What should we wear?
Your clothing choice should reflect your personality. For couples, kids and families, I recommend selecting a wardrobe of coordinating outfits (I'm, personally, not a big fan of matching). Kids, especially, should be comfortable, so dressing them in their Sunday Best may not be the best option. A good place for ideas are clothing company catalogues like BodenUSA, Garnet Hill, JCrew, etc. Think about incorporrating texture rather than prints. Of course, off the wall costumes and fun stuff are always welcome, too.
Can we bring props?
Absolutely! Props are a great way to convey personality. They may range from your grandmothers antique tea set to the harp you play as a hobby. If your child loves superheros a simple cape may get him to loosen up and let his personality take off. We could even try to recreate a scene from your favorite movie! The sky's the limit.
Do you shoot Destination Weddings? How much do you charge?
Sure. Packages can be customized to include travel and lodging fees and any additional days of coverage, if needed.
I don't want any posed pictures, do you shoot photojournalism style wedding photography?
Of course, I do! And we will get lots of great stuff. I am a storyteller at heart and love to shoot documentary style at weddings, but I believe that to truly capture you and the beauty of your day some posing is a must. I do my best to make it fun and natural. Trust me you'll be happier in the long run if you make time on the wedding day for some well lit and expertly posed portraits.
Do you have a studio?
No. I work strictly on location. During your consultation we can discuss what type of location will best fit your individual session. It may be held in your home, a park, urban area, or just about anywhere. Locations more than 50 miles outside of the Dallas, TX or San Antonio, TX areas are subject to a travel fee.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I proudly shoot with Nikon equipment. My main camera is the full frame D700 and I employ a variety of professional Nikkor lenses (my favorite is the 24-70 f/2.8) and flash units. I also may use a variety of studio lighting for portrait sessions, but like to keep it as simple as possible.
Certified Professional Photographer? What is that?
You can read my blog post here or the Professional Photographic Certification Comissions website here. Anyone can claim to be a professional photographer and it is by no means a requirement to obtain the CPP. Certification is a standard of excellence in any profession. In order to become a CPP, a photographer must be proficient in all technical aspects related to photography, including lighting, composition, and exposure, amoung other things. Judges determine this ability in a two part process; written exam and portfolio review. Less than 5000 profressional photographers in the world are Certified Professional Photographers.
Do we get our images on DVD?
For our wedding clients, digital negatives are included in some of our collections, may be purchased separately, or may be included with a minimum order requirement. For our portrait clients, I am happy to provide a web-sized and watermarked digital copy of all purchased images from your session (I can also add these to Facebook), upon request. Otherwise, digital copies may be made available with qualifying purchases for inquiring portrait clients. Please keep in mind, however, that I work with excellent vendors that produce top quality products.