Q & A
What is wedding photojournalism?
Wedding photojournalism is the visual narration of this one surreal day. Pictures are unposed and authentic. Moments are undirected. Our approach is to stand back, watch and anticipate. Photojournalism is not just a style of photography we are aiming to create – it is our roots. We both began our careers as photojournalists, and continue shooting for news organizations today. We draw on this long experience telling stories to deliver our clients a product that can be best described as artistic journalism.
Will you shoot posed photos with family members?
Yes. And we will help things go as swiftly and smoothly as possible. The less time we spend posing you, the more time we have to capture moments. Definitely consider including our Photo Booth, too.
Will you give us direction during our portrait session?
Absolutely. We find that this is the portion of the day couples are most apprehensive about – posing for a photo can be nerve wracking, but we are here to help! This might be the first time all day when you two have had a quiet moment to take a breath and be a couple, so we like to use that sense of “Ahhh…” to get the most out of your portraits. When we ask you “pose”, we are actually watching for the split seconds before and after that pose. Talk to us about padding in enough time for portraits to avoid a time crunch.
What cameras do you use? Do you shoot in color or black and white?
We use Canon 5D Mark III camera bodies, and a variety of zoom and prime lenses. We update equipment annually. All images are captured in color, and we shoot in RAW format. During the editing process, we duplicate all images and convert them to black and white so you’ll receive all edited photos in both color and black and white.
Can you replicate some favorite images I have found on Pinterest?
We love inspiration boards to get a sense of your vision. It helps us get a sense of what makes you tick. That said, our best work has always come from being present and inspired by the moment, the light, the weather, the season. Our clients’ most cherished images are those they didn’t imagine ahead of time. As much as we say how important planning is, it is the unpredictable elements of this totally unique day that bring out the best in us as artists.
Will you submit my wedding to a magazine or blog?
We often submit “real weddings” to industry publications as a way to showcase fresh ideas and promote our work – it’s how we stay connected to other professionals and attract new clients. If you have questions or concerns about being published, please make sure you talk to us about it early in the process. On the flip side, if you’d like to share your photos with a media outlet or vendor, please let us know!
Should I give you a shot list?
We will send you sample galleries of full weddings, so you can see examples of how we tell a story. These sample galleries will be a good indicator if there is a need to make a special request. Please DO submit a list of posed family portraits – but otherwise, you do not need to give us a shot list.
Do you have any problem with guests taking their own pictures?
We don't have a problem with guests taking photos throughout the day – these are your people and they love you! Guest photography is to be expected, as long as it doesn't interfere with us getting the very best shot. That said, we're loving the recent surge of "unplugged" ceremonies. (Unplugging throughout the day generally contributes to everyone being present in the moment).
My other vendors want pictures too. Is this something you handle?
Yes. We love to share/tag images on Facebook and Instagram, and we welcome fellow vendors to do the same. We will create a special vendor gallery intended for your vendors’ social media use. We ask that vendors and venues contact us directly for any image use.
Will you travel anywhere in the world? Do you charge travel fees?
Yes! And – sometimes. It’s a visual (and personal) treat to get out of town, and we do factor that in when quoting travel fees for destination weddings.
What does it mean when you say "edited images"?
Our editing approach is a huge part of the creative process. We are very light-handed in post-production. We will adjust color if needed, straighten a few horizons, and let the story speak for itself. Our philosophy is, you’re writing history today. 100 years from now, your family will want to know what their great-great-greats looked like without filters or airbrushing. That said, we understand adjustment requests are personal and important, so please don’t hesitate if you have a special request.
Do you also take posed family photos?
We do. There is nostalgia associated with a posed family photo, but we highly recommend keeping the number of groups under ten. The less time spent on posing portraits, the more time we have to capture you enjoying time with your guests.
How are you handling Covid?
Ah, Covid. Heavy sigh. We are looking forward to brighter days, and a healthy events industry. For now, we are both fully vaccinated. As of August 2021, we have started wearing masks again in crowded indoor situations.