- Style: What type of photography do you do?
- Do you take posed family images?
- Can we give you a shot list of photographs we want you to take?
- How much time should we allot for formals and other events on the wedding day?
- Does Stephanie have a second shooter or another photographer?
- What kind of editing do you do?
- How long does it take to get our products and images?
- How many pictures will we get?
- Do we get to keep the negatives?
- How does the album design process work?
- What will my album look like?
- Do you have insurance?
- What kind of equipment do you use?
- How long have you been doing this?
- Can you hold the date for me or “pencil me in”?
- What is your payment schedule like?
- I have to cancel my wedding. Can I have my retainer back?
- What if an emergency happens and Stephanie has to miss the wedding she’s supposed to shoot?
- If we decide to commission Stephanie for our wedding, when should we book?
- If we run overtime, will you stay?
- Do you offer discounts for off-season or non-Saturday events?
- Do we need to feed you at the reception?
- Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras?
- Can family and friends come along for the images of the bride and groom alone?
- What’s a “First Look”
- I’m not sure I want a first look. Is that okay?
- What are the hard-and-fast rules of a perfect wedding?
- a little more info...
What type of photography do you do? Our focus is on posed photojournalistic, candid, and romantic portraiture style of photography. We carefully and artfully fuse timeless technique with contemporary style to create the most comprehensive coverage of your wedding. Our style highlights the laughter, tears, and passion that you and your guests will be feeling, unobtrusively. We understand that each couple is unique in their style, personality, and biography and we strive to produce images that reflect that individuality. We represent the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in wedding photography. We feel honored to be participants in every wedding we shoot and treat both the day and the people involved with the highest level of respect. Most of all, weddings are a day filled with beauty and magic that emerges with gentle guidance. We believe our job is to capture that magic in the most authentic way - gracefully, honestly, joyfully. Our approach is timeless yet contemporary and always in the best of taste. We strive for the perfect combination of timeless elegance, sophistication, and fresh style.
Absolutely! These types of portraits are as invaluable as they are beautiful, and I want to make sure that your entire family’s happiness is captured on your big day. A few weeks before your wedding, I’ll send you a detailed questionnaire where you can describe the family groupings you require. Although it’s tempting to request a huge list of posed images, I recommend that you limit yourself to about 12 tried-and-true groupings. These photos will turn out wonderfully, but what I’ve found in my years of experience is that the images families most treasure are my real-time coverage and photojournalistic portraits that reflect the indescribable loveliness and bustle of a wedding day.
Other than the family groupings, no. We will talk at length before the wedding about all the important details: your important relatives and friends, your significant gestures and items, your vision for the photography, and so on. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I pride myself on fully capturing the one-of-a-kind beauty of each bride and groom’s big day. Besides making sure that I’m capturing what we’ve discussed as important to you, rest assured that I will also automatically have the “shot lists” found in major bridal magazines covered. So on your wedding day, all you need to do is relax, celebrate and leave business of recording the magic to me.
It really varies by wedding. I’d love to sit down with you to help create your wedding day timeline, and can give you advice on how long your specific family formals will take. Don’t worry—I know how to get through these quickly, efficiently and gracefully. A big timing factor is whether or not the bride and groom choose to see each other before the wedding. If you choose not to, we can usually get most of the must-take formals finished prior to the ceremony. If you choose to have a first look, however, I guarantee we can finish all the formals beforehand. Personally, I prefer this option and have captured some of my most beautiful and evocative bride-and-groom portraits in this way.
Yes, and they play a key role in my wedding day coverage. While I’m creating formal keepsake photos, my second photographer is capturing those same images from a different angle, which frequently yields wonderful and unexpected results. Yantz Photography sends two photographers to cover each event, and the two work together to cover the day from multiple angles, ensuring that we’ll capture those magical moments you might not even have noticed!
After each shoot there are a few necessary steps that get our images from the lens to you.
All of our images start in a RAW file format. What does this mean for you? In simple terms, there is a bit of necessary processing every image has to undergo before it is in a format suitable for printing. This first image is our 'original' - which is our (almost) straight from camera file - the only processing done here was a straight conversion from a RAW (.nef) file to a printable (.jpg) file.
our typical 4 step processing schedule: (all stages explained below) 1- raw straight out of camera download. 2- all proofs are automaticaly balanced. 3- your slide show highlight images are selected and lightly edited for an online slide show. 4- and finally your chosen album images are finely edited, finished, and ready for printing.
