Del Mar Wedding Photos
Frequently Asked Questions
What will my wedding photos cost?
Wedding day commissions start at $2000. Please contact us for specific quotes and full investment information.
What’s your style of photography?
My clients refer to me as a documentary photographer with a waterman’s twist. My passion for photojournalism shines through which means that every one of my wedding images tells a story. Still imagery is a palpable art form that can transport our minds back in time. I like to think that my photography has the same effect as your favorite song. With just a few frames I can make all of the memories and feelings come rushing back as though you are reliving that moment.
In addition, my love for the water shines through my wedding coverage. It takes form in custom trash the dress shoots and unique photographs from the water. I love to document the adventures that happen pre and post wedding. For more ideas of what’s possible, simple refer to my portfolio or shoot me a quick email.
How long after the wedding will I receive my images?
You can expect delivery of your wedding images 6-8 weeks after the big day, via password-protected online gallery. If your Internet connection is slow, we can deliver a USB drive via snail mail anywhere in the world.
Are the images you deliver high-resolution?
Yes. The images you receive as part of our standard photography package are high-resolution and ready-to-print at pretty much any size you like. If you decide you’d like to print an image extra large, let me know, and I can make it even bigger to ensure best quality.
How many pictures do you take?
This varies from one wedding to the next but on average, I shoot anywhere between 3,000 – 5,000 images for a full day destination wedding. About 10% of those images make it into the final edit that I deliver to you.
How many images will I receive?
We typically deliver between 500 – 800 images. Double that if you have opted for a second photographer. However, I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity so I would rather deliver 300 incredible moments than 900 forgettable ones.
Will you retouch our photos?
I’m really good at toning images and making sure that the contrast and color correction is perfect for every shot. However, I’m not a professional retoucher. This means I will not “Photoshop” your images to remove a person from the photo, remove crow’s feet from under your Mom’s eyes, or make the blemish on the bridesmaid’s cheek disappear. I’m there to capture your wedding day as it really happened. If you do require retouching services, I have a host of amazing professionals I can outsource the work to, at your expense.
You offer photo books and wedding albums. What’s the difference?
I believe that having your wedding images in print is a major part of commemorating your special day. Digital photos have no guarantee of being around in 20 years. But a book or album will be cherished by generations to come, regardless of how technology changes.
I offer photo books for couples that want a minimalist, portfolio-like design – lots of white space and one image per page. These books are 8.5×11, hardbound, cloth or linen cover, and printed on high quality photo paper. They are less expensive to produce, both in time spent and materials, so they’re also a more affordable option. Equally important – it is very easy to order multiple copies of these books, so if you want to send one to your Mom and Dad, it’s very easy to do.
Alternately, wedding albums are beautiful flush mounted books that are guaranteed to last generations. They are luxurious albums for couples that wish to have their wedding preserved using the highest quality materials and presentation possible. These albums come with a no fade guarantee from the printer.
Who will actually photograph my wedding?
Although I have support staff, I shoot every single wedding that I book. If the client has opted for a second photographer I will contact a local professional who I can trust to be an extension of myself.
How do I book you?
It’s easy! I require a 50% deposit and a signed agreement to secure your date. I ask that the remainder of the fee be paid two weeks before the wedding day. I want to be concerned with nothing more than making amazing photographs on your special day.
Should I opt for one photographer, or two?
That is a great question. I shoot about 85% of my weddings solo and I feel more than competent in doing so. However for larger events, having a second photographer allows for the maximum amount of coverage possible.
Unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out how to be in two places at the same time.
A second photographer is a good idea if you want any of the following: emphasis on detail shots, emphasis on family photos and guests at reception, a second set of angles for the ceremony, or of course a greater number of images. I work with some of the best photographers in the world that I would trust with my own celebration.
My wedding is on a remote island, will you travel there?
Yes. I am a destination wedding photographer, which means that some sort of travel is usually required for every one of my jobs. More importantly, I love to travel and as a waterman, I have ventured to some of the most remote islands in search of that perfect wave or massive fish.
I lived in Mexico for two years; I speak Spanish fluently and have backpacked all over Central America and Asia. Simply put, traveling makes me who I am. My passport is up-to-date and I’m a really good packer, so just let me know your destination details and I can provide you with a quote for additional travel expenses.
Can I order prints?
Yes. A few weeks after your event, I’ll post an online gallery where everyone can view images and purchase prints, high-resolution downloads, and even get a box set of prints featuring all images from the wedding.
Do you provide video?
Although I do shoot video, I don’t feel comfortable wearing two different hats for your special day. Because of this, I contract the video coverage of my jobs to other trusted professionals. Simply send me an email illustrating your needs and destination and I’ll provide you with an investment quote.
We’re having a traditional Chinese / Indian / Vietnamese / Thai ceremony. Will you cover that?
Absolutely. Because of my documentary background, I’m always especially excited when couples tell me they’re having a traditional ceremony as part of their celebration. It’s the exact reason I moved to Asia from my home in California.
Family portraits are important to us; will you make sure you get those pictures?
Absolutely. Often a wedding is the only opportunity to gather various Moms, Dads and Grannies in the same place at the same time. I think it’s important to document that. However, I usually allot only 10-15 minutes for pictures of immediate family and maybe a large group shot after the ceremony.
If you’d like formal pictures of lots of different people, I recommend considering my second photographer option, or at the very least, appointing someone in your wedding party to take those pictures, so I can focus on the documentary photography.
My Uncle Benny is really into photography. Is it OK if he takes pictures at the wedding too?
Absolutely. I don’t mind if guests enjoy taking pictures during the wedding day. I only ask two things:
1.That I am the one and only professional photographer that you have commissioned for the day.
2.That guests with cameras are mindful that I have a job to do and are aware that I need to get ‘the shot’.
I have to cancel my booking, is the deposit refundable?
Unfortunately it is not. I definitely don’t want to take your money without having the privilege of photographing your wedding day, but your deposit guarantees your booking, meaning I turn away all other requests for this time frame once it’s been made.
I have a party soon after the wedding and want to show my images. Can I get them earlier?
Of course! Couples often have a party a few weeks after returning home from their destination wedding, and want to show images to friends and family who couldn’t make it. I offer a speed edit service, and will have a selection of the very best images ready for you via high-speed digital download. Email me for pricing.
Should I feed my photographer?
Yes! My average wedding day is 14 -16 hours, and I do ask that you arrange a meal for me at the same time as guests are eating dinner. I carry energy bars and water with me throughout the day, but a good (and short) dinner break is essential for me to continue sharp and focused coverage long into the night.
Do I have to trash my actual wedding dress?
Not at all. A lot of my brides actually go out and buy second hand or vintage dresses just for the trash the dress shoot. It’s an extra reason to go shopping (on the cheap) and still have your actual wedding gown as a keepsake for generations to come.