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Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions


Here is a handful of our most common wedding photography questions

Why should I be your wedding photographer? Because I will create images that you will love, print, and hang on the walls in your home. These images will remind you of your love, and the celebration of love around you. That’s powerful stuff. You’ll learn that I have this innate ability to quickly build trust with you, knowing that I’ll protect you both physically and photographically. The 14 years of experience shooting 25+ weddings each year has taught me to anticipate and foresee situations, allowing us to adjust and avoid stress. My wedding photography experience has taught me time management, which is helpful to keep everyone at ease when your Auntie thinks your hair and makeup is taking too long.
Planning a wedding is a process. But most of my past bride and grooms have leaned on me as a sort of advocate, listening to your ideas and tweaking them with you to make them even better. Through the wedding planning process, you will learn to trust me. We become family. And that’s likely what I like best about wedding photography. For me, each weekend I see the love that you share for your spouse and your family. But I also feel the love from your family and guests when they appreciate my calm demeanour. When they see my hard work. They haven’t seen any of the images yet, but they surely love what I’ve done. Weddings are stressful and often overwhelming. I’m there to capture your moments but I also feel I am responsible for ensuring you have a great time on your day!.

You should hire me as your wedding photographer because indeed talk is cheap. Anyone can say anything, especially when bragging about how good they are. But no wedding photographer in the Windsor-Essex County area has 60 5 Star Google Business Reviews from a past bride and groom confirming that hiring me as their wedding photographer made the difference. Those reviews confirm that my wedding couples to receive the Ultimate Wedding Photography Experience. I firmly believe great wedding photography is about so much more than just great images. It’s all those little things that I do. And this is why you should hire me to photograph your wedding!


You will have your wedding images back within 30 days of your wedding. I guarantee it!

Yes. Every Image that I take will be hand edited for colour correctness (white balance or skin tones) and cropping/straightness. I will not remove blemishes and things like this for a number of reasons, but mainly because there are just too many images to have that correction applied to. If there was something on your skin (like a blemish or a tattoo) that needed hiding, I feel that’s something your make-up artist would address.

Indeed I do have wedding photography packages that include the Online Gallery you are talking about. I think it’s a great way to showcase your day and keep people talking about what an amazing day it was. And for a lot of brides and grooms, the day goes by so fast, there is so much that they miss. This gallery allows them the ability to relive their greatest day, almost immediately after their wedding!

Retainers and payments can be made by cheque, cash and E Transfer. All balances are due on your wedding day or day of photography session.

No, I don’t. Once a year, I get the request to use a 2nd shooter but in truth, I’m just not comfortable with it. Some photographers use it as a justification to charge the money they do. My thought process is that I am confident in what I photograph. I photograph 25+ weddings a year, and while each event is unique…. there is a lot of things that are similar. When you photograph as many weddings as I have, you can predict moments, and thus anticipate for them. That means I must watch, listen, and move quickly. And a great wedding photographer won’t miss any moments.
I also find that when I have used a 2nd photographer, my couple gets double the images… which might appear to be a great thing… but when it’s beyond redundant, it comes off as excessive. A great photographer will document or photograph what’s needed and then some more. I easily create 1000+ images for my couples. How many more should you have… and at what cost?
Even though every magazine or website says you should hire a 2nd photographer… I would rather hire a great wedding photographer than two photographers who want to try a wedding. It’s that simple!

Yes, I photograph things other than weddings, but my photography solely revolves around people… and showing the connection between a couple. So while I’m a wedding photographer, I also love photographing maternity sessions engagement sessions, etc.
Recently, I began a photography division shooting sports (athletic) portraits…  To see some of my work there visit my DraftPics webpage:

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