Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question below, feel free to get in touch so we can add it to the list and get it answered for you!
Is my wedding date available?
As we strive to provide a very custom and personalized experience for our brides, we only take a limited number of weddings per year, please contact us directly to find out if your date is available.
Will you be the one shooting my wedding?
Yes! As a small business I am the owner, photographer, designer, book keeper, email-answerer, timeline planner, janitor, stylist and any other job you can think of. I will be the person you work with start to finish through the process. I am the one you met at the bridal expo, the one who answers all your emails, the one who will photograph your engagement session and wedding. There will be an additional photographer at the wedding with us. Most of my second shooters also own their own photography businesses and are highly qualified.
How many other weddings will you photograph that weekend?
I only take one wedding per day, so I will be with you as long as you want or need me there. I may have a second wedding that weekend, but it will not be the same day as yours and I will not accept a second wedding for a weekend if I don’t feel that I can give both brides 100%.
Will you have assistants with you on our wedding day?
Yes. I always have a second photographer, and depending on the needs of your specific wedding I may or may not have a third person to ensure that things run smoothly and that everything is captured. A second photographer is included in all of my collections and is typically not negotiable. If your wedding has more than 40 people, you likely need a second person shooting.
How long have you been shooting weddings
I started shooting weddings in 2005, and averaged around 20-25 per year for the first 7 years of shooting. During that time I was working in a studio owned by someone else. There were two lead photographers— the owner and me. Since then I relocated to New England and started my own company. I have been shooting at least 15 weddings per year since then.
How many weddings have you photographed?
All total, I have shot more than 200 weddings as a first shooter and countless others as a second shooter.
Do you often shoot weddings that have a similar size and style to the one we are planning?
The most likely answer is yes. I’ve shot weddings with anywhere from 10 guests (including the bride and groom) to 400 guests, including a wedding party with 16 bridesmaids, 16 groomsmen, five flower girls, two ring-bearers, and a saber guard with an additional 6 members. I’ve shot weddings with themes of all sorts. Anything from a rustic barn setting to a very formal catholic mass in a cathedral.
Can we see the full galleries of a few of your recent weddings?
You definitely can! I highly recommend you don’t hire any photographer who won’t show you a full wedding. And, the more full weddings you see, the better. At the top of the page, if you click on “clients”, you can visit my proofing site. There are lots of weddings on the site. Some have passwords and some don’t. If you come across a wedding you’d like to see that is password protected, just shoot me an email with the name of the bride and groom and I can let you know how to access it.
Have you ever shot a wedding at our ceremony and reception venues? If not, do you plan to check the venues out in advance?
Being in New England, with so many venues in such a small area, it is possible I haven’t yet photographed your venue. While I have been to many venues, there are definitely some I haven’t. Let’s talk about yours and I can let you know if I’ve been there or not. If I haven’t and feel like it’s necessary, I will be happy to do a walk-through of your venue with or without you prior to the wedding day. However, one important thing to keep in mind is that 90% of my job is improvising and making the most of any situation and any setting. Wedding days rarely go exactly as planned, and adapting is a key characteristic you want from your photographer. Our plan may be to shoot in the gardens of your venue, but it pours down rain all day… part of the reason you hire me is because I can find the beauty in any area and you will come away with amazing photographs no matter where or what the circumstances.
Have you ever worked with our planner? Videographer? Florist? DJ? etc.
I have a form you will fill out a couple of months before the wedding that asks for the contact information for your other vendors. My philosophy is that we are all your wedding day team, and the better we work together the better your day goes. I know many different vendors, but if I haven’t yet met or worked with yours, I always reach out ahead of the wedding to introduce myself and coordinate with the rest of the team. We are all there to give you the wedding of your dreams, and cooperation is key. I haven’t had a wedding yet where I wasn’t able to work comfortably and well with the other vendors.
How would you describe your photography style?
I would describe my style of shooting as classic with fine art and journalistic mixed in. I don’t use a lot of filters and strive to capture your wedding day in a way that is timeless and will not look dated or “cheesy” in a few years. I also include a journalistic approach to the ceremony, the reception and many of the moments in between, while still capturing the must-have posed family photos. For the fine art aspect, I endeavor to create a beautiful art piece for each couple at their wedding. Something you can hang on your wall and enjoy for years to come.
How would you describe your working style ? Do you prefer to blend into the background to capture candid moments, or do you like to be more visible and take charge to choreograph images?
Again, a bit of a mix. During the pre-ceremony portion of the day, which includes dressing photos and some of the posed group photos I will help keep everyone on track while still capturing things as they happen. During the group photos I will tell people where to stand, how to pose, etc., to ensure the best possible photos of you with your loved ones. We will have worked together before the wedding day to put together the must-have family photos so that we can move efficiently through those, leaving more time to focus on the two of you!
After the formal photos are done and you’ve entered your reception, it’s completely capturing it as it happens. We hang in the background and keep our eyes on you guys and capture the evening as you enjoy your reception with your friends and family.
Do you shoot digitally? With film? Or both?
I shoot digitally. While I started with film, and have the knowledge to shoot with it, I much prefer digital and how quickly it allows me to get the photos to you once the wedding day is over.
Pricing & Packages:
What is included in your standard package? What add-ons do the more expensive packages include?
A basic collection begins at $3495 and includes wedding day photography by two photographers. The most popular collection includes an engagement session, an album and digital files and the average client spends around $4500-$5500. Please contact me to determine exactly what the needs of your wedding would be.
Can I customize a package to fit my needs?
You can customize your package. Let’s talk through the details of your wedding to determine exactly what you need and want.
Do you include engagement photos in your packages? What about pre-wedding events like rehearsal dinners?
Engagement photos are included in some collections, and rehearsal dinners or bridal showers can be added for an additional fee.
Do you offer retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services? Are those included or an additional charge?
Retouching is done at the discretion of AliCaliPhoto, but more specific requests can be made. The majority of retouch requests do not incur additional fees, however if you decide you want an entire person removed from your images, that and any other extensive retouching will incur a per-photo fee.
Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?
I do my best to keep costs down for my clients. Up to 100 miles of travel is included in all of my collections. Cost beyond that would vary depending on location, distance from my home base and the time your coverage would end. Mileage is charged at the government standard rate, which as of 2018 was $0.545 per mile. Typically, if I can be home by midnight no additional fees are needed. Any hotels, flights, baggage fees, rental cars, etc. will be charged at cost. Certain exclusions may apply.
Prints & Albums:
Can we order prints or albums directly from you?
Yes, I actually prefer you do this because then I can assure that you receive a high-quality lifetime-guaranteed product.
What type of album do you offer? Do you provide assistance selecting images and designing the album?
Albums are provided by Album Epoca and we work together to design your album. You always receive final proofing and approval before your album is printed.
How long after the wedding will we receive the images? How will they be delivered?
Images are delivered within two weeks of the wedding, engagement session or other photo shoot. We will set up a time convenient for everyone to have a Reveal Session. At this time we will go through your wedding photos and determine what photos you want for your album, and what you may want for wall art. The orders for wall art will be placed that evening after the Reveal so we can get them back to you as quickly as possible.
Will we have the rights to the images?
Most of my collections include digital negatives with permissions for personal printing. The copyright remains with the photographer as is industry standard.
Will we receive the negatives and/or high resolution digital images? Is there a fee for that?
Depending on your collection there may or may not be an additional fee for the digital negatives. If an album is included in your collection, the digital negatives will be delivered once final approval of your album design has been given.
Will the images be accessible online? For how long?
Typically images can be posted online for 3-6 months, depending on your collection and the specific needs of your wedding.