FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. GENERAL QUESTIONS

Do you do a feature-blog every wedding or engagement shoot?

No. While I would love to show off every wedding, it just isn’t possible due to volume.

Do you do destination weddings? What additional fees are associated with destination weddings?

While I’m based in Canada – I travel often for destination weddings.  I’m happy to travel pretty much anywhere…  Switzerland, Italy and our very own Canadian Rockies (love going back to the mountains) and Newfoundland are on my bucket list  hint-hint.

Do you do head shots, lifestyle portraits, sports, family portraits, other types of photography?

Yes, I have experience in many fields of photography. See some of those photography projects here.

Do you provide us with every image you shoot?

Nope. I remove duplicates, test shots, shots with bad expressions (those half-blink ones are my fav) and shots of my foot (I tend to do that).

Do you provide videography services?

At the moment, no – but stay tuned.  For now I’d be happy to recommend some excellent video teams I’ve worked with.

Have you shot at my venue before?

I’ve shot at many venues, so there’s a reasonably good chance that I have. However, if not, I always get to the venue either beforehand or early on the wedding day to do a walk-through to scout the best photography locations. I also research venues online beforehand – Google baby.

I don’t want to spend a lot of money, can I still get great photos?

You get what you pay for. If your brother’s wife’s cousin does your photos for free, your photos will look like your brother’s wife’s cousin did them for free.

Which photographer will be shooting my wedding?

Me. While I bring an assistant and sometimes a second photographer – I’m the lead shooter for my weddings.  That said, if I happen to already be booked – then I have an Associate Photographer that I have trained in my style who is available for you to book.

2. WEDDING QUESTIONS

Can I see a full event from start to finish?

Of course! It’s good to see what a photographer can produce over the course of an entire day – not just a small selection of their best work.  See my post on finding a wedding photographer here.

Do we have to feed you at the wedding?

Yes, please. It’s not necessary to make room for us at a guest table however if it works out easier for you that is totally fine of course. Most often, couples have a “Vendor Table” for myself (or my team) as well as the DJ, wedding planner and videographers. These are typically positioned at the back or on the outside of the room so our gear isn’t interfering with anything or anyone. This often works out the easiest for couples I’ve found.  Be sure to mention to your wedding coordinator and include in their chart so the venue staff are aware.  When possible, I recommend having our meal served at roughly the same time as you just so we’re on the same timetable for being finished. That way, I’m available for continuing with photo coverage at the same time you guys are finishing up.

Do you travel to meet clients?

Due to the limitations of my schedule, I currently do not travel to meet clients. If you’d like to schedule a meeting, we can meet via video chat or phone call. However, if you’re able to meet in Orillia, I’m always up for a good cup of coffee.

How many hours do you suggest I set aside for wedding day photos?

Take a look at my sample wedding photography timeline to see a detailed breakdown of how much time to set aside for your wedding photos.

I don’t live in the area and won’t be able to meet in person. Are there any other options?

I would love to meet with you in person however, if it’s not possible we can do everything remotely via video chat – technology is a beautiful thing. In fact, many of my destination wedding couples are from the Canadian east and west coasts, the UK and the USA – these meetings are done via video chat or phone.

What happens if I go over the contracted coverage time?

I understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding.  Before leaving for the evening, I will ask you whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like me to stay, additional hours are $300 unless otherwise specified and I’ll round to the nearest 30 minutes.

What is your photography style?

I’m known for developing a unique style of wedding photography with a photojournalism base. I love creative lighting, unique angles, compositions and artistic post production to highlight my clients personalities.  On equal footing to the photos, is your experience.  Yes, I like to say the experience my couples have is part of my style.  I encourage them to let their guards down, laugh and have fun just like I do.  See behind the scenes clips and be sure to check out my Instagram Feed for more samples of my style.

 

Why do I need to charge for additional coverage?

I’ve dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so I won’t be racing off to catch up with other plans that evening. However, I need to charge for additional coverage primarily due to compensating my second shooters and assistants. Also, the additional photos taken will need to be post processed which adds to my overall costs.

Can I schedule our engagement session on a weekend?

Since most weddings take place on weekends, I typically don’t shoot e-sessions on weekends. If you can only do your engagement session on a weekend, I can tentatively schedule your engagement session on a weekend – however should I end up booking a wedding for that date (I sometimes help fellow photographers in emergency situations) we would have to reschedule your engagement session. There will also be an additional charge for weekend engagement sessions because the few weekends I have free, I spend with my family. The big bonus to shooting during the week is that most shoot locations are generally less crowded.

Do you offer styled shoots for your engagement sessions?

Sure do!  If you’d like to add a special touch to your engagement session, I have a team of amazing wedding vendors that I work with who can leap into action to push your e-session over the top. We have hair & makeup professionals, floral and decor professionals as well as venues and even those who can offer up sweet treats!  Styled shoots have custom-pricing depending on where, when and how you would like your session to look/feel. I’ll set up a consultation with the vendors to plan out the shoot with you. Get in touch here.

