Q: Where are you located?
A: I live in Thomaston, Maine, but that doesn't limit the area I cover for weddings!
Q: How do I contact you?
A: You can call me at 207-593-2092 or e-mail me at email@example.com. I'm available by appointment. Alternatively, there is a contact link in the main menu of this website which will take you to a form where all information can be entered for your event. If you contact me this way, I will send you an e-mail confirming availability for your event and providing additional information about my services.
Q: What pricing commissions are available?
A: I offer several standard commissions which are designed to meet a range of needs including intimate ceremonies at a single location, traditional (and non-traditional) wedding days at multiple locations and multi-day extravaganzas. I would be happy to share my standard commission pricing upon your request and can provide you with a custom proposal after a brief consult to discuss your specific requirements. Most clients spend between $4,000 and $8,000 which includes an engagement session, full day coverage (6 hours to unlimited), an album(s) and print credits.
Q: How do I commission you for my wedding?
A: First, we need to confirm my availability for your wedding date and discuss your specific needs. After a brief consultation, I can send you an electronic contract reflecting our agreed upon commission. To formally book me for your wedding day, a 35% deposit of the total commission is required. It is due immediately along with the electronically signed contract to hold the date. Mark Andrew Photography can accept personal checks, along with credit cards for all payments.
Q: Do you photograph engagement sessions and rehearsal dinners?
A: Yes. I am available for engagement sessions, rehearsal dinners and other journalistic opportunities. These can be booked separately, and are also included in some of my standard commissions.
Q. What type of equipment do you use?
A: High-end equipment does not make a high-end photographer. However, when you are responsible for documenting something as important as a wedding day, there is no excuse for not having the right tools. All professional photographers will own top-of-the-line professional equipment. You should never be shy about asking your photographer for a glimpse into their proverbial tool bag. Professional photographers love their equipment and will proudly provide more information than you really want (or need) to know. And with internet capabilities, it's easy to verify that the equipment being used is considered to be 'professional' within the industry.
Personally, I am a Canon and Fuji junkie. I shoot with the Canon Mk IV and Fuji X-Pro2 camera bodies which are top of the line professional models. These camera bodies allow me to shoot in all forms of available light, from outdoor ceremonies on bright sunny days to dark churches and dimly lit reception halls. I have a variety of Nikon professional lenses including wide angle lenses suitable for capturing the entire church or ceremony location, image-stabilized telephoto zooms so I can focus on your nuptials without getting in the way of other guests and high quality fast focusing lens to capture spontaneous, fleeting moments. I bring professional lighting (where allowed) and backup equipment to all shoots.
Q: How much experience do you have?
A: I have a passion for photography and have many years of experience. I have shot off and on since childhood in a variety of formats. Before entering the world of wedding photography, I shot my first wedding in 2004 for my best friend on a schooner off Bailey Island, Maine and immediately fell in love with shooting weddings. Today, I specialize in wedding photography with selective expansion into lifestyle photography for friends, family and previous clients.
Q: Will you be my photographer?
A: Yes, I love weddings and personally photograph every event. Depending on the size of the wedding party, the number of guests and number of venue locations, I will likely bring along another industry professional photographer (not an assistant) to work alongside me for the day. This individual is often referred to within our industry as a "second shooter" and will help document the details of your wedding day. Working as a team, we are able to be more creative and flexible in capturing the emotional, memorable exchanges between individuals which happen spontaneously (and often on the periphery) without concern that something else is being missed.
Q: Do you bring backup equipment?
A: Always. My backup equipment includes professional quality Nikon camera bodies, lenses and lighting. I always have extra batteries and memory cards. As an industry professional photographer, any second shooter who joins me for the day would also follow those same standards. We do this for a living, and anticipate the odd mishap so you don't have to worry.
Q: Will you travel for weddings?
A: Yes, I'm happy to travel for weddings anywhere. There is no travel fee for any wedding within 200 miles of Thomaston, Maine. If air travel or hotel stays are required for weddings outside that geographic area, I pass along the actual costs without any additional uplift or fee.
Q: Will I be able to view my photographs online?
A: Yes, along with your family and friends, you will be able to view your images and order prints online for one year. There is a link on the site to direct you to your event.
Q: When will I receive the proofs of my wedding?
A: You will receive online proofs with downloadable galleries within 1 week of your wedding.