F.A.Q. - Weddings
Q. How far in advance do I need to book with you?
A. I recommend booking vendors at least a year in advance, this is the typical timeline in which I book in. Some couples even book me over a year in advance. However, that’s not to say that if it is less than a year in advance that I do not have your date available, so please inquire!
Q. How long have you been in business?
A. I started photography in 2009 and photographed my first wedding in 2010.
Q. How many weddings have you photographed?
A. I’ve lost count! I have witnessed over one-hundred “I Do’s” though, I do know that!
Q. How would you describe your photography style?
A. I am meticulous yet laid back, I can go with the flow while simultaneously paying close attention to detail. I would describe my work as documentary style. I do include posing and a formal portrait structure for certain parts of the wedding day, but the bulk of my wedding galleries are candid portraiture.
My editing style is very rich and moody, which I feel helps to accentuate emotion.
Q. What do you think distinguishes your work from other photographers?
A. There are so many wonderful photographers out there, so this is hard because I admire many of my peers. I do feel that I have a creative edge in the execution of my work. There are some photographers who are a bit more naturally stylized and editorial and they’re amazing at posing and setting up the shot, for me, I seldom know how I am going to execute an event. I allow feelings to guide me more than anything and I can naturally hyper-focus on multiple things at one time.
I find photography to be very multifaceted, I tend to be very detail oriented and have a natural capability of seeing things from a different perspective. Before I was a photographer, I was an artist and I think this helped me with the way I photograph. I used to sit down and draw a portrait of a celebrity or a family member, I'd spend hours focusing on all the intricate details of the human face and the slightest stroke of the pencil could change the traits of a person. As a portrait artist, you have to focus on the most miniscule of details that make a person unique. I've been drawing for twenty-seven years (I'm thirty-three, which means I basically started and never stopped) and so not only do I understand the complexity of execution, I have years of experience focusing on details.
Aside from execution, I would say the experience factor would likely also be one of my more important advantages as a wedding photographer. Having an experienced photographer photographing an event like a wedding is probably one of the most important decisions you can make on your wedding day, in my opinion. It’s just not an area that you want to chance, these are the photographs you will be looking back on for the rest of your life and more importantly, weddings possess the ability for things to go wrong, that is the unfortunate nature of being subject to something that does not allow for a second chance. The chances that a photographer who has been photographing weddings for nearly a decade to be able to handle these situations is greater than that of a photographer with less experience.
Q. Can I see a full gallery before I book?
A. Absolutely! I recommend this even. before investing in something this important, you should always ask to see a full gallery!
Q. What type of equipment do you use?
A. I’m the rare and elusive photographer who shoots Nikon, haha.. (Most photographers are Canon users!) I have a rolling camera case with three cameras, five lenses, two flashes, etc.
Q. Do you offer digital files?
A. Yes, all my wedding collections include the edited digital files from the wedding. And these do come with a print release.
Q. If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
A. Yes, I do. I photograph within a 50-mile radius of Durant, IA free of charge. Anything outside of this is .55 cents a mile, round trip, first 50 miles are free.
The Wedding Day
Q. Do we set up an itinerary or do we go with the flow the day of the wedding?
A. We always set up an itinerary. Having a layout for the wedding day relieves any additional stress or uncertainty about how the day will go. I also recommend that you send the itinerary to everyone who will be involved in portraits.
Q. Some photographers enforce a first look and portraits before the ceremony, do you do this?
A. No, nor would I ever! I’m a total sucker for the bride and groom seeing one another for the first time at the ceremony, if I’m being honest! We will need about 1.5 hrs. following ceremony for portraits though, so this is something to keep in mind!
Q. Are you the photographer who will photograph my wedding?
Q. Do you have a second photographer?
A. Not all my collections automatically include a second, though all have the option to add one.
For me, I have photographed most of my weddings alone, so my recommendation for including the second has little to do with the need for additional photos, it’s more that it is always good to have a back-up in the event of an emergency. Life is so unpredictable. I only hire second photographers who have photographed a certain number of weddings by themselves, so that I know that if such a situation were to arise, I would have someone who could handle an emergency situation.
Q. Is it okay if other people take photos while you're taking photos?
A. I truly do not have an issue with this, however I will recommend an “unplugged event” always because sometimes guests step out in front of the photographer as the bride is walking down the aisle or during the first kiss, etc. and these are moments that you cannot redo.
I’m a firm believer that we should experience more moments through our own eyes than through the back of our cell phone, especially when you have hired a photographer!
Q. What time will you arrive on site and how long will you shoot for?
A. I’m notoriously early. Always. I will more than likely arrive 30 mins early and time will start based on the itinerary we put together and the amount of coverage you purchased.
Q. If my event lasts longer than expected and I need to add on time, may I do that and what is the charge?
A. Yes, absolutely. Each additional hour is $275.00
Packages, Collections, Etc.
Q. What packages (collections) do you offer?
A. I offer 5-hour, 6-hour, 8 hour, and full day coverage (start to finish). This pricing is between $2400.00 + $5000.00, with an array of different options per each package. I also offer each client a one-time discount on ordering prints or print-related products. Most of my collections focus solely on service and digital files, the two most important aspects of a wedding collection.
Q. Can I customize a collection to fit my needs?
A. Yes. I have a lot of clients who live out of state or clients who do not wish to include an engagement session, etc. In these situations, we typically swap the engagement session for either a second photographer, additional coverage, etc. – or omit this option all together. You are also able to add hours on to any of the collections with a set number of hours.
Q. Do you include the engagement photos with your collection?
A. Some include the files from the engagement session, some do not. For the first two collections, the cost of the wedding day coverage, files from the wedding and the session are covered in the overall cost of the time spent on these items only. For those collections, an engagement session is either something you must add or the files from the engagement session are a separate investment.
Q. Do you offer retouching, color adjustments and other corrective adjustments?
A. Yes, some basic retouching is offered with every collection as well as color adjustments.
I do charge for editing outside of this, this includes:
Being asked to photoshop out wrinkles in a dress, swapping someone’s head from one photograph to the next, making anyone appear smaller or changing the body shape of an individual, etc.
This service is charged by the hour and covered in the contract.
Q. How long after the wedding will I receive proofs?
A. I’ve been trying to execute this as conveniently as I can. A lot of my weddings will be turned around by the next week, some more depending on how many weddings/sessions I have going on in that month. The most this year (2018) has been 14 days. So, fairly quickly and it is my understanding that this is an above average turn-around.
Contracts and Policies
Q. When will I receive a contract?
A. Upon booking. Your date is not considered reserved until you have signed the contract and paid the retaining fee.
Q. How much is the retainer, and do you offer payment plans?
A. The retainer is 30% of the total cost of the collection. Yes, I do offer payment plans.
Q. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
A. Any amount paid outside of the retainer will be refunded in the event of a cancellation, unless you have already had an engagement session and obtained the digital files from the session, the fee for this product and service will be added to your bill if you have only paid the retainer or will be deducted from your refund if you’ve paid in full or made payments outside the retainer.
There are other policies concerning this, which are listed in the contract and discussed upon booking.
If you have additional questions, please contact Crystal Broussard Photography.