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Q:What do I need to do to order my wedding album?
A: Check out this link:
As of Jan 2010, I am using a new book publishing company. The books are 11" wide x 14"tall and have a glossy cover with a photo on the front and back. They are flat out beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that people have been known to break out into random song and dance when they first look at their own album! (Ok, I made that up) A wedding album holds up to 250 photos. You can choose any amount of photos from your Engagement, Bridals, and Wedding to total up to 250 photos. You also need to pick one photo for the front cover and one photo for the back cover. The cover photos can be from any of the sessions and don't count against the 250 total. On the front cover I will put "Our Wedding X/X/20XX" If you'd like me to use something else, just let me know. On albums that are included in the package, you have up to 4 months to turn in your photo choices for the album or you forfeit the album. Please use the album credit within the time limit. You can choose to include less than 250 photos if you'd like. The albums are around 70 pages on average. So, if you choose less than 250 photos, you'll end up with less photos per page and larger individual photos on each page. It's totally up to you! Thanks!!
Q:How long will my formal / altar photos take? I don't want to be up there for an hour taking photos!
A: I have a method of doing the formal photos that is quick! If I don't have to go chasing down people and they cooperate...I can do the formals in as little as 15-17 minutes (under 20 min average). (yes, I time myself (-: ) We will meet up about a week before the wedding to create a list of who will be in your photos. This list and my formula are the keys to making this a quick experience. I'll share more at our meeting.
Q:Why don't you have a "Fancy" website? One that's all "flashy" and modern?
A: Well, those "Fancy" websites cost a bunch of money to create and maintain. I've created this site all by myself and maintain it myself. So, as a customer, would you like to pay lower prices for sessions, wedding photos, and prints? Or, pay for me to have a fancy website? :-) Also, if you have an iPhone, you can see most of my site. Whereas you can't see any of those "fancy" sites. I'm not "cheap", I'm "practical". :-)
Q:Why are your prices so low?
A: My pricing structure is low because we don't have a "brick and mortar" studio. All of my photo sessions are done on-location. (The world is our studio!!) We don't have the overhead of building rental and property insurance, so, we pass this savings on to the customer. But, we do not cut corners on quality! I am my worst critic and hold the quality of our work to high standards.
Also, I am a practical kind of person. We don't deliver your prints in fancy wrapped boxes, we use plain, protective, photo shipping boxes. I figure that you would rather save $15.00 on your prints than spend it on a fancy delivery box that you'll just throw away.
Q:How will I see my pictures?
A: I will create a photo gallery online. You can see the images right from the website. Prints can be ordered directly from the site and shipped to your door.
Q:I can't decide on which photos I'd like to print. I'm overwhelmed. Can you help me choose?
A: Yes! If you feel overwhelmed on choosing photographs to hang on your wall, I can help. We can schedule an "In person ordering session". You guys can come over to my home and view the photos on my multiple monitor setup. I have software that helps us sort through the photos and we will rate them as we go. This will make your final purchase decisions easier. We can also preview different crops and you can view different sizes and frame options side by side.
Q:How long will it take to see my proofs on the website?
A: Proofs are often times ready within a week or so. I allow myself up to a maximum of 3 weeks after your shoot / wedding. If it's going to be more than 3 weeks, I will be in direct contact with you, this means that I'm sick or something is wrong. (I haven't had it go over 3 weeks yet!) :-)
Q:What is a "Print Credit"?
A: The print credit is an allowance for you to use to purchase items. Instead of telling you that you get an 8x10 and an 11x14, etc.. I tell you that you have $x.xx amount of pre-paid money to spend, spend it as you wish. You can use your credit to purchase prints, purchase albums, custom matting and framing, etc... Print credits are only good for your own shoot. Credit is not transferable to other customers and must be used within 4 months of your shoot or you will loose it.
Q:How do I purchase my photographs?
A: Most packages come with a print credit. To use your credit, there are a couple of ways to do it. Let's say we just shot your engagement session and you'd like to use some of your credit for prints. Well, all you have to do is go to the website and select/order the prints you'd like. Then email me the total amount for that order. I'll create you a coupon code good for the cost of the prints. (You'll have to pay shipping) So, lets say it's after the wedding and you've used up $250.oo of your credit. I'll make you a coupon code for the remaining $250.00. It will be valid for 4-months past the date of your wedding. You must use it or lose it. You must use the entire coupon in one order. If you'd like to split up your coupon with other people, that's no problem....just let me know.
