Let’s play a little game of Q&A…
How many photographers make up Studio Orange?
Oh, an easy softball question. OK. Studio Orange is ME! I photograph every wedding and portrait session that Studio Orange books. If your package calls for a second photographer, I maintain a pool of ridiculously talented people I can call upon.
How long have you been doing this?
Studio Orange is now in its 8th year. That’s quite a lot of experience shooting weddings, and that’s important. But more than that, I’ve been actually taking photographs for much longer than that.
What areas does Studio Orange cover?
Studio Orange is based in Lincoln, Nebraska. I primarily photograph weddings and portraits in Lincoln, Omaha and the surrounding area. But really, the world is your oyster. If you’re willing to pay my way to your destination, I’ll photograph your wedding anywhere.
Do you charge for travel?
I don’t generally charge for travel anywhere in Lincoln, Omaha, or most of eastern Nebraska. My general rule is that I only charge for gas if your event is more than an hour drive away.
For any driving distance more than an hour, the rates will be based upon current Standard Mileage Rates.
If there is any air travel or overnight stay required, please refer to this page.
How do I book wedding or portrait photography sessions with Studio Orange?
Simplest way is to fill out the form.* I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can (usually the same day – unless I’m shooting a wedding, or on a secret spy mission that I can’t really talk much about).
What I’ll do when I reply is ask to set up a meeting with you. We’ll talk about your day and all that good stuff and then it’s as simple as reserving the date!
*If you’ve filled out a form and haven’t heard from me, PLEASE check your spam folder. Those filters are ruthless and sometimes flag my messages. (Pro-tip: While not required, it’s helpful to include your phone number so I can follow up with you if I suspect my message may have been flagged.)
What does “reserve the date” mean?
Studio Orange services require a deposit to reserve the date for any photography sessions. This lets you “own” that day. The amount of the deposit varies depending on the type of booking and it is due when we sign the contract.
How do we pay you?
Seriously. I tried accepting barrels of fish, but really, who can eat that much fish before it goes bad?
Ok, ok. Checks are generally the easiest, because they don’t cost me anything. I can accept Paypal or credit cards, but I prefer not to, as I’m charged fees. Cash is also an option (as long as you aren’t that joker that tries to pay in pennies… don’t be that guy.)
Will ours be the only event you photograph that day?
Trying to photograph more than one wedding a day is just completely impossible. At least until I perfect my cloning device. But so far the experiments have been… well, the less said, the better.
As a general rule, I also don’t double-book engagement or portrait sessions. I prefer not to do more than a single portrait, band session or any other type of session a day (although exceptions are sometimes made for special circumstances).
Do we have to pay for a session/package all at once?
Nope! But you can if you want. Otherwise, I split up all payments. Weddings are split in thirds – with one third the total cost being the deposit. All other sessions are split into two payments, with the first half being the deposit.
How long will my photography session last?
The whole time.
Oh, you’re one of those people who wants me to be more specific, aren’t you? Ok. Weddings depend on the package or the number of hours you hire me for. So that’s kind of up to you.
For other sessions, plan on at least a couple of hours. Maybe 3 or 4 if we’re having fun.
Does Studio Orange have an actual, you know, studio?
I get asked this question a lot. And to be honest, I’ve wrestled with whether or not to rent studio space a lot, too.
The problem is the expense. In order to justify renting out space full-time, I’d have to raise my prices, which is not something I’m prepared to do right now.
However, I do have access to studio space if I need it. Also, I am currently remodeling an area of my house to function as studio space and I will have a lot of options for portrait sessions when that is complete (hopefully by my 2016 season).
How long will you be there for our wedding?
Rather than a set amount of time, I prefer to look at it as “what events will Studio Orange cover?”
For example, my entry level package will cover all of the essential parts of your wedding: the formals, the ceremony, and the reception. The other packages will add things like pre-ceremony events, or even hair and makeup, if you want.
Other than that, I don’t really set a specific time limit. It’s more important to me to cover your day than to be looking at a watch.
Will you photograph everything that happens at my wedding?
This answer really covers two things.
First, how much of the day I photograph depends on the package you book (see the question above). Smaller packages may need a bit of compromise about which events I’m available for. All day packages have more flexibility.
The second part of this answer is about the specific photos. The thing is, weddings are dynamic and have a lot of stuff going on. I strive to get all of the important moments of the day. Problem is, it might just be impossible to capture every single moment, especially if multiple things are happening at once. I do my best, but I can’t make guarantees about specific photos.
What about all of the people? There are some relatives that I want to make sure you get photos of.
Don’t freak out by the lack of guarantee in the previous answer. I really do want to give you every image I possibly can. This is especially true if you have some guests you’d like photographed. But it’s a safe bet that I don’t know your friends and family. So you might need to help out a bit.
If there are some people you really want photos of, the best way to make sure this happens is to have someone available to point them out, or send them over to me (or the second photographer if there is one).
Another option is to send ’em to the photo booth (if your package includes it).
Will I own the photographs you take?
Well, yes and no.
