Q. How do you see your role at our wedding?
A. I see myself as a story teller capturing the day as it happens with a fly on wall approach but taking the lead when needed. Such as getting your family lined up for family portraits. Im friendly, easy going and fun to be around. Which makes it easier for my clients and there friends to relax and enjoy the day and be themselves and let me do what I do best; capture the day.
Q. Do you have a studio for your portrait sessions.
A. I prefer to photograph my clients at location that has meaning to them. I feel the location has as much to do about the photo as the photo it self. If you do not have a location preference I have several loactions that I use and are very nice. If you prefer a studio type shoot I have access to two studios in St. Paul.
Q. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
A. I have been photographing weddings and peoples life events for over nine years now. I have been doing landscape and nature photography for over 12 years. My combined experince allows me to feel very comfortable in any lighting and or weather condition. I consider every photo shoot a new challenge and look to photograph the uniqueness of the event.
Q. For weddings can I get a discount if I dont need you for a whole day?
A. I prefer to photograph the whole wedding to capture the whole story of your day and I dont want your day to be a fast paced photo shoot. Because, your wedding around a very tight time frame for photos. However, I do offer a special 5hr package for small intimate weddings on a limited basis.
Q. Do you travel outside of Twin Cities metro are and what is the charge?
A. Oh Ya, We love to travel. We have passports and will go anywhere in the world. For weddings we travel up to 60 miles from downtown Minneapolis and our home in Eagan which ever is closer at no charge. Its a $1 a mile above 60 miles and only charged for the distance to the destination, not for the return. Anything over 250 miles we would need to talk and make a custom package. You will find we are very reasonable. Especially to warm climates in the winter. For family, senior and portrait photos there is a charge for anything over 45 miles from my home and anything over is a dollar a mile one way.
Q. For are wedding do we have to do the formal portraits ?
A. No, but if you decide you want them, I am very good at doing them quickly and painlessly.
Q. What happens if you get sick and can’t come to the wedding?
A. Well short of my death due to a unforeseen calamity. I will be at your wedding. Even if I have to carry around my own IV poll. No matter what the weather, I will be at your wedding. But in the event of my unforeseen demise my very capable second shooter will be my replacement.
Q, What is your deposit policy?
A. For Weddings I require a 300.00 deposit at the time of signing a contract to hold the date and the balance is due the Monday before the wedding. For all other photo shoots there is a 50.00 deposit for all photo shoots booked three or more weeks out to hold the date and the remainder is due the day of the photo session.
Q. What type of camera do you use?
A. I use only full frame digital Nikon camera bodies and Pro Nikon lenses. The cameras make huge beautiful digital image files, so you can make huge prints with beautiful detail. I also have a large assortment lighting gear and other equipment. So that I am ready for what every happens.
Q. How do you dress for weddings?
A. I dress to fit in, business casual, I used to wear only black but I dont like how I look in all black but if you wish I will do as you command.
Q. Do you use a second shooter for your weddings?
A. All but our lowest package comes with a second shooter. Jera and Glenda have worked with me for years and do great work.
Q. Do we get to keep the digital images and can we print them ourselves?
A. All wedding packages come with high full resolution digital files and a copyright release. The copyright release allows you print them where ever you wish but if you going to print anything bigger than a 8×10, I would suggest using my professional lab for the best quality and consistency. I offer a large selection of printing options and the quality is phenominal.
Q. Do we have to feed you at our wedding?
A. Nope, you do not have to feed the photographer but I will need a 1hour break in the day to go get some food if you don’t.