Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of commonly asked questions regarding my wedding photography. I hope this may help answer one of your questions!
Packages and Availability
Do you have my wedding date available?
The best way to find out is to email me! In order to start a conversation about your wedding photography, the most important pieces of information that I will initially need to know are your wedding date and your venue. If you don’t have an actual venue, then please let me know as much detail as you can, i.e. a tented backyard wedding, an open air camp wedding, etc. I typically book 9-12 months in advance, so don’t delay in speaking with me if you’d like to get on my calendar.
Where are you located, and where do you travel?
I’m in Goffstown, New Hampshire, and I include 100 miles of total driving travel in my wedding coverage fee. Mileage beyond 100 miles roundtrip from zip code 03045 is billed at $1/mile. Additionally, locations two hours away or more will require an overnight hotel stay so I can get home safely. I’ve tried to drive that far at night after a wedding–not good! If I crash & burn trying to get back home, the chances of you getting to see your wedding images are no bueno.
I love your work and think you might be the one; can we meet to chat about my wedding plans?
Absolutely! I feel it’s a great idea to meet each other so that we can establish a personal connection. I invite you to come visit me in my new office in Goffstown (opening Summer 2016!) where you’ll have the opportunity to view lots of samples of work. For couples who live further away we would schedule a time to speak on the phone.
What are the payment terms for your package?
A non-refundable wedding retainer fee of $900 is required to reserve your wedding date exclusively for you, along with a signed wedding photography contract. Your date is not guaranteed until both of these items have been received. The final balance is due 1 month before your wedding date.
Products and Delivery of Images
When do I get my wedding images?
- 1-2 days after your wedding I will usually put a couple of teaser images on my Facebook page (so be sure to “like” Erika Follansbee Photography on Facebook so you don’t miss it!). Feel free to tag yourselves so that all your family and friends will see it.
- Finally, your online wedding gallery containing all the final culled and edited images, will be available for viewing, sharing, and downloading 3-4 weeks after your wedding date.
How many photos will I receive?
I never limit the amount of images I take. My job as a storyteller is to relate the story of your day, to preserve your memories after the day is done and the guests have gone home. Because I strive to show you the absolute best of the best photos, I typically deliver 50-100 images per hour of coverage. With two photographers, the total is usually in the upper part of that range.
Do I have printing rights to my wedding photos?
With your digital images you are granted a personal use release which means that you have the freedom to print the photos, and you can post them online to share with everyone you know. You may order prints directly from your gallery.
Style & Inspiration
How would you describe your style?
I have a very natural, laid-back, casual-but-elegant style that is best portrayed in an outdoor setting. Rarely a fan of hotel ballrooms, country clubs, or wedding factory venues that crank out pre-fab weddings (you know the ones!), I always prefer to work in unique, one of a kind inns, barns, restaurants, farms, bed & breakfasts, historical sites, orchards, waterfront camps or any location that speaks to a couple’s individualism and personality. If it has a name brand, or is part of a national chain, it probably would not fit into the type of work you see represented in my portfolio.
I truly enjoy themed weddings, and I hope to work with more couples in the future who envision creative approaches to their weddings. A few themes that I hope to photograph include Halloween, nautical, New England, rustic country barn weddings, and many more. I’m always inspired by the way a couple incorporates and entwines their own specific interests, hobbies, and history into their wedding story and carry it throughout every detail, not to mention the fact that it creates a truly memorable experience for the family and guests that stands out in their minds for years to come.
Along the same vein as themed weddings and creative couples– I love wedding blogs like Offbeat Bride, When Geeks Wed, and Rock N Roll Bride for their endless inspiration from creative couples who pulled out all the stops. My own wedding in 2003 was Halloween themed, complete with Danny Elfman scores playing during dinner. I only wish I’d had a photographer who was as into photographing the details as I am.
Erika Follansbee Photography supports marriage equality and is LBGT-friendly.
I am also fully insured, and registered with the State of New Hampshire as a LLC.