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HOW I WORK, AND WHAT TO EXPECT

Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to learn more is to simply contact me today and set up a personal meeting.  But I know you have a busy life, so I have gathered some of my most frequently asked questions in this section so you can read more in the meantime.

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How do you pronounce your name?

Pautz is pronounced like “Pouts”, but chances are if you mispronounce it I won’t even notice.  I have had a lifetime to get used to it.

When I started my business, it would have been easy to choose a generic name for it.  However, despite the difficulty of my name I chose to use it because there is a certain level of trust when it comes to hiring your photographer.  When people book me, they know I am the photographer they will have at their wedding…my work is mine alone, and my couples know exactly what results to expect.  My work has always had a more personal touch to it, and I didn’t want to hide behind a generic name.

How would you describe your photography style?

My style can be described as artistic, dramatic, bold, and candid.

The best way I can describe how I work is that I photograph what is happening in front of me, as it unfolds. I walk into every wedding with a specific plan, but no pre-conceived notions of what that wedding should look like.  I photograph based on raw emotion and mood, not based on checking a photo off a shot list.  Working this way allows me to tell you and your fiance’s unique story in a very intimate, personal manner that is far more real and meaningful than the ‘cookie cutter’ treatment.

During the parts of the day that require posing, such as the family or couple’s photos, I take a light, natural approach.  My goal is to show people’s natural selves instead of forcing people into stuffy, awkward poses.  When I pose you and your fiance, I direct you to interact with each other so I can capture your emotional connection instead of obsessing over the little nitpicky details. I supply enough direction so you always know what to do, but not so much that you look like you’ve been posed.  Most people find my approach a lot of fun to work with, which is exactly what I want it to be.

What's all this about individual attention?

In a world full of photographers who are content to do only what’s necessary to get by, I strive to be something more.  There are hundreds of wedding photographers in this area alone, and I think it is ironic that the only way a bride has to compare them is by their portfolios.  Wedding photography to me is so much more than beautiful wedding photos – it is about the entire experience.

The entire experience includes everything from the ease of the booking process to the speed that I return your emails.  No one ever talks about things that are really important to making you happy before the wedding – Things like flexibility in accepting payments, friendliness when working with your families, or being available to answer your questions and put your mind at ease during the stressful planning process.  Many photographers care only as much as needed to get another booking, then they become slow or difficult to work with.  I am not like this.

I value your experience as much as I do your wedding photos.  Because of this, I do things very differently from other photographers.

  •  I only accept a limited number of weddings each year to avoid looking at people as numbers or contracts, and so I can always give your wedding the individual attention it deserves.
  •  In most cases I also limit weddings to a maximum of one wedding per weekend to avoid fatigue and burnout which would prevent me from performing the best I possibly can.
  • I require an in-person meeting / interview before booking, which is meant to ensure that we are an excellent fit – both stylistically and personally.  It is very important that your ideals, needs, and preferences mesh with your photographer, and this is how I can ensure you receive the absolute best experience possible.

 

In a world where everyone else views you as a number, make sure your photographer views  you as the unique person you are.

Do you have any questions about my process?  Contact me today!

Do you work with a second shooter/ assistant?

In the past, I have always photographed weddings as the sole shooter, and I am more than comfortable photographing any wedding in this manner.   Because of my high-energy approach to the wedding day, I have always done the work of 2 people myself.  However, in recent years, I have begun working more with assistants and 2nd photographers at weddings.  Now, I include an assistant / 2nd photographer with every all-day wedding package.

The benefits are numerous.

  • Having additional help means I can cover the ceremony from multiple angles without worrying about missing something.
  • It allows me to free up my energy and focus on the more difficult, creative photos without worry about missing the basic ones.
  • While I still prefer being the main photographer during all parts of the day, having help allows me to split up and cover two different things at once if necessary.

The people I work with are flexible and can assist me with the grunt work like carrying equipment and setting up my lighting; or they can help with the photography side of things when needed.  To maintain my signature photography style, I still like to be present at every part of the wedding day to oversee, but I can have them cover things by themselves if necessary.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

How many images can I expect to receive?

It will vary widely depending on options (such as hours of coverage, how active and fun-loving your group is, etc), but I typically deliver between 400-800 photos or more per wedding, 20+ for bridal portraits, and 80+ for engagements and general photo sessions. I process and edit each image individually, and I take great pride in my work.

