You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers. If you’re feeling even more inquisitive and would like to play stump the photographer, email me and I’ll do my best to craft a sincere and thoughtful response to your insightful query.Are you shooting digital or film?
What’s film?What is your style of photography?
It’s hard to describe my style and avoid cliché terms like “the magic of light” or “the decisive moment”. Of course I look for beautiful light and natural moments. I’m guided by the personalities of my clients in telling their story.
As with music, people like to label and categorize styles and genres. In the course of a wedding day, I’ll turn to every style, technique, trick and magical incantation I’ve gleaned from the past 20 years of photographing people. Portrait journalism is the best description I’ve heard in a while. Short answer—I enjoy working with people. I capture moments as they naturally happen. I love beautiful portraits, details and real emotion.What will you wear to my wedding?
While my goal is to look as good, but not better than most of your guests, this job is more physical than most know. So, unless your wedding theme is Margaritaville, I dress comfortably, but professionally and almost always in black. If I’m feeling frisky, I may don a sport coat for evening events but I wouldn’t hold my breath.Will we get the negatives or digital files?
All wedding packages include a disc of high definition files. These are massaged to my demanding standards. I’ve been called neurotic and a perfectionist. Whatever label you like using, these files are only given to you when I’m happy to put my name on them.Do you photograph formal portraits?
Bless your sweet, beautiful and loving mother, but who doesn’t dread seeing the word formals on the wedding day schedule? You might as well have your mother standing there telling you to eat your vegetables.
Can we talk? Formals are a touchstone. Handed down from one generation to another, it’s a lasting keepsake of your family. You may dread them now, but trust me, in 25 years when you’re sharing your wedding album with your kids, they’ll be amazed that the fashionable person in that photo is you.
Formals are important, but they don’t have to be a dreaded part of the day. I don’t want to photograph every possible combination of the family tree any more than you want to endure them. I’ll try to make them as fun as possible. I won’t yell at you and I promise to wear deodorant.Do you photograph formals before or after the ceremony?
Since we’re having this discussion, let me ask YOU a few questions. How large is your wedding party and family? How well-behaved are they? How much do they like to drink? Anyone prone to walking off aimlessly? How many formals do you, your mother and his mother want? Do you want to keep your guests waiting after the ceremony?What if we don’t want to see each other before the ceremony?
More importantly, the sooner we get the formals out of the way, the sooner we can do fun stuff that reflects your wedding’s real personality. (Plus, I look like a hero if we can make the formals as painless as possible).Are guests allowed to take pictures?
As long as they don’t interfere or get in the way. If there’s trouble, I’m going to ask you to make it clear that I’m the man. A little respect goes a long way.Color or Black and White?
Black and white images are timeless. Everything is captured in beautiful, digital color. During post production, I make an artistic choice about black and white. If there’s no compelling reason for it to be in color, it’s black and white. If you prefer more or less, just let me know.Who will photograph our wedding?
I hope it’s me! But seriously, assuming you hire me, Randy of Randy Kepple Photographs, then I, Randy Kepple, will be the man doing the most important job on the earth. I do offer an optional second shooter with any of my coverages. This is someone who’s reliable, friendly and probably better than me.Do you work with an assistant or second shooter?
Both. I offer the option of adding a second photographer to any of my packages and I often work with an assistant. For smaller, more intimate events, another person can actually be distracting. An assistant’s sacred duty is to keep me hydrated and listen to my complaints, I mean, non-stop praise of your good taste which is obvious because you hired me.
How will I view my images with online proofing?
Events are available in a password protected online gallery. You can also purchase prints and products directly from this secure gallery. Turnaround time is very quick.Do you offer engagement sessions?
Are you kidding me? Yes! Let’s go downtown, get a drink and get to know each other. I’ll find some great light and cool locations and we’ll have fun. On your wedding day, you’ll be a seasoned professional and feel more relaxed. Trust me.Do you travel to photograph destination weddings?
Yes! I love to travel. It’s one of the reasons I love what I do. Any package that I offer becomes a destination package by simply adding travel fees. I work with couples from all over the States and travel to destination weddings every year. Hire a photographer who shares your passion for travel.What advice would you give me about selecting a wedding photographer?
Meet your photographer and spend time with them. Make sure their personality is a good fit. Remember, your photographer is the 5th Beatle, the 3rd wheel and your new best friend. It might be a good idea to know you can endure their presence for the day.
Look at their work, their style and point of view. Make sure it’s their work. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and ask for advice. A professional will be able to answer confidently and offer lots of advice to help make your day easy and relaxed. Don’t fall for Jedi mind tricks.
It may seem silly, but ask to see their business license. You’d be surprised how many photographers are really not in business at all. Make sure they have back up gear. After you’ve done all this, hire me. Seriously, I’ve got 3 daughters (2 in college) and a wife, all sharing a serious Coach habit. Please.
How do I reserve your services for my wedding?
Simple. A retainer of $1,000 is required for each wedding commission with a signed agreement. This holds the date exclusively and entirely for you. Call or email if you have any questions. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read through this. You may be the only one that’s made it through the entire list. There will be a quiz later.