaire to my couples to ensure that we are on the same page for each aspect of the day. This planning and communication prior to the wedding day allows me to take a more photojournalistic approach on the wedding day and allows you to not have to worry that I may miss an important moment. I am as unobtrusive as possible, but still be able to fully capture all those details and moments that will fleetingly pass you by while you’re focusing on getting married. During any scheduled portrait times I will jump in with lots of direction so we can keep things moving smoothly, and otherwise you can always expect to see me shooting in the corner of your eye; you’ll never be wondering where the photographer is!
Why do you want to be our wedding photographer?
Simply put, I think life is endlessly beautiful but very difficult to fully experience. There’s always so much going on around us, so many special moments, that we aren’t even aware of and will pass us by. I want you to be able to re-experience and appreciate the little moments, details, and feelings that pass you by on your wedding day. Wedding days are quick and overwhelming; they are undoubtedly wonderful days filled with joy, but being the bride and groom you will be the center of attention. You just won’t have the time, energy, or even awareness to fully appreciate each and every moment and detail of the carefully constructed day. Your focus is to get married, keep on schedule, and have a great few hours with all your loved ones. As the center of attention, there’s only so much you can do to fully experience your wedding, and appreciate the love you have created. One of the only ways to fully appreciate the love you created on your wedding day, is to be able to see your wedding, in all it’s glory, after you’re already married. I say this because, as you go through life and your marriage, you’ll become aware of many new perspectives, and new ways of thinking. Being able to re-experience your wedding day, with awareness, and each new perspective will bring you joy for many years to come. As your photographer, you can depend on me to keep all this in mind, and to allow you to fully experience all the details and moments you could only experience so much of while you were focusing on getting married.
My favorite part of being your photographer, by far, is the moment when I deliver your final collection. I’m always nervous before a delivery. I’m very critical of myself and hold myself to very high standards for every project. But when I hear from my clients that they absolutely love their images, just knowing I’ve done my job well and satisfied those who have put their trust and faith in me means everything to me. It’s what fuels me and is the reason I keep photographing.
How long have you been shooting?
I received my first camera, the Nikon Coolpix P90, for my 19th birthday in 2009. After shooting hundreds of portraits, I stumbled upon wedding photography. I would spend hours browsing blogs of all these amazing wedding photographers who made a living capturing joyful people experiencing some of the most special moments in their lives. I was hooked. In March 2011 I got my first DSLR, and started learning everything I could about wedding photography and running a small business. Finally in May 2012 I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and launched this website, and have been moving forward with my photography business ever since.
What are your rates?
Information on my current rates can be found here.
Are wedding packages adjustable?
Absolutely. Every couple is different, so I am always willing to customize package contents and prices to best fit your needs.
Do you work with a second shooter?
As often as possible! I love working with second shooters because not only is it extra back up for me, but it allows me to create your final collection of images with a much wider selection!
What is a PASS gallery?
Think of a USB drive or CD/DVD containing your wedding images, all high resolution with no watermarks, and available for you to print wherever you like and distribute among your family and friends. Now imagine this USB drive/CD being eliminated and instead, being a beautiful virtual space where your images are safely stored. This is a PASS gallery. It has all the features of a USB drive or CD/DVD, but the great thing about it is that the gallery is like your own personal wedding website. In addition to viewing your images in a sleek online gallery, you will be able to:
- Download ALL your high resolution wedding/engagement images onto your computer at no charge, and anyone you send this gallery link to can do the same.
- Share your gallery via various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and through Email. You can click a SHARE button in your gallery or you can simply send a link that will look like this: simonefoxphotography.pass.us/bride’s name-and-groom’s name. Note: if you want your event to be more of a private affair, the gallery can be password protected as well!
- If you have a smartphone, you can even download a PASS app and view your photos via your smartphone or tablet!
- Print your images however you like. PASS also offers very reasonably priced professional printing services, which you can order right through your gallery, or you can download the images, and print them at CVS, Wal-Mart etc.
- Store your images safely and securely in the PASS cloud.
