Frequently Asked Questions


WHEN DO I BOOK MY  WEDDING ON YOUR CALENDAR?

As soon as possible! Do you love my team and I to be there to capture your wedding and/or session? Then, you have to know, we do book really, incredibly FAST. First-come, first-serve. Due to all my amazing publications and awards, our schedule books very quickly. PLUS! Our pricing is all inclusive - which combined with our quality - makes us hard to beat. Contact our team, and they will let you know if we are available... and if we are - hurry, ask the questions you need to ask, get all the information you want to read, and book.


what is your shooting style?

We like to consider our approach and style of photography as “editorial photojournalism”.

The term “photojournalism” has become quite a buzz word in the wedding industry, however true definition translates to “news photography”, as it is not art-directed or styled in anyway. In today’s world of Pinterest-worthy inspiration, it’s easy to see that true photojournalism just isn’t realistic in terms of the wedding day or even a portrait session. For us personally, we have certainly adapted the foundations of this technique so we can be as unobtrusive as possible while shooting, allowing us to photograph in a more fluid way, capturing authentic and candid moments.  There are exceptions of course, like during portraits or family formals which requires us to be a bit more directive. And with our distinct commercial and design influences, we aren’t just shooting to document the day, we are also shooting in a way that we know will lend itself better to the design of your final products and wedding album.

As creative, storytelling photographers, we aim to artfully record and present the authentic story of your day… allowing you to truly experience the magic of your wedding day. We do that by unobtrusively capturing candid moments as they happen, without directing or intervening. This inconspicuous approach helps us capture the natural magic of your day, revealing the true essence and character of yourselves, your guests and your experience. When the time is right, we will also take a more active role in offering direction, making you shine brighter than ever by posing you in flattering, natural ways that don’t look or feel posed and contrived. We’re constantly dreaming up unique and creative perspectives, often going to extraordinary lengths in pursuit of an unbelievable shot. We’ll climb trees, wade barefoot across glacier-fed rivers, even shoot from within the deluge of a freezing water fountain. The end results are timeless images that speak for themselves. Bold, bright, unique and (most importantly) REAL. Instead of posing a couple we prefer to give them little, simple verbal prompts. As a photographers we've been trained to shoot both outdoors and indoors and will either use natural light or create my own if needed. The beauty of natural light is the speed in which you can shoot. Using natural light is a talent that often goes unrecognized since it's not often taught in schools that are based indoors. But as wedding photographers with over 600+ weddings and nearly double the amount of portrait sessions we have had lots of experience shooting outdoors and love using natural light whenever we can. While we prefer a naturally lit environment we am also ready to produce stunning images no matter what Mother Nature decides to hand us on your day.  We especially love using light to create beautiful images at sunset or capturing a signature photo of the couple as they do their grand exit through a tunnel of sparklers, even in the rain.


DO I HAVE TO CHOSE A COLLECTION NOW WHEN I BOOK? I’M UNDECIDED

Nope, when you book our services, you reserve all the pricing for the Event/Wedding . You can chose the collection up to one (1) month before the wedding. We make booking super-easy! Alot of couples book us right away to guarantee our services, and they might still be planning their Big Day details. Relax, and plan away your gorgeous event… We’ll touch base with you one (1) month prior with to get all the amazing details, ask which Collection you would like, and also to draft you a detailed & organized wedding day timeline.


WHAT DOES YOUR 'EDITING' ENTAIL? 

As a photojournalistic photography company, we keep the images, as captured, true to the beauty of that moment alone. We only apply our 'Signature Look' to each image, and that will reflect our 'Look' on your own day and unique moments. Every single portrait & wedding is different: all sorts of different elements, attire, props, persons, light, weather conditions, environmental limitations, availability of things/persons, locations, etc. Every single one of those things plays a role in the look of the image overall. We keep our editing to: Signature Look plus any cropping (if needed), straightening (if needed), exposure balance, temp balance, clarity, noise reduction, etc within Adobe Lightroom. We do not photoshop persons\bodies or alter the image captured beyond our Signature Look. 

