LIFESTYLE + PORTRAIT SESSION FAQ’S:
What should we wear?
What to bring?
How long does the photo shoot session last?
How do we book you?
When will I receive my photos?
Approximately 4-5 weeks after your session, I will have your images fully processed and on a USB. Your USB will usually consist of at least 60+ print ready images. The photos will be high resolution, professionally edited, colour corrected if need be and a few supplied in black & white. I will usually post a sneak peek of the session on my Facebook page within a few days of your session. You will receive a Print Release for all of the images on the USB. This allows you the freedom to have all the pictures from your session and organise your own prints through any photo lab.
Are there any additional charges for me to receive my photos?
I charge a one-time flat rate for your session at a location of your choice. No additional sitting fees or charges are added. The pricing quoted on my website includes the photo session on location or at your home, travel Sydney-wide (within 50kms from Penrith), a USB containing all of your images with a Print Release allowing you to share and print the images in any personal capacity
Where will the photos be taken? Do you have a studio?
The location of the photo session is up to you. I specialise in natural light photography and therefore don’t have a studio. I can meet you at any outdoor location of your choice. Once your session date is booked, we will discuss what style/feel you are looking and then work together to come up with the perfect location. Newborn sessions are held within the comfort of your own home.
Do you only offer the photos on USB or do you offer prints?
My standard Digital Collection includes all of your fully edited, print ready, high resolution images on USB. If you are interested in having prints made I am happy to assist you with that. There are two Collections that also include premium flushmount albums using a selection of your favourite images.
What happens if we finish earlier than the agreed hours?
It’s very hard to predict when the event will finish and let alone run on time. But if we finish earlier than expected you are still required to make full payment of the agreed hours. If I am required more than the agreed hours then you may add more hours at $100/half hour.
What's the ideal time for portraits?
Will you take any posed photos at our wedding?
Do you provide wedding cinematography or videography?
Currently, I focus exclusively on wedding photography.
Do you work with an assistant or second photographer?
Do you offer engagement photography?
Can you describe your wedding photography style?
My style is unobtrusive, reportage, natural, modern and fun. I want to capture all the moments you’ll be too busy to notice. You’ll be left with a beautiful story board of your wedding day.
Are you willing to travel? Will you photograph our destination wedding?
What is your wedding photography payment structure? Do we have to pay a retainer?
How far in advance should we reserve our wedding date?
I recommend reserving your wedding date as soon as you decide that I’m the right wedding photographer for you. Booking early has the benefit of providing you with the ease of mind of having secured your preferred photographer, which means that you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
Can you hold our wedding date before receiving the retainer or wedding agreement?
Unfortunately, I can’t do this.
How many photos do you usually deliver?
I’m a quality over quantity type of guy. With that in mind, you will receive between 150 to 250 edited photographers for a wedding of typical length (between 8 – 12 hours). There are various factors that contribute to where your wedding would fall in this range and I’d be happy to discuss this with you during our meeting. But rest assured, the photos you do receive are carefully curated and lovingly edited to tell the visual narrative of your wedding day. If you have any lingering doubts that it’s enough photos, I’d be happy to show you what 200 prints looks like in person—it’s quite overwhelming, actually.
Will you personally be editing our photos?
Are the digial images included in your wedding photography packages high resolution, printable, or watermarked?
All of the digital photographs you will receive as part of your wedding photography package will be delivered as hi-res JPEGs and uncompressed 16-bit TIFF files. The images will not be watermarked and will be ready for printing.
Do you use natural light for your photos or flash photography?
How long after the wedding do we receive the photos?
Please allow 4 weeks for photos to be delivered.
What kind of photography equipment do you use?
I photograph weddings using a combination of cameras and lenses that will deliver exceptional results. For every wedding at which I’m hired to work, I carry three cameras (and thus, three lenses) on my body at all times. I work hard to avoid flash photography; however, for situations that require it, I always have my ProFoto D1 1000 and ProFoto D1 500 studio strobes and Paul C. Buff Vagabond Lithium Extreme battery on standby.
