Commonly asked questions and answers to assist you.
Often wedding couples don’t realize how much time is needed to fully capture their wedding day. This may be a helpful guideline.
Detail images of dress, shoes, ring, etc. - 30 minutes
Bride and Groom preparation – 60 minutes
Bridal and Groomal individual portraits – 60 minutes
First look and couple portraits – 60 minutes
Wedding party images – 45 - 60 minutes
Formals of family and friends – 30 - 45 minutes
Ceremony and venue details – 20 minutes
Reception: first dance, couple alone time – 60 minutes
Engagement sessions will be completed from 4-6 weeks.
I encourage this as soon as possible to allow all post production to be finished, say at least 8 weeks before your wedding date, and 10 weeks if you’d like to display an album for your wedding guests to view.
I’ll typically deliver 50-75 images per 2-hour engagement session, and provide 50-75 images per hour for your wedding. This will vary depending on the size of the wedding party, reception events, and so forth.
Absolutely, and this is included with your wedding collection.
Darker more muted colors photograph well. Busy patterns or very bright or white clothing will distract from your portraiture, as the eye is naturally drawn to the brightest part of an image. You may not like something very trendy a couple of years from now; something more timeless will work best.
For high school seniors, clothing that reflects who you are and tells your story can also be fun. And you’re welcome to make clothing changes for different looks at your session.
Yes, I’m an event photographer experienced in photographing under multiple conditions and circumstances with the ability to get the job done. Some of the most beautiful photography is actually captured during less than optimal weather conditions. I’d love to cover your celebration.
Yes, I’m a fully experienced photographer in multiple genres. You can view my work here and on my social media pages.
As a general rule, no. I eliminate duplicates, blurs, poor expressions or other images that dilute the quality of the images I deliver. I spend hours creating the best images I can. Sometimes an image is somewhat imperfect but contains priceless expressions. These I’ll always include. These images stir the soul and bring fond remembrance. With prior arrangement and additional investment I do allow purchase of all images of a wedding.
As a general rule you can print your photos up to 20×30 inches depending on the medium you print on. Anything larger would require additional post processing. Please contact me if this is the case.
Val Judy Photography will assign the right to reprint images whenever you wish.
Images given to you are in full resolution jpeg format. Typically I don’t provide RAW image files from the session because the images I deliver to you are edited according to my style and artistic vision. RAW images don’t allow me to deliver a fully finished, professional, quality image. My collections come with a full resolution image, professionally edited and finished.
I typically provide 50-75 images for an engagement session, and 50-75 images per hour of coverage for a wedding. This is only an estimate, as the size of the wedding party, the number of hours/events/activities that need coverage, and whether a second photographer is assisting.
There is a $100 replacement charge for additional downloads after the session or event has been photographed, up to 1 year, after which they will no longer be available. I strongly recommend you make at least one additional copy to keep in a safe place.
Photography is so much more than just having a nice camera and clicking the shutter, just as there is more to painting a masterpiece than picking a really nice brush and mixing some oil on a palette.
Look for someone skilled in his trade and look at their work. If you don’t like what you see in their portfolio, you’re not going to get something you like on your wedding day.
A good camera does not a great photographer make. Imagine someone handing you the exact brushes and palette Rembrandt used and then expect you to paint a masterpiece. It doesn’t make sense, does it? It really is the same with photography and any other art form. Creating beautiful imagery is hard work, and happens more often after intense struggle and preparation. Don’t be the one to hire a “guy with a camera” and expect great results.
A professional photographer’s technical skills will save the day when it comes to challenging conditions with time constraints. A professional’s artistic skills will allow them to use the tools they have to create beautiful, artistic images, knowing how the camera is going to capture a scene.
This goes a long way to help make your wedding day a success. Choose a photographer who knows what to expect and can help smooth things over. A helpful personality will solve problems and help the whole process along.
You’re going to be spending quite a bit of time with your photographer on the most important day of your life. Someone who can relate to you and work with your wishes in mind will very much enhance your wedding day experience.
During any wedding event, many stories happen, and happen more often with larger wedding parties.
Other unique moments like that dance of the bride and her father or other wonderful emotional expressions will more likely be captured with more resources available, such as a second photographer.
With the proper lighting equipment your photographer will be able to capture great images, even during low light conditions. When low light conditions prevail such as candle light or perhaps the first dance, lighting equipment will make a difference literally like night and day.
Without the right equipment very low light conditions will probably cause images to have noise and may be blurry, even with an expensive lens.
During our initial consultation I can provide you album samples to look at, admire, and hold in your hands. This is an amazing experience if you’ve never seen these albums, something you just can’t get by looking on-line. You just can’t get a sense of the weight, the quality, the texture, the satin-like finish of these albums.
I so wish we had something like this for my own wedding, instead of the cheesy, slide-in mount for a dozen or so pictures. These lay flat albums display 40-50images, depending on design. And these albums can easily be expanded to tell you story more completely, with a reasonable, additional per page charge.
Your wedding album will be one of your most treasured possessions. I am really excited to provide this service to my clients. This will be something to warm your heart and bring a smile when you browse through these pages, fondly remembering these priceless moments from your wedding day. This is something you can proudly display on your coffee table or display case to share with friends and relatives.
These albums are sturdy, with thick, lay-flat pages with an amazing finish and texture. They're beautiful, tangible, and real. It is a precious record that tells the story of your day and how it began. I know you’ll love it, your parents will love it, your children will love it. I’ll make the process as easy as I possibly can, and provide you the opportunity to review and approve the final layout.
Literally the sky is the limit. We now have access to not just contemporary mediums like canvas, but many others such as metallic, acrylic, and a host of paper types.
There are too many to mention here, but I would be happy to show you a sample album and prints at our initial consultation or our ordering session.
As an artist I seek to make the image and its expression the very best I can. Sometimes that image calls for black and white, most of the time color. For a small fee I can do additional editing on a photo to color or black and white.
Once I know your preferences I can photograph and edit according to your wishes.
Your high resolution images will not be watermarked, unless you wish them so.
At Val Judy Photography my philosophy is to capture genuine, emotion filled expressions from those I photograph, enhanced with an eye for quality, fashion and fine art. I really do enjoy being creative using all the technical capabilities my equipment allows. This really enhances the quality of the image and brings that “Wow” factor that everyone wants in the images created on this most important day. The masters use lighting, detail, and perspective to draw the eye into the image and create interest.
I study the masters all the time to bring these time tested techniques into my imagery and artistry all to tell your story of your day! There’s nothing more enjoyable than that. Just browse through my portfolio and blog to see the style and quality of imagery I can create for you.
I have created great work in poor lighting conditions and circumstances, so the answer is yes! If the particular venue allows, I can set up additional lighting.
Some chapels/churches don’t allow flash photography, so I do have available a great camera with good low-light performance and lenses that allow more light in.
Due to my schedule limitations I can only travel in the Southeast Idaho area. If you’re outside this area I’m happy to set up a Skype session to discuss options for your upcoming event or portrait session.
If the wedding is cancelled within 30 days of the scheduled ceremony, unfortunately no. Once your event/session is booked, I can’t accept any other clients for the date you reserve and lose the opportunity to photograph them, and this represents my lost opportunity.
If the wedding date is moved you may use your retainer fee towards a future date if the date is open. I will reschedule on an individual basis.
Unfortunately I don’t provide framing services but I’d be happy to provide you with recommendations on where to purchase and frame your images.