As you can see just from looking through our site, all of our images are edited with the same kind of polish and finish. Sometimes, images can vary slightly in their color tones or brightness and this is mainly because every wedding/portrait is different and lighting or environmental conditions can vary depending on the time of day or season. However, our overall level of consistency is the result of our professional expertise and many years of perfecting our editing style.

While shooting, we have very specific visions in mind and in the final stages of production, this is when the photographs can really come to life! This can also be a defining factor when hiring a professional company who is well versed not only in shooting, but also digital editing and stylizing.


DESTINATION TRAVEL RATES

I have been traveling around the US and throughout the world for the last 6 years to shoot weddings & events. Setting up the airplane travel, hotel, rental car etc can be time consuming, expensive and difficult. So I've come up with a way that makes things easy for clients to understand and doesn't cost them the time to set everything up. 

I have divided the US into four areas. Each one has a cost. I use that money to cover my plane, hotel and rental car. If it is more than that I will cover the cost out of my own pocket. If you are unsure which area your event would fall into please email me. 

Pacific Time Zone – $800

Mountain Time Zone – $700

Central Time Zone – $600

Eastern Time Zone (outside the State of Florida) – $500

International  Let's chat!


DO I RECEIVE HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES to keep?

Yes!! All of our clients receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD to your computer of the edited high-resolution images we provide you. 

A lot of photography companies say they give the disc of images, but that can be deceiving as some companies only give a 4×6 resolution w/ watermark (low-resolution, that when enlarged to 8x10 will be blurry/pixelated). So if you ever want an 8×10 print or canvas print, you have to spend hundreds of dollars with that company for the rest of your life for Printing or Enlarging Services. We’ve even heard some studios making photos into squares & only providing photographs with a watermark on them. That way prints and frames can ONLY be ordered by that company and nowhere else. SMP believes in not taking part in these practices... we prefer to give the completed high-resolution photographs and a finished product to our clients, plus the Online Gallery, which makes sharing with guests super easy!


How many photos will I get?

500-800 is what I have found is a good number to tell the entire story of a wedding day and around what you should expect for a typical 10+ hour wedding day. For weddings 6 hours or under, the standard rate is 150 to 500+ images depending on all the elements of the day. We typically provide the majority of all the photographs taken, as long as they meet our artistic expectations. 

Color or Black & White? I deliver all photos in BOTH.

You will get all the photos in our unique and timeless color-toning as well as in my artistic black and white. 


PINTEREST  VS ART

Use Pinterest to GUIDE you in finding the right photographer: Collect images you like, look at the overall STYLE of the photographs you have pinned, and then find yourself a photographer that displays that type of work. Hire that photographer. Now, rest. At this point, you have hired a photographer you trust and adore. You shouldn't try to have a photographer you have hired attempt to photograph like another photographer. Pinterest can discourage the creative process overall. As photographers, the images we create are like one-of-a-kind art. There are so many aspects that go into composing a photograph, most importantly the lighting, environment and the subjects. Sometimes, the most amazing photographs happen by chance and can’t be re-created. Unpredictability is one of the things we find most inspiring and exciting about photography. We love when we are able to blow our couples away, and give them images that are better than anything they could have ever dreamed up or expected. We are able to create these images when we are given time, complete trust and artistic freedom. It may appear simple, but there are a lot of things that make up a good photograph. As photographers, we see photos in a very unique way. We notice the lighting, coloring, the location, time of day, the body forms, the props, the clothing, the natural elements (wind, sun flare, fog), the posing, the height of the couple, ect. We know from experience that ALL of these aspects are what create the mood & feel of that particular photo. When our focus is on re-creating, we aren’t able to truly create. Knowing how important all of the elements are that go into a photograph are what make us feel discouraged when presented with a Pinterest board of inspiration. We jump into problem solving mode…how are we going to create that wind swept beach photo in a hotel garden setting? How are we going to shoot that epic bridal portrait in a messy and chaotic bridal suite? How are we going to serve our clients, but still do our best work? Re-creating someone else’s photo takes a lot of time to stage correctly - Actually, it takes up more time, much more time to recreate poses from a list then to shoot the way the photographer intends to. Best piece of advice we can offer - Let us be inspired by simply bringing yourselves to the present moment. 


