frequently asked questions
What is your approach to wedding photography?
My approach to wedding photography is simple: I capture the authentic joy, excitement, and love of your day. Imagine looking through your wedding album with your spouse on your 25th anniversary. When I photograph your wedding, that album will bring back all of the feelings from that day because you will see those feelings in every photograph. You will see the love and joy in your eyes and those of your spouse, and you will see the excitement in the faces of your friends and family.
I use a photography style called wedding photojournalism and it's something I have been doing for many years. I shot my first wedding while I was in high school and have been refining my visual story-telling ever since. This means I am an expert at documenting your unique story and the true emotion of your special day.
Will you still shoot group photos of our wedding party and friends and families?
Yes of course! Being a wedding photojournalist means that I am primarily focused on capturing the organic and authentic emotion of your day, but I am also experienced with organized group photos. Most couples want posed group photos of them with their wedding party, family, and friends. Often, couples want to recreate a special photo such as the first photo of them together as a couple, or the wedding photo of a parent or grandparent. Whether your vision for your wedding photos is traditional or artistic, the bottom line is this: I capture everything that is important to you. Check out how I approach posed photos!
Do you photograph same-sex weddings?
Do you shoot engagement sessions?
You bet! See the pricing and packages page for details.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, I accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, and you can make payment online. I know what it's like to plan a wedding so I know that being able to charge wedding expenses can be a big help.
When do you show up? When do you leave?
You decide how much coverage you’d like by choosing a package with 8, 10, 12, or a custom number of hours. Weddings can be all-day, or sometimes all-weekend events. During our initial meeting, we’ll discuss what you’d like covered. If that means showing up for hair and makeup at the crack of dawn or staying until the last dance at midnight, that is what I am happy to do!
What about black & white?
I shoot everything in high-resolution 16-bit color RAW format, but some photos just have more impact in black and white, so I usually choose around 10% of the photos in your gallery to duplicate into black and white. Just let me know if you'd like more (or less) black and white.
We'd like more information. What's the next step?
Send me an email at weddings@JoeSz.com and tell me about your wedding, including when and where it will be, and please mention any specific questions you have. I know the wedding planning process is evolutionary, so it's OK if you don't have all of the details figured out yet! Every wedding is a customized experience, so I want to make sure your unique vision comes to life. After this, the next step is to get together in person. That's when we'll find out if we are -- like you and your fiance(e) -- a good match!
We're ready to book you, what happens now?
After our initial meeting, I ask for a 50% deposit to secure your date. Then about 2 weeks before your wedding we'll meet again to talk through all of the final details. At that time, the balance is due. Finally on your wedding, I show up a little early and get to work beautifully preserving one of the most exciting days in your life!