Do you travel for engagement sessions?

My engagement sessions are typically done in the general Orillia area. This doesn’t mean I won’t travel for an engagement session however there is a $55/hr charge for travel in those cases.  The only area I avoid is the GTA, it’s a little city-ish for my outdoorsy vibe.

We’re not sure where to start, help!

No stress, I’ve got your back! To get the ball rolling here are some engagement session planning tips.

What should we wear?

I wrote a post that includes this very question, check it out here.

When can I expect to see our photos from our engagement session?

Post production for e-sessions are completed within three weeks. If you need the images prior to three weeks a rush-process fee will be charged.

When should we do our engagement session?

I encourage you to get in touch with me about booking your engagement session as soon as possible. But if you choose to wait a little just be sure to leave plenty of time before the wedding date – at least 2 months to allow for post production, ordering prints and artwork etc.  Please note that I leave it up to you to get in touch when you’re ready to book your e-session.

4. BUSINESS STUFF

Am I able to pay with my credit card?

No, when email transfer fell from the heavens the unsavory credit card and PayPal fees bit the dust. E-transfers make life easier!

Do you charge for travel for weddings?

In my typical coverage area (Muskoka, Barrie, Collingwood) I do not charge for my travel with my standard wedding collections. However, outside of my typical area I charge $55/hr.

How are the payments structured for destination weddings?

Destination wedding package payments are broken down into three parts:

  1. 30% retainer to secure your date
  2. Additional 30% is then due 6 months prior to the wedding
  3. Final balance is due 3 months before the wedding. Why so soon? I have to get my travel itinerary in place and book my trip early to avoid travel hiccups.
How are the payments structured for local Canadian weddings?

Your local wedding package payments are broken down into three parts:

  1. 30% retainer to secure your date
  2. Additional 30% is then due 6 months prior to the wedding
  3. Final balance is due 3 weeks before the wedding
How do I reserve you for my date?

All dates are reserved once I receive your signed contract and retainer.

If I cancel the wedding, will I receive our retainer back?

Unfortunately, no. Retainers are used to block off your date on my schedule meaning I turn away all future work for that date.

What if I exceed our contracted time for our engagement shoot and/or wedding day coverage?

Additional hours are $250 each.

What rights do I have to the digital prints?

You have the right to reprint the images as often as you’d like. However, you may not sell the images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Vaughn Barry Photography.

5. ALBUMS AND PRINTS

How are our images delivered to us following shoot/wedding?

Your images are delivered via your online Gallery. From your Gallery you can download individual photos or the entire set of images easily straight to your computer. From your Gallery you can also order prints and canvases – as a client of mine, you have direct access to my professional lab that will ship your prints and artwork straight to your door.  Your online Gallery is designed to make everything simple and seamless for you and your family!

How do I go about approving my wedding album design?

I have step by step instructions for proofing and approving your wedding album design here.

How long does it take to get my prints?

Product times vary – however print orders will generally be completed within 1-2 weeks after the order is submitted. If you need the order quicker – additional fees for rush processing & shipping will apply.

How long does it take to get my wedding album and/or guest book?

Production times vary – however you can generally expect to receive your album 3-5 weeks after placing the final order. The album approval process takes place prior to placing the order. I design the album then provide you with a digital copy to review and make any changes. Once you’ve approved the final draft the order is placed. Rush orders are available – additional fees for rush processing & shipping will apply.

How many pages and images do we get in our wedding album?

My signature album contains 15 spreads/30 pages and approx. 50-70 images. If you’d like to fatten your album by adding more pages and images, each additional spread (1 spread = 2 pages) can be added at an additional cost which includes the design time and revisions.

INSURANCE AND BACKUP

Do you backup our images?

I shoot with professional camera bodies with dual card slots meaning every shot I take is recorded on the primary card and immediately backed up to the secondary card. When I arrive home from a wedding, the cards are backed up once again to my primary hard drive and then again to an external drive.  Redundancies are crucial when it comes to backing up my work.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. Many venues require the photographer to have liability insurance. So before hiring a vendor, be sure they’re covered.

POST PRODUCTION

Do you edit all the images?

Yep. Every image I deliver is post produced with my unique style. This involves colour correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing and other image corrections as needed.

Do you provide the RAW files from my engagement or wedding?

Each of my wedding collections come with full resolution image downloads in JPG format. However, I do not provide RAW (unprocessed) files from my shoots because I believe in delivering only the finished product. Read more about why I do not provide raw files to clients here.

Do you shoot in JPG or RAW?

RAW. This leaves me with maximum flexibility in post production. Once editing is complete I convert all the images to JPG format for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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