You asked, we answered!

1. Who is VCH Photography?

VCH Photography is composed of a completely awesome wedding photographer ( or so I tell myself LOL)! I'm a full time photographer that loves what I do and tend to refer my cameras my "babies".  About 100 years ago, I (who is old enough to know how to develop film) picked back up my camera and started shooting again. As VCH Photography grew, I partnered with  a very talented team of shooters that work with me 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 me and maybe a second shooter. Somewhere along the years of shooting I went from being the same age as the bride and groom to being being called "ma'am". Yeah, I'm old! (I know the original running man.)

I'm originally from Arkansas, so I'm through and through country. When I moved to San Antonio, it was only then I noticed how much of a drawl I have. Don't be surprised if you hear me using the "Yall" a thousand times,  stretching words out, and pronouncing them with the missing letter "g"! Warning, I can be overly friendly and talk you to death about all your wedding details!  

If you ever need me, feel free to email, call, or text. I'll get back to you ASAP! I'll always try  to 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!) I have 2 boys, aged 7 & 4 and a very bossy 5 month old baby girl. My poor husband is usually being attacked by them when I've locked myself in my "Woman Cave" AKA office editing photos. If you ever happen to see us all out (more than likely on the way to go fishing if I have it my way) don't be afraid to say hi or even yell "HEY YALL"!    



2. What is your Primary Style?

Honestly, everyone is different. There are no two people alike and no two loves that are the same. I shoot each wedding different and unique. With that being said, I would define my style as Lifestyle with a little contemporary thrown in. I try catch those little "in the moment" shots that you might not even remember happened. I'll also get those traditional family and loving poses. Don' t forget I'm the paparazzi for your day so I'll sneak up on you! I'm totally "go with the flow" photographer, so I tend to be pretty chill about things.

I do have a checklist that I'll 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. I want your photos to look natural, but I'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: I cannot take off 30 pounds or paste your face on Jennifer Aniston's body. I do my best to make sure your make up blends, but please don't have your face one color and your neck a completely different one...I will get confused on what color you actually want to be! LOL! 


6. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?

I 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, I'll have another in my hands in 3.5 seconds. 

7. Do you shoot both digital and film?

I shoot in digital only. I started a hundred years ago when developing film was what we did, but after almost blinding myself in the Dark Room, I'm scarred for life. Digital gives me the ability to shoot the same image multiple times to make sure I get the perfect image. 


8. Will we get the RAW Photos?

Unfortunately no. Reason being: I might have shot the same exact picture 20 times (especially when shooting group pictures) and there would be repeats. We also shoot randomly when moving with the sun and we would hate for anyone to see us while we make sure our lighting is just right.

The biggest reason we NEVER give out the RAW photos are because they're  the unfinished product and haven't had my "artistic" touch put to them. Asking for RAW photos is like asking for a fully loaded cheese burger but getting handed raw hamburger meat and a head of lettuce. Don't worry though, you will definitely end up with more pictures than you thought and every memory will be in your hands edited and in high resolution. 


9. What exactly is included in your packages?

ALL kinds of cool stuff! I designed every package after what I'd personally want from a photographer. I'm pretty selfish when it comes to my personal family albums so I image everyone else is too. I don't even like people touching our wedding album! When I created my packages, I made it so that you would have at least that album no one but you could touch, but add an extra album to give to your parents and even a smaller book to give to your in-laws! (JOKE!) I also give you the option to have custom "Thank You Cards" or "Save The Date" cards. I'll Also give you a USB containing your edited photos with a copyright release. We want to make sure you get all of your money's worth from us. 


10. What is the deposit and total fee? Do you offer a payment plan? 

The deposit to reserve your day is $500 and it is non-refundable. Why, you ask? Well, believe it or not, there are ladies out there who have planned an entire wedding, paid deposits, and the groom hasn't even proposed! There is nothing wrong with planning ahead but both parties should know they're getting married right? Unfortunately, none of those weddings ever went through and we passed on Couples that were actually going to "tie the knot". I learned this in our early days of shooting weddings and ended up with a full yet empty calendar. (Me making sad face) The deposit is not an extra charge. Its subtracted from the amount of your wedding photography package. If something happens and you must move the date, just give us a call and we'll help you out as long as we're open. You'll never have to pay another deposit. 

