FAQs

General Questions
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Where are you based out of?

I’m based out of Southern California near Pasadena, but I am always eager to travel!

Are you willing to travel out of Southern California for our wedding?

Absolutely, I love traveling to both local and destination weddings. Whether a two-hour drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara or San Diego, or a bit further in other parts of the country and even other parts of the world, we’re ready and willing to travel anywhere for your big day.

As the saying goes, “Where there is light, there is love.” There are different photography rates for local versus non-Southern California weddings. Please email LXN.Photography@gmail or call 323.772.2730 to inquire about traveling beyond Southern California.

What would you say is your style of photography?

My photography style resembles my personality: lighthearted, authentic, and warm. I aim to capture genuine, dreamy, and romantic photos that highlights the love you share with your significant other.

Often you will hear terms like “dark and moody” or “bright and airy” to define photography styles. I am somewhere in between the spectrum since I have a fresh and vibrant style that features the natural environment colors and beauty of my clients.

I enjoy capturing ephemeral moments like when the couple laugh uncontrollably at a joke or when your grandparents dance the night away together.

Do you do other types of photography besides weddings?

I focus most of my time and energy on weddings, but I also photograph events and portraits.

Do you offer videography services?

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) LXN Photography focuses just on wedding photography. Although we may look into expanding our craft to include video in the future, at this time, we’re referring our closest and very talented videographer colleagues to couples looking for videography service. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to send you our preferred videographers.

Have you photographed at our venue before?

There are tons of locations through California I have photographed, so feel free to contact me about your venue to see if I’ve been there before. However, if we’ve not photographed at your venue, don’t fret, as we’ve had experiences working in places with similar situations and challenges (lighting, rules of the venue, best locations for photos, etc.).

If it’s a new place, especially an out of town one, we make sure to do our homework ahead of time (looking at the venue’s website, past wedding images online, making sure we have the correct address and directions, and showing up extra early to scope out the place).

What photography gear do you use for our wedding day?

Camera Bodies
- 2 Canon 5D Mark III bodies
- 2 Canon 5D Mark II bodies

Lenses
- Canon EF IS USM 24 - 70mm, f/2.8L
- Canon EF IS USM 24 - 105mm, f/4.0L
- Canon EF IS USM 70 - 200mm, f/2.8L
- Canon Macro EF IS USM 100mm, f/2.8L
- Canon EF 50mm, f/1.8

Lighting
- Godox V860II C
- Gary Fong Diffuser
- 2 light stands

Accessories
- Pelican 1510
- Holdfast Holster
- Styling Board
- Styling Kit
- Mrs. Box

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Meeting Quesetions
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What are your normal office hours for a meeting?

Since I work full-time Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, meeting after work or on the weekends works best. I am flexible and more than willing to work within your busy schedule as well!

If we’re not able to meet in person, is there any other way for us to “meet”?

I understand it might be difficult to have an in-person meeting, especially if you live outside of the Los Angeles/Orange County area. I’m more than happy to set up a Skype call or even a phone telecom with you both. Just fill out our contact form and we’ll set up a time to meet at your earliest convenience.

What information should we have ready before our meeting with you?

There is no set list, but at the very least the information requested on the contact form: wedding date and venue, a rough idea of what photography collection/budget you have in mind, and most importantly, enthusiasm to share your story and wedding day vision!

We’re already interested in booking you, do we still need to have a meeting?

Thank you! I never take for granted the feeling of being hired well before we exchange a “Hello” or put faces to names. I can make everything official online with the contract and deposit. But to ensure we answer all your questions and get to know you two better, I’d love to have a meeting (in-person, web, or phone) prior to your special day!

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Booking Questions
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We’d like to book you, what do we need to do to make everything official?

Thank you so much! I am thrilled and honored to work with you! To make everything official, you just need to determine the wedding photography package of your choice and its investment, fill out and sign our online contract, and pay the 50% deposit retainer. I accept check, Paypal, Venmo, and Square. Rest assure every step will be outlined and detail documented in e-mails to ensure there’s no surprises or miscommunication.

We’re interested in booking you but aren’t quite ready yet. How long can you put a soft hold on our wedding date?

We understand making the important decision of your wedding photographer is a huge commitment, and we want you to take as much time as you need. By default, all bookings are on a first come, first serve basis (signed contract and 25% deposit retainer). However, with an in-person, web, or phone meeting, we can put a soft hold on your wedding date for 72 hours (3 days). Afterwards, unless further notified by you, the date will be open again.

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Pre-Wedding Questions
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What can we expect from you between the time of the booking and our wedding day?

