Wedding Day Photography FAQ

 
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What is your photography style?

I shoot your wedding day as moments unfold in a photo-journalistic/documentary like manner. I focus on stories of love, relationships, family history and heirlooms that have been passed down for generations. I want you to be able to remember how you felt that day more than just how the day looked. Whatever style that is - that is what I aim to do. 

My varied background, among other life experiences, adds to my aesthetic when I document your day. Please have a look at my portfolio to get a better sense of my style. If you haven't yet - reach out to me and I'll be more than happy to send you some full client galleries.

How much do you charge and whats included?
I offer collections that include digital files & keepsake items of your photos. If you don't see a collection or coverage that meets your wedding day needs, we can create one that will fit your wants, needs & budget.  Typical investment for wedding photography with me is $3500 and this always includes a your high resolution digital images available to you in an online viewing gallery and a complimentary engagement session. 

Are you eloping or having a destination wedding? Awesome, I'm in - let's do this :)

Do you have any vendor recommendations for us?
Yes, I do! You can see them here. These are awesome people that I've had the pleasure to work with time and time again.

Do you charge for travel?
If your wedding is within the SF Bay area and at most 50 miles from 94612 - no, as travel is included. Beyond that, there may be a travel fee - or not - contact me to find out if there will be. Travel fees to your destination wedding is always billed at cost and we always try to minimize any additional fees. I LOVE to travel, so if you have a destination wedding and it's on my bucket list, let's chat - I have an awesome deal for you! Drop me a line and let me know where you're getting married!

Who will be photographing my wedding?
Me- Cherlyn! I do not outsource my photography or editing. I do have a studio manager, who from time to time will answer emails, schedule appointments and keep me on track and at my best in providing you and all my couples the best service possible. If you book a collection with two photographers, a second professional photographer will be at your wedding - someone who is also an established wedding photographer and runs their own wedding photography business as well. I have a list of amazing friends & talented peers who work well along side me documenting your day.

Do you offer wedding albums?
YES! I offer a few different types of albums. From press books to signature heirloom albums. I also offer fine art prints and canvases - some of the printing can be ordered easily from your online gallery too! My epic collection offers coverage hours, a couple of albums AND a photo booth. So if you really want to go big -that's the collection for you. Contact me to find out more

When can we expect our photos?
Within 6-8 weeks, depending on the season, you’ll receive a shareable link to your online gallery. You'll get a personal download code to be able to download the full resolution files to print wherever and whenever you like. Guests are also able to download web ready and social media sized images from your day - unless you'd like me to protect that from happening or we've agreed to an NDA or confidentiality agreement (which I offer at no extra charge)

 
Do you do any traditional posed shots like family or formal portraits during our wedding day? What about a shot list?

Despite being a candid and photo-journalistic photographer, I do understand traditions and the importance of the formal portraits, especially for your parents and grandparents or other family members out of state. So yes, of course I take them and make time for them. I also ask my couples for an additional 15-20 mins {30 mins would be ideal} of time around the golden magic hour {about 20-30 mins before the sun sets} to create those beautifully composed bride & groom portraits which are yes, less candid and somewhat posed {just some gentle guiding - like - look at your new wife! Hold her hand and walk this way..etc}. 

As for shot lists - If you give me a short must have shot list, I will do my best to capture those but know that it sort of disrupts the natural flow of your wedding day and thus how your story gets captured. {Picture me throughout your day stopping to look at this list - how would that help the natural flow of your day?} Generally, I don't ask for a shot list because I already know to photograph the key moments and details of the day  - so chances are, whatever you would put in your shot list, it's probably something I would already capture (like the dress, your shoes, you getting ready, your veil, your MOH, the reception area, the ceremony area, etc etc). BUT - what I DO request is a list of family members and family groupings for the formal portraits. 

How many photos do you take?
I don't limit the amount of images I take on your wedding day. I take enough to tell your whole story and then deliver a finely curated & hand edited gallery of anywhere from 400 to 800 images for a full day's coverage. The amount in your gallery also depends on cooperative elements such as weather, vendors and the guests. On average, you can expect to receive between 75-100 edited images per hour.
 
Do we get to keep the digital files? What about the RAW files? What about copyrights, do I own the photos?

YES! You will receive all the edited full resolution jpeg files that you see in your gallery including a print & reproduction release, so you can print to your heart's content for your own personal use. 

No, I do not deliver any raw files for you to keep. What will you do with those raw files? I'm happy to discuss this further with you.

If you would like the copyright or commercial use license - please contact me. I also understand my clients rights to privacy and respect any privacy or confidentiality requests without any additional fees.

What about if we cancel? Are there any refunds?

There are no refunds on the retainer fee. The retainer fee is non-refundable, even if the date is changed or the wedding is cancelled for any reason. The retainer is your reservation and guarantees your date on my calendar and once you've signed the contract and pay the retainer fee, I turn down all other wedding or event commissions for that date.

Are you licensed & insured? Do you have backup equipment?

Yes, I’m licensed and insured. I can provide your venue with a certificate of insurance listing them as an additional insured - just let me know, if you need this. I am also a state registered limited liability company. Yes, I have additional lenses, camera bodies and other necessary equipment that is required to document your day. I am also a member of the PPA - Professional Photographers of America and also NPS - Nikon Professional Services among a few other professional photography associations.

How do we book you?

Saweet! *Happy dance* Just contact me, and whenever you're ready, let's set up a time to meet up (maybe over lunch, dinner or drinks?) and discuss your wedding day needs. Since I only take on a very limited number of wedding commissions throughout the year, in order to reserve your wedding date on my calendar, a non-refundable retainer & signed contract (which is all done online) is required. The non-refundable retainer fee is due when all parties have signed the agreement - an invoice will be emailed for you to be able to securely pay online. The remaining balance is due at least 2 weeks before your wedding date. Interest free payment plans as well as gift registry setup are available. 

If you have any questions not covered here, please message me! I am here to help in anyway during your wedding planning process. Even if I am not your selected photographer for your day, I do want you to find the right photographer for you - so let me know if I can help!