How how long have you been a professional photographer?
I've had the great privilege to be a professional for 8 years and an amateur for longer
How many weddings have I shot?
I've lost track to be sure, but I'm well into the hundreds.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use top of the line Canon digital camera bodies and lenses, as well as a plethora of additional flash accessories, and have a few secret weapons in my arsenal.
How many images do you take?
A lot! You'll receive an average of 75-100 finished images per hour. So for a 10 hour wedding or session, expect to receive around 750-1000 polished images from your day.
What's included with each package?
Weddings: That depends. Each of my four wedding packages adds value as one goes from the Essentials to the Premier package. You can see what is included by downloading my brochure and price sheet HERE or by clicking the "Investment" tab.
Portraiture: You will receive BOTH color and black/white images. Hypothetically, if I shoot 100 separate images during a family portrait session, you will receive an estimated 100 color and 100 black/white on a USB, DVD, or digital download link.
What forms of payment do you take?
Ryan Brandoff Photography takes credit / debit card, cash and check.
Can you hold our wedding date?
Unfortunately I cannot, RBP takes a limited amount of clients per year and cannot hold a date until a retainer and signed contract have been received.
What kind of retainer do you require and when is final payment due?
Weddings: I require a $500 minimum retainer for weddings and the final payment is due 30 days prior to the wedding.
Portraits: No deposit is required
Where are you located?
I'm located in the great city of Chicago, in the Portage Park neighborhood.
Are you available for destination weddings? Do you charge a travel fee?
Of course! I love to travel, especially for weddings! I can travel both stateside and internationally. As for a travel fee, I do not charge for local weddings within 50 miles of Chicago If I need to fly, I charge for the cost of a plane ticket and 2 nights hotel stay.
Do we need to feed you at the wedding?
Yes, please! It's a very long day, and I'll need my energy for the late night. I request to eat; what (same dish), where (same room), and when (same time) as you do.
How long until we can see our photos?
During the heart of wedding season, the average time it takes to edit your images, process, and scan takes 4-8 weeks. However, there will be previews uploaded to Facebook within 48 hours that you'll be able to share with friends and family.
Do you have Insurance?
Yes, I absolutely do. It is also one of the most important questions you need to ask your vendors. I carry a $1,000,000 general liability policy, along with property and indemnity coverage.
How far in advance do you book?
On average, I book weddings 6-12 months out and other sessions are subject to availability. Typically, one or more months for portrait sessions.
Do you offer engagement sessions?
Absolutely! Depending on the wedding package selected, in most cases the engagement session is included with the commission.
Do you turn down weddings?
It’s so important that we’re a good fit. A majority of your wedding day will be spent with your photographer, so we must mesh well as a team and be on the same page. I am NOT the photographer for everyone and that’s okay. Please review my portfolio to see if your style expectations match my own photographic style. Ideally, an initial consultation either in my studio, out for coffee or lunch helps us get to know one another and if we’re the right fit. If we’re not able to meet in person, Skype conversations also work out well.
How will you be dressed at the wedding?
I typically like to dress sharp for most weddings. You'll likely see me in a vest and tie with dress pants and shoes.
What is a PPA member?
A PPA member is a membership designation that shows that I belong to the Professional Photographers of America. It provides insurance resources, networking capabilities within the organization, as well as continuing education opportunities. You can find out more about the PPA HERE