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.
Do you charge for travel?
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 for lodging and mileage expenses so I can arrive at your wedding fresh and on time. Destination weddings are more complicated than simply adding travel costs. Please contact me to discuss destination wedding plans.
Do you include an engagement session?
Engagement sessions are optional for a small commitment to collecting the images. I do recommend them, however, because they're a great chance for us to get comfortable with a camera.
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.
What payment is required to reserve you?
My clients enjoy flexibility with reservation retainers and payment plans. Contact me and I'll make it as easy as possible for you to reserve me.
Do you post previews online?
At my discretion, but not many. One reason is for suspense and the impact of your reveal session. The other is I don't believe in over-sharing or over-commercializing weddings. I retain rights to use the images for promotion because that's how I make my living. But I'm not as interested in getting published as many photographers. If you're adamant about not having any images online, please let me know.
The post production team behind Joel Nisleit Photography is world class and located in Oregon and Wisconsin. 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. Instead I use this time to outline the album and slideshow stories.
What effects do you use?
None, except for an occasional black-and-white conversion, and light developing that remains true to the digital negative. Your look is achieved photographically in the camera. This is the opposite of most photographers, who shoot only to create their look after the wedding in software. My clients and I feel there's a certain quality to my results that's difficult to find anywhere else.
Are the images retouched? What is retouching?
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. Real 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! Albums are meticulously hand crafted so they take about 6 weeks to produce and ship after you approve the design.
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 about 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. 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 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.
What kind of gear do you use?
Two professional Nikon DSLR cameras (D4 and D700) with a variety of professional Nikkor (Nikon) lenses, three Nikon Speedlights with remote controls, plus one studio strobe and a variety of other tools.
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. If I have one camera and one flash, I can make great shots and tell your story. I bring two cameras and six lights. 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 main camera backs up to a separate card as it shoots.
You may choose to have a password for your Web gallery, though most clients find it easier not to. I avoid sharing the link to your gallery publicly.
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?
Yes because I will get shaky and pass out if I don't eat an actual meal. You'll get pictures of important speeches and reception moments if I'm eating with guests vs. going out to get fast food or in a separate room. It's in the contract.