Samantha Maide » Madison, Wi Wedding Photographer

FAQs

Q: HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I RECEIVE FROM MY WEDDING?

A: How many photos you receive depends on how many hours of coverage comes with the package you’ve chosen. Typically though you can expect between 50-75 photos for every hour of coverage or about one photo per minute.

Q: DO YOU GIVE US A COPYRIGHT RELEASE OF THE WEDDING PHOTOS?

A: I do not give a copyright release of any of the photos I take. I DO however give clients a Print Release. Which means you can print the images from a lab of your choice or yourself. The images will be sized for 8×12 prints or smaller and will not contain my watermark. Anything larger than 8×12, I ask you order through me.

Q: HOW DO I RESERVE MY WEDDING DATE?

A: At the signing of your Photography contract, I ask for a retainer of 25% of whichever package you chose, to reserve your wedding date. Once the retainer is received, your wedding date is officially reserved and we can begin scheduling your Engagement session.

Q: DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS & SESSIONS?

A: Yes! I love to travel. There is travel included in each wedding package that covers travel to & from weddings & sessions. If travel exceeds the specified miles in your chosen package, $0.55 will be charged for every mile.

Q: DO WE GET A 2nd PHOTOGRAPHER FOR OUR WEDDING?

Each Wedding Photography package comes with a 2nd photographer for the wedding and sometimes I bring them along for the Engagement session as well.

Q: CAN WE JUST HAVE THE RAW UNEDITED FILES AND EDIT THEM OURSELVES?

I’m sorry, but this is not an option. If you would like to purchase the RAW files to edit your wedding or session photos yourself, each RAW file can be purchased for $750.

Q: DO WE GET ALL THE PHOTOS FROM OUR WEDDING/SESSION?

Unfortunately no. After I’ve shot your wedding or session, I will choose the best ones, picking quality over quantity. Some of the photos I may have been testing the light or people in the image have unflattering expressions on their faces, may be blinking, sneezing, etc. Because of this I only provide you the best of the best from your wedding/session.

Q: HOW WILL WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?

When your photos are complete I will upload them to a password protected Gallery that you are welcome to share with your friends & family. From the Gallery you may order prints and any other products, including the custom USB Flash Drive that comes with each wedding and/or session.

Q: IF THERE’S ANY ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE US, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

• My first bit of advice would be to consider having an unplugged ceremony. What is an unplugged ceremony?…Its where you asks all your wedding guests, to put down their phones, cameras, iPads, etc and enjoy watching you get married with their own eyes, rather than watch your wedding from the back of their device. I suggest this because as the professional photographer for your wedding, sometimes these guests who want so badly to get a photo, interfere with my ability to do my job. Additionally, they sometimes interfere with you & your wedding. I recently read a story about a groom having to side step and peer around the aisle because he couldn’t see his bride coming down the aisle because guests were blocking his view…
• Please make sure to check with your officiant on the policies during your ceremony. Certain venues or officiants have restrictions on what I am allowed to do & where I’m allowed to be during your ceremony. Some officiants will only allow me to photograph from the very last pew of a church while others let me have free range of where I can shoot from. Some don’t even allow photography during the ceremony. So I suggest speaking with your venue or officiant in advance, so there aren’t any surprises on the wedding day.
• During the reception, for the First & Parent/Daughter, Parent/Groom dances, I strongly suggest asking the DJ to switch to white lights or a disc ball & switch off the colored and/or laser lights. Reason being is that during these very important dances, the colored lights will be visible on you & your faces. While its not the worst thing in the world, but having a neon green splotch or laser lights across your face or the bride’s white dress can look a bit odd and unflattering. After the dances & the party is in full swing with the rest of the guests, switching the colored lights and anything else the DJ has is very much encouraged though!