Wedding FAQ

If you have any questions that are not covered in the questions below, please contact me directly.

i love your work!   how do i book?

I enjoy having couples to my studio to chat about their wedding plans before booking, if possible. This gives you a great opportunity to ask any questions about my work or policies that you might have before booking.  If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, a phone chat or Skype call also works! To hold your date, I need a signed contract and a 50% retainer.


do you travel for weddings?

Yep, I do travel! Contact me if you need photos outside of the Chicagoland area, and I will get back to you with a personalized quote.


why do you place so much emphasis on engagement sessions?  why do i need one?

I very strongly recommend that all my couples have engagement sessions. It's so important to me that I include engagement sessions in all my packages at no additional cost. To me, engagement sessions are not only an opportunity for fun photos for albums, save-the-dates, etc., but also the time where I get to know my clients…. both personally and photographically. During engagement sessions, I can judge what type of photos you like, what angles make you look best, and I also get to hear a bit more about your lives and wedding. For you, it's the best way to get more comfortable in front of the lens and to learn how I work. This all makes your wedding day easier and your wedding photos better.


what is a first look?  do you recommend one?

First looks are where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Before shooting weddings, I was a bit more traditional, and not a proponent of first looks. However, many many weddings later, I am a HUGE fan. Aside from a great photo-op, they are extremely intimate. When I shoot first looks, I shoot with a telephoto lens and stand far back to allow the bride and groom to experience the moment of seeing each other privately. Quite different from seeing each other in front of a room full of people at the beginning of the ceremony, first looks are often some of the most emotional moments I experience throughout wedding days. With that said, the choice to do a first look is yours alone.


how much time should i set aside for bride and groom portraits and formal photos?

I recommend 30-40 minutes for family formals, 30-40 minutes for wedding party photos, and 45 minutes for bride and groom portraits. Ultimately, about 90-120 minutes is my ideal for posed photos, give or take a bit depending on individual situations and/or needs. This, however, does not all have to be done at once. Often, it is possible to complete some of the bridal party before the ceremony, and occasionally, even some of the family formals. Some couples opt for a first look, which also is done before the ceremony. Of course, I will work with your schedules, and do not require an hour and a half. Keep in mind, though, that the more time I have, the wider variety of creative images I can provide.


Photos are really important to me, so what can I do to get the best wedding photos possible?

In a nutshell, make sure to do an engagement session to get comfortable in front of the camera, and just relax and have fun on your wedding day. There are also a lot more tips on this page – be sure to check it out!


where/when do i see my pictures after the wedding?

Generally, wedding photos are available 8-12 weeks after the wedding, however, I will be in touch with a more accurate timeline immediately after your wedding. As soon as I edit all the photos, I will post them on my proofing site and will email you to let you know they're ready.  From there, you can pass the link around to your family and friends, order prints, and just gaze at the multitude of photos.  All my wedding packages also include digital copies of your wedding and engagement photos. 


do you offer albums?

For sure! I love albums, and offer two different types of high-quality, archival wedding albums, along with parent albums and portrait books. Check out my album page for more information and examples.


can i share my photos on facebook?

Definitely! I would love if you share your photos of Facebook or other social media sites. The only thing I ask is that you do not post high-resolution images to the web, and instead use the web-resolution images that I provide you just for this purpose.  Credit provided to Redwall Photo is always appreciated!


i would love to do a boudoir session for my fiancé, do you offer that service?

I do, and I LOVE boudoir!  I have a private studio in Chicago that is set up specifically for boudoir sessions.  Not only are these sessions another great chance for me to get to know my brides a bit better, but they also provide an opportunity to create a personal gift for the wedding day.  Head on over to my boudoir site – Redwall Intimates – for more info.


what equipment do you use?  do you have back-up equipment?

I shoot weddings with two Canon 5D Mark IIIs and a variety of L lenses. I do have back-up equipment. I bring three cameras to each wedding, for "just in case," and have several lenses and plenty of lighting equipment to cover me if something happens to break.


what's the difference between owning copyright and being given a license?

Copyright is a term that relates to who owns the rights to distribute, publish, and sell photos (or other creations). Copyright is automatically given to the photographer when he/she takes a photo, as it is his/her original work. Photographers very rarely wish to give up their copyright, as it basically means other individuals decide what gets to be done with their photos.

Licensing is generally what photographers (myself included) provide to their clients. Licensing can take many forms, and should be spelled out on a contract. In my case, when clients purchase the hi-res files, I also provide a personal printing license. This allows you to print your photos as many times or at whatever size you want. Please keep in mind that the photos can be printed for personal use only, and the digital images may not be distributed to anyone (that includes other family members, vendors, or websites!).