How do I book you to shoot my wedding?
Send me an email and describe the size and scope of your wedding, number of bridesmaids and guests, etc. I will contact you and we can discuss your feelings and picture needs/wants, scheduling of group shots, etc. I have a basic contract that describes our agreement. You will fill out this agreement which contains contact numbers, location, and other details, which you sign and return with your deposit check. I then sign the agreement and return a copy to you with a receipt for your deposit and a statement of the balance due. If you are in New Orleans you can make an appointment to come by the studio and we can handle the agreement here.
How long have you been shooting weddings and how many weddings have you shot?
I shot my first wedding in 1973. This is a shot from that one:
In the past 40 years I have shot over 300 weddings…I also do the 7-Minute Workout every day 🙂
What steps do you take to back up the images?
I keep copies of the files on two different hard drives and a RAID. One of the hard drives is permanent backup and files live on the other as ‘working’ files for 1 to 2 years. In case of evacuation (we have hurricanes down here) the removable hard drives travel with me. I follow best-practices in file naming and digital asset management. Upon receiving, clients move all files to their system with backup instructions. This provides additional layers of backup.
Do you carry liability insurance in case of accidents?
Yes, I carry a $2,000,000 General Liability policy with The Hartford. My clients are always protected on every job I shoot, studio or location. You should make sure any photographer or vendor you hire has a current General Liability insurance policy. Heaven forbid, but if an accident occurs at your event you could end up being liable.
What is your wedding photography style?
“Enhanced Realism” 🙂 Capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments of joy and love found only at weddings. Crafting breathtaking portraits of beauty and grace. Doing it all as an engaged, respectful participant in one of the most important days of your life.
How long after our ceremony will I receive my beautiful digital images?
You should expect your full wedding delivery within one month of your ceremony. Shoot us an email at any time after the ceremony to check status. The images are edited for both quality and quantity.
How many images will I receive?
Eight-hour weddings typically produce 600 to 1000 images.
How will I receive the images and can I share them with friends and family?
You get your photos via Dropbox, the current go-to application for sharing images. Dropbox gives you 5 gigs of free storage at install. If you’re not a current Dropbox user, please install the app here to your desktop (when a box-icon will appear in your top desktop menu). When your photos are ready you will receive an email (make sure we have yours correct!) from us (via Dropbox) where we “share” the folder of images you can download. After downloading your images from Dropbox, you will copy to your computer system, hard drives, and back up as much as possible. I recommend you upload a selection of images to a photo sharing site like Snapfish or Picasa where your friends and family can order their own prints for pennies. There is no additional charge for these rights, you literally have UNLIMITED rights to your wedding photos.
Will all the images arrive as high-resolution color jpeg files?
Yes, you will receive high quality jpegs files that can be enlarged to any size (you can put one on a billboard) but at their native resolution will produce a 13×18 print at 300ppi. I like to also do black & white and manipulated-color variations of certain images. For those images you will have the original file and a duplicate, or duplicates, with the variations.
When is the full balance due after I’ve paid my deposit?
The full balance for photography is due prior to the start of photography.
We can’t afford you, can you shoot us a really cheap wedding?
Cost is a major factor in deciding on a wedding photographer. I keep your costs to the absolute minimum by delivering state-of-the-art-quality digital images to you with UNLIMITED rights to print. You will not receive paper prints (unless you purchase a package that includes a book or album) and the cost-savings in making prints on your end is enormous, as much as 95% less than a studio print.
I shoot in the raw format (uncompressed) which allows for greater adjusting of the image in post production, and takes more time in editing. The time I spend working on your images at the computer is far greater than the hours I spend shooting. ALL images are edited. That means I adjust color, contrast, composition and lighting on EVERY shot. Every image is guaranteed to be beautiful. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.
What are your back up plans in case of emergency that would prevent you from being able to shoot the wedding?
I have two additional photographers that I use as “second shooters” on large weddings, both are capable of working as first-shooters in an emergency.
What equipment do you use?
Cameras/Lens: Canon EOS, and EF-L lenses, both prime and zoom. Lighting: Dynalite, and Canon strobes, Lowell Omni and Tota hot lights, + available light.
Do you bring backup equipment?
Yes, I bring backup cameras, lenses, and lighting on every wedding.
Do you bring lighting equipment to the event or is it all shot with available light?
Although I shoot available light when appropriate, I bring lighting to produce beautiful light in situations where the quality of available light is not good or inadequate.
Do you retouch all the images?
Yes. We use a proprietary two-part retouching strategy that corrects exposure/color/contrast then we run those images through a subtle and sophisticated filter than gently smooths skin and reduces shine. This is NOT the face-morphing software that is in fashion and, basically, produces a “version” of your face. In our photographs: you still look like YOU, just a smoother, cooler-looking you!
Do you use an assistant or “second shooters”?
I do both solo and team-shooting, depending on the wedding.
How long have you been in business?
Technically, since 1979, though I shot for newspapers in high school and college. I won two awards for feature photography from the Louisiana Press Association in ’73-’74 while working at the Greater Plaquemine Post as a high school student.
We’ve heard of horror stories of fly by night wedding photographers running off with bride’s deposits. How can we be sure you’re trustworthy?
I’ve been a professional photographer here in New Orleans since 1982. I can provide you with a long list of professional references if you like. I own my studio and home. I’ve been married to the same (wonderful) woman for twenty-four years. I’m the father of an (awesome) seventeen-year-old. I guarantee the quality of my work. I welcome studio visits for any potential customers who would like to stop by, look at albums, check out my studio and just generally get a gut-level feel for what kind of person I am. I won’t try and strong-arm or hard-sell you when you come by. If it doesn’t feel right I’ll even recommend other photographers who’s work I admire.
How many weddings per year do you shoot?
I average about two weddings per month. That means there’s good chance I’ll be available for yours.
Can you travel to other locations?
Yes, travel time is estimated prior to booking the job, with the understanding that travel costs fluctuate greatly based on many variables.
What is your formal education in photography?
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Nicholls State University, Class of 1979. Continuing Ed at summer workshops, Maine Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, etc.
Do you carry liability insurance in case of accidents?
Yes, I carry a $2,000,000 General Liability policy with The Hartford. My clients are always protected on every job I shoot, studio or location. You should make sure any photographer you hire has liability insurance. If an accident occurs at your event you could end up being liable. You can come to the studio and see my policy!
Do you do other types of photography?
Yes, I have made all of my income as a professional commercial photographer for forty years.
Please visit my commercial website to see my commercial and personal work.