Can we see a full wedding gallery from start to finish?

Off course! We pride ourselves on being able to produce awesome beautiful pictures of your wedding day from beginning to end. From the getting ready, til the end of the night, we focus of consistency of quality. We would love to share what a full wedding looks like with you. This is usually apart of our consultation process. We will go over not only full digital galleries from individual weddings with you in person and discuss all your wedding details. We also have gorgeous canvases, prints, albums, and matted images to showcase for you. 


My venue is dark and barely any light... will you be able to photograph it? 

As professional wedding photographers, I can assure you that we have shot in all types of environments as it regards to lighting. From super dark churches and hals, to extremely bright sun at high noon. We bring all the equipment, lenses, and lighting to be able to document in any environment. 


IS THIS COMPANY LICENSED & INSURED?

Yes, SMP is a licensed State of Florida professional photography company with licensed photographer(s), professionally educated editor(s), and assistant(s).

SMP is also fully insured for the highest general liabilities that even the largest of Five-Star Venues require. If your venue requires a Certificate of Insurance, please have them email us directly - usually they want this form to be as close as possible to the date of the event. 


WHEN DO I GET MY PHOTOS ? 

THANK YOU to our AMAZING editing team (a group of individuals who sole job is to edit images on time consistent with our style by simply applying our 'Signature Look' - we  do not photoshop) are lighting quick. 

All photographs captured by our team are edited through the editing team we have on staff. 

WEDDINGS & EVENTS  //  1-6 weeks on average. Usually less than 4 weeks.

PORTRAITS  //  3 days to 2 weeks on average. Usually less than 1.5 weeks.


ALBUMS, CANVAS, & PRINTS... DO YOU OFFER THEM?

Absolutely!! Each Online Gallery that my clients receive is set-up with a direct printing service feature.  AND - Remember, you (the client) receives the PERSONAL PRINT RELEASE for personal printing of your gorgeous images.


DO YOU BRING BACK-UP CAMERAS & GEAR WITH YOU TO AN EVENT?

You can never be too careful with your photos! We even bring the back-up gear necessary for portrait sessions, as well. We can never be too careful. Instead of asking the photographer how many megapixels their DSLR camera has, ask them if they actually have backup equipment equal to the equipment they are actively using. What happens if the camera over-heats, falls & breaks, or just simply doesn't want to snap a photograph?!?!  It’s really important on the day of the wedding for the photography crew to have at least two camera bodies each on them just in case. That's why all our photographers will arrive to your session and event with ample lens, at least three (3) DSLR camera bodies per every one photographer, and extra SD cards, Ext Flash-heads, etc. We come fully prepared so you can relax and enjoy those moments we will be capturing.


HOW WILL YOU KNOW MY WEDDING TIMELINE & DETAILS?

Once you become a SMP Bride, we will send you a questionnaire two (2) months before your wedding date for you to fill out with all your fun details! Once we receive this back we can finalize your photography timeline for our teams' movements on the big day. Once you book us, we are always here along the way and love to be apart of your planning process prior to the final timeline being put into place. We will always want to provide our Brides and Grooms their own personalized photography timeline. It allows everyone to know how the photography will be captured. 


HOW LONG DO MOST TYPICAL WEDDING ELEMENTS TAKE?

{ANY TRAVEL TIME FROM LOCATION TO LOCATION ON THE DAY OF }  -   Usually clients overlook that if their Ceremony is at a different location than the reception, or the Prep Suites/getting-ready locations are away from the Ceremony, the actual time it takes for your photography team to travel back and forth. Google distances and timeframes, and add an extra 10 minutes in case of traffic to make sure everything keeps running on time for your BIG DAY.

