Choosing a wedding photographer is a special process that should be unique to you. First, make sure to have a meeting with your potential wedding photographer. There are countless lists on the internet that tell you what kind of questions you need to ask, but I’d encourage you to throw that out the window. Be yourself, imagine spending the entire day with them on your wedding, and get to know your photographer as a person. We have feelings too, you know! If at the end of your meeting you feel comfortable with your photographer, they are professional, and you LOVE their work, then go with your gut.Q: We’re not used to having a camera in our face, can you still work with us?
Of course! Many of my clients have said they working with me was easier and more comfortable than expected. I typically spend some time getting you comfortable in front of the camera. Engagement sessions are a perfect time to break the ice and get a feel of what it’s like to work with me!Q: How many photographers should we have at our wedding?
This will depend on the number of guests you have, but in MOST cases, I recommend at least two photographers. If you are having a smaller wedding with less than 100 people, then you may be able to squeeze by with one photographer. In this case, make sure your wedding timeline doesn’t have overlapping events so your photographer can be there for both events.
Q: What does it mean to have a ‘photojournalistic’ style?
As your photojournalist, I’m trying to capture the story of your day as powerfully and naturally as possible. In order to do this, I have to be constantly watching what’s happening, anticipating moments, and navigating through any unexpected chaos on your wedding day. Your story is unique, special, and unlike anyone else out there.
Q: How do I know what to photograph on a wedding day?
I know many parts of the wedding day by heart because they will be relatively similar from wedding to wedding. As you can imagine, I have a pretty long mental list of what to look for. Here’s just a snippet of what I look for when I’m shooting your wedding: rings, wedding dress, jewelry, shoes, invites, programs, stationary, signs, alter details, isle markers, ceremony details, bouquets, boutonnieres, letters, gifts, reception details, guestbook tables, center pieces, menus, silverware, signs, chairs, the first-look, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the bride with each bridesmaid, groom with each groomsmen, the ring bearers, flower girls, wedding party, house party, parents, etc.
Q: Do you use a shot list when shooting a wedding?
The mental list goes on, but I think you get the idea! One request I have is that you refrain from doing extra work that you don’t need to do. Creating a shot list is one of those things since it can be time consuming, especially when you have a mountain of other tasks to take care of! On top of that, if I were to stare at a printed shot list all day at our wedding, your photos probably would look forced, unnatural, and many moments would be missed. So save your time and don’t do extra work by creating a shot list.
As a photojournalistic photographer, I’m looking for more than just these expected moments. I’m looking for the unexpected, the surprising, and the shocking moments. These moments are unpredictable, and they could never be fabricated.
Q: What if there are specific people I want photographed?
Now, if there are specific groups of people you’d like to have photographed, then you are more than welcome to gather these people or appoint someone to gather people, and I will photograph them after they are gathered. This applies especially to the formal portraits after the ceremony.
Q: What does Day 7 mean?
Day 7 is a reference to the story of creation in the Bible where God created the world and everything in it, then on the 7th day he rested and enjoyed his creation. The name DAY 7 is about slowing down and enjoying the world around us. You can read more about that here.
Q: How do I contact you?
Q: Do you travel?
Yes. I’m based in Austin, but available to travel. There is a travel fee for cities outside of Austin, and I’m more than happy to go the distance. There is a travel fee for events outside of Austin. If you’re not sure about your location, don’t hesitate to ask.
Q: How much do you charge?
Please contact me for detailed pricing.
Q: Will we get the copyrights to our photos after our wedding?
Yes! Upon receiving your images, you will also get a full copyright release. This means you can share your photos online, print them, or send them to friends and family!
Q: How do I reserve you for our wedding?
Send me an email through our contact page letting me know what you’re interested in, and I will respond within 24 hours.
To officially book your wedding date, a contract and 30% deposit are required.
Q: Who is the lead photographer at Day 7 Photography?
The lead photographer is me, Sean Hsueh, but occasionally I work with a few trusted photographers. These are photographers that I have built a strong relationship with and trust with just about anything.Q: Will we get featured in a magazine or blog?
Although many of our sessions do get featured, this is not something that is guaranteed. Most publishers are interested in colorful, uniquely designed weddings!
Q: Do I have to order prints through you?
We highly recommend ordering prints through our professional vendors, but it is not required. The difference in quality is HUGE when it comes to ordering through a local printer and a professional lab, so we encourage clients to let us help with prints! Prints can be purchased through my client galleries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions were written by Day 7 Photography, an Austin Wedding Photographer available for travel throughout Texas and beyond. We create natural, candid, and organic wedding photos for the modern bride. DAY 7 is about slowing down and enjoying the world around us. I believe every wedding is a beautifully complex story filled with raw and authentic moments waiting to be captured. Taking on a limited number of weddings each year allows me to focus intensely on the detail of your unique wedding. I meet with every couple to determine how I can best fit your needs.