Q&A – Wedding Photographer

I asked on Instagram for ya’ll to give me some questions to answer! Here they are!

 

How far within the region (or out!) will you travel for a wedding, engagement, etc. shoot?

I received many questions about travel!!
I will travel to the end of the world for your wedding! I basically am willing to travel anywhere for a wedding, elopement or even engagement. I love travelling and being in new places, so it’s a pleasure to be able to travel to do my job with you!
With that being said I do charge my couples for travel expenses. Some clients forget that travelling is an additional expense. Keep in mind I am not going to book a boujie first class flight and a 5 star hotel on you! The travel costs incurred are discussed, planned and sometimes booked together, to ensure the lowest price possible. I’m very flexible and want everyone to be on the same page with travel costs so everyone is happy. No surprises!

This year alone i’m photographing couples in Penticton, Calgary, Thailand, Toronto, and a few small towns in Southern Ontario!

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Palm Springs 2016^

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Small town in Southern Ontario^

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Bon Echo Park^

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Palm Springs 2019^

 

How did you get started with photography?

I honestly don’t know really if anything in particular started it. I always loved cameras and taking pictures. I would always bring a little point and shoot with me everywhere and took pictures of rocks and flowers! My dad was a hobbyist and I was keen to borrow his professional camera. Instead of just saying yes, or no he forced me to learn what each button did and meant. This started the trend of him assigning me photography homework! I would read a chapter in his huge photo book and then take his camera into the garden and apply what I learned in that chapter! I loved that homework! Haha. When it came time for college I decided to go into photography as I still felt there was much more to learn. Most of what I had taken pictures of was roses and water droplets! I look back and think it’s kind of hilarious, but I’m really happy with how it all played out.

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Do you photograph elopements?

I love elopements! I’ve done a few and fall more in love each time! If you’re eloping next year reach out and inquire before I fill up!!
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I have no idea what to expect on my wedding day. What do you do and what can I expect?

I’m actually surprised I don’t get this question more often. Everyone understands generally what will happen on their wedding day but from a photography perspective it’s good to know what to expect more specifically. The expectations and all of the major and minor details will be planned and discussed the week of your wedding. We’ll go over your time line and I will create my own copy with the important things I need to note as the photographer. I will make sure to be at your beck and call the week before in case anything needs to be confirmed or adjusted. When I show up you’ll basically follow your planned schedule as best as possible and I’ll follow suit. I will be with you the whole day so I don’t miss anything. I have lists of family arrangements and I always have a planned spot for the family, bridal party, and your couple pictures so you don’t have to think or plan. During family pictures I will really raise my voice and take charge to get all your arrangements in an efficient amount of time and to make sure everyone is smiling and looking right at me. Other than that I kind of just become a fly on the wall. I will join in conversations if invited to and I will ask you to do a few things or move into different light when it’s appropriate, but ultimately I’m there to capture all your genuine moments on your big day! I’d rather have ok lighting but the moment be real and raw then forced with perfect lighting. If there’s time, or I feel it’s ok to adjust or move you, I will to ensure the best pictures. I try and keep to myself so that the two of you can shine on your big day and not to feel like your being paparazzi’d.

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Do you allow guests to take pictures with their phones?

This is an interesting topic and one that is always highly debated online and in photography groups. In my opinion this call is YOURS to make, not mine. Do guests get in my way with their point and shoots, ipads and instagram stories? Absolutely, without a doubt, at every wedding. Is it annoying? Of course! But it’s my job to work around difficult situations to capture the perfect moment. Does it mean I might stand in the isle more than planned or step on a chair when I’m probably not allowed to, all to capture the perfect moment as it is? Maybe, but I will always do my absolute best to ensure that you get the best picture of the perfect moment with as little interruption as humanly possible. To me it’s all about respect. That person wants that picture for their own memories and that’s ok, but I’m here for you to get you the best, professional images to hold onto forever. It doesn’t mean I’m better than them, but it might mean I’ll do some weird squat/standing/side leap step/on my tiptoes to quietly work around the issue! It’s probably hilarious to watch, as I’m not that graceful, but I’ll make sure it’s your 6-year-old cousin who notices my weird hip balance not you!

Also, after a lot of practice I have taught myself some very simple and practical work arounds for this issue. One is I will have planned separate photo locations that are away from the venue for all the family, bridal party and couple pictures. This ensures we’re away from the crowd, so there are less people to come up with their phones. I also might just ask a guest or two to wait a moment, or step back and once they have it ask to come back in. I will give them their chance if they give me mine.

If you think your guests will be annoying or too much and you don’t want to see that on your wedding day, you can make it camera free, but again, that is your choice!

What’s your favourite venue and why?

I think my favourite venue of all time somewhere that means something to you. Be it cliffs, sandy beach, a forest. Venue schmenue! I say that with the most respect to all wedding venues, but I’m more of a free spirit, shoot wherever you feel kinda gal!

Do you or have you done Catholic weddings?

I have done Catholic weddings, yes! As well as Pakistani, Indian, Jewish, and Orthodox.

*If you’re interested in seeing pictures just request in an email!

Taken by Josie Nicole Photography while second shooting for Samantha Marie Photography.

 

What if I have a zit on my wedding day?!

I will edit it out! If it’s not noticeable in the picture I won’t bother but if it is, don’t worry! It’s gone. For extensive photoshopping I will charge extra and the price will depend on the job itself and the time required, but I will abracadabra your zits away all of the time for no charge!

 

You don’t show much black and white, will we get any black and whites or can we request that?

One thing most people probably don’t know is I actually will give you a lot of black and whites! I love black and whites, and although I love colour more I can’t ignore a good black and white. Images that look incredibly strong or better in B&W will be given to you in B&W form. Images that look good in both will usually be given in both forms! If there is one you love and you want it in B&W just send me an email and I will make it happen!
For all my boudoir babes, out there I give a B&W copy of every final image.

 

 

What exactly will I receive after? Do I get a lot of images?

As far as pictures go I will give you two galleries. These galleries are exactly the same but the images are sized different. This allows you to access and share via email/online easily without the files being too large, while allowing you to print larger if you please! I also give you a pdf instruction and info guide to read first… don’t worry it’s short and in point form!
I don’t give a set number of how many images you receive, but for a full day I range from 400-600. It depends on the day, and other factors. For example, if your ceremony is long and has many points of importance, or a lot of family arrangements for your family pictures that can easily add on many extra pictures. I can’t say image number for sure, but I will give you all the best images fully edited!

Book your 2020/21 wedding now before I fill up here!

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