What type of photography do you do?
I would say my style is largely beauty. I do however believe that there is a time and place for lovely posed images.
I don’t see any posed family formals on your website or blog, do you take any family photos at the wedding?
Yes, I take 10-15 minutes right after your ceremony for family formals. I don’t care for blogging those, but I know your moms and grandmas adore them, as they are records of your family at a significant time in their history together! I have a handful of traditional groupings that I photograph, but be sure to let me know if you have any specific groupings you would like. These photos are quick, easy, and largely informal. I try to make them pleasant for everyone involved! Please keep in mind that my overall style is very journalistic, so a long list of posed images will hinder my ability to cover the event in a documentary manner.
Can I give you a list of shots we want on the day?
Other than the family formals, no. I love to know what important relatives and friends will be present, and if any events or details bear special significance to you, but tons of requests for posed images and having a checklist for me to work from is counterproductive to the images you’ve seen here on my website. Shot lists provided by most bridal magazines are a great idea, but please know that I generally will capture those images without any prompting.
Do you travel?
Yes! My passport is up to date and I love nothing more than a good adventure. I’d love to go wherever you are from your own backyard all the way to Timbuktu. Travel is billed very simply if airfare, hotel and a rental car are needed you are responsible for a direct reimbursement for those charges and no more. Travel outside of the New York area, but still within a few hours drive is priced at 55 cents a mile.
How long does it take to get our products and images?
Typically a couple of online preview images will be posted within a week of the shoot, a blog post of highlights from the day will be posted within three weeks of that date, and the digital files will be mailed within six weeks of the shoot date. You’ll usually have your images much earlier than when I promise them, but I do like to be safe.
How many pictures will we get?
The number of photographs taken depends on many things the number of guests, hours of coverage, types of events. My bare minimum is 200 images, but often it’s much higher.
Do we get to keep the negatives?
I provide the selected, edited high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). When the files are released to you they may be used for personal use only. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. The contract acts as a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal prints and copies for your friends and families.
Can we upload our photos to Facebook once we get the files?
Yes! Facebook is a wonderful way to share your photos. As stated in the contract, you may use your images for personal use only. If you want to share them on Facebook make sure you put EL Photography as a comment or caption under each photo and please don’t crop or alter the photo in any way.
Do we get all the raw, unedited files from the day?
No, these files are not available for purchase. This is a lot like asking a restaurant to give you the leftover ingredients used to make your dinner. The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my high standards and everything else is not archived in the studio. I promise you don’t want all the photos of people blinking, walking in front of the lens, or those unfortunate double chins that sometimes sneak up.
I see some people have more images than others. Why is that?
Please understand that the blog posts of different shoots all vary based on many things, length of the day, etc. Every shoot is different, so each will result in a differing number of final images.
What do you charge?
All packages are custom made for each individual so you can get exactly what you want (and not a whole bunch of stuff you aren’t interested in!) I would love to hear from you and all about what you are looking for so that we can customize a package to fit you. Please fill out this contact form and I will send a price list with any suggestions I have your way.