I believe getting the best wedding photos require a good amount of planning and communication well before you walk down the aisle.

You can expect me to only be a phone call or e-mail away from answering any questions you might have. I typically send out a formal “touching base” e-mail with helpful links and to-do items 2.5 to 3 months beforehand. We’ll then schedule a meeting roughly a month before your wedding to go over all the final details and answer any questions you might have.

What happens if after we book you, you’re not able to photograph our wedding?

Oh dear! Thankfully in five years, I still have perfect attendance. I’ve never missed a wedding and certainly don’t ever plan on doing so. Your wedding day is my top priority on that day and the weeks/months leading up to it.

I won’t miss your wedding for anything, and we truly mean anything. If we’re a bit under the weather, I’ll be there (and hopefully not get anyone sick!). If my best friend ends up getting married on the same day as your wedding, congrats but I’m committed to your big day. If my family ends up going on a vacation that weekend, too bad but I’m going to miss it as we’ll be photographing your wedding.

It would have to be something catastrophic *knock on wood* for us to not be able to photograph your wedding (only the unimaginable). If somehow that happens, we will notify you immediately and propose that one of my amazing photographer colleagues step in and capture your big day.

In this unlikely case, LXN Photography will compensate you accordingly for the inconvenience. Please rest assure we’ve never come close to missing a wedding, but do have contingency plans if that were to ever happen.

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Engagement Session Questions
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Is it necessary to do an engagement session?

Although I highly recommend doing an engagement session, it’s not necessary. Circumstances such as your work schedule, living in another state, and simply not needing photos of you two are more than understandable. About 90% of our couples decide to have an engagement session (usually a 1-3 hour shoot and anywhere from 3-6+ months before the wedding); and the rest decide to not have one for a variety of reasons.

What are the pros and cons of doing an engagement session?

The pros are: you get to work with your photographer (hopefully us!) prior to the wedding, be comfortable in front of the camera (super helpful if you or your fiance is somewhat camera shy), have some lovely photos of you two at your favorite locations that can be used in a variety of ways (save the date cards, wedding website, display prints at the wedding, etc.), and an excuse to go shopping for new clothes).

The cons are: possibly having to take some time off of work for the shoot and investing a bit more into your photography collection. We think the pros far outweigh the cons, but there’s definitely no wrong choice.

How long will our engagement session be?

Typically it’s anywhere from 2 - 3 hours. We think anything less than two hours is way too short, as usually the first 20 - 30 minutes is just warming up to the camera. Plus if you’d like to get a variety of photos and go to multiple locations with an outfit change or two, then it’s necessary to allot more time.

And if you’d like to get both late afternoon/early evening shots (when lighting is the best) plus creative night-time portraits, we recommend around four hours. This allows the best of both worlds without rushing things.

We’re not sure where to go for our engagement session, can you give us some ideas?

Of course! First I’d like to find out what you two like to do, such as hobbies, interests, and where you like to hang out during your free time. That’ll give me an idea of the types of places that fit into your personality, i.e. nature, architectural, beach, modern, fields, and so on. Then I’ll narrow down around what areas you’d like to have your engagement session.

We’re not sure what to wear for our engagement session, can you help us out?

I recommend bold, solid colors. A few stripes and patterns are okay provided they don’t distract from the main focus (you two!). Complementary color combinations always work well; try to avoid holiday or “interesting” color combinations, i.e. red, white and blue or yellow and black. Unless you’re really patriotic or love Halloween! In general, treat your engagement session like going on a date. It can be as fancy/formal or laid back/casual as you’d like, and the clothes you wear should reflect that.

How much direction do you give during your engagement sessions? We prefer our images to not be overly posed but at the same time would like guidance from our photographer.

I am on the same page with you! My goal when it comes to posing (both at the engagement session and on your wedding day) is to have you and your partner look as natural as possible while getting some beautiful images. I’m constantly communicating with our couples throughout the entire shoot and providing directions, but not so much where the poses become too “posey.”

My goal is to create images to look like you and your partner were on your own and I was never there to give you any instructions. I find the best images are not only when the couple is looking great, but also feeling great in the moment!

We’re very camera shy/don’t like having our photos taken. Will that be an issue?

No worries because so am I! This is why I’m on this side of the camera! I’ve had couples that couldn’t get their hands off each other to ones that were too shy to even look each other in front of the camera. I’m happy to work with you two provided you you bring lots of energy and love. I’ll take care of the rest, I promise!

We noticed on your galleries/blog posts that some of your couples are kissing in their photos. What if we prefer not to show too much PDA (public display of affection)?

