Is David the only photographer?
Yes david is the sole and primary photographer of David Abel Photography.
Does David have an assistant?
David Abel does have an assistant there for lighting and lenses keeping track of time walking me through formals etc. However when they are not helping out they are also shooting.
Does David go from table to table to photograph each guest at the reception?
David never goes from table to table at the reception to photograph each guest (what is commonly known as table shots) but instead endeavors to capture people interacting naturally. David commonly achieves this by photographing on the dance floor, he finds that by staying close to the dance floor he doesn't bother guests who don't want to be photographed and he gets more real emotion and moments. However, he doesn't mind taking a few photos of guests here and there if asked to.
How long does it take to get our images?
Your online galleries are posted with in six weeks printed proofs are available with in nine weeks of the wedding date. The proofs are usually delivered durring the album consultation. Upon final approval of the album design most albums are ready for pick up with in twelve weeks.
How many photos will we get?
We never limit the amount of images we deliver but typically deliver between 50 and 75 images per hour.
Does David provide digital files from the wedding?
We provide color corrected high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). We do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. If you need we are glad to provide you with a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families.
Does David photograph the rehearsal or rehearsal dinner?
Rehearsal or rehearsal dinner coverage is available if you would like to add it to your collection; otherwise David does not attend rehearsals.
How does the album design process work?
What you can expect is for David to have a first draft of your album done. David will design the album the way he would design it for his own wedding or the way he would design if he were submitting it to competition. 95% of his clients love this design that he has created and go with it, but should you wish to change out images, or choose color instead of black and white he can also do that for you. The consultation takes about 1 hour and he'll go through each spread in detail. Depending on the print credit that you have left in your collection there may be an upgrade fee associated with the design that he creates, though you are under no obligation to purchase more, some clients also have left over print credit after the album process which they commonly use towards the purchase of coffee table books for their parents.
What will our album look like?
Amazing, for more examples visit our albums gallery.
Does David photograph engagement sessions?
Yes, engagement sessions are included in every collection at no extra charge. These are integral to the process since it allows David to see how you two act together, in front of the camera, and you get to see how he works too. Would you like for the first time I photograph you to be at your wedding?
Does David have insurance?
What type of equipment does David use?
Top of the line professional Canon cameras and lenses and extensive backups, it's just how he rolls.
How long has David been in business?
David has been in business since 2006.
Can you hold a date for me?
I'm sorry but we can't hold your date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone we can't "hold" a date with out a retainer and signed contract. We accept bookings on a first come basis.
What is the payment schedule like?
We divide all payments into thirds. One third is due at the signing of the contract, one third is due halfway between the signing of the contract and the wedding date. The final third is due one month before the wedding date.
Can we pay a portion of the amount after the wedding?
No, I'm sorry, we do require full payment before the event.
I have to cancel my wedding, may I have my retainer back?
Unfortunately you cannot. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that we will hold the date exclusively for you and once you've signed the contract we do turn down all other commissions for that date.
What if you, like, die?
If David dies we can guarantee he will not be at your wedding - which would be rather sad. However, we will still supply you with coverage from our contracted assistant or second shooter (based on your contract). David is also a member of many national and local organizations and networking groups upon which we could call to find you a replacement photographer. His wife is also a photographer, and while his untimely demise would pain her terribly she would be able to work to find you a suitable replacement photographer.
If we decide to book with David Abel Photography for our wedding when should we book?
Our most ideal couples know they have to have us, and they book right away because they don’t want to risk the chance that someone else will book us before they can.
Do you offer discounts for off season or non saturday events?
No, we only take a limited number of clients a year to ensure quality and service, because of this we do not offer any discounts.
Do we need to feed you at the reception?
You would be our best friend if you did! We actually don't need the same sit down meal that you two receive (many caterers offer "vendor meals" as an add on option which we actually prefer because it means we eat when you eat and therefore don't miss anything).
Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras? Will that bother you?
We don't mind family snapping a few photos here and there from the background, but when a guest a camera with the intent of photographing the whole day it becomes difficult to work around. David does not allow family or friends to come along for the bridal images or the images of you two alone for privacy purposes and because, frankly, other people can be distracting! He welcomes other cameras during dancing, cake cutting, and other events just asks politely if people could please not push him out of the way, stand across from him, and respect his presence.