The FourFront
Seattle's Premiere Wedding Photo + Video Company
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FAQ

WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? HOW?


General

 

“How long have you been in business?”

I've been in business since 2008.

 

“What equipment do you use?”

Great question! Check out my Gear page to see the full breakdown.

 

“What if your camera or another piece of your equipment breaks during the shoot?”

Steps have been taken to ensure that you don’t have to worry about the technical aspect of the shoot. I have backup equipment in case something breaks. 

 

“Is there a backup plan if you get sick?”

If I get sick and we are unable to reschedule the photo shoot or I can’t make your wedding/event, there are many other photographers and videographers that I trust to take over for me. These people are all skilled and reliable professionals that I have worked with many times in the past.

 

“We don’t live in the Seattle area. Is it still possible to hire you?”

While the majority of my work takes place from Seattle to Leavenworth and between Bellingham and Olympia, I’m not limited to the area. I’ve traveled to Yellowstone National Park, Boulder, Colorado, and California for work. Traveling for your wedding or event is definitely possible!

 

“Do you charge extra for travel?”

If it's a reasonable distance from the Greater Seattle area, then yes, I will charge extra for travel. Every wedding and event is different, so we'll just need to talk about it when we meet up!

 

“Do you charge tax?”

Yes, sales tax will be added to final package. Rates can be determined HERE.


Wedding

 

“How many weddings have you shot?”

I have photographed over 80 weddings.

 

“Do you need a shot list?”

The only time a shot list is needed is for your family photos at the wedding. This is so no one important is forgotten or left out, as well as making the process as efficient as possible. If you would like to provide me with a shot list I would love to have one, but it's not necessary.

 

"What is an Engagement Adventure?"

Great question! I used to just do "Engagement Sessions", but at the end it always felt like something was missing. We'd go to a local park for a couple hours, take photos, shake hands and leave. The photos always turned out well, but the time could have been used so much better! So now, NEW in 2016, your Engagement Session will instead be an Engagement Adventure. We can go wherever you want for an entire day. You want to go to the Gorge, awesome! What about a hike in Mt. Rainier National Park, or a playful time on the beach at Ocean Shores, or a drive, hike and kayak around the North Cascades Pass? Great, let's do it! You name it, we'll make it happen. We're going to get a phenomenal set of Engagement photos for you, while in the meantime getting to know each other better, sharing stories over a meal or two, and just having a fun day of adventures!

 

“Will I need a second photographer at my wedding?”

Keep in mind that I can only be in one place at a time. Depending on the size and location of your wedding, or even just your personal preference, you may want to talk to me about staffing a second photographer for your wedding. A second photographer can not only capture moments your main photographer will never see, but can also assist me with auxiliary tasks, such as organizing your family members during the family portraits.

 

“What is a first look? And should we do one?”

A first look is when the bride and groom, and typically the bridal party and family, get together with the photographer before the ceremony to take pictures. Over the course of the normal wedding, ties get loosened, shirts get un-tucked, hairdos lose their shape, and sometimes a drink gets spilled on a dress. Doing a first look ensures that pictures get taken right after everyone comes out of the dressing room looking their best. 

Doing a first look is up to you. While it breaks the tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding, it tends to make for a much less stressful wedding day. With the wedding party pictures out of the way, you’re free to enjoy the rest of your wedding without interruption.

 

“Is it ok if other people take photos during the wedding?”

Of course. People attending the wedding will want to remember the special moment themselves.  However, please keep in mind that other people taking their own photos may at times compromise my ability to take good pictures. These days, many couples are asking that their guests refrain from taking pictures, in order to allow the photographer that they paid for to take the best possible photos. 

 

“If my wedding lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?”

Of course! This is your day and I'm here to document as much of it as you want. To cover the additional photography and editing time, the extended stay rate is $50/half-hour.

 

“Do you require a deposit? If so, how much and when is it due?”

In order to reserve your date, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required, which goes toward your final balance.

 

“Do you offer a payment plan?”

There is no set payment plan. The only thing required is that the total balance be paid 30 days prior to your wedding date. You can accomplish this however you choose.

 

What time will you arrive at my wedding?”

Typically 15-30 minutes before you want me to. This allows ample time for me to set gear up, make the proper introductions, and further familiarize myself with the venue.

 

“How will you and your staff be dressed?”

My primary attire is neutral colored slacks, collared shirts and suspenders. The look will be professional, and it should not infringe upon your wedding colors. Any extra staff will be dressed similarly.

 

“How many wedding photos will you deliver when it’s all said and done?”

On average, you will receive 400-600 polished photos. However, this is also contingent on the size of your wedding as well as its running time.

 

“I want to hire you. How far in advance do I need to book you?”

Since dates are always getting booked, calling as soon as possible is the best way to reserve your date. If your date is available, we’ll set up a preliminary meeting to hash out the small details. 

 

“What can I do to make sure that I look good in my photos?”

Being well rested, prepared and relaxed is always the best way to help make sure any kind of photo shoot goes well. Having your outfits picked out the night before, knowing the exact location of where the shoot is taking place and how to get there are just a few things you can do to help make things go smoothly. During the shoot, I do everything I can to make sure the only thing you have to worry about is looking good for the camera.

 

"Who does the video? I thought The FourFront was all photography?"

The FourFront consists of a team of creatives, so we will provide you with everything you need, all under one contract. Easy for you, huh?!

 

“Do I need to sign two contracts? One for photo and another for video?”

Nope! Everything will be bundled into one contract. 

 

“How does payment work? Do I need to pay for photo and video separately?”

If you book both Photo + Video you will only have to worry about one contract with one payment plan. 

 

“Do we get to pick the music for our video?”

Yes! It’s your video so you get to pick out the tunes. Eight or nine songs are usually required for both the trailer and the full-length version of your video. If you need any suggestions, I’ve always got some good ideas for the soundtrack.

 

“How long does it take to get our video?”

Your video will be completed and accessible on Vimeo.com within 3-5 weeks of your wedding.

 

“Do you offer same day edit?”

Unfortunately not. We've found that in order to deliver the level of quality we like, it is best to take the needed time to properly work through all the footage.

 

“Can we meet to see if we are a good fit?”

Of course! We're located in Olympia and can usually meet you somewhere between our locations.


Corporate

 

“How many events have you shot?”

I have photographed over 50 different events for more than 20 different companies.

 

“How many photographers/videographers will I need to hire?”

Great question! The location, attendance, and timing of your event all play a role in determining the staffing requirement for your event. We usually go over these details during our preliminary meeting. 

 

“Who are your extra photographers/videographers?”

As someone that has been in the creative industry for more than seven years, I’ve developed a broad network with other professional creatives not just in Seattle, but also up and down the west coast as well as a few in New York City. They are all amazing at what they do, and are well versed in the pace and expectations of working events.

 

“Do you require a deposit? If so, how much and when is it due?”

I ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit to reserve us for your event, which will go towards your final balance. An additional 30% must be paid one week before your event, and the remaining 50% balance must be paid within 14 days of the end of your event.

 

“Do you need a shot list?”

Shot lists aren’t required, but they can be useful, especially if this is the first time I’ve worked with you.

 

“What time will you arrive?”

Typically I will arrive 30-60 minutes before you want me to. This allows me time to get my gear set up, introduce myself to other event operations members, and walk through the venue.

 

“How will you and your assistants be dressed?”

My primary attire is neutral colored slacks, collared shirts and suspenders. The look will be professional. Any extra staff will be dressed similarly.