FAQ Questions to Ask Your Photographer
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELF ABOUT BOOKING A PHOTOGRAPHER
CAN I CUSTOMISE OUR PACKAGE
Orange Sunshine are able to tailor a package to suit whatever coverage you are after. After many years in this industry, we have noticed that each couple have different parts of the wedding that are most important to them.
Elopements are very popular and we have tailored options in both photos and films. The Sunshine Coast to Byron Bay region has become known as the Australian ‘wedding corridor’ and we have captured many elopements for couples from interstate.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
We do a mixture of styles….
For many parts of the wedding we have more a documentary, story telling, non-posted style – capturing candid moments such as when guests arrive and after the ceremony when you greet your guests.
During the formal photography (with the bridal party and bride and groom) we use a mixture of documentary and portraiture styles. We like beautiful settings and candid, natural moments where we capture real emotion but also may put you in the middle of a road and have you look at the camera.
Family and group photos need to be more traditional however we do focus on getting candid guest shots when they arrive at the ceremony, after the ceremony and pre reception.
WHAT ROLE WILL YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER PLAY ON THE DAY
Whilst we are there primarily to capture what will ultimately be the best memories of your day, we also see one of our roles as a gentle guider of the day. Because we have worked with you on the timeline, we make sure we are on track to get the right photos at the right time.
This includes time to get great ‘getting ready photos, guests arriving at the ceremony, family photos, time for you to freshen up prior to reception and empty reception photos.
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONALITIES LIKE
Jo – I have been described as having a relaxed vibe. I am not too obtrusive and aim to be very respectful of every component of your wedding day. While I will gently guide you with times throughout the day it is never in an overbearing way.
Steve – Very passionate about getting great imagery, he loves what he does and once he gets started he can’t stop.
Both of us are very good at getting people to be comfortable in front of the camera and will make you look great on your wedding day.
DELIVERY OF THE IMAGES
We ask for six weeks turnaround time for photos and films but always provide a peek within a week. We do aim to get everything to you faster if we are able to. Keep in mind that on full day weddings there can be around a week involved in processing all the images.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I LOOK GOOD ON CAMERA
Sometimes couples tell us they don’t really like having their photo taken.
We have found that on your wedding day you are so happy and look so wonderful all dressed up that we can’t help but get good photos.
We encourage couples, especially brides, not to worry on their wedding day, just enjoy yourself, enjoy all the fruits of your efforts and you will naturally look great in your photos.
Because our style is mostly documentary you won’t have to spend too much time smiling for the camera as we capture candid moments where you naturally smile.
DO YOU EDIT THE IMAGES
We put our ‘touch’ on every single image we provide you. We have our own unique look that is created by us and tailored to suit each wedding as every wedding is different.
DO WE HAVE OWNERSHIP OF THE IMAGES
We provide the images to you in high resolution so you are able to get prints done of what images you want. We also provide photos in low resolution so you can upload to the internet too. We provide an online gallery of about 100 images for you to share with family and friends. The images are not watermarked. We do recommend talking to us about printing options though because we only use professional labs and having tried all the ‘cheaper’ options we do find the prints don’t come out with the right colourings.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU PROVIDE
We provide between 80 + 100 images per hour.
DO YOU USE PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT?
We both use Canon 5D III’s and for filming we have a range of cameras for different parts of the wedding.
We edit images in Lightroom and use a variety of external hard drives for images and back ups.
THE TIMELINE OF YOUR WEDDING DAY
We work with you on a customised timeline as we have a good understanding of how long each part of your wedding will take. We love shooting during the ‘golden hour’ which is around the time the sun sets and customise our timelines to work in with this. We recommend meeting with your photographer before sending wedding invitations out, to establish time guides for you to have your ceremony and reception.
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE?
Yes, Steve is the head photographer and has been filming and photographing for over 30 years. He also is the Director of a commercial business called Aslan Productions ( www.aslanproductionsaustralia.com.au ) so brings to Orange Sunshine a wealth of experience and expertise.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes, we love travelling and do quite a bit of travel already. Steve’s work has taken him around the globe.
WHAT IS THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING FILMS?
Wedding Films have come a long way in the last 30 years, becoming more of a cinematic experience with imagery and edits that make them creative and emotional.
Orange Sunshine specialise in films that are a cinematic experience about 1 – 3 songs long, depending upon which package you choose.
We are able to design the film to your tastes and can include things such as special messages to your bride or groom which we can use as a voice over and music we purchase solely for use in your film.
Our equipment, experience and expertise means we are able to provide a wonderfully creative film with slow motion and light filled imagery.
WHAT IF I WANT TO WATCH THE WHOLE OF MY WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH?
Orange Sunshine specialise in smaller cinematic films that includes highlights of ceremony vows and speeches. We can however provide you will a full presentation of vows and speeches as an “add-on” to our normal packages.
A film that allows you to watch your wedding in whole from start to finish is more a documentary style film which we don’t do. We specialise in smaller cinematic films that capture the essence of your day, we don’t do documentary style films that cover your 5 to 8 hour day from start to finish.
CAN WE MEET WITH YOU?
Absolutely, we would love to meet with you to chat about your wedding. It is important that you feel comfortable with the photographer you ultimately choose so we understand that sometimes you may need to meet just to see if you are comfortable with us.
CAN I HAVE THE RAW FOOTAGE OF MY WEDDING?
Without getting to technical, the basics you need to understand about film footage is the following:
Raw footage is the unedited footage taken directly from your filmographer’s camera. It has no colour correction, no cuts and is filled with unused footage that never makes it to the final version of your edited wedding film.
You probably don’t have the computer program you need to view the raw footage as it is in a unique format.
You probably don’t have the room on your computer to view the raw footage as it is very large in size, often bigger than what a normal computer holds. Video editing is very hard on your computer. Part of what makes a professional editor is the financial investment they have made to get the best equipment to make the process go smoothly, that includes some serious computer power. Also the cost of storage and back up of your wedding footage can be very high.
There are several cameras used to get different angles of things like the ceremony and speeches so watching raw footage would equate to watching these things twice or three times from different angles. Some of the footage can be rather dull and equated to hours of watching home videos shot by mum and dad.
There are many takes done of certain things such as filming the rings – are you really up to watching six takes of the ring to get the right shot.
Video editing is hard…..taking 2 or 3 camera angles of footage and audio, syncing them up and editing them takes a good amount of skill to do well and right. A good editor is a good story teller with a strong understanding of timing necessary to bring to life the footage they are editing.
So the bottom line is we don’t provide the raw footage of your film. We don’t really want anyone seeing it. Our images are our reputation and branding, so we need to be very careful what is viewed by anyone other than us.