{BRIDAL PREP}  -   At least ONE (1) HOUR minimum. Most Brides book SMP for 2 TO 3 HOURS with them for Bridal Prep time.This is the MOST important portion of the album: It sets the mood for the album and tone for your gorgeous day, it is the first thing your guests will see when viewing an album. You want to make sure it is documented well: the dress, the rings, the veil, the accessories, the candids, the posed shots, the celebration among your closest family & friends that surround you as you get ready, the invitations with the rings, you getting dressed, the hair styling, the make-up application, etc... 

{GROOM PREP}  -   At least  15 to 30 MINUTES in the Groom Prep suite; if you chose to "stage" only 10-15 minutes before Ceremony.

{REVEALS & FIRST LOOKS}  -   At least 15 MINUTES for each reveal  or First Look (Groom, Bride, Father, Mother, etc)

{CEREMONY}  -   On average, usually 20 to 35 MINUTES long. Some ceremonies can take up to TWO (2) HOURS

{FORMAL PORTRAITS}  -   At least ONE (1) HOUR, to possibly 1.5 HOURS depending on how large family & Bridal/Groom parties are.

{COCKTAIL HOUR}  -   Usually ONE (1) HOUR during the time Formal Portraits are being taken.

{RECEPTION}  -   Usually reception can be anywhere from THREE (3) to SIX (6) HOURS. We do NOT have to stay all the way to end. If we leave early, we recommend only 1.5 - 2 hours of reception coverage. Unless you are doing a Grand Exit, then let us stay until the very end to capture it perfectly. 


WHAT IS A "FIRST LOOK"?

A first look is when the bride & groom see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony.  Same can be done with the parents of the couple. This is a private and intimate moment between the bride & groom. This decision is entirely up to the couple, however many couples now are opting for a first look to get pictures done early and focus more on spending time with their guests after the ceremony and enjoying their cocktail hour and the reception. We can also do "Father & Daughter" reveals, "Son & Mother" reveals, etc.

A "first look" is important if you are planning on having a sunset ceremony and leaving little to no daylight for pictures after. We encourage our couples to do a "first look" so that pictures can be done outdoors in natural light prior to the ceremony, then after the ceremony a few more romantic sunset shots and then you are free to enjoy your cocktail reception. Benefits of a "first look" include time alone together, emotional reactions, opportunity for more images, you will be refreshed and all your nerves will be gone, and your big day will last longer with more memories to make!


WHAT TIME SHOULD WE GET MARRIED?

Should we be asking you? YES! Good lighting is super important and you should definitely be aware of it especially when it comes to planning your ceremony time (and if you choose not to do a first look). I am a natural light photographer, meaning I prefer to utilize natural lighting (aka the sun), and yes, we can always light your photographs artificially - with external lighting units, but the truth is - Sunsets are much more gorgeous. Make sure my style fits your wedding!


How long will host the online gallery?

The Online Galleries are hosted for each client for one (1) month guaranteed. This is a very amazing way to easily share your photographs with family & friends. Simply provide them the link. We do try to keep the Galleries hosted longer than a month, but due to the max storage, we do have to delete the gallery from the server at some point. 


WHAT IS A "UN-PLUGGED WEDDING"? 

An "un-plugged wedding" or ceremony is when you ask your guests to put away their cell phones during the ceremony. Yes, I would absolutely suggest an un-plugged ceremony because I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had someone hang their arm out in the middle of the aisle directly in front of me (or better yet - actually STAND right in front of the camera with no care for the Professional hired) and ruin my shot. You paid good money to have a professional capture these moments, and that’s my job, but in actuality they are ruining your photos, not mine.

In addition, during the ceremony people are too busy on their cell phones playing photographer that they miss the ceremony because they’re not paying attention. I have your best interest in mind. The ceremony is very important -- Let's work together to make sure you get the best of photography during this intimate and important moment.