1-: STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA: The original images are beautiful and completely printable but with some fine editing including color enhancements, removal of background photographers, and sharpening the final image will be gorgeous.
2- ALL PROOFS EDITING: In the proofing stage, we run all images captured through a computer program that automatically processes the images, balances the contrast and saturation. Every image you receive will exist in this color enhanced 'proof' stage.
3- SLIDE SHOW/PHOTPGRAPHER PICKS EDITS: We create a collection of highlight images that retell your wedding day perfectly. Our slide show creation step in preparing your images is to 1-choose the best highlight images,2-edit (*slide show edit) and enhance the images, and 3-create an online slide show for you to share with family while you choose your album images. The images from the slide show collection are typically the images chosen for the album, they are generally agreed to be the best of the best from your whole wedding portfolio. These special few (typically 200+/- or so from weddings) make up the photographers picks/slide show images. This third phase is one the most time-consuming (but totally worthwhile!) part of our editing process. Your slide show images are our photographers picks images, they are the best from your wedding. They exist in a world where colors are bolder, skies are bluer, and everything is vibrant. We address global issues here: overall exposure, color balance, sharpness, density, and some skin softening. We also play with tone and mood to better suit each image and each event. A coverage only package ends editing here.
Our slide show images are more edited than the proofs. Our proofs and slide show images only address the most major issues listed above and don't cross over into blemish removal and so forth.
4- FINE EDITING if an album package is purchased: For album we finely edit each and every image that will appear in print. Within our company standard fine editing we address: skin softening & tone, blemish removal, all over image exposure/contrast, color correction, minor wrinkle removal, eye and teeth enhancements, and sharpening. As a studio we tend to stay on the less-is-more side of the retouching scale. Bottom line: we want you to recognize yourself in the work. We try to go for a flawless look rather than loosing all personal characteristics.
All of our clients receive ALL 3 stages of editing: proofs, slide show images, and the album fine edits. That's important to note, as most studios only deliver the proof version only.
Your online slide show is posted within five weeks of the wedding date. Digital proof files are available within six weeks of the wedding date. Upon final design approval, most albums are ready for delivery within 12 weeks.
The number of photographs we take depends on many things, including what type of event it is, how many guests there are, what the hours of coverage will be, and so on. Our bare minimum is 2000 images, but on the average, we shoot around 3000.
We provide you with today’s equivalent of negatives: high-resolution digital files. When the files are released to you, we will also provide you with a list of resources from which to get quality prints. We always retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. We will give you a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families.
If your collection includes an album, I will give you six months to select the images for your album. This can be overwhelming with so many images to choose from, so if you aren’t able to select your images within that time frame or if you want help, I will make a first draft design for you. Then you’ll get to preview your album’s designs and be able to make up to three rounds of changes to it without incurring a change-fee. (We can make additional changes after that, but I’ll need to charge you.) Once you approve the layout, I will help you choose your album cover style, color, imprinting and other small details. When it’s ready to go, you’ll sign off on it and it will go to print. I know that sounds complicated and difficult, but it really isn’t—it can all be completed online! Once you select your images, it takes about four to six weeks to produce your first draft.
There are two categories of wedding albums: A more traditional wedding album where your images are printed on photographic paper and set down in mats. Each image is hand-mounted into the page, and the pages are separate from each other. A more modern wedding album (which is our most popular item) where the images are printed directly onto the pages, much like in a professional coffee table book. Whichever option you choose, we have several different beautiful styles.
I only shoot with top-of-the-line professional Nikon equipment and extensive backups.
I have been in business since 2002 and have photographed more than 300 weddings.
I wish I could, but I can’t “hold” a date for anyone without a retainer and a signed contract. We accept bookings on a first come/first served basis, and wedding season quickly fills up.
A booking fee/retainer of approximately $500 is due to reserve your date. 100% of your balance is due 15 days before your event.
I’m so sorry to hear that, but the retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that we will hold the date exclusively for you, and once you've signed the contract, we turn down all other commissions for that date.
I believe in honoring all of my commitments, and this isn’t just my business, it’s my life. So although the rare opportunity for me to sleep in sounds tempting, the chance of me not fulfilling my obligation to cover your wedding is extremely, extremely unlikely. If that were to happen however, Yantz Photography has a team of talented photographers who will step in to cover your big day. If some emergency prevented me and my team from covering your wedding as promised, I would reach out to my extensive network to attempt to find you a replacement, as well as refunding all monies paid.
