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What are your prices?

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My wedding day photography and digital image packages start at $2995 and include different options for preserving your wedding day. My pricing is all done al la carte so you can be sure to include everything you want and nothing you don’t. I do not currently publish my prices online for a variety of reasons, however send me an email at shannon@oneelevenweddings.com and I will be happy to provide you with all the information you need.

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Do you offer digital images? Prints? Albums?

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Yes! You can custom build a collection that includes all of this and more.

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How far in advance can I and should I book?

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We are currently accepting bookings up to 14 months in advance. We suggest you book your photographer as soon as you have your date and venue. The average time frame is between 10-12 months out, however spring and fall dates book up fast, so book as soon as possible.

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How many weddings do you do per year?

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We average between 30-45 weddings per year with the busiest months being April, May, and October.

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Do you do anything besides wedding photography?

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I am a full-time photographer, and my primary focus is weddings, however I am available for portraits and events of all kinds.

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How would you describe your photography style?

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While I don’t think photography can be canned into a single genre, my style leans mostly towards photo-journalism and my coverage of the day will be mostly hands off and unobtrusive. I do believe that there is a time to pause for some beautiful and slightly posed or set up portraits of the bride and newlywed couple, and we do typically take a series of formal family photos either before or after the ceremony, but the bulk of the day will be spent capturing the emotion, the laughter, and the personalities of you and your guests.

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Will the images be edited? Will there be both color and black and white?

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All images are individually hand edited one at a time for color and exposure and additional enhancements as needed. We do not batch or bulk edit photos. There will be some images delivered only in color, some delivered in both color and black and white, and there may be some delivered only in black and white. Those delivered only in black and white are often not available in color, however images in color can be converted to black and white at your request at no extra charge. If you want additional extensive edits or enhancements, some fees may apply.

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Where are you based? How far do you travel for weddings?

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I am based out of the Holly Springs, NC, just outside of Raleigh, but I am available for weddings both local as well as throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. I am also available for destination weddings (almost) anywhere in the world. Some locations will require additional travel fees. Email or call me and we can discuss the details.

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How long will it take to get our pictures and how many pictures can we expect to receive?

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Most clients will receive access to their private password protected gallery within 4 to 6 weeks after their wedding. I do offer several digital image collections that include between 500-900 images, however as with everything else, it can be customized to work with your day.

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Will we get ALL of the images and can we get unedited images?

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The unedited images are not available for viewing or purchase. Throughout the editing process, we do remove outtakes such as when people have their eyes closed, a duplicate of another image, or when someone walked in front of the camera.  These images are not archived and are not available for viewing or purchase.

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How does the album process work?

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As part of some collections, you will select an album size. Our standard albums are 10×10 and include 30 pages.  Additional pages can be purchased during the design process if needed. Based on the album size, I will give you a guide of the number of images to include in your album as well as the types of images to look for. After your gallery is available for viewing, you will select your favorite photos and I will take those to create your first album draft. We will go back and forth with digital proofs as needed until we have a finished product that you are happy with. We then discuss the cover and page options, and add any additional pages needed before I send the files and specs to my album printer. If purchased in advance, you have up to one year to complete the album process without the risk of price changes. Your album will be delivered an average of 4-8 weeks after you approve the final digital proofs.

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Do I have to get an album?

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Since our pricing is done al la carte, we do have digital only options available. We do, however, encourage you to consider an album as part of your package. Our albums are handcrafted using only the finest materials and carry a lifetime guarantee. They are of heirloom quality and can be cherished for many years to come.

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Should I make a “shot list” for the day? Will you follow this?

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I will send you a questionnaire about 3 months before your wedding that will include a list of groupings for you to designate for your family formal photographs. We will also discuss important events and the timeline of your day in detail in the weeks preceding your wedding to ensure I capture the moments that are meaningful to you both. A full shot list, similar to those found on many major bridal sites, that includes images to be taken throughout all parts of the day will inhibit my ability to provide the documentary type coverage you see on my site, and they typically contain the types of images that I will capture without any prompting.  If there are a few key shots you want to ensure we capture, we can certainly discuss and accommodate.

