• What is your shooting style?
    • I shoot a wedding or event using a blend of classic portraiture and photojournalism. There are times when I am there to document the natural happenings of the big day, but there are also times when a more posed approach should be taken. Casually posing my clients, I still allow for a lot of natural interaction between them. I never make poses rigid or extremely formal. The ceremony and the reception will be documented as it naturally happens, but I ask for at least 30 minutes alone with the bride and groom to create some special pictures, without other people around. This usually happens right after the ceremony, or after a first look.
      The entire reception is shot from a “fly on the wall” perspective. I am always available to shoot group pictures during the reception, but will never stop a group in mid-conversation and ask for smiles. Instead, I will take pictures of your guests in their conversations, or dancing, with natural laughs and smiles.I approach every event as a story to be retold.

  • Do you use a second shooter for a wedding or event?
    • Yes. Always. Unless there are budgetary issues. I never recommend omitting a second shooter from your day. The second shooter will be utilized during the ceremony and reception.

  • Where is the studio? Do you travel?
    • The studio is based out of Marietta, GA, just north of Atlanta. Yes, I travel. I’m quite fond of traveling. I’ve shot weddings throughout the Atlanta area, as well as California, Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina.
      If extensive traveling for your event is required, you will be billed for all airfare, hotel, and/or rental car needs. If the distance is drivable, a travel fee will be added to the wedding package.

  • Can we give you a shot list of photographs we want you to take?
    • Many popular bridal magazines suggest that you give your photographer a shot list. A list of family shots you would like after the ceremony is very helpful, but most likely I will shoot the images that appear on those lists, naturally. About a month before the wedding/event day, we will talk before I create your timeline. During that conversation, you are more than welcome to let me know about shots that are very important to you.

  • How many pictures will we get?
    • The number of images you will receive after your event is variable. It depends on the hours of coverage, the number of guests, and the type of event. The bare minimum is 500 images, but that number is always much higher.

  • How long does it take to get our pictures, after the wedding/event?
    • The online gallery is posted within 6 weeks of the event. A thumb drive of images are sent out roughly the same time.

  • What is the online gallery?
    • Your online gallery is a password protected, private gallery where all of the photographs from your event are placed. Once you receive the link and password, you can share that link/password with your friends and family. Anyone can view the gallery as long as they have the password.
      Prints can be ordered directly from the gallery, using a secure shopping cart. The prints will come to you, unwatermarked.

  • Do we get to keep the negatives?
    • Because I shoot in an all-digital format, there are no hard-copy negatives. All of the images from your event will be reviewed, the best selected, then edited. Those images will be burned to a thumb drive and mailed to you. The digital files are the equivalent of negatives. Accompanying the files are resources for you to print high quality images. I do not recommend using a print box (i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, CVS) to print your images. I retain the copyright to the images for blogging, promotional marketing materials, competitions, publishing, and the like. A written copyright release will be included in the mailed out package.

  • Do we get the raw, unedited files?
    • The raw, unedited files are not available for purchase or viewing.

  • Will you be at the rehearsal dinner?
    • Unless the coverage is added to the wedding package, Blackbird Photography does not cover the rehearsal dinner.

  • If I order an album, do I get a say in what pictures end up in it?
    • Absolutely. I will design the album and send you a link to view it just to get us started. You can revise the album twice, replacing the photographs as you choose.

  • What will my album look like?
    • I have several studio sample albums that show different styles. The albums that I design are flush mount…meaning the photographs are the pages. Much like a coffee table book that you would purchase from a bookstore. The cover can be a favorite photograph from the event, or leather.

  • Do you do engagement sessions?
    • Yes! In fact, when a wedding package is purchased, the engagement session comes at a reduced rate.
      It has been my experience that the engagement session allows me a change to get to know the couple before the wedding date. It gives us a chance to establish a relationship and a conformability with one another.

  • Are you insured?
    • Yes. If your venue requires a certificate of insurance, please let me know so I can arrange one.

  • What kind of equipment do you use?
    • I use Nikon’s best, top of the line professional equipment. I have several back ups in case of malfunction.

  • Can you hold the date for me?
    • A 25% retainer fee holds wedding/event dates. I cannot pencil you in.

  • How does the payment schedule work?
    • Once the wedding package/coverage has been customized to your needs, a 25% retainer is due at the signing of the contract. The remaining balance is due 14 days before your wedding or event. If a payment schedule is preferred, I can make one up for you.

  • When should we book you for our wedding?
    • Simply put, ASAP. I cannot hold or pencil in wedding dates. A date is booked on my calendar when a signed contract has been received, and the retainer paid.

  • If we need you to stay longer, will you?
    • Sure. I am happy to stay as long as you need me to. I have an overtime rate that goes into effect once the contracted coverage time has exceeded. If requested, I will say. I will bill you later for those hours.

  • Do you offer discounts for non-Saturday, or off-season weddings?
    • Firstly, if you have budgetary concerns, please let the studio know. Occasionally, depending on the time of year, discounts can be offered.

  • Do we need to feed you at the reception?
    • Yes, please. Feeding me during the reception assures that I stay alert, nourished, and happy. It does not have to be the meal provided for your guests, but a vendor-meal would be lovely. Many caterers offer vendor-meals as an add-on. I don’t photograph guests while eating, so that time provides a perfect time for me to enjoy (scarf down) a meal as well.

  • Will it bother you if our family takes pictures with their cameras?
    • I don’t mind one bit. It is a very special day, and every one is excited to share in the day, capturing it in their special way. It is my request however, that during family photographs, all cameras be put down so the family can focus on my camera. This assures that all eyes are looking at me. I also request that family/friends not come along for the bridal/groom portraits, as well as the couple’s portraits. This is a very sweet and intimate time and other people can be distracting.