How do I get my pictures? Can I print them?

When your pictures are edited, I will mail you a CD or DVD with all of the edited high-resolution images. The DVD will also have a file containing a copyright release. You can then print the pictures, post them online, make copies of the CD and send them to your family, etc. They’re your pictures, and I want you to use them however you want. It’s a key part of my philosophy that you should be able to see and own every useable picture I took, and that you should be able to keep them forever.

How long does it take to get my pictures?

Generally, it takes from 4-8 weeks for me to edit and mail your pictures, depending on the time of year and how many other sessions I am editing. Albums can take a little longer, sometimes up to 3 months from the wedding date. I want you to have your pictures as soon as possible, and I am usually able to post a teaser of the best pictures online within a week or two of your session.

Where should I print my pictures?

Not all photo printing labs are created equal, and some labs will result in much better quality prints than others. I highly recommend you try smaller local print shops. If you’re having trouble finding one in your city, let me know and I’ll help! Sam’s Club and Costco also usually provide quality prints. Good online printing labs include Mpix and Nations.

How much time do I get?

As much as you need. No, seriously. I want to make beautiful pictures, and I don’t want to miss anything. Usually, an engagement session lasts 1-3 hours, and I typically spend 6-8 hours at a wedding. I also don’t have fees written into my contract for extra hours. If it looks like your wedding  or event will require more time than usual, we’ll discuss that in advance. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy yourself, and don’t worry about the time! If we go over a bit, that’s just because I was having too much fun to go home!

Why are wedding photographers so expensive? 

This is a really great question! Most people don’t realize the amount of time and effort that goes into photographing a wedding. For me, there is usually an initial meeting, an engagement session, and many hours of emails, phone calls, and planning before the wedding even happens. I often attend rehearsal dinners when my schedule and the location of the wedding permit, and I am usually on-location at the wedding for 6-8 hours. Once the wedding is over, editing takes at least 2-3 hours for every hour that I was at the wedding, and then the pictures have to be uploaded to the internet, burned to DVD, and mailed. All in all, I spend somewhere between 30-50 hours on an average wedding. It’s also important to consider the costs of the album, prints, DVD, shipping, etc. Once all of that is taken into consideration, my hourly wage is actually quite low for most weddings!

I choose to keep my wedding prices low (compared to other local photographers of similar quality) because I love photography and I love weddings. I don’t want anyone to miss out on great wedding photography because of cost, so I keep my prices as low as I possibly can. If you still can’t find a package that suits your needs, send me a message and we can work together to design something  that will be perfect for you!

What should I wear?

Wear whatever you’re comfortable in and feel good in! Generally, you should stay away from clothes that are too tight, too baggy, or have distracting patterns or neon-bright colors, but almost anything can make for a good picture. For engagement or group sessions, it’s smart to coordinate your clothing a little, but there’s no need for everyone to match.

What kind of a deposit do you require for weddings?

For weddings, I ask for a 30% deposit when we sign the contract. I’m pretty flexible about when we sign the contract, and I’ll pencil in your date without a contract. I do ask that you pay either the deposit or the cost of an engagement session by the day of your engagement session. For portrait sessions, no deposit is required.

Do you travel?

I absolutely travel! I’ll travel anywhere on the globe for the cost of my transportation and a hotel room. If you’re getting married in an especially interesting location, let me know, and I may be willing to offer an “Erin gets a mini-vacation” discount.

How far ahead do I need to book a portrait session or wedding?

For portrait and engagement sessions, a few weeks’ notice is usually enough time, though you may want to book a few months in advance if you have a very specific date in mind. For weddings, I generally find myself booking 6-12 months in advance. However, I often book last-minute weddings, elopements, and portrait sessions, so you should absolutely send me an email to check my availability if you’re interested!

Have a question that you don’t see an answer for? Email me at erinreneecook@gmail.com!