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Frequently Asked Questions - Photography

Your digital negatives are included when you purchase one of our DVD options with your photography package. All photos are provided in an industry-standard file format, with some color correction. These files provide a great degree of control over the final print output and maximum compatibility with a wide range of digital printing systems. In this format, the files are viewable and printable, but not necessarily "ready-to-print" — they may require some manipulation to get the best results. Most digital-ready photo labs can provide this service, but may assess an additional charge. If you plan to print the photos with your home computer, you will need an image-editing application such as Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to alter or edit the pictures.

Within 14 days of your wedding, your photos will be posted to your wedding website. You will be able to view your pictures and order prints instantly via our easy-to-use online ordering system. You will receive a selected set of the best images from the day. We will send your digital negatives on DVD soon after the images are posted online.

We will post your engagement 14 days after your photo shoot. You will receive a selected set of the best images from the shoot that should total 30-40 images. You will be able to digitally download your engagement photos from your wedding website.

We always try our best to coordinate your schedule with the photographers, but we know these trips are filled with lots of meetings and time is scarce. If an in person visit is not possible we’ll schedule a call that can just as productive.

Most photographers only show you the work they want you to see. When we evaluate a wedding photographer, we see all of the shots they take — not just their favorite few. Almost every competent photographer is capable of making a great picture some of the time. What's much more important is how consistently they take great pictures, not to mention how well they work under the pressure. All Bella photographers have completed a rigorous certification process. Certification includes a thorough portfolio review and successful completion of apprentice weddings. Certification standards ensure consistent photo quality, skilled technical composition, thoughtful storytelling and sociable personality.

Yes, you can meet your photographer when and where it is convenient for both of you. Please recognize the photographer selected for you may not live near your home. They most likely live closest to the location of your ceremony and therefore you may have to travel to meet. The point of this meeting is to get to know one another and look over the work of the photographer. It's an opportunity to communicate the types of images you like the most. Unless it is a few weeks before your wedding, this is not the time to discuss details as they will likely change many times. The photographer will call you 14-30 days before the wedding to go over all the details of the day.

For your wedding we will do our best to accommodate this request. However, our ability to honor this request will be based on the photographer's availability.

We ask all clients to be prepared for bad weather and have a location indoors chosen prior to the shoot date. Great indoor options are your reception venue, nearby museums, college campuses and even your home. Engagement sessions cannot be rescheduled due to inclement weather. They must be canceled no later than 14 days in advance to avoid a charge.

You can expect to receive 30-40 of the best photos from your 1 hour engagement session. These photos are best for save the date cards and newspaper announcements. Engagements sessions are also great for giving you practice in front of the camera. You will take hundreds of photos on your wedding day so getting comfortable in front of the camera will only improve your wedding day photography.

The location of your engagement session is up to you enabling you to personalize the setting. Most clients choose a location that has special meaning, e.g. where they got engaged. It is important to have a back up indoor location in case of bad weather.

If you purchased a photographer meeting, your photographer will call or email you approximately one week after they are assigned to your wedding to introduce themselves and set up a time for a face-to-face meeting. During the meeting you will get to know each other, view more work, go over your wedding photography planner, and discuss the styles of photography you like. If the meeting occurs extremely close to the wedding date, your discussion may include finalizing the details of your day. If the meeting occurs more than a few weeks prior to the wedding, this is not the time to discuss details as they likely will change many times. Regardless of the meeting, the photographer will call you 14-30 days before the wedding to go over all the details.

Nearly 100% of Bella brides are happy with their initial photographer match. If after viewing their work you decide that the photographer is not a fit, we'll work to find the perfect match for you.

Log on to your wedding website and start planning your photography coverage. Rate photos, enter wedding day timeline, and complete portrait planner and photography questionnaire. We will need all of this information to match your photographer to you.

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