FAQs

 

 

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How do I book you for my wedding?

The first step is to get in touch with me. I’ll then try and meet you both in person or on Skype to hear more about you, your story, your plans and how you want the story of your wedding day told.

You’ll get a feel for whether I’m the right individual, the ideal personality and the best photographer for your specific needs and vision.

After that booking is done online and is so very simple!


What packages do you provide?

I now just add a couple of coverage options starting at ‘up to 10 hrs’, to which you can add options dependent on your needs.  My standard package includes access to all the edited final images with associated print rights and an awesome slideshow set to music. The options are of course engagement shoots, 2nd photographers and albums.


Do you travel to photograph weddings?

Absolutely, I actively seek out Destination Weddings!


How do you charge for Destination Weddings?

Even for local weddings I charge based on your specific requirements, every wedding is different. There are obviously extra costs such as travel and accommodation that must be covered by the clients with any Destination Wedding but I’m open to exploring options for certain locations.


Are you insured?

Yes, absolutely.


Are you any good?

Yes, I think so and so do my past clients. I have a reputation for working extremely hard to deliver the best images I can to my clients, ensuring exceptional customer service and being fun to work with at the same time. Check my reviews on the site and on the knot.com for evidence of that. I have some of the highest number of 5* reviews on the Knot site for the LA area.

I’m a 4 x Award Winning Fearless Photographer Member,  a ‘Best Of Wedding’ award winner 3 years running (2015-2017) with the www.knot.com and I am on Junebug Weddings ‘Best Wedding Photographers in the World‘ hotlist. In 2016 I placed 2 images in Junebug Weddings world famous Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest and also placed in the 2016 Best of the Best Destination Photo contest.


What equipment do you use?

The good stuff…. I’m a Nikon man so have a handful of Nikon Camera Bodies. I currently shoot with D750s on the day, with my two favorite lenses – the super fast 35 and 85mm prime lenses or my 70-200mm. I have backup cameras in the case of any disasters and lots of other stuff like flash units, video lights, tripods, light stands, memory cards, backup drives etc


What are your basic payment terms?

In addition to a signed contract, I require 50% of the total agreed fee as a non-refundable retainer to secure me for your wedding date.


How many photos do we get and when?

My average delivery time for the full gallery of images is currently around 5-6weeks. I also do my best to deliver a few teaser images within 2 weeks. Every wedding is different so I can never commit to a number, but I tell clients when we meet that I usually deliver between 600-800 images for a 10hr + wedding day. Most of my weddings are 12-14 hr days so I often deliver over this amount. I never release RAW files.


Are the images you deliver to us edited?

Absolutely, I would never deliver any RAW or un-edited files to a client. After I have selected the final images for delivery (600-800 files), I then edit each file individually before converting to a full resolution jpeg file, which you will receive via electronic download from your private gallery.


Do we provide you with a shot list for the day?

A family photo list is a must, it helps us ensure we get the family shots you need & want. A shot list of moments (staged or otherwise) is not. Weddings are crazy, fluid, dynamic things and working off one of those shot lists created by wedding blogs is a non-starter for me. I’m not there to manufacture moments, re-create images of other photographers from Pinterest or to commit to achieving every expected shot. I’m there to document your story as it unfolds. If important stuff happens I’ll be there to capture it if I can. I will not risk missing a genuine moment for the sake of something staged. If anyone ever asks me to stop and take a photo of course I do it, without question, but long shot lists are something I’m not a fan of. I’m sure many photographers do work like that, but that’s just not me.


Do you offer wedding albums?

 I offer fine art wedding albums by Red Tree Albums. I have a specific page dedicated to albums on my website which includes some pretty pictures.


Is it just you?

I’m very used to shooting alone for most weddings. As I get busier and the business grows I may change that approach. I do regularly work with a selection of awesome 2nd photographers and as such offer that option with every wedding. I  also now have an incredible Associate photographer who is available to photograph those weddings that I am unable to shoot or that have a slightly lower budget.


What is the typical investment required to book you?

My fees start at $4700 (USD) but ultimately it all depends on the wedding and your requirements! If you need more info then please visit this page where you can see exactly what I deliver as standard and available options. For full pricing you’ll have to get in touch!


How do I get in touch?

I really hope this page was useful but of course, the quickest way to get to know all the answers to the questions you might have is to get in touch via my website here or email me at rich@clarkiephotography.com