Rest assure you two can (and should!) be TOTALLY yourselves during your engagement session. Some couples are a bit more comfortable kissing in public while others prefer to keep those intimate moments when they're by themselves.

I’ll never ask you to do anything that’s “not you”, so please feel free to show your affection towards each other in your own comfortable ways. Typically I’ll ask our couples to get close to one another, hold hands, hug one another, and maybe at most a soft kiss on the cheek/forehead/temple.

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Wedding Day Questions
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How early and late should photography start on my wedding day?

I can’t speak for all photographers, but we generally prefer to capture as complete of a wedding day as possible. It’s like an author of a book or a director of a movie, as a documentary photographer, I want to tell your entire wedding day story.

I typically photograph about two hours of getting ready (bride’s details, hair and make-up, finishing touches after getting into the dress), followed by possibly a first look and pre-ceremony portraits (bride and groom, bridal party, immediate family), ceremony, then post-ceremony portraits (bride and groom, extended family), and the reception.

Although I’m happy to stay as late as you’d like, I normally say our farewells about half an hour to an hour into open dancing. On average, I’m at a wedding for ten hours, from roughly 12 -10 PM. But I’ve had photography coverage as short as two hours to as many as fourteen!

What attire do you wear to weddings?

Unless it’s a beach wedding and everyone, including the photographers, need to wear beachy outfits, or any other themed-wedding, I will wear a jumpsuit with black shoes.

Rest assured I won’t be showing up looking casual or too comfortable. My goal is to dress professionally and blend in with the crowd. I want all the attention to be on you two, not on me!

Is it necessary to have a professional day-of coordinator or is an onsite coordinator enough?

Every wedding is unique and has its own set of circumstances and challenges. Plus some couples might have ample time or don’t mind doing all the planning, while others prefer to not deal with the added work and stress.

I highly recommend couples to hire a professional planner, or at least a day-of coordinator. The list of tasks they take off the couple’s plate is endless, and the amount of head/heartache they prevent is unquantifiable.

Plus some venues require couples to hire one, even if they have their own in-house coordinator. I’ve noticed that the weddings with a professional planner/coordinator (not someone that just does it for fun or worse not very good at it), runs more smoothly than ones without.

Do you also get more traditional, camera-aware photos?

Although my focus is to capture beautiful moments, my goal is to tell a complete story of your wedding day. That includes the traditional, looking and smiling at the camera photos, i.e. the ones our parents love and will probably end up printing and hanging on their walls at home!

Throughout the entire day (not just during the portraits and formals), I make sure to get images of you two, bridal party, and family all looking amazing at the camera. And if you’re not too fond of those images, no worries as it won’t take more than a few minutes or even seconds here and there.

How much photo-related direction/guidance do you provide on the wedding day?

My intentions is to capture your wedding day in an unobtrusive and distraction-free manner. I’ve found that our couples and their loved ones are in their true, raw, real elements when we’re more of a “fly on the wall” rather than constantly giving directions, moving subjects around, and the worst… asking to redo something.

However, I’ve found that at every wedding, our couples and their loved ones are seeking direction/guidance from us, especially when it comes to the camera-aware/posed photos like family formals and bridal party portraits. I’m more than happy and willing to provide them. Such as where to put our hands, where to stand, which direction to turn our bodies, lining all the subjects in the best order, etc.

Perhaps during the getting ready, I want to make sure you’re in the best light when it comes to zipping up your dress or putting on jewelry. Or when it comes to cake cutting, I want to put you two on the right side since there’s a giant exit sign on the left.

Don’t fret, all of this is done quickly, efficiently, and in a subtle and pleasant manner. My goal is to give just the right amount of directions and guidance to get the best images, so everyone can go back to enjoying the day, and I can continue capturing those amazing candids!

I don’t want to spend forever taking family formals, how long do they normally take?

I’m on the same page as you! On average, I won’t spend longer than 30 minutes of total time taking family formals. This includes pre-ceremony family formals (just with immediate, about 15 minutes) and post-ceremony (with immediate and extended, another 15 minutes). Well before the wedding, I ask our couples to provide a list of all the family members’ names and relations, and which groups of formals they would like captured.

That way, I can conduct the family formals in an efficient and dare I say pleasant manner. No worries if you’re not sure about that list, as we have the essentials all memorized, i.e. with parents, with parents and siblings and spouses, with aunts, uncles, etc. The family list is more for you to not forget anyone important, and for them to be present when we take the photos.

We see you focus on the moments and portraits of a wedding day. Do you also take details photos?

