Weddings - Frequently Asked Questions
What is your style of shooting?
I capture your story with artistic portraits, romantic moments, spontaneous candid shots, casual traditional poses, and the day’s events as they unfold. I strive to create art out of my subjects and truly capture their environment and expression. The images I create are about discovery, exploration, and emotion. I understand that no two couples are alike, and I will meet with you to learn all about you both, your styles, and your vision for the day. Your wedding day is an expression of your love and your style; I am there to capture that authentically, so you will have photographs to show-off and memories to share for years to come.
Tell me more about your photography. How are you different from other photographers out there?
My goal as a photographer is to document your wedding day in an original, fluid, artistic style. I want your photographs to highlight the best moments of the day, the individuality of your event, and your unique styles and personalities in a way that is beautiful and authentic.
I find deep value in the tangible experiences of turning the pages of an album, or sifting through a box of prints. There is no replacement for the ability photos have to share a history and a life with loved ones. While memories inevitably fade, photographs can take you back to the most amazing day and minute details of a split second in time. Those moments are irreplaceable, and I want to capture those for you.
I take the utmost care in editing and retouching your photos. I take a fine-art approach to my work and focus on creating your art, not just documenting alone.
I love capturing moments that are charged with emotion. I love the beauty of light, love, and the world. I love the magic I see between two people who are crazy for each other. I love the art of photography.
How much time do we need for the formal and artistic portraits after the ceremony?
This is your decision, based on the schedule for your wedding day, though I recommend one hour. The time between the ceremony and the reception is usually limited. You are welcome to give me and your event guide (or a helpful family member) a shot list. This will ensure that each member of your family is present in the photo. Please consider that each shot will take a few minutes to set up, so the shorter your list, the more quickly we will get done. We can always pull people aside during the reception to get more photos with the bride and groom. It is your day, and your photography should focus on you both, so we want to have plenty of time for that. You also have the option to do a ‘First Look’ on your wedding day, or a Day After or Trash the Dress session after your wedding day.
What is a ‘First Look’? And why do you offer this?
Some couples prefer to do their wedding party, and bride and groom portraits before the ceremony. It allows for more photos ops with natural light, and for more time with the guests at the cocktail hour after the ceremony. Also, if you’re planning an afternoon or evening wedding in the fall or winter, it will quickly become dark after the ceremony, and then our options for outdoor creative portraiture are very limited due to the lack of light. Having an extra hour before the ceremony for these photos, when there is still plenty of natural light will allow for awesome outdoor photos. If outdoor photos are something you want, and your wedding is late in the day, you may want to consider this option.
With a ‘First Look’ the bride and groom get ready separately. When both are dressed and ready, we take the groom to a place with great light and get ready to snap away. The bride is then sent in and the groom turns to see her as she’s walking up. In this moment, you will forget we’re there, but we will be capturing every smile, every tear, every laugh, every kiss.
What time will you arrive at my wedding?
I arrive at the time you decide will be best based on the schedule of your day, and the coverage you want. I recommend having at least 2 hours for the bride and groom preparation shots, some fun formal bridal party shots, and your wedding details. If everyone is in the same location, I stay with the bride and her bridesmaids, and my assistant goes with the groom. This is also when a ‘First Look’ session would take place. We can put together a detailed schedule before your wedding.
Do you allow guests to take photos during the formal portraits?
I understand that there are many photography lovers with consumer point and shoot and D-SLR cameras, and I want them to be able to take pictures. However, during the bride and groom portraits, I do ask that your guests do not take pictures. It is very distracting to the bridal party if there are multiple people taking pictures behind me during the formal shots, so I may have to ask them to wait until I am done to take their photos. If your guests are using a flash, it may unintentionally ruin my photo by changing the lighting. Guests are welcome to take photos during special moments (cake cutting, the ceremony, etc.) as long as they allow me to work and do not get directly in the way between you both and my camera. Your guests are more than welcome to purchase prints from your wedding.
What will you wear to my wedding?
I always come in all black professional attire that is suitable to move in and photograph you in.
Do you recommend any other vendors?
Yes, I know lots of other vendors who do wonderful jobs. Please check out my photography blog or email me for more information.
