Q: Where are you located?
A: I live in North Attleboro, MA and I spend a lot of time in Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine with my family. But that doesn’t limit the area I cover for weddings!
Q: How do I contact you?
A: You can call me at 508.463.8138 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m available on weekdays from 9 AM to 8 PM for a free consult to discuss your needs, and by appointment on weekends. Alternatively, there is a contact link in the main menu of this website which will take you to a form where all information can be entered for your event. If you contact me this way, I will send you an e-mail confirming availability for your event and providing additional information about my services. On weekends, especially during the busy wedding season, it may be faster to call Heather, my business manager (and wife), at 508.463.8498 to confirm my availability and to schedule a brief consult with me.
Of course, if you want to go old school, you can also drop me a note at 8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Fl, Boston Ma, 02109
Q: What pricing commisions are available?
A: I offer several standard commisions which are designed to meet a range of needs including intimate ceremonies at a single location, traditional (and non-traditional) wedding days at multiple locations and multi-day extravaganzas. I would be happy to share my standard commision pricing upon your request and can provide you with a custom proposal after a brief consult to discuss your specific requirements. Most clients spend between $4,000 and $8,000 which includes an engagement session, full day coverage (6 hours to unlimited), an album(s) and print credits.
Q: How do I commision you for my wedding?
A: First, we need to confirm my availability for your wedding date and discuss your specific needs. After a brief consultation, I can send you an electronic contract reflecting our agreed upon commision. To formally book me for your wedding day, a 33% deposit of the total commision is required. It is due immediately along with the electronically signed contract to hold the date. Mark Andrew Photography can accept personal checks, along with credit cards for all payments.
Q: Do you photograph engagement sessions and rehearsal dinners?
A: Yes. I am available for engagement sessions, rehearsal dinners and other journalistic opportunities. These can be booked separately, and are also included in some of my standard commisions.
Q. What type of equipment do you use?
A: High-end equipment does not make a high-end photographer. However, when you are responsible for documenting something as important as a wedding day, there is no excuse for not having the right tools. All professional photographers will own top-of-the-line professional equipment. You should never be shy about asking your photographer for a glimpse into their proverbial tool bag. Professional photographers love their equipment and will proudly provide more information than you really want (or need) to know. And with internet capabilities, it’s easy to verify that the equipment being used is considered to be ‘professional’ within the industry.
Personally, I am a Nikon junkie. I shoot with the Nikon D3, D3s and D700 camera bodies which are Nikon’s top of the line professional models. These camera bodies allow me to shoot in all forms of available light, from outdoor ceremonies on bright sunny days to dark churches and dimly lit reception halls. I have a variety of Nikon professional lenses including wide angle lenses suitable for capturing the entire church or ceremony location, image-stabilized telephoto zooms so I can focus on your nuptials without getting in the way of other guests and high quality fast focusing lens to capture spontaneous, fleeting moments.
I bring professional lighting (where allowed) and backup equipment to all shoots.
Q: How much experience do you have?
A: I have a passion for photography and have many years of experience. I have shot off and on since childhood in a variety of formats. Before entering the world of wedding photography, I established a fine art background competing in many juried competitions and as a guest artist in several east and west coast galleries including: Gallery 121 in Boston, MA, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO and the Art of Photography at the Lyceum Theater Gallery in San Diego, CA. I shot my first wedding in 2004 for my best friend on a schooner off Bailey Island, Maine and immediately fell in love with shooting weddings. Today, I specialize in wedding photography with selective expansion into lifestyle photography for friends, family and previous clients.
Q: Will you be my photographer?
A: Yes, I love weddings and personally photograph every event. Depending on the size of the wedding party, the number of guests and number of venue locations, I will likely bring along another industry professional photographer (not an assistant) to work alongside me for the day. This individual is often referred to within our industry as a “second shooter” and will help document the details of your wedding day. Working as a team, we are able to be more creative and flexible in capturing the emotional, memorable exchanges between individuals which happen spontaneously (and often on the periphery) without concern that something else is being missed.
Q: Do you bring backup equipment?
A: Always. My backup equipment includes professional quality Nikon camera bodies, lenses and lighting. I always have extra batteries and memory cards. As an industry professional photographer, any second shooter who joins me for the day would also follow those same standards. We do this for a living, and anticipate the odd mishap so you don’t have to worry.
Q: Will you travel for weddings?
A: Yes, I’m happy to travel for weddings anywhere. There is no travel fee for any wedding within 200 miles of Providence, RI. If air travel or hotel stays are required for weddings outside that geographic area, I pass along the actual costs without any additional uplift or fee.
Q: Will I be able to view my photographs online?
A: Yes, along with your family and friends, you will be able to view your images and order prints online for one year. There is a link on the site to direct you to your event.
Q: When will I receive the proofs of my wedding?
A: You will receive online proofs with downloadable galleries within 6 weeks of your wedding during the slow season from December through April.
Delivery is 8-9 weeks from May 1 through November 30th during the busy season.
A: Mark Andrew Photography will not sell or give away any personal information collected.
Q: What is your refund policy and cancellation policy?
A: There shall be NO refund of retainer after 48 hours from the signing of agreement due to the reservation of the photography date. If the event is cancelled within three months of the date, the client shall pay the balance of the contract due to the high probability that Mark Andrew Photography will not be able to further book that date. Once a balance is paid, it is NON-REFUNDABLE. Any other arrangements shall be discussed between the client and Mark Andrew Photography. All arrangements will be put in writing. Cancellation must be in writing even if a phone call was made to inform Mark Andrew Photography of the cancellation.
A retainer fee of 25% is required to hold the date of your event. No date is reserved until a retainer is received. The final payment is due ten days prior to your wedding date unless prior payment arrangements have been agreed upon in writing. If final payment is not received, Mark Andrew Photography will withhold any and all images until final payment is received.
Additional hours worked by Mark Andrew Higgins, subcontractors, and/or staff of Mark Andrew Photography beyond the number of hours contracted as stated in this contract, will be billed at the rate of $250.00 an hour. If additional hours are worked, products will not be delivered until payment for those hours is received in full.