PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS
My preferred style of shooting is photo journalistic. However, there are lots of different tastes out there, so I try to incorporate some traditional and artistic shots to balance out the story.
I am a storyteller at heart, so my main objective is to tell a complete story of your event from beginning to end.
I begin shooting 2 hours before the ceremony. During this time, I will get journalistic and candid shots of the preparation. Most often, the best photos come from the pre ceremony moments as the anticipation builds. I also use this time to get all the detail shots that I can- rings, flowers, dress, shoes, etc. I try to get nice artistic shots of all the details because the details are the design of the day and an important part of the story.
Pre ceremony photos - If there is time to take the bridal party away from the preparation, we can knock out some of the traditional group photos before the ceremony. This is also a good time for some fun group shots of the bridal party. Getting these pre ceremony photos is a great way to cut down on the amount of time between the ceremony and reception, so we can get to the party!
Ceremony Photos- This is all shot from a photo-journalistic perspective. The ceremony is all about your union. I have a variety of great zoom lenses that allow me to get the shots I need, without you being aware of my presence. Just forget about everything and lose yourself in the moment.
Post ceremony formal family shots - At this point, everyone is ready to get to the reception. If all the family is organized and ready to line up, we can knock out all the family shots in 20-30 minutes. In order to keep everyone organized, it is best to prepare a short list of groups you want ahead of time.
Reception- Let your hair down and enjoy a great time. All the planning and preparation have paid off. The guests will only have fun if they know you are having fun. I'll be there to capture every important moment. I may pull you aside from time to time if a great photo opportunity presents itself.
Do you edit the photos?
Absolutely! I go through all the images, correct and balance every one so that you are assured a great print on any image you choose. I will get rid of any misfires or bad shots so you are not stuck with useless images. Don't worry, you will still end up with more shots than you know what to do with.
I love to shoot. For a typical wedding, I usually shoot about 3500 images. Now, you need to understand, my camera can shoot up to 14 images per second (not that I shoot that many per second). I often take multiple shots of the same thing with different exposure settings. This gives me room to edit down to the best of the bunch. I will go through and weed out all the duplicates and misfires so you are not stuck with 8 images of the same thing. For duplicate people shots, I try to give you most of what I shoot beyond the obvious duplicates. It always amazes me how much the landscape of a face can change from 1 frame to another so, If I can see the differences, I will not delete them. By the time I have gone through all 3500 images, I usually end up with 2000 images per wedding.
Editing Techniques- I go through all the images and crop, color correct, balance, and remove obvious blemishes. Some photos just look better in black and white. As I am editing, if I come across an image that screams "make me black and white,” I will make the proper adjustments.
What you end up with is a gallery of images that are processed and ready for print. I upload all the images to an online website where you can order top quality prints at a reasonable price.
The online website is the best way to share photos with friends and family. Just send a link to anyone and they can order prints and download full resolution images straight from the web gallery. This is a huge convenience to you because you will not have to order prints or send images to others. Just send them a link.
Do you employ other photographers?
I have been in business for 15 years. When I started it was just me and occasionally a friend helping out. Over time, I have recruited some very talented photographers and videogaphers to be on my team. I am blessed to have such great talent on board.
It is very important to me that any photographer or videographer I recruit share my passion for story telling. I work with each new recruit extensively so we are always on the same page about the story we tell. As a collective we analyze every project to learn what we can improve on. This collective helps us all grow and constantly improve the services we offer.
Having a team of passionate story tellers has expanded our ability to take on different types of projects from studio work to advertising to mini documentaries. We are very excited to see what the future holds.
In addition to my team of story tellers, I also have a network of professional photographers and videographers that I work with regularly.
In the unlikely circumstance that I can not personally make it to an event due to illness, or other unforeseen circumstance, I always have a trusted professional that I can call on.
Which lighting situations do you have experience with?
Definition of PHOTOGRAPHY
*: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor)*
Photography is all about understanding light and how to capture it properly.
Weddings, by far, are the most difficult photography job I can think of. The light is constantly changing from location to location. And a photographer has to know how to read the light without even thinking about it.
Camera technology has come a long way over the years but the automatic functions of all cameras are still not strong enough to properly interpret light.
I have been in the business long enough that I have a great knowledge of light and I am comfortable under any lighting situation.
We prefer natural light but we also have a large selection of professional lighting solutions for those times natural light is not enough.
Do you book more than one wedding a day?
There is physically no way I could book more than one wedding in a day for myself. I am committed to telling the best complete story of the day, and the only way I know how to do that is by devoting the entire day to one couple.
I work on a first come first served basis. If I have a date available and you want it, then lock it in with a deposit and I will not book myself for anything else.
If I am already booked for an event, I have a great team of photographers that will be happy to cover other events.
What equipment do you typically bring to a wedding?
This is a great question. I have been to many weddings, some as a photographer, some as a videographer. I have seen some outrageous things.
Let me expand on this a bit. All Photographers and videographers share a common goal, they want to produce the best product they can. Unfortunately, many don't look beyond the product and think about the service. Have you been to a wedding as a guest and felt like you could not participate because there were so many photographers and so much equipment everywhere you look? I have. It's as though a wall of stuff is separating the guests from the couple. and forget about the beutiful decor, it just doesn't look the same when there are tripods and lightstands everywhere. This mess can really dirty up an event.
Now back to the question. What do I bring?
Well, I bring all the equipment, but I am very aware of where it is and if it is causing a distraction. I have a van loaded with anything I may need from lights to flashes to extra cameras but I only bring in what I know I will need.