Do we need to provide you with a meal at our wedding?
Yes, please. It’s a long hard day and by the time dinner starts my tank is usually empty. With that in mind, a vegetarian meal is requested for wedding photography commissions lasting six hours or longer. Please treat me like a guest and have me seated accordingly; this will help me to spring into action as quickly as possible whenever I sense that a great wedding moment is about to occur.
Do we have to tip you? What is the etiquette for tipping wedding photographers?
I do not accept tips and believe that tipping is something the industry needs to stop encouraging. With exception to waiters and servers, most wedding service providers set their own prices as per their business objectives or freelance contracts (if they’re contracted by the company you hire). Merchants that expect or subtly encourage tips to bolster their bottom line should reconsider their pricing strategies. If you’re delighted with my performance on the day, consider writing a review of your experience on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.
How many weddings to you shoot every year?
As I’m a boutique photography studio rather than a commercial one, I only take on a limited amount of wedding commissions each year. This number is currently sitting at 25. This ensures every single one of my couple receives my very best service, as well as allowing myself time to continually learn and grow, creating unique, beautiful and timeless images for each couple I have the privilege of working with.
We Want Gorgeous Wedding Photos! What is the Most Important Element?
TIME! I am very good at what I am doing and I need time to achieve that extraordinary look you want. It is not uncommon to spend 10 minutes on ONE SHOT!! Small incremental refinements are key. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little “extra”. If you don’t give me time, you will be stressed out (oh, we have only 30 minutes for photos) and you will look tense in your wedding photos. The time you invest will increase your chances to get amazing photos you and your grandchildren will love for many decades to come
How Much Time Do We Need for Group Photos?
Please allocate 3 minutes for each group photo (for formal photos) and about 5-10 minutes per photo for the Vanity Fair type of photos.
Can we arrange an appointment with your before securing our booking?
Absolutely! We want you to be familiar with our processes and the way we operate. In our experience, the more knowledgeable you are about wedding photography, the better the images we create. It is a team process, so we want you to be well prepared on your Big Day.
Do Your Packages Include Editing?
Yes, we are a full service wedding photography studio and we pride ourselves in delivering beautiful images to our couples. Every single wedding photo you will receive is carefully edited.
Do Your Packages Include Digital Files?
Yes, all our packages include digital files delivered on a USB drive. However, I suggest an extra precautionary step for the safety of your wedding photos. If you own a gmail account please upload them onto your own google drive or use an alternate cloud solution. The safety of your wedding photos is very important. In a few years if you loose your computer, something happens to the USB or your hard drive, you will have your wedding shots on the cloud.
Are Our Wedding Photos High Resolution?
Yes, we deliver all images in high resolution and you can print them if you wish. They are full JPEGs in a format required by most printers.
Do You Have Backup Equipment?
Backup is always important to us because your wedding photos are at stake. Each photographer uses two cameras and we have additional lenses, flashes, charged batteries ready to replace any failed piece of equipment. When we arrive home we make two backups on separate hard drives so that if one fails the other two are safe. One can never be too careful with wedding photographs.
How Do You Backup Photos?
Immediately after we return from your wedding, we copy all cards onto our main server and make two additional copies. In effect your wedding images are stored on three separate hard disks.
What are the Pre or Post Wedding Photo Shoots
If couples believe their wedding day includes so many events that having a photo shoot is impractical, we schedule a separate photo shoot on another day. Sometimes if the weather does not collaborate on your wedding day, you might want to book a separate photo shoot. Another reason to have such wedding photography session is to travel to a location you absolutely adore, where you can not go on your wedding day. Also, if your wedding is in the summer but you want to have wedding images with the foliage in the fall, we will book a session. Finally, to avoid the stress on the wedding day some couples choose to have the wedding shoot on a separate day. As we are busy on the weekends, we are more than happy to accommodate any requests and the shoots will be scheduled Monday to Thursday.
Can I purchase prints, framed pieces and canvases from you?
