How early and late should photography coverage start on my wedding day?
We can’t speak for all photographers, but we generally prefer to capture as complete of a wedding day as possible. It’s like an author of a book or a director of a movie, as a documentary photographer, we want to tell your entire wedding day story. That being said, we typically photograph about two hours of getting ready (bride’s details, hair and make-up, finishing touches after getting into the dress), followed by possibly a first look and pre-ceremony portraits (bride and groom, bridal party, immediate family), ceremony, then post-ceremony portraits (bride and groom, extended family), and the reception. Although we’re happy to stay as late as you’d like, we normally say our farewells about half an hour to an hour into open dancing. On average, we’re at a wedding for ten hours, from roughly 12-10PM. But we’ve had photography coverage as short as two hours to as many as twenty, and starting as early as 4AM to ending as late as 3AM.
What attire do you wear to weddings?
Yes, we’ve been asked this! We normally just say, “Clothes”, but we’re thinking our couples want a more specific description :). Unless it’s a beach wedding and everyone, including the photographer, needs to wear beachy outfits, or any other themed-wedding, the team at Aevitas Weddings dress as follows: guys are in black slacks, white or black long-sleeved dress shirts, black dress shoes, and almost always a tie; girls are generally in all black, occasionally a white or grey top and black shoes/boots. Rest assured we won’t be showing up looking casual or too comfortable. Our goal is to dress professionally and blend in with the crowd. We want all the attention to be on you and your future spouse, not on us :).
Is it necessary to have a professional day-of coordinator or is an onsite coordinator enough?
Every wedding is unique and has its own set of circumstances and challenges. Plus some couples might have ample time or don’t mind doing all the planning, while others prefer to not deal with the added work and stress. That being said, we highly recommend our couples to hire a professional planner, or at least a day-of coordinator. The list of tasks they take off the couple’s plate is endless, and the amount of head/heartache they prevent is unquantifiable. Plus some venues require couples to hire one, even if they have their own in-house coordinator. We’ve noticed that the weddings with a professional planner/coordinator (not someone that just does it for fun or worse not very good at it), runs more smoothly than ones without.
Do you also get more traditional, camera-aware photos?
Although our focus is to capture beautiful moments, our goal is to tell a complete story of your wedding day. That includes the traditional, looking and smiling at the camera photos, i.e. the ones our parents love and will probably end up printing and hanging on their walls at home :). Throughout the entire day (not just during the portraits and formals), we make sure to get images of you, your future spouse, bridal party, and family all looking amazing at the camera. And if you’re not too fond of those images, no worries as it won’t take more than a few seconds here and there.
How much photo-related direction/guidance do you provide on the wedding day?
Our intentions is to capture your wedding day in an unobtrusive and distraction-free manner. We’ve found that our couples and their loved ones are in their true, raw, real elements when we’re more of a “fly on the wall” rather than constantly giving directions, moving subjects around, and the worst…asking to redo something. However, we’ve found that at every wedding, our couples and their loved ones are seeking direction/guidance from us, especially when it comes to the camera-aware/posed photos like family formals and bridal party portraits. And we’re more than happy and willing to provide them. Such as where to put our hands, where to stand, which direction to turn our bodies, lining all the subjects in the best order, etc. Perhaps during the getting ready, we want to make sure you’re in the best light when it comes to zipping up your dress or putting on jewelry. Or when it comes to cake cutting, we want to put you and your spouse on the right side since there’s a giant exit sign on the left. Don’t fret, all of this is done quickly, efficiently, and in a subtle and pleasant manner :). Our goal is to give just the right amount of directions and guidance to get the best images, so everyone can go back to enjoying the day, and we can continue capturing those amazing candids!
I don't want to spend forever taking family formals, how long do they normally take?
We’re on the same page as you! On average, we won’t spend longer than 30 minutes of total time taking family formals. This includes pre-ceremony family formals (just with immediate, about 15 minutes) and post-ceremony (with immediate and extended, another 15 minutes). Well before the wedding, we ask our couples to provide a list of all the family members’ names and relations, and which groups of formals they would like captured. That way, we can conduct the family formals in an efficient and dare we say pleasant manner :). No worries if you’re not sure about that list, as we have the essentials all memorized, i.e. with parents, with parents and siblings and spouses, with aunts, uncles, etc. The family list is more for you to not forget anyone important, to get any “unique” combinations (one with all the cousins or co-workers), and for them to be present when we take the photos.
We see you mainly focus on the moments and portraits of a wedding day. Do you also take details photos?
Without a doubt! Although we love capturing beautiful moments and creative portraits, we feel like details are just as important as they help you remember what your amazing day looked like. We understand how much time and energy you’ve put into choosing all your details, and we want to make sure we captured all of them in the best way possible. From the getting ready with the dress, shoes, jewelry, stationery, and rings…to the ceremony with the florals, sign-in table, programs…to the reception with the centerpieces, place cards, cake, favors, the entire room…and everything else in between. Less obvious items like the “I Do” sticker under the heels, grandma’s pendant, notes and gifts between the bride and groom, and the dessert station set up at the end of the evening…we’re always looking for details throughout the wedding day! If you haven’t already, please take a look at our wedding details portfolio
Do you work with a second photographer and/or assistant on the wedding day?
Every wedding we photograph is a team of either: main photographer (yours truly Henry Chen) and assistant, main and second photographer, or the main and second photographer plus an assistant. We’ve found that depending on the type and logistics of a wedding, it may or may not be beneficial for the couple to invest in a second photographer. For example, if you want coverage of the guys getting ready, candids of the guests, and if there’s not much time for the main photographer to get ceremony and reception details (among other things), we recommend including a second photographer in the wedding collection. But if the wedding is pretty intimate with a small number of guests (roughly 100 or less), everything is at one location, and there’s time to capture details (among other things), we’re confident a single, main photographer will be able to tell a comprehensive story of the day. If there’s no second photographer, an assistant will be present to help the main photographer with miscellaneous things, i.e. fluffing the dress, holding lights, lining up the family formals, etc. Not to worry, as assistant fees are already part of the collection and the couple doesn’t have to worry about them.
Is there a limit to the number of photos you take at a wedding? Of that how many do we get?
There’s no limit to the number of photos we take at a wedding and give to our couples. But historically, we provide on average about 70-90 images per hour that we’re contracted. For example, for a 10-hour wedding, you can expect around 700-900+ images. Naturally, the more time we have for portraits, the more happy and not stressful moments that are taking place, the less driving between locations, and waiting for family and friends to be in the formals photos, the more images we’ll be able to take and give to our couples.