You offer engagement sessions with all your packages; when should we have them done?
I would recommend having them taken as soon as possible as it takes time to edit the photos.  This will allow you to use them for your “save the date” notification or any other use.

How long does it take to receive the engagement photos?
It can take up to two weeks to process the images.  In rare instances, it could take longer than two weeks.  If this occurs, we’ll email you to let you know.

How long does it take to receive the wedding photos after they are taken?
It can take four to six weeks to process the images.  If you want them sooner, there will be a $150 additional charge.  In rare instances, it could take longer than four weeks.  If this occurs, we’ll email you to let you know.

How many images do you typically provide for a photo session?
We generally don’t limit ourselves to a certain number for a certain package as each engagement session and each wedding is unique.  Be assured that there will be more than enough to tell the story of the event.

How do I schedule your services for my wedding/event date?
To reserve a date, you must make a non-refundable deposit of $200.  This will ensure that no one else can schedule us for that date.  Our policy is to schedule one wedding/event per day.  This ensures that we will not be in a rush to leave one event for another, allowing us to focus solely on your wedding/event.

If I cancel my wedding/event, can I get a refund on my deposit?
Unfortunately, no.  We reserve that date for you, so we don’t accept any reservations from anyone else for that date.

What if I need to change the date?
We can change the date for a $50 fee, as long as the new date is available.

What is your service area?
We will travel within 50 miles around the Pentagon.  Outside of that, a fee of $.75 per mile will be assessed for up to 200 miles.  Outside of 200 miles, please contact us for additional information.

Why is the per hour rate so high?
When we photograph a wedding, we spend a lot more time processing your photos than what is spent at the actual wedding.   There are also additional costs involved in us covering your wedding (driving, insurance, time, software, camera maintenance, etc).

What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or check (with a 15 day waiting period before photos will be released).  We also accept cash.

I’m in the military.  What happens if I book with you and suddenly get deployed or sent on training during our reserved date?  
I served in the U.S. Navy and I understand.  If you need to reschedule, email me and we can work with you.  However, it is subject to the new date being available.

What type of camera do you shoot with?
My primary camera is a Nikon D600.  I also have a D200.

RAW vs. JPG?
We shoot everything in RAW.  The images that we will provide to you will be in high quality JPG format.   We believe in providing you with a finished product, something you can look at and use.  Upon request, we can provide you with the RAW images; however, there will be an additional fee of $875.

What type of lenses do you use?
I have the following lenses and flashes in my bag:

  • Tamron 70-200, F2.8
  • Tamron 28-75, F2.8
  • Nikon 18-55, F3.5
  • Pro-optic fisheye, F3.5
  • Nikon SB-800 flash
  • Nikon SB-400 flash

Do you back up your photos?
Yes, I have a 1.0 terabyte external hard drive.

Do you provide high resolution digital images?
Yes.  First we upload all the images to an online gallery so you can view them.  We also offer a wide variety of photo products, which you can purchase through the gallery if you are interested.  We then will provide you with a thumb drive or DVD containing all your engagement and wedding day images.

What if the image disk/thumb drive arrives damaged?
If the disk is damaged or corrupt, please contact us immediately at Michael@toscanaphotography.com and we’ll send you a new set.

What if I lose the image disk?
There is a replacement fee.  I strongly encourage you to make a copy of the disk once you receive it to have a backup.

How long have you been taking photographs?
About 15 years.  I started with a 110 film camera (remember those?), upgraded to a 35 mm film SLR (which I still have), and now use digital.  I began Toscana Photography in 2012.

What is your shooting style?
I shoot in a photojournalism style mixed with reportage.  I also have been known to take panoramic, nature and some architecture photographs.  I also like fashion photography.  I also use various software packages to touch up your images.

What inspires your photography?
That is a hard question.  I strive to be the best I can be and I’m constantly learning new processes and techniques.  I’ve looked at work from around the world.  As each wedding is different and unique, I go with what works.  I also look at fashion magazines for inspiration.

Do you do destination weddings?
Yes, I’ve traveled to over 15 countries and am familiar with several locations throughout Europe.  There are extra fees associated with travel.  Please contact us to work out the details!

You said you’ve been to over 15 countries, which was your favorite destination to travel to?
Italy.  My wife and I spent our honeymoon there.

What events have you photographed?
I am a regular photographer of Sahara Dance performances.  They have used my photos in several of their advertisements.

Do you take photos of other events?

Do you take family portraits?
Yes, my primary focus is wedding photography, but family is important and it’s important to capture those moments as well!

Do you sell family portraits to other commercial entities?
NO!  Our policy is not to sell them to other businesses/groups.

What kind of charity work do you do?
Anything I can.  I know what it’s like to do without so I help those in need when I can.  I regularly donate school supplies; I’ve participated in a silent auction to support a orphanage in Vietnam ; I participated in raising funds to support costs for bone marrow donations and recently donated money to help in the first “publicly accessible telescope” ARKYD.

How do you calculate the time in which you cover a wedding?
We begin the clock when we arrive at the venue (typically ½ half hour before the event) and end when the amount of time requested has elapsed.  The time spent for meals (off site) and breaks does not count against the amount of time requested.

What happens if more time is requested?
We budget up to ½ hour after the requested time has elapsed if necessary.  This is to cover any sort of mishap (traffic, late start etc.) and is not calculated into the package.  After that, time is based on our rate of $200/hr for the primary photographer and $100/hr for the assistant photographer.

Do you have a swatch book for us to look at?
Yes, we have a swatch book containing examples of all the finishes, page types and materials that are available.

Do you have a sample wedding album I can look at?

Can I take the swatch book home with me?  If so, how long can we keep it?
You are welcome to take the book home with you for up to one week.  We request that you leave us with a $200 check to cover replacement if the book is lost or damaged beyond use.  We’ll return the un-cashed check upon return of the book in satisfactory condition.

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