First of all, you can expect solid teamwork from me. That's important because we're about to spend a lot of time together -- the photographer is the one person who's with you from your last moments as a single person to your first dance as a married couple and beyond. You can count on me to be a partner, a friend, a sharp set of eyes. I have a great deal of wedding experience, which I am happy to share with you.
Second of all, I'm there to make your life easier and less stressful. Weddings can be unpredictable, and that's why I don't charge by the hour. You don't want to hire some by the hour and then feel rushed into the photos, or get forced to pay extra because you are running late. I will let the day unfold at its own pace. I'll be there to shoot your event from start to finish, without the worry of extra costs like overtime.
Another thing that's important is -- I'm easy to get along with. No-one should have to put up with a moody photographer, especially during a wedding. It is your day and your photographer should be sensitive to your needs, flexible, and helpful – not demanding and diva (ask your friends how their photographers behaved…).
Third, I give you options-not packages. Flexibility is important. Your wedding is unique, no two weddings are the same, so your photographer shouldn’t treat your wedding like the one they shot last week. I also like to work with you on the whole process, from what shots you want and don't want, to the best timeline for you during the day, right though to picking out your album color.
Fourth, I don't charge extra for black & white or sepia toning. I don't push albums or other items that can add expense to photography costs.
Fifth, I always have back up equipment and staff on hand along with insurance.
Sixth, I am the one who will shoot your wedding, not my assistants. This is extremely important – you should get the photographer whose work you have seen, not their assistant-in-training. If an assistant is needed to help with film, camera backs, staging, etc, I will bring one at no additional charge to you.
And finally, I like to shoot on FILM. I do understand the importance of having a digital file, so what I like to do is shoot on film, scan the negatives and give you everything! Prints, negatives and unlocked DVDs to use however you wish. There is no extra charge and no lengthy waiting period.
Why FILM you ask? The reason is simple – the images are vastly better than digital. Please don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I am happy to shoot digitally for you if that is what you truly want, and also would be very happy to discuss the pros & cons of both. But as I tell all the couples who ask, the reason Hollywood still shoots movies on film is it is BETTER!
With all that, your whole wedding should cost about $2,500 - $2,900 to shoot.
Please don't hesitate to call or email me with any other questions you might have.
grace & mark