Where are you located? Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Are you willing to travel? Yes! I include travel up to 1 hour from my location in Grand Rapids. Anything further may have extra travel fees (gas/lodging). For out of state travel, I would ask for flight costs, 1-2 night stay and a rental car or taxi fees (if needed) to be covered.
Can I have all of the unedited images? No, I do not release unedited images.
Do I receive a print release? Yes! You will be allowed to print your own photos wherever you would like. However, places that don't specialize in printing may not have the same color and quality outcome.
Can I post delivered photos/videos on social media? Absolutely! I love when clients share their photos/videos. Just remember to credit/tag Bending the Branches Storytelling or a link to my website. Please respect the time I put into editing--never crop, filter, or alter in any way. In addition, never screenshot (this downgrades the quality), instead, download the full resolution files or if I make a post you want to share please do so by using the "share" button.
What should I wear for my photo session? Check out my WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE HERE. *getting ready wedding tip: don't wear a bra the morning of your wedding, as it may leave marks that could show in photos!*
What are all the services you offer? Photo services: weddings, couples, boudoir, maternity, seniors, families, HEADSHOTS, in-home newborns. Video services: weddings, save the date engagements, small business promo films.
How many photos would I receive? For weddings, average is 100+ images per hour. For portrait sessions it starts at 20+ final images and can go up to 100+ depending on which package.
How long would the video be? For weddings, a 2-4 minute wedding film would be created with a 6 hour day, 3-5 minutes with an 8 hour day and 4-7 minutes with a 10 hour day. A 1-2 minute highlight film is available as an add-on. A 1-3 minute video would be created for a save the date engagement or promo film.
How do I secure booking? Once you have signed my contract and I have received your deposit, you are booked and your date is secured.
How much is the deposit? 1/3 PAYMENT PLAN OR 50% down, with the remaining 50% paid 1 month before the wedding date.
What camera gear do you use? I'm a Canon USER. 5D Mark iV body, 6D Mark ii BODY, 70D body, lenses: 70-200 2.8 IS, 85 1.4 IS, Sigma Art 35 1.4, 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8 IS,100 2.8 macro IS. External speed light flashes and continuous lighting, Tascam and Zoom audio recorders, RODE SHOTGUN MICROPHONES, Zhiyun stabilizing gimbal, MANFROTTO VIDEO TRIPODS.
What editing software do you use? Photo mechanic, Adobe Lightroom for mass photo editing (occasional Photoshop when needed). For video editing I use Adobe Premiere.
How many weddings have you done? 100+ between working for myself and past companies.
Can I book photo and video service with you for my wedding? No, I work independently, so I can only provide one or the other per wedding.
Do we get to choose the music for videos? Yes and No. I purchase and use licensed music (legal). So it won't be popular music you hear on the radio. I will ask what genre/mood you prefer then I use that information to search for music.
What happens if it rains on my wedding day? We make do! If we have to take all of the photos in an indoor location OR COVERED AREA, we will make the best of it. I also have rain gear for my camera and a clear bubble umbrella for my couples to use, so if you're willing to go outside then I am 100% down! If you're really concerned about rain on your wedding day, I highly suggest to get umbrellas for the bridal party if you're wanting to bring the group outside for photos. No matter what, rain can't stop it from being the best day of your life. I ALSO OFFER A "DAY AFTER" SESSION, SO WE CAN GO BACK OUT ON A CLEAR DAY!
What is your favorite part of a wedding day? There is a lot that goes on in a wedding day, but my most favorite part to capture is the couple--the first looks, the love shared and all the little moments in between that you never want to forget. The bride and groom are the highlight of the day and I want to create images of them to be displayed in their homes and families homes for a lifetime.
Can we meet beforehand? Of course!! I would love to meet, grab coffee and chat! No additional charge and no obligation.
Could you help us with planning a timeline? Yes, I understand putting together a wedding timeline can be an overwhelming task, but I can help! We can meet up or we can chat over the phone to discuss event times and what all you're wanting me there for to capture. It can be nice to bounce ideas off each other and talk it out together to figure out a smooth timeline. I also have created a WEDDING TIMELINE GUIDE HERE that brides and grooms have found helpful!
SHOULD WE DO A "FIRST LOOK"? I ALMOST ALWAYS WILL ENCOURAGE COUPLES TO DO A FIRST LOOK, I EVEN MADE AN ENTIRE GUIDE ON IT TO INFORM YOU WHY THEY ARE SUCH A GAME CHANGER! SO IF YOU ARE ON THE FENCE, CHECK OUT MY WEDDING "FIRST LOOK" GUIDE HERE.
DO YOU HAVE ANY VENDOR RECOMMENDATIONS? YES! CLICK HERE FOR MY LIST OF WHO I RECOMMEND.
Are you insured? Yes! I have insurance on my equipment and liability with State Farm.