Weddings FAQ - randyherbert

Weddings FAQ

Q: How much wedding photography experience do you have?

A: Wow, let’s just get straight to the point! I certainly can’t blame you for starting there, as many believe that your wedding photographer is the most important vendor decision you will make for your big day. I have been shooting weddings for 2 years and at the end of 2014 have 7 weddings under my belt. What does that mean? I’m certainly not a crusty old veteran of wedding photography, but I’m also not a total newbie who will be lost on your wedding day. I have spent many hours in studying everything about wedding photography to include not just getting amazing pictures, but also understanding the flow of the day and how to be your advocate for an amazing day! I truly believe that I am mature way beyond my 7 weddings.


Q: Do I get to see all of the pictures that you take?

A: For an average wedding, we will take somewhere on the order of 2500-3000 pictures. Often times, these are taken in short succession to ensure we get it just right. We will also take quite a few pictures of every group setup. It never fails that someone is blinking, sneezing (which causes blinking), sneaking a peek at their sweetheart trying to take the perfect picture with their phone, or making some hideous face that only the photographer gets to get a chuckle out of. For the key moments of your day like THE KISS, the first dance, the cake cutting, or the romantic exit under a sea of sparklers, we will again shoot in burst mode to ensure we capture the moment perfectly. Part of my professional service is going through and find the best pictures among all of those clicks. Except for the occasional comedic relief, it isn’t a glamorous process, but trust me you would not want to look at everything. Let me show you the most amazing pictures from your day. I promise you will be pleased!  The final number of pictures that you see will depend on a couple of factors that certainly includes how long we actually shoot at your wedding.


Q: When will I get to see my wedding photos?

A: I try to post a sneak peek within a few days after the wedding to show some of the most spectacular pictures of the day. I can’t help myself and just want to show them as soon as possible. The process of narrowing down and initial processing of the pictures to the set that will be shown to you will take 3-4 weeks, maybe longer in busy season. While you’re off having the time of your life on your honeymoon, I’ll be busy getting your pictures selected a processed for your viewing. You will be invited to come into the studio for your wedding picture video premier where I will show you the wonderful pictures and we’ll start talking about an album or any other products that you can’t live without.


Q: Do I get digital copies of the pictures?

A: Absolutely! All of the packages include the best pictures of the day on a USB drive for you to have forever and ever. My hope is that you will print many of these and have them hanging on your walls. Your digital files are delivered once we finish the layout and delivery of your album.


Q: Do you offer video services?

A: No, that is not part of our offerings at this time.


Q: Do you offer albums?

A: Yes, albums are a must for your wedding! I work with Finao, an amazing album company that provides beautiful hand crafted albums that can be customized to exactly what you are looking for. I have sample albums that you can view during a wedding consultation. I believe albums are so important to capturing your day that I include them with 2 of my 3 wedding packages.


Q: Do you shoot RAW?

A: I do all shooting in RAW format to maximize the quality and detail in the photos for proper processing. Don’t know what RAW means? Don’t fret because you really don’t need to know this, just rest assured I am capturing your pictures in the best way for post processing and delivery.


Q: Do you shoot in B&W?

A: I shoot all pictures in color RAW, but will selectively do B&W processing on the right pictures. Black and White photos have a unique way of showing the emotions of the day and tend to put you back in the moment in a special way.


Q: What equipment do you shoot with?

A: All of my equipment is professional level gear. My primary camera is a Nikon D800, with a D750 as a backup. I also have a set of professional lenses that allow me to shoot weddings in the lowest light and still produce high quality pictures. I also have a large selection of professional lighting equipment that allows me to create the exact look that we intend.


Q: Do you have an assistant?

A: My wonderful wife assists me on all of my photoshoots and weddings. She brings a great perspective and is able to “see things” that no one else seems to pick up. Your pictures will be much more amazing due to her presence. She is also great at pinning on boutonnieres, so we got you covered on that one!


Q: I really like your work, can I see an entire wedding?

A: Absolutely, just send me an e-mail and I can send you a link to a password protected gallery.


Q: What happens if you are unavailable to shoot my wedding?

A: It would take a disaster in my life for me to not shoot a wedding; however, I work with other professional photographers and would ensure that you would have comparably skilled coverage for your wedding.


Q: Where are you located?

A: My studio is in Rowlett, TX, just east of Dallas. Any wedding in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is considered local for travel purposes.


Q: Do you travel for weddings?

A: Travel is my favorite thing to do and I don’t get to do it enough. Planning a wedding at an exotic location or even not so exotic, but outside of Dallas? Let’s talk. Please? Soon!


Q: I’d like to talk more about you shooting my wedding, what’s next?

A: I would love nothing more than to have an hour to sit down with y’all and talk about your wedding plans and see if I would be a fit to be your photographer. I believe that it is incredibly important to be comfortable with your wedding photographer as this is the vendor that will spend the most time with you on your special day. We can meet for coffee or have you over to the studio to discuss photography and show you some of our work.


If you have questions that I have not addressed here, please feel free to leave them in a comment on the Contact page. Thanks!

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