Not quite sure what you need to ask your photographer? Well, has you covered with this blog post covering all the questions to ask at your photographer meet + greet. But I figured I would just lay it all out for you in one easy to find place! So here are all my answers to help you make the most educated decision about your wedding day photographer!

photo of neo classical hallway by wedding photographer Catherine of Peony Park Photography

01 | What style(s) do you specialize in?

As a hybrid photographer, I would consider my style to be a light and airy, true to color fine-art concept.

Bride entering a garded with a wooden entrance taken by wedding photographer Catherine of by Peony Park Photography out of Souther California

02 | Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs?

Prior to showing you your gallery, I will go through and lightly retouch and color balance (at a minimum) to make your photos as true as possible. I do not release unedited images, as I feel they do not properly convey their truest form.

Couple embracing on the beach photographed by wedding photographer Catherine of Peony Park Photography in southern California

03 | How many weddings have you shot, and how many do you do in a year? Also, what’s your favorite part of a wedding day, and time of year to shoot?

I’ve shot over 50 weddings in the Los Angeles area and 2 destination weddings in Asia (but i’d love to do more! ?). I keep my wedding schedule pretty small, just 15-20 weddings per year. I have found that this allows me the time an energy to really focus on providing you the most epic experience and give you the high-touch experience you deserve.

Hands down, my favorite part of a Wedding day is the wedding party portraits. Everyone’s all dressed up and ready to go and the whirlwind of emotions is such a joy to capture!

Now when it comes to my favorite seasons to shoot, that’s definitely spring and fall. I don’t like extreme heat…or humidity…or cold (laughs).  ?

Catherine wedding photographer and owner of Peony Park Photographer

04 | Do you shoot both digital and film?

Yes, I shoot both film and digital! All of my film is shot in color and my digital work blends seamlessly with my film.

Day of wedding Items photographed by Catherine, wedding photographer and owner of Peony Park Photography

05 | What exactly is included in your packages?

Although the length of coverage depends on the package you choose, every package includes these essential services:

  • Downloadable Online Gallery
  • Second Shooter + Assistant
  • Full printing rights
  • 1-hr Engagement session

Additional services that can be added to your package include:

  • Additional hours of coverage
  • rehearsal dinner coverage
  • Albums

Behind the scenes wedding photograph of bride getting hair and makeup taken by Catherine, a wedding photographer in southern california

06 | How many hours of coverage do we get? What is the charge for overtime?

This truly depends on which package you select, but my base package includes 6 hours of coverage (with a second shooter). Additional coverage for local weddings can be purchased for $990/hour and for destination weddings it is $1500/hour.

07 | What is the booking and total fee?

To reserve your wedding date on my calendar, I require a 50% non-refundable deposit that is due when you sign your contract. The total contract amount is based on the package and upgrades you select.

08 | Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you’re sick?

Absolutely! If for whatever reason something happened and I was unable to shoot your wedding (illness, injury, etc.) I have a network of trusted photographers with a similar photography style that I can rely on to make sure your once-in-a-lifetime event is captured.

fine art wedding stationery with gold wax seal, handmade cotton paper, calligraphy and vintage stamps under vintage ring boxes photographed by Catherine of Peony Park Photography at Hedsor House

09 | Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? Is there an additional fee for each?

Yes, because precious moments are happening every second of your big day and I can’t be present to capture everyone. That is why every one of my packages includes either a second shooter or an assistant. If you feel like you would like to add an additional shooter or extra assistants then that can certainly be arranged.

10 | How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?

Typically it takes me 10-12 weeks to have all your photos ready for you in your gallery. (As I shoot with film, I have to wait for it to get back from that lab. ) BUT I know how anxious you are to see how your photos turned out, so I will have sneak peek album for you 7 days after your wedding.

Fine Art Photograph of a Prewedding shot of Bride and Groom in a classic car at Sunstone Winery by Peopny Park Photography

11 | How will you coordinate with my videographer? How do you envision working together?

There is definitely a unique balance that needs to happen on your big day to make sure neither one of us photo bombs something spectacular. So prior to you wedding day I will speak with your videographer and work out the best way for us to schedule and shoot your big day.

12 | How many weddings do you do a weekend?

I firmly believe in quality over quantity and that is why I only take on 150-20 weddings per year. I truly believe that creativity suffers when overworked, as a result, I will only photography 1 wedding per weekend.

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

I will request a shot list for your family portraits to make sure that every family member is photographed. In the grand scheme of your wedding day, I do prefer to rely on my years of experience to capture the most memorable moments. That being said, if you have a particular shot that is extremely important to you please let me know.

Bride in lacy wedding gown and veil touching her lips at Hedsor House Shot by Fine Art Photographer Catherine of Peony Park Photography

14 | If you provide print albums, what type of paper will you use?

I always suggest that couples choose either matte or semi-gloss paper to best remember their big day. The paper used is a premium archival paper to keep your precious memories safe for decades to come.

15 | What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publication? Do you own the copyright to the photos?

Photography is a work of art. The unique way I capture, edit, and balance light is unique to me. As such, I do retain the copyright to every photo taken and give every couple (and vendor involved int he wedding) rights to share images on social media.

The following restrictions are to protect my unique photography and artistic style:

  • All photos must be credited to Peony Park Photography and (when possible) @peoneyparkphotography must be tagged in the photo
  • Cropping, color correcting, and filtering are NOT allowed
  • If your wedding is selected to be submitted for publication, I do request that a small batch of up to only 10 photos be shared until after the feature has been published (then you can go hog wild!). If this were happening we would talk about this beforehand.

16| Do you bring your own lighting?

Absolutely! There are so many situations that require a little (or a lot of) lighting help. So I have all my own equipment that I will be bringing to make sure every sun ray and light glow is just right.

17 | What will you wear?

No one wants their photographer to steal the day, so I personally prefer to dress like a guest so I disappear in the crowd and still look professional. If you have a particular color you want me to avoid, that’s not a problem!