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Frequently Asked Questions


+ Ali Takes Photographs? That’s an oddly descriptive business name…

Well you see, I started my photography business before I got married, so my options were Ali Thurwachter Photography (a maiden name impossible to pronounce and spell) or Ali Marcia Photography (a middle name that would get me an annoying amount of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”s), so I went with something that (1) still included my first name and (2) left little room for confusion.

+ What equipment do you use?

I shoot primarily with a Canon 5D Mark iii, and bring along my Canon 6D as a backup. My favorite lenses to use are my 35mm f/1.4L and 50mm f/1.4! Other lenses include the 24-70mm 2.8L, 70-200mm 2.8L and an extension tube (to get those rings shots!). I also pack items like my prism to play with for creative photo effects.

+ How do I secure my date?

For weddings, a 50% retainer is required to book your date along with a signed contract, and the 2nd payment of 50% is due no later than two weeks before the wedding.
For other sessions, a signed contract reserves your date and your payment is due at the beginning of your session.

+ What should I wear to my session?

Photography sessions are the perfect opportunity to wear something that shows your personality and makes you feel great! Now’s the time to rock that two-piece matching set you’d never dream of wearing on an average day, or those super loud shoes that have been hiding in the back of your closet. I love when couples have fun with color, texture and accessories when it comes their outfits!

I also recommend limiting yourself to two outfits at the most. We want to spend as much time as we can taking photos, not switching clothes.

+ What if I don’t know what to do with my hands?

Not a problem. I don’t know what to do with my hands most of the time either. That’s probably why I keep a camera in them! I have worked with a wide range of couples, some that are practically models, and some that need instruction the whole way through. I’ll provide as much direction that’s needed.

P.S. Most people stop feeling awkward and loosen up in under 15 minutes. Being in front of the camera just takes a little getting used to!

+ How many photos will I get?

For an engagement session I typically deliver 50-100 images, and for a wedding I typically deliver 75 images per hour of coverage. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day, whether or not you have a second shooter, and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.

+ When will I receive my photos?

For weddings, you will receive your online gallery in about 6 weeks.
For other sessions, you will receive your online gallery in about 2 weeks.

+ How do you deliver the photos?

Photos are delivered via a personalized online gallery that you can share with family and friends. From this gallery, you can download both web-resolution and high-resolution files of all your photos. These digital downloads are included in the price of your session.

+ What rights do I have to the digital files?

You have the right to print images whenever and wherever you want! However you may not sell your images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Ali Takes Photographs.


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