The last thing I want to see in a photo is my equipment. I do everything I can to hide my equipment in the room. If I am not using a tripod I put it away so it is not cluttering up the room.
Now, it is not possible to be entirely invisible but with a conscious effort we can keep our equipment from overwhelming an event.
Do you charge hourly of full day?
I have a range of packages that I offer (see Price page).
I do not offer hourly packages. As I have stated in depth, I am a story teller. I have no interest in showing up for an hour or 2 to try to rush around and get random shots.
All my packages are for unlimited wedding day coverage starting 2 hours before the ceremony and lasting until the end of the reception. This is the amount of time that I need to tell a complete story.
Do you require a meal at the reception?
I do not require a meal, however, all of my clients have been very generous in providing one. We will be with you longer than any other vendor on your wedding day so a little fuel goes a long way.
Do you charge for travel?
I do not charge within 60 miles from San Antonio.
If travel is greater than 60 miles I would just charge enough to cover fuel and lodging.
How soon after the wedding are the photos ready?
I know how excited you are to relive your wedding day. In most cases I can have the photos edited and ready within a week. Depending on the time of year and how many weddings we are covering, it may take 2-3 weeks.
My priority is quality so if it is going to take a little longer to get through your edit I will let you know.
Once your images are ready, all full resolution images will be uploaded to an online gallery. This gallery will allow you to download any or all full resolution images. This gallery is also where you will order any prints you desire.
The process is simple and very reasonably priced so you are not over paying for professional prints.
Professional albums are also available. These albums are designed by our team and ordered through a professional album company. Our flush mount albums are beautiful hand crafted photo albums.
The albums are 10"x13" and they are available from 40-80 pages.
This album lays flat when open and provides a seamless spread across the page.
The Album design process and delivery process takes some time but in most cases we can have them ready within 2-3 months.
How many cameras
Type of cameras
How Many Videographers
How many cameras do you use for video?
Well that depends on the package you choose. From experience, I can say that you will get a much more interesting film with the addition of extra cameras. Video is a very different beast than photography. We do not have the freedom to click a shot then move to another angle as quickly as a photographer. Video is all about movement or the lack of movement. With video, you don't want someone moving around all the time with a camera or the audience will get sick from all the shaky footage. Composition is also very important in a video. We need to compose a shot and then hold the shot for longer periods of time than a photographer. This is possible by utilizing additional cameras, because, while one camera is moving to another location, the other camera remains still and holds the shot. When we are shooting with multiple cameras, we are always shooting with the edit in mind. This means that both cameras are filming exactly what is needed to tell the best comprehensive story.
What kind of cameras do you use for video?
Not all cameras are created equal. Therefore, we utilize a wide variety of professional cameras. Some cameras are great for outdoor use but do not fair well in low light situations, and others are better suited for low light situations. And if you like slow motion, then a different camera is used for that as well. What I am trying to stress is that we use the right tool for the job. I am always trying to stay at the top of the game with the best equipment available so my cameras are constantly changing. currently all our cameras are capable of capturing up to 4k but as time progresses so will our tech. That being said we do not want our equipment to cause a distraction or be obtrusive at your event so we invest in the best and smallest cameras that will capture the quality we demand.
How do you capture that smooth cinematic look?
We take great pride in capturing a smooth cinematic look with all our films. To achieve this smooth movement we use various stabilizers and film tools. We take every possible measure to make sure that these tools are not creating unwanted clutter at your event. If they are not being used we will put them away so they will not be distracting or take away from the beauty of your event.
How many videographers do you recommend?
In order to shoot a cinematic film correctly, at least two videographers are needed. Filming takes time to get all the shots necessary for a compelling video. With one person, we will not be able to get all the detailed shots and B-roll footage we need because we can only be in one place at a time. With 2 videographers, one can take care of establishing shots, detail shots, and B-roll footage, while the other is capturing documentary shots and interviews. With a second shooter, we also have the time to set up all the audio equipment so that one person can continue filming. For the best possible audio and video, at least two videographers are recommended.
What if we only get one videographer?
All our videographers are trained and experienced. Using only one videographer is very limiting and something has to give. One videographer can capture more of a highlight reel. Because of the amount of time it takes to get certain types of shots, they may have to skip some things in order to get what is happening at the time. Audio may also suffer due to the lack of time needed to set it up properly. In most cases, when we do a one videographer coverage, we have to edit the film as a music highlight. You still get a great video, but it is not the type of story we strive to tell.
We already have a photographer, do you work well with other companies?
Absolutely! We are also photographers, so we know very well the importance of photography. We work very hard to make sure that we are working with the photographer and not against them. We don't want to see ourselves in any of your photos, so we are very conscious of the photographer at all times. We love working with other professionals in the industry, and we get along great with all the photographers we have ever shot with.
What does the final product look like?
All our films are shot in full HD. We edit all the footage and provide a full length film and a short film on DVD and Blu-Ray. The short film is uploaded to our video gallery so you can share it with friends and family.
The full length film is completely edited into an artistic documentary film. The final edit runs about 1.5 hours. We carefully edit the films to include the complete story so you don't feel like you missed anything and you don't get bored watching because it's to long. We edit in a way that the film keeps moving and you will want to watch it over and over. The full length film is edited very similar to the short films that you see on my website.
Can I choose my own music?
Music in wedding films is a bit tricky these days. The music companies have really started cracking down on using unlicensed music. In Many cases It can run around $200-$300 to license one song. We have a stock of music that is safe to use and sounds great. Our style of editing is not about the music selection anyway. We use the narrative to drive our stories. If you still want to license a song for your video you can do so but it must be done before the wedding date so we can plan our shooting accordingly.