THE OFFICIANT WALKS UP THE FRONT OF THE CEREMONY AND READS.... 

OPTION 1\\\ "LADIES & GENTLEMAN, THE BRIDE & GROOM WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO TRULY ENJOY THEIR WEDDING CEREMONY WITH THEM, FEELING PRESENT AND IN THE MOMENT WITH THEM. THEY'VE HIRED A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM FOR EASY SHARING - WE ARE INVITING EACH OF YOU TO SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. THEY ARE RESPECTIVELY ASKING THAT NO ONE HOLD CELL PHONES UP OR CAMERAS DURING THIS INTIMATE CEREMONY. OF COURSE, THEY WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE THESE MEMORIES WITH EVERYONE ONCE THE PHOTOS ARE RECEIVED. THANK YOU!"

OPTION 2\\\ "HELLO, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE WEDDING OF ____________ & ___________. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SILENCE ANY CELL PHONES, AND PLACE THEM AWAY, UNSEEN, AS THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE WALKS DOWN THIS AISLE TO THIS HANDSOME GROOM. THEY HAVE REQUESTED TO PLEASE SILENCE ANY NOISY ELECTRONICS. AND THEY HAVE REQUESTED THAT NO PHOTOS BE TAKEN DURING THIS TIME OR POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL THE COUPLE THEMSELVES MAKE THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNEMENT. THE BRIDE & GROOM WANT YOU TO ENJOY THIS JOYOUS OCCASION IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR LOVE. THANK YOU!"


WHEN DOES THE SESSION  START?

SMP Staff Members value your time and we always make sure to be on time or earlier, preferably, to each Event/Session to make sure we start at the agreed time. As part of our policy, the session time starts when we arrive and are completed in setting up our gear. If our client(s) are fifteen, twenty, thirty, forty, or even an hour late to the session/event, our company is still owed for our time to service you at the time you requested for your session. So, for example, if the session starts at 10:00am, with SMP on time to the Event/Session site, and the client is fifteen minutes late or more to the session, we now only have forty-five minutes or less to work with for posing & capturing (unless you would like to purchase more time for your portrait) and full payment for our time is non-refundable. This is standard policy to prevent client(s) from arriving or being ready 30 minutes to even hours late to a Event/Session at a time they specifically requested us to book for them.


DO YOU USE A "SHOOT LIST" FOR WEDDINGS?

SMP always refers to a shoot list to be able to add that essential tool to capturing the moments at your Wedding. Also, please keep in mind that every Wedding is unique, and there will be some elements like other Weddings, and some different, unique elements making up your Wedding Day. Some clients hire us for Ceremony, some for Prep, Ceremony, and Reception, and some for 12 to 14 hours of coverage. Each Wedding is unique, and we do use a Shoot List to make sure we capture your Wedding the best.


TATTOO REMOVAL ? 

This is truly a common question, and it’s easy to answer: SMP does LIGHT RETOUCHING and this not include tattoo removal. Some people love their tattoos, some of them would prefer to hide them. IF you want to hide them, please ensure your clothing will fully cover the area, or hire a airbrush artist to do so for you. The editing for tattoo removal is intense and takes a much longer time of editing and post-processing to do so. If you have a tattoo is 1000x easier to have a make-up artist airbrush the tattoo(s) to ensure that no matter the pose, the tattoos are not visible, if you are trying to hide them from photographs.


EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY POLICY

Our team, when hired by our clients, chose only our company for all their photography needs for the Event/Session. This means that we will be their Exclusive Photographer(s) for their Event/Session. Which entitles SMP to be the ONLY photographer(s) at the Event/Session. It is understood that no other photographer, either amateur or professional, shall be allowed to photograph at the event in a way that interferes with the photographer, and or the photographer(s) for SMP deems interfering with our team.  Please be aware that sometimes guests, families, and friends might feel the "urgent" need to capture all your beautiful moments, which might lead to them obstructing our way or ruining photographs. We kindly ask for you to remind them that you have hired a professional photography company to capture the moments, and for them to enjoy the event by dancing, drinking, talking, eating cake, and making beautiful memories with family & friends.


