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: Been featured in several times in Metro Detroit Bride Magazine, Ambassador Magazine, stylemepretty.com, weddingchannel.com and we’ve 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: How long do you need the Bride & Groom alone for creative pictures?
A: We’ll work with whatever time you give us but STRONGLY recommend 2 solid hours. The main reason most clients hire us is for these creative pictures, so don’t leave us with just 27 mins out of your 8 hour package.
Q: How many pictures do you take at a wedding?
A: Varies at every wedding but is between 1000-5000.
Q: How many of the pictures will we get?
A: We go through and pick the best. You’ll end up with between 500-1500 final touched-up images: Online, in your Thumbnail Book and on your disc.
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: 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 dozen lenses, and lighting to handle any situation.
Q: How do you make your photos look like they do?
A: The “Vintage” coloring is done in post but most of the “look” is done in-camera. The blur in some images is from the lens used and not added in photoshop.
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: 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 or 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: What kind of cameras do you use?
A: We use Canon, professional digital cameras (1D and 5D models) and an assortment of genuine Canon “L” lenses.
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 or anything at your request. No extra charge for special coloring.
Q: Can we hear from some of your previous clients?
Q: What kind of input can we have on the photos? Can we give you a list?
A: We invite special shot requests but we’re not interested in recreating other photographer’s work from pinterest.
Q: Can you setup & run a photo booth at the reception?
A: No thanks. Hire a photobooth company.
Q: Can our guests and families (uncle bob) take their own photographs of everything?
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 the backgrounds of 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, or fix what happens at the top of an ill-fitting strapless dress.
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 JPEG files (not the RAW images). The client can reproduce, print, modify and/or display the images for non-commercial purposes. The client shall not sell said images or falsely represent the authorship of the images. The client agrees to include “Photos by Jeffrey Lewis Bennett” or “Photos by JLBwedding.com” with any photo or set of photos published publicly: on the internet, facebook, blog, thank you cards, etc. The only acceptable non-credited use would be for private display in the home. The Client agrees to let the photographer handle submissions to professional publications (magazines, newspapers, style blogs, etc) when more than one image will be used.
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: What if I have more questions?
A: I’d love to talk to you. firstname.lastname@example.org :: 248.444.0161