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Frequently Asked Questions


> Will you travel? What are your rates?
> Do you edit your photos? What does that entail?
> Will you photograph my wedding?
> Are you very distracting during events and ceremonies?
> Emergency! our photographer bailed! Can you save us?
> For a destination wedding photographer, your rate is low. Why?
> Can you take photos at our home?
> What do you recommend we wear?
> How long is it before we receive the finished photos?
> Do you include albums? How much are they?
> Do you offer gift certificates?
> Do you archive our photos, in case we lose them?
> Will you photograph my family reunion, or other event?


What are your travel rates? Will you come to my state/country/planet?
A: Yes, I will go almost anywhere you like, even to the top of a remote mountain. For this reason travel rates vary, yet are exceptionally reasonable. To account for vehicle wear and fuel, just take the round-trip distance (say, 200 miles) and factor 25 mpg (in this case, about $35). Locations over four hours away may require airline tickets or a rental car. Please contact me for details.
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Do you "edit" your photos? What does that entail?
A: Yes, editing is an essential part of the modern craft of photography. This process involves personally adjusting each image to bring out the best color, detail, and distinction possible. Editing can take up to 20 hours for a single wedding and, whether they realize it or not, the style of my editing is the basis for why most clients hire me. Custom editing creates images not achievable with film or by many other photographers for that matter. I take a great deal of pride in this art. Even monochrome photos are dealt with individually. So editing not only allows for cosmetic touch-ups, but also makes dramatic differences in the final image.
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Are you very distracting during events and ceremonies?
A: Absolutely not. I am very, very aware of how annoying a photographer can be during a ceremony. I never go up beyond a certain, pre-defined point unless you ask me to, and I make a point to be discreet; I would expect the same for my own wedding.
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Our photographer bailed! We need someone ASAP! Can you save us?
A: It's possible! Call me for details.
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For a destination-wedding photographer, your rate is lower than most. Why?
A: I'm not new to wedding photography. I have dozens of clients who have given testimonials about the services I offer. My lower rate reflects what I believe is fair for the amount of responsibility, skill, and time involved in this economy. Enjoy the benefit. Tell your friends. :-) 
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Can you take photos at our home?
A: Yes. I enjoy working in and around people's homes, because it makes the photos that much more personal. Children are often more relaxed and loose at a place they are familiar with, which can make for better photos.


What do you recommend we wear?
A: We aim for clothing that is personality enhancing. I advise clients, if possible, to bring three to six outfits, some bright and some more neutral; a mix of casual and more dressy. This allows us to coordinate clothing to the locations, lending to a "clothing catalog" look. For families and groups, try to coordinate colors. Solids with few patterns are best. Avoid big logos or clashing designs. Ladies, please refrain from clothing that is tight-fitting, exposes cleavage, or is otherwise distracting from your face. We want to highlight your character, and present images that are viewable by everyone.


How long is it before we get the finished photos?
A: It varies. For weddings, I mail the files within 30 days following the wedding date. Portraits are within two weeks. This includes time for post-processing, DVD creation, and web-gallery building. If you order and album, you will still receive your photos after thirty-one days, but the album usually takes an additional two weeks, plus shipping. So, it's pretty quick. Even better, consider that you'll come back from your honeymoon and right as things settle down the photos and album will come. Perfect.
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Do you include albums? How much are they?
A: Currently I charge between $250 and $350 for the albums I create, which includes design, materials, and binding. This may sound expensive but it is very reasonable considering these albums are not the traditional inlay-matted books of yesteryear. If you would like a traditional album, I encourage you to independently hire a dedicated album maker. I can even help you find one. The albums I make are hard-bound, 40-80 page-side professional books identical to what you can find in high-end book stores. They come boxed and are available in a number of styles. The most important thing is that I do not create the books from templates. Every page, every cover, is designed for you. I can include quotes from guests, scanned images of invitations and decorations, anything you can imagine, really. And before your album is sent in for printing and binding, you receive a digital proof to approve or change. I create my albums through AsukaBook and others.
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Do you offer gift certificates?
A: Yes - Please contact me for details.


Do you archive our photos in case we lose them?
A: Yes. I keep a copy of all of your photos in my archive for six months from the date, in case something happens. Contact me and I'll send another copy free of charge.
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Will you photograph my family reunion, or other event?
A: Sure. I've done many. Please contact me with details for a quote.

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