This is a compilation of questions we get asked all the time when we meet with new clients + contains questions you might ask all photographers you interview. We cover every-thing from budget to planning + hope it is helpful in your selection process. Please feel free to shout if you’ve anything we’ve not covered here we’ll be happy to help in any way.
My clients typically are those that value artistic, creative, emotional images – couple’s who want their story told via honest documentary style images, ie. limited posing, classic images both stylish + glamourous. I aim to be inconspicuous in capturing the details and look for the spontaneous and unexpected, the emotionally vulnerable. I’ve a fashion magazine background so I’m always on the hunt to make that fabulous “double page spread” image that will end up on your wall as art, but that being said a wedding is not a fashion shoot, it’s not about me or my talent/creative process. I share my talent + passion but am always respectful that it is a very private, intimate event I am capturing, a once in a lifetime event!!
RATES + YOUR PHOTO BUDGET?
As with everything in life with wedding photog’s you “get what you pay for” I respect my time + my talent + my pricing reflects this. After all you will spend on making your day unforgettable, probably the best investment you can make is to hire a trusted talent to preserve those memories forever. There’s no second chance or dress rehearsal here. Even with hundred's of weddings under my belt they never loose their magic + uniqueness.
DO YOU HAVE A SECOND SHOOTER + WILL WE NEED A SHOT LIST?
Yes for every event I have an associate with me who will second shoot and assists with lighting and equipment as needed but I am the primary photographer.
NO to the shot list ... If you need to follow a shot list then I'm not the photog for you. I believe "over planning kills the magic". I know what we need in my mind + we will have discussed this in pre planning + I hope you'll trust me to do my "thang". I promise I'll deliver more than you expect. Of course we will spend time capturing the family historical images the families all need.
CAN WE VIEW A COMPLETE WEDDING?
Sure ….. check out our proofing/client section HERE. Most of our weddings are public however we can password protect your’s if you wish.
DO YOU SHOOT DIGITAL OR FILM?
All my professional work is shot digitally with Sony equipment. I love the instant gratification of knowing you’ve “got the shot” that digital provides. I’m a purist with my processing though. I strive to create a clean, timeless image + I don’t believe your images should look swallowed by the latest photoshop technique. I “grew up” shooting film in my native Australia + developed my journalistic eye on the streets of China/Hong Kong where I lived for 4 years.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED + WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Currently I am based in Atlanta, GA and live with my precious cat + enormous dog, however I travel Worldwide to shoot weddings. In 2015 forty percent of my commissions were not local + I’m Australian so i’m always scouting weddings back home + California is a half way point LOVE shooting out there too. Travel expenses are additional + vary per location.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE OUR IMAGES?
Online galleries are posted within 4-6 weeks of the wedding date. Digital files are available within 16 weeks of the wedding date. The number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, types of events. Our minimum is 400.
DO WE GET A DVD OF IMAGES?
We provide something far more useful than a DVD ... a private cloud-based gallery online for 12 months + you may then download all images for storage on your secure devices. All our wedding collections include downloadable access to your hi-res files/negatives via your online gallery, A PIN access code + download instructions will be emailed from your online gallery 12 weeks after your event. Hi-res files are available only to the couple for archiving. Low-res download files are available to all who have access to the gallery.
Here's why its way better.
It allows you to view your images from any device, anywhere.
It can be shared with all your peeps and anyone you choose to share with.
It allows favorite collections and a competitively priced print room feature to order archival prints from anytime.
You can instantly share images to all your social networks
It allows downloadable folders of all images in two different resolutions for final archive. Your images will be safe from theft or fire.
See ... way better than a breakable DVD!
CAN WE DOWNLOAD IMAGES + PRINT ANYWHERE?
As per our contract you may print from the downloads via your own resources however no copyright/creation metadata may be removed. Anything published online must contain credit as follows: Photo credit: Tina Rowden + should be linked to http://tinarowden.com.
We really want to see you PRINT your images so here’s a little more info about printing online and pro lab comparisons …
We price the gallery prints at a very competitive rate as I’d much rather you print our hard work via our PRO lab rather than consumer options and there is nothing more wonderful than framing your memories and remembering those moments every day. The comparison to consumer lab printing options is so much better. We also offer an early bird discount of 20% available on all orders within the first 30 days your gallery is available. This can be redeemed by using code EB20.
Every print order received via our system is master edited to be printed in it’s best possible form, so we encourage you all to use our system.
ALBUMS + PRODUCTS
View our stunning album offerings from our partners HERE
HOW DO WE BOOK + CAN YOU HOLD MY DATE?
We accept bookings completely on a first come/first served basis and we can’t hold wedding dates without a signed contract + retainer. Until the contract is signed other’s may book your date. A non-refundable retainer of 40% is due to reserve your date. Your balance is due 30 days before your event.
Full payment 10 days before the event. When you are ready to "set the date" on my calendar I can forward a link to handle everything online.
Quick + easy then we can celebrate together! Check availability + full rate details say hello HERE.
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