Common Wedding Photography Questions Answered Part One
Ottawa Wedding Photographer
What are the fees for your wedding photography? What is included?
All of my wedding photography packages include:
- Two photographers
- USB of edited, high res photos (no watermarks)
- Complimentary engagement photo shoot with files
Contact me for my current wedding photography pricing guide.
Where are you available to shoot weddings?
Of course, I shoot weddings anywhere in or near Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC. This area includes: Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson-Angers, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between. Phew! I need to catch my breath now!
Since I’m from the GTA, I also welcome any Toronto area weddings. There’s a travel fee for me to shoot in Toronto. It’s to compensate for my gas and travel time to get there and back (almost 10 hours of driving round trip.)
If you’re getting married in Montreal, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not the photographer for you. I’m not very familiar with Montreal. I ALWAYS get lost when I drive there. I have no friends or family there. Frankly, it’s just too far away for my comfort zone to drive there and back in one day. Don’t fret. There’s plenty of talented wedding photographers in Montreal and Ottawa who would love to be your wedding photographer. I’m just not interested in being one of them. Sorry.
Why is there such a huge difference in price among wedding photographers?
There are many amateur photographers who are entering the wedding photography business. These are ones who usually only charge a few hundred dollars to shoot a wedding. However, you must take into consideration the quality of their equipment and final product. Professional cameras work well in low light conditions while most high end amateur cameras do poorly and show a lot of grain. Sadly, many amateur photographers usually do little or no post production on the photos that they shoot. In my opinion you cannot hire a photographer purely by price. I have seen and heard time and time again from friends who have gone with a cheap or free photographer and are unhappy with their photos and regret not hiring a professional photographer who does quality photos. The saying is usually true that you get what you pay for.
My prices reflect my experience, the amount of time I put into post-production after the wedding day (which is between 30-40 hours) as well as the cost of doing business (camera equipment, marketing, gas, car, insurance, cell phone, computers, software and upgrading of all computer-related items). For example, if I only charged $500 to shoot a 6 hour wedding and then 40 hours of post-production, then I”d be making about $5.43/hr after I paid my assistant and gas. I haven’t even included the cost of having to pay taxes either. I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford to buy any of my camera equipment (worth thousands of dollars) if I only got paid $5.43/hr. My second shooter would also be making A LOT more money than me. Heck, my daycare provider would be making more than me too.
Do you use a contract?
Of course. A contract protects my clients as well as myself. Verbal contracts don’t hold up in court. I also want it to be clear between myself and my clients the expectations of what is required from both parties to fulfill the contract. I like to have all of the details in writing. This includes the wedding date, all wedding venue locations, model release, specified retainer fee, payment schedule, amount of wedding photography package and what’s actually included in the photography package. Run far, far away from any photographers who don’t offer a wedding contract.
I still have more answers to some other frequently asked questions about wedding photography. You can read them in my Part Two blog post. 🙂
Newly Engaged Couples
Here’s some articles to help you get the best engagement photos:
- 5 Reasons You should have Engagement Photos
- 5 Tips to Rock your Engagement Session
- What to Wear for Engagement Photos