Will Sheila Carson be our photographer on our wedding day?
Yes. When you hire Sheila Carson Photography for your wedding day Sheila will be your photographer. It is so important that you make sure that the wedding photographer you hire will be the wedding photographer that shoots your wedding. Some photographers hire other photographers to work for them and then surprise the couple on their wedding day with another photographer! If you look through a photographer’s portfolio and you like what you see and want to hire that photographer, it would be a great disappointment to have someone else show up on your wedding day. It would be even more disappointing if you didn’t like the photos they took!
How soon after my engagement should I start interviewing photographers?
Photographers and venues book up quick! Booking your venue and photographer should be top two things on your list of things to do. You’ll want to snag the best photographer for your wedding day before they’re already booked.
How do I find the perfect wedding photographer for me?
Start by viewing wedding photographers’ websites. Take time to go through some of their wedding photos. Find a few photographers that you like and then contact them to set up an interview.
Remember that this person will be documenting one of the most important days of your life. Make sure that you not only love their photography style, but that you really connect with him or her. He or she will be by your side throughout your day, so make sure you pick someone that you’ll love to have by your side throughout your special day.
Should I book an engagement session?
An engagement session is a great way for you to get to know your photographer before your wedding day. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest services you and your fiance can take advantage of prior to your wedding.
As your wedding photographer, I will be spending most of the day with you; from getting ready to cutting the cake at your reception. Every couple is different and your photos should be unique to you. Getting to know me ahead of time will translate to your wedding day photos. The engagement session helps me learn about your style, what you like and don’t like, so that on your wedding day I can have a plan to make your photos really special in a style you love. This is why all my packages include an engagement session.
What kind of photo equipment do you use?
I use professional Canon cameras and lenses. I have my main camera, lenses and flash as well as backups for everything.
What can I expect on my wedding day?
I am there for you. I absolutely love capturing each moment of my couple’s special day. I also love being a part of making that day special. When you are researching wedding photographers, read what other couples have to say about their experience with that photographer. You can see what other couples have to say about me here.
Should we have a first look with our photographer before the ceremony or should we wait ?
First off, I would NEVER talk a couple out of waiting to see each other until the ceremony if that’s what they really wish to do. I would, however, like to tell you a little bit about what I’ve learned about having a first look moment.
When you decide to have a first look before the ceremony, you both have plenty of time to take that moment in. It gives you both a chance to catch your breath and to have an intimate moment just between the two of you. Having it captured on film helps to relive that special moment for years to come.
I have had couples wait until the ceremony, but some of them have said that it went by so fast that they didn’t get a chance to take it in.
It’s a big decision. Just make sure that you decide based on what’s best for you.
Do I get the digital files with my wedding package?
Yes. You get all the best shots from your day fully edited, in full, high-resolution format with print rights. You can expect approximately 75 to 100 images per hour of coverage.
Am I obligated to buy anything after the wedding day in order to get my digital images?
No. You are not obligated to purchase any additional prints, albums or anything else. Everything is included, upfront, in the package price.
Do you travel for destination weddings?
Yes! My team and I are always happy to travel nationally and internationally to capture your special day. The fee for travel beyond the Seattle/Bellingham area is ‘at cost’ for transportation by plane, ferry, etc., as well as lodging. I also offer specials for couples interested in hiring us for a destination wedding outside of the Continental US. Contact me for more information on those specials.
Do you offer rehearsal and/or day after sessions?
Rehearsal coverage and day after sessions are always included in my destination wedding packages. I offer discounted coverage for rehearsal dinners and day after sessions for couples that have hired me for their local weddings.
We want to hire you. What now?
Click on the Contact tab in my menu bar to send me an inquiry for your wedding. If I’m still available, we’ll get together to chat. If we’re a good fit, we’ll find the perfect package for you and then 1/3 of your package price will reserve your date.