MINI-SESSIONS & SPECIALS

Occasionally, we will offer Mini-Sessions on a particular day in a specified location, which are typically 15-minutes long, and centered around a theme — Spring Time Fun, Beach "Bum" Cuteness, Easter, Mother’s Day, Summer Fun, Fall, Halloween, St. Patty's Day, Princess & Princes, Christmas, etc. This allows us to schedule several families back-to-back, which keeps the cost low—it’s a win-win situation for everyone! SMP does NOT guarantee that we will have ANY mini-session opportunities per any calendar year. We only offer them when the right circumstances present themselves, and you have to remember that due to our high demand in Weddings, we are usually too busy to have mini-sessions. 


DO I RECEIVE THE RAW MATERIALS?

SMP is hired to take the time to, not only capture moments at your Event/Session, but to edit the photographs, selecting the best images, and editing those digital images to our artistic standards. We do not provide any unedited, original digital frame negatives to any clients for any price. Providing all, or some, of the original digital frame negatives is a choice of the photographer and/or photography company legally. SMP always retains full copyright of all the images taken on our cameras. The work we share with our clients & the public is an artistic representation of our company, photographers, and our work; which is why we want to always make sure your finished product has been through post-processing & retouching with our editors. Also, we always recommend that as soon as you receive your final product from us, to always backup your photographs to a computer, extra disc, flash-drive, cloud, external hard-drive, server, or whatever you are comfortable for saving the completed photographs to. All RAW materials are deleted once gallery has been uploaded and delivered to you via email. We do keep the same delivered high-resolution edited JPEGS up to one (1) year after the event date only. 


COPYRIGHT(S) 

STATEMENT

As a professional photography company, SMP does retain Full Copyrights at all times of all the images captured at any Event/Session. We will release the Print Release to the client(s) that hire us for their individual sessions and events for the completed digital JPEG images that are retouched and provided to them.  The Print Release is only for private use, not for publishing or licensing on any website and/or publication. If publication or licensing occurs without SMP's knowledge and consent, complete royalties & fees are due to SMP. We kindly ask that you provide us credit on the photographs. The Print Release is for personal printing services only to the CLIENT only who purchased it. 


DO YOU BACK-UP YOUR DIGITAL FILES OF MY SESSION/EVENT?

Yes, in three separate locations to prevent theft, misplacement, accidents, or complete loss during the editing process. We go to great lengths to protect your most precious moments while we are busy editing. 

After Delivery of the Final Product: You (the client) are fully responsible to back-up & secure your completed photographs for the future. Yes, we retain all the completed & delivered photographs for up to ONE (1) CALENDAR YEAR after the date of the session/event/wedding. We would be more than happy to advise you on many ways to protect your images for the long-run: print the images, burn a CD(s), DVD(s), and USB Flashdrives of the digital images in multiple places, place a copy of the digital files in a safety deposit box, place the digital images on multiple flash drives/external hard-drives/cloud storage, and. Make sure to always protect your images because in the course of time, there could be theft, robbery, accidents, loss of the materials. Always plan ahead and secure your memories. 


HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP the completed PHOTOs ?

We keep the edited, completed, and delivered photographs of your event or session for up to one (1) calendar year. Originals are culled and deleted after in the editing process is completed, and edited files are backed-up and delivered to the client digitally. After that time, your completed product would have already been delivered to you, and it is your responsibility to make copies of it, and most importantly, safe-guard against any accidents of losing the completed material. We always recommend that as soon as you receive your final product from us, to always back-up your photographs to a computer, extra disc, flash-drive, cloud, external hard-drive, server, or whatever you are comfortable for saving the photographs to. All RAW materials are deleted once gallery has been uploaded and delivered to you via email. We do keep the same, delivered high-resolution edited JPEGS up to one (1) year after the event date only.