You’re not alone. I’ve had tons of clients from out of town including other parts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, West Virginia, Washington, Oklahoma, Australia, and Turkey.
If you aren’t able to make it to Victoria for a meeting, I’d love to speak to you on the phone or Skype video chat. Or if you’re really sure you want to book me, we can even arrange everything over e-mail. Travel on the wedding day is included in my full day packages for all of British Columbia, Southern Ontario, and Ireland.
Amateur or semi-professional photographers will have varying levels of skill and professionalism. Some things you’ll find with me that you won’t with many of those others include backup equipment, file backup procedure, a solid plan if I can’t make it to your wedding, professional equipment, general liability insurance, a business license and tax registration (ensuring you that I take this business seriously), good reviews from past clients, experience with weddings in general and at various local venues, experience with my professional print lab and album companies, a personal and financial investment in my business that makes me care deeply about my professional reputation, the desire to constantly keep learning and improving, and a commitment to great customer service.
I won’t let a little cold stop me, but if it’s something really bad or contagious, I will find you a replacement. My second photographer or assistant will arrive as intended, and if qualified, the second will become the primary photographer. I will also call people from a list of other local professionals (30+) that I know until I find someone who can shoot your wedding or act as a second photographer/assistant. I will edit all of the photos myself, if possible, so they will still have my personal touch.
I will either shoot with two cameras or with an assistant or second shooter. This ensures that if something goes wrong with one of my cards, you’ll still have the photos from the other camera/person. I also only use professional quality cards, which come with effective recovery software if the card becomes corrupt for some reason.
I’m very careful never to lose cards or files from a wedding. I keep all of my new and used cards in a card wallet, which stays on my body all day. Once I arrive home from the wedding, I immediately download the contents of the cards onto my computer, check that they all downloaded correctly, and copy them onto an external hard drive, which I store in another part of my house. My online backup service immediately begins backing up the RAW files. Once the editing is finished and the files are converted into full-sized jpegs, the jpegs are backed up in my online backup and copied onto USB key or DVD for the clients.
I typically shoot between 1000-2000 photos myself, with my second shooter or assistant shooting slightly less. I usually deliver 30-50 photos per hour of shooting, though this number is usually higher for shorter weddings. The number of photos taken depends on what’s happening at the wedding.
I honestly can’t say. If you really want me to shoot your wedding, don’t wait. People tend to book anywhere from two to eighteen months before their wedding. If you really, really want me to shoot your wedding, contact me before you book your venue. Also note that some people book within a day of initially contacting me and I can’t hold a date without a contract and deposit.
Full-sized, edited, printable jpegs are included in my wedding pricing. You may use these files for any personal, non-commercial use that you like. Print them, share them, make yourself a book if you like.
I shoot RAW in camera, but do not deliver RAW files. These files are only readable by certain programs and allow a wider range of editing options without degrading picture quality. The jpeg files you receive can be opened on any computer and printed at any photo printing place.
It’s up to you, but aside from what you can see on this website, there are two other things I suggest you do to find the right photographer for you.
1) Ask to see a full wedding gallery. If you e-mail me and ask, I can provide you with a password for a full wedding gallery on my website. If we meet in person, you can see a full wedding album. Doing either of these things will allow you to see exactly the sort of work you can expect to see from your wedding day and can assure you that I am capable of providing great photos throughout the day and in various lighting conditions, rather than just the few great photos in my portfolio.
2) Set up a meeting or Skype/phone chat to see if we get along and have similar ideas about wedding photography. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together and you should be comfortable having me around. If you’d rather book by e-mail, that’s totally fine too. I try to make my personality come through in my website so you can be pretty sure you’ll like me just by reading it.