There will be an assistant to help move and hold gear, facilitate photography and make your day smoother. The assistant does not photograph. My wife, Heather, usually assists for engagement sessions, but I hire a third party for weddings.
Are there any travel fees?
Living in Horicon, Wisconsin I can't do much without traveling. Travel is included up to 65 miles one way from Horicon (130 miles round trip). For longer distances, I charge an agreed upon fee for lodging near the event location to ensure I'll be there fresh and on time.
Do you include an engagement session?
Yes, with certain collections. Otherwise, engagement sessions are available separately for a minimum purchase commitment.
What's included with an engagement session?
You get two hours of the most stunning, romantic photography you've ever had. I then select about 25-40 images, color correct them and present them as a complete collection available for purchase, in addition to individual digital and print products. For sessions not included with a collection, the fee is a small investment in studio credit for digital or printed art.
What are your hidden fees?
Non-existent. All potential fees for the collection you book are disclosed in the quote and contract before you book, and I'm highly inclusive. Anything not included in the collection would be extra if you choose it. You're not required to make any purchases after booking.
The post production team behind Joel Nisleit Photography is world class and located in Oregon and Wisconsin. After I give the collection an initial selection pass, my team culls further for the best story, and then my color correction team edits each select individually to my preferences. There's no mass processing. This team does editing faster, more accurately and more consistency than I could. Then I export the final collection directly from the corrected raw files to full-resolution, fine JPEG.
What effects do you use?
The difference between me and most photographers is I accomplish my art inside of the camera. Light is my No. 1 inspiration and that makes my images very difficult to duplicate because it requires understanding of light and skill in manipulating it. Only rarely will I use a black-and-white filter or some toning. I don't believe in popular processed looks like vintage, pastel, matte, anything where the contrast or color is purposely sucked out because those looks are achieved in software, not in camera, and therefore I consider them less artistic or special.
Are the images retouched? What is retouching?
Only album images, and wall art, are retouched at no charge when ordered from studio. All other images you receive get professional color correction. Some photographers count basic color correction as "retouching," which it's not, so be careful and know what you're getting. Retouching includes stray hair removal, head swaps or skin smoothing and is painstaking, costly and time consuming.
If you approve your design right away, you can expect to have your album within about 8-9 weeks of your wedding date!
When do we get the USB?
To help expedite the album order, you won't receive your USB drive until you give final approval of the album design. In the mean time, you and your family will have access to your Web gallery for online sharing and ordering. You'll receive your USB and album at the same time. This also ensures the retouched album files get on the USB.
How many images do we get?
I focus on quality and story vs. quantity, so I put no minimums or maximums on images. Every wedding is different, and I give every wedding my best coverage. Photographing alone, I typically deliver 500-900 images. With two photographers, it could be anywhere from 800-1,200. Those numbers vary. You need only 80-150 images for a large album.
Can we see more images or outtakes?
No. I cull (on the generous end) and edit the wedding to the point where additional images would be redundant and not significantly add to the story. The outtakes are deleted immediately. It would make no sense for me to hide a great image from you, or the only existing image of a person, even if it's just a candid snap. You're getting the best, most complete story I can deliver, without excess. That's a service, not a penalty.
Do we get the copyright?
You get a license to copy and print the images for personal purposes.
Who owns the copyright?
Joel Nisleit owns the full copyright and issues licenses as appropriate for use of the work. You may purchase full ownership from Joel Nisleit for a substantial fee, and then you can even say you created them and make a million dollars selling them.
I'm a gear head. What kind of gear do you use?
High-end professional Nikon DSLR gear, with my primary camera being the Nikon D4. I use Nikkor lenses and Speedlights plus one studio strobe and a variety of other tools. Really heavy stuff that hurts my neck and back. :( I use Lexar and SanDisk pro memory cards.
Do you have backup gear?
I bring two cameras to the wedding, plus a variety of lenses. I bring enough light to photograph in a cave and enough memory cards and batteries for 1.5 weddings. Never hire a photographer who brings just one camera or flash.
What if something doesn't work or you forget it?
As I told one bride, if a photographer hasn't had something not work, he hasn't shot enough weddings. I make great shots with what I have, a particular skill I enjoy using. I've had my wife drive forgotten items to me, and I've had assistants run out and buy stuff (on my dime).
How do you protect my images?
The images never leave my person. I never leave my camera anywhere without removing the memory cards. I have a secure pouch on my belt that holds used memory cards, so even if all of my gear gets stolen, you'll still have the images. Amazingly many photographers haven't figured this out.
I store your images in three locations: two local and one online. Amazingly many photographers have only one local copy.
My primary camera itself has one main slot and one backup slot for simultaneous backup of recorded photos. Pretty cool, eh?
Do you have insurance?
Of course! I have equipment and liability insurance through a Professional Photographers of America recommended provider. I can provide proof if necessary for venue satisfaction.
What do I need to reserve my date?
The signed contract and paid retainer. I won't hold your date until then.
Can I get a sample contract?
When we get to the quote phase, you may see the electronic contract specific to your quote. You can request a print copy to sign if you wish and I encourage you to read every word before you sign any contract.
Do we have to feed you?
No. I'm superhuman and don't require food for energy. Of course you have to feed me! This makes sure that I'm present for the reception and not leaving for a meal. And it nourishes me so I don't collapse, which literally could happen if I don't eat after 6 hours of work.