We just absolutely love your photography and would love to have you as part of our wedding! How do we make that happen?
Glad you asked! If we haven’t already spoken about your wedding photography, please fill out the contact form on our website here. It’s very important that we get a chance to talk a bit and get to know each other to make sure we’re all a perfect match. We want to make sure we’re the right photographers for your wedding and we want you to get to know our personalities so you’re assured that we’re the right fit you as well! Once you’re ready to make it official, you can secure your date by signing your contract online and sending in a $1,500 non-refundable retainer.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Check is the preferred method of payment, but we are able to accept credit cards as well.
Do you include the digital files for us in your packages?
Yes, we do! All of our packages include the digital files of the images that make our final selection and appear in your online gallery. A print authorization accompanies those files, allowing you to make prints on your own.
How many hours of coverage do you think I need on the wedding day?
Most of our weddings require 8-10 hours of coverage, which is why our packages are complete day coverage. No pressure. Full Coverage 🙂
So most of this wedding stuff has centered around the bride, which I’m totally fine with, but what about my Groom? Should he have a photographer present for his preparation time?
As I’m sure you know, not all men were created equal! Some guys would rather not have a camera around them while they enjoy several cocktails out of sight of the priest, while other guys would really love to have the camaraderie of their crew captured. That being said, the groom typically starts to get ready about 30 minutes before he has to walk out the door. The second photographer will spend an hour with the groom.
What about albums? With everything being digital these days, why do I need one?
We truly believe that there is more power in the printed photograph than simply viewing on a screen. We’ll be honest, it took us 3 years after our wedding to finally take the time and create our own album. But now, we relive our wedding day through viewing our album more than we ever have via the digital proofs. There’s something special about holding that book and flipping each page – call it a bit of nostalgia – and seeing several photographs laid out together to tell the story of your wedding day. Not to mention, digital media typically has a lifespan of about 3-5 years and we understand it’s hard to keep up with those changes. It wasn’t long ago we were burning files to CD, then DVD, and now you can’t buy an Apple computer with a CD/DVD drive. All that being said, if an album isn’t included in your package or simply isn’t in your budget, you’re under no obligation to purchase one. We do believe it’s a purchase you won’t regret though 🙂
It seems like it would be a lot of work and pretty difficult for us to pick all the photos we would want in an album. Can you guys help us out at all?
Glad you asked! We like to consider ADV to be a full-service studio. To that end, all of our couples get a digital pre-design of their wedding album emailed to them, compliments of Arte de Vie! We believe you hired us because we’ve been blessed with the ability to tell stories through photos, so why should we stop telling your story just because the cameras aren’t clicking any more? We choose all the images for you, touch them up, then create a design to tell the story of your wedding day – even if your package didn’t include an album!
Once the wedding is over, how long until we can relive our day through all the fabulous photos!?
Our typical turn-around time for online posting is 4 weeks on average, but can be up to 6 weeks during our busy season. (April, May, October and major holidays) Your digital files are typically delivered within three weeks of the online gallery posting. Your album pre-design is typically emailed within 6 weeks after the online gallery posting.
Do you guys do video as well?
We focus and specialize in still photography, but we’re happy to recommend some great videographers for your wedding!
Do you shoot weddings on film or digital?
Great question! We are predominantly a digital based studio, but we have our roots in film photography – even hand processing in the darkroom! We understand film brings a certain aesthetic that people have come to desire again, and we’re happy to add film coverage as an additional add-on for any of your portrait shoots or the wedding day.