Yes, we offer a payment plan. The balance of the wedding is due in full 30 days before your wedding, but we have and will continue to offer any payment plan that fits your needs.


11. Will you be my actual photographer, or will it be one of your associates?

Unless I'm dead,  I will be your photographer. No matter what happens at your wedding, I'm there for the long haul! I've fallen out of moving Trolleys, backed into electric fences, tripped in ditches, stepped on snakes, moved cows out of the way and so much more all shooting weddings. Heaven forbid something happens, but believe I'll limp right to the ending of your wedding.   I may have a second shooter or two accompany me if you need. 


12. Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you're sick?

If I'm sick, I'll still be at your wedding. If my leg is broken, I'll still be at your wedding. Missing a limb, you guessed it, still at your wedding. However if I have fallen into a coma, a professional photographer will be at your wedding. Not a college student, a cousin, or random camera guy. That photographer will be similar in style and uphold our contract agreement. You're in safe hands.


13. How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?

Our processing time is 6-8 weeks to process all your photos into your proofing gallery. As soon as they are uploaded, you'll get the link. From there, it is up to you to pick out your favorite picture to be made in either your "Thank You" card or "Save The Date" card. Once they are selected it takes about 4 weeks to get your prints, books, DVD, USB and anything else to your front door. If you have a custom canvas picture, please add an extra week or 2 for construction and delivery. 


14. How many weddings do you do a weekend?

I only do 1 wedding per Saturday depending on the needs of each bride. I also do weekday weddings as well. I only book 3 weekends per month. I use that off weekend to do any engagements or bridals, catch up on any editing or processing that may be needed, or just catch up on sleep LOL!


15. Will you follow a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free reign to capture the festivities how you see fit?

I have a checklist that we will go over completely with you outlining all your shots you'd like and some you might have not even though of. It's in between those shots that anything goes! I'm going stealth mode and catching candid shots! Don't hesitate to ask for a special picture at any time. Its your day, I'm just there to capture all of your moments.


16. What type of paper will you use for the prints and album?

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)


17. What will you wear?

We will always be professionally dressed. The ladies will be in black pants and professional tops and the guys will always be in slacks and a button down shirt. Depending on the location of your wedding, the guys may be in khakis and a button down shirt if we may be standing on hay bales, pushing farm animals out of the way, or moving furniture for you to sit on for that perfect shot. If you would prefer a certain style of dress or color, just let us know before hand and we'll be sure to dress as you'd like. No shorts or cut-offs please. (Especially on the guys)


18. What is your attitude normally like on a wedding day?

I'm pretty laid back and relaxed. I'll go by the photo checklist but understand that sometimes things change. I always try my best to make sure that you have the best photography experience.  I have been known to get a little too excited over a gorgeous dress from time to time though.


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.  I 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. I 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, I'll just ask that they shoot beside or behind me and watch the flash. All guests with cameras do have to remember that I'm there for YOU so I won't be able to hold conversations about the inter-workings of camera stuff.  Other than that, I'm  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  weeks 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, books, albums, etc. and you'd totally understand why we are sometimes referred to as "starving artists" LOL!



22. What will we do if it rains or snows?

If it rains or snows during an engagement, bridal or photo shoot, we'll always reschedule. I'm usually stalking the forecast. If it rains or snows during your wedding day (and that can't be moved) then I will do my best to get those cool shots. I can't get my equipment wet for obvious reasons, but I've been caught in the rain before during weddings over the years and they became some of my 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, I try not to stand out doors directly in a thunderstorm while holding a bunch of metal objects for fear of a lighting bolt.)



23. How far in advance do I need to book you?

As soon as possible! I tend to start booking my weekends a year in advance. I would recommend you book your photographer, venue, and coordinator as soon as you possibly can. 



24. Can you take a picture of my favorite Aunt / Uncle / Cat etc and how long will all the family group shots take?

I am 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!



25. Do you cope well under pressure and what about any emergencies on the day?

Oh yeah! Just ask about our Emergency Bag!