1. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
With a combination of portraiture and photo-journalistic coverage, I strive to create timeless images that reveal the essence of your event. I photograph portraits and groupings you want, in a more contemporary style, using beautiful lighting, helping you look your best, without stiff or unnatural poses. I use a photo-journalistic approach to record the days events as they unfold, capturing the spontaneous moments in an unobtrusive way. I want to photograph the entire day, not just highlights, to tell your complete story.
2. WHAT IS TRADITIONAL VS. PHOTO-JOURNALISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY?
traditional photographer is proactive, directing the subjects in order to achieve specific images, yielding predictable results. There is more emphasis on creating portraits of the subjects than photographing the event itself. The photographer controls the setting, lighting, and posing for a more flattering portrait. Poses are often extreme for a more dramatic effect.
For example, Photographs of the wedding events, often referred to as “candids”, can also be somewhat directed by the photographer. Photographer may ask the bride and her father to turn and smile at him as they are about to go down the aisle, or to smile at him during the father/daughter dance. A traditional photographer captures the highlights or key moments of the ceremony and reception, but usually limits the photography to only those saleable images. Therefore albums can be predictable sizes since the same types of images are taken at each wedding, and albums often look similar from couple to couple.
A photojournalist is reactive, unobtrusively recording events as they actually occur, and people as they naturally are, without manipulation to achieve an image. Wedding photojournalists put more emphasis on capturing moments that comprise the event; to create a series of images that tell a story. Alertness and sensitivity are required to seek out and record the action. Portraits are a limited portion of the coverage, done simply and quickly. Many images are photographed to fully document the people, activities, emotions and details of the wedding day. Thus wedding albums are more personal since they are customized to each couple’s wedding. Albums are usually larger or multiple volume sets because of the quantity of images. Keep in mind that wedding photojournalism can be more costly to produce and provide.
These are two different approaches which appeal to different types of people. Many photographers are not strictly traditional or photo-journalistic, but are somewhere in between; offering contemporary portraiture, along with more complete event coverage of the day. There is a wide range in style, artistry and technical ability from photographer to photographer, and there is often confusion in terms of what they really provide. Some photographers claim to be photojournalists but most of their images shown are posed portraits. Look at lots of samples of their work, especially complete albums, to make sure you wind up with the wedding images you desire.
3. HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS DO YOU TAKE AT A WEDDING?
Anywhere between 600 and 900 for a standard wedding. Since I prefer – depends of the contract – to have two photographers at every wedding, our images are coordinated and multi-angled. We go thru three levels of editing. First, when we shoot. Second, when we get back to the studio, and third, when my studio manager puts together the proof books – if any . This way we can ensure that all the images are properly exposed, sequential and diverse.
4. DO YOU HAVE AN ASSISTANT?
I usually bring an assistant with me to the wedding to help with equipment, hold a reflector or a portable light, gather people, and help the photography coverage of the day flow smoothly. Depends of what’s allows in your coverage.
5. WHAT WILL BE WORN?
We always dress very professionally, ( black pants, black or dark grey collar shirt with MAGIC VISION Photography logo, black shoes ) befitting the formal occasion a wedding is.
6. CAN I MEET YOU IN PERSON BEFORE THE WEDDING? CAN I SEE SAMPLE BOOKS OF WEDDINGS YOU HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED?
Meet you is MUST for me. I highly suggest to meet with you and your fiancé, as well as any other people taking a part in the planning and support of your wedding. – Wedding planers, for example – Then any questions or concerns can be directly answered by me. I will show you complete albums and portraits from previous weddings I have done. This will show you the style, quality and consistency of my work and you can decide if what I offer is what you want. Then we will discuss what you are looking for in your wedding photo and video services and I will come up with a coverage that will work for you. I make notes about your wedding plans and what you envision for your wedding day, then offer suggestions for ideas you may not have thought about. All the details are covered so that on your day you can relax and enjoy yourselves.
7. WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?
For Digital, I use a Canon 5D Mark III (a 21 megapixel camera) with original Canon lenses. I have and carried with me “spare” items of almost everything I use in a wedding day. My lighting comes from two sources: One is on camera Canon Flashes and Second, White Lighting Strobes (energy operated strobes). The lights are triggered with a radio transmitter.
8. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
Immediate feedback while photographing, allowing us to fine tune our coverage to achieve the best results. Ability to adjust the camera to match changing lighting conditions. With film one needs to carry many rolls of different types of film that need to be changed often. Digital cards allow us to record many more images than film, resulting in less interruption in photography and less missed photos due to changing film. Digital photography gives us the ability to correct and enhance images with much greater control than film. Although I usually photograph digital black and white and color, with digital you have the ability to convert color images to black and white, sepia or blue tone. Digital also allows us to create special artistic treatments such as a black and white photo with portions in color, overall hand-colored or watercolor effect, intense, saturated color and many more options. With digital images we can also achieve better results in mixed lighting conditions, such as when portions of a scene are in bright sun and darker shade, we can enhance the image to even out the lighting. Greater control in retouching is also possible with digital allowing us to fine tune your image to perfection. Possibilities are removal of blemishes, facial shine, glasses glare, stray hairs, eye bags and dark circles, double chins, clothing wrinkles and any extraneous objects such as power lines in the background. Teeth whitening, eye brightening, soft focus, vignetting and much more is also available.
