Q: How long have you done this? etc
A: Started shooting weddings professionally in 2003. I do this full time, I’m a PPA member, I’m insured and I have a BFA in graphic design.
Q: Have you been published or won any awards?
A: I have been published in Metro Detroit Bride Magazine, Ambassador Magazine, TheKnot Magazine, stylemepretty.com, weddingchannel.com. I was even featured nationally on Huffingtonpost.com I’ve also been given the following awards:
- TheKnot.com “2013 Best of Weddings: Photography”
- Weddingwire.com “2013 Bride’s Choice Award”
- TheKnot.com “2012 Best of Weddings: Photography”
- Weddingwire.com “2012 Bride’s Choice Award”
- TheKnot.com “2011 Best of Weddings: Photography”
- Weddingwire.com “2011 Bride’s Choice Award”
Q: What kind of input can we have on the photos? Can we give you a list?
A: We invite special requests (example: closeup of Bride, Mom & Grandma) and style direction (example: focus on fun, or focus on romantic/glamour, or focus on vintage) but we’re not super interested in recreating other photographer’s work from pinterest or otherwise. We’re best utilized by couples who want their photographer to be the creative force behind the images.
Q: Should we bring props to the photo session?
A: I’d prefer you didn’t. My style uses my subjects and available environments to create interesting visuals. Nothing else needed. One exception is a bouquet of flowers, I always love that. Besides anything you bring along I’ll end up having to carry and my hands will already be full.
Q: How long do you need the Bride & Groom alone for creative pictures?
A: We’ll work with whatever time you give us but we recommend 1-2 hours. The main reason most clients hire us is for these creative pictures of the Bride & Groom, so don’t leave us with just 17 mins out of your 8 hour package.
Q: Can we hire a wedding planner/coordinator and not think anymore about the schedule of our day?
A: Please stay involved in scheduling and be an advocate for time set aside for creative images.
Q: How many pictures do you take at a wedding?
A: Varies at every event but we average 1500 images in 8 hours of coverage.
Q: How many of the pictures will we get?
A: 500-700 for 8 hours of coverage. You’ll recieve final touched-up images: Online, in your Thumbnail Book and Digitally. Our clients get their photos in our Standard Color plus all their favorites ALSO in a several custom, cross-processed, vintage tones at no additional charge.
Q: What about the images you don’t select? Can we have those too?
A: Sorry. We reserve the right to delete any of the images that do not meet our quality/technical/artistic standards.
Q: Do you develop your own film?
A: We’re 100% digital, no film. We shoot RAW and do all the editing. Your prints are made offsite at a professional color lab.
Q: Do you shoot in color or black and white? Or both?
A: With digital all images are shot in color, but we make images B/W, vintage, etc at your request. There is no extra charge for ourspecial coloring.
Q: How do you make your photos look like they do?
A: It’s the camera. Just kidding… The “look” results from knowledge, experience, creativity and unique post-processing. The blur in some images is a result of a special lens used, not added in photoshop and cannot be removed.
Q: When & where do we get to see the photos?
A: We usually have the photos done 6-8 weeks after the wedding date. Your photos will be displayed for 90 days on an online gallery at www.enjoyphotos.com. You, your family, and friends can use this to order professional quality prints, though only the bride & groom can spend the print credit. Any print credit amount included in the package is valid only through this online gallery and expires when the gallery expires. Special arrangements can be made for clients without internet access.
Q: Can we get the brand of album we want?
A: We can get any album on the market. Prices might be different than the albums covered on this site.
Q: What kind of equipment will you bring with you?
A: We bring multiple Cameras, a variety of lenses, and lighting to handle any situation. We use Canon, professional digital cameras (1D and 5D models) and an assortment of genuine Canon “L” lenses.
Q: Who will actually take our pictures?
A: JLB himself always plans on being there. Only in the case of an emergency would there be a substitution. This has yet to happen.
Q: Do you work alone?