Friends and family can order their prints from the online gallery with a credit card. These prints will be shipped to their door. If you don't see a print size on the website or have a special request, just ask.
Canvas gallery wraps can be ordered directly from the website. Framed Canvas prints have to be ordered directly through me so that I can frame them.
Q:How do I order the Senior Photos that came with my package?
A: I will create a coupon code good for the amount of the prints that are included with the package. You just go online and pick out the photos that you would like, in whatever size you'd like, and enter in the coupon code. You pay for shipping. The photos will be shipped directly to your home.
Q:What should I wear to my engagement or family shoot? How long does it take? How many outfits can I wear?
A: The main thing that I can say is, stay away from striped clothing if at all possible. Stripes are distracting and take away from the photo. Wear solid colors. Dress comfortably and make sure that you love your outfit. Try to pick clothing that flatters your figure. Example: If you wear a shirt that is baggy around the middle, it could make your middle look bigger. If you are not comfortable with the way your arms look, don't wear a sleeveless shirt. These are just some suggestions. The most important thing to remember is, when you look in the mirror at yourself...do you love your outfit? If you do, than forget about the tips that I just gave you. Because if you feel great while taking your photos, and you like the clothes that you had on....then it's all good. :-) Ohh, another tip...bring a hair brush and possibly some hair spray with you so you can touch up your hair in case it's windy. If it's a summer shoot, bring a wash cloth for dabbing perspiration. If it's winter, dress comfortably and feel free to bring a jacket/coat that you can take on and off while shooting.
Shoots normally last around 1.5-2 Hours. In that time frame, you can choose as many locations and clothes changes that you'd like. Just remember, time spent driving to different locations will eat up your shooting time. Typically, people bring less than 3 outfits/clothing changes.
Q:What should I bring to my bridal shoot?
A: Things to bring: Pretty shoes and comfy shoes for walking. If your comfy shoes are your pretty shoes...that's even better. :-) Bring a brush and hairspray for touchups. Don't forget the flowers and your veil. If you don't want to get a full bouquet, consider a smaller "replica" bouquet or fake flowers. If you would like to sit on the ground in your dress, then bring a white sheet to put underneath your dress. I have a small blanket that I keep with me for certain things, but, I don't usually ask you to sit on the ground unless you specifically request that shot. It is normal for the bottom of your dress to get a little dirty. I take utmost care to keep the dress clean, but, in an outdoor environment, it can't totally be avoided. Feel free to bring as many people as you'd like. You'll love having your own cheering section! If it's summer time, don't forget a wash cloth for dabbing sweat. If it's cold, feel free to bring a jacket/coat. We can take it off right before we're ready to shoot.
Q:Are the Digital Photos that you take the same quality as film?
A: I shoot with professional digital SLR cameras and professional lenses. The prints created with the equipment that we use will be better quality than film photos, even with enlargements out to 20"x30". I only use professional photo labs for printing. No chain store printing for us. The photographs that are ordered online are printed by a professional lab that has been in business since 1968.
Q:How is BrewyetPhoto wedding photography different than the rest?
A: I try to be flexible and meet the special requirements of each individual, because, no two brides / families are the same. I feel that a photographer must make the client feel relaxed and comfortable. I try to bring an light attitude to a stressful environment to ease tension. I don't just "take pictures", I create Art. Photographs that will last a lifetime. Not gimmicky or styled with the latest fad, I want timeless. Call for an appointment. I'd love to listen to your needs.
Q:How is BrewyetPhoto a better value than "wally world" or other portrait studio's?
A: We offer something different: Professionalism, with personality. I enjoy meeting people and being a part of your family for a while. We will incorporate ideas from you into every shoot. It's not about me, it's about you. I will take many pictures for you to choose from. You can view these from your own home computer. I won't put any sales pressure on you, my photo's sell themselves.
Q:Why are your prices so HIGH?
