WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. I aim for honest, artistic documentary coverage of wedding events, but I also pose formal group photos and portraits as needed.
Q. Are you a registered business?
A. Yes! Natalie Gibbs Photography, Inc. is a registered, incorporated, tax paying, insured business, and I am a member Professional Photographers of America.
Q. What equipment do you use?
A. I currently shoot with two Canon 5DmkIIIs and professional “L” lenses. I bring at least two (sometimes three or four) camera bodies and a wide selection of lenses, flashes, lighting gear, and back-up equipment to every job. I like to shoot a little film on the side, too, just for fun. I have a Mamiya M645 and a Canon AE-1 that I really love.
Q. How are your photos edited?
A. I shoot in RAW format and use Adobe Lightroom to finish most files. I do additional retouching on any prints you order, as well. I try to keep my processing vibrant, but natural looking. I’m not into heavy texturing, tinting, or unusual special effects. I want your photos to look timeless and true-to-life.
Q. So, we get the files? Can we print them?
A. All my regular weddings include a USB drive of high-resolution edited files. With it, you’ll receive a special license to print your photos and use the files online.
Q. Can we have ALL the photos?
A. I’m afraid not. I take a lot of multiples and I promise you don’t want the job of sorting through them all. When I cull your collection, I choose the very best shots of each moment, and I reserve the right to leave out any that are unflattering or that have distracting technical flaws. But I DO promise to send you all the photos where you look happy and beautiful, and all the photos of important wedding moments and details. I average about 50 finished photos per hour.
Q. How long will it take to get our photos?
A. Wedding photos take about 6-8 weeks to finish and deliver. I always try to post some favorites to my website or Facebook page in the days following your event, so you’ll have a few ready to view when you return from your honeymoon.
Q. Do you work with an assistant?
A. I use assistants and second shooters as needed. I think having two photographers adds a great deal to your wedding coverage in terms of getting multiple perspectives and being able to shoot two different scenes at once, and it’s a built-in backup plan, should something terrible happen to me. For smaller weddings, I like to keep things more intimate and often work those alone.
Q. What if disaster strikes and you can’t make it to our wedding?
A. I stay in contact with several local photographers who can help out in a crunch, and most wedding packages include a second photographer as an emergency back-up. In the unusual event that I couldn’t make it and no one else could either, you’d get a full refund.
Q. Do you travel?
A. Yes. Travel fees differ depending on your wedding schedule and location.
Q. What is your favorite part of the wedding?
A. I really love the moment when the bride and groom walk away together for the first time as husband and wife. They always look so proud and happy. I also enjoy having time to experiment artistically during the bridal preparations and reception dancing.
Q. How does the booking process work?
A. Step one: email me. We’ll talk about what your wedding schedule is like, what package options you want, who you are, where you’re from, etc. Once you’ve chosen a package, you’ll get an electronic contract to sign and send a retainer for your date. Payments are usually split in thirds. Most of my couples tend to book 6-12 months prior to their wedding, but I do get a few last-minute contracts every year.