Frequently Asked Questions
- How long have you been in business?
I started photographing weddings in 2009, but I had many years of commercial photography experience prior to entering into the wedding photography business. In my "day job," I run the oldest advertising agency in southwestern NH and have maintained excellent working relationships with clients who began working with me in the 1990s.
- Can I see your portfolio?
Absolutely! I have several complete wedding albums posted online , I can also show you printed books and hundreds of photographic prints on a variety of papers, canvas and other medium.
- How long will it take before I can see my wedding pictures?
I strive to have your online gallery ready for you before you return home from your honeymoon. Typically, I am able to post your gallery within 7-14 days, but that can vary depending upon the number of photographs and how busy my kids keep me the following week. ;-)
- How far in advance do I have to book you?
This is a tricky question to answer - it really depends upon the date of your wedding. For instance, I typically have Columbus Day weekend booked 2 years in advance, but if you're having a Friday evening wedding in November, six to eight weeks notice may be sufficient.
At a recent bridal show, more than half of the brides who wanted more information about my services were disappointed to learn that I was already booked on their wedding date for later in the year.
- What type of equipment do you use?
I shoot exclusively using Canon EOS cameras - I currently maintain a fleet of 8 digital SLRs. My primary camera bodies are Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 1D, and Canon EOS 5D, along with Canon EOS 50Ds as well as a 10D & 20D bodies which are reserved as back-ups (or to ocassionally mount in a balcony and fire remotely). I use prime and zoom lenses made by Canon and I use a variety of fast, fixed-aperture zoom lenses from Tamron and a number of specialty lenses from a variety of equipment manufactureres. I also have a wide array of lighting equipment. Lean more about my investment in equipment here.
- Will you bring back-up equipment to my wedding?
Most certainly, YES! I would never dream of shooting a wedding without having at least 3 camera bodies, two wide angle lenses and two telephoto lenses. The simple fact of life is: stuff breaks.
- Do you charge for travel?
I never charge for travel within a 60 mile radius of my Keene, NH studio. Beyond the 60 mile radius, I charge a reasonable $1.20 per mile—round trip to either Boston, Hartford or Albany is less than $95.
- Will you be photographing another event on the same day as mine?
Never! I maintain a strict policy to never book two weddings the same day and I try very hard to avoid booking weddings on consecutive days - I don't want wedding "B" to interfere with my ability to deliver the photographs from wedding "A" in a timely manner.
- How will you be dressed at my wedding?
I'll typically be wearing a black slacks and a dress shirt, but ultimately, my goal is to blend in with your guests — if that means wearing a suit and tie, or blue jeans and a hawiian shirt, I'm OK with that too!
- Can we see a copy of your wedding contract?
You certainly may! Just click here to see it .
- Are you insured?
Yes! My photographic equipment is fully insured — which may not seem important to you, but if your photographer has his camera equipment stolen a week before your wedding, you'd want to make sure that he could afford to replace it in time for your big day! I also carry a liability policy — so if nana trips over my tripod, I'm covered. Many wedding/reception venues will not permit a photographer to work on their property without carrying a liability policy. Keep this in mind when interviewing photographers — THIS IS IMPORTANT and too frequently overlooked!
- What's up with that φ thingy in your logo?
That's the Greek letter "phi" - the first letter in the word "photography" and the scientific notation for The Golden Ratio.
Questions to ask YOURSELF when hiring a photographer
- Do I feel a connection with this photographer?
- Does the photographer seem genuinely interested in my wants and ideas?
- Am I comfortable with the quality of the work the photographer has shown me?
- Do I feel that this photographer will conduct themselves in a professional manner?
- And MOST IMPORTANTLY…do the people in the photographer's portfolio look happy, joyful and relaxed, or do they look tense, uncomfortable and anxious? 90% of what I do is psychology - 10% is taking pictures - you want to look your best in your wedding photos and I know how to help you look and feel your best in front of the camera!