Trevor Allen Photography | Halifax Wedding, Family & Destination Photographer
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Frequently Asked Questions


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Will you do Destination Weddings and what should I know?
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Yes, I love destination weddings and have done many in both Cuba and in the Dominican Republic and in 2014 will be traveling to Mexico and Turks & Caicos.  When you book me, plan on me throwing in extra shoots for a morning in Havana, and sunset Trash (Rock) the Dress, etc.  E-mail me with your dates as I have many bookings in the off season and I do not shoot shoot destination weddings during my local wedding season (June-October). 

Concerning fees - I do expect to have my trip paid for although keep in mind, I certainly do not need to be there a week - if it saves you money, just have me there for 4 days or so.  Concerning my rate for you, just build any package on my Wedding Packages Page and subtract $1000 off the pre-tax rate (since it is in the off-season, and all).

If you’d like to know more about my experiences shooting destination weddings and how I can be a great addition to your big trip, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Can you retouch skin imperfections such as acne, scars and wrinkles?
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Absolutely!  I provide this service to my clients with every print ordered. However, keep in mind that I won’t retouch these things unless I am asked to do so as it is important to me that I don’t inadvertently offend anyone.

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What’s the process with the Italian Coffee Table Book?
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Because I work hard to get the wedding photos done within the week or two (sometimes three) of your wedding and with the fact that sometimes I book a couple weddings a week, I’m usually shooting a wedding as soon as I have the pictures from the last one done.  I try to start the books in October but sometimes I can’t even get to them until it slows down late December.  As it takes 2 days to do an average book and usually 20 or so books ordered, it’s literally a month and a half of just building books.  I guess what I’m trying to say is….don’t expect your books for Christmas.

Now the process is usually I take 150 of my favorites and mandatory family shots and begin building the book.  Once it’s completed, I’ll send you the pages to look over.  Make sure you are happy with them.  This is your chance to say, “Make page 5 look like page 12”, “Remove the photo of me in the top left corner of Page 17 and replace it with #845 from the disc” and “Zap that cold sore on page 21”.  I’ll make all your changes and send them back to you for another look-over.

Once you sign off on the book, cover and parents book dust jackets, I’ll sent off to Italy.  Turnaround time from there is usually between 2-3 weeks.

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When will my photos be ready?
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Typically, your wedding images will be available with a month or two.  But, for weddings, I’ll fire off some teasers the next to whet your appetite and so you have something to pop on Facebook.  If prints are ordered, I usually have them done in a week or two after I receive your selections.  The Italian Coffee Table books aren/‘t even started until January.  I always try to have them done sooner but being so busy in the summer and fall, and the deadline to have them into Italy being the first week of November, I just run out of time.

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Do you back-up your files?
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Yup.  I backup every image as soon as it lands on my computer on a special backup system that is nearly fail-proof as it saves all my backups over 4 drives (it’s called a Drobo).  If one drive does fail, I have three others that would still be running.  However, if something catastrophic happens, such as a fire, I could lose everything.  This is why I give the disc of all the high res images.  This way, if anything does happen, I can be comforted in knowing the client will always have a copy as well.  In giving the disc to you, I am absolving myself of any responsibility for lost files so it would be in your best interest when you receive the disc to pop it on your computer and also make a backup disk. However, I haven’t erased a file in 3 years and now have 12 terabytes of space including the backup drives.

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How do I get a disc of all my high resolution originals?
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I provide a handsomely printed disc with all the high resolution images for every job I do.  It’s part of the package.

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What’s the difference between high-resolution images and low-resolution ones?
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Low-resolution images are the ones I send out in my teasers.  The colours are a little weaker and the quality is much lower.  They are no good for printing but beauties for e-mailing and Facebook.

High resolution images are sharp, full of detail and colour and will easily will print up to 11x14 images without any upscaling.

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If I decide to do my own printing, do you recommend any printers?
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I sure do.  The printers I recommend are the ones I use for my personal images. I primarily use Carsand Mosher but have also used Atlantic Photo Supply with fantastic Results.  These are professional printers whose primary goal is to provide both professional photographers and hobbyists/individuals who highly value the art of photography with quality prints.

No, they may not be not the cheapest option and they are not local, but they are reasonable priced when you consider they constantly calibrate their printers so you receive prints at the ultimate print quality. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen images in the past that are faded or distorted in color quality and found out they were printed at the big discount box store or at the local drug store. You get what you pa for – cheap prints sometimes means cheap quality! You’ve splurged for the photo session and the digital collection of images — please don’t skimp on the prints!

Also, some mass retailers (think the store that sells everything) will refuse to give you your prints if they even begin to look ‘professional.’ Even though I don’t put may name on the discs for this reason some won’t print them for you if you don’t have a print release in hand (if you want one, I will give one to you).

If you have a color photo printer — the newer your ink cartridges are, as well as running a calibration test prior to printing should suffice for personal prints if you already own one. In the long run, I still find it more economical to stick to professional printers; you’ll save in time and money overall.

