You asked, we answered!
1. Who is VCH Photography?
We are a Photography company composed to 2 completely awesome shooters ( or so we tell ourselves LOL)! The 2 awesome shooters previously mentioned happen to be husband and wife. About 100 years ago, the wife (me), (who is old enough to know how to develop film) picked back up her camera and started shooting again. I'm a full time photographer and operate from our Studio and my home office. I find that when I'm not at either of those places, I'm attempting to climb a tree or roll around on the ground to get that perfect shot. The second Photographer of this company (cough, cough...the husband) started right along side me years ago. I'll admit I was a little "passive aggressive" that he was so good. He turned out to be a complete natural and after a bunch classes over the years, a few conventions, and a TON of weddings, we've found ourselves competing as to who's picture will be published this year! Yeah, we're a little competitive. LOL! When our company grew, we partnered with a very talented team of second shooters that team up with us for different projects when needed from time to time. Unfortunately for all of them, I'm a total control freak about every thing shot. The only people that will ever shoot your wedding will be either Lee or I and maybe a second shooter or two. Oh yeah....about us personally. We have 2 boys aged 7 and 4 and a 3 month old baby girl. I'll always answer my phone if you ever need me, but if its after 6pm, I'm sorry about the SpongeBob you might hear in the background. (Texting is AWESOME!) If you ever happen to see us at a 45 minute T Ball Game at 8 in the morning cheering like loonatics, I swear we'll totally act sane at your wedding!
2. What is your Primary Style?
Honestly, everyone is different. There are no two people alike and no two loves that are the same. We shoot each wedding different and unique. With that being said, we would define our style as Lifestyle with a little contemporary thrown in. We catch those little "in the moment" shots that you might not even remember happened. We'll also get those traditional family and loving poses. Don' t forget we're paparazzi for your day! We are totally "go with the flow" photographers. We have a checklist that we want to go over with you to make sure you get the photos you want, but don't be surprised if you end up with a picture or two of the ring bearer picking his nose or the angry face of the flower girl when discovers she can't run in her pretty little shoes!
3. Will a contract of the services be provided? Can I get a copy?
We go over a lengthy contract outlining everything. We'll discuss everything you want for your Wedding Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shoot and Engagement shoot. If there are any travel fees or any extra Canvases or Books you'd like (that don't already come with your package) , we'll put it in the contract. I don't believe in hidden fees or extra costs that are added without your knowledge. By the time we finish the contract, you'll have every question (and more) answered and in writing.
4. Do you have insurance?
YES! I carry insurance on all my equipment and studio. I also have liability insurance for that (God forbid) chance I break something during a shoot.
5. Will you color correct and edit my images?
Of course! All of your pictures are shot in RAW and must be edited. Not to mention that before every important moment stress seems to take over and you might get that break out. We want your photos to look natural, but we'll take care of those blemishes (or hickeys), remove that tattoo you got when you were 17 and hate now (I have one too!) , smooth out a few stretch marks, and get rid of that bug that crawled into your dress when you weren't looking.
WARNING: We cannot take off 30 pounds or paste your face on Jennifer Aniston's body. We do our best to make sure your make up blends, but please don't have your face one color and your neck a completely different one...we will get confused on what color you actually want to be! LOL!
6. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?
We use Professional Nikon Cameras and lenses. The exact model is a hidden Secret! I personally have 5 cameras and have at least 2-3 per shoot. They are serviced before every wedding and I'm always looking for the coolest gear to add to my camera collection. If one camera goes down, we'll have another in our hands in 3.5 seconds.
We use acid-free, archival-quality paper, which will stand the test of time. Our prints are printed from some of the top photography companies in the US. We do not print at Walmart, Walgreens, or Kinkos. (nothing against them)
19. Is photography your main business? What percentage of your work is composed of weddings?
Yes! I am a 60+ hour a week, full-time photographer. VCH Photography is a company I'm proud of and I love it like my baby. Lee tends to shoot weekends with VCH Photography and rest of our team are independent photographers and work with us as needed. We only take a maximum of 30 weddings per year, but we also do family photo shoots, company photos, magazine advertisements, and more!
20. Do you allow other people (guests) to take photos while you are?
Yes! As long as it's okay with you, its okay with us. We just ask that if Grandma or your favorite Uncle buys the newest 12 inch IPAD, please don't stand in the middle of the aisle. It can get really hard to crawl around them to get that perfect shot of you. If you have guest who would like to take pictures or have cameras, we'll just ask that they shoot beside or behind us and watch the flash. All guests with cameras do have to remember that we're there for YOU so we won't be able to hold conversations about the inter-workings of camera stuff. Other than that,we're all about family participation!
21. Why is Photography SO EXPENSIVE?
Believe it or not, photography can be pretty hard work. We (photographers) stand anywhere from 6-12 hours taking continuous photos while hauling and holding very heavy equipment. After that, it can take days to edit all the photos. Each photo must be color corrected, edited, and converted into a JPEG file before it can be printed. Add cost of taxes, shipping, DVDs or USBs, prints, albums, etc. and you'd totally understand why we are sometimes referred to as "starving artists" LOL!
If it rains or snows during an engagement, bridal or photo shoot, we'll always reschedule. We're usually stalking the forecast. If it rains or snows during your wedding day (and that can't be moved) then we will do our best to get those cool shots. We can't get our equipment wet for obvious reasons, but we've been caught in the rain before during weddings over the years and they became some of our overall favorites! If for some chance it snows, the roads are blocked and our 4 wheeler can't make it, then we might have to discuss a few more options. (Also, we try not to stand out doors directly in a thunderstorm while holding a bunch of metal objects)
23. How far in advance do I need to book you?
As soon as possible! We tend to start booking our weekends a year in advance. I would recommend you book your photographer, venue, and coordinator as soon as you possibly can.
We are going to take all the pictures you requested in your photography checklist. The number of photos you would like of your family depends on how long it will take to get those pictures. We usually average about 30 minutes as long as everyone is present and ready to smile!
Oh yeah! Just ask about our Emergency Bag!