Below you will find some questions often asked (FAQ) and some questions that aren’t asked that maybe should be! (the frequently unasked question). Have a look, but if there is anything you need answering that isn’t here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
How would you describe your style?
Photojournalist, editorial and fashion.
My purpose is to tell your story with photographs. My style is editorial, similar to photojournalism with the elements of a documentary, but allowing for camera-aware photographs and manipulation of artificial light to enhance the story. There is an element of fashion photography in my style as well, to create stunning bridal portraits and other creative directive style shooting all the while staying true to the moment within that.
When should we book you?
ASAP! I can only hold a date with a contract and a retainer. Upon hiring me, your date is secured and you can check it off your to-do list! Typically, couples will book me about one year out from their wedding date, but other couples book anywhere from two months or two years from their wedding.
How do we book you?
Select a package that best suits what you need and move forward with a contract and deposit to hold the date. Deposits are ⅓ of your package. Note you can upgrade your package, album and add time at any time.
What do we do after we book you?
Feel good you can confidently check this off of your to do list!
I will send you a questionnaire to fill out with details about the wedding that I will need. I will be in touch to go over the day of plans, or you can be in touch with me at any time. We should talk in detail before appointments get confirmed for hairstylists and transportation companies.
Insurance and Travel
Are you insured?
Yes, I am fully insured. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance. I send your venue a copy of my insurance if required.
What if you can’t make it to the wedding?
Knock on wood I will be there because the alternative would mean a rather bleak and unfortunate circumstance! In the event that it should happen, I do have very well trained assistants and associates that can fill my shoes in a pinch. I also belong to a network of professional photography organizations and one thing we do is help each other out in a time of need (like stepping in!).
Where are you based out of? And do you travel elsewhere?
I am based in the wonderful outlet town of Freeport, Maine, just a short drive from Portland. I regularly travel out of Maine to cover weddings and portraits, including: Boston; Cape Cod; Vermont; Newport, RI; New York City and New York state; New Jersey; Maryland; DC; Virginia; Ohio; Chicago; Los Angeles; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I am happy to travel anywhere to photograph your wedding and add your location to my list.
Do you charge extra to travel?
If your wedding requires that I need a hotel room and costs to get there, I request that you reimburse me for those expenses. I like to keep it simple.
What is your payment schedule?
Payments for weddings can be distributed into three installments of the total package price. The first payment/retainer secures the date. The second installment is due six months before the wedding, and the final third is due two weeks before the wedding.
Upon request, couples have arranged to make monthly payments, which can be made automatically by credit card or bank transfer.
If you should book less than five months out, the payment schedule is adjusted for the shorter timeframe.
Can we make a payment after the wedding?
All payments for the wedding need to be paid in full before the wedding date. You may purchase custom items after the wedding, such as framed prints, parent albums, and/or your wedding album.
Do you offer discounts for weekday or off-season weddings?
I offer additional packages and pricing for smaller weddings. Typically these fall in off season or week days. An 8 hour day at a wedding on a weekday in the middle of January will take the same amount of work and cost on my end as a similar wedding in the last Saturday of June, hence the price is still the same!
What equipment do you use?
I shoot with Nikon and have since 1992! I currently use two Nikon d700s throughout the day, and additionally a Nikon d2x during night dancing pictures. My favorite combo is my 85 mm 1.8 on one body and my 17-35 f 2.8 on the other. I also have a 14mm 2.8, a 35mm f2, a 50 1.4, and 28-105 for macro for ring shots, a 28-70 f2.8, an 80-200 zoom, four Nikon speed light flashes, pocket wizards for off camera flashes, and an Alien Bee 600 watt second flash for outdoor illumination. We also bring tripods, reflectors, and light stands to use as needed.
My assistants and second shooters are also trained in using Nikon gear, and bring their equipment as well.
Do you have backup gear?
Sure do! I have back up gear, cf cards and batteries with me. I have shot for many years and know that technology can be temperamental, especially when blazing through thousands of images on hot, muggy summer days.
Do you backup digital files?
Yes I do. Again, knowing that technology can be finicky, I backup my files regularly.
What comes with your wedding packages?
