In the meantime, you may find some helpful answers below.
When should I book you?
As soon as you have a date and are sure you like my style! I am generally booked 3-4 months out for portrait sessions and longer for weddings.
Do I really need an engagement session?
You do not need one (not like you need water and food, I mean), but you will certainly benefit from one! During an engagement session, you will learn to pose and feel comfortable in front of the camera, which will translate into better wedding photos. Think of it as practice in a nice, controlled, and private environment. In fact, you may even have fun during your e-session and leave feeling more confident!
Will you help me pose? —I am a little unphotogenic.
YES! I have studied posing and lighting and will help you in this regard. Don’t worry. Seriously.
My children are a little energetic. Can you handle that?
I am patient and understanding. I will do my best!
How much do you charge?
For portraiture, check https://www.luzye.com/sessions. Wedding coverage starts at $2,500. Please send me a message for more information.
When will I get my photos?
Portrait sessions generally get their photos generally within 2 weeks while wedding clients get their previews within a week and their final gallery within 8 weeks.
How will I get my photos?
You will get an online gallery that will be available for 1 month for portrait sessions and 2 months for weddings. You can download the photos as many times as needed, and you can also share them with friends and family. They will be in high-resolution format with no watermark.
Will I get the copyright to my photos?
The copyright belongs to the photographer as the creator. Clients automatically get a “print release” to use and print their photos for personal use. However, copyright can be sold if requested.
Can I share my photos online?
Absolutely! If you credit me as your photographer, I will do a happy dance.
Will I get the RAW files?
You will get edited JPG files that will be consistent with my style.
Will I get all of the photos?
You won’t get unflattering or technically deficient photos. You will get, however, the best photos that tell your story. I promise I won’t keep any good photos from you.
Will you use my photos on your portfolio? —I am rather shy.
Don’t worry! I appreciate it when clients let me use their photos on my portfolio (website/social media/print), but if you wish for them to remain private, we can definitely do that. Some clients ask me to Not post their photos on social media but let me use them for private showings with potential clients who are having a wedding at their venue, for example. Whatever arrangement makes you comfortable, I will respect that!
How much retouching do you do?
All images will be color corrected, leveled, and cropped. I also do extensive burning and dodging (darkening of certain areas) to draw the viewer’s attention to what I consider the focal point. Image retouching services such as wrinkle removal, teeth brightening, body modifications, hair and makeup corrections, tan line removal, clothing wrinkle removal, chipped nail polish correction, acne removal, etc. will be available upon explicit request for an additional fee. If you have any concerns, please speak to me before your session. With that in mind, I do, however, retouch a select number of photos to make them more flattering for my clients or to remove distractions. This will be performed to my discretion.
Ugh, I don’t like how my clothes look like. Can you fix them?
I try to “fix things in camera” and not depend on Photoshop later as each photo can take anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes to edit (imagine that multiplication). If you want your hair, makeup, clothes, etc fixed, there will be an additional retouching fee. If you have any concerns, please speak to me before your session. With that in mind, I do, however, retouch a select number of photos to make them more flattering for my clients or to remove distractions. This will be performed to my discretion.
Can you make my photos light and airy/dark and moody?
Your photos will be consistent with my colorful true-to-life style. Please take a look at the galleries I have made available and feel free to ask for more. If you want a different editing style, consider hiring someone whose work you love.
Something important came up. Can we reschedule?
Certainly! Let’s look at alternate dates that will work for both of us.
Do you use flash?
Yes, as little or as much as needed. You won’t see me use flash during a Catholic wedding ceremony or chasing a toddler, for example, but you will definitely see me use it around the dance floor and for night portraits, which are my favorite!
Can you shoot in the rain or bad weather?
My equipment is weather sealed, and I always carry an umbrella under my car’s seat. While bad weather will come with its own challenges, I am ready.
What happens if you get sick and cannot make it?
I have a contingency plan in place to secure a photographer replacement of equivalent experience and quality (fingers crossed I never have to resort to this plan).
Do you have backup equipment in case something fails?
Yes! I use professional gear and have backups for critical equipment.
What if your computer crashes? Will my wedding photos be gone?
