FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If there is a question that I did not cover, please don’t be shy to ask!!

1. Mary, how do you approach a wedding day?

If I could describe my style in three words it would be documentary, romantic and timeless. While I will bring suggestions about small things that would make a picture better (like putting the dress on by the window light instead of a dark corner), you will never hear me asking you to recreate a scene twice. I believe that would not be a real authentic moment. However, I like to take my couples away for a portrait session with a minimal posing and guiding. Making only ‘pretty pictures’ is not enough and is not my goal.  Through my photojournalistic style, my goal is to provide my clients with photos that showcase their authenticity and tell the story of their wedding day.

2. I understand that you shoot more documentary than editorial, but will you take some formal portraits of our families?

Absolutely, those photos are very classic and timeless. I will pose and direct those family group photos and I WILL make a classic portrait of the two of you. It will not be only pretty, but I will do my best to make a portrait not only of how you look but also of who you are.

3. What kind of lighting style do you use?

I love natural light, but I work in any light conditions. I have worked in very dark places where flash wasn’t allowed as well as outdoor weddings in the middle of the day in harsh sunlight.

4. Do you have a back up equipment?

Yes, I use top of the line Canon equipment and I always bring with me two camera bodies, different kinds of lenses,  external flashes, lots of memory cards, tripod, reflectors and my laptop.

5. Are you insured and do you pay taxes?

Yes, I have a business license, insurance and I sure do pay taxes. If your venue needs a copy of my insurance, I will be happy to send them a copy.

6. Do you work with a second photographer or assistant ?

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I’ve shot many weddings by myself and many weddings with a second shooter or only an assistant. It all depends on how many locations we would have to cover (if the groom gets ready in a different hotel that the bride, I could not cover both of them), and the number of guests. My second shooter is also a documentary photographer, and I highly trust her to cover the event as good as I do.

7. Should I have an engagement session?

It’s all up to you. From my past experience the engagement session is an important part of the relationship process between the couple and the photographer. This is the best opportunity to get to know each other and to get comfortable in front of the camera.

8. Do you travel?

Yes, I love to travel. At least once a year I am either in Europe or Alaska, so make sure you ask me if you get married in one of these two places.

9. Do you edit all the photos?

Yes, I edit all the photos, not in batch but I give every single photo the same amount of time and attention.

10. Mary, from your galleries ( especially from your ‘Black and White Project” gallery or your travel photography) I see that you really like black and white photos. Will we get all the photos in color as well as in black and white?

Yes, I sure do love them. Not only that they are timeless, but they also help emphasize emotion. So, the black and white images that you will receive will only be available in black and white.

11.How many photos do I get?

It really depends on the time of the event, a 3 hours elopement or a 6-10 hours wedding. My goal is to document your story and have it delivered to you exactly as it happened.

12. When do you deliver the photos and albums?

Photos are usually delivered in 6-8 weeks, depending on the season. Albums may take up to 6 additonal weeks.

13. How much is your overtime fee?

There is a $350 per hour overtime fee.

14. Once we decide to book you, what is the next step?

I will send you a contract for you to review and sign along with a non- refundable retainer.

15. Do you offer discounts for military personal and off season weddings?

Sometimes I do, depending on the location (off season in US may not be off season somewhere else, right). ‘Thank you for your service’ is not enough- I do offer a military discount.

16. Where can I find more info about your pricing?

Please send  me an email and I will send you all the info.

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17. Do you speak any other languages?

Yes, I am also fluent in Italian and Romanian, and I can understand Spanish and French.

18. Mary, we understand that a small connection between us and you is essential in order for you to capture our wedding day. If we choose not to have an engagement session, can we send you an email with our story or can we chat over the phone or Skype?

Sure thing! In case of destination weddings an engagement session is not possible, and I love to know about couples as much as I can.

19. Is there anything more that we can know about you? What are your hobbies?

-I love to travel, I always come back energized after a trip. Learning about other people’ traditions and ways of life always fascinated me. Every summer, I have a flower and vegetable garden- it doesn’t matter how busy I am with work, I will still make time to water my plants.  I like to study and collect minerals and semi precious stones. I love to hike although I haven’t done it in awhile. Last but not the least, I love making chocolate, I don’t know how I found the time but I am now a certified chocolatier. You can ask me anytime about unique wedding favors.

 

 

 

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