ASAP! There are only so many days in a year, and when one is booked, it’s booked. Most of my commissions book within a year of their wedding day, whether that’s a full year ahead or even two months prior. The bottom line is I love to shoot weddings and I’d love to shoot yours. The sooner you contact me, the more options I will have open for you.
Yes. I have an overtime rate, which only goes into effect once you approve me to continue coverage. I will bill you for those hours in your post-wedding payment. Let me stress this point, however: I will only enter into overtime with the bride and groom fully aware and giving permission. That way, there are no surprises on your bill.
No. My team and I pride ourselves in our very competitive collections and stand by the superior quality of our work rather than attempting all sorts of crazy pricing gimmicks. This ensures all of our clients will receive the best possible price and the benefit of our fully transparent service and structure. When you compare our work and packages against others, you will see that they can’t match our price point or talent. We are dedicated to each of our clients and we strive to capture each wedding day with our signature excellence and elegance.
Please. My team and I don’t ask for the same as the sit-down meal your guests will enjoy, just a hot meal and a place to rest. We’re happy to stay out of everyone else’s way, and have found that it’s best we eat when YOU eat, since few people are at their most photogenic while eating. That way, when you’re finished eating, we’ll be refreshed and ready to continue your coverage.
Of course! Those pictures are truly precious and I love to see guests so eager to help document such an important day. My only request is to ask them not to swarm the family photographs. That way, all family members are looking into the professional camera for these images, but they are free to snap away from the background. I am happy to respect the presence of amateur photographers and ask that they respect mine—after all, our goals are the same: to ensure that we have the most beautiful record of your big day as possible.
No. For these romantic images, it’s crucial to establish a little privacy and a certain tone. But I welcome additional cameras during all the other special bride-and-groom moments, like dancing or cake-cutting.
We all know the superstition about the bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding, right? If that’s what you want, I’m happy to accommodate you. But I am personally convinced that a “first look” is an even more magical and wonderful experience. When my husband and I got married, we decided to have a first look and it made the moment even more special. Before our wedding, we had a second just to really see each other and to realize how ready we were to make this commitment to each other, and in many ways, I remember that as my favorite moment of the entire wedding.
With many of the brides and grooms I photograph, I find that a first look has a way of bringing them peace, not just in the moment, but as they actually go into the ceremony. The brides who have shared this magical moment tell me that they find themselves able to take the whole experience in: not just their grooms, but also her friends, her family there to support her.
To me, the best part of a first look is that it streamlines the hectic wedding way and creates wonderful opportunities for beautiful sunset pictures of the bride and groom after the ceremony. If a couple requests a first look, I also encourage them to plan to take their family pictures and bridal party pictures beforehand, which frees everyone up to mingle and enjoy themselves afterwards.
Personally, I prefer a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, but the only thing that matters to me is that you make the decision you are happy with. As long as your day is planned accordingly, it will be flawless. Just remember: we need to all be aware of what time the sun will set on your wedding day to plan for the best lighting and photo opportunities.
More than anything, I want my brides to be happy. Too often they think that there are unbreakable rules, like the bride and groom not seeing each other, throwing the garter or only appearing as a couple during the grand entrance. Trust me, from my years of experience as a photographer and my own wonderful experience as a bride: the is only one rule: Do What Makes You Happy.
Here is a peek into a First Look that makes me—and I hope you, too—happy.
Yantz Photography also employs a first-rate team of talented photographers to accommodate multiple weddings. We pair up primary and second photographers whom we feel can provide the right type of coverage for each event. While we are based in Southern California, we serve San Diego to Santa Barbara and beyond, accepting a limited number of destination weddings each season.
We like to think of ourselves as creative, determined and fun people who promote laughter and love in all of our interactions with clients. We take good care of the people who entrust their memories with us, never once forgetting that the photographs we take will become family heirlooms.
Our work centers on capturing and preserving real moments of extraordinary beauty. We go beyond the ordinary imagery at the surface of the wedding industry and strive to create work that isn’t just seen, but is also felt. We aim for a documentary but lyrical feel, always trying to tell your unique love story, blending truth, honesty, and romance. Our work offers a sense of timelessness and hopeful optimism that the work we do today will be even more relevant and beautiful to you years from now. We also work carefully in post-production to gently bring out the best in all our images, balancing between contemporary and classic beauty to create something as remarkable as your love itself.
Your happiness before, during and after the wedding or special event is our mission. We celebrate Love, we document Life, and each wedding we photograph turns into a work of Art. This is our trademark.
Welcome to Yantz Photography.