squint and blink if I pose in bright light. Can you
We have great news!
is your style of photographing
combined with 25% traditional.
We excel at capturing all
those unexpected, special moments as they occur!
We suggest that a SMALL
NUMBER OF PLANNED family poses will turn out to be
really valued by many customers. Weddings may be
your only chance to catch family members together
in pictures. Today's trendy pure
"photojournalistic" style may overlook
you cooperate with video cameras?
Yes! And we'll allow your
video person to include our still pictures in his
many pictures do you take at a wedding?
Average of 500 to 1,000
but exact number varies depending on the number of
guests, size of family, amount of activities such
as dancing etc.
By taking far more
pictures than we'll need, we have alternative shots
for when people blink. And of course we catpure
great spontaneous candid shots of people who are
important to you.
The real goal is to end up
with a smaller number of really great images.
Professional wedding ALBUMS average 20 to 40
enlargements -- that's all. (Though styles are
available to handle many more images if you
Many clients like to add a
second, less-formal album for candid shots.
A popular option is an "electronic" album of
candids on an iPad, Galaxy Tablet, smart phone or
similar device. You can do this yourselves or order
through us. See examples on our albums
happens if we have to change our wedding
We'll accommodate your new
wedding date or refund your deposit!
We refuse to make a profit from non-refundable
to be the photographer, he got this expensive
digital camera from Best Buy. Should we use him
instead of hiring a professional?
Wedding photography is
more complicated than regular photography.
Much more complicated. When your uncle or
cousin messes up, you'll be enemies forever! See
If you need to appease
your uncle, why don't you just ask him to take some
candid photos while you're getting ready, and
during the reception.
you carry backup equipment? What happens if your
camera breaks at our event?
We have been doing this a
very long time and have lots of backup equipment
the photographer accept our ideas for special
Absolutely! We are there
to serve you and are happy to accept special
If you have special poses
you've seen published in a bridal magazine, and you
can bring us a cutout of what you like, that is
terrific. Bring these to us BEFORE the wedding day
so we can work your ideas into our own list.
And if you don't have the
time, but just want us to use our own judgment on
poses, we'll flow with that too.
mother got a list of must-have poses from a bridal
magazine. Will you photograph every pose on
No! Not from those bridal
Actually we could
photograph everything on it, but you wouldn't have
any time left to see your guests.
must use their professional judgment to cut poses
down to a manageable number.
the wedding day, do you ever stop family &
friends from taking pictures with their own
Mostly we cooperate with
guests and often will take a picture for them using
their own camera. We don't consider guests in
"competition" with us.
Exception: On rare
occasions we must stop amateurs from taking
pictures during formal group portrait sessions. We
want to get posed pictures completed quickly so you
can return to your guests. If amateurs keep
distracting or delaying our group poses, it slows
everything down, and affects the posing quality
too. We're hired to secure your best
interests and to maintain best-practices
you do special effect photos - such as vignettes,
soft focus, cropping, black & white,
By the way,
what are those things?
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much in advance should I book a
The sooner you book the
photographer of your choice, the sooner your date
is saved on his calendar. No photographer will
reserve a date without a paid deposit.
The best time to book a
photographer is after you've determined the wedding
date, which may depend on availability of the
wedding or reception site you want. Things will
fall into place after you've settled upon a
wedding sites have non-refundable deposits so it's
hard to make date changes after that.
long does it take to get our pictures after the
1. Editing: We
average 3 to 6 weeks after a wedding date, to
perform our digital editing & organizing
of the important poses. (However we can e-mail you
some preview shots almost immediately or post them
on our website. Let us know your
For ordering reprints and enlargements, photo labs
are pretty quick now because computers have
streamlined their work flow. But the photographer
needs to digitally edit/enhance each image that's
ordered before it's sent to the photo lab.
Albums: Album completion time varies
depending on the complexity of the album you decide
to order. Basic albums may be done in a couple of
weeks. High end coffee table albums with custom
layouts and special cover materials may take
several months due to the album factory's workload.
All of us photographers use the same group of
we make copies of photos that you take at our
Yes. That's why we
never use copy protection or digital rights
management (DRM.) We recommend against those
technologies. We copyright release our wedding
photos for your personal use.
