Q: What type of equipment do you both use?
A: Dawn’s primary camera is a Nikon d700 and Matthew’s camera is a Nikon d600. We both have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens, and a Yonguo speedlight flash with diffuser. Matthew photographs as second shooter so he uses the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 for the shots from further back, and Dawn use the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 for close-up and portrait work. During reception we have two off-camera speedlights that provide that lightburst you see behind couples on the dancefloor and the burst of light during wedding exit photos.
Q: Do you have business insurance and may our venue have a copy of it?
A: Yes and Yes:)
Q: Do you always work as a team? What happens if one or both of you cannot make our wedding?
A: We have been working as a team for 2 years now and will continue to do so! We may bring an assistant along for larger weddings to help with set up of supplies, but that’s if the timeline does not allow for us to set up prior to receptions. Dawn is considered the primary photographer and Matthew is the secondary, but if Dawn is unable to make the wedding, Matthew steps up to primary and hires a second shooter from our list of reliable second shooters. If we both are unable to make it, we would hire a team from the list of Southern Wedding Pros we have on hand to help out at the last minute. But really, we will do everything we can to make it to your wedding!
Q: What is your style of photography?
A: Fine-Art styling mixed with photojournalism. We like to be the quiet observers and witness the event unfolding, but like to show our creativity by posing and styling wedding day details.
Q: What time of day should I schedule portraits?
A: Whether it is your wedding day timeline or engagement session, the timing of your portraits is important. Natural light photographers, such as ourselves, prefer using the beautiful light an hour to an hour and a half before sunset called “golden hour”. It makes for the best warm light and does not create the harsh shadows as noon-day sun would create. We seek out this time whenever possible!
Q: I have no clue how much time our portraits will take on our wedding day, will you help with our timeline?
A: Absolutely! We will provide you a sample timeline for your wedding day and give you our professional opinion on how long each task takes on the wedding day itself. We’ll sit down with you and talk through everything we do during that time and the things we need from your wedding day coordinator as well.
Q: How many images should we receive in our gallery?
A: We average around 100 final edited images per hour on a wedding day. A typical hour and a half engagement sessions yield between 75-100 edited photos, depending upon how long travel is between locations and outfit changes. Portrait sessions are in the 75-100 edited photo range as well for an hour-long session.
Q: When should I receive my images?
A: Our 2016 goal is to deliver full wedding galleries within 4-6 weeks from the wedding date, 2-4 weeks for engagement sessions, and 1-2 weeks for portrait sessions. If you need to have the images sooner than the specified time, please let us know!
Q: Can we have the RAW files?
A: No. We know that it is tempting to ask for RAW files, but those pictures are just that-raw, without any changes, it’s the data from the camera. When in Lightroom or Photoshop is where we edit and craft our beautiful images and turn them to usable images. Getting the RAW images are like seeing the sketch of a great painting before it was even started. If you need something Photoshopped, Matthew has been working with PS for over 20 years, so please ask us if you would like something changed, and we will give you a quote for touch up services.
Q: Do you require a retainer for weddings?
A: Yes, we require a 50% non-refundable retainer to hold the date for the you. That means, if any other inquiries come in for the day, yours is secured with us and we cannot book anything else on that day. On the other hand, the retainer also protects us if an event is cancelled and we have turned away business for that particular day.