Finding the perfect wedding photographer for your wedding day can seem like a daunting task. You and your fiancé are choosing the person responsible for capturing every memory from your wedding day. This needs to be someone who is both talented and trustworthy. Most of all, it should be someone who you can enjoy spending time with on your wedding day because, believe it or not, you will spend more time around your wedding photographer than with any other vendor. It’s natural to have questions, and below I have tried to answer some of the most common questions I receive. If there’s something I didn’t cover, feel free to ask me here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARE YOU FREE ON Our WEDDING DAY?
Hopefully! The best way to ensure booking me as your first choice photographer (or any wedding photographer that is high in demand) is to reach out 8-10 months before your wedding day. Starting early puts you and your fiancé in a better position to secure the vendors you want for your wedding.
How Many Weddings Do You Take A Year?
I personally take 25 weddings each year. Limiting my work load allows me to give you a more personalized experience.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED FOR Our PHOTOS?
Couple Preparations: 1.5* hours depending on proximity of the couple to one another (I ask that all makeup be finished within 20 minutes of arrival to maximize photographs for you and your fiancé). Reception Decor: 30* minutes. Family & Wedding Party: 30* minutes depending on the number of guests in attendance. Ceremony: 1* hour depending on the type of ceremony you and your fiancé choose. Creative Shoot: 1.5* hours. While I do shoot quickly, having the flexibility of more time allows for more unique and creative photos on your wedding day. Reception: 2-4* hours. *These number are suggested time allotments given my experience and the presence of two photographers on your wedding day. Final time allocation is completely the decision of the couple.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH Our WEDDING VENUE(S)?
I love the spontaneity of discovering a venue for the first time. It allows me to be fresh and creative with my approach. However, sometimes it is better to know a venue prior to the wedding day so that no photo opportunity is missed! To date, I have photographed in the following venues in Guatemala: Pensativo House, San Jose El Viejo, Casa Santo Domingo, Hotel Camino Real, Finca Agua Tiba, Ruinas Santa Clara, Convento Capuchinas, Casa Prana, Conceptió, Iglesia San Pedro Apostol, Convento de la Merced, Convento la Recolección, Catedral De Santiago, Templo de SanFrancisco el Grande, and many private properties rented for smaller weddings. If your venue is somewhere other than listed above or you are getting married in Costa Rica or elsewhere, drop me an email and let's start a conversation.
WHAT TIME SHOULD WE SCHEDULE OUR WEDDING CEREMONY?
Scheduling your wedding ceremony before 16:00 will allow for the best creative photos on the day of your wedding. If you have any concerns just ask me!
How many photos will We receive?
In my approach to photography, quality always supersedes quantity. I deliver between 50-75 photos per hour of wedding coverage. For portrait sessions of 2 hours I deliver 60 images.
What will you and your team wear to my wedding?
I will always be in my trademark outfit: a TOBIAS clothing white linen shirt, a pair of black denim from Nudie Jeans, and a pair of Captains from Thursday Boot Co. For examples of how I dress can check My Story page. My assistants and second shooters dress accordingly. If you have a special request or have a black tie wedding, let me know and my team and I will do what we can to accommodate your wedding's dress code.
How would you describe your style?
I don't like traditional wedding photography. Posing, forcing moments, standing out… it's just not me. I prefer to blend into the background and photograph natural moments as they happen throughout your day. I describe my style as storytelling. I don’t like to use wedding photography buzzwords like ‘journalist’ or ‘fine art’. Plainly put: my goal for your wedding is to capture the story of the day that unfolds in the most creative and beautiful way possible.
Can you show Us a wedding, from start to finish, that you've shot?
Absolutely! If you are interested in seeing a full client gallery I can send you a link to my most recent destination wedding in Antigua Guatemala.
can We give you a list of shots i want?
No. I learned in my first year of second shooting for other wedding photographers that photographing from a list = missing more genuine moments throughout the day. This may seem counterintuitive, but wedding days have an ebbe and a flow to them. The best, most experienced shooters work from muscle memory with their camera and with the flow of the day.
Can We post the photos you take at my wedding to instagram?
Please do! I provide a personal-use copyright release in my all of my photography contracts to each of my clients. Feel free to tag me in any photo you post from your wedding day so that I can share it with future couples as well.
Can We see a sample contract?
Yes! I strongly advise against hiring any wedding vendor who does not provide you with a contract up front. I would be happy to send you a sample contract and schedule a free consultation with you and your fiancé to answer any questions you may have.
What equipment Will you use for our wedding?
I use 2 full-frame professional Canon DSLRs (5D IV), 2 professional Canon speedlights (600 EXRT), and a full line of Canon L Series prime lenses with backup lenses on hand. No big lights, no unnecessary parts. My team and I work light and easy to minimize distractions on your wedding day.
*For projects requiring analog photography, I use the Leica M system and an assortment of Kodak professional film.
Are your prices in Quetzales or us dollars?
This may seem like an odd question to include on this list, but it keeps popping up. All of my prices are listed in USD and all transactions are handled in the U.S. so that you do not have to deal with international banking transfers or currency exchanges. For clarification, this information is stated on the investment page of each contract and my Wedding Collections 2020.
Why should i hire a photographer in guatemala instead of a photographer from my city?
Familiarity. When you book my services you benefit by hiring a bilingual photographer who has developed strong relationships with local wedding planners, wedding vendors, and other wedding photographers in Guatemala. An additional benefit is that you save on travel fees and encourage sustainability by hiring locally.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND A VIDEOGRAPHER?
Yes, I can! I’ve worked many trustworthy and professional videographers who have experience filming in Guatemala. They create amazing work and are such a pleasure to have at weddings.
Do you offer any Packages?
I offer seasonal wedding packages in Antigua Guatemala and world wide. Full day coverage for your wedding in Antigua Guatemala averages $3,000*. For complete pricing information, please fill out the form on my Connect page or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org