Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Normal Questions and Who I Am…. Questions you should ask your wedding photographer

Questions to ask your wedding photographerIt’s really quite easy to hide behind all the posts, all the weddings, the love, our TAB Photographic couples and more. Hide no more though! This is me!!! haha. This post really is going to be multi faceted. Partially, answers to some general questions you should ask your wedding photographer, and partially (a very small part), who I am. Reality is, you should know your wedding photographer just as much as you know their work….

Where do I begin with a post like this, I really just want to post the next wedding, and then the wedding after that… Questions, that’s where I will start. Then it’s not about me. Who really like talking about themselves? Well, narcissists to, but that’s surely not me, this I know for fact.

Sooooo, questions… Let’s do this! (some are definitely more important than others…)

Questions to ask your CT wedding photographersQuestion 1: Availability…. Are you available and will you be the one photographing my wedding. That’s a question I will answer in my first response, always. One thing I know for sure is that I will. If I’m not available, we can chat about a lead photographer capturing your day as well. 1a: How many weddings will you work that weekend, it’s usually 1 or 2. I used to capture more per weekend but I really want to put all my energy into making each wedding the best, and I realized that more than 2, quality can sometimes slip a little. And we don’t want that!

Question 2: Background Check – I’m not an axe murdered, so you’re all good. Really though, it’s the photography background. How many weddings have you shot and how long have you been doing this. Well, I’ve been photographing weddings for 11 years now and each year I am lucky enough to be invited into roughly 40-45 weddings each year. Tip: You want to make sure your photographer knows more than just how to photograph but also how a wedding rolls along. As a photographer, we, along with your DJ and if you hire one, your planner, make sure that your wedding goes off as perfectly as possible and we all work together to help make your day magic.

What do I ask my wedding vendor photographersQuestion 3: Are you insured? Yes, yes and YES. Any photographer or business owner who’s not insured should be nowhere near a wedding. That may sound harsh but it’s true. 

Question 4: Style? While you will hear some photographers talk about “photojournalistic” “natural light photographer” “formal photographer” etc… I don’t believe you can honestly capture a wedding in just one style. For me, I want to encompass every aspect of every style. Some pieces of the day need to be captured in a photojournalistic way, some other pieces artistically and yes, some photos need to be captured in a formal way. The reality is, your day deserves the style that it calls for in that moment and from that single moment onto the next, because that’s what your day is and will be. One moment after the other…. Your love. Your family. Your Future.

Hammonasset Engagement Session Photos Madison, CT Wedding Photographers TAB PhotographicQuestion 5: Logistical Stuff (I wanted to use a different word, but I didn’t) When will we receive the contract? Everything I now do is digitally worked up, from invoices to contracts to questionnaires. So once we work up your wedding day questionnaire, I get the contract put together and zapped over your way for initials and signatures. How much of a deposit do you require? There are two ways to cover the financial side. 1: a 25-30% deposit with the remaining due 3-4 weeks pre-wedding day or there’s a small discount if the entire balance is paid in full with the contract signing. Do you accept payments in installations? You can always pay everything earlier if you want, just give me a heads up so I can make sure everything is noted properly. What is your refund or cancellation policy? That’s in the contract, but if you do cancel for some reason, if it’s more than 60 days out, you will receive your deposit when I book your day with another wedding. If it’s with in 60 days, there is no credit back. Do you carry backup equipment? Always. Backup equipment is key, whether something malfunctions or I drop it. Better have another way to make sure I do what needs to be done!

Candlewood Inn Wedding Photos for Matt and Janet by CT Wedding Photographers TAB Photographic www.tabphotographic.comQuestion 6: How and when will I receive my photos. I always work around 4-6 week timetable. So all of your edited photos will be online in their private gallery in 4-6 weeks. (though I actually aim to have it done much sooner). From there your USB is ordered, once it arrives I load them up and send them your way. When I send a link to the gallery, I will also send links to download your photos instantly as well. However for printing, I would wait for the USB as quality will be slightly crisper. 

Question 7: Will you edit my photos? Totally, nothing leaves my hands until it’s ready for the world Simple as that. And once you receive the above mentioned USB, you get to print any photo you want or share in any way you want. No water marks, full resolution. They’re your images and they shouldn’t be held ransom. 

Question 8: Is this all you do? Actually yes, even more so than many other photographers. Lots of other photographers either have photography as a part time gig or they photograph as many different things as they can. And those options are all good. For me though, I actually photograph weddings and weddings alone. Engagement sessions are part of that and while I do some family portrait and other portrait work, it’s for my clients only. So if a past couple wants to have a family session, I hope they invite me to also capture that. But if a random family contacts me, I refer them in another direction. 

CT wedding photographers questions to askQuestion 9: Can I give you a shot list? You can, for sure. Especially when it comes to people who are special to you, god parents who are very close to you, high school or college friend shot. Or something unique like a grandmothers watch or something special. Those are some things I wouldn’t know coming into your day. The reality for everything else, while you can totally share a list with me, I ask that you keep in mind why you hired me or the photographer you hired. Because you like their work and who they are as an individual. My reality is that we will follow any shot list but I want to create shots that are unique to you. So if that means you like a certain shot on Pinterest, totally share away, but I want to work your own unique shot off of it. You deserve special. 

