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This is an ever evolving list of questions we are asked ...

What is your photography style?

I shoot in a variety of styles throughout your day … photojournalistic, artistic and formal … my emphasis is definitely candid.  I will never be obtrusive.  I do believe there is a time and place for casually posed images of the Bride and Groom together.  I will never make you stop and pose while you are cutting the cake, but I would like a time scheduled into the itinerary for alone time with you away from the bridal party and guests ... think sunset on the water or just a private moment in a fantastically lit room.  I prefer not to do "table shots" at the reception, but rather capture guests laughing, smiling and having a great time.  A few weeks before the wedding I will provide an Itinerary and shot list .. this will make the Family formals a little easier and will ensure we don't forget anyone! The shot list is not a posed copy of Pinterest, but rather a list of Family groupings.  For example, Bride and two sisters. Bride, two sisters and husbands, etc.   


How will you light our wedding?

I prefer natural lighting whenever it is possible.  Artificial light, however, is a necessity to alleviate shadows and such on faces in the Formals and during low light situations during the Reception. 


How many images will I receive?

The number of Images delivered depend on many things - the number of guests, hours of coverage, traditions, photo locations, etc - with that being said I will not guarantee a number of images delivered.  My average for an eight hour day is around 400 images. The raw, unedited images are never available for viewing or purchase.  The final images edited and delivered reflect my high standards. Every image you receive will be edited.  I often select a few favorites for special attention during the editing process.  I do offer more comprehensive editing at a per image basis.  


How long will it take to get our photos?

You will receive "teaser" images shortly after the wedding and the rest of the wedding will be available in 4-6 weeks.


How will we get our photos?

You will receive a link to an online Gallery that remains available for ten years.  In the gallery, the photos are downloadable, shareable and available for purchase. The print release (contract) is between myself and the Bride and Groom.  You are able to share the link with family and friends where they will be able to purchase prints. If you do request a USB drive, we can add that to your collection.


How do you save the photos?

During the wedding, photos are intermittently backed up to a hard-drive for security reasons and the Photo cards remain intact in a separate location.  Upon returning to the studio, the files are copied to two separate hard-drives and once in the cloud.  


Are you insured?

I am fully insured as is my assistant and Nikon equipment.  


We would like photos at a separate location.  Is that possible?

We can shoot at as many locations as times allows, if we stay within a reasonable distance from the ceremony or reception location.  I am not responsible for off location photography permits.


How do we get you to save our date?

I require one third of the Collection at the time of Contract signing as a retainer to ink you in on my calendar.  I accept a payment of up to two equal parts for the balance, due no later than 14 days before the wedding date.  The retainer is non-refundable and non-transferable. The retainer ensures I will hold the date exclusively for you and will turn down all commissioned work inquiries for that date. The retainer has to be made by cash or check.  The balance can be taken care of by any other means.  Plastic payments (debit, credit) will be assessed a convenience fee.  Hourly contracts require a $500 retainer and the balance is required two weeks before the wedding when the Itinerary is finalized


Do you charge for mileage?

I travel up to 50 miles in either direction of Buffalo before a travel fee is assessed. I consider Rochester to Ellicottville in my range of travel. 


Do you shoot alone?

I always have an assistant, sometimes two.  My assistant does everything from hold a light-stand to help pose the Family during the formals. I do not shoot alone. 


What if the day is running late?

If the wedding is running late, it happens, I will never leave you.  I do have an overage fee that will only go into effect with your permission and will be billed to you when you return from your honeymoon.


What if something happens to you or worse, you die?

In the event of an emergency or my death, my grief stricken assistant and studio friends will provide you with coverage from another photographer that best matches my style.  I am part of an incredible network of photographers in Buffalo and Rochester, please rest assured you will be OK.