Absolutely! I offer full service professional photo lab quality products in a variety of sizes that can be purchased as add-ons after your engagement/portraiture session and wedding day. Just ask me to find out what’s on offer!
Are you available for international travel?
Yes, I most certainly am. Travelling is an important part of my work as seeing and experiencing other foreign places is a major source of inspiration for me. A dream of mine is to photography more destination weddings! Hence, if you are located overseas or looking to have your wedding abroad, all you need to do is get in touch and let me know where you planned to have your wedding and we can work all the details out from there.
When do you shoot the engagement session?
I usually require at least 6 weeks before your wedding day to shoot your Engagement session. However, from my experiences, if you are able to fit in the engagement session 6 months before your actual wedding day, that would be best. Why you may ask? This is so you can display your engagement photos at your actual wedding! To provide an example, if you do your engagement session 1~2 months before your wedding, it may already be too late. You’ve already sent out your save-the-dates to your guests. You’re already created your online website. You’ve already told everyone about your wedding. As such, you are greatly limited by when and where you can actually make good use of your engagement photos. There are so many other wonderful ways that you can use your engagement photos at your wedding. How? Shoot me an email and I’d love to share some ideas with you.
Do you hold Public Liability Insurance?
I sure am! I have full public liability insurance and can provide you with a certificate if required.
Will our photos be displayed on your website or blog?
I try my best to update my website, social media platforms and blog wherever possible, however it is usually up to my discretion as to whether or not a particular image from an engagement session or wedding will be published. Should you have any concerns about this, please let me know and I am happy to explain or discuss this further with you.
How do we confirm our booking with you?
Easy! In order to book and secure your wedding date with me, a signed contract and a 20% non-refundable deposit is required, as well as any travel fees which may apply. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding day. I cannot hold any dates without a signed contract and deposit. Of course, you are also welcome to pay the total balance upfront.
When is the best time to do outdoor wedding or portrait photography?
The best time of the day to do outdoor photography is in the early morning or around sunset, as the light during these times is soft and flattering. Photoshoots around midday are not always ideal due to the harsh sunlight which may cause you to squint, and can also cast unpleasant shadows over your face.
Do you offer Elopement packages?
I love your work but I live overseas, isn’t that going to be to much trouble?
Of course it isn’t. I have travelled to many locations for Weddings including Italy, New Zealand and all over Australia. There are a few approaches to booking me for destination weddings. You can let me take care of all the logistics and prices and build it into your collection taking all the trouble off your mind or you can choose to book everything yourself. We can always chat in more detail about what is needed.
How do I get in contact with you?
That on is easy! You can click here to email me or you can call me on 0433 094 237. I hope to hear from you soon!
Will the photos be watermarked?
No – they will be ready for you to upload to social media, share your friends and family or even print out yourself.
Where are you based?
I live in Sydney, NSW, Australia. I frequently travel outside Sydney to the Southern Highlands and Hunter Valley.
Do you edit all the photographs?
Yes, every photograph you receive I have personally edited in the style that complements the work in my portfolio. I have a clean, timeless editing style to ensure your photographs will look beautiful for generations. Due to my belief of remaining true to the day, “Photoshopping” to modify body parts or elements in a photograph are not typically part of my editing workflow.
We’re both super awkward and not used to getting our photos taken. How will you make us feel comfortable in front of the camera?
I haven’t met a couple who hasn’t asked this question before. So don’t stress! I honestly believe the one true barrier to capturing truly amazing, natural images, is getting to know each other! I’m super awkward and try not to stress the little things. Once you’ve booked me to capture your wedding we will arrange several meet ups to get to know each other. I want to know how you first met, of course, but i’m also super interested in what you both do and enjoy. If money was no object what would you be doing? But don’t worry, I won’t be moving in with you!
After the ceremony, we don’t want to be taken away from our guests for too long. What is the normal duration you spend taking bridal portraits?
I understand that you want to be with your guests celebrating your day, so I usually only spend an hour taking the bridal portraits after the ceremony. This allows for the family, bride/groom parties, and couple photos to take place, allowing you all to get straight back to the action.