FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE
Candid, fun, colorful, emotive.
HOW MUCH WORK GOES INTO EACH WEDDING?
About 30 hours or so.
How do we book you in?
I recommend first booking in a meeting or video/phone call with me HERE. After we’ve discussed your wedding details i’ll send you over a proposal and booking form. Once that is signed we ask for a 50% deposit to secure your date with us.
How long does it take for us to receive our photos / film?
Wedding photography from Jan-July will be delivered in 6-8 weeks and films in 8-12 weeks. Wedding photography from August -December will be delivered in 8-12 weeks and films in 12-16 weeks.
WHAT GEAR DO YOU USE?
For photography we have two Canon 5d mark 4s. We have 24mm, 35mm, 100mm, 85mm and 100mm lenses. For video we shoot on both the Canon 5d mark 4 & Panasonic Lumix G5’s. We shoot with a mix of Voigtlander & Canon lenses and use a variety of stabilizers. We also have a DJI Mavic Pro Drone.
Can i choose the music for my film?
I prefer to choose the music myself but if you have your heart set on something I ask you send that with at least 5 other options so I can work out what will go best with tempo/vibe etc. I don’t like to use top 50 type songs as I feel they’re overused and a little generic. I’ve made a spotify playlist of songs I have used in the past/songs I want to use if you want to check it out for some inspiration.
How long do you spend on formal family photos at weddings?
We like to spend around 15-20 mins for immediate family photos. For extended family photos we recommend doing this during the reception.
What is a first look and should we do one?
A first look is a wedding life-saver. It calms you before the ceremony. It means you can enjoy your cocktail hour. It’s a beautiful set of wedding portraits full of charged emotion. It’s a private moment before your wedding for just you and your partner. I always recommend!!
Can I have all of the RAW unedited photos you took at our wedding?
No sir!! I'm not sure why you'd even want them. RAW files are huge and take up heaps of space, you need special photo editing software to even view them, and they don't retain the editing. They're a pain to be honest! This is industry standard. You'll receive all of the photos that we took of your day, less any blinking, over exposed, unedited images. We also fancy our editing style and never deliver any images that didn’t represent our style or standard.
What should we wear to our engagement session?
We prefer your engagement session to be less formal and more fun. I’ve recently started putting together a board for both genders that I think shoot well. I always recommend clothing that moves, flows etc for motion in your photos! We want to authentically document you as a couple so please don’t follow this strictly - Its just a guide for you to make your own!
Guys please avoid checkered button up shirts.
Also very important! I want to note that heels tend to disrupt the flow of the shoot and don’t usually go well with most of locations (parks, beaches, hilly terrain) that our couples tend to choose. I always recommend wearing flats or boots, something comfortable that you can move easily in. Plus we don’t usually take that many photos of your feet.
WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Yes we will send you a quote for travel outside of NYC. Travel by car is .75c per mile. All travel arrangements are booked by Averie.
WHAT'S THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR PHOTOS?
Anytime after 3pm is great. Between 11am-2pm is the worst time for photography as the sun is directly above us casting harsh shadows onto our faces. For the best portraits lets plan something a couple of hours before sunset. Golden hour is the last 45mins before the sun goes down and its always gorgeous for those pops of delicious yellow/pinks/reds. If its too overcast though this golden hour doesn’t happen :(
WHAT TIME IS BEST FOR OUR CEREMONY?
In summer 5pm is great, in winter 3pm so we can sneak outside for portraits before the light disappears! If you can’t have an early winter ceremony please allow time for a first look so we can capture your portrait session in the light.
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ORGANIZING A WEDDING and i would love some advice on my schedule can you help?
Absolutely. I always recommend working with me on your schedule so you have enough time for photos and don’t miss out on socializing with your friends & fam.
WHAT DO WE DO FOR PHOTOS IF IT RAINS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
We will shoot some portraits inside and I also recommend you purchase some clear umbrellas like these ones here if you want to venture into the rain.
MY PARTNER AND I ARE AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. HOW WILL YOU MAKE US LOOK NATURAL AND COOL LIKE THOSE OTHER COUPLES ON YOUR WEBSITE?
