ASK US ANYTHING!
If you have a specific question, please reach out! After over 10 years in the industry, I have seen and experienced a LOT! I would love to answer any of your questions, refer vendors, help you create a timeline, offer suggestions on locations or what to wear. Some of the most commonly asked questions are answered below!
Do you travel?
The very short answer to that is, YES! I have an incredible wanderlust. The longer answer is, we take on a few travel projects per year. If your elopement or wedding happens to be one of my bucket list locations- we will shoot/film at a deeply discounted rate if you cover our travel expenses! Contact me to chat about it!
do you deliver every image you shoot?
No, we do not. We eliminate duplicates, test shots, missed focus shots, bad expressions or other images that may dilute the overall quality of the finished product. With our expertise of processing thousands of images per year, we are confident in our ability to provide MANY wonderful images that capture your day!
Who will be the photographer or videographer for our wedding?
Stefanie is the main photographer for Joie de Vivre Photography, and her husband Chris is the main videographer. Ashleigh is our associate photographer who can be available to shoot and film as a lead or as a second. All images and films are edited by Stefanie for continuity in style.
What kind of portraits do you do?
We do all kinds! Maternity, newborn, kids, families, seniors, engagements ,wedding, in-home lifestyle, commercial, and or social media influencers! I love that by not sticking to only one style of photography, I am able to constantly feel inspired and challenged, and not burned out and tired.
Can I see a full event or portrait session from start to finish?
YES! Contact me for a link to a recent wedding in its entirety! You can also see my entire body of recent work HERE! (my digital download gallery for all my clients!)
Do you edit all of our images?
Yes! Every single image that will be delivered in your gallery will be hand-edited for color correction, exposure adjustment, clarity, tone, sharpness and selective black and white processing. If you are looking for advanced editing techniques- such as blemish removal, head swapping, skin smoothing, etc, I am happy to do this on your absolute favorite images on a case by case basis. For extensive retouching of more than a few images, I charge an hourly rate.
What type of equipment do you use?
While talent and skill CAN make up for lower quality gear, having professional equipment is really important! I shoot with two Canon 5d Mark IV cameras & a Mark III for backup. I have all Canon L series lenses, as well as the Sigma ART line.
How long does it take to get my images back?
My turnaround time for images is around 2 weeks or less. Often I will have a sneak peek for you within 48 hours! Video takes around 8 weeks, although the contract will state 12-16 weeks for full completion in case of delay.
how many images do you typically deliver from a portrait/engagement session? from a wedding?
We typically deliver anywhere from 50-70 images per full hour session. Mini sessions are between 20-40. For a wedding, we typically deliver 60-80 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.
what size can we print our photos up to with our full resolution download?
In most cases, you can print your photos up to 20x30 without any quality loss. If you'd like to print larger than that, additional post production MAY be required.
What rights do we have with our digital images?
You have the right to reprint images whenever you want! I strongly recommend ordering through me, however, to ensure best quality. You may also share the images and post in social media. However, you may not sell images for profit or publish your images without written consent. You are also not allowed to do any further editing, other than cropping for print.
Do you offer any weekday or off-season discounts?
We do not offer discounts on weekday weddings and off season weddings. As you may know, wedding season is almost year round here in sunny California. Because of that, we are shooting throughout the year. If you have a special circumstance, please email me to chat about it.
Do you backup our images? how can we be sure that our images wont be lost?
Yes! During the event, we shoot on two cards at the same time, which instantly creates a backup. As soon as I return home from the wedding, I immediately begin importing the images to my computer, a backup hard drive, AND an off-site cloud storage. I also do not delete the card, until the images are edited and delivered. At any given time, there is no less than three individual copies of your images. Technology malfunctions are rare, but they do happen, and I do my utmost to preserve your precious memories!
do you have liability insurance?
This is an important question! Yes!I do! Many venues require the photographer to have liability insurance. So before hiring Uncle Joe, make sure he's covered. ;)
we're busy, and might not be able to meet. Are there other options?
We love to meet our couples ahead of time! However, if you're too busy or too far away, we can handle everything remotely. Technology is an amazing thing- lets face-time, Skype, or even a good old fashioned telephone call will work! We can meet in person during our engagement session, or in some cases- on your wedding day! I promise you'll like me. ;)
Do you travel to meet clients?
Due to my schedule limitations, I cannot travel to meet clients. I live in gorgeous wine country, Temecula, and I'm happy to meet you for coffee or lunch at my favorite spots so we can get to know each other!
How do i reserve you for my date?
All dates are reserved once we receive your signed contract and retainer! All of which can be done through email, PayPal/Zelle or Venmo. I'm easy! The balance of your package is due on or before the day of the wedding.
Is there an additional fee if we pay via credit card?
Yes. The retail adjustment fee for all credit card transactions is 3% of the charge amount.
If we cancel the wedding, will we recieve our retainer back?
Unfortunately, no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. Once we have reserved your date, we do not accept new clients for that day. In the case that your wedding date does get booked by someone else, I will happily return your retainer.
Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session or wedding day shoot?
For the engagement session, travel fees will apply if not shot in the Temecula area. Travel fees for San Diego, Riverside, Orange and LA counties range between $60-100. For the wedding day, travel is included to San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties. Travel to Los Angeles county will have a $100-150 travel fee. For travel abroad- lets chat about it!
What is your portrait session rescheduling/canceling policy?
For portrait sessions, during the holiday season (sept-dec) payment is due for the session upon booking. If you need to cancel or reschedule your date, you may do so with no penalty up to 7 days before. If the session is within 48 hours, only emergency situations can be refunded/rescheduled. Holiday sessions are often booked back to back, with limited availability, so a last minute cancellation or a no-show will not be refunded. Thank you for understanding!
Please let me know if you have any additional questions!