WHERE DO YOU OPERATE? DO YOU TRAVEL?
We’re located outside of Baltimore, Maryland and shoot all over the state of Maryland and Washington D.C. We definitely travel and love new and exciting adventures!
WHAT STYLE DO YOU SHOOT IN?
For weddings, we really believe that the day lends itself to a blend of modern and creative portraiture as well as photojournalism. While some of our favorite shots unfold naturally, we know that you’re also hiring us for our creative and technical knowledge about photography. If we see an awesome opportunity in lighting and background, we’re going to speak up!
For portraits, our style is exclusively modern and creative portraiture. This is our favorite style to shoot in (and the most fun!).
HOW ABOUT YOUR EDITING STYLE?
We LOVE color, especially vibrant and rich tones. Every picture that we return to you will be edited for contrast, clarity, color, white balance, and a few other technical things that probably only other photographers notice. If we think a picture really calls for it, we’ll convert to black and white, but the mix tend to be about 85-90% color on average.
CAN I ADJUST YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES TO SUIT MY SPECIFIC NEEDS?
Absolutely! We’ve put together three collections that reflect the most popular services and requests. A la carte items may be added to any package or items may be swapped out for comparable services.
WHAT DO YOUR WEDDING COLLECTIONS COME WITH?
All wedding collections come with Annabelle as your primary shooter, as well as a second photographer. 2014 wedding collections all also come with an engagement session, an album of sort sort, and a USB of the high resolution digital negatives.
CAN I SELECT THE SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
While Patrick is usually the second shooter at weddings, due to his obligation in the military this is not a guarantee. Annabelle does have a network of fabulous professional photographers that she works with on a regular basis for second shooting. Annabelle reserves the right to select the second shooter, based on availability and style. The goal is for the work of the second shooter to fit seamlessly within your wedding images and Annabelle stands behind the work of any potential second shooter.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BOOK ANNABELLE?
All wedding dates are reserved with a signed copy of your wedding contract and a 50% non-refundable retainer fee . Once I’ve received both, the date is saved. Please note that all weddings are ONLY reserved once both of these items have been received and that email inquiries and client meetings do not guarantee a date will be kept available.
WHY IS THE RETAINER FEE NON-REFUNDABLE?
During any given wedding season, we receive multiple requests for most dates that we book. Because we are frequently booking 12-15 months ahead of a date, a non-refundable retainer gives us the peace of mind we will need in order to turn away other inquires for your date, should anything cause the wedding to be canceled.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
Most weddings take 4-6 weeks to complete on average. During the height of wedding season (especially in May and October), editing may take a little longer.
DO I RECEIVE THE RIGHTS TO MY PHOTOS?
All sessions that come with high resolution files come with a print and personal usage release. This allows you to print the photos at any place your choose and to use the images online and in social media. Clients are restricted from commercial usage and editing the finished images in any way. Also, while we encourage submission, please ask us before you submit images to wedding blogs or publications.
DO YOU OFFER WALK-THROUGHS OF VENUES?
As of 2014, we only offer walk-throughs of venues in Baltimore for a $50 fee. If your venue is outside of Baltimore, Annabelle will only do a walk-through if she feels it is necessary for her to visualize the space before she shoots in it. What we have found is that most walk-throughs end up being unnecessary in planning the portraits for your wedding day. We do come prepared to shoot in all spaces and conditions.
DO YOU ACCEPT SHOT LISTS OR PINTEREST IDEAS?
This is a multi-faceted question. We believe strongly that you’ll probably want to set aside time for family formals. (Remember these are modern portraits, not old-fashioned stiff groupings!) With that in mind, we actually send you a shot list to fill out before the wedding, so we’ll know what family pictures you’d like to include. It’s important to remember, though, that the more people you include in family formals, the longer it’s going to take. Because of that, we encourage you to mainly keep the list of family formals to your closer relatives, like nuclear families. While we’ll shoot any group you’d like, of course, large extended family pictures can often eat up quite a bit of time.
Outside of that, if there are pictures you really would like to see captured, go ahead and send us your requests. We prefer these requests to not be obvious (you don’t really need to tell us you’d like to see a picture of your dress, the first kiss, or your dad walking you down the aisle). Keep in mind that with Pinterest-based ideas, it’s not always possible to recreate shots. We’ll do our best to interpret the shot artistically but there are obvious factors involved, such as lighting, posing, available time, and background.
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED FOR PORTRAITS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
In a perfect scenario, it would be wonderful to have 45-60 minutes for pictures of the bride and groom, 45 minutes for portraits with the wedding party, and 30 minutes for family pictures. We know this isn’t always possible though and can be flexible to your schedule. We’re happy to help you figure out a good timeline for pictures, so please ask us! It’s important to set aside enough time for portraits on your wedding day, so make you build in enough margin!
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT?
YES. We make sure that we have a back-up of every single piece of equipment we bring to your wedding, just in case.
DO YOU HAVE BUSINESS LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes and a certificate of liability insurance is available for your venue upon request.
WHAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH MY WEDDING IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
We will do our best to secure a replacement. We are well connected within the local photography community and know of many photographers who could potentially step in if a crisis were to arise. This is highly unlikely, however.
WHEN DO YOU SCHEDULE ENGAGEMENT AND PORTRAIT SESSIONS?
Due to weddings being on the weekend, engagement and portrait sessions are normally scheduled for weekdays. The very best time of day for sessions is about two hours before sunset (“the golden hour”) or two hours after sunrise. (We do recommend that if you choose to do a session after sunrise that you bring Annabelle some coffee. She likes lattes.) During these times of day, the light is soft, creamy, and allows for lovely skin tones.
ARE THERE ANY DAYS IN WHICH YOU DON’T SHOOT?
In order to reserve a day for family and church, we do not accept Sunday weddings during wedding season. Portrait sessions on Sundays are up to Annabelle’s discretion, but as a rule we like to take Sundays off.