WEDDINGS | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why should we hire a professional photographer?
Your wedding is the most important day of your life and your images are the only memory you will have that will live on forever. The dress will go into the closet, the flowers will die, and you will slowly forget what your food and cake tasted like, but you will have photos of all these things to help you remember. While digital cameras are everywhere and many people call themselves “photographers”, you want to make sure you can trust the person you hire to not miss all those important details. This comes from experience and education. A professional photographer will have the experience to help you plan your timeline for the day and to know how long to expect for everything from getting ready, to the receiving line or dinner and speeches. Professionals know how to work with all lighting and weather conditions and will make your day go smoothly. While your friend or uncle may have a great camera and love to take photos, the biggest regret I hear from people is they “wished they had hired a professional photographer”.

How do we know if you’re the right photographer for us?
I think it is very important to do your research. What type of wedding photography do you like? What type of editing do you want to have with your images? Shortlist 3-5 photographers you LOVE and meet with some of them. Make sure you can view their work and products (and even a whole wedding), talk to them about the wedding day and ask questions about their experience and their suggestions. You will spend more time with your photographer than any other vendor on the day, so you want to be sure that not only do you love their work and style, but also that you enjoy their personality. You have to be able to put your trust into this person to capture your day and give you images you will love years from now.

How many years experience do you have?
I have been shooting weddings since 2004 and to date have shot more than 200 weddings!

How many weddings a year do you shoot?
I generally book 15-20 weddings a year.  NightinGail Photography has a strict policy of shooting only one wedding per weekend in order to provide you with my complete individualized attention for your wedding day.

Can we meet with you to talk about our wedding and see if we’re a good fit?
I would love to! My home studio at Kennisis Lake is where I meet with couples to go over their plans for the big day and also to share products and additional work with you. We are also delighted to get together for a coffee at a location of your choice within our regular service area.  (A nominal travel fee of $50 is required which is fully refunded when the booking is completed!) Use the contact page and we will arrange a day and time!

We do not live locally. Can we book you without meeting? Can we talk over Skype/Phone?
I have many couples book me after only talking through email. I have no problem with this! While I’d  love to meet all my couples before, I understand that sometimes that just isn’t possible. If you decide that you would like to chat over the phone or via Skype, I’d be happy to arrange a day/time with you.

We are ready to book! What is the next step?
A $1000 non-refundable retainer along with a signed contract is required to secure your date. The contract can be signed online digitally through our secure client management system.

What payment forms do you accept?
We are happy to accept cash, cheque and email money transfer (EMT). I also accept Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal.

Do you shoot in RAW? Can we have the RAW files?
I shoot entirely in RAW. Unfortunately, RAW files are not for sale, as this is my art an I want you to have the most amazing finished images to show off.

I only want digital files. Is this possible?
Of course! All  of my wedding packages come with either a downloadable collection or a USB of high resolution JPGs that you are print-ready and share.

Do you have a second photographer you work with?
All of my Signature Wedding Collections include a second photographer. I try to work with a select few only, however, this depends on availability. I will always ensure I am working with another professional with a similar skill level and style to mine.

Do you offer “full day/unlimited coverage”?
I offer hourly coverage based on what you need. Most couples do not need a photographer at the salon in the early morning, nor do they need a photographer there until the party dies. The most common coverage is 7-10 hours. Minimum coverage is 5 hours for Friday-Sunday weddings. I would be happy to discuss in person, via SKYPE or over the phone to figure out a rough timeline of the day to ensure we cover what is important to you.

My wedding is outside of your service area. Are there travel fees?
I am quite often shooting all over Ontario and love to visit and photograph new venues and locations. There are no additional fees for the GTA or in the Muskokas . If you are getting married outside of these areas, I’d be happy to discuss your location and give you a better idea of the applicable fee.

Do you recommend we have an Engagement session?
Engagement sessions are fun! I do recommend that every couple should have one, mainly because it gets you used to being in front of the camera and it’s great prep for the wedding day. Most couples have never had professional photos taken before, so having some fun, laid-back photos of you in non-wedding attire is wonderful to have. You can also use these photos for invitations, save-the-dates, or as a guestbook/print at your reception.

We are having a very small wedding with only 50 or less guests. Do you offer a discount for this?
Unfortunately, I do not. No matter the size of your wedding, the same amount of time, effort, creativity and talent goes into photographing and editing.

Do you offer discounts for Friday/Sunday weddings or winter/off-season weddings?
I do not offer discounts for these. Fridays and Sundays have become just as popular as Saturdays in the past few years, so they are not as uncommon as they used to be. Much like above, the same amount of time and effort goes into each wedding from start to finish.

Do you offer discounts for weddings Monday-Thursday?
I do offer a discounted package for weddings during these days of the week, as long as it does not fall on a holiday weekend.

How long will it take for me to get my photos back?
I try and get your images back to you as quickly as possible, however, the general timeline is 6-8 weeks.

Can I give you a shotlist/pinterest gallery of all the photos I want taken?
Unfortunately, I do not work off shot lists. You will provide me with a list of family members to photograph that you can adjust accordingly. I am always open to hearing about any special or different plans you have for the day that you definitely want to capture. As a professional, I always do my best to capture everything from details to candids and everything in between. While I love Pinterest and understand the amazing effect it has had on brides and grooms everywhere, it tends to really slow down the process of taking photos on the day.

Do you have preferred vendors that you can recommend to me?
Absolutely! After you book with me, I would be happy to pass along a document with some great vendors you can contact.

How do we know where to take photos on the wedding day?
If your wedding venue does not have a photo location option on-site, I’d be happy to help you find something!

Are we responsible for securing a permit?
Yes, you are. Please ensure you do this as soon as you decide on a photo location, as many book up quickly.

You have never photographed at my venue before. Will you go scout it before the day?
Every year I shoot at new locations and I love it! Being a professional photographer means that I can walk into any new venue on the day and easily work with it without delay. Scouting is available for an extra fee if this would make you feel more comfortable. That being said, scouting a location doesn’t guarantee that the lighting/weather will be the same on your wedding day which will completely change how I work at the location.

How long do we need for photos on the day?
I recommend having at least 2 hours to capture all your main formals and creatives. This will allow us time to capture your important family photos, as well as images with your wedding party and of course, the newly married couple! The more time we have, the more photos we can create.

Do you have any tips on how to prepare for our day/photos?
I definitely do! Once you have booked with me, I will follow up with a guide of tips and tricks to help you make the wedding day perfect!