FIRST OFF, WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am Blake and I am the founder of SLOtography. I’m also the lead photographer but I work with an incredible crew, including James Lester (Photographer), Dustin Wise & Zach Ayers (Videographers). We are here to capture the amazing moments (all of ’em) that sum up to your wedding story: the love, the family, the song & dance. We love it (and we hope you will, too!).
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
Considering the amount of time you’ve put into finding a venue, picking a dress, planning all the details and…oh yeah, choosing a partner! Your wedding day will seem like an instant in time; believe me, it all goes by very quickly. The best way to make your wedding last is to have an experienced, professional photographer there to capture your day; that may sound like a gimmick, but it is the absolute truth.
WHY HIRE YOU?
That’s a tough question to answer without sounding pompous…but I’ll do my best. I have been a photographer since 2000 and have been photographing-for-hire since 2008. Therefore, I have made plenty of mistakes; all of which, I have learned from and have helped me progress as an event photographer. Of course, this is all just an honest way of saying “I have experience.” And the rest of the crew have been at it for 5 years or more. From our collective experience, we have learned the which methods work the best for capturing authentic and genuine images from a wedding. We like to work hard to prepare for an event, making the day-of a time to relax and enjoy the festivities!
We care about the pictures/video we deliver & the service w provide. SLOtography is name that encompasses our home, our passion and our way of life. It’s also our business and we take great pride in that as well. Our prices are affordable and competitive. And we try and work efficiently, providing our clients with what they need (great photos) and allowing them to create the other frills (albums, prints, etc.) using the Proofing Site, or completely on their own.
HOW DO I BOOK?
Email me: Blake@SLOtography.com or click on the contact form. I would be happy to put together a digital contract for you to view, & if all looks good, sign! Complete the process by submitting your deposit (see below).
DO WE OFFER PACKAGE DEALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY?
Yes! Please inquire as we tend to offer $100 or more off of combo wedding packages ;)!
CAN WE PAY BY CASH/CHECK/VENMO/BITCOIN?
Sure ~ we accept nearly all payment methods and even offer discounts for CASH payments ;)!
ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHS INCLUDED IN YOUR PRICING?
Yes! Great question, by the way. Because I shoot digitally, I can provide you with your best images in digital format on USB drive and/or as a digital download at no extra cost. This will enable you to print & share your images with family & friends as quickly as possible!
HOW MANY PHOTOS ARE INCLUDED?
I pick the best images from every shoot to provide to my clients digitally. I estimate the number of photos to be about 50/hr (oftentimes more). Chances are, if you like the style of photos within my portfolio, you’ll like the photos I deliver to you
WILL THE PHOTOS WITHIN MY GALLERY BE EDITED?
Yes! Every photo that I submit to a client has undergone editing. I crop photos so they’re just right – correct color to ensure they look real – enhance the color & saturation so your photos look amazing – apply creative filters so your photos look awesome – and oftentimes, I perform minor touch ups so you look your best!
WHAT ABOUT PRINTS?
For every photo shoot, I provide a digital web album custom online gallery just for you. This gallery is great because it allows you to share your photos online with anyone you choose, enabling them to view and/or order prints without bothering you (you’ll be busy). Check out a sample gallery: Wedding Portfolio.
HOW CAN I ORDER PRINTS?
The web album that I create will enable you & your guests to order prints of any any size, finish & mounting that you can imagine. These options will be available to you from the day your photos are posted to a web album and the next year thereafter. The print quality is amazing as all the printing, packaging & delivery is handled by Bay Photo in Santa Cruz, Ca.
WHAT IS THE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR MY WEDDING?
My advice: this is your wedding day, take your time. More time = more pictures. At no point in your life will you remark that you have too many pictures of your wedding. A wedding is filled with priceless moments: the first dance, the bouquet toss, the sweet moment where your mother hugs her new son-in-law or the instant your grandpa decides borrow your new bride for a dance. Make sure it is all captured and that you don’t feel rushed!
WHAT ABOUT SMALL WEDDINGS & ELOPING CEREMONIES?
The first weddings I ever photographed were small, so small in fact that I’ve had to sign the wedding contract as the witness for more than a few. I really appreciate the beauty of an intimate ceremony and love to capture such occasions. Whether you have 0 guests or 200 guests, I’m happy to help you out . Check out the ‘Small‘ wedding package for more info!
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR EVENTS?
I’d love to – travel is another passion of mine so I’m up for an adventure. Fill me in on the details of your event, location, duration, etc. and I can quote you a price. The expense of traveling for an event is usually quite minimal!
WHAT ABOUT A SECOND SHOOTER?
We are big fans of having a second shooter. A second shooter offers a different perspective, additional angles and coverage for two areas at once! This is a valuable upgrade to your wedding photos and it doesn’t cost twice as much!
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?
An engagement shoot is like meet & greet where I take photos! I view an engagement session as an opportunity for the bride & groom to become comfortable with me and more importantly, the camera…I’ll be the first to admit that being in front of the camera is intimidating. But after we’re thru, you’ll have some beautiful pictures to share to get people über stoked for your wedding + you’ll be a little more comfortable with me & the camera by the time your wedding rolls around (not a bad idea).
DO YOU LIVESTREAM?
We do not but we highly recommend it and we would be happy to help you find a good vendor!
WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE/ASSURANCE?
Nobody really asks this, so technically it’s not a FAQ. However, I do have and pay for insurance as a photographer…and if I didn’t tell somebody, what would be the point? Oh yeah, in case something goes terribly wrong – I’ve got insurance. So you and I are covered, which is nice.More importantly, I assure you that I will do my best to give your photos the attention to detail they deserve (ie: back them up, treat them nice and care about them). There’s some assurance for what it’s worth.
I’m sure I haven’t covered everything, so if you have any questions remaining, please email me at Blake@SLOtography.com.