No! I have a computer backup system in place to minimize the risk of file loss. Such backup system includes uploading photos to the cloud and to an off-site location. During a shoot, your photos are being written to two memory cards at all times.
Are you insured?
I hear you need a permit to photograph at the beach. Is that true?
Yes, you need a permit almost anywhere here in Southern California, but don’t worry. I have an annual permit with access to beautiful beaches, trails, and fields. If you want a different location (such as the SJC Mission or Crystal Cove), you will be responsible for the additional permit fee.
Do you work with a second photographer?
A second photographer is always available upon request or included in my top wedding packages.
Do you have a videographer/coordinator/makeup artist/vendor recommendation?
Yes! Ask me, and I will recommend someone who meets your needs.
Do you photograph elopements?
Yes. I photograph traditional weddings as well as beach elopements and 2-hour courthouse weddings.
How many locations can you go to on my wedding day?
The most I have covered is 6 locations. If there is significant distance, a travel fee may apply. My advice regarding many locations is that the day becomes a little more complex, especially if there is traffic, limited parking, etc, so choose how you spend your time wisely.
I only want to pay for 5 hours of coverage. Can you photograph my wedding for 2 hours in the morning, take a break and go to The Habit for 3 hours, then come back and work for another 3 hours at the reception?
As much as I would like to eat a Santa Barbara Char with avocado for lunch, I can’t. I only book consecutive hours… but talk to me! I am sure we can optimize your day and find coverage that fits your needs.
What does a typical traditional wedding day look like?
Wedding days are busy and go by fast! The day generally starts with the “getting ready” portion, a first look if desired followed by portraits with the couple, family photos before or after the ceremony, then the ceremony, cocktail hour, grand entrance with a first dance by the couple, a thank-you message followed by either dinner or speeches, then some traditions on the dance floor such as bouquet toss and parent dances, and finally dancing. Lately many couples choose to cut the cake quietly while everyone is on the dance floor (vs announcing the cutting and getting everyone’s attention). Somewhere in between, most couples also choose to take “sunset portraits,” 1 hour to 15 minutes before sunset, which is when the light is soft and warm. Some couples also decide to visit each table for group photos. Later in the evening, I encourage my clients to gift me 10 minutes of their valuable time to create “night portraits” —my specialty! Some couples do a grand exit with interesting visuals such as sparklers or bubbles. Does this sound like a lot? It can be, and being aware, I am respectful of the the limited time clients have to enjoy themselves and the company of their guests.
What does an Old Orange County Courthouse wedding in Santa Ana look like?
I get excited talking about the beautiful Santa Ana courthouse, so let me share with you! There is generally plenty of metered parking onsite. Some clients choose to drive together while others drive separately to do a first look upon arrival. We then go upstairs to do the paperwork and sign. Sometimes I can photograph this process while standing next to them; sometimes I am asked to wait outside. There are 2 rooms across the hallway for ceremonies. There is also the option of “upgrading” to the large courtroom upstairs (highly recommended if you have guests). The entire process takes less than 30 minutes. We do group photos if there are any guests in attendance. Afterwards, we take photos of the newlyweds both indoors and outdoors for about an hour. Two-hour coverage is enough for the courthouse, but some couples choose to extend it to drive to a different setting for more photos, or to document a family gathering/bbq in honor of their union.
Tip: Apply online and book an appointment to save time, or go early in the morning M-Th if you don’t have one.
Note: Professional photography at the courthouse requires an OC Parks permit, which I have.
Do you meet clients before their session/wedding?
Most portrait clients choose to communicate over email/the phone prior to their session, but in-person/electronic consultations are available. I do meet with wedding clients (in person or over Skype/FaceTime) to go over our contract, plans, and expectations. I will ask questions and help them craft a timeline draft or fine tune an existing one with photography in mind. I often do a complimentary site visit to local venues to meet the rest of the vendor team and work out final details with clients as the wedding day approaches.
If I hire you for 8 hours, but the day runs late, can you stay longer?
Yes. You are welcome to extend your coverage the day of. I always touch base with my clients 15 minutes before we leave to make sure that we covered everything that was important to them. At that point (or earlier), you can request extra hours and accept my quote.
Do you speak any other languages?
Yes, I am a Spanish native speaker (y me encanta conversar con las abuelitas).