Photography by Paul Cincotta
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Wedding FAQ

Your imagism Wedding Photography

Frequently Asked Questions - Answered!

Where do you service?

I am based on Queensland's stunning Gold Coast, and service all of Queensland and Australia. My most popular locations are Port Douglas, Cairns, Mission Beach, Tropical North Coast, Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach, Whitehaven Beach, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tweed Coast & Byron Bay and Melbourne.... Your personal quote will be inclusive of any travel charges if applicable.

Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding?

Absolutely! This is exactly the reason why you are booking me in the first place as you obviously like what I do and love my style of imagery.  There will be no studio assigned photographer, no bait and switch or last minute switcheroo on the day unless I’m in hospital or worse.

Is my wedding date available?

As we are a boutique studio, we are limited to the amount of weddings we can capture, so the first thing we need to establish is whether we have availability to service your wedding.  Many clients book years in advance so we encourage you to enquire as early as possible so as to avoid disappointment. Please contact us to check availability.

How Much Do You Charge?

This is clearly an important question but one that is dependent on the services you request, therefore we will tailor a quote to your wedding day requirements.

How many weddings have you photographed?

1907! Yes thats quite a few.  Actually, it’s a lot in fact.  But seriously I just love capturing weddings, It is a real honour to be invited into your life for a day to capture all the special moments, and I sincerely treat this privilege with the respect it deserves. So whilst I may have done this thousands of times before, every wedding is still very special for me, simply because its your wedding day and it’s an extremely unique experience for you.

Do you photograph with just natural light?

I prefer to use any light I can to make you shine.  Natural light is amazing when it is doing everything I want it to do but it can also be rather inconsistent or unflattering, so I have no hesitations supplementing existing light with flash or other constant light sources. More often than not the light may not be ideal for locations that you request but by using all types of light, especially flash, I can provide results at any time of day or night for you.

How would you describe your style?

Classic Contemporary meets creative. What does that mean? Well I have no problem emulating the look and feel of the wedding genre as dictated by history and time. Classic photos will always hold their place and I will combine these looks with contemporary styles whenever the moment or client dictates.  All the while I am looking to see what is possible beyond these styles for new innovative and creative interpretation so as to push the boundaries of wedding photography.

Why should we book you? What makes you any different from other photographer's?

Photography is a very peculiar medium, I truly believe that a camera’s lens sees both ways, or in other words there is always a photographers impression embedded within the image, so its important to know that I love photographing weddings, it’s a passion for me, not simply a job or a weekend hobby, regardless of the fact that I do make a living from wedding photography.  I especially want you to have the best experience possible on your wedding day, I feel this is absolutely paramount along with every other time you engage with myself or the staff at imagism Photography.

I am one of Australia’s most experienced wedding photographers having photographed more than 1900 weddings over a career of more than 15 years, and over the years I’ve received many awards for my work at state, national, and international level and even been crowned as an international grand award winner at WPPI’s annual wedding photography competition. This is the highest achievement a wedding photographer can receive and is highly coveted.

Most importantly you should like the images you’ve already seen from me, otherwise I highly recommend that you find a photographer who’s images you do like, because if you really love my work and if you feel confident and comfortable with me, then you should make a booking as soon as possible to avoid availability disappointment.

How Many pictures do you take?

Lots, and lots and lots!  Often I make thousands of images, but don’t expect to receive every single one of them.  Here’s why. Part of the reason I make so many images is due to the fact that I photograph people who often blink.  The last thing you want is people in your pictures with their eyes closed unless this is done with intention.  To combat this I will often make bursts of images to ensure your eyes and everybody else’s eyes are captured open.  Closed eyes can be fixed in post production but Id rather capture a genuine image if I can.  Therefore I will end up with many images that are virtually identical and I simply select the best image for your collection.

To be more specific though, you can expect around 50 finished images per contact hour. So for an 8 hour coverage for example you’ll generally find more than 400 photos.  Importantly quantity is the by product of the quality I’m seeking to achieve and I don’t specifically set out to shoot this quantity of images, its simply a statistical average from my past weddings.

How do we know you will select the best images?

Clearly I want you to have the best images possible, it is in everybody’s best interest, but especially my own, as I want you to show all your family and friends your photos and be super proud to show them off so as you’ll refer me in future.

Specifically what I am looking for in the images is expression that tells the story of the events as they unfold and I love images where people are smiling at their happiest.  Occasionally I may get an image that is virtually the same yet an expression may be slightly different and I may feel that both are equally terrific and cant decide which one to choose, so I simply include both images, and pass on the dilemma to you – Sorry!  Trust me it’s a great problem to have, and one that my clients tell me about all the time.

