FAQS - Daniel McGurk

Service

What is your pricing?

Great Question! It’s always nearly the first one, and very important. I don’t publish the full range of pricing options for several reasons. Every wedding is unique and different, and I offer several packages with a variety of add on items. Part of your experience is working one on one with me to figure out what is right for you and will help you preserve the experience, the memories, and the images for you and your family for generations to come. I have an outline I’m happy to send you; just hit the contact link at the top and request it!


Do you work with a second photographer?

Yes, as desired. And a 3rd and 4th if you really want to go full Celebrity on your wedding. Talk about awesome. I have experienced second shooters ready to support your special day. All the answers to the other questions still apply - I review and edit all photos you receive. When you contact me for pricing these options will be included.


Do you edit all of our photographs?

I review every photo taken, and edit every photo you receive myself. There is art in the taking of the photo, and art in the development of the photo. When you engage my services you receive almost a decade’s worth of experience going into every photo at your wedding.


Where do you live and how far will you travel?

I live in beautiful Mount Pleasant, SC just outside and over the bridge from Charleston, SC. While it is tough to make a wedding destination list that doesn’t include Charleston and it’s southern charm I will go where needed for your wedding. I’ve lived abroad (I shot my first wedding in Germany), am a very experienced traveler including an active passport, and would be delighted to go to the destination of your choice for your wedding. This is not expensive! Only additional expense over the normal wedding package is flat cost reimbursement for wheels/wings, a roof, and feeding the hunger monster.


Do you have an assistant?

Yes! And she is not only an amazing assistant and occasional second shooter, she is my amazing wife Laura (see the about page!).


How long does it take before we receive our products and photographs?

My commitment is under 4 weeks, but depending on a variety of factors they can often be viewed in 2 to 3 weeks.


How many pictures will we receive?

This is a surprisingly subjective question… the very short answer is 300-600 (out of 800-1200 taken), but depending on the length of the wedding and the package you buy this range could easily be bell curved out to 1500 photos or more. I don’t stop taking pictures because you hit a photo count limit! If something is going on around me, I’m putting the camera to work.


Do we get to keep the digital negatives and receive the raw, unedited files?

I provide you with the finished product in high resolution JPEG format and a signed release to reproduce for personal use. So ‘No’. - To return to an earlier metaphor (I love to cook after all) if you go to a restaurant, do you ask the Chef to give you all the scraps he used in the making of your amazing meal? A great deal of work goes into making your photos look amazing. Part of the value in working with a premium wedding photographer is not just the work I do the day of the wedding, but the work I put in after.


Can we see the outtakes and all of the images that didn’t make the “Final Cut”?

The ‘Final Cut’ includes almost every image that is in focus, properly lit/composed/etc, as well as provides value to the story of your wedding day. Your time should be focused on the great photos that come from your wedding, providing feedback for albums/prints, etc, and I don’t want to distract from that with sorting through the several hundred or more photos that aren’t the high quality you deserve.


Do you come to the rehearsal?

This is an option and I would love to depending on scheduling availability. This is a great time to break the ice between photographer (read ‘guy with cameras and giant lenses wandering around on wedding day') and family if the opportunity is there.


How does the album design process work?

After you and I review the final photos together you’ll select the top 10-30 photos you want featured in the album, answer a few questions about what parts of the day you would like emphasized to influence the rest of the photos selected, and then the album will be designed. This typically is ready for review two weeks later. I will share the design with you online and we do one round of revisions (we can discuss if more are needed), and then send it off for print. Printing and shipping takes 2-3 weeks.


What will my album look like once it’s completed?

Incredible! Lay flat, hard back pages, leather bound, archival paper, in bold, beautiful, vibrant inks. There are details to be worked out regarding album size both physically and number of pages, but rest assured you will love it. And, depending on the package you select, we may be discussing mini albums for parents that they will be loving as well!


What is the online gallery you mention in packages?

Once the photos are ‘ready’ they will be posted to an online gallery that you will be able to browse through from the computer or mobile device of your choice. It can be password protected if you’d like and you will be free to share the gallery with whomever you want after we review together. You, friends and family can use the gallery to order the individual shots desired from from the wedding. I partner with a high quality print lab that provides archival quality prints, canvas prints, and more to make sure the photos you print of your wedding day last a lifetime.


Do you offer engagement sessions?

