Q: What sets you apart from the crowd?
A: Every wedding I am commissioned for, I treat as if it were my own. I provide a personal experience for all of my couples and will be with you every step of the way! I am also completely trained in every aspect of photography and, specifically, wedding photography. I started my photography adventure as a fine art photography student in 2009. Through school I learned all the technical aspects of shooting (both film and digital), post production, and really tuned into my creative abilities. After graduation, I moved to California with my family to pursue my passion and have loved every second. You can rest easy before your wedding knowing that your special day and images are in the best hands possible.
Q: Have you been published or featured in popular wedding blogs or social media?
A: I am so proud to say, yes! Mink Photography has been featured in many popular wedding blogs! To check out where my work has been published click here!
Q: How would you describe your particular style?
A: My style is natural, timeless, and romantic. It's also candid and fun but with styling and direction. I love the idea of my couples being able to look back at their images 30 years later and remember the moments as they were. I tend to stay away from stiff posing and really focus on interaction and moments. Don't get me wrong, I will "pose" you but I give more actions rather than posing, but that is how I capture all of those "candid style" images. In post production, I will never over process your images. I like a clean, light style which is why I choose to be a hybrid photographer.
Q: What is a hybrid photographer?
A: Hybrid photographers shoot in both film and digital mediums, I truly believe there is a time and place for each. Film provides gorgeous, timeless, colors while digital is reliable and fast. The combination of the two mediums together makes for an amazing end result. Once I get the film images back from my lab, I then match the digital images to the film for a final cohesive gallery. As my client, you get the best of both worlds!
Q: How did you choose to add associate collections into your pricing?
A: Over the past few years of turning away brides based on availability I decided that it was a great time to add a lead associate to my team. I have spent years communicating with photographers, making connections, and working with them that I have finally found the perfect fit to be an Alicia Mink associate. I have carefully, hand selected, my main associate, Gillian. She has the same goals, passion, and vision making her an extension of me. My couples are all treated with same care and attention whether their wedding is shot by me or Gillian.
Q: What are some steps you take over the course of our wedding planning?
A: For each specific wedding day there are steps I take to ensure that your photography will run smoothly. This way you can relax and enjoy your day while we capture it. First, I schedule an initial meeting or phone call after you've contacted me. This way we can chat over coffee and get acquainted as we talk about your fabulous wedding plans! After we meet and you've chosen me to capture your special day, we will then schedule your engagement session. Four weeks before your big day I will send you a suggested photography timeline and a wedding day questionnaire to fill out so we can finalize your personal shot list of family members and tell me anything I'll need to know. I will bring the family shot list and timeline with me on your wedding day to stay on track so we don't miss a moment! Over the course of your wedding planning I will be available at anytime to discuss anything you may need or if you have questions, I'm always there to help out!
Q: How many images will receive from our wedding day?
A: I deliver around 75 images per hour. All wedding collections include at least 8 hours of coverage so I am able to tell the entire story! This means you will have roughly 600 high resolution, professionally edited images in your gallery. For engagement sessions, you can expect 50-60 high resolution, professionally edited images in your gallery.
Q: Can I have my unedited images?
A: Oh goodness no! I mean this in the best way possible! I believe in delivering the absolute best to all of my couples. When you hire Mink Photography, it means that you are hiring an artistic vision that you love, professional post production skills, and the Mink Photography style. I can promise the only images that will not be in your gallery will be duplicates, blurred images, lighting test shots, and images where someone is blinking or walking in front of me :) You'll have all of your best images and major moments in your gallery! I don't leave anything out!
Q: Are you licensed and have liability insurance?
A: Yes yes and yes! If a venue or wedding coordinator needs verification I will be more than happy to show them!
Q: How far in advance should I book your services and how do we book?
A: I suggest 6-12 months in advance, or as soon as you know the your date and venue. I only accept a limited number of weddings each year to provide my couples with the best care attention. To check out a list of venues I've photographed at click here! To officially book your date I require a 40% retainer and signed contract.
Q: Where are you based and do you travel?
A: I am based in beautiful Orange County, California and LOVE to travel! Whether you are getting married in OC, LA, SD, NorCal or anywhere else in the world, I am passport ready to go. Travel for any wedding day is free within OC, LA, and SD. Travel fees may apply for engagement sessions outside of OC.
Q: When will I receive my photos?
A: Please allow up to 9 weeks for a full wedding gallery and 4 weeks for a full engagement gallery. I go through every single photograph, choose the best of the best, and carefully adjust them individually for color, white balance, and sharpen for printing.
Q: How can I receive my photographs?
A: Every collection includes an online gallery with downloading. This makes it easy to put your images on your computer, share with friends and family, and post to your social media. Also from your gallery, you'll be able to order high quality prints directly from my lab.
Q: Can I share my images online?
A: Absolutely! I believe that part of the wedding experience is sharing memories with family and friends, so please feel free to share any of your images or images off of our blog/social media from your wedding day and sneak peeks. All I ask, is that a link or tag be provided to give proper credit to Mink Photography and absolutely no Instagram filtering.
Q: Do you work with a second photographer?
A: Yes! Every wedding collection includes a second photographer, so you'll have even more coverage, different angles, and no moment will go undocumented! Every one of our second photographers share the same love for wedding photography as I do, in a similar style. All images will be professionally edited by me.
Q: How does and engagement session work?
A: To capture the moments of genuine, honest emotion between two people in love, I believe it is unquestionably essential to build a connection between the couple and the photographer. By getting to know my couples, learning their stories and listening to their hopes for the future, I am able to draw out their personalities and help them to relax in front of the camera. My photography thrives on the natural and the unstaged, rather than tired, overused poses. Though my couples are stunning, I find it vital in great engagement photography to remember that these are real couples showing real emotions, not models at the service of their photographer. Engagement sessions are a perfect way to get to get comfortable with your photographer before the big day, but most of all, they are so much fun! After booking, I provide a variety of engagement session tips, and we will chat about everything from location to wardrobe as we create a session that is perfectly you!
Q: How do we pick a location?
A: This is really up to you! Many couples like to choose a spot that is a part of their history. Such as, where they first met, had their first date, or even where you got engaged. If you don't have a specific "spot", then choose somewhere you'll feel comfortable, that you love going to! If you have a specific location in mind, please let me know. I love hearing all of your ideas, and creating an engagement session that replicates your style as a couple. I do recommend scheduling a session during the week due do lack of crowds and tourists. I also suggest starting our session two hours before sunset so we will have the best light. Check out some of my favorite locations here.
Q: What is included in an engagement session?
A: Engagement sessions include up to one and a half hours of shooting, two outfits, and one or two locations, this way you have lots of variety in your photographs! You will also receive a private online gallery where you can easily share and download your high resolution, professionally edited images.
Q: I saw poses on Pinterest, can you recreate my engagement board?
A: Pinterest is AMAZING. So many ideas and inspirations can be great for wedding planning, however, let's make your shoot your own! As Mark Twain said it best, "Comparison is the death of joy." Often times on Pinterest, what you see is a specific moment created by a couple in a certain location, in certain outfits, in a certain light. I think it is great to look over these ideas and focus on how couples interact in their images and what they are wearing but your shoot will be all your own! Remember, it's less about "posing" and more about movement, laughter, and having fun!