Choosing Your Photographer:
Ask lots of questions! (see below)
· Get to
know your photographer and his or her style. They will be
spending the entire day with you!
closely at your photographers work. Ask to see several weddings
from start to finish. Look for photos of correct focus, color,
quality, horizon and distance.
to Ask Your Photographer:
~~With answers from
Ian Michael Green Photography~~
What qualifies you to shoot my wedding?
I have been a full time professional photographer for the last 25 years after graduating in photography with honors from Barking College in London, England. Locally, I have photographed an average of 35 weddings per year for 18 years.
Do you have a time limit?
Two of the packages offered have unlimited time so I will be with you as long as required to take all the photographs you desire. The Silver package has a time limit of five hours.
How many pictures do you take?
Between 500 - 1,000 depending on the size of the wedding.
Do you sell albums?
Yes. Our albums are hand-crafted by a company called GraphiStudio in Italy. Albums are included in the Gold and Platinum packages. If you want to buy an album separate to a package (or an additional album), budget for $500, but the price varies depending on the size. Sample albums can be seen at www.graphistudio.com. We have tried several other brands of albums and find that they do not stand up to wear.
Do you personally shoot our wedding?
Yes, I photograph the wedding. Larger photo companies assign photographers to weddings. In cases such as these, you will do well to meet your photographer prior to your big day.
Do you take any photographs before the wedding?
Yes, I try to take as many photos as possible before the service. Even if you are not seeing each other before the ceremony, I can complete 50% of all the photographs. The advantage to taking photos before the wedding are: 1) Hair and makeup are still fresh 2) Bride and groom are usually more relaxed (as can be expected), and 3) It will only take 30 minutes after the ceremony to complete the formal portraits so you won’t keep your guests waiting at the reception. Remember, the bride and groom do not have to see each other before the wedding.
What kind of lighting do you use?
For the formal photographs, I use two studio lights to eliminate unwanted shadows and to give even lighting throughout the picture -- this is unobtainable when using just one flashgun with a camera. For candids, I use diffused flash, located off-camera to eliminate "redeye."
Do you carry any spare equipment?
Yes, I carry three cameras and flashes, spare studio lights, and numerous lenses.
How long do I have to wait before I get the proofs?
Your proofs will be loaded online at this website within a week. Choose the "view my photos" option and click the down arrow to find your event.
How long do I have to wait before I get re-prints and enlargements?
One to two weeks, depending on the size of the order.
Will you take some black and white photos?
Yes, if you wish, I can take some black and white photos. There is no additional fee and re-prints cost the same. Also, I can photoshop any color photo into black and white, or sepia (brown and white).
Do you run the wedding?
I do not direct the series of events involved in your day. However, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding logistics, traditions, and normal course.