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Wedding Information and FAQs

You can find linked blog posts below that go over all the wedding information like what is a small wedding? What is an elopement? What is a post-wedding session? and Why are photography sessions of you and your partner so important. If you want to see real couples and get some inspiration besides wedding information head over to the blog. If you are here for the FAQs scroll down to get the scoop.

FAQ

Weddings Information

Couples

What is the booking process? How does payment work?

You can find the booking process below the FAQ section. I require a signed contract (by each person getting married) and a $500 non-refundable retainer to save the date. This means you are officially booked and your wedding day is put into my calendar. The balance is due 30 days before the wedding day. You can split it up into smaller payments if that works best for you.

How fast do I get the photos back?

You will get your online gallery delivered to you wholly edited 45 days from the shoot.

Do you give RAW photos back?

No! I never give out RAW images. The RAW images are only half the art that goes into digital photography; the other half is all about my editing style. My style (including my editing style) should be one of the main reasons you hire me.

What if we cancel or reschedule the wedding?

The non-refundable retainer you paid when you booked and signed the contract was to hold your specific date. Unfortunately if you need to cancel or reschedule the wedding that doesn’t change the fact that I have turned away other bookings for that specific date to save it for your wedding. Another non-refundable retainer would be needed for your new date if you need to reschedule your wedding.
** If you are a wedding that is being affected by COVID-19 there are specific policies in place. I am happy to chat about them with you.

What happens if you can’t be at our wedding?

I want to preface this by saying this has never happened before. But in the case of hospitalization, death of a family member or a family emergency. I would do my best to find a replacement to photograph your wedding and still handle all the editing and client care. To me this is an absolute worst-case scenario that I don’t plan on actually happening. But I do have a wonderful community of photographers located across Canada that I can rely on if something like this were to happen. Your wedding day is so important to me that it would have to be an extreme emergency for me not to be there celebrating with you.

The wedding planning process if overwhelming, do you have any tips?

YES! Each wedding and elopement package comes with my wedding information welcome guide which is packed full of tips and tricks to help you make the wedding planning process more comfortable.

Does liking my editing style matter?

The short answer is yes.

For the same reason, I won't give out raw files; my editing style is part of my photography experience and what it means to book me as your photographer. My editing style is a bright, moody edit; I love to bring light and shadow into my photographs. I love my skin tones and clothing to be creamy and authentic to colour.

What happens if the weather is bad on our wedding day?

Unless the weather is dangerous for us or my camera gear we can still amazing photos with dark clouds and changing weather. We can find overhangs, use umbrellas or embrace a light rain. We can also plan to do indoor photos as well. We can’t control the weather and I don’t expect you to pick a magically beautiful day as your wedding day, I am comfortable photographing in all types of weather and working with all types of lighting situations.

I will note, we live in Canada and most of the country gets some sort of winter and snow so if you don’t want photos in the snow I get it I am not a huge fan of snow myself, either plan a wedding in another season or plan for indoor photos.

How many photos do I get back?

I do not have maximum numbers when it comes to how many photos can be delivered with your gallery. It depends on the flow, emotions and length of your wedding.

For elopements/ small wedding of 4 hours, you will get at least 300 edited photos. For elopements/ small wedding of 8 hours, you will get at least 600 edited photos. Every part of your day will be captured. A lot of this depends on how much travelling and locations are planned in your day.
Keep in mind these are minimum amounts; you can receive more.

Do you photoshop us?

No. I do not photoshop bodies to make them appear different to how they look in real life. I am all about self-love and photographing real moments both involve you exactly how you are.

If you have a pimple or something temporary like a bruise or a rash, I don’t mind getting rid of it because it is only temporarily part of you.

How long have you been a photographer? How many weddings have you photographed?

I have been getting paid for photography for over 10 years, I started out assisting other photographers, then seconding shooting and associating for other photographers. I have photographed over 100 weddings as the lead photographer. From big traditional weddings to cultural weddings to small weddings and elopements.

Can I suggest what type of photos I want?

Yes, I understand the excitement and making Pinterest boards. But I need you to understand that part of hiring me as your photographer is trusting me to capture your wedding day with all the important moments. So by all means send over the Pinterest boards but give me the ability and creativity to capture your wedding day as it happens naturally and cohesively.

Are your travel fees included in your photography packages?

Yes, they are included in my wedding packages. I do this to make things easier on you, so you have an exact number and not an estimate of what you are paying. Also I tend to book my travel in bulk, so when I am in Banff in June each year, not one couple is paying my whole travel, it is split between all the couples that I book in Banff in June. Make sense?

What happens if your flight is delayed for a destination wedding?

It is for this reason that I plan to arrive three days before for an international destination wedding. That way if there are flight delays I have three days to get on another flight before your wedding day. For travel within Canada, I plan to arrive two days before your wedding in case of flight delays.

What does your travel expenses include?

For travel within Ontario I calculate the gas, food and accommodations (if needed). If the wedding is somewhere that it would be easier or cheaper to fly to then I calculate the flights, rental car, gas and three-night accommodation into the travel expense.

For travel between provinces I plan to stay 3 nights in case of travel delays, time changes and time for scouting locations. I calculate the plane tickets, rental car and gas, accommodations and food that I will need.

For international destinations I plan to stay four nights in case of travel delays, time changes and time for scouting locations. I calculate the plane tickets, rental car and gas, accommodations and food that I will need.

