Q: I see that you are a Certified Professional Photographer. What does that mean, and how does it benefit me?
A: Please click on the Info link for "why hire a CPP ?"
Q: I would like for you to shoot our wedding or portraits. How do I start the process?
A: Reach us via our contact form along with your wedding date and venue. I can respond by email or phone. If possible, I would like to meet you both in person so we can get to know on another, and we can ask each other questions. Once you’ve decided to choose us as your photographers, I will send a contract for you to sign and and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding or portrait to-do list.
Q: What does wedding photography cost?
A: Our weekday (M-Th) price starts at $2200, and weekend (F – Sun) price starts at $2500 for 8 hours of coverage. Contact us for a full rate sheet and details. You’ll find that I like to keep things simple. If you are eloping, doing something very simple, or only need me for a few hours, shoot me an email and we can find something that will work for everyone.
Q: We have some specific needs and wants for our wedding. Can you give us specific package details or customize a package for us?
A: Yes and Yes! When we meet we will go over every detail of you wedding. If one of our available package collections suits your needs, great. If not, we'll design a package just for you.
Q: How much do I need to deposit?
A: We require a 20% initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid on or before the wedding day or portrait session.
Q: How far should we book in advance?
A: Typically 6-12 months in advance for weddings, or as soon as you have a date and venue. If you’re not the plan way in the advance type of guy or gal, that's ok, check with us for availability.
Q: Will you be shooting the wedding or portraits?
A: Yes. You are hiring me, and not another photographer working under my name.
Q: Do you shoot with an assistant?
A: I always shoot with an assistant/2nd photographer with rare exceptions for weddings. This frees me up to focus on shooting and looking for special moments while ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss the important ones. The 2nd shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day. On portrait sessions I work alone quite often.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located in Murrieta California , but I am often down in San Diego, or Los Angeles. If you aren’t in any of these locations, please read the next question.
Q: Do you travel?
A: We love to travel and will generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day. Let me know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you. Destination weddings are priced as a custom package.
Q: When should we do the wedding portraits?
A: This is mostly up to you, but usually a couple of hours before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.
Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?
A: These are some of our favorite photographs to capture. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but we will also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to and away from this moment.
Q: Do you take dance shots?
A: That’s where the fun is. I am right there with everyone on the dance floor like a ninja with camera.
Q: Do you shoot in RAW?
A: Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.
Q: Do you shoot in B&W?
A: I love B&W photographs. There is something so timeless about them. Since I shoot digital, this allows me to decide after the fact whether I want to process the image in B&W or Color. However, I generally shoot the image with a color preference in mind based on what I am seeing.
Q: What about the the vintage look?
A: There are countless ways to edit a photo. Some may appeal to one couple, while not to another. If you see a particular style you like, please let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate.
Q: When will I get to see my wedding or portrait photos?
A: Your photos will generally be ready within 2-4 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.
Q: Do you shoot video? A: Unfortunately, to focus my attention on the photography, I cannot do both at once myself. However, I do know great videographers, so i that's something you're interested in just let me know.
Q: Do you offer albums?
A: Yes. We offer the finest albums available . These beautiful albums are made in Italy and are available in just about every size, color and material. The fine Italian Nappa leather is one of my favorites. Albums are included in our premium packages. They can also be added to any package selected.
Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?
A: I will send you a photo selection form to help guide you in the selection process of choosing photos that you want to have in the album. The number of photos depends on the size (pages) of the album. If you would like for me choose the majority of the photos for the album, I will use my best judgment to select the best and more relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day. Whichever you prefer.
Q: Will you post the photographs online?
A: Yes. You will have your own private online gallery that you can share with family and friends. The gallery will be password protected, but you can share with anyone you like. We also post some wedding photos on our blog at times.
Q: What's with the name Kuhl Photos? Well, 'kuhl" means "cool" in german. And since I was born and raised in Germany, I thought it would be "kuhl" to use that name. Good decision? Sounded cool at the time.