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: My work’s been featured in StyleMePretty, 100LayerCake, Refinery29, NYpost, ABCnews, Essence, Fstoppers, reddit, PetaPixel, Brit.co, HLNtv, Brides, Metro Detroit Bride, Ambassador, TheKnot, WeddingChannel, tumblr, Buzzfeed, and HuffingtonPost. I’ve received the following awards:
– “Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame” – TheKnot.com
– TheKnot.com “2016 Best of Weddings: Photography”
– Weddingwire.com “2016 Couple’s Choice Award”
– TheKnot.com “2015 Best of Weddings: Photography”
– Weddingwire.com “2015 Couple’s Choice Award”
– 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: Why should we hire you?
A: JLBwedding is a great choice if Art/Style is your #1 priority, but you also desire extensive documentation and a great experience. I’m routinely told that working with me is easy, fun, and relaxing. I tend to focus on the couple, but never ignore family, bridesmaids, groomsmen or the bigger picture of the event. It’s also nice that your photos won’t look like everyone else’s.
Q: When & where do we get to see the photos?
A: Teaser images on Facebook within 24 hours (unless you don’t want yourself on FB). The rest of the photos will be available to view 1-2 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 couple can spend the print credit.
Q: What are animated gifs?
A: Pictures that move on the internet. They are one of the things I’m known for. I can make one of you at your wedding or story-session. Let me know how much you’re into these so I can plan accordingly. There is no additional charge for these. I share them on my tumblr.
Q: What is Levitation photography?
A: Pictures of you jumping. Not everyone is up for this and that’s ok. Giant wedding dresses don’t help and not everyone can jump in heels. Let me know how much you’re into these so I can plan our shoot accordingly. levitation examples
Q: Do you work alone?
A: Yes. I no longer offer packages that include a 2nd photographer. Other wedding photo companies offer 2-photographer teams but I do not. If you are planning on having separate groups getting ready before the ceremony I’ll be with one set, then with the other, then off to the ceremony. Adding an extra hour or two to the coverage, if needed, is more cost effective than a 2nd shooter. Seriously people, you can’t talk me into selling you multiple shooters. Here are examples of my ceremony coverage.
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. The brand of imagery shown 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. I do my best to get all of my clients’ requests but I won’t do pics of guests at each & every table during the reception.
Q: Who is the client?
The couple getting married are the only clients. Although I’m friendly & courteous to everyone I only take direction from the couple, not from parents, friends, dj, band, videographers, hall manager, or wedding planner/coordinator, regardless of who paid for the photography services.
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 couple 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 couple, so don’t leave just 15 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: Should we hire a lighting company?
A: It’s rarely a necessity but it could enhance the ambience. You really will need them if you are planning something special like an outdoor ceremony at night. Also know that if you have purple uplighting throughout your reception you WILL have purple tinted photos.
Q: What kind of equipment will you bring with you?
A: I bring multiple professional Cameras, a variety of lenses, and lighting to handle any situation.
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. Digital files will include Standard Color versions plus several custom alternate versions 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: Digital images start as color but can be processed B/W, vintage, etc at your request. There is no extra charge for my 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 can we expect our album?
A: I’ve found that the best system for getting my clients their wedding album is for me to just start designing it. I’m quite good at picking the images and laying them all out like a story of the day. You’ll receive a proof online within a few weeks of the wedding. One round of edits included. Additional changes available for $100/hr.
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 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: Do you offer a fun photobooth at the reception?
A: I do not. Try the photobooth experts at Shutterbooth.com.
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: If you do hire me you’ll be granting me the ability to stop family, guests or vendors from taking pictures if they are distracting, 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. 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 “image 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, trim flesh, 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: Will you work with same-sex couples?
A: Yes! There’s even a page with examples.
Q: Can we hire you?
A: Subject to availability, most likely, yes. I’ll pass on opportunities that put restrictions on my creativity, do not match up with my style, or If you want me to reproduce another photographer’s 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. more details about privacy, payment, shipping, refunds
Q: What types of payments do you accept?
A: I accept payments online via “Square” with your credit card.
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 & payment.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: I’d love to answer them. firstname.lastname@example.org :: 248.444.0161