In the past I have had clients request to see every image that I make.  I can comprehend the reasoning behind the question however it is important to understand that curating the images is a very large part of what I do as a photographer and story teller.

Do you do black and white or any special effects treatments?

Yes and sometimes! I love black and white images, they are the quintessential form of an image with pure light defining nothing more than contrast and tone. However it can be difficult to simply discard colour from an image forever and some clients don’t always enjoy an image devoid of colour.

So whilst black and white is a favourite of mine, I do use it sparingly so as to allow you the choice of changing an image to black and white retrospectively.  Occasionally an image may need to be made black and white for technical purposes or I may feel that the image should be presented as black and white, and in these instances I will interpret the black and white as necessary.

Do you post proofs online or supply paper proofs?

For your convenience I supply both! As soon as I have completed the grading process I publish the images to my secure online gallery. This is fundamentally the quickest form of delivery I can provide, however I strongly believe in the tangible printed photograph so depending upon what options you choose I will also provide a printed proof book of all the images so as you have a hard copy to easily browse through as well.

I will provide you with a link and password for your online gallery and you can choose to share these with whomever you choose.  I can also reset the password for you at anytime. The gallery will remain online for at least 1 year after your wedding.

 

How long does it take to see our Proofs?

I love this question because even though I provide the answer here you will still ask me this question at the end of the day. And that’s great, because I know you will be very eager to see the results as soon as possible after your amazing experience.  Your proofs will generally be finalised within 4-6 weeks but more often it is sooner than this, in fact we aim to have the secure online proofs ready within a fortnight, but this is not always possible as some factors are outside of our control. If timing is critical or you have media deadlines, a 24 hour rush service is available.

Do you supply the camera files?

No. Unfortunately because of the way the picture files come out of cameras, they need to be edited into a useable form to create an image.  I capture in a camera native format called RAW and then rate, grade and edit the image for colour, density, contrast, tone, saturation, sharpness and overall look in addition to any supplemental editing that an image may require that we deem necessary for our high standards and quality, such as cropping, key stoning or dust spotting for example.  This process is one the significant components of producing your photos and is a major part of the expertise that we bring to the photographs.

Do you supply image files?

Yes. I do supply graded and edited finished images that are ready to be used to your hearts desire.  The images are provided to you in the highest possible camera native resolution we can produce in a JPEG format. The JPEG format is the most universally accepted picture file type in the world and is ideally suited for storage and transfer purposes.  The image files are made available via my secure online gallery and can downloaded individually or as a complete album. The files can also be supplied on optional USB solid state media.

Do you have a back up camera just in case something goes wrong with your camera on the day?

When it comes to gear, what is important to know is that I always have back up gear for my back up gear.  So that’s 3 sets of cameras unless we are flying in light aircraft and then I am generally required to minimise my gear due to weight restrictions.  I have experienced many gear failures over the years and am ready for when it happens not if it happens.

What do you wear at the wedding?

I usually am dressed in a semi formal uniform designed to be practical yet formal, whilst allowing me to be as least noticeable as possible, however this can be changed to suit your event dress code as required.  In the past this has ranged from formal black tie right through to casual beach board shorts.  Regardless of your theme choice I am more than happy to comply with your dress code as this can be crucial to the desired outcome of the photographs.

Do you have wedding packages?

Yes we do. However because no wedding or bride is the same, I will provide a personal quotation based specifically on your wedding requirements. Factors such as seasons times, quantity of albums, what type of wall art you desire, which day of the week and where in the world you are celebrating your wedding all need to be factored in to give you the best value for your photography.

Do you charge overtime?

Not usually as I will have quoted you accordingly in light of your event.  In my experience any wedding could go overtime if time is not managed properly or something or somebody gets lost. This is normal at weddings and I am more interested in achieving a result and keeping you happy than knocking off by a certain time. If there is a need to charge or plan for overtime possibilities the fee will be noted on your quote and you will be required to approve the overtime before I provide the service and inherent charge.

Do you supply wedding Albums?

Absolutely! the creation of your wedding album is the ultimate end result for your wedding day and it’s precisely what we specialise in. We have a number of exclusive photography wedding album manufacturers from Queensland, Australia and around the world that we source our albums from with a multitude of materials and styles. The options are practically unlimited, however we make the process of creating your album super easy and absolutely enjoyable. Just leave it to us!

How much will albums cost? per side,  per leaf, per spread or per page?

Prices vary from $578 based on the size of the album, the cover type, materials and packaging.

leaves, additional spreads and multiples of 2 additional pages are all the same quantity of addition and cost, as all require an additional leaf to added. Please see our album menu in studio for full price information for your album.

