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, Essence, slrlounge.com, stylemepretty.com, 100layercake.com, refinery29.com, weddingchannel.com, buzzfeed.com, etc. I was also on Huffingtonpost.com. I’ve received the following awards:
- “Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame” – TheKnot.com
- TheKnot.com “2014 Best of Weddings: Photography”
- Weddingwire.com “2014 Couple’s Choice Award”
- 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: I invite special requests (example: closeup of Bride, Mom & Grandma) but I won’t be recreating another photographer’s work from Pinterest, etc. There are photographers happy to emulate whatever style you bring to them but the brand of imagery show on this site is all I’m offering. Being creative and art-directing the scene is what I love about this and you’ll get the best results expecting just that.
Q: Should we bring props to the photo session?
A: I’d prefer you didn’t. I use subjects and available environments to create interesting visuals. Nothing else needed. One exception is a bouquet of flowers, I always love that. Anything else you bring along will get in the way.
Q: How long do you need the Bride & Groom alone for creative pictures?
A: I’ll work with whatever time you give us but recommend 1-2 hours. The main reason most clients hire me is for these creative pictures of the Bride & Groom, so don’t leave 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 I take an average of 1500 images in 8 hours of coverage. I then deliver 500-700. You’ll receive final touched-up images: Online, in your Thumbnail Book and Digitally: in Standard Color plus your 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. I delete all the images that do not meet my quality/technical/artistic standards.
Q: Do you develop your own film?
A: 100% digital, no film. I shoot RAW and manage the editing. Your prints & albums 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 our unique color processing.
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: Teaser images asap (usually within 48 hours!.. unless you don’t want that) The rest of the photos will be available to view 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: What kind of equipment will you bring with you?
A: I bring multiple Cameras, a variety of lenses, and lighting to handle any situation. I use Canon, professional digital cameras (currently own three 5D mark III’s) and an assortment of genuine Canon “L” Prime & TS-E 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. Other wedding photo companies offer 2-photographer teams but I’ve found it’s unnecessary. Here are examples of how I can capture the groom’s face and bride with her father during the ceremony. Why I don’t offer a 2nd photographer.
Q: Do you take bridal party shots, family portraits, and group formal photos at the wedding?
A: While this website features mainly shots of the couples I absolutely always take those. Want to see some? group and formal photos
Q: Will you come scout out our locations and meetup multiple times to discuss everything?
A: Sorry. My schedule of shooting & editing just doesn’t allow it. But I’m 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: I’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. The photographer may ask family, guests or vendors to sit down or stop taking pictures if they are interfering or holding up the day. I recommend having an Unplugged Wedding.
Q: What’s an Unplugged Wedding?
A: Ask 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 camera-blocked-faces in all your wedding photos. This can also cut down on the unflattering amateur images of you & your event instantly 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 break up 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: Removal of skin blemishes, wrinkles, or something distracting from the background. You still need to hire professionals to do your hair & makeup. Special requests for changes, edits, effects, etc are evaluated on a case by case basis and I reserve the right to charge extra or just say no. I will not photoshop anyone to appear thinner, reshape body parts, fix what happens at the top of an ill-fitting dress, add in someone/something that wasn’t there, or make a B&W image with spot color.
Q: Who owns the copyright to the photos?
A: The Photographer shall own the copyright in all images created and all photographic materials. The Photographer has the right to use the images, without compensation or notification to the client, in any of the following ways: reproductions for the clients and both client’s families and friends, for the Photographer’s portfolio, samples, self-promotions, entry in photographic contests, art exhibitions, editorial use, advertisements promoting the photographer or partnering vendor, photographer’s website, any partnering website, for display within or on the outside of the Photographer’s studio, 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 I get new business. I also like to win awards and get published. It’s extra motivation for your photographer to do their best. If you really want to approve each use the images or have them all kept private… let me know your concerns and we’ll sort it out.
Q: So then what about the Client’s use of the photos?
A: An exclusive personal use license is granted to the Client to reproduce, print, modify and/or display the images provided by the Photographer to the Client for non-commercial purposes. The client will receive high-resolution, non-watermarked, edited, color corrected, digital files (not the RAW images). 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. Anyone not named on the contract should order prints from the photographer-provided online gallery and not be given the digital files.
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: Are there any places you won’t go?
A: No boats or yachts, I get seasick. No greenhouses please, cameras hate the humidity and lighting is terrible. I’m not available for coverage in Canada or Central America.
Q: Can we hire you?
A: Subject to availability, most likely, yes. I’ll pass on opportunities that I feel do not match up with my style or If you want me to reproduce other photographers work.
Q: What’s required to reserve your services for our date?
A: Booking a date 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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Q: How soon should we reserve our date?
A: ASAP! I’m mostly booked a year in advance. If I have your date available DO NOT DELAY. No date is held for anyone, for any length of time, without a signed contract & first payment.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: I’d love to answer them. email@example.com :: 248.444.0161