Q. How long have you been photographing weddings?
A. I have been in the wedding business strictly photographing weddings for 15+ years (5 Years shooting strictly with film). Prior to, while attending College for Photography, I spent the majority of my life (13+ years) in the wedding and hospitality business, working in restaurants, venues, for caterers and did everything from bartending to planning for weddings and other private and public events. Barry also planned and supervised celebrity events while working in the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles for many years before jumping into the wedding photography side with me. (Our past work experiences are a great benefit to our Clients).
Q. Do you photograph anything else?
A. I really love weddings. That’s why I stick to shooting Only weddings.
Q. Do you have insurance?
A. Yes, we do.
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. Unscripted, journalistic, natural, romantic, unobtrusive and timeless would be the best way to describe my work. What I value is capturing Real Moments beautifully.
Q. Will you Travel to photograph our Wedding?
A. Yes. I’m always open to traveling for a great wedding! I’m presently booking destination weddings for 2017 & 2018 in Rhode Island, Vermont, Savannah and Charleston.
Q. What makes you different from other photographers?
My Point of View. I’m the only one that can see the way I do and I love shooting for couples that get that. Also, my genuine love of weddings and all the amazing moments that go along with them gives me an advantage.
Q. How about during the day, will you be directing or more in the background?
A. Definitely in the background… sometimes in the bushes, in a grassy knoll… Like a Ninja. But seriously, the only time you will be very aware of us is during the formal posed family/group shots. Which is a very small portion of your day.
Q. How much time do we need for pictures?
A. From my years of experience, A preferred amount of time would be one hour and forty minutes.
I produce a timeline for each and every wedding we shoot. This timeline details everything up until the ceremony. This allows for the two of you, any bridal party pictures and your immediate family pictures. I also have a small buffer built in to all my timelines.
The “new” tradition is to have all these photos taken prior to the ceremony. It’s preferred, so you won’t feel hurried. Also, keep in mind if photos run over post-ceremony, you are now causing the caterer to manipulate their schedule and this will cause things to feel rushed. Please contact me to discuss further.
When it comes to your timeline, remember, if you think something will take 10 minutes, it will actually take 30 minutes. Please don’t make any hard decisions on this before speaking to me.
Q. I have a list of all the photos I want you to capture, is that ok?
A. No. I do not work from lists.
Q. Will you take posed family pictures?
A. Of course! These are very important. I have an extremely efficient method that I will go over with you prior to your wedding.
Q. Have you photographed at my Venue, I would like to see pictures?
A. Please keep in mind that as a seasoned professional, I can shoot anywhere. The actual question is; Have you ever photographed a Wedding? Having shot previously at a particular location and/or backdrop is not a requirement for great images. Experience is. If the venue is new to me, I will do a site visit and check the interior lighting if I feel it’s necessary.
Q. Do you recommend a “First Look?”
A. If your wedding is taking place in one location, a first look, couple portraits and family/bridal party formals happening prior to ceremony is very, very important. Otherwise, we will be rushing through your shots and overall, it will be laboring. There are many more positives to having a first look and I can certainly discuss those with you. But I must say, being told I have 20 minutes to capture 60 minutes of photos and flying through your portraits is a disservice to not only me, but more importantly you and the photos you will be left with after the Wedding Day is over.
When you have a first look, you actually have TWO moments, not just one. And the first is private and special and only shared between the two of you.
Q. When should we book you?
A. The short answer is, now. Please keep in mind that we reserve only 1 Wedding per weekend and receive numerous inquires for the same dates and weekends. A date/weekend that is available when you first inquire, may not be available a few days later. Unfortunately, we’re not able to contact every Client and inform them when another Client is also interested in the same date/weekend. Therefore, we reserve a date/weekend on a first come basis and do not hold. To reserve your date/weekend, a Retainer and completed signed Contract are required.
Q. Should we meet with you first?
Most of our clients clients book us online following a phone, or email consultation. If its important to have a face to face, Skype/Facetime is an option as well. I love meeting couples, but understandably, scheduling can prevent that.
Q. Will you edit all our images or just a handful?
A. I comb through every single image one by one. If you end up with 1000 images, you can be sure I saw each and made sure everything was just right.
Q. How long will it take to receive our photos?
A. My goal is always 30-45 days, sometimes I’ll go over a bit but for the most part 30-45 days is realistic.
Q. When you transfer our images to us, are they high resolution and is there a watermark?
A. They are high resolution and there is no watermark, these are YOUR personal images for your personal use ONLY. Also, we’ll send you an extra set of images with our watermark for all your social media use.
Q. Do we have to have a pre-wedding shoot?
A. Absolutely not. This is not something that is mandatory and in some cases can stress you out. Contact me and lets discuss what will make you comfortable. Some couples bask in the spotlight and thats great, but I find many couples are more low-key and more into capturing them on the wedding day and all the feels that go along with it.
Q. Do you have backup equipment?
A. Yes, we have several professional bodies, lens, flashes etc…
Q. What is the best time of day for an outdoor ceremony? What is the best light?
A. This depends on location and time of year. When you book with us, we will go over this with you for the best outcome. Hold off on solidifying these times and ceremony setups until you speak with your photographer and/or videographer (PLEASE). You will get much better results. For example; you wouldn’t want your ceremony, in direct sun, on a 90 degree day in July at 1pm…but that decision has been made more than a few times. I’ll help you navigate.
Q. Do we need to feed you?
Q. Can you recommend other Vendors for; Hair & Makeup, Floral, Music, etc….
A. Yes. I have worked with many talented people and it’s always good for a Client to have a group that is comfortable and works well together for their Wedding. Most important, Hair & Makeup, which obviously translates very close to home with my work.
Q. Do you have any Pet Peeves when it comes to weddings?
A. Lateness. The schedule is there to ensure the couple receives the attention they deserve and the documentation they hired us for.
We strive on forming a bond with our clients. If you connect with any of the statements below, then we’re on the right track…
You’re a little left of center.
You will happily take our direction and allow us to take part in not just your pictures, but your day as a whole.
You will consider us your friends on the day of your wedding and beyond.
You understand that your wedding is not a styled photo-shoot. It’s your Wedding Day with real people and real emotions.
You love PUNK and 80’s Alternative Music.
You love Animals.
You want to spend the day with people that understand you and your vision and vice versa. Basically we get each other.
You don’t take yourselves too seriously.
You understand what the day is really about.
You Love our work!
Cheers! Kim + Barry