FAQ's - melina black

Let me answer those burning questions:


Where are you located?

I live in the West Kootenays, British Columbia. It’s a mountainous region with lakes, rivers, provincial campgrounds and parks. Kootenay lake, Lower Arrow Lake, Upper Arrow Lake, Champion Lake, just to name a few is where we spend our summers. We live near 2 Ski mountains, Whitewater (near Nelson) and Red Mountain (in Rossland). Basically it’s a year-round playground.


What’s your photography Style?

I cover weddings in a very Journalistic style. While I’m very “hands-off” or unobtrusive in my coverage of your day, I do believe in there’s a time and place for beautiful, casually-posed photos together. While I won’t stop you to pose for cake cutting, I’d love to take an hour (or more) alone with you both sometime during the wedding day to create some bride and groom portraits. It’s also a nice time to be alone together without your wedding party and family looking on, because you’re going to be more relaxed and at ease. I also document the details that you spent time creating for your day, your flowers, shoes, cake etc. My images of your guests at the wedding are journalistic. I don’t stop and pose your guests at their tables. I’d rather images of your friends dancing, smiling, laughing and enjoying your wedding day.


Why should we Hire you?

Because I will take care of you. Weddings can be stressful and overwhelming, but I will help you to create a timeline schedule for the day so that you can have your day, just how you pictured it to be. I’m here for you if you need help with finding other vendors, if it rains, if it snows, if the makeup artist is running late, No worries, I will be with you the whole time. I want you to enjoy your day and spend time with your family and friends and your images will be amazing.


How long have you been in business for?

I’ve been in Photography for a very longtime, since before digital cameras. But officially opened for Weddings in 2015.


Do you have a second shooter?

Yes, I have close relationships with my second shooters. They are booked by me depending on their availability.


What does “Unlimited images” mean?

Every wedding if different and every hour coverage is different. It also depends on how many guest you have, type of events, hours of dancing, etc. On an average 8 hour day coverage is around 600 images or more. There’s no promised amount of images. If you have questions on image quantities, feel free to chat and let me know your plans!


What does the “Online viewing gallery” mean?

Online Viewing Gallery is a Private and Unlisted webpage that you can view your photos like an online album. This unique link is only viewable for you and me and anyone you share the link with (family or friends). The general public cannot see it. These digital files can be downloaded for social media or sharing. But they are Not meant to be printed and hung on your wall.


Do you offer Engagement sessions?

Yes, I do! I love engagement shoots. They’re a nice way to spend time together without the commotion of the wedding day.


Do you have a contract?

Yes. It’s a basic contract that covers a multitude of scenarios and expectation. Both parties will have a copy and must be signed to reserve your wedding date.


What is your Payment schedule?

A booking fee/Deposit of $500 (CAD) is due to reserve the date (non-refundable). Depending on your circumstances, you can pay the retainer in whole at time of booking, or have a payment schedule. Full payment will be due 7 days before your wedding date. I can email you reminders for it as well.


Can we pay you After the wedding?

I do require full payment before the wedding day. Payments for overtime photography, and album orders and print orders or additional products that are not in the wedding day contract agreement are due after the wedding. If you have concerns about the payment schedule, please feel free to reach out and we can chat.


Do you take Credit cards as a payment?

Yes, Paypal is the easiest way for credit card payment. I also accept E-transfers as well.


Can you hold a date for me?

Unfortunately no. I can’t hold or save a date without a deposit or a signed contract. It’s just to be fair to everyone else.


When should I book you?

As soon as you can! Depending on your wedding date, the wedding season is busy and specific weekends (Like long weekends) book faster than you think. Sometimes I book up to a year before the wedding date.


I like to book you, now what?

Let’s chat to make sure I’m available for your wedding date. Feel free to contact me on my website.


What If I need to Cancel or postpone, do I get a refund?

You will get a refund of the retainer that was paid so far, except for the deposit. The deposit is non-refundable. The deposit reserves your date just for you and once you’ve signed the contract I turn down all other potential clients for that date.


Do you do custom packages?

