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.
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. 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!
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.
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!
Oh yeah! Just ask about our Emergency Bag!