I get this question a lot and believe me on your wedding day you are so wrapped up in the excitement of the day you will barely worry about posing in front of the camera. My style is very chilled and relaxed, I won’t make you do any crazy awkward poses - I mostly try to make you focus on each other and ignore me. Engagement sessions are a great way to feel comfortable in front of the camera and for us to get to know each other before the day - This often puts my camera shy clients at ease.
DO WE NEED A 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER?
Sometimes! I like to have a second shooter for the ceremony/portraits and first part of the reception. I usually recommend a second shooter for 5 hours if you are having a smaller wedding (75-100) people. If you are having a larger wedding I recommend 2 photographers from the whole day. A second photographer is also great if you and your partner are getting ready at different locations and logistically it wouldn’t make sense for one photographer to shoot both destinations.
ALBUMS ARE EXPENSIVE. WHY SHOULD WE GET ONE?
Your album is an heirloom. It’s a tangible record of your family history. Nowhere else can a person find so many authentic photos of relatives and friends engaged in a day full of romance or significant events. So many photos can become lost online and hard drives will eventually fail. By creating an album and printing your photos, you are creating the ultimate hard copy of your images and will be contributing to your family history by ensuring that future generations have a tangible record of how their family came to be over time. While it may be hard to imagine great grandchildren so far down the road, it is likely that they could one day have your album passed down into their hands.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO A WEDDING?
We like to dress like we’re going to a wedding but with comfy shoes on! We’ll usually wear black pants, a colorful blouse and a black blazer.
What’s the best time of day to go to the Clerks Office for our elopement?
I recommend meeting at the Clerks Office around 2- 3pm. The afternoon sun is the best for portraits so I always recommend an afternoon ceremony rather than an early morning.
ARE YOU INSURED? ARE THE PHOTOS BACKED UP?
Yes we are fully insured and can add your venue as additionally insured if requested. Our photos are backed up to 3 separate locations including the online cloud.
HOW LONG DO WE NEED FOR PORTRAITS ON THE WEDDING DAY?
If you have us just for photo 30-45 mins is great! If you have us booking for photo & video I recommend one whole hour!
WILL IT BE YOU THAT TURNS UP ON THE WEDDING DAY?
We are a collective of photographers & videographers. If you book Averie you will have Averie. If you book an associate you will have one of our amazing associate photographers.
DO YOU SCOUT FOR LOCATIONS AHEAD OF TIME?
I've found the best approach is to get there early on the day and spend an hour or so finding the best locations and making a mental map of where we'll go for photos for the best photos.
SHOULD WE GIVE YOU A SHOT LIST, or pinterest board?
I'd prefer it if you didn't. My clients have confidence that I'll capture everything that I possibly can. For certain photos of different relative combos please give this list to a friend/family memeber to arrange. Pinterest boards are more relevant to the styling of your wedding than the actual photographs. We are candid/documentary photographers and will do our best to make sure everything/everyone is captured.
WE'RE GETTING MARRIED outdoors AND i’m worried about my dress getting dirty? do you have any suggestions?
It will definitely get dirty. I suggest if you are getting married outdoors on a property/ farm opt for a dress with a shorter train. Otherwise embrace the fact that it will get dirty - You are only going to wear it once and you want to have fun on your wedding day!
Do you have any advice from a Photographer's perspective for our wedding day?
Splurge on a unique airbnb for your getting ready shots instead of a hotel room.
Keep your space TIDY. Arrange a clean up before we arrive.
Do NOT get a spray tan. It might make you feel good but NO it doesn’t look good in photography and almost impossible to correct in video. Please not on your wedding day.
Do a first look
Buy biodegradable confetti. We recommend this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0P59JN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
When looking at venues look at spaces with lots of natural light and great outdoor locations.
Don't let your DJ or venue talk you into colored lighting.
Outdoor receptions are best for natural light photographers
Have your ceremony close to sunset if you're getting married outside
Splurge on the photographer and videographer of your dreams (your photos and videos will outlive your cake and flowers
The great outdoors is the best for beautiful backgrounds!