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Who owns the rights to the pictures?
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Technically, I do.  The Copyright Act protects photographers by giving the author (me) of the photograph the exclusive right to copy, edit, and distribute image by sale or transfer.

These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit, or share photographic prints and digital media without the photographer’s permission.

I am, however, giving you permission. 

But just keep in mind, that they are still my property and if I choose to show them on my website or print in a brochure, etc. I can.  If I’m unsure if you’ll be cool with a photo being used, I’ll ask to see if it’s OK as it is never my intention to upset anyone.  I just think it’s important for me to retain the rights to the image.

I’m not giving you permission to submit one of my images to a contest or sell the image and call it your own work.

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Can I put my photos on Facebook?
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Yes please.  However, please be sure to note in the gallery description or photo album title that they are photos from Trevor Allen Photography.  When you pop my name up there, I get all kinds of referral work.

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How far in advance should I book my wedding?
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Really as soon as you know the date.  I have no problem penciling you in on a tentative basis.  If someone else calls for the date, I’ll chuck you an e-mail and ask for a decision.

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Should we meet with you before the wedding?
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Although it’s not a requirement of mine, I would like to meet with you before the deposit is made.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is that I get to meet you and see what kind of a couple you are.  I love seeing the love and getting excited about shooting your wedding.  Adversely, if you two sit apart from each other and show no emotion toward each other, I’m not sure how I’m going to capture it on the big day.  If I don’t see any chemistry between the two of you and if I hear things like, “I don’t want to spend much time doing photos becasue I hate being in pictures.”  well I’m not going to want to shoot your wedding and I’ll tell you that.  I shoot weddings because I really enjoy them and it’s important to me that the couple shares that excitement.

The other reason is so that you can meet me.  Am I the right fit for your family?  Do you trust me when I say your photos and your wedding are really important to me?  Do you want me at your wedding?  Meeting me will help make you feel more comfortable you made the right decision.

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I hate being in pictures.  Will this affect the pictures?
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Yes.

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Do you charge travel fees?
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I do charge for travel if heading outside the HRM.  I charge $0.50 plus tax per km traveled.  If you are getting married in Mahone Bay, your travel fee will be $100.00 (100km there and 100km back). 

Concerning lodging, if your event is late or far away, I’ll need to be put up for the night.  Now, I’m the coolest guy you know; I don’t need to stay in a hotel - it can be at your mom’s house (I’m 6’8” so no couches please).  What it comes down to is common sense.  If your event is 3 hours away and my services are scheduled to end at 10:00, I’ll want to say over.  If it ends at 6:00, I’ll head home.  I’ll be beat after 7 hours of shooting in the sun and a long, late drive simply isn’t safe.

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Do you require anything from me before the wedding?
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Yes.  I would like a detailed Itinerary of the day with addresses of each location.  I would like this a week before the wedding.  I received one once about 6 months beforehand.  Plan changed and they forgot that my schedule was the old one. I would also like a list of desired shots.  I’ll get the usual ones but if there are specific shots you want (bride and groom petting the family dog) it’s better you tell me beforehand rather than hoping I get it. 

I’ll also want a list of family shots you’ll need.  Yes, there are the standard shots I love getting but with split parents or large extended families, I may miss ones you were hoping for.  Give me a list an nothing will be left out.

If you are planning on anything like “rocking the reception” and would like it to be a surprise -that’s cool.  However, if you let me in on the secret, I’ll be sure to get better shots than if I’m surprised like everyone else.

But even if you are planning on little unique events to be happening during the day (like a traditional Kiwi ‘Nose Touch’ during the ceremony) and it’s important that they’re captured, it’s always safer to tell me.

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How much time would you suggest I book for a wedding?
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Most end up being anywhere between 6-8 hours.  I like seeing the bride before the wedding, I like 90 minutes (or more) of picture time between the ceremony and dinner and I don’t think there is a need to keep me much past 1/2 hour into the dance (after the first dances, of course).

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Do you bring a backup camera to the shoot?
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Actually, I do and will be shooting with both cameras.  One is a Canon 5D Mk III and the other is a Canon 1Ds Mk III.  I also carry two flashes and 5 lenses to every shoot.

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Do you shoot alone or do you have a second shooter?
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I do shoot alone and have been very successful in getting great shots and thrilling brides and grooms.  However, if it is important to you that I have a second person shooting, I can have one with me.  There would be a fee with that and would be close to $1000 as I would be hiring someone with the skills to do a good job and then I would expect to take nearly a full day to edit the nearly 1000 pictures this person would take.

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When is the balance due?
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The balance is due the wedding day or before.  Some people pay months before the date and that’s fine.  If something happens and that silly groom forgets to bring the cheque, please don’t panic - I’ll still shoot your big day (You just won’t see pictures till…you know).

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What do I need to do to guarantee my wedding booking?
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A deposit lets me know that you are serious about keeping the booking.  A $500 retainer, which is put against your final amount, is all I require to guarantee a booking.

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What forms of payment do you accept?
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I accept cheque, cash or bank draft.  Lately, many have been paying via e-mail interact through your banks website.  It’s quick and easy.  At this time, I do not accept credit card or debit card.

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