ARE YOU ONLY A "NATURAL LIGHT" PHOTOGRAPHER?
We love shooting natural light when we can and it's available. However we are trained on how to use, modify and create light from flashes in order to create beautiful images no matter what the conditions. That means if there is a dark overcast in the sky, rain, or even if things are running late and the ceremony ends after dark --- we've got you covered. We are able to create the images you'll love no matter what is thrown at us.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR?
We try out best to blend in but not look like we’re attending a funeral. Mostly dress pants and a blouse or a dress along with cute but comfy shoes.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR TRAVEL OR MULTIPLE LOCATIONS?
Every wedding day is unique and some have more locations than other so we don’t discriminate that or charge travel for it. If your wedding is more than 60 miles from Raleigh, NC then travel fees may apply but are evaluated on a case by case basis. We love to travel and we love being a part of weddings everywhere.
HOW MANY PICTURES DO YOU TAKE?
We never count! We just shoot because we shoot digital and there’s no end to how much “film” we have. On average you’ll receive 80-100 images per hour of shooting. We do snap more than that but we do you the favor of taking out the outtakes like blinks, test shots, duplicates and the like. All the images are edited for color, exposure, sharpness and white balance. We do basic touch-ups. If there is anything else that is major that you want us to fix we will be happy to for an additional editing fee.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU AND DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
To make sure that you’ve snagged us for your wedding date we require a $1,000 retainer and an electronically signed wedding contract. The remaining balance is split up into two payments due at 90 and 30 days before the wedding.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
The sooner the better. Right now couples are typically booking us 9-12 months out from their wedding day, but if your wedding is in one of the prime times of the year like May or October here in North Carolina you may want to book earlier to ensure we are available.
DO YOU THINK AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IS IMPORTANT?
We think engagement sessions are SO important! We love getting to know our couples and this is the perfect opportunity to do so! Think of it as a practice run for the wedding day and BONUS you get some amazing pictures from it.
HOW LONG WILL YOU BE AT MY WEDDING?
That depends on the amount of coverage purchased through the packages. In general, we arrive 2-3 hours prior to your ceremony and stay until after the last major event at your reception. A typical wedding day needs about 8 hours of coverage, maybe more if you are planning any special events prior to the ceremony, have a special exit or there is travel involved.
WHEN WILL WE GET OUR PICTURES?
We're proud to have one of the fastest turn-around times in the wedding industry with proofs being ready 2-3 weeks after your wedding and the majority of my couples with their wedding album within 3 months. We’ve even been known to show a few sneak peak images before that 2-3 week mark too!
DO WE GET THE DIGITAL FILES?
Absolutely. We think it's important for our clients to have those files and have the ability to use, print and share them however they'd like.
HOW ARE THEY DELIVERED?
We used to deliver them via DVD or USB. But with the advancement of technology better options are now available to us. No more having to worry about a DVD or a USB getting lost or scratched. Your online gallery of photos will all be stored in the cloud. Easily accessible on any computer, mobile device or tablet. One button click and you'll start downloading all images. You can even order prints direct from the gallery at very affordable prices from printing facilities only available to professional photographers. Lastly, you can send that link to all your friends and family so they too can enjoy the photos and download the ones they like of themselves.
ARE THEY HIGH RESOLUTION?
Absolutely. The photos will be optimized so not only are the high resolution and will print amazing, but they are also stripped of all the unnecessary information that makes file sizes large and bloated. This way you can download the images quicker, attach them to emails, share on Facebook and upload to your favorite cloud server without it taking weeks.
DO YOU HAVE A SECOND SHOOTER?
We do include a second shooter in all my packages except for the bottom one.
WE LOVE YOU, BUT WILL WE LOVE YOUR 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER?
You will! All of the second photographers we work with have been working with us for years. They have been selected by us to ensure that they uphold the same quality of work that you expect and the type of friendliness and professionalism you’d want around with you the day of.
I'VE SEEN YOUR PICTURES FROM A VARIETY OF WEDDINGS, BUT CAN WE SEE A WHOLE WEDDING DAY FROM START TO FINISH?
This is one of the most important things you can ask photographers you’re interviewing so the answer is yes! You’ll want to make sure that we know how to take amazing photographs in any situation, of anyone and of anything. Wedding photographers need to work fast and be able to photograph in every circumstance possible and we pride myself in being able to do just that. You can check out almost every wedding we’ve ever photographed at www.aojophotography.smugmug.com/weddings.
I DON'T WANT TO SPEND AN HOUR TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS, DO I HAVE TO?
Absolutely not. In fact, because of how efficiently we work on the day of and the help we give you in preparing your family picture list, most family photo sessions on a wedding day are complete within 15-20
HOW DO I REACH YOU? Easiest way is using the contact form built into the site. You can also shoot me a text message at 919-830-0194. I only listen to voice mails a few times a week so email, text or even reaching out on Facebook are the best ways to reach us. After an initial chat or email exchange we love to set up a meeting to get to know one another either face to face or video chat. It's a wonderful way of learning about each other, chatting about the wedding and answering any questions you might have for us.
We look forward to hearing from you!!