+ How far in advance do you usually book?
We usually book 8 to 12 months out, but sometimes it is over a year in advance.
+ How long have you been doing photography?
Over 12 years and counting.
+ How many weddings have you photographed?
Well over 100 weddings and events.
+ How would you describe your style?
A combination of creative, journalistic and a little traditional.
+ Do you take photos based on a list?
I prefer to photograph the event as it unfolds, but a short list is good for organizing the family photos.
+ What makes your work different from other photographers?
Top quality service, gorgeous images, fast turnaround and professionalism during every shoot.
+ Do you bring back up equipment?
Yes, I always carry extra equipment at all times.
+ Can I give you a list of shots I want captured?
Yes, but please keep it as short as possible to not take away from our creativity nor turn your wedding into a family session.
+ Do you offer references?
I am strongly committed to keeping my client's information private, however some references may be available upon request.
+ Are you the photographer who will capture my wedding?
Yes, Ivan is the primary photographer.
+ Who will be taking my engagement and bridal portraits?
Ivan is in charge of all portrait sessions.
+ What type of sessions do you offer?
Engagement, Bridal, Boudoir, and Newlywed (also family portraits)
+ What is your backup plan in case of an emergency?
I have a list of photographer friends to help us in case this should ever happen.
+ Do you photograph other events on the same day?
No, I reserve your wedding day and turn other business away, this is why the retainer is non-refundable.
+ What do you usually wear during the wedding?
I try to blend with your guests, mostly black or grey dress shirts and pants.
+ Is it okay if my guests take photos at the event?
Sure. Everyone wants to take photos specially during the ceremony. If someone keeps interrupting, I will let you know.
+ Do you plan to visit the venue prior to view the lighting conditions?
I prefer to arrive early to the venue and do a walkaround. Any visits to the venue prior to the wedding day will have a travel fee added to your photography package. My 10 plus years of experience allows us to be very efficient in any venue setting.
+ What time will you begin and end photography?
I will arrive at the scheduled start time and end photography as indicated in the agreement.
+ Are you able to stay longer if possible?
Yes, I can stay at over time rate which is double our standard hourly fee.
+ How many images do you provide?
I average approximately 75 photos per hour, give or take depending on how many activities or performances are at the wedding.
+ How long is the turnaround time to get the images?
The turnaround time is usually up to 6 weeks since every image is edited individually to make sure it looks fabulous.
+ Are the photos edited?
Yes, all photos will be edited for correct color balance and brightness (exposure). Prints and albums also get special touch ups as needed.
+ What kind of albums do you offer?
Albums are custom made with silk or leather cover options with either matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper finish.
+ What about albums for parents?
Exact duplicate (replica) wedding albums are available at a discount from the regular price. A main album must be purchased before a parent album with a discount can be applied.
+ Are the albums and prints archival and acid-free?
Yes all albums and prints are printed and mounted on archival and acid-free materials, made to last a lifetime.
+ How long does it take to get the album after the wedding?
After the image changes are approved, the touch ups have been finished, and the album is submitted to the lab, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to receive your hand-made album. Possibly longer during holidays. Rush production and expedited shipping is available for a 50% surcharge.
+ What is the return policy on printed products?
Due to the custom nature of prints and albums, orders cannot be cancelled once it has been submitted or accent a return for any reason. You will be provided with a option to revise your order and make sure everything is correct before sending it to the lab.
+ Is there a retainer or deposit to reserve our wedding date?
Usually require 50% non-refundable retainer (can be split into payments) and a signed agreement to reserve the date. This amount will go towards your remaining photography balance.
+ What kind of payments do you accept?
All major credit cards (Visa, Master card, Discover, American Express) as well as checks and cash.
+ Do you require full payment before the wedding?
Unlike other vendors, I never require the full amount up front. We want to make it easy for you, that is why we split the total amount into several equal payments. I am very flexible and can work out a plan for monthly payments that will meet your budget.
+ Do you charge sales tax?
The State of Texas require me to collect 8.25% sales tax on everything we sell, please make sure to add this amount to your photography budget.
+ Do you have liability insurance?
Insurance can be made available when requested by the venue, just let us know in advance.
+ Are you members of any photography organization?
I am a current member of Professional Photographers of America, also know as PPA.
+ What is your cancellation policy?
The retainer is non-refundable and any other amount paid will be prorated based on the services and products that have been provided.
+ Do you travel outside of Houston for engagement photos?
Yes! Rates are as follows: Austin $300, San Antonio $350, Dallas $400. Please inquire about travel to other locations, these prices are subject to change without notice.
+ Do you travel outside of Texas for a wedding?
I am available for travel anywhere within the continental U.S. for your destination wedding. Just pay for he cost of airfare, taxi, hotel, meals and incidentals. I prefer to arrive two days before your wedding to avoid any delays and also photograph the rehearsal dinner.
+ What is the next step to book?
First email me to check for availability. I will send you a proposal and wedding agreement with all the terms of which you can view and sign online. Then you can make your first payment (retainer) to finish the booking process and reserve your date.
Can you pencil in our date for now?
Unfortunately I cannot hold a wedding date without a signed agreement and retainer, thank you for understanding.