Digital Rights Management
or copy protection are dangerous software
technologies that could prevent your digital images
from being readable in the future.
have another photo lab make prints from photos you
Yes. We make you
legal by providing you with a Copyright
You can even use your home
ink jet printer. (See our page with
For better quality you can
order enlargements through a professional photo lab
or through us. Locally Doug recommends CaliColor in
Sacramento, and ImageProsPhoto in
any computer read the digital photos you
Yes. We use only
common file formats that are recognized by EVERY
VERSION of Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh.
Both brands have file viewing software built in. So
you can view photos without installing any special
deposit needed to reserve a wedding
Yes. We normally book the
first person who gives us a deposit for a
particular wedding date. Giving us a deposit also
means client agrees to the terms of our Standard
Contract which includes a Limitation of Liability
clause. Our Contract
is available to view on this website.
If another photographer
offers to "pencil you in" for a date that is a
marketing gimmick. He'll dump you for the first
person who writes him a check.
are final payments due?
We are ok with half of the
total being paid on or before the wedding day. Any
remaining balance should be paid by the time we are
ready to deliver high-resolution digital images
(typically 3 to 6 weeks after a wedding, depending
on our workload.)
Album expenses are a la
carte and do not have to be paid before the
wedding. (But a high end album must be paid in full
at the time of order.) A la carte items
means they are optional purchases, not
many weddings does Doug shoot per
We normally photograph
only one wedding per weekend.
On rare occasions we'll
waive that, as when another photo studio may ask
Doug to help them out in an emergency. Such as if
their staff photographer suddenly quits.
Professional photographers help each other out in
emergencies. We may be competitors, but most
wedding photographers are nice people
we change photo packages if we decide we booked the
you accept checks?
you accept debit or credit cards?
Yes, but please give us
advance notice so we'll have the equipment
you have any special tips for weddings that will be
Yes! If you aren't using a
professional wedding planner, here are some issues
to consider that will help your day go better.
are photographers' prices so high? Since
photographers don't have to buy film any more,
shouldn't fees be very low?
Really good photographers
have years of experience and never stop learning.
These years will be reflected in the costs, just as
hiring a master carpenter costs more than hiring a
trainee who might not nail the cabinets
Pro-grade cameras &
computers require periodic upgrades. Upgrade costs
must be recovered through those "high" prices ---
or the photographer will not stay in
Doug doesn't just spend 6
hours at a wedding --- image editing time in post
production takes much longer. I've spent as long as
40 hours in post production for a large
If a photographer is
willing to charge too low a fee, actually, there
could be a problem.
Doug use an assistant or second
In most cases he has an
assistant. But it can vary with scheduling,
availability, price and other factors.
you photograph Quinceaneras, Bat Mitzvah & Bar
Yes. We have a
knock-your-socks-off portfolio to show you on
request. Bar Mitzvahs and Quinceaneras are
photographed almost exactly like weddings.
Only a handful of special poses need to be added,
such as, elevating the celebrant up on a chair, and
family members reading from the Bible or Tenach.
See our Galleries
you shoot modeling portfolios?
We specialize in wedding
photography. Plus some family portraits,
architectural & commercial
We can shoot
"amateur" modeling portfolios on an informal
TFP basis ("trade for photographs."). But if you're
totally serious about a modeling career,
your portfolio should be created using full studio
facilities. We can refer to you to photographers
who have that specialty.
Just be aware the
percentage of aspiring models who "make
it" professionally is almost zero, especially
in Sacramento. I'd recommend first reading some
books by models in the industry, to learn
how to not repeat their same mistakes.
your website's domain name changes slightly when
I navigate through your website! What's going
We have two websites
including a "mirror site" on a different server.
It's similar to a business having more than one
phone line, but it's the same business.
digital images last as long as
The short answer is
current digital prints and enlargements are
expected to last from 60 to 200 years which is
better than color film's lifespan.
But preserving digital
image files on disc is a little more
complicated. Doug HAS figured out how to do it but
most readers would get bored with the details.
If you ARE a techie Doug
happily lays out all the fun details in an article
digital or film better?
See a direct comparison
with your own eyes here.
Bottom line is, digital
quality mostly equals film quality, so
photographers just shoot digital now because it's
more convenient. On a very few recent occasions
I've used film for some technical advantage, such
as dynamic range in difficult lighting. See the
recent photo of Pope
Benedict on my
photographer's biography page. That was done on
film (but you would have never guessed if I hadn't
How long will digital
photos last? Is there any way to protect
them from EMP damage? Click
stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse, of
Where do I apply for a
marriage license and how long does it take?