Wedding FAQ & Tips Eastern Shore Maryland Documentary Wedding Photography

Wedding FAQ NS

What is the typical cost of wedding photography packages?
Wedding packages for 2017 start at $2,900 for the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC locations. Please email for pricing in other areas and I will be happy to provide a minimal travel fee. The basic package includes 8 hours of coverage, USB with all edited high-resolution images, and an online gallery site. Engagement/bridal/trash the dress sessions, albums, and print options are available as a la carte items.

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Where are you based?
I am based out of Royal Oak, Maryland right between St. Michaels and Easton on the eastern shore where I grew up. In addition to Maryland, I am available for portraits and weddings in Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. I have documented 2 destination weddings in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, both amazing experiences! I would definitely like to travel more often for weddings!

How do I book you for my date?
Once we determine which package you would like, a contract and a 35% deposit is required to book the date. The remaining balance isn’t due until the day of the wedding.

Do you have an assistant?
For weddings, I hire a second shooter who will also document your event. Some things the second shooter captures that I cannot are the guys getting ready and the cocktail hour. I am usually photographing the girls getting ready and the formal groupings at those times.

What is your style?
I consider myself a documentary photographer for the majority of your event. I capture those wonderful expressions and moments that you, your family and guests make on one of the most happiest days of your life. The family formal and bridal party groupings are a more traditional style. Here are my personal favorites from the 2016 wedding season2015 wedding season2014 wedding season, and 2013 wedding season.

Do I have the rights to use my photos?
Yes, you are free to prints images as you wish and make copies of your USB. They are yours, have fun with them!

When can I expect my images after the wedding?
About 2 weeks after the wedding, I publish a blog story with some of my favorite images taken from the day. A few images are also posted on my Facebook page and Instagram page. About 3 weeks after your wedding, I will upload all final images onto an online gallery site and email you the link. Feel free to share this link with family and friends and high quality prints can be ordered directly from this site. A USB of all final high resolution images will also be mailed to you at this time.

How does the online gallery site work?
The online gallery is an online album of your final wedding images. This is just another way to view your images and to pass them on to family and friends. Prints can also be ordered directly from this site.

What equipment do you use?
My primary camera is a Canon 5D Mark IV and I also have a backup Canon 5D Mark III camera that I bring to every wedding or shoot. Other equipment includes 580 EX II flashes, a variety of Canon lenses, and various accessories.

How do I go about selecting photos for my album?
If you have selected a custom album in your package, I will send along instructions for how to go about choosing images as soon as you receive your USB. The instructions will include the number of photos to select and your preferences for the cover such as photo and materials. Here is a blog story with examples of leatherbound albums and hardcover books.

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How do we get to the reception on time?
About a month before the big day, I will send along a planner document for you to complete which outlines the schedule of the day. Shortly after, we will run through the details of the day including the time for family formals, bridal party groupings, and the important alone time photos before the reception. As the result, the day tends to run very smoothly and allows for more time interacting with your guests!

What is involved with an engagement portrait session?
An engagement session is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and for me to learn more about the two of you! The images are also perfect for save the dates, custom guest books, or even reception table decor. Here is a blog story with engagement session tips including how to choose a location, prop ideas, and what to wear.

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Still in need of detail ideas for your wedding day?
I put together a pinterest page with lots of ideas including favors, shoes, table set-ups, flowers, and more.

Do you have any other tips?
Ditch that plastic hanger that comes with your wedding dress. There are lots of great custom ones that can be found on Etsy for example. Any kind of wooden or custom hanger looks great when I am photographing the dress!

If you are having an outdoor ceremony, visit the site around the time of your ceremony and stand where you plan to be. Make sure the sun isn’t blinding one of you and not the other!

It is becoming a popular trend to do a “first look” before the ceremony and spend some time doing the bride and groom images. This allows for more time for those important alone images and you can even attend some of that cocktail hour. Some couples may prefer to wait until the ceremony to see each other and that is perfectly fine too. During cocktail hour, I will make sure to cover family, bridal party images, and alone images.

That “magic” hour for lighting is the last hour of the day before sunset. So if the sun will set at 7:00 p.m. the best time for images outdoors will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m. If you are planning on not seeing each other before the ceremony, plan to have your cocktail hour at this time as this is when I will cover the family, bridal party, and newlywed images.

Think about if you want a grand exit whether it is after the ceremony or at the end of the reception. These are always fun and makes for great images. You could do bubbles, sparklers, flags, rice, etc.

Below are a few featured weddings:

April & Brett | Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding Photography Stevensville, Maryland

April and Brett’s beachy, bayside wedding took place last weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club inView full post »

Lauren & Casey | Tidewater Inn Wedding Photography Easton, Maryland

Lauren and Casey had the most wonderful eastern shore wedding celebration last weekend and The Tidewater Inn inView full post »

Holly & Cooper Rock Hall Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Photography

Holly and Cooper’s romantic, summer wedding in picturesque Rock Hall, Maryland was full of colorful flowers andView full post »

Shelley & Will | Brittland Manor Wedding

Shelley and Will had the most perfect fall wedding at the beautiful Brittland Manor in Chestertown, Maryland filledView full post »

Misty & John Matt Married Walters Art Museum Baltimore Maryland Documentary Wedding Photography

Misty and John Matt’s sparkly wedding day took place at one gorgeous venue, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,View full post »

Sara & Tim | Tidewater Inn Easton Maryland Wedding Photography

Sara and Tim couldn’t have picked a more perfect spring day for their wedding at The Tidewater Inn in Easton,View full post »

Whitney & Josh | Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Photography

Whitney and Josh planned the most amazing destination wedding in sunny Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic! Last weekView full post »

Favorite Wedding Moments of 2016 Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Photography

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Tiffany & Justin | Queenstown Maryland Wedding

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Tori & Nick | Spocott House Cambridge Maryland Wedding Photography

Tori and Nick planned the most perfect bayside, eastern shore wedding at the historic Spocott House in Cambridge,View full post »

Jill & Joe | Ocean City Maryland Wedding

Jill and Joe didn’t want to worry about all the details of planning a big wedding and instead they came up withView full post »

Lisa & Bobby | Mill at Fine Creek Wedding

Lisa and Bobby couldn’t have asked for a more perfect December day for their wedding at The Mill at Fine CreekView full post »

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