How many images will we get from our wedding? – I don’t want to swamp a client with every photograph I take that night, so I’ll down the selection to around 300-500 images, all of which I will individually process with the best tools available.
How long will it take to process our wedding images? – My contracts guarantee that you will receive your processed and sorted images within 3 weeks of your wedding day, and it will often happen sooner than that. Many couples won’t see the images from their wedding for up to 6 months after the big day, because their photographer for some reason thinks it’s acceptable to make a couple wait that long. Needless to say, I don’t share that opinion.
How long have you been a Photographer? – I bought my first professional camera almost 20 years ago, a Minolta Maxxum 7 film camera, and have been in love with photography ever since. I’ve practiced photography both full-time and part-time, and spent thousands of days in the field shooting everything from weddings and bar mitzvahs to an expedition into the Peruvian Amazon.
What’s your personal style as a wedding photographer? – My goal is to to be noticed as little as possible while capturing moments of intimacy and beauty on a day that’s really unlike any other in your life. We will of course get all the traditional group portraits and anything else that you’d like, but my focus will be on capturing candid moments.
How many hours will you spend shooting on wedding day – Usually 6 to 8 hours. I’ll begin long before guests start arriving and the ceremony gets underway so I have time to become familiar with the venue and identify good places to shoot from later on.
Will you be shooting by yourself? – No. My wife Erin will be there with me to capture moments that I can’t be there for (like when a bride is getting ready), and to help me organize everyone when the time comes for group photos. It’s also just good to have another set of eyes behind another camera, so we don’t miss any important moments.
What’s the most prestigious photography award you’ve ever won? – I’ve won awards in many International Competitions with tens of thousands of entries, and I’m not sure I could pick one as the most prestigious. In terms of the greatest honor though, it’s hard to beat seeing a six foot wide print of one of your images on display in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.
What equipment do you use? – When I switched from film to digital I tried out both Nikon and Canon systems, and found that Canon was closer in style and layout to the Minolta cameras I was used to. Currently, I use top of the line Canon DSLR’s and a selection of professional L series lenses that encompass a wide range of focal lengths.