Frequently asked questions

 

How much do you charge to photograph a wedding?

My starting price for a wedding is $1,500. This includes two photographers, up to 6 hours of photography, and full privileges to edited photos, and a private gallery. There are other packages available under my "contact and pricing" page. If you are having an unusually short, or small wedding - please feel free to contact me about creating a quote catered to your needs.

 

You use a second photographer?

I always photograph weddings with my second photographer and wife, Carla. Carla also went to the University of California in Riverside, and got her Studio Art Degree. We actually met in an Advanced Photography class. She has been photographing weddings with me for the last four years. She occasionally assists me in non-wedding events as well.

 

Where are you located?

I live in Eagle Rock in Los Angeles, and photograph weddings all around Southern California. 

 

Do you photograph events aside from weddings?

While I specialize in weddings and family portraits, I have do head shots, photographed corporate events, galas, architecture, cars, and even food. Please contact for pricing.

 

What form of payment do you accept?

I accept cash and check, made out to ARM Photography.

 

When do I pay?

There is a 25% deposit required at the time the contract is signed. The remainder can be paid at anytime up to the day of the event (you can pay the balance on the day of the wedding).

 

Do I need to feed you and your assistant at my event?

For a wedding longer than 4 hours, meals are traditionally provided for my second photographer and I. If this poses a problem, please let me know beforehand so we can make our own arrangements.

 

How soon will I receive my edited photos after an event?

My typical turnaround time is two to three weeks. I try to email samples within four days of the wedding, so you can enjoy them on your honeymoon :)

 

How many images will I receive if you were to photograph my wedding?

On average, I give clients about 400 - 700 edited images for a wedding, depending on length of the event, and the package you choose.

 

How do you classify your style?

It is my goal to photograph honest interactions between people - so I would say photo journalistic. Couples are loosely posed, and I try to incorporate the energy of the couple in the shoot as much as possible.

 

Do you give me all the photos you take?

No. A camera is a machine of trial and error. Perhaps one out of five shots is usable. Other shots may be over/underexposed, blurry, bad composition, someone blinks, etc. Undesirable photos are sifted out early in the editing process, and are not presented to clients.

 

Do I get a disk of images?

I have switched to a digital transfer system, usually via pixieset. This process is faster, and less expensive for myself and the client. Some of my packages include a USB stick for ease and backup purposes, so you still have your photos down the line if your computer ends up crashing.

 

How much editing do you do to the photos?

For each hour I photographer, I probably spend 1.5 hours editing. Photos are adjusted for brightness, contrast, highlights, and color balance. Additionally, tasteful filters and vignettes are applied. Choice photos are copied into black and white. In the case I try a more exotic filter, I will also include a more regular edited copy of the image.

 

What equipment do you use?

This one’s for the photographers out there. The equipment is divided between myself and Carla:

Two Nikon D750, and a Nikon D7000

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 (FX)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Nikon 105mm Macro f/2.8

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

SB-800, SB-700, Quantum Slim Battery

 

All images are photographed in RAW, and edited in Lightroom with the use of VSCO filters.