Wisconsin wedding photographer Joel NisleitBest Wedding Photography AlbumsMy Wisconsin wedding photography clients get only the finest custom designed albums hand-made in the United States. Built for a legacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • What if I don't feel photogenic or don't like my pictures taken?
    • You're the perfect fit! Many clients feel more confident with gentle prompting and direction, and I have lots of ideas. Photographing with me is like having a conversation.
  • Can you help reduce my wedding workload?
  • I want the process to be easy. Can you help?
    • Yes. Through my experience I've put together a step-by-step process and some cool tools for guiding you through the booking all the way to the album pickup and I think you'll be surprised at how easy and fast it is to get such an amazing collection.
  • How do I book you?
  • Will my pictures be as good as what's in your portfolio?
    • Yes. Good photography is more skill than luck, and the thousands of hours of training and practice I've done on my own and with the world's best photographers specifically helps me make better images in more challenging conditions, in a style you won't find everywhere. See for yourself in my albums.
  • I want great pictures and a professional who knows what they're doing but I have a very low budget. Can you help?
    • It's best to talk with the people who have the power to make your wedding a success or failure and see what they can do before declaring a budget, not just rely on what friends have done or Internet guides. You may be setting expectations your budget can't support. Clients with all types of weddings and budgets have hired me specifically because photography was one thing they wouldn't skimp on. You can shift your budget support your expectations or lower your expectations to match your budget.
  • Have you shot at my venue before?
    • Maybe, but like the game of golf in photography great shots consistently are an act of skill, not venue. In fact, some of the greatest shots arise out of the greatest challenges.
  • How many hours do I need to set aside for pictures?
    • I'll help you figure that out for your wedding. If you're working with a planner, I'll coordinate with them and you to make sure you have a solid photography plan and realistic expectations. You can see a sample schedule here.

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Collection Questions

  • What's your pricing?
    • I don't have menus. I have conversations so I can personally understand each couple instead of making or playing to assumptions.
  • Do you include a second photographer?
    • It's unlikely you'll need one, but I can help you figure that out and provide one if necessary. Read the pros and cons.
  • Who will be with you on the wedding day?
    • There will be an assistant to help move and hold gear, facilitate magic 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?

    • That'd be silly. 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.


Delivery Questions

  • What kind of digital files do you deliver?
    • I deliver full-res JPEG proofs professionally developed for a rich, consistent look in 5 weeks instead of 6-12. Since 80 to 90 percent of my work is done in camera, there's little left for my editing team to do except deliver beautiful proofs quickly.

  • Do you edit the images yourself?

    • Editing my own pictures would waste valuable time I can use to answer your emails, pre-design your album, slideshow and galleries and make sure everything is perfect for your reveal party. I have a team of expert color correctors in Washington state trained to develop my negatives way better and faster than I could.

  • What effects do you use?

    • I believe in true-to-life processing because I take care to achieve my look in camera on the wedding day and not much editing is needed after. Trendy filters or techniques would only obscure the intended art. I reserve Photoshop for album and wall art retouching. Occasionally, I'll tone an image with B&W or sepia, but not often.

  • Are the images retouched? What is retouching?

    • Some photographers count basic color correction as "retouching," which it's not, so be careful and know what you're getting. Retouching, such as stray hair removal, head swaps or skin smoothing, is included for prints 11x14 or larger and album pages from my studio. I do some of the basic retouching but give the hard stuff to my editing team to save you time at no additional charge.

  • ​How long does it take to get the images?
    • In 5 weeks, expect to make an appointment for your private reveal party. I'll show you the initial album and slideshow design and demonstrate the Web gallery features. The industry average is 6-12 weeks, with some photographers taking as long as three months.

    • If you approve your design right away, you can expect to have your album within about 8-9 weeks of your wedding date!

  • ​How many images do we get?

    • ​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. You need only 80-150 images for a large album.

  • ​Can we see more images or outtakes?

    • 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.


Style and Quality

  • Can you reproduce something I saw on Pinterest?
    • Even if it's my own photo, not enough conditions will be similar for a reproduction. Pinterest boards and extensive shot lists are, in my real world experience, less likely to yield the shots you want. I'm happy to try two or three favorites, but the best option is to trust my experience and discover something you haven't experienced before.
  • ​Can I give you a shot list? Do you have a shot list?
    • ​What helps the most is specific family portrait combinations and requests unique to your wedding. The rest comes from experience and inspiration on the wedding day. One of the main reasons to hire me is to not have to worry about getting cool shots.
  • How would you describe your style?
    • A blend of directed and candid photography. I use classical Hollywood lighting and angles, dramatic color and contrast, action, and I want my pictures to be vivid but believably processed.



Business & Details

  • 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.

    • I roll my gear around in an expedition bag strapped to a hand cart. If your wedding photographer shows up with one camera and flash, um, OK.
    • I can't carry a store with me, but I have a few emergency items from body and hair spray to pain relievers and bandages.
  • 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.