FYI: a single sheet of paper is defined as a leaf. It always has two sides the front and the back with each side referred to as a page especially once bound in a book or album.  A leaf contains the front side and the back side, effectively providing 2 pages. In a book or album you have will always have to add 2 pages or a leaf, as you cant add a single page with out its reversing side.  Two separate leaves viewed together at the same time, as in the back of a leaf on the left and the front of a leaf on the right is known as a double page spread or “spread”.

What are your payment terms?

All services are prepaid and we offer a number of payment methods and options including interest free finance to approved applicants.

A deposit is required to secure your wedding date, and should you change your mind or choose to cancel, the deposit is only refundable if we secure another booking for the same date. The full balance of your quote is required at least 1 week prior to your wedding.

Any additional products and services should be paid in full within 7 days from the date of order, with all orders required to be paid in full prior to collection or dispatch.

Can we see a complete set of images from a wedding that bought something similar to what we are after?

Absolutely, I feel its vital that you do.  In fact I encourage you to come and visit our studio, enjoy a coffee and view our sample proof and album options. I can also provide access to some authorised complete weddings in our secure online wedding gallery.

Do you have any references that I can call or any reviews that I can read?

Yes. If you would like to talk to any past brides, civil celebrants, or reception venues then I can certainly put you in contact with them. I will ask you to complete our wedding enquiry form before passing on these details.   I would also encourage you to read some of my client raves and feedback.

 

Do you have liability insurance?

Certainly do! We have public liability insurance with up to 10 million dollars coverage and I am more than happy to provide a current certificate of coverage to you or your event vendors.

Is photography your main business? What percentage of your work is composed of weddings?

Yes I am a full time Accredited Professional Photographer and my business specialises in weddings and portraits. The majority of my commissions come from wedding and portrait photography and I also accept commercial & corporate event commissions.

Have you ever worked at our wedding location or Reception before?

Quite possibly, but hopefully not, as I love the excitement of photographing new venues and exploring the lighting challenges and possibilities.  Importantly if I haven’t photographed at your location I will do some reconnaissance or arrive at least a day prior to get a good understanding of what challenges the location may present and the opportunities it may provide.

Do you offer engagement or pre-wedding photo sessions?

Absolutely. If you would like to have some great portraits in a relaxed, casual and fun setting, ask about an engagement session.  This is a terrific way for us all to get know each other and create some great wall art of just the two of you along the way.

Are you willing to follow a shot list?

Yes, certainly if you would like me to.  Shot list’s are a great way of highlighting the images that are really important to you, and I encourage any form of communication that will assist me in understanding your priorities for your wedding and eliminate many assumptions of what I may or may not photograph on the day.  I also encourage a very specific shot list for the formal family and friends images generally captured after the ceremony. This shot list is very helpful in ensuring no important family photos are missed during all the excitement of the wedding celebrations.

Pinterest is also a great way of collecting a visual shot list of images that you love, but hopefully you will have created a shot list mostly from the images you love from my own website imagism.com as this is the reason why you’re commissioning me and not another photographer.

Its important to understand that shot Lists can also be a hindrance as it may require I chase down a particular image for you at the peril of many other image opportunities which you may not have thought about or considered. So whilst I do encourage shot lists, I will study them especially prior to your wedding, but on the day they will become a suggested guide and reminder only.

 Are your quotes the final price? What else will we need to pay extra for?

Your quote will detail specifically all the items that are included, and what exactly you are paying for. Please see our product and service menu in studio for a selection of our popular additional products and services that you may wish to purchase in addition to any prior services rendered.

 What payment methods do you offer?

We provide multiple payment options along with interest free finance for your convenience and accept all major credit cards, direct bank deposits, paypal and of course Australian legal tender. Surcharges may apply on some services.

Can we get a copy of the wedding commission or a sample of the contract?

Of course.  Please contact me directly for a copy of the imagism wedding commission agreement. You should know that I do retain copyright of the images, but also provide unrestricted license for all private usage for any images files purchased.

Are you part of any professional associations, or do you have extra training in your field?

Yes I am a Gold Bar Master of Photography, Accredited by the Australian Institute of professional Photography (AIPP) as an Accredited Professional Photographer, an Associate Photographer with Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) , A certified Photographic Consultant with PMAI and a Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year Awards competition Judge. I am constantly evolving my skills, expertise and inspiration with continued professional development programs including workshops, seminars and professional competitions every year.

 

How do we secure our wedding booking with you?

Now that’s a great question! If you haven’t obtained a quote for your wedding please enquire now.