FAQ

Do you have back up equipment?
YES! Lots!

I would like to have two photographers for my wedding day.  Can you do that?
Yes. I offer the option to add a second professional photographer by the hour or for the day. My second shooters are contracted per wedding as needed. This allows me to keep cost down for my clients.

I am trying to figure out how much coverage I need. How much time should we plan for photos?
For a traditional wedding day, I like to arrive about three-four hours before the ceremony. That gives us plenty of time to get photos of details, getting ready photos, photos of you with your bridesmaids, photos of him with his groomsmen, and any family formals that time allows. After the ceremony, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes taking photos with family. I can make recommendations to help this go as smoothly as possible. After that, you should allow thirty to forty-five minutes for images with you and your wedding party as well as images of just the two of you. My favorite part, and probably yours too, are the photos of just the bride & groom.  These are the pictures we are most anticipating and can’t wait to hang on our wall! If you have a cocktail hour, it is normally the perfect amount of time for us to do photos. Ideally, I like to take these photos within an hour of sunset. Sometimes, I sneak the bride and groom out of the reception to get these sunset shots. This all depends on your timeline for the day, which we will discuss at the time of booking.

Should we see each other before the wedding?
It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. What’s more, there are actually some pretty big advantages to a first-look session prior to the wedding. First, everyone is still full of energy and excitement vs. taking most of the photos after the ceremony when people have gotten hot, tired and possibly hungry.  A second advantage is that the bridal party’s hair and makeup are fresh and the groom’s party is still “OK” with being in their tuxes. A third reason is that you can go straight to your reception after the ceremony because all of your formal portraits are already done, giving you more time to socialize with your guests. Finally, my favorite reason to do a first look is that you get to spend more time together on your wedding day!  Having said all of that, if you want to do a traditional wedding day, I can work with you to plan out your timeline for that sort of day as well.

Do I need to give you a shot list?
A big part of making my clients happy is setting expectations in advance, and the pre-wedding consultation does just that. We will schedule your pre-wedding consultation to occur somewhere within the month prior to your wedding. At this meeting, you will need to bring the wedding information form (I will send you this form before the meeting). It collects all the details I need to know about your wedding day (e.g. a list of formals you would like taken at the wedding and a tentative schedule of the wedding day). In your wedding information form, you will also provide other basic info such as your coordinator’s name and cell phone number, ceremony times and details, names of immediate family attending the wedding, formal and first look portrait locations you prefer, reception address and information, contact information, and several other details that help me ensure you get everything you want and need.  This pre-wedding consultation and timeline review will protect you and me from any mis-communications, and prevent potential problems.

When will I get to see my wedding photos?
Your photos will generally be ready within 4-6 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.

How many images do we receive from our wedding?
A lot of factors determine the exact number. The amount of details your wedding has, the number of attendants/guests, the weather, the location, and the hours of coverage all play a factor. In general, you can expect about 50-100 images per hour.

How will I receive my photos?
Your images are delivered to you on a USB flash drive. You will also be sent a link to an online gallery. This gallery can be shared with friends and family. It can also be password protected if you desire. You can even download your images instantly from the online gallery if you are too excited to wait for your USB to arrive.

Will I receive a print release?
Yes! As the photographer, I retain full copyright, but you will be granted full personal usage rights of the images in a written release.

Do you offer albums?
Yes! I absolutely love wedding albums. I think they are absolutely treasures! I’ll show you some when we meet!

Are your packages able to be customized?
Most definitely! I want you to purchase only what you need! The important thing that I ask my clients to remember is that each item or service has a set price that has been determined based upon all the hours of work that go into it. Because of this, prices are not negotiable.

 

Please contact me with any other questions you might have, elle@ellepuckett.com

 

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