You're probably here because you have lots of questions. I've gathered together lots of questions I'm asked when I meet with couples, or in emails days before or weeks after the wedding. I'm sure there's some I haven't covered, and if that's the case, contact me and let me know :) I'd love to hear from you.
I'm Leo. Whew - that was easy. If you'd like to know some more, head over to the about me page and look at some photos of a dog and a couple of cats.
Not at all. While I absolutely love to photograph weddings, and do so pretty much every weekend from March through October, I've also shot engagements, proposals, press conferences, Bar Mitzvahs, and pretty much anything else you can think of. If you'd like to chat about me photographing your event, shoot me an email!
Absolutely! If it's important to you, it's important to me and I would love to photograph it.
Especially if you're having a birthday party for your dog.
Because that's awesome.
Yep! I absolutely love to travel and try to do so as often as I possibly can, both for weddings and just for fun, any time I can get away.
Anywhere in the world. Especially Antarctica. You know that Penguins already look like they're wearing suits? Exactly.
Underwater. In the Caribbean Sea. Or on top of a snowy mountain in Bhutan. Maybe both?
My style is a by-product of how I see the world around me, and is very hard to empirically describe. That being said, I try to focus on the interactions and moments that together make up the story of a wedding, and work to document that in a very unobtrusive way.
I firmly believe that a wedding can't be 6 hours, or 8 hours, but is really as long as it has to be, so to that end, I don't offer hourly coverage with my pricing collections. Instead, I am there from as early as you'd like me to get there to the early morning hours of the party. Of course, if you're having a 3 hour wedding / brunch and don't anticipate that brunch turning into an all night crazy party, I'm happy to photograph that as well - contact me for more details!
Yep! I'm a one man show, and while I will sometimes bring an assistant and/or second photographer with me, I am always the primary photographer.
I offer a second photographer with two of my packages, as well as a separate à la carte option for $600. Personally, I absolutely love working with another photographer and always have someone who is as good as (and oftentimes better than) I am, and with a similar style and approach to capturing the story of the wedding. They're also really great during the ceremony when I can't physically be in two places at once (though I do try mightily :), and for capturing simultaneous happenings and reactions during dinner and the reception.
While I won't be able to tell you who it will be until several months before the wedding, I can pretty much guarantee that they will be awesome!
You should absolutely give me a list of photos of people who should be photographed together during the formal / group photos, since that way, we can corral everyone together and get the shots done in time for you to make it back to your cocktail hour :)
If, on the other hand, you're thinking about a list of "moments to photograph" that you saw online or in a wedding magazine, I'll gladly look at that list, and tell you that it most likely contains most, if not all the situations that occur on a wedding day, like walking down the aisle, cutting of the cake and some sort of dancing :) No matter how meticulously you've planned the day, a wedding is still a living, breathing (and potentially, quickly changing) event, and there is absolutely no way to guarantee when and if a specific moment will happen, and if I'm trying to photograph from a list of pre-written moments, I might miss a real one.
You'll see a couple of photos within a day or two. Because you should have some fun photos from the reception to look at while on your way to your honeymoon. Then, about 3-5 weeks after the wedding, I'll send you a link to an online password-protected viewing gallery and mail you a flash drive with your photos!
Of course. I personally edit each photo for color, contrast and clarity. Sometimes, I'll place a very tiny photo of a baby Walrus in the upper right corner of a random photo.
Just kidding. I haven't done that. Yet.
Maybe, if you can give me an awesome reason why you need them.
Unless they are giant prints (16x24+) or prints on canvas, nope. Since each photo you get from me is already edited and ready for print, you can just take the flash drive you receive from me to any photo lab and make prints. It's less expensive, and easier. Everybody wins.
I use top of the line Nikon digital cameras and lenses, along with a full assortment of flashes and accessories. Whatever the venue and lighting situation, I'm good to go. I also have a 50 year old Rolleiflex 3.5F that I may bring just for fun.
With my photography equipment, I have two main cameras, so one's always a potential backup for the other. If both of my cameras break, I've got a secondary backup camera that I can use. If that one breaks, I've got another extra sitting in my car, and then, of course, there's the iPhone.
After every wedding, I download the photos from my memory cards to a RAID 1 system, where your photos are now stored in two places at once. Once this happens, I also make a copy to a third drive. After your wedding is edited and the photos uploaded to your online gallery, I backup all the photos once more, including to an online cloud backup.
That's easy. First, contact me or just email me at [email protected] and I'll tell you some more about my packages and pricing. After that, I'll email you a link to my booking proposal, which contains my electronic contract (because saving paper is awesome!), and a place to pay a retainer via secure credit card.
Once that's done, you're all set!
An African or European swallow?
Of course, there's always a bigger and more awesome nerd, so there's also this: http://style.org/unladenswallow/