COMMON QUESTIONS

Do you work with a second photographer or assistant?
Yes!  And not just a newbie trying to learn photography.  I bring a seasoned second shooter with me to every wedding.  VERY small weddings are the only acceptance.

Do I get an album?
I offer both wedding & parent albums.  All albums are high end flush mount albums personally designed by me.  I design each page in a creative and artistic way that is unlike any other album you have seen before.  You won’t just get an album with a bunch of pictures in it, you will get a piece of art.

Do you also shoot engagement sessions?
Yes!  And they are FREE with every wedding package!

How much is my investment going to cost?
I have a variety of collections starting at $3,000. Every collection comes with a beautifully packaged USB of your edited images, private online gallery, engagements session and second photographer.  If you fill out my contact form, I’d be happy to email you my packages.

What equipment do you have & do you have back ups?
I’m a Canon girl!  I have a variety of camera bodies, lenses & flash units, so at any given time if something were to happen (knock on wood because it never has), I do have back up equipment to save the day.  I also have an advanced lighting system that can handle any awkward lighting situation.  So no worries if your venue is dark with little light.  I’ve got the equipment that can handle it and capture beautiful photos no matter what.

Do you use flash or work with natural light?
Both, and for very different reasons.  It really depends on the affect I’m going for with the image I’m capturing.

How do you describe your style?
I let the wedding day guide me.  Depending on the venue, decor, people, color choices, etc., every wedding is different.  I let the day and the energy of my couples speak to me and take it from there.  But if my couples are specific about how they want their photographs to feel, I aim to give them what they want.  If they want romantic, I’ll give them romantic.  If they want playful, I’ll give them playful.  I don’t really care for posed/formal pictures although every wedding day will have some.  I aim to capture those candid moments of people laughing and having a good time.

I found a million, zillion, bajillion (is that a word?) pictures I LOVE on Pinterest.  Should I send them to you?
Well, yes and no.  Yes if you are trying to give me an idea of a look or feel you are after.  But no if you want that exact photo or pose.  I like to capture weddings as moments happen, not force them.  Plus, I want my couples to walk away with something unique to them, not the same image someone else has.  Every venue is different and every couple is different.  Even if I’ve shot at your wedding location before, the time of day & year will alter how the light falls over what I’m photographing which will give a different look and affect on that photo.  I could also have a playful couple jumping in the air, doing cartwheels and blowing fish kisses.  The laughter from those moments is what makes the photo.  It’s up to you to bring your personality and open mind to your wedding day for best results.  But no worries if you are shy!  I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to get a smile out of you and I’ve been told how comfortable people feel while working with me.  Just read past client testimonials  in my “client raves” section and you’ll get a good idea of who I am and how I am with the couples I have worked with.

What is your turn-around time and do I get a copy of all my photos?
The time of year will make a difference, but typically it takes around a 4-6 weeks after your wedding day.  Once finished, you will receive your USB with all of your edited full sized images.  So yes, you get all of your pictures and own them outright.  I just ask you never alter the images in any way without the permission of Bellus Photography since that is a reflection of my work.   When editing is completed, not only will you get your USB in the mail, you will also get an email with a link & password to your private online gallery where you, your friends and family can view and purchase prints that are sent to a professional photo lab.  There is also an option to download digital file(s) as well.   For albums, once I get a list of photos from you to use for your wedding album, it can take an additional 4-6 weeks to receive that album.  That gives me time to design, send to the printer, processing & shipping.

Will you travel?
Yes!  However anywhere further than an hour outside of Sacramento might incur an additional travel fee to cover my time and gas.  If it’s a location where a flight and/or hotel is needed, those fees are added to your overall package price.  We would discuss those fees ahead of time and it would be added to your contract so there are no “you owe me more money” surprises down the road.

How do I book you for my wedding day?
Give me a call or fill out the form on my “contact” page and I’ll get in touch with you shortly to set a free consultation where we can go over your album choices, help you with your wedding day timeline.  If you are out of town and cannot meet with me, we can set up a phone consultation.  No wedding date is held until a contract & deposit is received.

If you have any questions that were not addressed, feel free to call or email me.

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