A: Yes, usually. There is rarely a need for an assistant and I no longer offer packages that include a 2nd photographer.
Q: Will you come scout out our locations and meetup multiple times to discuss everything?
A: No. Our schedule of shooting & editing just doesn’t allow it. But we’re very accessible via phone, email, google docs, etc.
Q: Can we hear from some of your previous clients?
Q: Can our guests and families (uncle bob) take their own photographs of everything?
A: We’ll be the exclusive professional photographer retained by you for the purpose of photographing the wedding. Family, friends and other wedding vendors (hair/makeup, florist, etc) may take photographs as long as they not interfere with the photographer’s duties. The photographer may ask family, guests or vendors to stop taking pictures if they are interfering or holding up the day. We recommend having an Unplugged Wedding.
Q: What’s an Unplugged Wedding?
A: We strongly recommend you invite all your guests to leave their phones in their pockets and their cameras AND iPADS at home. You want your guests mentally present, enjoying the party, and would rather have images of their smiling faces instead of cameras in-hand in all your wedding photos. This can also cut down on the unflattering amateur images of you & your event on social media. Here’s a sample “no camera’s please” card at designaglow.com. More info about having an Unplugged Wedding.
Q: Can we breakup the time included in our package or pause it for dinner, drive time, etc?
A: No. All packages include a consecutive length of photographic coverage. This time may not be split up.
Q: What do you mean by “extensive retouching” included in the packages?
A: We remove skin blemishes, wrinkles, or something distracting from the background. You still need to hire a professional to do your makeup. Special requests for changes, edits, effects, etc are evaluated on a case by case basis and we reserve the right to charge extra for it or just say no. We will not photoshop our clients to appear thinner, reshape body parts, fix what happens at the top of an ill-fitting strapless dress, or make a B&W image with spot color.
Q: Who owns the copyright to the photos?
A: JLB Photography & Design does. We retain the right to use the images, without compensation or notification to the client, to promote ourselves and the other wedding vendors involved in your day. We may display them in or outside our offices or the offices of partnering vendors, post them on this site, Facebook, Twitter, on a blog, in a magazine, book, app, social network, or any media not yet invented.
Q: But what if I don’t want you to use my photos?
A: Promotional use of the images is how we get new business. We also like to win awards and get published. It’s extra motivation for your photographer to do their best.
Q: Can I please get to approve each use the images or have all the images kept private?
A: Sure thing, but there may be a charge for limiting the use of the images. Let us know your concerns and we’ll talk it over.
Q: So then what about the Client’s use of the photos?
A: The client will receive a disc of high-resolution, non-watermarked, edited, color corrected, digital files (not the RAW images). The Client is granted a non-exclusive personal use license to reproduce, print, modify and/or display the images provided by the Photographer to the Client for non-commercial purposes. The client shall not sell said images or falsely represent the authorship of the images. The client agrees to include “Photo by Jeffrey Lewis Bennett” or “Photo by JLBwedding.com” with any photo or set of photos published publicly: on the internet, Facebook, blog, newspaper, magazine, etc. The only acceptable non-credited use would be for private display in the home. Please share the online gallery’s login instead of uploading all your photos to Facebook, distributing your digital files, etc. The Client agrees to not submit the photos to professional publications (magazines, newspapers, style blogs, etc) when more than one image will be used. The photographer will handle image distribution to professional publications and other vendors.
Q: Can we have the RAW images?
A: No. A “RAW” image is the file right out of the camera. These RAW files don’t look anything like the finished product. Now if you mean the photo all touched up, color corrected, but without the funky vintage colorings? Then YES, you get those!
Q: Can we hire you?
A: Subject to availability, most likely, yes. Though we sometimes pass on opportunities that we feel do not match up with our style.
Q: What’s required to reserve your services for our date?
A: Booking for wedding coverage does require signing a contract and making the first of three phase by phase completion payments equal to 1/3 of the package total.
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