Yes, I definitely do ‘A La Carte’ type of packages. Feel free to contact me and let me know what you would like to cover during your wedding day and I can create a custom packages that works for you.


Will you travel for me?

Yes, I love Road Trips! From Vancouver to Calgary and the world. There is a small fuel fee depending on how far I need to travel for you. If further than 60kms from Fruitvale B.C there will be a hotel fee for an overnight stay for me and my second shooter.


Do you do Destination weddings?

Yes, Depending how far I need to travel. If I need to fly for your wedding, flights and hotel will be purchased by me for me and my second shooter, as I know our schedule & availablility. I try to find the best flight either out of Spokane WA, Kelowna BC, Cranbrook BC, Trail BC, Vancouver BC or Calgary AB. I will stay at the same hotel where the wedding is held. The Flight and Hotel will be invoiced to you and payment will be due within 30 days of the flight and hotel booking, so as not to charge you the credit card interests fees. If you had in mind something different for expense, we can definitely chat for any concerns.


The Wedding day is running behind schedule, Can you stay later?

Of course. I don’t book 2 weddings on the same day. I have a overtime fee and will ask permission before I continue photographing. This fee will be separate from the original agreement and will be billed for those hours after your Honeymoon. These charges will include myself, the second shooter (if he/she is present) and editing the images afterwards.


I saw a photo of bride and groom on Pinterest I want to recreate, can we do that?

I love Pinterest as much as you do, but do to copyright laws, I can’t really copy another photographer's work. But let’s chat about what you like about that photo and maybe we can create something that OTHER brides will want to PIN.


Can my family take photos of the ceremony and at family sessions?

Yes, of course! They’re just as excited to be there as me! I just request that they don’t swarm the family formal photos as I want all eyes on my camera, but they are welcomed to take a few photos from behind me. I prefer if they don’t follow us for the Bride and Groom Portraits. It’s a nice private, quiet session with just the 3 of us (Maybe 4 with the second shooter) and friends and family can be distracting. They are welcome to take photos during the Ceremony and, cake cutting, and first dances, I just politely ask they don’t push me out of the way and respect my presence so I can capture great moments.


How long are the Family Formal portraits?

Depending on the size of the family and family list of shots? In the questionnaire that I send to you there is a box to check off what photos you’d like during the family formals. Bride with mother. etc…. They range about 4 mins per photo.


My uncle is also a photographer and wants to follow you around, is that ok?

It’s always nice to meet others interested in photography. I would like to see your family enjoying your wedding day and spending time with you rather than me. I’m not that interesting. He’s welcomed as a guest to take photos of your wedding day from his seat, but I do politely ask for him to relax and enjoy your day.


Do you edit the photos?

Yes, I edit my own images. I don’t send out images to be edited by a company or someone else. My style is my own editing process. It’s a long one editing process, but I cherish the photos I’ve created for your day.


Can I order Photo Prints?

Yes, I use trusted photo labs to care for your photo needs. We can discuss how many you’d like print and what size. If you care to Print your own from your favourite photo lab or resource, that’s ok. I own the copyrights, but you are free to print and hang what you like as long as it doesn’t conflict with the contact (Selling your photos, submitting images for contests or blogs, etc.)


Do you make Photo Albums?

Yes, Having your own heirloom is important for your family’s legacy. I use a trust company that uses lay flat albums. I have wedding samples I could show you if you live in the local area.


Can I have the Raw files?

The Raw files are not available for viewing or purchase. It would be similar to asking the chef to provide you with the leftover ingredients of your dinner. The image selection for editing and the final delivery of images reflects my very high standards. The images that are not delivered are; eyes closed, flash didn’t go off, or someone walked infront of me, etc. Don’t worry, the bloopers, or funny moments like your mom laughing will be included.


Will I own the copyrights of my wedding photos?

Copyright means I am the creator of the images, and I “own” the copyright. Selling or obtaining the copyright is not available. But you can print and share your images as much as you like, as long as it doesn’t conflict the contract (Selling your photos, submitting images for contests or blogs, etc.).


If there's any questions you had and still not answered, feel free to contact me!


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