Question 10: Do you have anything else to share as a wedding photographer? Quite simply, I love what I do and moving forward, my goal is to capture weddings for the couples that want to showcase their love, their day and their story. Every bride, groom and couple deserves to have their day highlighted and captured as their story. For their day. Beyond that, we can move forward into a little about me, so you know what you’re getting into. haha. 



21543794_10155633361343665_1979311741668460519_oNow onto what you really want to know (I actually hope that isn’t a true statement), who am I… As I said above, who really wants to talk about themselves??? Definitely not me. I guess though, you should know more about who I am. One of the keys to your days photography isn’t just someone who knows what they’re doing with the camera, but also someone who you want as part of your day. That being said, I’m sarcastic and want to enjoy your day just as much as you do. It’s rare that this seems like work to me, it’s a passion, it’s fun and it’s always new. And for 2018 and beyond, my goal is to continue on with that passion and working with couples who truly believe their day should be special. I’ve been told more times than I can count that I should charge much more than I do. The reality is, while I need to make a living and support my kids, I want to do what I do for couples that will appreciate me and in turn, their photos. And kids, yes, I have kids. 7 of them to be exact!!!

12697402_10153921627538665_6177188626053437176_oHAH! Okay, I don’t have 7 of them. I do have three. Two of them humans, one of them furry. I started early in life so I’m lucky enough to be on the younger side with the ability to still do so many awesome things with them. Though it seems as if this fall, will have me in this home with just the furry one still under the roof… What will I do!?!?! Other than being their father, I’m a cyclist, adventurer, and lover of life. Traveling in the RV that I recently purchased when ever I’m not out on the wedding scene. My daughter races on a National BMX team and I to race. I’m a whiskey enthusiast (last year I think about 25 of the bottles I have came from my couples. haha) and I would rather enjoy my porch as the sun goes down than the bar. Right now, I’m going to stop because really, this whole about me thing, well, I thought it would be cool, instead it sounds like I’m on a dating site. And while I want you to like me, that’s definitely not why we’re here. haha… So instead, let me just say that I want you and your bridal party / family to have just as good of a day as you, I don’t want to drag out the photos but instead use our time the best way we can. And the truth of the matter, more than the best photos the world could ask for, more than the best photographer you can have in your day, if there’s one thing I truly wish, from the depths of me, is that you and your partner, your lover and your best friend have the kind of love as Roo Panes talks about in the song above.

Well I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve been nowhere,
It was all viridian in vermillion blood.
There was a void before me; it was as deep as truth,
Because all the world couldn’t hide the view of you.

Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!
Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!

You’re my Eldorado; you’re my holy grail,
I found my treasure through the rain and hail,
Knowing I was taller when upon my knees,
Knowing you’d back to me if I just said please! Please! Please!

Stay with me! Oh stay with me; you’re right where you are supposed to be!

Oh you take me back to the morning light,
You take me back to the morning light,
The very moment that I found my sight,
You’re forever by my side.
You take me back to the morning light,
You take me back to the morning light,
The very moment that I found my sight,
I’m forever by your side.

So let’s just do this and make it awesome. (side note, I say awesome way too much)





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がんばりましょう – Let’s do our best…. Sarah and Bert’s Wadsworth Mansion Wedding

2018-04-09_0006It’s two days before what will surely be an awesome wedding, the weather, this New England weather, has been unpredictable at best… Saturday forecast, on one day it’s 55 and sunny, next it’s 35 and snow. I call Sarah and we chat about this, if it’s 35 and snowing, everyone will look miserable and be freezing. We come up with a solid plan and we get ready to make Saturday great. Well, Saturday gets here and the weather gets here…….. What’s that, it’s sunny out? That’s a plus, it’s not 35, that’s a plus. We can totally work this magic outside!!!

The reality is, no matter the weather, we do our best. And that’s the plan. I bring that up, only because it also touches on the toast of the groom’s father. Talking about something Bert, the groom had said once in a speech of his own. がんばりましょう “Ganbarimashou” which means… “Let’s do our best”…..

2018-04-09_0011Anyway, the day is now underway, the guys are getting ready and it’s a riot, everyone is having a blast, Bert is relaxed and enjoying himself. And one of the coolest groom pieces to his boys, a sock and tie combo with a “will you be my groomsmen” on the box. Sounds so simple, but so cool… For all the guys though, their only concerns – get ready, look dapper and get out before the girls come back. And that’s pretty much how it rolls. The guys are ready and moving on before the girls are even close to coming back.

The girls walk, no, they roll in and take over the room! Now things are starting to get real, pieces being finalized, a bride elegantly getting into her gown, a mother looking so proud. Everything is rolling along perfect, a few minutes behind, that we are. The good news, no one can get married before the bride gets there so is it a big deal, not so much…

2018-04-09_0003From the hotel, to the ceremony (in a spectacular church), photos around Yale’s campus real quick (real quick because the ceremony time was a little further behind), and off to the Wadsworth Mansion for the PAARRRTTYYYYY!!!!

Before the party though, photos! Photos for Sarah and Bert, if there’s one thing I would tell every couple, it’s allowing us time to create some great shots and allowing yourself the time to be relaxed, and with that time, you still get to enjoy your cocktail hour! Anyway, the day as a whole, was pretty spectacular. The staff at the Wadsworth Mansion nailed it once again. The food perfect, the staff always on point. And now, most of all, their love, finally united to bring even more brightness into their already bright lives and their families now one, together with so much strength and support for Sarah and Bert…..

Enough of all this, how about some of the days photos???


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