Frequently Asked Questions
What�s your photographic style?
I prefer a photojournalistic style of photography. Photojournalism focuses more on capturing the spontaneous rather than the posed shots. A major goal of this style of photography is to visually tell the story of your event without taking up your (and your guests) time to pose for dozens of portrait-style photographs.
Even though I prefer photojournalism, as opposed to traditional photography, some of our family members really want some nice groups shots of the family? Can you accommodate this?
Yes. Although I may prefer cover an event in a photojournalistic style, I work for you. I will be happy to take any particular shots you may have in mind.
How do you dress for an event?
I dress to blend in with the average guest at your event. This will vary, of course, with the type of event you are hosting.
Will you be the actual photographer at our wedding? Do you double book?
I will always be the primary photographer for your event. I don�t double book. You are my first priority during the time in which you have hired me.
Is the work that I am seeing on your website all yours and only yours or is it a compilation of work from more than one photographer?
The work is all mine.
Will our photos be available to view and order online?
Your photos will be displayed and available for purchase on www.jasoncrawley.com for 60 days. You may want to send the link around to family and friends who would want pictures from your event.
Am I limited to the number of photographs you will take?
No, I bill you based on the amount of time I photograph, so I will take as many pictures as needed to cover your event.
Will you be there all day? Can we have photos taken of us getting ready?
I will be there during the times we have agreed upon in the contract. You can use this time any way you wish. It can include getting ready, rehearsals, receptions, etc. You can always add on more time, as agreed upon in the contract, if you want.
Do you use digital or film cameras?
I use digital. It is not inherently better quality than film, but rather allows for more latitude in how your final print looks to you. A digital picture can be converted to black and white, touched up to remove a distracting background, etc.
Do you shoot black and white or color most of the time? Is there an extra fee for black and white?
One of the nice aspects of shooting digital is that I can take all the photos in color and convert some to black and white after the fact. I usually convert about 10% of the pictures, but can adjust this according to your preference. I have to charge a processing fee for a large number of black and white conversions (over 50%) due to the labor involved in this process.
Do you have a backup camera?
I always bring a backup camera in the event of a malfunction.
How long will it be before we can see our photos?
It depends of the size of the event and my general workload, but most events will be finished in about two to three weeks. Certain items, like the coffee table books can take significantly longer due to the time required to create the custom layouts and the process necessary to print a book.
What's the process for making our coffee table book? Do we get to pick the photos?
I will have you pick out a certain number of pictures for the book. If I need 30 pictures for the book I would have you select more photos than I would need (about 45-50). This will allow you to have most your favorite photographs in the book, while allowing me enough options to create well-designed pages.
What is your cancellation policy?
Your package fee is paid in three installments. One third is due at the time you sign the contract, one third is due no later then 14 days prior to you event, and the final one third is due before the delivery of the proofs (approximately 2-3 weeks). You will lose any fees already paid at the time of cancellation.
My aunt/uncle/brother/friend is kind of a photo buff and we're sure he/she will have a camera. Is this okay?
I ask that your guests refrain from taking pictures (especially with a flash) during the ceremony or during any formal shots that I may take. This serves to preserve the dignity of your ceremony and will allow me to perform my job in the most efficient manner possible. Having said that, everyone should feel free to photograph other parts of your event.