As stated on my pricing page you may choose from hourly or complete coverage, · second shooter · online gallery · online slideshow · high resolution (high res) images to print for personal use · a mobile app* · a wedding album, and wall art to hang. Additionally available are · parent albums · rehearsal dinner· Sunday Brunch and engagement sessions.
What is a mobile app?
A mobile app is a downloaded gallery of up to 100 of your favorite images. Works with phones and tablets and gives you a virtual photo album to carry with you everywhere!
What if we are not sure how long we want to hire you for?
Not a problem. After our initial meeting/conversation, I can recommend a base amount of time for you. Typically that is 8 hours. If need be, you can add more time by the hour.
When do I get my wedding album?
I design and work on albums between the months of January and May. Albums arrive between the months of February and June, unless you have made a special request to have it at a different time. You will see a digital proof of the album, and have three weeks to approve. After approval, it will take 4-8 weeks for you to have it in hand.
THE WEDDING DAY
What does your assistant do on the wedding Day?
On the wedding day my assistant will assist me during group shots, dispersing gear where it will need to be, such as pre setting up flashes in the reception area. During the ceremony and reception they will second shoot with me with specific shots I ask them to capture.
I see you offer a second shooter. Why would we need a second shooter?
There are two reasons a second shooter is beneficial:
1. If you have a large wedding of 175 guests and over, having an additional shooter allows you to have more candid coverage of all the guests.
2. It is a dedicated second eye to get that much more coverage, be it a second or third view perspective of the ceremony, or first dance. It adds to the overall coverage of the day.
Do you take group shots?
Yes, I do. I believe documenting family members is an important part of the day, and often part of the tradition. I am very comfortable directing people when they need directing and having fun with it at the same time. There are not many times during the wedding day that you will hear me speak up, but family photo time is one of them. I can corral even the craziest of families.
With that said, I would encourage you to not go overboard with a shot list, and stick close to the one I provide you. My philosophy is that it is important to get quality portraits of the special people attending the wedding, but it shouldn’t consume the day and replace interacting with them.
If after our planning consultations we foresee a lengthy shot list because of your family circumstances and needs we will plan accordingly to make it efficient and be a a part of the day as you want it while getting all necessary shots for the greater family picture.
Planning out group shots brings me to the next question….
Are you involved in the planning of the wedding day schedule?
Why, yes, I am! I do not like to leave the where and when of group shots to a wedding coordinator or the couple, as I have shot hundred of weddings and have seen how many things can transpire on a wedding day. I want the ideal lighting and location, I want relaxed and happy brides and grooms, and I want it to be done efficiently with a realistic time frame! I am not a wedding planner, and I am not trying to replace them EVER! But as I want you to be happy with your photos ensuring all the details that go into family photos are well thought out makes you and I both happier in the end! One thing we don't get back on the wedding day is time, and planning in plenty of it builds higher success rate of happiness and less stress!
This planning can be done with several phone calls/meeting with the bride and/or wedding planner. I am more than happy to do this to ensure a great day and great photos.
Do you require a meal at the wedding?
Yes I do! For myself, assistant and second shooter. We work better when we have food in us! I ask all venues to feed the photographers at the same time that you, the bride and groom are fed.
This way we do not miss any of the action. Sometimes brides and grooms do no eat, in which case my staff and I will rotate meals.
Can our guests take pictures too?
Absolutely! I do not mind at all that there are other cameras going off at the wedding. If you have any particularly directive people attending the wedding let me know ahead of time! It is important that during the allotted “portrait time” others stand behind me and wait for me to get my shoot so I have all faces looking toward me. When I am with the bride and groom alone though, I prefer to have it be just us (it is one of the few times that couples get to be alone during their wedding day).
Do you photograph in black and white (b/w) and color?
You will receive b/w images from your day. If you particularly love b/w you will receive more than average. I shoot digitally and capture the images in RAW format, which records the most amount of information possible on my professional cameras. I convert the images later in my editing software, enhancing the colors or creating it black & white. I edit the image based on what I (or we, my assistant) think makes the image the strongest. Some shoots may have more b/w because that is what works for that client and style of shoot. But I produce both color and b/w images for every shoot.
AFTER THE HONEYMOON
What happens after the wedding?
Because of the importance I place on helping you cherish those memories, I take up to eight weeks to edit your wedding photographs. Post wedding photography looks like this:
1 week out -with your permission
I will text/email you 5-10 previews of the day. I will also post on social media. *
8 weeks out on a Thursday night.