Yes! And at a discount if booked in conjunction with the wedding. Contact me for the wedding package options and I will include the engagement session details. Planned far enough out, these photos can be used for guest books, wedding decor, wedding social media prep, etc and I’d love to work with you to get some really amazing, creative portraits done.


Style

How would you describe your style of photography?

I have an artistic, cinematic feel to your portraits and photos, incorporating creative, challenging and cutting edge flash techniques along with natural light photography including wide angle, telephoto, macro, fixed focal length, and more lenses to build all the creative shots that you will see when I’m finished.


Do you take posed family photos?

I sure do. I would like to offer a suggestion for consideration - These photos are valuable; if they aren’t planned out ahead of time they can truly suck up a lot of time for getting a reception going, as well as getting other creative photography shots. These are important portraits and a great record to have of the day, and Laura and I will work with you ahead of time to make sure we strategically get these completed without infringing on the schedule of the other exciting activities taking place.


Can we provide you with a shot list?

You can do this if it’s important to you, but this is unnecessary when working with an experienced wedding photographer. What is infinitely more important to both me and you is to let me know what are the top 1-3 or more moments that are ‘can’t miss’ moments.

This is not because I will miss it… but let me give a quick example. One amazing bride told me the moment she was most looking forward to in the wedding was the moment her soon-to-be husband saw her coming down the aisle in her dress (for the first time). In addition to getting the shots of her coming down the aisle, and the groom standing up on the altar in anticipation, I made sure to get a really tight, closeup of his face as he was gulping down the combination of happy tears and love that was pouring off him. Cue one of the favorite shots of the wedding.

If I know this is THE MOMENT for you, it adds a little something to the photo. For some it’s the cake, the kiss, the sneaking off between the ceremony and the reception for the most amazing romantic portraits of your life, etc. Everybody is different.


Will you be using a flash at my wedding?

Yes - unless there are restrictions at a particular venue or you request there to not be flash during certain times. I don’t overdo it with flash and can shoot entire weddings in natural light if needed, but there are certain times it helps, and certain looks to portraits that can only be achieved using it. I’m very flexible here.


Business and Details

Do you have insurance? Can you provide a certificate of insurance?

Yes and Yes. Need a little notice to get this to you or the venue requesting. I will also have the appropriate business license for the city where your wedding will take place, if needed. Make sure all your contractors do! Don’t want the license inspectors to pop somebody the day of the wedding. =)


What kind of equipment do you use?

I shoot with full format, mirrorless, Sony digital cameras. If you are a camera nerd like I am, I would love to talk gear with you sometime!


Can you hold a date for me?

A booking fee is required to hold a date in the amount of 50% of the price of the total wedding package selected. What is your payment schedule? The entire fee for photography services must be paid in full one week prior to the wedding.


Can we pay you part of the amount after the wedding?

At this time no - but I’m working to provide a payment plan option under certain conditions and will post an update to this in the future when it’s available. If I need to cancel my wedding, is the booking fee refundable? Some or all of the fee may be refundable depending on how far out we are from the wedding. Hopefully you will never need this option! We can discuss when we meet.


When should we book you for our wedding?

As soon as possible! Depending on the time of year you plan to have a wedding you may only need to give a photographer 2-3 months notice, but other times 6-12 months. Best to lock this in as soon as you can. How late will you stay if our schedule goes long? As long as you need for the wedding and reception. If part of the package includes any kind of time restriction I will be sure to let you know if we are running into it and what options we have.


Do we need to feed you at the reception?

Yes please - I will only eat while the bride and groom are eating. Generally caterers have a back area where they eat and I’m happy to grab a plate and eat out of sight so I’m not intruding on a seating plan or your wedding. Photos of people stuffing their face aren’t that great generally anyway; and do you want a photographer who is passing out from thirst/hunger? I eat fast… really fast. Before you know it you’ll probably see me wandering around taking more cool photos of the scenery, the friends and family, or whatever else is going on.


Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras?

I’ve read a number of horror stories from other wedding photographers who have ‘missed a shot’ because somebody stuck an iPad out into the aisle to take a picture of the kiss and blocked the bride and grooms head in the camera in that short moment. Sure I can adjust, and will, and don’t have a problem with it, but would recommend you request your guests to be aware of the wedding photographer (me!) and not get in the way of your amazing photos.

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