Those Federal Copyright laws are pretty clear in saying that Studio Orange owns all of the photos. However, you will receive high resolution digital files with every package. With those, you’re able to share those images on Facebook or wherever, and I also give you a “personal use” release.
I like to think that I’m pretty fair. This release will let you do virtually anything you want with the images, including getting them printed somewhere other than through Studio Orange.
The only thing I require is that if you edit any images, you’ll need to mention that if you post it anywhere. See the next question…
So I can edit my own photographs the way I want and post them to Facebook?
You know, I’m a tinkerer. Sometimes I like to go back and play with photos again. Photoshop is like a black hole that can suck me in for hours. So I get it. Maybe you don’t own software like Photoshop, but with stuff like Instagram, you’re as addicted to playing with photos as I am.
Legally, I could tell you “NO!” But where’s the fun in that? Besides, once you have the digital files, I can’t really police what you do anyway.
So here’s the thing: if you want to mess around with your photos, I’m cool with that.
But — there’s always a but — here is the caveat, if you will: If you choose to make changes/edits to any of the images and post the images online, you must clearly state that you have created an alteration different from what Studio Orange provided, and provide a link to the original.
Ok, so why do I require this? Well, even if you happen to be a Photoshop ninja and create some phenomenal edit that makes me insanely jealous and want to steal your brain, figure out a way to jack it into my computer and make it do my bidding, I don’t want to run the risk of your edits being misinterpreted as something Studio Orange offers.
Simple as that.
We love the work of (insert name here) photographer. Can you replicate that style?
No. Absolutely not. Aside from copyright/legal issues, trying to copy another photographer is just seriously uncool and would probably throw bad karma on your whole session.
Besides, not only do I like to think you’ve hired Studio Orange for MY style, there’s also the fact that it’s, you know, my style. I’m comfortable and confident shooting the way that I do. If I spent your time trying to replicate how someone else shoots, I probably wouldn’t do a very good job, and that’s not a very good way for you to spend your money.
We can do inspiration, though. If there are other photos you like, poses you’d like to try, etc., using those as inspiration to create something that fits my style and is unique for you is completely cool.
How long until we get our photos?
For portrait sessions (senior photos, engagement sessions, etc.), I try to have photos to you within 30 days. For weddings, I’m shooting for 45-90 days.
Now… the reality is that it’s usually quicker than this. But here’s the thing: I’d rather tell you 90 days, get you your photos in 30 days, and have you think I’m a magician than I would tell you 30 days, wind up swamped and it really takes 45 and you’re upset with me.
Ultimately, the bottom line is that my goal is to get your photos to you as quickly as I possibly can. But delays happen, especially during my busiest times of the year.
When will we get our (insert product)?
If your package includes other products, such as a wedding album, you may wonder when you will receive it.
My first priority is always to deliver the photos as quickly as possible. I don’t begin working on any additional products until the photos are completed. And even then, I sometimes may not have time for album design until a slow down in my season. So my default answer is that I don’t work on album designs until my “off season” (December through April). That isn’t always true, however. If I get a bit of a break during the season, I’ll do my best to knock out some albums.
When it comes to other products, such as prints, I can generally order those at any time and the delivery time is usually within a couple of weeks (depending on the lab’s schedule).
I’ve found a cheaper photographer, but I like your photos better. Can you negotiate your price?
Funny thing about other photographers is that I have no idea how they run their business. I don’t know how they work, or what their expenses are. So I don’t know why they price the way they do. To match what they do, I’d have to work like they do. Which kind of defeats the purpose of what I do.
What I can tell you is this: I’ve worked hard to create a pricing structure that I believe is fair and represents the high standard of quality I maintain for my work.
Also, I’ve created a variety of packages for weddings that combine the most popular options at pretty heavily discounted prices versus ordering those options separately.
I would love to photograph every wedding and to be honest with you, if money were no object, I’d shoot for free. But as it is, I’m trying to sustain a business, and my prices are what they are.
What sort of equipment do you use?
The current lineup of gear includes a Canon 5D Mark III as the primary Digital SLR. This is a professional quality, 22 megapixel beast of a camera that often makes lesser cameras whimper and cry. The backup camera is a Canon 5D Mark II, which is no slouch, either. These are paired with a number of professional quality lenses that would make any paparazzi photographer jealous. I also have a fully portable lighting set-up that I can bring to locations. And if things go really wrong, I still have two other cameras I can pull out of my bag.
Our friend got married and in her wedding album the photographer got this amazing and funny shot of the flower girl sitting down in the middle of the aisle, playing with all of the flower petals. It was adorable. Can you get shots like this for us?
This sounds like an incredibly candid moment that their photographer was lucky to capture. As with all candid moments, it was unpredictable and spontaneous.
Attempting to be too specific with requesting shots like these can create a nightmare situation where your entire day is spent trying to adopt scripted poses. Please read this article about the dangers of an overly detailed shot request.
As I mentioned above, wedding days can be unpredictable and very dynamic. For that reason, it’s impossible to guarantee any specific shot.