Without a doubt! Although I love capturing beautiful moments and creative portraits, details are just as important as they help you remember what your amazing day looked like. I understand how much time and energy you’ve put into choosing all your details. I will make sure to capture all of them in the best and most beautiful way possible.

From getting ready with the dress, shoes, jewelry, stationery, and rings… to the ceremony with the florals, sign-in table, programs… to the reception with the centerpieces, place cards, cake, favors, the entire room… and everything else in between. Less obvious items like the “I Do” sticker under the heels, grandma’s pendant, notes and gifts between the bride and groom, and the dessert station set up at the end of the evening… I’m always looking for details throughout the wedding day!

Do you work with a second photographer on the wedding day?

Every wedding I photographed is a team of the main photographer and second photographer. Depending on the type and logistics of wedding, it may or may not be beneficial for the couple to invest in a second photographer.

For example, if you want coverage of the guys getting ready, candids of the guests, and if there’s not much time for the main photographer to get ceremony and reception details (among other things), I recommend including a second photographer in the wedding collection.

But if the wedding is pretty intimate with a small number of guests (roughly 100 or less), everything is at one location, and there’s time to capture details (among other things), I’m confident a single, main photographer will be able to tell a comprehensive story of the day.

Is there a limit to the number of photos you take at a wedding, and of that how many can we expect to get?

There’s no limit to the number of photos we take at a wedding and give to our couples. Historically, I provide on average about 50 - 80 images per hour that I’m contracted. For example, for a 10-hour wedding, the couple can expect around 500 - 800+ images. Naturally, the more time I have for portraits, the less driving or waiting around for people, and the more activities taking place (i.e. toasts, dancing), the more photos I’ll capture and give to our couples.

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Post-Wedding Questions
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How soon after our wedding can we expect to see the photos?

You can expect to see a sneak peek of your wedding photos (about a handful) a week afterwards, on our Facebook fan page and Instagram account. Since it takes time to go through all the images taken and remove the outtakes (someone blinking or not ready for the camera, test images, duplicates, etc.), plus I want to give ample amount of love and care in color correcting/enhancing every single one of the images you’ll receive, it takes roughly 4 to 6 weeks total to have all your images ready.

How will we be able to view, share, and obtain our wedding photos?

Roughly 4 to 6 weeks after your wedding, when we’ve completed color correcting/giving some TLC to all your images, I’ll have them uploaded on a private online gallery. I’ll send you a link and password to not only view and download the high-resolution, edited digital files, but also share your wedding photos with your family and friends. By default, this gallery will be online up to a year after your wedding. Please make sure to have downloaded and backed up all your images by then.

Do you do any color correcting/editing to the images before we receive them?

I always strive to get the best image possible when I capture it in the camera. But all photos can use some enhancing, and that’s what we do to all of yours. Since there’s several hundred to a thousand plus images to edit, it takes a good 2 to 3 weeks to go through them all individually and do the color correction.

This includes basic retouching like curves, exposure, temperature, contrast, color, cropping, sharpening, and a few other tweaks. Yes, I go through each of your wedding images one at a time (no batch editing). I want to make sure every single one gets the proper care and time before uploading them all online for you two to view and share.

We’re planning on ordering an album for ourselves but also want to get a copy for our parents. Do you also provide them?

Yes! As much as I love putting together a gorgeous wedding album for our couples, I’ve found that doing so for their parents is special in a completely different way. I can only imagine how excited and happy your folks would be when they get a beautiful book filled with moments, portraits, and details from your special wedding day.

Perhaps a holiday, birthday, or a simply “thank you” gift? I can create the same design and size as the main one for your parents, or completely start from scratch with different photos and a smaller or larger book. A popular album package includes three books: one for the couple, one for the bride’s set of parents, and one for the groom’s set of parents.

Do we own the copyright on our photos and what are allowed to do with them?

Per the contract, I own both the copyrights to your wedding photos. You’re more than welcome/have the rights to share, print, give away, use, and essentially do anything you’d like with your wedding photos provided it’s not for commercial/monetary usage. If you decide to sell your wedding photos or use them in a profitable/marketable way, then we’ll need to fill out and sign a separate contract agreement.

What do you intend on doing with our wedding photos?

I intend to only utilize your wedding photos to promote LXN Photography, such as post our favorite images of ours and other wedding-related websites like WeddingWire, Yelp, Facebook fan page, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Aside from a few dozen of our favorites, I won’t give away/share your photos to other vendors/third party organizations without your written consent. Rest assure keeping your identity and any other sensitive information private is my top priority.

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