How would you describe your style?
We're storytellers who work with you to make captivating photos that show your wedding day from our unique, artistic perspective. The beauty of simplicity, modern-eclectic style, and most everything non-traditional... it's the style we live in and what often shows up in our images.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
We started shooting weddings, on the side, in 2006. It became our full-time gig in 2008 and we cannot imagine doing anything else - we love it!
Will you be my actual photographer? Will anyone else help you?
Yes. And yes. My second shooter knows and understands wedding photography, as well, and helps to make my job faster and easier. My second shooter will, under most circumstances, be my wife, Kelly, who is also an excellent photographer (and actually has more photography schooling than I do, but she doesn't hold it against me). A major benefit of having two photographers is that it allows us the opportunity to be able to split up and capture the emotions and events in different areas throughout the day (and it significantly reduces the chance of "missed moments").
What type of equipment do you use?
We have four Canon Digital SLR camera bodies (two 5D Mark II bodies as our main ones plus other Canon DSLRs as back-ups) and an assortment of lenses that work well in low-light atmospheres. Our Canon lenses include 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L and 1.4, 85mm 1.2L, 135mm 2.0L. We also use a Sigma 15mm 2.8 (Fish-eye). We have flash equipment, but try to only use it when it is necessary, or in a way (normally off-camera) that makes the scene more dynamic.
Do you do any editing to the photos after you shoot them?
You bet. Read all about what happens to your photos after the wedding day in more detail here.
How long after the wedding will the images be ready?
Around 6 weeks. We'll be sure to contact you as soon as they are ready!
How many photos will we get?
We're big advocates of quality over quantity. We will mail a data DVD that will contain all the final, hi-res images (typically between 450-750) and we will also place them online in a password-protected gallery for you and others to view and/or print. We retain the copyright for the images, but you will have the printing rights. *Please note: We do not offer the original, RAW files as we feel they subtract from the final images and how the day is viewed.
May I view a full set of images from a recent wedding?
Yes - we don't mind that at all and actually think it's smart of you to ask all potential photographers this question. All photographers highlight their best/favorite work on their website/blog, but we believe those great images and editing care should continue through every image for each wedding. Just contact us with that request and we'd be glad to send the links and passwords to a couple albums from our most recent weddings.
Can I post the images you give to me online?
Definitely. Once we give them to you, they're yours! However, we request (and really appreciate) you providing photo credit by (a) linking to my site and/or (b) placing a caption below the photo/album (i.e. "Photo by Raymond Siler Photography"). Thanks!
Do you do any separate photography with just the bride and groom on the wedding day?
Yes - this is normally our favorite part of the day. We highly recommend that you set apart a time (between 30-60 minutes, if possible) where we could capture just you and your new spouse in a special setting.
What about family portraits?
We prefer to do only a limited amount of family/group photos (usually less than 10 arrangements). These photos are essential; however, we like to limit this time in order that it doesn't detract from our ability to create the natural style for which you hired us and think it is essential to do these outside. If you're planning to have a large amount of family/group combinations in the front of a church, then you may want to seek out a more traditional-style wedding photographer.
Will you accept a list from me, for specific photos to be taken?
If you feel that a list of all the necessary photos of the day is essential, then we may not be the best fit for you. We're aware that a lot of wedding planning websites and magazines suggest this sort of thing, but the shots on these lists are ones that we, as professional wedding photographers, already fully intend to capture. However, if you are planning an event at your wedding that seems very out-of-the-ordinary to you, please feel free to let us know about it in advance. Also, if you are planning to have a few specific family (group) photo combinations, we don't mind taking a list of names/group combos for that part of the day.
Should we provide a meal for you and your assistant at the reception?
We would really appreciate if you provided a meal for the two of us. It helps to give us energy to continue into the night, after being on our feet for the majority of the day. Keep in mind that - though one of us is almost always on our feet throughout the entire day - the meal time typically doesn't provide many great photo opportunities, so you really don't need to worry about us missing shots. However, if/when we do eat, we do not treat that time as a complete break from photography.
What happens if you are ill?
In the rare situation that this would happen, we have a network of other photographers who have a very similar taste and style as we do. We’ll be sure to contact you as far in advance if something comes up. However, we have not yet missed a wedding.
Are you a member of any professional photography organizations?
Yes - we're honored to be a part of ISPWP.
Ok, we want you! What does it take to secure you as our wedding photographers? Do you require a retainer?
If you haven't already, please contact us to check if we're still available for your wedding date and to let us know that you'd like a contract. Get that thing filled out ASAP and send it in with $1000 retainer in order to secure your date! YAY! Now you can sleep well tonight, knowing that you and your future wedding photos are in good hands. :)
What type of payment do you accept for the $1000 retainer and the remainder due at wedding?
We accept check, cash, or payment through Dwolla for the deposit and the same for the balance due on the day of the wedding.
If you have any other questions not mentioned here, feel free to contact us.