A: I sometimes get asked this question as well. People wonder how I can charge so much for just a few hours of wedding coverage, or, for a portrait session. People wonder why I charge $x.xx for a 5x7, when they can go to "Marty Mart" or the Drugstore and have it printed for a "Buck Fifty"! Well, you are paying for more than a print. You are paying for time, years of experience, knowledge, top quality prints, extremely expensive camera equipment, expensive computers and software, lighting equipment, etc......
Six hours of wedding coverage is just a tiny amount of the actual time it takes to shoot a wedding. It actually requires well over 40 hours of work per wedding (or more, depending on if we did a Bridal and Engagement Session!). This includes equipment prep, drive time, meeting time, shooting times, editing time, posting to website time, ordering print time, delivering print time, etc..... Ohh, and, I have to pay my assistant's, or they'll quit! LOL.
Just because someone has a "nice" camera, doesn't make them a professional photographer, it just makes them a person with a "nice camera". I have invested (and continually invest) countless hours and dollars into learning, reading, attending seminars and conferences, researching, equipment, etc... to get to the point where I even considered myself a professional. Think about this: Just because you could buy a really nice knife for $1000.00, does that qualify you to do surgery? :-)
Q:What do you wear to weddings? I've seen photogs show up in jeans to other peoples weddings.
A: Well, it depends on the wedding and the weather. If it's an outdoor wedding in the summer, I wear a nice collared short sleeve shirt and slacks. If it's an indoor wedding in summer I wear dress shirt with tie and slacks. If it's spring, fall, winter, I wear dress shirt, tie, slacks and sometimes a suit jacket. I move around a whole lot. So, a suit at an outdoor wedding in summer won't cut it. I don't enjoy passing out. LOL! But really, I dress nicely and always in a professional manner.
Q: Do you need me to provide you with a list of the photos that I want for my wedding day?
A: No, you don't have to give me a shot list. :-) If it's there, I'll get it. We will get together a week before the wedding and we will put together a list of people to include in your formal photos. This list is essential to keeping the formal photo session quick. (99% of the time, under 20min) But, as far as a list of photos eg: photo of our hands on top of each other, dress in front of a window, bride kissing groom, etc.... If I didn't know to capture these types of moments....I'd have gone out of business a long time ago. LOL!
NOTE!! **Read this!** If you have any important info about details of the wedding day...don't hesitate to let me know!! Example: Brides hanky was made out of grandma's wedding dress, mom and dad are divorced and don't like each other, sister's daughter is in a wheelchair (I'll plan to make adjustments to the family photos to accommodate you guys) , etc... If it's a detail or moment that is very unique, I may not know that it is important to you.
Q:Why should I do my formal (alter shots of bride and groom / immediate family / wedding party) BEFORE the wedding instead of after? My Mom said that the Bride and Groom can't see each other before the wedding!?
A: The tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other dates back to the days of arranged marriages. Often, the groom didn't see his bride until AFTER he had said "I do"! So, unless you are entering into an arranged marriage, there is nothing wrong with seeing your other half early. Here are some Pro's and Con's of doing the formals before or after the wedding, we can talk more in person if you are interested.
Pros of doing the formals after:
1) Bride and Groom don't see each other until after. 2) That's it.
Cons of doing the formals after:
1) Time! We will be rushed to get this done in 15-20 min. We WILL get the shots, but remember, creativity takes time. 2) The wedding party will want to get to eating/drinking/dancing/etc... 3) If the parents are emotional types, they will have red puffy eyes from crying during the ceremony. etc...
Pros of doing the formals before the wedding starts:
1) Time! We can schedule about 30 min of time before the ceremony to get these done. I do a "Bridal Reveal". (I'll explain in detail at our meeting) It's much more intimate than seeing your bride for the first time with 300 other people. 2) After the ceremony, you have more time to talk to people who want to congratulate you. 3) The priest / minister is not rushing us out of the Church due to mass / confession that starts 10 min after your wedding. 4) It eases stress on you guys.
This is something that I can only suggest. I would never push it on someone. But, I know from experience, that it works better. But, like I said, it is your day! Only you guys can make the call on this. THANKS!!...Chris
Chris Brouillette, Providing affordable wedding photography in Lafayette Louisiana.
Nominated into the top 5 Best Wedding Photgraphers in Lafayette for several years in a row. Best wedding photographer!!...That's an honor for me. Thanks to all that nominated us....Chris