Why should I choose documentary photography coverage for my wedding?

I recommend choosing documentary photography coverage if you want authentic moments captured through unobtrusive coverage. What does that mean? We photograph your wedding day as it naturally unfolds. We try to minimize direct interaction with you throughout the day. Of course you’ll notice us, because we’re not invisible, but we see our role as visual historians. We want to document your day, not dictate events.


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Do you take posed portraits?

Yes, absolutely! This is one of the few, if not only, times you’ll have all of your friends and family in the same place and we’ve got to get them in a picture or two while they’re all together! We’ll talk with you during our pre-wedding consultation to craft a portrait list that makes sense for your families and wedding party. We don’t want to forget anyone!

When taking portraits at the wedding we’ll take off our documentary hat and will direct you, your families, and friends where to stand and look. Although the portraits are posed, they are non-traditional and can have a more relaxed feel. We use the environment around us (ie, the venues you’ve selected) as the backdrop as opposed to a controlled studio setting.

 

Should we create a list of “must have” pictures of our wedding day?

We send you a questionnaire to learn more about your wedding day and rely heavily on our pre-wedding consultation with you to learn who and what aspects of your day are most important to you. Who will you want to see? What details will you want to recall? We take notes throughout the conversation and use them as a blue print to help guide our coverage for the day.

Couples favorite images from the wedding day usually don’t come from a pre-conceived list. They end up being from an emotional peak in the day or a quiet moment between the couple off to the side when they thought no one was looking.

 

How many photographers should we have?

One photographer is a good fit for more intimate weddings where the ceremony and reception are held at one location and the couple is seeing each other before the ceremony.

If you have 150 or more guests we strongly encourage two photographers. If you have 200 or more we require it. At that point, it’s just too big of a job for one person!

The other, more important, thing to consider are your expectations of coverage. What moments do you want to look back on and relive? With two photographers we can capture multiple angles and perspectives throughout the day as well as any reactions to the action. You will not have to make choices in coverage. We can capture each of you getting ready. Also, if you’re not seeing each other before the ceremony we’ll be taking your portraits during cocktail hour.  With two photographers, we can have one photographer taking your portraits while the other is covering the cocktail hour and all the details of your dining room before the celebration gets started. It’s more complete coverage of your wedding.

 

What kind of packages do you offer?

Look here for a description of our standard packages. Email us for more detailed information.

 

What type of albums do you offer?

We offer both flush mount and matted albums. Our albums are fully customized inside and out to tell the story of your wedding day. We start each book design from scratch and work with you to incorporate the images and design elements that best reflect your wedding day. We work with several high-end album binders including Cypress Fine Albums, Couture Books, and Queensberry. 

 

Do we get the rights to our wedding images?

We provide personal usage rights with the digital image files from your wedding. That means you are able to make prints, cards, etc. with the images. We retain the copyright to all of the images.

 

What kind of cameras do you use?

I’m a Canon gal and Kevin is a Nikon guy. Our camera bags are filled with at least three camera bodies, three flashes, a variety of lenses, light stands, tripods, remote triggers for our flashes, reflectors and more.

 

How long have you been photographing weddings?

I photographed my first wedding in 2002. Kevin photographed his first wedding with The Observatory in 2009.

 

Do you provide videography?

No, we do not provide videography, but we can provide you a short list of award-winning videographers who we recommend highly and work well with.

 

Where do we start?

I invite couples to schedule a meeting to tell us more about their weddings and expectations for photography coverage as well as to get a real sense of who we are and if we'd be a good fit for each other. I also take this opportunity to share more of our work and package details as well as view our album options. I –Andrea, hold all initial consultations with couples while Kevin, for example, is out covering news and sports in Washington DC and beyond.

If you decide Kevin or I is the photographer for you, shoot me an email or give me a call and I will send you a link to our contract. I do all of our bookings online. I try to keep things easy and maybe save a tree in the process!

info@observatoryphoto.com

703 596 5260