Wedding FAQ

Q.  How would you describe your style?
A.  I aim for unobtrusive, photojournalistic coverage of wedding events, but  I also pose
formal group photos and portraits as needed.  I strive to keep a  candid feel to even my
posed shots.  My focus is on emotional (or funny!) moments in addition to the standard
wedding shots.  I also really love shooting details.
Q.  What is your training?
A.  Like many photographers, I am mostly self-taught.  I am a member of the Professional
Photographers of America a few online photography forums where I learn from other
members, but most of what I do I’ve learned from hours of practice, thosuands of photos,
and a lot of studying.  In my first year of business, I shot 10 weddings and well over 20
portrait sessions.
Q.  Do you have insurance, business license, etc?
A.  Yes!  Natalie Gibbs Photography is a registered, tax paying business.  I have equipment and
liability insurance through my membership with the Professional Photographers of America.
Q.  What equipment do you use?
A.  I am currently a Nikon shooter, although I am considering switching over to Canon in
2010.  I bring at least two camera bodies, a wide selection of lenses, flashes, lighting gear,
and back-up equipment to every job.  Presently, I do not shoot film.
Q.  Are your photos edited?
A.  Yes.  All my photos are edited.  That’s what gives them “pop.”  I do not like the look of unedited
photos, so you won’t see them on your disc.  I always shoot in RAW format and use a combination
of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to finish the files.  I do additional retouching on any prints
you order, as well.  I try to keep my processing bright and colorful, but natural looking.  I’m not
into heavy texturing, tinting, or unusual special effects.  I want your photos to look timeless.
Q.  So, we get a disc?  Can we print from it?
A.  All my regular weddings include a high-resolution photo disc of all edited images.
With it, you’ll receive a special license to print and use the files online.  You may not
copy the files or disc for others or use the photos for non-personal uses, however.
Q.  How long will it take to get our photos?
A.  The maxium time is six weeks.  I try to get them done earlier whenever possible, and I always
post a few of my favorites to my website in the days following your event, so you’ll have a few
select photos ready to view when you return from your honeymoon.
Q.  Do you work with an assistant?
A.  I hire assistants and second shooters as needed, but most of the time I shoot alone.  If you’d
really like a second photographer, let me know and we can add one into your package.
Q.  What if disaster strikes and you can’t make it to our wedding?
A.  I stay in contact with several local photographers who could help out in a crunch.  In the
unusual event that I couldn’t make it and no one else could either, you’d get a full refund.  All
these details are in the wedding contract.

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.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jan Shuller
    July 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Hi
    We are interested in wedding photography for our daughters wedding at Montfair Resort Farm on June 21, 2014. Could you please send info on your services, prices etc.

    Thanks,
    Jan
    (MOB)

    • Reply
      Natalie
      August 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Hi Jan – Thank you for your inquiry. I sent you an email back. Please let me know if you don’t receive it (you might need to check your spam folder if it doesn’t show up). – Natalie

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