What is so unique about Weston Photography wedding
Wedding photographers use a variety of methods for lighting their subjects:
flash, reflectors, studio-lighting, and natural light. Weston Photography
uses primarily natural-light. Therefore, the most important factors
in obtaining gorgeous wedding images are LOCATION and LIGHTING. When
selecting outdoor locations, look for even lighting and beautiful natural
backgrounds. Indoors, seek out locations with lots of windows to allow
as much natural light as possible! Because Janine is not dependent on
artificial light sources, she is quite mobile while shooting and studies
her subjects from all sides to capture with available natural light.
I want Weston Photography to photograph my wedding--what do I
Follow this simple checklist:
us to determine if Weston Photography is available for your wedding.
- Print out Wedding
& Event Agreement (PDF). Then read it, complete it, sign and
return to Weston Photography along with your $600 deposit to reserve
- Print out Photo
Request List (doc) to help you organize the photography for your
big day and designate an event guide to assist the photographer.
- Schedule a pre-event consultation (via phone or e-mail)
two to three weeks before the event date in order to finalize the
actual shooting times, locations, your request list (in writing) for
specific photographs, and share your stylistic preferences with your
photographer. Don't forget to send a copy of your wedding invitation!
- Relax and prepare for your wedding day!
- Within 60 days after the wedding:
- Order frame-quality prints and enlargements through
- Submit your top 100 images for your album(s)
through our convenient album
- As a newly married couple, share and enjoy your prints, albums,
and gifts for family and friends!
How many hours of photography do I need?
Weston Photography recommends starting pictures, both formal and candid,
at least 1 hour and 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.
Consider taking pictures of the bride preparing for her special day,
bride with her family and bridesmaids, groom with his family and bridesmaids,
and emotionally charged moments just before the ceremony. Capturing
the majority of your wedding when make-up, hair, and flowers are fresh
will provide you with photographs you will cherish. If the bride and
groom do not want to see each other before the ceremony, shots can be
taken separately, with the bride and groom photographed together, as
a couple, just after the ceremony.
How much should I budget for photography?
How much do you value the photographs obtained from your wedding day?
After the ceremony has passed, the toasts given, dinner savored, cake
eaten, and flowers have wilted, only the still photographs from your
wedding day will stare back at you from the walls within your home.
Set aside time and 10-30% of your event budget for photography. Limit
the time your photographer is shooting, by concentrating the most important
elements of your wedding within a set number of hours. For example,
focus more time on the formal and candid pictures of the bride and groom,
family, wedding party, and ceremony, and then limit the amount of time
spent photographing the reception to location shots, toasts, cake cutting,
How much do you charge for wedding photography?
The answer depends on how much you would like done by a professional
photographer versus how much you would like to do yourself. Many couples
are quite capable of ordering prints, some even tackle designing their
own albums; however, after the wedding, most couples are so busy honeymooning,
moving into a new home, and starting their new life together that they
never get around to it! Don't let years go by after your wedding without
the albums and prints you wish you had from the start. Put your mind
at ease and book Weston Photography for your wedding with the Ultimate
Digital Wedding package.
To maintain a fresh creative perspective for your
wedding and give you the attention you deserve, Weston Photography has
limited wedding bookings. Contact
us to find out if we're available for your wedding day!
How long will it take before the images are posted for online
The 100 top images will be posted online within two weeks of your event.
How will my wedding guests access the online photos?
Weston Photography will provide business cards at your event with information
containing website URL and secure login and password information for
Who will design my albums?
The best person to design your album is someone who has plenty of experience
manipulating digital images using photo-editing software like Adobe
Photoshop. If that person just happens to be you, great! If not, your
album designer must have a great eye for color, layout, and design.
The most versatile photographer will not only capture great images,
but understand and employ digital workflow, image printing, and album
creation. Weston Photography meets all of the above qualifications for
album design--providing you with an end-to-end solution for your wedding
When will I get my digital negatives?
Knowing how valuable your wedding images are, Weston Photography includes
your high-resolution digital negatives (with a photography
copyright release). You will receive your digital negatives within
two weeks of your wedding.
What can I do with the digital negatives?
Negatives are power. In this digital age, you should expect the photographer
to include or give you the option of purchasing the digital negatives
from your wedding. Keep in mind, it is best to order frameable prints
through your photographer to assure the highest quality in color reproduction,
cropping, and finish. With digital negatives, you can:
- use photo-editing software to edit & stylize your photographs
(crop, convert to black & white or sepia, add borders, etc.).
You can download Picasa
- display your images on a digital photo frame
- order prints through your vendor of choice
- create your own albums at My
- put together a musical slideshow with PhotoShow
- post your photos online for friends and family at Snapfish
- make custom creative gifts at Cafe
- preserve your photographs in a format that is longer-lasting than
What type of digital camera do you use?
Weston Photography uses a variety of quality lenses in combination
with 8-megapixel Canon Digital SLRs. These cameras are not like your
Uncle Fred's point-and-shoot digital. Our camera-lens combinations are
capable of shooting much faster in all lighting conditions, allowing
us to capture the action as it happens! With our cameras, we can then
produce frame-quality prints up to 30x40 inches in dimension.
What location and time of day are best for taking photographs?
Photography using natural light can be very flattering; however, timing
is important. Because lower angles of light are most flattering, the
first two hours after sunrise and last two hours before sunset are ideal
for photographing an outdoor wedding. Find out when the sun will rise
and set on your wedding day at www.sunrisesunset.com
How can I prepare ahead for wedding photographs?
- Make a request list for specific photographs and names of individuals
to include in each formal group shot.
- Designate an "event guide" (person) to point out important
individuals for informal or candid photographs to the photographer
during the wedding that you wish to have photographed.
- Schedule a pre-event consultation (via phone or e-mail) two to three
weeks before the event date in order to finalize the actual shooting
times, locations, your request list (in writing) for specific photographs,
and share your stylistic preferences with your photographer.
- Set aside at least one hour of time that ends 1/2 an hour before
the ceremony commencement of the wedding and a 30-minute time frame
afterward for photographs that cannot be obtained during the wedding.
What should I do if you aren't available to photograph my wedding?
Visit one of my mentors, and Berkeley Photographer, Eliot Khuner at
Are there any vendors you recommend?
Looking for an edible conversation piece for your reception? For a
real hit, book a giant chocolate fountain for your wedding at www.thechocolatemess.com
If you need a guitarrist, take a look at Jay Alvarez at www.jayalvarez.com
for classical, Spanish romance, and jazz solo guitar.
Isn't being a wedding photographer stressful?
No, not at all. I'm the mother of three young children--multi-tasking
under stressful conditions is what I do best! On the weekends, I actually
love to get out of the house and photograph a wedding, just
What are people saying about Weston Photography?
Read a collection of cheers
for Weston Photography.