The only thing you will be unable to do is purchase prints directly from me, the photographer. This is because I am a Shoot & Share photographer meaning that the final product I offer you is full digital + printing rights to all the edited images I produce on your wedding day, in addition to the ability share these images with your friends and family, quickly and seamlessly.
How many digital images can I expect to receive when you photograph my wedding?
It depends on the length, movement, and style of your wedding day. However, you can expect to see me constantly shooting during my time at your wedding. Based on this you can expect to receive approximately around 50-75 edited images per hour. So if I am contracted for 8 hours, you can expect to receive at minimum 400 edited images in your PASS gallery. You’ll probably get more though; it just depends on how the wedding day flows 🙂
I love your work! How do I reserve you to photograph my wedding?
Upon the signing of my wedding photography contract, and the payment of a booking fee of 20% of your package cost. To get this process started, email me and we can discuss your individual needs. I do my best to ensure a meeting of some kind with my clients prior to booking, so that they can get to know me and ensure they are comfortable hiring me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives. This way I can also get to know you and ensure you receive the best possible experience!
Do you offer albums and gallery canvases?
Yes, I do! I offer 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12 albums that come in a variety of leather or linen colors! I also offer gallery canvas wraps that range in size from 8×10 – 20×30. There’s lots of options here! Albums and canvases can be included in your package or added on separately.
Is an engagement session required?
While an engagement session is not required, let me explain why I include it as a complimentary staple in all my wedding packages. First of all, it’s free with the booking of a wedding package, so why pass it up? Secondly, I treat this shoot as a dry run for the wedding day. It is a chance for me to experience you as a couple in front of my camera, and for you to see me in action and see how I work. The wedding day can be very stressful, and the photographer is a vendor who will be present for every “big” moment (which happen every few minutes at a wedding), and if you don’t know me that well, how can you expect to be comfortable with me showing up with a big camera every time something important happens? Having an engagement session eliminates a huge amount of stress and uncertainty for both the couple and the photographer in preparation for the big day, and provides you with a whole collection of amazing portraits in ADDITION to your wedding day!
How much time should we set aside in our wedding day timeline for portraits with you?
At least 30 minutes. Portraits is my time to connect with you and really capture the essence of your love as a couple. You both got yourselves looking fabulous for the wedding, so when you look back, you are definitely going to want amazing portraits of you two! A wedding day is sometimes so hectic, that you both won’t get any time alone together, but a 30 minute portrait block will give you some time to enjoy each other, and also get a wide variety of lovely portraits! One of the best ways to get as many portraits as possible is by incorporating a First Look into your wedding, which I’ll talk about in the next question!
What is a First Look? Should we consider one?
A First Look is a non-traditional, but AWESOME way to have the groom see his bride in her dress for the first time. Instead of waiting until the ceremony, the bride would be privately introduced to her groom without anyone being present except for the photographers. I HIGHLY recommend doing a First Look. Why is it so amazing? First, when the groom first sees his beautiful bride, it is a very intimate moment. During a First Look he can hug her and kiss her and tell her how beautiful she looks, while having privacy at the same time. This is impossible with the traditional down-the-aisle walk, with all eyes on the couple. Second, it is an amazing stress-reliever. There is a lot of pressure that builds up prior to the ceremony and this is a great way to get rid of it, so the bride can confidently and calmly make her way down the aisle to her groom. Third, the first look can be much more effectively captured by the photographer prior to the ceremony. Some ceremony locations are dark, and have strict photography rules that really inhibit the photographer from capturing intimate moments between the couple. Fourth, it is a GREAT way to do portraits! Not only will you get genuinely joyful moments between you two captured by my camera, but you will have just had your make-up touched up so you will look even better! Not to mention, after the ceremony, you can go almost immediately into party-mode because you won’t have to worry about rushing through portraits in time for the reception!
Do you have back-up equipment in case your camera fails?
Of course. I always carry a back-up camera with me in case one stops working mid-shooting. I also shoot on multiple memory cards, and have an assortment of lenses.
What happens if there is an emergency situation and you are unable to make it to my wedding?
While this situation is highly unlikely, I am human, and it is within the realm of possibility. However, if an emergency situation arises, I have strong connections to many photographers in my area, and would be able to replace myself with another competent professional with a shooting style very similar to mine.