Frequently Asked Questions
How do I hire you as our wedding photographer?
Iâ€™m so happy you asked! Please use the Contact Me form or e-mail me directly (melissaBphoto@gmail.com). Please send me your wedding date so I can let you know if itâ€™s available. From there, weâ€™ll set up an initial meeting so I can meet you and share package information, as well as show you album and print samples. Weâ€™ll chat and drink some good coffee and get to know each other before we set anything in stone. Be prepared though: I will ask you about the proposal and I may or may not cry. Just sayin.â€™
Do you travel for weddings?
Have passport â€“ will travel! I love to travel and am greatly inspired when I see new places. Please contact me for more information. We can discuss details and I will develop a custom wedding travel quote just for you.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I have a Canon 5D Mark III (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera and a variety of lenses to suit various situations. I use an on-camera flash for certain indoor situations. I also have back-up gear in case of emergencies.
How much time should I leave for pictures on my wedding day?
Your wedding day is a huge whirlwind and everything will go by so quickly! I want you to enjoy every second of it without feeling rushed. When I show up for pictures, I will spend time with the bride and groom individually, taking their portraits and respective bridal party shots. I recommend to all my wedding clients to do a â€śFirst Lookâ€ť before the ceremony. This allows ample time before the ceremony to take most of your pictures together so you donâ€™t leave your guests waiting too long before the reception. After the ceremony, formal family shots take about 20 minutes, as do posed Bridal Party pictures (depending on the size). Donâ€™t forget! This is one of the most important days of your life, so itâ€™s important to leave as much room as you can for pictures!
Can I put my wedding pictures on Facebook or Twitter?
Yes! Thatâ€™s all part of the fun to show your friends! I just ask that when you do post them publicly that you include a link to my website below the image. Also, please do not â€ścut and pasteâ€ť the images from my blog or your gallery. You will receive a CD of the high-resolution images, which will be the best quality for printing and posting online.
Do you offer any other services for my wedding pictures?
Most definitely! I offer prints in various sizes, flip books and canvas wraps from a Professional Photo Lab. I also offer Wedding albums and photo guest books, which I custom design myself. Please e-mail me for pricing information on these items. I also recommend Save-the-Dates and Wedding Invitations through the most fabulous paper company, Minted.com. They have the cutest designs for lots of wedding and party occasions!
How do I book a date with you?
Please use the â€śContact Meâ€ť Page or send me an e-mail directly with a list of dates and what kind of portrait session youâ€™d like to book. Once I receive your e-mail, I will respond within 24 hours to set something up. Once the date is picked, youâ€™ll sign my contract and pay the session fee to officially book. Easy as pie!
What should I wear?
Just be yourself! I love clients who put lots of thought into what theyâ€™ll wear to their shoot. The details and accessories are wonderful, but arenâ€™t always necessary. Wear what youâ€™ll be comfortable in and consider the season in which your pictures will be taken. I like to stay away from the â€śmatchy -matchyâ€ť outfits. Instead coordinate outfits by using a color palette. I can work with you to stylize your shoot and incorporate outfits and any props you may want to use.
What happens if it rains?
Since Iâ€™m primarily a natural light photographer, rain or any kind of inclement weather is not ideal. Iâ€™ll keep an eye on the weather a few days before your shoot, and if it looks like the weather is going to rain on our parade, weâ€™ll just re-schedule your date.
How far will you travel?
Good news: I love to travel. Love it. Iâ€™ll pretty much go anywhere you ask me to. Contact me for mileage rates, and if you want me to come somewhere further than driving distance â€“ sign me up! And donâ€™t forget to contact me to inquire about travel arrangements.
Whatâ€™s a typical Photo Session like?
Depending on your location, weâ€™ll do some walking around to get some variety in your shots. Donâ€™t fret â€“ there are no marathons involved! I love it when people are brave to try something crazy and fun! I may or may not have you laying down in tall grass, climbing trees, jumping, standing in traffic, or showing off some PDA. Creativity is sometimes at its best when itâ€™s spur of the moment. Sometimes, those shots turn out to be my favorites
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