I often field a lot of questions from my clients (which is totally awesome!), so I figured that I would create this blog post of some frequently asked questions so that everyone can see them, and get a feel for what to expect from me as a photographer. Now you don’t have to be a client to find out – although, being a client is way cooler :p
Q. HOW MANY PHOTOS DO I GET?
A. This always depends on how the day goes. I can’t promise any specific amount because each time is different, but I do give you as many as I can. You may hear the camera clicking and be surprised you don’t get the thousands of photos you might expect. I photograph using “Manual” mode on my camera at portrait sessions which means I’m often taking lots of photographs to adjust for lighting and exposure so that I can get the perfect photograph for you! That means I toss out a lot of images that are too dark or too light until I get the best exposed one of a series.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A. Check out this blog post I wrote about how to look absolutely fabulous for your session!
Q. DO I GET A FULL COPYRIGHT WITH MY IMAGES?
A. I give what’s called a “Limited Personal Copyright.”This means you may reproduce the photos how and where you would like. You can get your own prints done, or put them on Facebook. A full copyright would mean you have the rights to sell my work – which I don’t give out to clients. Please note that any photos posted to Facebook or social networking websites you are required to give me credit for my work.
Q. DO YOU TAKE BLACK&WHITE PHOTOS?
A. Yes! I love black and white photography! I often find that what photograph I may like best in black and white might not be your favorite in black and white so when you get a online gallery with your photographs you’ll find all of them in black and white too. That way you decide which ones you like best.
(Just like this!)
Q. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRINTING WITH YOU AND PRINTING SOMEWHERE ON MY OWN, LIKE WAL-MART?
A. When you print with your photographer you’ll be guaranteed to get images that look exactly like the digital files. Professional photographers use professional grade printing labs. These labs are only accessible by verified photographers and photography businesses. A professional print lab is not accessible to the general public. They use a very high quality printer that won’t make the colors of your photographs look cyan, magenta, yellow or muddy at all. While having a CD is great for creating cheap 4×6 prints or sharing your images on social networking websites, when you take them to your average printing lab that anyone can use you’re going to get low quality prints. I have so many options for printing and prices that it’s easy to find something that works for everyone!
Q. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO GROUP/FAMILY PHOTOS AT MY WEDDING?
A. That is completely up to you. First you need to decide if you want to see each other before the ceremony. If you don’t want to see each other plan on saving about an hour between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception to do photography. We’ll spend about 30 minutes doing family portraits and then we’ll pull the bride and groom aside for 30 minutes to do a quiet session with just you two!
If you don’t mind seeing each other before the ceremony we can arrange a private “first sight” portrait session and do your bride and groom portraits first. These first sight sessions are often very emotional and beautiful. They never take away from the tears and anticipation of seeing the bride walk down the aisle from my experience. We’ll follow the first sight portrait session with the family photos and then leave some time right before the ceremony to calm down and make sure you’re ready.
Q. HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH FAMILY MEMBERS TO DO PORTRAITS OF?
A. Here’s a list that I traditionally use. Just let me know which shots you’ll want and which ones you don’t. I’ll put it on the schedule for the day! Feel free to add certain photos as well.
Bride and Groom first sight portraits
Bride and Groom
Bride and Bridesmaids
Groom and Bridesmaids
Bride and Maid of Honor
Bride and Groomsmen
Groom and Groomsmen
Groom and Best Man
Bride with Grandparents
Bride with Parents
Bride with Mother
Bride with Father
Newlyweds with Bride’s parents
Newlyweds with both sets of parents
Newlyweds with Groom’s parents
Newlyweds with Bride and Groom’s grandparents
Groom with Parents
Groom with Mother
Groom with father
Newlyweds with ring bearer and flower girl
Newlyweds with Wedding Party
If you have any other questions about what to expect from Linda Barry Photography, feel free to ask them! There is no such thing as a silly question 🙂