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Do you offer engagement sessions? Bridal sessions? After sessions?

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Yes, yes, and yes. Engagement sessions are a great way to get a bit more comfortable in front of the lens before the wedding. They are also a great way to get some personal and meaningful images for your save the date cards, and a great way to get some intimate images of the two of you before you are surrounded by your friends and family on the wedding day. Bridal sessions give us time that we don’t have during the wedding day to get off location and get some images of you in your gorgeous dress. These can be done before or after the wedding day. After sessions are a great option for the couples that want images of themselves at various locations that would not be logistically possible to do during the wedding day. They are also a way to get some pictures out in the sun if your wedding is taking place at night.

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What equipment do you bring to the wedding day?

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I use professional Nikon gear including multiple camera bodies and several lenses that will cover a full range of focal lengths and aperture capabilities. I will have several lighting options available to me at all times to provide the lighting needed to create images similar to those you see on my website.  I also travel with back up gear and am ready for the unexpected (and hoping I don’t need it…knock on wood please!!!).

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How can I hold my date with you?

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I do require a 20% retainer and a signed contract to hold your date. The remainder of the balance is due 10 days before the wedding. Invoicing and payments are all done online and I accept all major credit cards, cash and check. Contracts are also available online and can be electronically signed.

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What if I need to cancel my wedding?

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The retainer paid is non-refundable as the retainer guarantees I will be available on your date and I do turn down all other clients for that date once your contract is signed, however some accommodations can be made depending on the specific circumstances.

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What happens if you are severely sick or injured on my wedding day?

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I do work with a wide network of area photographers and I am part of both local and national photographer associations. My assistant, second shooter, or editor (if I am unable) will work to ensure you have coverage for your day. On a side note, this has never happened (ok…knock on wood again please!)

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If we purchase a package with a set number of hours, what happens if our day is running late?

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With your permission, I will stay at your event and overtime is billed at an hourly rate. I will send you the invoice within 5 days of the wedding and it is due within 30 days (so go and enjoy your honeymoon!!).

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Do you offer discounts for off-season, mid-week, or Sundays?

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I do offer some discounts for some dates based on my availability.  If you are on a tight budget, please contact me to discuss all the available options.

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Do you have insurance?

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Yes! I am fully insured and can provide certificates of insurance to venues upon request.

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Do you require a meal at the reception?

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In order for me to properly function throughout the day, I will need to take a quick break at some point. Many caterers offer “vendor meals” as add on options and it may or may not be the same as your sit down meal. I do prefer to eat while you are eating since most couples don’t want pictures of themselves eating and this also ensures I am done and ready to jump back into action with you so that I don’t miss a beat.

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Many of our friends and family want to take their own pictures with their cameras. Is that OK?

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Of course! I just have a few requests. During the family formals, they can be in the back and on the sides, but I need everyone’s eyes to be focused on me in order to get the images you want. During the cake cutting, first dances, and other major events, I just ask that they don’t jump in front of me and respect that I am hired to be there and need to capture the images for you two.  I do encourage you to look into and consider an unplugged ceremony.  When you look out to your guests after saying I do, it is nice to see them looking back at you rather than a sea of cell phones and iPads in the air.

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What is a first look? Do I need to do one?

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A first look is completely optional. They are less traditional, but becoming increasingly popular. It is an option for the two of you to see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony in a more private setting away from your guests. Typically the groom is faced away from the bride and the bride will walk up and tap him on the shoulder for him to turn and see her for the first time. After we document this, and the two of you have a moment to yourselves, we sneak away for some bride and groom portraits. This also does allow for a shorter portrait session between the ceremony and reception allowing you to get to your reception a bit sooner. First looks also work well when you are having an evening wedding, but want some natural light pictures or when you want to have the time to venture out to a different location for your portraits. You can read more about a first look here

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Can I get the pictures printed where I want, or do I have to print through you?

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If your package includes digital images, you are also given full personal use rights, which means you are welcome to print for yourself, friends and family wherever you would like, however understand that I cannot guarantee color or quality if you print them on your own. I do offer professional print services that are of amazing and guaranteed quality, however you are free to choose to print elsewhere.