1. Introduction: What's your story?
8 years old. Give or take.
That’s about the time a camera first landed in my hands. It was a Kodak Instamatic. A small black and sliver plastic box. I had toys more complicated.
Here is what I knew about photography at the age of 8:
1. You push a button.
2. Do it again and again until you fill up a roll.
3. Take it to get developed.
4. You see what you got.
Also when I was 8, I had tons of action figures. Just like a lot of kids. Unlike a lot of kids, I didn’t so much play with them as direct them.
I built sets. I staged scenes. If I didn’t get a scene right in my head, I’d do it again. I switched viewing angles for better composition. It frustrated me that I couldn’t get low enough to the ground for dramatic angles when my Hot Wheels cars “drove” by.
I wasn’t consciously aware of these things. I was only 8. But this was how I always played with my toys.
One day, an epiphany.
I grabbed that Instamatic camera and I photographed my action figures. Over an entire afternoon, I meticulously created sets and photographed scenes.
I was telling a story. With photos.
I’m no longer 8. My camera is a bit better than that old Instamatic. I know how to adjust the aperture and shutter speed and ISO to get the exposure I want. I know composition rules. I know what lenses and lighting to use to get the image I see in my head.
And I sometimes still think it’s fun to push the button just to see what I get.
My name is Robert and I still tell stories.
2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?
I was sitting in a coffee shop one day working on a special photographic technique called "HDR." Long story short, it's a process of taking multiple exposures of the same scene in order to get some really dramatic photos.
Another photographer sees what I'm doing and asks about the process. We start to talk. I find out that he's a wedding photographer and he asks me if I'd be interested in shooting a wedding with him sometime.
That was in 2007 and I haven't stopped shooting weddings since.
How many weddings have I photographed? A lot.
I've shot indoors, outdoors. I've shot in the sun and in the pouring rain. If it's happened during a wedding, chances are I've seen it. And photographed it.
3. How would you describe your photography style?
I tend to take highly creative, very dramatic photos. My work has been described as bold, exciting, vibrant.
I love to capture candid shots of the emotions of the day, but I also have a passion for composing dramatic shots that will make my clients say "WOW!"
4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?
Venues and photographers tend to be the two wedding vendors that fill up fast, as those two can only accommodate one wedding per available date.
My advice to couples is to start looking for their photographer as soon as their wedding plans become serious and a date has been chosen. There is no such thing as booking your photographer too early, but it's entirely possible for couples to be forced to compromise due to waiting too long.
Most of my clients tend to book between 6 months to a year out from their wedding. Peak months tend to fall around the holidays and after Valentine's Day, when most proposals occur.
5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?
I used to base my packages on hours of coverage. 8 hours. 10 hours.
But what does that even mean? Does this include breaks? Am I running stopwatch?
It occurred to me that what my couples are hiring me for are the EVENTS of the day, not some arbitrary number of hours. So that's how I've structured my packages.
By basic package includes formal photos (including the First Look), ceremony photos, and reception photos (with me exiting the event typically around 9pm, depending on the couple's timeline). Popular add-ons for this package include either an engagement session or a second photographer.
My most popular package includes an engagement session; and wedding day coverage includes getting ready photos, formals (including the first look), ceremony, and reception photos. This package includes a second photographer and couples can choose either a photo booth during the reception, or additional coverage of the day (for example, if they are doing a special exit at the end of the night).
I also have special discounted package pricing for couples who are having their wedding day at Roca Berry Farm at either the Creekside or Pioneer barn.
6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?
I personally photograph every wedding I book. For packages that include a second photographer, I have a few different people that I trust to help me out. However, if they aren't available, I make it a point to hire only second photographers who are experienced with weddings.
I always bring back-up gear just in case something goes wrong.
7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?
Studio Orange Photography doesn't charge for travel for weddings in the Lincoln / Omaha area. For weddings more than an hour drive from Lincoln, standard Federal Mileage rates will be calculated and added to the final cost of the wedding package.
I am happy to travel to any destination. All travel and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of the couple.
8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?
The top tier package from Studio Orange Photography does include prints and a printed album. Couples also have the option of purchasing albums or prints separately. Also, the online gallery provided to the couples for the delivery of photos includes an option for purchasing prints.
9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?
The timeline for the delivery of the photos often depends on when in the season the wedding takes place. During the busiest months, delivery of photos can take longer. Studio Orange's contract allows 45-90 days for the delivery of photos, however most galleries are available to clients in about 30 days.
High resolution digital files will be delivered to clients in an online gallery that will be backed up and protected for 10 years. The gallery is shareable with friends and family and includes a shopping cart feature for the purchase of prints.
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
All cancellation policies are clearly outlined in my standard wedding contract. I include options for moving the date, as well as what happens if the date must be outright cancelled.