FAQ : Answers to the most common questions we are asked and how to plan an amazingly stress free wedding
How would you describe your style?
My photography is a blend of 2 worlds: fine art meets lifestyle photography. My creative fine art approach is the artistic capture of a subject and the background, while using available or artificial light, while maintaining a genuine emotional realness of the person or couple. Mix this fine art look with my vison of Lifestyle Photography. This is what I love about photographing people, capturing real images, of real people, for who they are, their personality, the passion they have for each other. This is what many describe as candid, but I love to describe it as real life. This is the essentials of Norman Yu Photography.
Do you also photograph traditional portraits?
Of course! I love the mix of classic portraiture with my modern approach. I do have posed images too, but a small percentage of my final product. Otherwise I capture a wedding day in a photojournalistic approach; being as unobtrusive as possible and using direction when needed. I do this in order to create a wedding collection that tells the story of your day, from beginning to end.
What's in your bag?
- Canon 5D mark iii
- Canon 5D mark ii
- Canon 24mm 1.4L
- Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS
- Canon 50mm 1.4
- Canon 16-35mm 2.8L
- Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L
- Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlights (4 of these)
- Alien Bees B1600 Strobe
- Alien Bees B400 Strobe
- Holdfast leather camera double holster
- And a whole bag full of gadgets like midland walkies with matching secret service like ear pieces.
What other types of photography do you do?
We only shoot weddings. For our current clients, we extend the welcome to photograph their growing family.
We feel that a focus and concentration on only wedding photography enable us the knowledge and edge to deliver truly exceptional one of a kind photographic experiences. We're proud to reveal that by exhausting our resources and gaining an ongoing wealth of knowledge we quest to become experts in our specialty.
Of course Norman loves all kinds of photography and art as a whole. So it's not a surprise to see him shooting a variety of types for fun; including fashion, landscape, or whatever else he finds fascinating.
How many images do you deliver?
I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity. I always have been and always will be. I believe in telling a story with my photography, beginning to end. The magic number is 600, I try as hard as I can to deliver this many for every wedding. It's extremely hard so depending on your day, it's realistically more like 600-900. I have found that even in my wedding, it's hard to want to view more than 600 images. I always want my couples to relive their wedding day over and over again without having to make a day of it. I want my images to be alive and seen, not just stored on a bookshelf collecting dust in the form of a cd or hard drive.
You're a Christian photographer, do you have issues shooting secular weddings?
I've been asked this more often these days. While it's true I am a devout Christian I still also live in this world with different kinds of people with different kinds of beliefs or non-beliefs. I have lived an extremely diverse life; full of friends and family of all cultures, all faiths, and even some of my closest friends without faith. To answer the question as honest as I can, I love working with everyone and have no problems working with anyone; of all types of beliefs or non-beliefs. It's a silly question to me but one that's been asked more often and more frequently. So yes to all religions, yes to vulgar groomsmen, and yes to anyone out there who truly want my work to represent their wedding day.
How many weddings do you shoot per year?
Gone are the days of 40+ weddings! We now only accept 25 weddings per year. I love what I do but want to love doing it each and every shoot. We also believe that our clients deserve our time and attention throughout every step of the wedding process. From the first inquiry to the final delivery of your album, we want to create an unforgettable wedding experience!
Do you have a 2nd photographer or assistant?
When you commission us for your day you get a full photography team to compliment my approach to every wedding. This inludes 2 lead photographers and 1-2 assistants. A team approach to every shoot is key, using a 2nd photographer, and my own photography assistant to orchestrate a wedding shoot that flows in unison throughout the day. We use the highest quality equipment and technology to help plan a stress free day and an atmosphere that delivers a memorable wedding experience.
So we get amazing photography and then what?
Creative photography is only half of it. The other side often left unsaid, are the countless hours of protecting files, on the fly troubleshooting as weddings go 0-100mph from start to finish, years of experience managing the unplanned. Planning a realistic timeline with the bride is also a service we take very seriously, we want to help make the day run smooth by planning for the unexpected. Every wedding will run 15-20 minutes ahead or behind schedule and it fluxuates throughout the day. It's my job to prepare the bride and bring all the knowledge I've accumulated over the years to help every wedding day be the best day it can be. We believe in setting the bar high in customer service and delivering even higher than expected. Our studio is a resource for couples and professional photographers. All of our couples take advantage of our help in planning their wedding, help that includes even more than just photography, through our vast vendor network and detail recommendations.
Do you accept photo suggestions or requests?
I enjoy seeing what my brides and grooms want to bring to the table. It helps me get a good sense of who they are and what they like. I love shooting images of people and adding my style and creativity along with my couple's personality into the mix. That being said, many of my clients are of the creative field and aren't hiring me to just take pictures, they commission me to photograph one of the biggest days of their lives. A commission gives me full creative control, to take each event for its individuality and capture original works of art. Instead of looking at a batch of photos to copy they want me to be looking at their days available natural light, seeing the shadows, and conentrating on what makes their day unique to other events of the same location. I will however, take a handful of requests if a bride says to me she wants one or two must haves to be included, I'll do it.
I'm planning my wedding, how much time do I need for photography?
- After choosing the photographer you are most comfortable with, both artistically and personality. The single next biggest task of importance in wedding photography is proper planning and implementing a realistic timeline. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:
- Natural lighting is best for wedding ceremonies. Always plan this part of the wedding with enough sunlight still available for portraits after the ceremony.
- Portraits after the ceremony include: Family portraits (30 minutes) Bride/Groom session (60 minutes) Bridal Party portraits (30 minutes)
- I always like to build a timeline planning for the unexpected, and in most cases that means a wedding averages running behind or ahead in 20 minute intervals at any part of the day.
- If having a first look, the completion time for this session should get you to the ceremony location a minimum of 30 minutes before the ceremonial event.
- My day typically starts with the bride and groom getting ready. This is usually 2 hours before the bride gets into her dress and generally 3-4 hours before the ceremony. The hair/make up session is a likely cause of delays during most weddings. Time is of great importance at this stage and we cannot stress this more.
- Building an appropriate timeline with our brides is always part of the service and an integral component in what we do.
If you are booked on my wedding date or you're out of my budget what can I do?
We have photographers we love working with and sending our prospective clients to when we are not available. They have worked with me in the past or have a reputable, reliable, and experienced photography studio similar to ours.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept most major credit cards, cash, or checks. After the initial deposit (retainer fee), the total is not due until 2 weeks before the event date. You are free to make payments leading to this date or if you prefer you can make a single payment for the balance remaining.
How much is due to reserve my date and is it refundable?
To reserve your date onto our calendar we require a 50% retainer fee. Payment arrangements can be made please inquire. This fee is applied toward your balance due and is non-refundable. Standard practice for most photography studios. Once we lock your date in we will not double book that date. We book most weddings 1-2 years in advance and last minute bookings are not common practice in our studio. Rescheduling is available and if we're available you can retain your contracted rate for up to one year from original date.