Planning your wedding
How soon should I have my engagement pictures
soon should I have my bridals done?
much time should I plan on for photography?
How Kelly's Photography does things
I get the "Negatives"?
I make copies of the CD's?
a deposit required?
the deposit refundable?
you shoot film or digital?
you shoot black & white?
you do extensive retouching?
you available holidays/ Sundays?
are your favorite places to shoot?
Getting Your Photos
will I see my engagement and/or bridal photos?
can I see my wedding photos?
will my prints be done?
digital instant, why can't I have them now?
do I choose my proofs?
do I choose my larger prints?
do I do when taking my CD's to a lab?
Planning your wedding
Q: How soon should I have my engagement pictures done? <top>
A: Hopefully at least 6 weeks prior. Our turn around is guaranteed to be 2 weeks
(more info). You should plan to have them in your hands at least 4 weeks before
the wedding - 1 week to choose pictures and get get them printed, and 3 weeks to
get them out. Check with your photo printers beforehand to see if a week is
adequate, and if the photo is on the invite (not just an insert), 7 weeks total
might be better.
Q: How soon should I have my bridals done? <top>
A: If you want them to be a part of your wedding, then you need to plan on
having a dress ready (that's always what holds up the pictures) at least 4 weeks
beforehand. We guarantee to have the photos done in 2 weeks, but you still need
time to choose the photos and so we can them printed (our printing turn-around
is at least a week and not strictly guaranteed).
Q: How much time should I
plan on for Photography? <top>
A: Every wedding is different so we can't say for sure, but here are some things
When photography is needed of the actual wedding ceremony (not a temple wedding)
it will require at least an hour for pre ceremony, ceremony, and post ceremony
photos. To get group shots and some other basics add a half of an hour to an
hour. Temple weddings only need 1 hour to easily get the basics. By basics we
mean family groups, 10-20 poses/locations around the temple/location, and a
little candid coverage (We do work fast!).
A 1/2 hour beyond that will secure that you get the basics and even some more
fun shots. If you have more than one location, then consider that each location
needs about an hour to get well-covered. If you are stuck, feel free to give us
a call, we've done this before and we can help!
And lastly, whatever you think is adequate, consider adding 1/2 - 1 hour beyond
that to be realistic/safe. This rule applies to planning any event, especially
weddings, and just in case everything works efficiently, that extra 1/2 hour or
so will mean more fun "candid" shots!
In other words it can't hurt, it will only help, and candid shots are directly
related to the amount of extra time the photographer is given (though we also do
an excellent job of fitting them in while taking traditional shots as well, but
extra time only helps!
How Kelly's Photography does things (choosing us)
Q: Do I get the "Negatives"? <top>
A: You sure do, and you can do anything you want with them except make
money off them (sell them, etc. - we reserve that copyright and give you
an unlimited personal use license). You can print, email, copy, do
virtually anything you want with them that is non-commercial.
Q: What are "Negatives"? <top>
A: By negatives we mean 6 Mega Pixel (MP) Digital files on CD (if you
ever need a larger MP file, you can request a CD with higher resolution
files for $50). We find that a High-Quality 6 MP file is more than
sufficient for any printing needs up to 16 x 20 and possibly up to 20 x
24. If we gave you larger files, it would only slow you down with excess
file information (as well as slow down the lab you take it to).
Q: Can I make copies of the CDs? <top>
A: Yes, in fact we encourage you to make lots of copies and give them to
relatives. That way the photos can't get lost in a fire, etc.!
Q: Do you require a deposit? <top>
A: Yes, $250 on any wedding (plus $14.20 sales tax). It is payable by
Q: Is the deposit refundable? <top>
A: No and kind-of. We don't refund the money, but you maintain that
money as a 1 year credit with Kelly's Photography, and it can be used
for any wedding or portrait photography. With most studios you lose the
deposit if your plans change, with us you have simply prepaid on a
family portrait package!
Q: Do you shoot Film or Digital? <top>
A: I shoot only with digital cameras. The power of digital has finally
surpassed the quality of film in most every respect, and it allows me to
give you all the images on one or more CDs. Our high-end digital cameras
produce images that are free from apparent pixels at 16 x 20" and
Q: Do you do Black & White? <top>
A: Yes. B&W is simply the absence of color (hue). We therefore shoot
everything in color, and later you can have anything printed in B&W
(either by me or by a photo lab). In other words any image that is in
color can be made into a stunning B&W (especially if we do it for
you), but no B&W image can regain full color. Hence, we shoot color
and B&W is a later option.
Q: Do you do extensive retouching? <top>
A: We can definitely retouch!
Q: Are you available holidays/ Sundays? <top>
A: We will work on Sunday after 12:30pm. We might be available for some
holidays depending on our schedule. We also charge a holiday fee if we
Where are your favorite places to take pictures? <top>
A: Wherever I can. I'm serious, location is not as important as the
photographer, what he shoots with, and how he shoots it. If you book
with us, I can help you decide on great Engagement and Bridal locations,
but know that I can capture you well in any place we choose.
Getting your photos back
When can I expect to see my engagement/bridal photos? <top>
A: They are guaranteed to be ready within two weeks of being taken. They will be
mailed that next day or be available to be picked up by you that next day. We
can often get them done much sooner, depending on the season.
If you are in a terrible rush, we can shorten that period to next-day service
for a fee of $50 (for either bridals or engagements). Understand that we may or
may not be able to accomodate you, depending on the season, so plan to have them
done as early as possible.
Q: When Can I expect to see my wedding photos? <top>
A: Our turn-around time can depend on the season, but we try to have your photos
online within three weeks of your wedding and the CDs available for pick-up (or
in the mail) by four weeks. In other words, we can't guarantee these times
(mainly due to seasonal concerns) - engagements and bridals are only guaranteed
so they can be done in time for the wedding.
Q: When will my prints be done? <top>
A: Once you have ordered prints they will be ready for pick-up or mailing within
1-3 weeks of your order. Priority is given to bridal and engagement prints that
are due prior to a wedding. If you place your print order, feel free to request
an estimated time for their completion - and let us know if there are pressing
circumstances (like a second reception in another city that you want prints for,
etc.) we can't guarantee that we can fulfill your desires, but we also can't
help if we don't know, so please tell us. Albums take 3-8 weeks depending on
many factors, including the number of pages. Again, you are welcome to ask for
an estimate on that as well.
Q: Can't I have them sooner? Isn't digital instant? <top>
A: As you can see from the proceeding questions, we have a lot on our plate all
the time (especially in the summer). We can get it to you at a sooner and
guaranteed time, but you would need to request it in advance and pay a rush fee.
See our policies page for rush fees.
Digital is basically "instant," but we won't let anything leave us
without optimizing the files. We shoot a file format that must be processed
(called "RAW file format"), and that along with many other reasons
(like we're out shooting another wedding or portrait) gives us that turn-around.
Q: How do I choose my proofs? <top>
A: You can See Proofs Here. note: You
will need you Event Date and Password.
If you did not Get a password Click here to
Q: How do I choose my larger prints? <top>
A: Same as proofs, there is an ordering application that comes on your Catalog
Q: When I go to a Lab what do I do? <top>
A: If at all possible don't take your archival CD(s)! Those CDs are your
permanent record of your wedding, and should be kept at home without any markers
or labels touching them (both markers and labels degrade your CD's longevity).
In fact because normal CDs are so cheap, as soon as you get your CDs you should
copy them onto cheap CDs - make tons of copies! Make a copy for both parents,
make copies for grandparents, friends, etc! The more copies you make, the safer
your photos are from ever being lost.