What happens if you have never been to a location before?

I digitally scout the locations using different programs and apps. I reach out to friends and business contacts who have been to the location to get recommendations. I arrive early to physically scout the locations we have chosen together. If you have a location you have been to before and want your wedding photos to take place, that’s great! I will still digitally and physically scout them beforehand so I am familiar with the area.

What is the booking process? How does payment work?

You can find the booking process below the FAQ section. I require a signed contract (by each person getting married) and a 50% non-refundable retainer to save the date. This means you are officially booked and your wedding day is put into my calendar. The balance is due before the start of the photo session. You can split it up into smaller payments if that works best for you.

What if we cancel or reschedule the photography session?

The non-refundable retainer you paid when you booked and signed the contract was to hold your specific date. Unfortunately if you need to cancel or reschedule the photography session that doesn’t change the fact that I have turned away other bookings for that specific date to save it for your session. Another non-refundable retainer would be needed for your new date if you need to reschedule your photography session.
** If you are a photography session that is being affected by COVID-19 there are specific policies in place. I am happy to chat about them with you.

What happens if the weather is bad on our photography session day?

Unless the weather is dangerous for us or my camera gear we can still amazing photos with dark clouds and changing weather. We can find overhangs, use umbrellas or embrace a light rain. We can also plan to do indoor photos as well. We can’t control the weather and I don’t expect you to pick a magically beautiful day as your photography session day, I am comfortable photographing in all types of weather and working with all types of lighting situations.

I will note, we live in Canada and most of the country gets some sort of winter and snow so if you don’t want photos in the snow I get it I am not a huge fan of snow myself, either plan a photography session in another season or plan for indoor photos.

How fast do I get the photos back?

You will get your online gallery delivered to you wholly edited 30 days from the shoot.

Do you give RAW photos back?

No! I never give out RAW images. The RAW images are only half the art that goes into digital photography; the other half is all about my editing style. My style (including my editing style) should be one of the main reasons you hire me.

Does liking my editing style matter?

The short answer is yes.

For the same reason, I won't give out raw files; my editing style is part of my photography experience and what it means to book me as your photographer. My editing style is a bright, moody edit; I love to bring light and shadow into my photographs. I love my skin tones and clothing to be creamy and authentic to colour.

How many photos do I get back?

I do not have maximum numbers when it comes to how many photos can be delivered with your gallery. It depends on the flow, emotions and length of your session.

For a couple session, you will get a minimum of 80 edited photos. Every part of your session will be captured. A lot of this depends on how much travelling and locations are planned in your session.

Keep in mind these are minimum amounts; you can receive more.

Do I get to pick the location?

Yes! If you have a specific location in mind, great! If you have a ‘look,’ you are going for, but are not sure of a place. Let me know, and I can help find a location that works for you! I love helping out with location decisions.

Do you have any tips on what we should wear to our photo shoot?

Yes! I have a portrait session online magazine that comes with the purchase of a session. It will go over what to expect, tips for location, times, what to wear and other goodies to help you.

What time of day is best for light?

Either just after sunrise or before sunset is the best light for photos in open fields or on the beach.
If you want your dreamy session in the woods with lots of tree cover, we can be flexible with the time.
The same thing can be said for finding shade, either at the edge of the tree line or using the backlight to shoot in the afternoon sun.

Do you photoshop us?

No. I do not photoshop bodies to make them appear different to how they look in real life. I am all about self-love and photographing real moments both involve you exactly how you are.

If you have a pimple or something temporary like a bruise or a rash, I don’t mind getting rid of it because it is only temporarily part of you.

Can I suggest what type of photos I want?

Yes, I understand the excitement and making Pinterest boards. But I need you to understand that part of hiring me as your photographer is trusting me to capture your photography session with all the important moments. So by all means send over the Pinterest boards but give me the ability and creativity to capture your photography session as it happens naturally and cohesively.

Are your travel fees included in your photography packages?

They are included in my wedding packages but not in my photography session packages. My photography session packages include travel around the Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo region. If I am already travelling to a destination and you want to book a photography session while I am already there, there is no added travel fee.

I am in Banff each June and I make regular trips to the Muskoka and Prince Edward County area.

What happens if you have never been to a location before?

I digitally scout the locations using different programs and apps. I reach out to friends and business contacts who have been to the location to get recommendations. I arrive early to physically scout the locations we have chosen together. If you have a location you have been to before and want your photos there, that’s great! I will still digitally and physically scout them beforehand so I am familiar with the area.

The Booking Process

  1. Fill out my contact form, you can find it by clicking ‘contact me’ 
  2. I will email you answering any questions you have, give you more information + a pricing guide.
  3. We can set up a time for a phone call or continue talking through email, whichever option you prefer.
  4. Phone call or continue emails talking about your wedding day goals, whether that’s a small wedding or an elopement.
  5. Reserve your date with me. I will send over a contract + retainer information. At this point we only need a date, a general location area and the retainer.
  6. Yes! Officially Booked 🙂 I help you with vendor recommendations, location ideas, timelines and more.
  7. You have a wedding you revel in and relive the day through your photos for years to come.
Contact me

I hope this has given you the wedding information you needed. If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly chantaldavidsonphotography@gmail.com. You can check out the blog for free wedding planning resources. Below you can find links to client reviews . I am always sharing wedding information and tips on my Instagram page.