9. CAN I PRINT THE DIGITAL FILES MYSELF OR HAVE THEM PRINTED ELSEWHERE?
Yes. The original high resolution files are archived to USB in standard jpeg format, with colour correction and cropping. These files provide the greatest control in final print output and are compatible with a wide range of printing systems. The files are printable, but not necessarily ready to print and may require manipulation for the best results. Most professional photo labs can provide this service, but may charge a higher fee for corrections. Printing via your home computer requires image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, a photo quality printer, the proper combination of printer ink and paper and a color calibrated monitor for the best results.
10. HOW MUCH TIME IS NEEDED TO TAKE FORMAL WEDDING PHOTOS BEFORE OR AFTER THE CEREMONY?
The time needed depends on the photos you want, the size of your wedding party and families, how many different groupings we are doing, and how much time you are willing to allow to create those romantic photos of the two you as well. We usually allow 2 hours for the portraits. However, if you prefer a photo-journalistic approach with minimal portraits, less time may be needed. I will work up a detailed schedule illustrating the time required to complete the photos you want. It is helpful to make copies of the Wedding Photos Schedule and distribute them to the wedding party and families so they know what time they will be needed for photos.
11. IS THERE A FEE TO GO TO MULTIPLE LOCATIONS?
No, we can go anywhere you like as time allows in your coverage.
12. MY FIANCÉ AND I ARE CONSIDERING THE TRADITION OF NOT SEEING EACH OTHER BEFORE THE CEREMONY. HOW MUCH TIME WILL THIS ADD…AND DOES IT COST MORE TO HAVE THE PICTURES DONE THIS WAY?
This matter is completely up to you. Some couples enjoy starting their day with this private time together. If you don’t want to see each other before the ceremony we can do some photos before the ceremony, with all the photos that include the two of you together done after the ceremony. The time needed depends on your specifics and I will work up a schedule for split portraits so you can decide which option you prefer. It is your day and we do what you want. There is no extra charge for doing the portraits in a split session.
13. WHAT TIME SHOULD I EXPECT THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO ARRIVE TO SET-UP?
We usually arrive at the wedding site at least 30-40 minutes before photography is to start. We unpack and set up equipment and lighting and I do a site survey, selecting a variety of areas to use in your photos. We do not charge you for this time.
14. HOW MANY BREAKS IF ANY WILL YOU TAKE?
We are too busy to take breaks, although we try to grab a drink of water to prevent dehydrating.
15. WILL I BE REQUIRED TO FEED YOU?
Yes and not. Let me explain that to you. Yes, if we are working 4 or more hours in your event. No, if we are working less than 4 hours in your event. Everything depends if the time that we are working coincide with the time of the eating time.
16. HOW SOON WILL THE PHOTOS BE READY FOLLOWING THE EVENT?
Proofs will be available for viewing on www.magicvision.ca / [your name] usually within 2-3 weeks after the event. This can vary depending upon our volume of weddings at the time. I will email you a username and password to access the pictures for a 3 month period. You can extend the viewing through www.magicvision.ca / [your name] for $19.95 a month. Your friends and family can enjoying our website with your pictures.
17. DO WE GET TO CHOOSE WHAT GOES IN OUR ALBUM?
Definitely Yes. After receiving your proofs, you submit your selections to me. Take your time. There will be a lot to choose from! I will guide you as to the number of images to choose depending upon the size of you album. Since I do all of the album design in-house, we can work very closely in crafting a layout that best fits your personality and taste. I create the initial design and post it in our web page. You review it very carefully and you will send me by e-mail your comments or approval. We make the changes as we go. Once you sign off on the final version, it will take 4-6 weeks to get the album back from the binders.
18. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DIGITAL FILES?
High resolution digital files are included with your package, available upon completion of your album. The images created may be used for display albums and wall portraits, print competition, and advertising in bridal publications and my website. Photographer retains the copyright for commercial use and may require the original files for such purpose. Client may use the images for personal use only. We keep all the files in our system forever.
19. WHAT HAPPENS IF WE FORGOT OR JUST WE DID NOT PICK UP OUR FINAL DIGITAL FILES OR ALBUM?
This is very uncommon situation – nobody really tend to forget about the wedding day – but just in case that – for any reason – you did not pick the final work up after the six ( 6 ) months period of the day that I said it was ready to pick it up, your final work will detroit and you will have to pay 50% of the original contract in order to obtain it again. We keep back up of every single work that we do.
20. ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY PROFESSIONAL GROUPS?
Yes, I am a member of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Professional Photographers of Florida and Professional Photographers of America. I always strive to bring you the best in photography and refresh my creative ideas by attending seminars and classes, studying with some of the best photographers in the country, studying photography books, magazines and videos, and by entering print competitions.