Do you scout our location before the wedding?
If your wedding is in or around my area, I will research it and see the location if permitted, if I have not previously been there.
What equipment do you use and do you have back up equipment?
I shoot with all Nikon professional equipment and I always carry back ups with me. To see all of my equipment, please visit my photography blog here: http://kimberlymufferiphotography.blogspot.com/
What does the editing process include?
I take the utmost care in editing and retouching your photos. I use a fine-art approach to my work and focus on creating your art, not just documenting alone. Your wedding photos will include not only documentary images, but chosen photographs will undergo more artistic rendering. All collections include image editing: retouching, color enhancement, black & white, sepia tone, and other artistic styling. Often you will get some of the favorite photos in more than one color or effect.
What is your process for backing up the images?
As soon as I get home from your wedding, I back-up the images on my Mac and a hard drive. After I have processed and edited them, I upload them to my website, which is an additional source of backup. I also leave the original images on the camera’s memory cards until after they have been backed-up in more than place, or put online.
How long does it take before we can see our images?
Photo developing and your digital gallery take approximately three - four weeks. DVD creation takes an additional two-three weeks. For photo books allow an additional four-six weeks for design and printing. Allow an additional two – three weeks for shipping of all items. I will send you a preview of your photos on my photography blog as soon as possible, and usually within the first few weeks.
Do you use a second shooter?
Yes, I work with a very talented second photographer. Together we ensure that different angles, different people, specific moments, and expressions are captured even if they are going on at the same time. However, if you have a smaller wedding or want to book me just by the hour, that is an option. The hourly rate is $250/hour.
How do we receive our images?
You will receive a link to your private wedding gallery online. This link can be shared with your family and friends. Prints and other photo products can be ordered right from your gallery.
You will also receive all your edited images on a disc. Everyone one of our wedding collections gets a high-resolution archive DVD of the images. We want you to have all your photos (not just the ones you can afford). And we want you to share your photos with family and friends around the world. So go ahead – blog, email, facebook, and spread some photo love!
Do I own the copyright for my photos?
Not exactly. We give you a license to print your photos anywhere, anytime. Kimberly Mufferi Photography retains the copyright to all photos. Your license does not include permission to sell, modify, or use your photos for any type of advertisement.
Can we order prints from you?
Of course! We use a professional lab that produces AMAZING prints, canvases, photo boards, wood panels, mounted prints, metal prints, photo cards, and other merchandise. All of this can be ordered right from your private viewing gallery, or you can pre-order what you want and leave the ordering and handling up to us. We also offer discounts and photo bundles, if you order before your wedding.
Do you offer album and photo book services?
Yes. I work with professional companies that offer a variety of products so you can be sure to get exactly what you want. Prices vary depending on the size and materials. Albums, photo books, cards, and other merchandise can be added to your package for a discounted price, or designed and purchased after your wedding if you prefer to wait.
We want to share our memories with our family and friends. Can we offer a photo credit wedding favor to our guests?
Yes! We can create a photo credit, discount, or coupon for your guests. Just let us know what you want, and we will design it. You can decide if you would like us to print it, or if you have your own printing ideas in mind.
I really like your photography, but we are on a tight budget. Should we contact you anyway to discuss payment plan options or budgeting?
ABSOLUTELY! I will definitely try to work with you if possible and I can put together a package to fit your budget. contact me!
If we want to book you for our wedding, what is the next step?
After you have contacted me and we have determined I am available on your wedding date, the next step would be to sign the contract and pay your 30% deposit. The deposit is non-refundable in the case of cancellation for any reason, but it is transferrable if the date changes and I am available on the new date. Payment in full is due two weeks prior to the wedding date. A payment plan can be worked out if needed.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, checks, and credit cards via paypal.
Do you do you destination weddings?
Yes, please contact me with your destination and I will send you more information.
Do you know someone else who’s getting married? Refer them to me and if they book wedding photography, you will receive a FREE one-hour photo session, INCLUDING one 8x10 and two 5x7 prints!
Do you know someone who wants a portrait session? Refer them to me and I will give you a FREE 30-minute mini photo session!