• 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.
• HOW DO YOU EDIT OUR 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. We deliver two sets of images – one in color, one in black and white.
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 trendy filters or airbrushing. That said, we respect the fact that adjustment requests are personal and nuanced, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a special request.
• DO YOU ALSO SHOOT 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.
• SHOULD WE 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.
• WHERE ARE YOU BASED? WILL YOU TRAVEL?
We live in a 122 year-old house right smack dab in the middle of Massachusetts. Travel within a 2-hour radius is included in all wedding coverage, but we may charge a small fee outside of this area. It’s a visual treat to get out of town, and we do factor that in when quoting travel fees for destination weddings.
• DO YOU EVER DO DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY?
Yes! Joe recently got his FAA license to safely (and legally) fly a drone, and we are having SO much fun with it this year. Drone coverage depends on three things ... 1. FAA regulations. We will check your venue to determine if the air space above is cleared for drone flight. 2. Weather. Unfortunately we are unable to fly in rain, snow or fog. 3. Time. We will talk during your day-of timeline creation to make sure enough time is built in to execute drone coverage and/or creative aerial portraiture.
• CAN YOU REPLICATE SOME IMAGES I 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 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.
• HOW (AND WHEN) CAN WE BOOK YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING?
We are currently booking dates through the end 2023. We recommend booking early if you are getting married on a peak-season Saturday, as these dates fill up early. (Basically June through October.) This doesn't mean we are booked solid though! Please reach out for detailed availability, even if your day is just around the corner.
• DO YOU MIND IF GUESTS ARE ALSO TAKING PHOTOS?
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, or hamper your timeline. That said, we're loving the recent surge of "unplugged" weddings which really helps everyone to be present in the moment.
• WILL YOU SUBMIT MY WEDDING IMAGES TO A WEDDING BLOG OR MAGAZINE?
We sometimes 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!
• WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE? ARE YOUR INSURED?
We use Canon R6 camera bodies, and a variety of zoom and prime lenses, and off-camera flashes. We update equipment annually, and always bring along backups just in case. We are insured, and can provide proof of insurance should your venue require this.
• 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 and boosted, and wear masks during crowded or indoor events. (If you are concerned about Covid, don't hesitate to reach out directly. This FAQ has changed several times throughout the course of the pandemic!)
• WHAT IF WE NEED TO POSTPONE OR CANCEL OUR WEDDING?
This is the latest addition to our FAQ, as we are all too familiar with this dilemma! If we are unavailable on your new date, we will work with you to find someone we trust, and who we know shares our style. We would still handle all editing, image delivery and correspondence with you throughout the planning process. If you must cancel your wedding, we will issue a credit in the amount of the 30 percent retainer you used to reserve your wedding date to use for any future family or branding session.
• MY VENUE AND VENDORS WOULD LIKE TO USE PICTURES – 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 beyond typical social posting.
KATIE & NELSON
From the beginning, Joe and Katye were very communicative and willing to be flexible. On the day of the wedding, they were friendly, professional, and nearly invisible :) We appreciated their good senses of humor and willingness to be creative due to rainy weather. Within about a month, we got our photos, and they were absolutely amazing – better than we could have hoped. They truly captured all the emotions of the day, and we can feel our hearts getting warmer every time we look at them. Can’t recommend Joe and Katye highly enough!!
MICAELA & SANDI
Their work is beyond beautiful, and their personal touch of having worked in photojournalism truly shined – they are able to capture so many moments – and I didn’t even know they were there. I absolutely recommend them to anyone wanting photographs for any life event.
KIM & KYLE
I can’t even put into words how much we love these photos! It’s like we’re reliving our wedding day over again -- it’s so hard to even choose a favorite when they’re all just so perfect. Thank you again for capturing the moments (big and small!), we’ll be treasuring these photos for the rest of our lives.
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