A lot of couples ask me the below questions, and I like to be very transparent right off the bat. Questions + full answers are below!
"How many photos will I get in my final wedding photography package?
You get a ton. I'm not a photographer who puts a cap on how many photos you get in your final wedding photography package; if I was at your wedding photographing for you - why in the world would I only give you a few images, or a certain number of images? What am I going to do with those images instead of giving them to you? Will I sit at my house and look at them before I go to sleep every night? No. I want you to do that! So, I give you all of the images I think are best for your album! For a typical 8 hour wedding, I take about 2,000-3,000 images on the day of the wedding, and from there I edit them down three times to get to the best ones, which come out to be around 800- 1,000 images. The reason I take so many photographs on the day of the wedding is because I believe that the moment best captured in a photograph on a wedding day is sometimes the moment that isn't necessarily set up or posted; it's the moment in-between those moments, and so therefore I take a lot of photos... and give you a lot of photos! If you have any more specific questions about this, please feel free to ask.
"Do I get the rights to the images?"
You have the printing rights to the photographs, yes! With this ability, you can print the photos and post the photos anywhere at your liking! I just always ask for some photo credit, just because I think it looks soo cheesy putting my logo on an image. I mean, come on - ..."here's a beautiful photograph and OH by the way here is my obnoxious white lettering all over the photograph..." No, thanks. I don't care about marketing enough to ruin people's beautiful photographs with a bunch of white letters that happen to spell out my name.
Will you photoshop every single photo that shows every single dimple on my face that I dislike? Will you change my bone structure in the photographs?
No, I will not. I used to offer this as an option, because I used to teach photoshop classes for 6 years and I can do almost anything with photoshop - but as the years go by, I realize that I'm a firm believer in the fact that the real photos are the best photos, and that anyone who doesn't want to look like themselves on their wedding day is probably not a couple that I'd be best working with. I will edit out pimples for sure, or dimples (if you hate them... how can you hate your dimples?!) in some of your favorite photos if that's what you'd like. But, I won't change your bone structure or photoshop you a new chin (yes, I've had people ask both of these things). Please know that at this point, I interview couples to make sure that we align well for your wedding day, and part of that interview is me figuring out if we will work together based upon what you want - do you want to look like you're sitting in a studio posed and stiff on your wedding day? The we are not the right fit. Do you want me to make you a new nose and cheekbone in photoshop? Nope, we won't work there, either. Please know that this is not something I offer and asking to photoshop anything other than pimples or random things that are usually photoshopped (Hair in the face? Yes, I will definitely photoshop that if it's doable to keep your whole face without the hair ruining it. One eye is closed but we have another photo with it open and you'd like the open eye on the photo instead? Yes, I can do that as well!) will not be done.
Can I give you a shot list for you to photograph on my wedding day?
You can definitely send me a list of less than 25 posed or not posed (or pinterest) shots, aside from the traditional family photographs that are always taken as posed shots on your wedding day. If you hand me a required 200-photograph shot list on the day of the wedding, please know that this is an impossible task to achieve. If this is something you really want on your wedding day (a 200-shot list), please know that I am not the right photographer for you. I like to photograph real moments, and believe that the best photographs come from this. If you're more interested in faking the moment on your wedding day, versus allowing it to happen and possibly having that moment documented, then we are not the right fit.
"Do you give us color and black and white images?"
Yes, I do! I do this for many images, but not all of the images. If you want all of the photographs in black and white, I'm not opposed to giving you all of them in back and white - this will just take almost a month (or more) longer than the usual delivery time of your photographs.
"What comes in my photography package?"
You would receive the services of head photographer Danielle, high-resolution, fully downloadable and printable photograph files on a lovely online album. I find that offering online albums is the most popular way to share photos, as otherwise the couple has to wait till they receive a physical package in the mail to get their digital photograph files, when through an online album, they can just click one button and download it to their computer! As an add-on outside of my services, I offer wooden USB ports that your photos can be stored on, and sent to you in snail mail. I love snail mail, but I know a lot of people that do not love waiting for their photos through snail mail!
"When do I receive the final wedding photography photographs?"
Usually couples will receive their photographs within a month to two months depending on when their wedding happens. The only reason it gets to be more than two months is if your wedding is in the very busy season, and typically I photograph anywhere from 50-70 weddings per year. This is my full time job, however, and I work every weekday and weekend (only sometimes taking Sundays off but rarely because of engagement shoots!) on editing, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I spend a few afternoons volunteering at community centers around where I live, but other than that, my time is dedicated to photography and the couples I work with. If I take a Monday off here and there to rearrange the furniture in my house, please know that this is a totally necessary feng shui move to keep my mind fresh for editing! For real.
"What is required for a deposit?"
Depending on the year booked with me, the deposit is $750-$1000. The contract gets reviewed by you fully first, and then when you ask any questions you may have, we will figure those out, and finally it is sent through an e-signing document, and it's easy as that! After all of this is done, I'm officially booked for your entire wedding day, and if a second photographer is required, they will be booked ASAP after the wedding booking has been finalized. I don't do two weddings in one day; I may have a helper or two along the way, but all of the photographs you see on my website are my photographs, not my second photographer's photos. Danielle Simone Charles LLC is the name of my business, so therefore I'll be the one photographing your wedding.
"Can my guests take photos?"
Of course they can - but preferably, at the reception. These days there are so many people with their iPhones just dying to get a photo of the bride and groom on their phone - which means some guests go to the crazy extent of walking into the middle of the isle at your ceremony, just so they can get a photo with their phone. I think this is kind of funny that people do this, because don't they realize that there is a hired photographer there for you to have your whole day captured, professionally? I like to ask couples to write somewhere in their program or have it announced at some point (if they are bothered by cellphones in the air for their photos, as it is very hard to photoshop new relaxed arms onto people when they are straight in the air holding a phone) that the ceremony will be "unplugged" or that guests should just cool it for a minute with their phones so all of your wedding images are without those crazy cellphones (or heaven forbid...iPads) in the air. I have some mean photoshop skills, I must say - but to photoshop every single image to get the cellphones and their bright screens out of the image - is a lot of work that is impossible to do for every one of your ceremony photos, and at times it's impossible to do at all.
I know that couples cannot control their guests' actions! So as long as the couple is okay with it, during the ceremony, if I see someone stepping into the aisle for photos, I will definitely make it known, in a very nice but stern manner, that the couple hired a professional to do the photos, and that they would like very much for the guests to sit in their chair during the ceremony, instead of go all rogue-iPhone photographer in the isle. As long as I have permission, and as long as the location holding the ceremony allows the photographer to move during the ceremony (some Catholic or Lutheran churches do not allow the photographer to move during the ceremony at all), then I will personally make sure to it that people do not step in front of the photographer during your ceremony - however, this is never guaranteed --- and it's so much easier to do this with a little help of an announcement, though :)
If you have any specific questions at all that aren't answered on this form, please feel free to email them to me and I will promise to get back to you within 1 day! My email that you can reach me at for the quickest response is firstname.lastname@example.org!