Wedding FAQ's - Carlen Images

Here are some of the most common questions I've received.

I'm sure you'll have more, so contact me any time!


How far in advance should I book my photographer?

Between six months and one year is common, but sometimes as short as two weeks, and sometimes as long as two years. My advice is if your date is available with the photographer of your choice, don't wait!


Can I just get digital files of my wedding? I don't need an album.

That is an available option, but I create lasting family memories and the best way to preserve and enjoy those memories is in the printed art form. If you don't believe me, read this.


Do you shoot video?

Sorry, I only shoot still images.


Do you work alone or with another photographer?

I typically work alone but I have access to additional photographers at an extra cost.


How long does the formals session last?

An average time for a bridal party, parents, and the couple is 45 minutes to an hour, if time allows. I can shorten that time if needed, but these images are  the reason for hiring me, so make the most of it!


How long will it take to see my images?

I typically have all your wedding images custom cropped, custom density and color balanced, and posted in an online gallery within two  weeks of the wedding. 


How long until I have my finished album?

Once you have chosen your album favorites and approved the design, usually 3-4 weeks.


Do you eat a meal at the wedding?

Yes please! Most event coordinators will ask that and plan meals for the vendors.


What happens if you are not able to photograph our wedding due to an emergency?

Although it has never happened in over twenty years, (Knock on wood) I have a network of very qualified wedding photographers that belong to the NHPPA. We all help each other when needed, and sometimes even last minute!


What is your backup system for equipment and file storage?

I always have at least two of everything, some items, I have three. Each of my camera bodies have dual card slots, with one being a back up. I use an internal and an external hard drive on my computer, and the files are stored off site with my commercial lab as well. In addition, I shoot RAW files, which provide the largest file size and the ability to virtually "reshoot" the image  to correct color balance and exposure to insure every image is perfect!


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