Raleigh North Carolina Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

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FAQs

 

You've got questions, we've got answers!

 

What makes your work different from other photographers' work?
We strive to take all our photos in intimate, relaxed settings and use natural light as often as possible.  Our sessions are candid & fun, we usually have some bad jokes to tell or a game for you to play.   We will guide you into poses and do our best to help you relax.   Our vision for our work is to deliver fun, meaningful imagery and to make your session or wedding a great experience.  Crisp, clean, classic color is our inspiration and we are not afraid of contrast.  We want our clients to trust our abilities and have an open mind when it comes to our suggestions.  At the end of the day we want you to enjoy yourself!

 

Engagement sessions
All of our wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session.  This way, we get to spend some time with you as a couple, and you get to know us before your big day.  We’ll get to know you during the engagement session, so when your wedding day is here, you are comfortable and able to be yourself.  Your wedding images will be a more authentic and reflect “you” when you’re not worried about working with us for the first time.  Even if you’ve already had an engagement session with someone else, we highly recommend you plan one with us for this very reason.  This way you’ll know how we work and what to expect and vice versa.  

 

What if I'm awkward in front of the camera?
Who isn't?  Also literally everyone tells us they are awkward and 95% of them are wrong.  If you are part of the 5%, trust us we can hide the awkward and show you what works.  Give us 10 minutes to get you warmed up and you'll be a pro in no time!  We use prompts and suggestions to have you interact naturally while we snap away.  We'll throw some posed shots in there too because everyones' mom loves those.  All of our wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session so we can get to know you and also give you an idea of how it works for wedding day photos. This gives us get an opportunity to see how you interact and what poses work or don't for you so we can capture your individuality.

 

How many photographers will be there at our wedding?
There will always be two photographers at your wedding in order to get multiple perspectives and extra shots of all of the details.  Jared and I almost always shoot together, however we do have a list of qualified photographers to call on in the event Jared is unable to attend.

 

How do we book?
You will be officially booked with Rachael Bowman Photography as soon as a signed contract and a 40% non-refundable retainer is paid.  In this age of technology, we are able to make the booking process very simple.  Once you’ve decided on a collection, we’ll send you a link where you can view, sign, and pay online.  Use our contact form or send us an email to get started.  Keep in mind that certain months are in high demand so it is best to book sooner rather than later if you are ready. 

 

You took so many pictures, do I get them all?
You'll hear our cameras clicking a lot, we take a lot of images to ensure that we capture those perfect moments.  With that being said no you won't receive every image we take.  We choose the best of the best then edit and deliver them to you.  Trust me, you're not missing anything in those ones we don't deliver, it's mostly closed eye moments or someone walking through the frame.  

 

When will my images be ready?
For SESSIONS we will post your images in an online gallery 3-6 weeks after your session.  With sessions you will receive a download pin that will allow direct downloads of your high-res images from your gallery.  USB devices are available for purchase in addition to the gallery download if you so choose.

For WEDDINGS turn-around is a bit longer (6-8 weeks) due to the high volume of images to be edited.  Once your images are ready we will give you access to a view-only gallery while we ship you a USB device containing your high-res files and print release. 

 

What equipment do you use?
We use professional full frame sensor canon cameras and equipment - the 5d mark iii, 70-200mm lens,  50mm lens, 24-105mm lens, & the 100mm macro lens, among other items. We carry backups in the rare event that anything should occur to one of our cameras or lenses so we can keep on rocking.  

 

Where are we going to shoot?
This is up to you, we have tons of "go to" places and ideas but if you have a special place in mind let's talk about it!  We're always open to new locations and suggestions.  Keep in mind that if a location requires a permit or fee you will be responsible for covering that cost. 

 

Do I have to order prints through you?
Short answer "No".  However we highly recommend ordering prints through our galleries because we work with professional printers, but it is not required. We keep our print costs low because we would much rather you order through us and get a quality product.  We realize it is very tempting to go down to your local drug store and run some prints off but trust us, it’s a bad idea!  If you would like suggestions for consumer labs we can steer you towards some better option, however we cannot be held responsible for prints not purchased through our galleries.

 

Do you charge for travel?
For sessions, if you are within a 50-mile radius of us you're covered.  

For weddings, we cover you up to a 100-mile radius. 

If your location falls beyond those specifications we do charge 55 cents per mile in addition to an hourly rate for our time spent traveling.  If your event is more than 3 hours from our location we require that hotel accommodations are provided the evening of your event.  For destination weddings airfare and lodging is required as well in addition to your collection price.  We will need to arrive 1-2 days ahead of your event so that we can ensure no airline delays or cancellations affect your wedding day coverage.  Reach out if you have any questions or would like more information!

 

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