On this page, we have collected several Q&A from past weddings and events. We do encourage you to email us with any questions you might have, to help give peace of mind for your event.
Why does wedding photography cost so much?
We get this question from most brides. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right? The truth that is not so obvious is that most full-time wedding photographers carry over $10,000 worth of wedding gear, and often work 60-hour weeks. (Remember those 500 final images? It takes several full days just to edit those.) When you add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping, and studio expenses some photographers end up making less than minimum wage. We could go on and on, but we hope you understand. We make every effort to give you the highest quality photography at an affordable price.
How many photos do I get?
Depending on the Event (e.g. Weddings), we take anywhere from 1500 to 5000 photos, this includes retakes and multiple poses. The final wedding photos will end up anywhere from 150 to 500, sometimes more depending on the length of the event. 500 photos may seem like a lot, but we are working very hard to preserve all those little details and the moments you missed while you were busy getting married. As for family sessions and most other sessions we do, client gets anywhere from 15 to 40 photos, depending on the session.
How long until I receive my photos?
For weddings, we try very hard to keep it under 8 weeks. If we are not busy it is about 4 to 6 weeks. We typically will also send you samples from every few edits we do to keep you in the loop. For most other events, if in busy season, we try to keep it under 15 business days.
How can I make sure I look good in my photos?
It seems obvious but try to relax during the photos. Trust your photographer. We will not send you a photographer that will make you feel awkward. We take pride that all of our photographers are friendly and are there to make you look great. If you’re relaxed, it will come through in your photos. Leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don’t feel rushed. We recommend a minimum of 45 minutes for family and wedding party photos, and an hour for the couple portraits. Also, do your best to get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before. Try to take it easy at the rehearsal dinner if it’s happening the night before the wedding.
Should we do a First Look? And, um, what is a First Look?
The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see each other privately before the ceremony. Some clients opt out from doing a first look because they want to keep the tradition that it is not a good luck to see the bride before the ceremony. On the other hand, it can be a great chance to get the wedding jitters out and spend a few minutes alone together. We find that first look photos tend to be some of the most beautiful, real moments with real emotions. Again, it’s a great way to avoid stress on your wedding day. (Some couples even choose to get ready together!) Many couples get to enjoy their whole cocktail hour because they got all of the photos out of the way before the wedding. We do reinforce that this is a personal preference, and we completely respect whatever the couple feels is best for them.
You can Photoshop that, right?
It depends. As a photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. We do our best to correct posing, scout locations, and adjust camera settings so we can “fix” most things before even clicking the shutter. If your uncle photobombs you, we are going to retake the photo — it’s much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with photoshop. Many photographers charge for extensive editing in photoshop, because it can be very time-consuming.
How far in advance do i need to book my event?
For weddings, we suggest that once you announce the happy news of your engagement to your friends and family, to call us right away to guarantee that your date is available. All of our services are a first come first serve basis. However, if we do not have the date available, we will be more than happy to check with other photographers that we work with and we trust to fill the name of Sand Stone Films. As for all other events, we suggest that you call us as soon as you schedule your event. Although all of our services are first come first serve basis, we will do our best to work with the client to accommodate their needs.
How would you describe your working style?
We can blend into the background and shoot what unfolds naturally, to capture many great moments. We can also create a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots. In most cases we do both. As an example, during the ceremony, we try to blend in and try as much as possible not to disturb the flow and the emotions of the ceremony. However, once the ceremony is over we need to take more control in order to keep everything moving along a smooth timeline and be effiecient.
I am going to JCPenny
If you find that our prices seem a bit high, and JCPenny, Sears, Walmart, and so many other places may seem to offer lower cost packages, this may not be completely true. When you go to these retail photographers, you may be able get a package for $25. This package may only include the following, ONE outdoor session, ONE Photo, ONE pose, and if you want more you have to pay more. If you want ALL your edited photos you will likely be paying four or five times the initial price, if not more.