Wedding FAQ

HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH PER YEAR?
I only accept ten wedding photography bookings per year in Kamloops and area (and 1-2 out of province or out of country).  This limit is set to ensure that I am able to offer premium services and products to you. From your first inquiry email to the delivery of your products, I will be with you every step of the way. I am a full time photographer, so you can expect quick replies to your emails, professional in-person guidance when needed and detailed coverage of your wedding. Regardless of the cost of your package, every client is treated to a high-end wedding photography experience.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
Couples often book my wedding photography services six to twelve months in advance of their wedding, especially for popular dates such as long weekends, but I accept bookings year-round.  The risk in waiting is that your date may already be booked, so don’t delay in reaching out!

HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED AT OUR VENUE BEFORE?
I have photographed at many Kamloops area venues before, including the Quaaout Lodge / Talking Rock Golf Resort, the South Thompson Inn, the Dunes in Westsyde, Rainbow’s Roost, Tranquille Farms, St. Andrew’s Square, the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre, Riverside Park, Mac Island Park, the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall, and Wells Grey Provincial Park in Clearwater. If I have not worked at your venue before, I will do extensive scouting beforehand to locate the best spots for photos.

DO YOU USE AN ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER?
The 6 and 9 hour packages include an assistant photographer (also known as a second shooter).  The assistant photographer shoots from different angles and seeks out candid shots while I am doing posed shots, to offer a nice variety of images with unique perspectives.  I will always be the primary photographer.

HOW MUCH IS THE RETAINER TO SECURE OUR DATE, AND WHAT ARE THE TERMS FOR THE BALANCE?
The retainer is $400, due within two weeks of the signing of your contract. 50% of the package total is due within three months of the wedding date, with the remaining balance due on or before the wedding date.

DO YOU TAKE PAYMENT INSTALLMENTS? WE LOVE YOUR WORK, BUT WE CAN’T AFFORD THE PACKAGE WE WANT.
Yes! I know weddings are expensive, and I do not want finances to stand in the way of getting the photos you deserve. Please get in touch about creating a custom payment plan that will allow you to balance finances and your favourite photo package.  Photography, like other forms of art, increases in value as the years pass.

DO YOU PROVIDE CUSTOMIZED PACKAGES?
Not all weddings will fit one of my photography packages. I can provide a customized package to suit your needs. These packages are for weddings that are outside the norm (for example, a very short, intimate wedding with only close family).  Talk to me and we’ll plan something perfect.  Hint: Non-Saturday weddings are discounted!

WHAT IS A REVEAL OR FIRST LOOK?
This is when you see your fiance once you are in your wedding best: before the ceremony, and often a few hours in advance in order to have your portraits and those with your bridal party taken before all of the other guests arrive. There are two advantages to this non-traditional approach. First, you can appreciate each other in private (save for my presence, but I am very discreet!) and hug and kiss, instead of seeing each other for the first time in front of a large crowd. Seeing each other beforehand helps lessen wedding day nerves. Secondly, in a traditional wedding, there is a gap for photos between the ceremony and reception, often 2-3 hours, which the guests must fill. With a reveal, the photos are taken in advance and you are free to go straight from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and reception, to maximize time spent with your guests. Couples who have done a reveal have said that they didn’t feel the ceremony experience was any less meaningful for having seen their partner in advance — the excitement of the bride walking down the aisle to meet her waiting groom is still a very special experience!

WHEN WILL WE GET TO SEE OUR PHOTOS?
I guarantee your galleries will be online for you to view within 30 days. Shortly afterward, I will be available to call or meet with you at my home in Barriere, in Kamloops, or wherever you live to make artistic decisions regarding the products included in your package.  This includes choosing the images for your album or designing your thank you cards. If you have chosen the digital image option to make your own prints and products, your edited high resolution images will be delivered within 60 days of your wedding (your viewing galleries will still be online within 30 days).

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET?
The short answer is 50-75 final images per hour of professional photography. This range exists because there are parts of the day where I produce lots of images in a row, and parts of the day that take more time to set up poses/arrangements, and so produce less images. Here are some average totals for the 3, 6, and 9 hour packages I offer:

3 hours – minimum 200 images
6 hours – minimum 400 images
9 hours – minimum 500 images

WILL WE RECEIVE EVERY PHOTO YOU TAKE?
The short answer is no, but allow me to explain. My camera is capable of taking 5-10 images per second, and during parts of the day that happen very quickly, I take advantage of this capability to ensure I get the best shots of all the important moments. However, this can result in a series of images that are extremely similar, to the point of repetition. When photographing large group formals, it helps to take many images in a row, because inevitably one person will have their eyes closed! There is no need to have ten photos of the same pose, so I remove these extraneous images to deliver only the best. I do similar editing for other images throughout the day. Rest assured that images are only removed if they are duplicates or if they are not technically perfect with regards to exposure or focus. I never remove anything that may have emotional value to you.

DO WE GET ALL OF OUR FINAL DIGITAL IMAGES ON A USB? WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES?
Yes, you can choose this as your “Main Course” package option (the other option is a custom-designed luxury album).  Do-it-yourself couples who would like to design their own album or make many prints often prefer the digital-only route.  However, some couples have told me afterward that while they had every intention of printing their photos, they did not get around to it for months or years after their wedding!  This is the advantage of having me design your album — you will get a high-end album with your best photos within 2-3 months of your wedding.  Plus, I include the images we used (typically 3x the page count) on a USB, so you’ll still have your favourites for self-printing if you wish.

CAN OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ORDER PHOTOS FROM OUR GALLERY?
Yes, your guests can set up their own account on the gallery to order any prints or products they wish to have.  Your galleries will stay online for a minimum of one year after the wedding.

CAN I HIRE YOU TO SHOOT MY DESTINATION WEDDING?
I love to travel and am experienced in destination weddings, so the answer to your question is a resounding “Yes!”.  Regular package prices plus travel expenses apply.  If you are getting married at a resort, just check with the wedding planner to be sure they don’t require you to use their photographer.