FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When it comes to preserving memories and creating a family heirloom, there are few decisions you'll make in life that are more important that your wedding photographer.
Wedding photography is a subject both broad and deep, and it's a very personal thing, too. There's no substitute for shaking hands and sitting down together to talk about everything face to face.
Hopefully these FAQs will answer some of your initial questions, but at some point you're going to need to contact us, and we prefer it to be the sooner the better. After all, we can only shoot one wedding per day, and you don't want to procrastinate this particular wedding-planning task.
In fact, just forget about reading another word and use our Inquiry Form to contact us now! We'll get you all the info you need.
Oh, you're still here? Okay, click any of the frequently asked questions below to read our responses. Then don't hesitate to contact us for more info.
- Can I have a price list of your packages?
- Do you work with a second photographer?
- Do you edit all of our photographs?
- Can our photos be delivered in both black & white and color?
- How far will you travel?
- How long does it take before we receive our products and photographs?
- How many pictures will we receive?
- Can we see the images that didn't make the final cut?
- Do we get to keep the negatives?
- How does the album design process work?
- What albums and print options do you offer?
- How can I share my photos online?
- Do you offer engagement sessions? Other types of sessions? Video?
Before we talk costs, we want to hear from you first. We'd like to know your wedding date so that we can determine whether we're available. We'd also love to know where your wedding will take place so we can put greater thought into our response to you.
Our pricing isn't based on a set list of packages. Every wedding is different, and no package is a perfect fit for every engaged couple. Instead, we have a base package that includes the photography and proofing but little else, and then we have a tremendously diverse and awesome collection of albums, art pieces, prints, services and more for you to pick what you want and not pay for anything you don't.
We're happy to give you prices for whatever you want and calculate the costs for any custom-built package you request. It's all quite easy and straightforward, you'll see.
That said, our standard single-photographer option is the best fit for over half of the weddings we handle. If you're skeptical that your wedding day can be thoroughly documented by only one photographer, give me a chance to show you full weddings that I photographed solo. You'll be amazed at the thoroughness, variety, and consistent quality of my wedding photography from beginning to end, in every environment and situation.
First, we filter out redundant images, bad candids, etc. Then we hand-edit each and every image that you'll receive from us, to apply our top-secret blend of spices and seasonings that are part of the Wallflower look.
Instead of trying to describe it, I'd rather you just look at our photos and get back to us if you like what you see. Once specific photos are selected for the album or wall art, we can perform additional retouching, from skin smoothing to figure slimming.
As a general rule, we will convert b&w images back to color, or color to b&w, at no extra charge whenever a photo is being purchased in some form: as a print, in an album, etc. If you already know you want all your photos to be in color, or all in b&w, just let us know ahead of time and we will accommodate.
Our weddings are approximately split 50/50 between the Seattle area and the Tacoma area, but we've recently gone to the San Juan Islands, and Ashford near Mt. Rainier, and Lake Quinault on the peninsula. If you think your wedding location might be outside our range, well, it doesn't hurt to check in with us anyway! Sometimes a weekend getaway to a new or special place sounds pretty appealing.
From then, you could have art hanging on your walls in a week, and you could be flipping through the pages of your album in under a month, if you're able to fight the temptation of post-wedding procrastination and get your photo selection and design review tasks done without delay. We make it easy to do online, from your own home or office (we won't tell your boss).
Here's where trust comes in. If you're hiring Wallflower to photograph your wedding, you are already placing a lot of trust in us. Please also trust that we will not cut images that are important for you to have. We would never throw out good photos to hit a specific quantity of images to deliver.
You'll get your high-res digital files on a beautiful flash drive along with an official print release. Just like all other competent photographers, I retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on, but this doesn't affect your personal use of your wedding photos.
Once you receive your full set of wedding photos, you will make a list of must-include photos for the album. We'll custom-design the album, building each design from scratch, and when it's done, you'll get to review it through an online portal and request any changes. Often our clients don't have any changes to request, but if you do, the first two rounds of changes are completely free.
Once you approve the page designs, we'll help you choose your album cover material, color and design, and any other details. Then, with your final approval, we'll place the order with the album company, and you'll have it in hand in 2-5 weeks, depending on the album type.
We have recently also started offering digital matted albums from GraphiStudio, an Italian company. These amazing albums emulate the look of a traditional matted print, but with unique metallic papers and glossy pattered embellishments that are impossible to describe but breathtaking to view.
Both album companies offer several options for parent albums, and we have mini books from a different company as well.
As for prints and wall art, our selection is even more impressive. Of course we offer standard photographing prints in every possible size. We have classic stretched canvases as well.
If you want something more unique, you'll want to see our aluminum prints, which can be cut into all sorts of different shapes, or framed in several different ways. Or maybe you'll prefer our wood prints, where the wood grain and knots show through the photo. We'd be happy to include a demonstration of these options during our in-personal consultation.
First is via a private, password-protected website. Our online photo gallery system has all sorts of powerful functionality for viewing photos, assigning ratings, comparing photos, ordering prints, selecting photos for your wedding album, and much more. All you have to do is share the link and password to whoever you want, however you choose — we share it with you and no one else.
Second is by posting the digital proofing files that all our clients receive to Facebook or other social media sites, to your wedding website or personal blog, by emailing as attachments to family members, and whatever other digital sharing methods you might come up with.
Wallflower Photography doesn't photograph families, seniors, babies, buildings, headshots or pets. We also don't shoot video, which has little in common with photography, but we can refer you to a few good wedding videographers. We've dabbled in all these types of photography, and are pretty darn good at some of them, but specializing in weddings has made us much better at shooting them, so that's all we do.