Zenfolio | DSPhotography | Wedding FAQs


Got questions? I’ve included common questions and answers listed below to help you out.


How long have you been into photography? Shooting digital?

I’ve been loving photography since 2006 and shooting digital since then. 


Why do you prefer digital photography?

Professional photo prints from our prepared digital files are very pleasing to the eye and in most cases noticeably sharper than 35mm negatives. Professional digital photo files are a starting point for an amazing array of enhancement and re-touching options. Digital photo files are also very portable and can be easily emailed and posted on the web.


How would you describe your shooting style?

50% candid/observational and 50% creative portraits. Your parents would probably like a percentage of more traditional posed photographs, just like the photos in their album. I feel those are very important, too. That adds a nice balance to your wedding collection.


What advice would you give a bride who is looking for a wedding photographer?

Hire a photographer first, and their work second. Before you resonate with their work, you have to like them as a person and like the way they make you feel. If you don’t get along with your photographer, or your photographer doesn’t get along with family, disaster may happen. Look for versatility in their work, especially their ability to make ordinary locations extraordinary through their use of light, composition, and way they bring out your emotion. 


What is wedding photojournalism? Do you practice it?

Simply put, it’s the art of storytelling with 100% candid photography where nobody looks directly at the camera, ever. To practice pure wedding photojournalism puts the photographer at odds with those who desire more traditional images.  To accommodate varying tastes, I mix the photojournalism/candid style, artistic flair, fresh details, along with the more conventional shots of subjects actually smiling for the camera.  A mix makes everyone happy and makes your wedding day unique.


What’s your favorite part of the wedding day to photograph?

Bride and groom together time. That’s when magic happens and emotions connect in a real sense.


What are your top tips for brides to help them get great photos on their wedding day?

Consider a first look. Be yourself. Don’t forget to eat your cake. Don’t be afraid to delegate. Face the crowd during the ceremony. Know there are rules and rules to be broken in wedding tradition, just know the difference. Avoid the receiving line. Don’t experiment with makeup. Be comfy. Finally, plan alone time. 


What do you do for fun when you’re not shooting weddings?

I enjoy spending time with my kids. Anything outdoors is very fun for us. 


What do you use for inspiration?

Since I primarily shoot on location, the connection I have with clients and that shared experience is the most important for inspiration. Second to that, a sense of place remains paramount. Place has the power to shape people, depending if you are on a sitting on a beach or the floor of a parking garage or standing in the middle of a busy street or on top of a mountain. There are so many dynamic natural elements like temperature, wind, light, color, and vegetation that offer limitless sources of inspiration. 


Do you shoot in color or black and white?

I digitally photograph your wedding in color. At the computer, the images can be converted to black and white, with an astounding degree of control. 


Do you place a limit on the number of photos you take?

No. I arrive at your wedding with enough memory to capture thousands of  images. You can anticipate seeing between 60 and 120 images per coverage hour contracted.(For instance, four hours coverage equals between 250 and 400 images.) But there’s no limit.


How long do you need for ‘family history’ photos?

For group/family photos, I prefer to spend no more than 25 minutes – usually between the ceremony and reception. Everything is flexible and schedules are easily changed at your will. I try to take the largest group photos first, especially those with young children and grandparents. Limiting group photo sessions to eight separate groupings eliminates fatigue.


Do you allow other cameras at the wedding?

Absolutely, it’s your wedding. I just want to ensure all eyes are on my camera lens during formals.


When do we receive our photos?

Your photos will be online within three weeks after your wedding. Full-resolution discs will be delivered if requested. 


What digital format do you deliver the wedding images?

I give you all full-resolution jpeg images, which are optimal for printing. Images are delivered on quality DVD discs. Our web-format gallery provides you with full-resolution images. Any web browser can view this gallery. 


Where do you suggest we print our wedding photos?

Almost all mainstream photo labs are equipped to handle digital images from computer disc. Costco, Wal-mart, Target, and even grocery stores all have kiosks that allow you to preview images, make minor adjustments, then print. If you demand higher quality, our online printing service can get the most out of your images. The large files I provide you will yield excellent 16×20 prints. 


What kind of cameras to you use?

I like my Canon cameras. Good light and lens quality matters more than megapixels, but rest assured your images will be at least 12 megapixels in size. 


Will our final images be watermarked or branded in any way?



Can you photograph in a large variety of lighting situations?

Yes. I bring fast, light-grabbing lenses and high-sensitivity cameras in case of marginal lighting conditions. I also carry on-camera flash and portable off-camera studio-style lights when the situation demands.


What is needed to reserve our wedding date?

A signed agreement and 50% retainer. Dates are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.


Do you book more than one wedding per day?

That’s a cardinal sin. I never double-book weddings, which is a recipe for disaster.


How do we proceed?

Contact Me with the date and location of your wedding, and I’ll walk you through the simple process. I can discuss the ideal coverage to suit your needs. I encourage clients to review my wedding contract.


How far in advance do you book weddings?

Couples book several weeks to over a year in advance. Once a signed contract and deposit has been received  I will give you my undivided attention on your wedding day.