You will receive a notification that a blog preview and slideshow are available to preview.
8 weeks out on a Friday night.
You will receive a notification that your complete gallery is ready to view. All of your guests who have pre-registered will also be notified at this time.
9 weeks out at your convenience
We have a conversation about your photos. You tell me what you love, what you want to see in your wedding album and if you have any special requests.*
9 weeks out
High Res Images are available for you to download and begin printing
November thru December
Holiday orders are placed from you or your guests for those special gifts. NOTE: Parent albums are available to be purchased by Dec. 5th for Christmas delivery.
You will receive a phone call and email from me to discuss your album. Perhaps we meet in person or via skype to go over the type of album you prefer.
You will receive an album proof to approve. Several small changes are allowed for no additional costs.
March - April
You will receive your album!
*JUST FOR YOU! If you would like to use any of the previews for a thank you card, this is a good time to make that request. You may purchase thank you cards directly from me or request the high res file then.
Do you delete images after the wedding is complete?
No, I do not. So if you lose your files for whatever unforeseen or unfortunate reason, feel free to contact me for a replacement set. I do put in my contract that I only warranty having the images for 1 year after the wedding, but I do not delete anything, EVER.
How many images will we receive?
Expect to receive approximately 800 images from your wedding. I don’t put an exact number to the amount of images you will receive or the number we shoot. It depends on the length of the day, the number of guests, and the events of the day.
Do you edit the images? And what does editing entail?
Yes I absolutely edit images in a multistep process. All images are sorted, rated and select images make the final cut. All of those images are edited in develop made to make them the best visual representations of itself - color corrected, color enhanced, and if desired, made black and white. Your images are then uploaded to your online gallery.*
Images used in your album and wall art receive even more attention. Exit signs and blemishes are removed and any other custom developing is done in the image to make it really sing!
* Your high res images to download are identical to the images in the gallery.
Do you do custom photoshop and touch up work on images?
Yes, I do photoshop images, such as removing unsightly blemishes, fly away hairs, a guest in the background making a funny face full of food during the first dance (if it doesn’t enhance the image). This is done for custom-ordered products such as wall art or wedding albums and any order placed online by you or guests. Should you want images touched up specifically for you to print from that is available for additional costs and can be priced out if needed at that time. *
* Common reasons why people have requested touch-ups are:
They may want in an law removed from a family photo years later, maybe a divorce occurred.
Brides didn’t like their hair and wanted it photoshopped to their ideal look. I highly recommend a trial run and then going out and being photographed by your friends and fiance if that is a potential concern.
A bride doesn’t like their dress or something about themselves physically. Doesn’t happen often but occasionally it does. Self image is personal and I take those concerns seriously. But additional photoshop work does cost extra.
Can we buy the digital files? What does that mean?
All of my wedding packages include the rights to the high resolution files. This means you will have purchased the rights to use the images for your own personal use, such as 4x6, 8x10 prints, canvases, coffee mugs, albums, etc. for yourself. What it does not allow you to do is give the images to vendors to promote their own business. I own the rights to the images to use on my site and promote my business. You will have the license to print and enjoy the images for your personal use.
What are “high res” files?
High resolution (high res) files are the images you will get to print. The resolution is such that they will print well. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask at any time!
Can we make prints from the High Res images? Sure can and please do! You can print from any lab of your choice. I do recommend for topnotch quality you check outPinhole Press. I will provide a special link for you to access an exclusive professional line of products!
Can we use images on social media?
Sure can and please do! When using on social media please* tag and credit Sharyn Peavey Photography. FB: Sharyn.Peavey.Photography
*Copyright laws require display of photo credit when published in public arena, such as social media, wedding magazines and the newspaper.
Can we share images with our vendors? You don’t even have to-- I have that covered! I recommend you share their info with me and I will be in touch with them. I do get all of your vendors info from you before the wedding day and credit them in my blog. I also reach out to them to share images with them. I am in the same business with them, and my images will help them build their business and I want to get to know them. I do not charge vendors for use of images, but I do want them to know me!
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my business and for considering me to document your special moments. If you have more questions or want to book me please contact me at 207-318-1829.