Frequently Asked Questions
While I certainly get asked lots, and lots of questions, these seem to be some of the more frequently recurring ones. If you have any questions for me about how I work that I didn't cover here, as always, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to answer them for you.
How many edited wedding photos should I expect to receive?
The best way for me to explain the "number" question is to tell you a little bit more about how I work. When I sit down to go through all of your images, I eliminate all of the duplicates, out of focus, closed eyes, and any that I think could be seen as unflattering. Once I've taken those out, I edit all that are left and that's the number that you will receive. Typically this results in 200-400 edited photos per wedding.
We've never had our photos taken before--what if we're super awkward?
CONGRATULATIONS! If you think that being in front of the camera is awkward, especially with your fiancé who is even more awkward than you are, YOU ARE NORMAL. I swear, almost every person I've photographed has voiced this concern to some degree, but any good photographer should be able to have you "warmed up" to the camera and feeling relaxed in no time at all.
What is the difference between a copyright release and a print release, and which do you provide?
A copyright release literally means the copyright is given to the client. They can then do quite literally anything they chose to do with the photos, because if a copyright is given they become completely owned by the couple or clients. A print release, which is what I provide all of my clients with, is slightly more limiting. It basically means that my clients cannot sell their photos, or change them in anyway. The photos provided to my clients will not be watermarked and therefore they are welcome and encouraged to print their photos however they would like, share them online, etc.
What would you say is your photography style?
Classic. Joyful. Light-filled. I like for my photos to look the way that whatever it is I'm photographing actually looks. If I'm shooting a bridal session on a super gray, windy, cold day-- I'm not going to edit it to look like it was sunny and warm. If my clients are super bubbly and light heart-ed, I'm not going to encourage them to give me super serious looks. I want to take the kind of photographs that will stand the test of time, and still be beautiful in 20, 50, or 100 years. Authentic. Natural. Classic.
I've seen a few of my friends' weddings being published on blogs and in magazines...Will you be submitting our wedding for publication?
Girl, I would LOVE to. Getting published either online or in print is super fun for my clients, and validation for me. Getting published more frequently is a big goal of mine this year so I will do everything I can to make that happen for US.
We're getting married out of town, or at least not in the town that you're from...Do you charge additional travel fees?
If I have to travel MORE than 3 hours to get to and from your wedding, there will likely be an additional fee.
How far in advance should we book you for our wedding?
The best answer is: as soon as you can. If you know your wedding date, and know you want me to document your wedding, lets go ahead and get you on my calendar! I only photograph approximately 12-15 weddings a year, which by industry standard is not very many, so my dates sell out quickly!
What are your thoughts on an "unplugged" wedding?
An unplugged wedding is a wedding in which the bride and groom have made the decision to ask their guests to not use their cell phones, iPads, etc to take photos during the ceremony. I am all for an unplugged wedding, IF and only IF that is what my couple wants for their wedding. I have personally witnessed a mother of the bride take a video on her cell phone from the front row so she could share that moment with other loved ones that are not able to be there...and I kind of love that. I also totally support the idea of really having guests be fully present during a ceremony, as opposed to staring at their cell phones. I really can respect either decision, and will support my clients' choice 100% either way.
We've decided to hire you as our photographer...what happens next?
YAY! I am literally so excited every.single.time. someone says this to me. It seriously never gets old. Anyway- to officially get on my calendar I require a portion of your total fee as a retainer, and a contract that needs to be read and signed by both the bride and groom. Then that's it, as soon as we get those two things knocked out you are officially on your way to having the most artful, tangible memories of your life!
Blog Posts for Brides
Each of the posts below cover a specific topic aimed at helping make wedding planning easier for #nataliesmithbrides. These are all my personal tips and suggestions from things that I have learned along that way as a wedding photographer, and these posts are meant to help answer more commonly asked questions. Let me know if there's a topic that you'd like to see covered in the future!