Frequently Asked Questions

 

Technology has spawned an overwhelming increase in the number of people posing as "professional" photographers who's only qualifications are owning a digital camera and printing a few business cards. These imposters are taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers and degrading a once, well respected profession.

To help you better identify a true "Professional Photographer" as opposed to a camera owner, we have compiled a number of FAQ's. While this should give you a general idea of our service, we strongly recommend that you schedule a time to meet with us at one of our studios to discover why you should trust us to be your wedding photographer.


At the very least, YOU SHOULD INSIST ON HIRING A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER !

What does "Certified Professional" mean?

When you hire a photographer, you want the best.  Unfortunately, anyone can claim to be a professional photographer. To make it easier for you to identify a truly professional photographer, Professional Photographers of America, the world's leading certification agency of, and largest association for imaging professionals, offers the PPA Certified Program.  PPA's Certification program is recognized throughout the industry as a sign of excellence. 

A PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is among the less than 3% of all imaging professionals who have passed a comprehensive written examination measuring their technical expertise, and have submitted their work to a panel of judges for review and approval. Every five years, a Certified Professional Photographer must renew his/her credentials by participating in continuing education programs to assure that they maintain their level of expertise and continue to develop new skills and techniques. Trust one of the most important days in your life to a Certified Professional Photographer!

 

What are your (wedding) packages and prices?

This is probably the most commonly asked question. Having the lowest price however, is not always the best characteristic. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for! Low priced photographers will likely be using low priced or outdated equipment and lack experience and knowledge. We believe that the relationship with your wedding photographer is very important which is why we strongly recommend that you schedule a meeting to view our product in person  and discuss the details of your wedding. gerard Photography will custom design each wedding coverage based on your individual needs and has pricing for most budgets. WE WILL MATCH THE PRICE of any comparable studio!

Are full resolution files and printing rights included with wedding packages ?

YES, you will receive a release to print your images for personal use.

How long before wedding previews are ready ?

All of the photos that are taken during a wedding are individually analyzed and adjusted for color, exposure, etc. and uploaded to a password protected website for viewing and secure purchasing within two weeks after the event. Images remain online for approximately 60 days.

Do you have back up equipment ?

Having to ask this question is evidence that there are far too many non professionals in this industry.  Yes, we use high-end digital equipment. Having the right tools and the best tools is the best way to produce a quality product. Our backup equipment for our backup equipment is better than the primary equipment used by "bargain basement photographers". 

Is photography your full time business ?

Yes, we operate a full time studio that provides portrait, wedding, and event photography, custom framing, and commercial services. We are not "part-timers".  Please don't trust your "once in a lifetime" wedding to a "once in a while" photographer !

 

Do you have an assistant for wedding coverage ?

 

What happens in case of emergency ?