Working with Scott
How would you describe Scott’s style?
While the formal photography may be on the traditional side (getting the assorted family portraits and ceremonial photos everyone expects), once the party begins Scott becomes more photojournalistic, capturing the fun scenes happening all around. Scott’s goal is to be unobtrusive, yet capture all of the day’s precious moments. He wants to capture important events as they happen — quickly and without intruding on the celebration.
How do we reserve Scott for our planned event date?
As soon as Scott receives your signed contract and retainer payment, your date is reserved on his calendar. It never hurts to plan ahead and reserve your photographer well in advance of your event.
Does Scott offer standard packages?
Scott does have assorted set packages that he has found fills most of his clients needs. If not, he can work with each client using his “a la carte” pricing to create an individual package that is the correct fit for them.
Is there a minimum time commitment for Scott’s work at our event?
Not necessarily, every event is different. This depends on how far in advance the event date will be.
How can we be sure that our images won’t be lost?
Scott’s first task after an event is to download all the raw images to his computer, as well as a back-up hard drive. Once edited, the final images you’ll be receiving are stored on two hard drives at Scott’s location, as well as an offsite Cloud Storage site.
How do I know if Scott has experience at our event venue?
Scott has photographed events at many of the venues throughout the Bay Area. Rest assured, if it’s a new location, Scott will visit the venue a week or two in advance of the event to check out lighting and review venue requirements. He will also arrive early to your event, and perform a complete walk-through to identify the best possible locations and angles for both staged and candid photos.
How do I see the photos from my event?
Scott posts all of his events online, enabling all of the client’s family and friends, both in town and out-of-town, to view the photos and purchase prints online. If you would like an 8.5″x11″ proof portfolio, or individual 4″x6″ proofs from the event, those are offered in the various photography packages.
Will Scott provide every photo as part of the proof package?
No. As part of the service provided, Scott reviews all photos and eliminates those that do not live up to his quality standards. Test shots are often required that the client would not receive. And while candid shots often capture highly emotional moments, they may also yield some unfortunate or embarrassing facial expressions. These would not be provided to the client either. Rather than expect clients to review and evaluate every single photograph, Scott carefully prunes from the entire set and presents the best of the best for client review.
What sort of post-production work does Scott provide?
As a professional photographer, Scott works to make every photo perfect. Some may require adjustments such as color corrections, exposure adjustments, or other touch-up work to remove minor distractions from an otherwise-perfect moment. Extensive Photoshopping (removal of facial blemishes, removal of braces, etc.) is available at an extra expense, based on time requirements.
Who chooses the photos for the album(s)?
The client typically chooses the photographs themselves. But to get the ball rolling, Scott is more than willing to sit down with the client to choose photos together.
What are my album options?
Scott offers custom Designer albums that have become the rage in recent years. These are leather-bound albums, not the inexpensively produced thin-paged coffee table style albums that Shutterfly and other online sites have made available. Because many of Scott’s photographs are taken with the album in mind, his albums are individually designed by Scott himself (not an outside service) to make the best use of the photos provided.
How long will it take to get my album?
Once you have chosen the photos to be included (with help from Scott, if you’d like), a design will be submitted for your approval within two weeks. This design can then be fine-tuned with any changes you would like made. Once approved, the album is in production for 3-4 weeks.