How long have you been doing wedding photography?
I have been shooting professionally since 2007.
What’s so special about your photography?
Hopefully you can already tell how our photography style differ from other photographers from browsing through our galleries. Personally, we envision, shoot and process our photos with color in mind. We love using colors to create a dreamy, whimsical, film-like images even though we shoot with digital cameras. Some photographs, however, do look better in black and white and we will convert those images to black and white based on our artistic judgment.
How do you count the ‘hours’ for coverage? If we have a break between the ceremony and reception, do you count those hours toward photography coverage too?
We count our coverage hours starting from when we arrive at the first location (usually it’s the place where the bridal party are getting ready) until we leave the reception. If you have a break between the ceremony and the reception, we usually take the bridal and groom to a new location to take more fun pictures!
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We bring multiple layers of backup equipment including lenses, camera bodies, flash units, umbrella stands, batteries etc. (For the photo geek: We shoot with Canon 5D series with a list of prime lenses – 24L, 35L, 50L, 135L, 85 f/1.8, and 70-200 f/2.8)
How do we book you guys for our wedding date?
A signed contract and a simple retainer payment of $1000 are needed to reserve your wedding date. The remaining balance will due 2 weeks before your wedding. The booking policy is on a first come, first serve basis. Because a lot of brides/grooms inquire about the same dates all the time, I do not keep track of all of them and therefore I am unable to tell you if your date has already been inquired.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
The pictures will be ready for viewing online 8 weeks after the wedding, and 4 weeks after the engagement session.
Do we have to provide meals for you guys during the wedding?
Yes please! It’ll keep us going strong in getting those amazing images for you guys! We usually eat while the guests and bride and groom are eating, because most people don’t want their pictures taken anyway with their mouths full. It’s really a win-win situation.
Finally, we get this questions a lot from photographers/aspiring photographers –
Can I come and shadow you on a wedding day and see how you work?
Due to the fast-pace, high stress nature of weddings, we cannot bring random people to weddings. Each wedding is an extremely important workday for us and therefore we only bring our trained assistant who has been working consistently with us. At a wedding, we will not have time to chat, interact, or to teach you at an actual wedding. This is why we offer mentor session where we can show you how we work with a couple at a portrait session and you can ask us all the questions you want. If you want to find out more about these mentor sessions, email me at cindy [at] orangeturtlephotography.com.
Hope this helps! Please feel free to use to contact us for any other questions! You can drop me an email at [email protected]