What do you require to book a wedding?

I require a flat $800 non-refundable retainer due at the time of the contract signing, regardless of your chosen package. This contract is designed to protect both parties, and reserves your wedding day so no other bride can book it. Full payment is due 2 weeks before your wedding date, and I have many options for payment plans.

In my effort to give every couple a personalized experience, I also require an in-person meeting (or via Skype if out-of-town).  This is so I can make sure we are an excellent fit, and so I can give you the best possible photography experience.

Please note that I have to collect SC Sales tax if your wedding takes place in South Carolina.  If so, the retainer ends up being $848 after taxes.

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash or check is the preferred method of payment.  I can accept credit card payments but due to the high fees and other risks, I reserve it for emergencies when possible.

I am a firm believer in the idea and power of decentralized payment systems.  Therefore, I also accept a number of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ether, Raiblocks (XRB), and Monero.  If this is something you are familiar with and the idea interests you, feel free to contact me for more information.

As a candid photographer, do you do posed photos and family shots too?

Yes.  I prefer natural reactions and situations unspoiled by direction, and the majority of my photos are shot in this candid style. However there are many times when posing is required: Couples photos, bride and groom portraits, bridesmaid and groomsmen group photos, family photos, etc.

In these situations, I provide direction and posing, but I do so in a more relaxed manner than traditional wedding photographers.  I will not over-pose people or move you like a Barbie doll, and I don’t care much about things like making sure everyone’s arm is at the same angle and position.  I believe these photos look forced and unnatural.  Instead, I direct and pose in a way that allows people to relax and be happy so their true personalities can come out – while still showing them what to do.

The way I direct you as a couple during the couple’s portraits is especially unique – It is easier for me to explain this process in person.  Contact me today to set up a meeting!

How long until I receive my finalized wedding photos?

I pride myself on having one of the fastest image turnaround times in the industry. However, it does depend on my workload at the time. The official answer is to allow up to 3-4 weeks for a full wedding delivery.  This is because I do not sacrifice quality or individual attention for the sake of quicker deliveries during my busy seasons (Spring and Fall).  In reality, you can typically expect 1-2 weeks for weddings, and 1 week for engagements / bridals or other shoots during off seasons.

Should I get a package with an engagement session?

I make it no secret that I love engagement sessions, because of several reason:
1)  We get a chance to meet and work together, so you will know exactly what to expect from me on your wedding.

2)  You get to see how I work, and the results (which you will love sharing with your friends / family). and as a result you will feel more comfortable on your wedding day itself.

3)  You will have photos that you can print and display at your wedding reception, and additional photos you can use for prints/albums.

4)  My couples always enjoy these sessions because I make them fun, and low-stress!

For these reasons, most of my packages include an engagement session, and it’s an option I highly recommend.

I also offer extended engagements, which take place in further away or more exotic destinations. My mountain engagement sessions are great examples of these, but they can be done nearly anywhere. If you and your fiance are adventurous people and want something to match your larger-than-life personalities, this is the session for you.

How much can I expect to invest if I hire you?

Like the wedding ring, photography is designed to last the rest of your lives – choose well!

basic photography collections begin at $2999. Most couples invest an average of $3999 or more for full-day wedding coverage, depending on which options are most important to them.

Specific package information is available upon request. [Contact Me]

What are your album options?

I am extremely passionate about albums. In our digital age where 5 years changes everything, albums remain steady, unchanging, and timeless . They will always be there for you whenever you want to relive your memories in perfect clarity and detail. I believe they are the single best way to show off your wedding photos, and I only trust the highest quality labs with your wedding memories.

I offer 8″x8″, 10″x10″, and 12″x12″ albums of various lengths and options, including various types of leather and colors. All albums feature lab quality photos printed directly on bonded, reinforced pages for strength and durability. They utilize a seamless gutter design which allows for beautiful panorama printing across a two page spread.

These albums are beautiful and best viewed in person, and I will be happy to show them during our initial consult.

Do you use a contract? Are you Insured?

Absolutely! I wouldn’t dream of shooting without either! I am fully insured for both liability/indemnity and equipment damage. I have an industry-standard contract that must be signed to save your wedding date (see below)