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Weddings

Wedding Packages begin at $2,500 and all packages include photographer Vida Walker and a minimum of 6 hours coverage on the wedding day, engagement session, full resolution edited images on DVD with print permissions and private online gallery for proofing and the following deliverables:

– 10X10 Custom Reception Album with a collection of photos from the engagement session

– 16X20 print of your choice from the engagement session suitable for framing

I offer a full array of additional items and options including press printed custom designed Save-The-Dates, invitations and gallery wraps.  Please contact the studio and let me personalize the perfect package for you.

WHAT TYPE OF WEDDING STYLE DO YOU HAVE?
  I cover weddings in a very journalistic style.  While I am very hands-off and unobtrusive in my coverage of the day I do believe that there is a time and place for gorgeous, casually posed images of the bride and groom together. So while I won’t stop you and make you pose while cutting the cake, I would like about an hour (or more!) alone with you both (if possible) sometime during the day to create some images of you without your wedding party or guests looking on. I also believe strongly in preserving all of the details of the wedding; from your cake to your shoes, so my work is very flush with detailed images. My images of the guests at the wedding are almost 100% journalistic and I won’t stop entire tables at the reception and make them pose for “table shots”, preferring instead to capture them laughing, smiling, dancing, drinking, and having a great time.

DO YOU STILL TAKE POSED FAMILY SHOTS? 
Absolutely. Those images are very important, as they are records of your entire family at an important time in their history together. A few weeks before your wedding I will send you a questionnaire covering the details of the day and among the other questions is a list of posed images – these are the family groupings that I traditionally photograph at each wedding. You will have space to write in your own additional groupings. PLEASE bear in mind that the hallmark of my coverage is journalistic and real-time, so a very long list of posed images will hinder my ability to cover the event in a documentary manner.  I provide you with nine groupings and strongly suggest your final list include no more than 12 or 13 total. These groupings are quick, easy, and largely informal.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?  YOU TRAVEL? RIGHT?
  I live in Missoula, Montana… but don’t let that throw you off, I spend a large part of my time traveling all over Montana to shoot.  If you live outside the area please contact me for a travel quote.  Typically I only ask that you book and cover my lodging and mileage.  I take care of the rest such as meals, etc.

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL COVER MY WEDDING DAY?  
One. Vida typically shoots by herself, however, if you feel you require a second photographer arrangements can be made for an additional fee.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET OUR PRODUCTS OR IMAGES?  
Online galleries are posted within four to six weeks of the wedding date.  Album layouts are ready for proofing within eight weeks and upon final approval of album designs most albums are ready for delivery within six weeks of your final approval.

HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I GET?
  The number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, type of events.

DO WE GET TO KEEP THE NEGATIVES? 
I provide the high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives) with all of my packages. When the files are released to you I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on.  You will get a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families.

DO YOU COME TO THE REHEARSAL? 
 Rehearsal dinner coverage is available if you’d like to add it to your collection; otherwise I do not attend the rehearsals.

HOW DOES THE ALBUM PROCESS WORK?  
I give you up to six months to select the images for your album, should your collection include one. If you don’t select your images within that time frame I will make a first draft design for you. You do get to preview your album design and make changes. Once you approve the layout you’ll sign off on the book and it will go to print. All of this process can be completed online simply and easily. Once you choose your images it takes about four – six weeks to produce your first draft and changes generally take four business days to complete.

Some of my clients trust me to pick all the photos for a first draft and then begin making changes from there.  It can be overwhelming to select from so many pictures.

WHAT WILL MY ALBUM LOOK LIKE? 
You have two choices – in a traditional style book your images are printed on photographic paper and set down in mats. The pictures and the pages are separate from each other. I also offer press printed, lay flat albums, which are much more economical and just as beautiful plus this option is custom designed digital layouts with much more creative options.

WHAT IS THE ONLINE GALLERY?
  The online gallery is a private, password protected section on my website where all of your wedding photographs will be placed for you and your family and friends to view. It is also a secure shopping cart – which allows you (and your family and friends) to order prints and cards and select album prints online. All you have to do is provide the password to anyone who you want to be able to view the images.

CAN YOU HOLD A DATE FOR ME? 
I’m sorry, but I can’t hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone I can’t “hold” a date without a retainer and a signed contract.

WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
 A booking fee/retainer of approx. $500 is due to reserve your date. 50% of your balance is due 90 days before your event with the final amount due 30 days before the wedding. If booking under thirty days before the wedding the entire contract amount is due at the time of signing.

CAN WE PAY YOU PART OF THE AMOUNT AFTER THE WEDDING? 
 No, I’m sorry, but we do require full payment thirty days before the event.

I HAVE TO CANCEL MY WEDDING CAN I HAVE MY RETAINER BACK?  
No. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that I will hold the date exclusively for you and once you’ve signed the contract I do turn down all other commissions for that date.

IS WE DECIDE TO COMMISSION YOU FOR OUR WEDDING, WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK?

ASAP. Since I cannot “hold” dates or “pencil you in”, dates are booked when…well, when they’re booked.

DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU AT THE RECEPTION?  
It would be really lovely if you did. It doesn’t have to be the same as your sit-down meal (many caterers offer “vendor meals” as an add-on option) but feeding ensures I stay cheerful, mobile, and that that I don’t faint from starvation.  I prefer to be fed when YOU are fed, not afterwards, because when you are eating you’re not at your most photogenic. And when you’re done, I want to be done as well to continue your coverage.

CAN OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TAKE PICTURES AT THE WEDDING? WILL THAT BOTHER YOU?
 Of course they can and it doesn’t bother me in the least bit! I do request they not swarm the family photographs right away because I’d prefer all eyes facing me in your images, but I don’t mind at all if they snap away from the background. I do 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! I welcome other cameras during dancing, cake cutting, and other events just ask politely if people could please not push me out of the way.

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