Q & A

Commonly Asked Questions

How would you describe your style?

Over our many years of photographing weddings and events, we have developed a unique style deeply rooted in photojournalism and influenced by commercial and editorial photography. Our use of creative lighting, unique angles, and composition creates our bold and vibrant signature look. Our style is only half of the equation - your personality and story brings everything to light. Our goal is to achieve beautiful images that are relevant to each couple we work with.

How long until we get the images from our wedding/event?

We always shoot to get a sneak peek of our events out within a few days. Though our contracts give us up to 12 weeks to get all the photos back to you, we generally work around a 15-20 day window to complete and deliver digital images to our wedding clients.

How do we hire you?

Please reach out by phone or our contact form. From there, we will set up a time to get together at our office to see if we are the perfect fit. For destination weddings or clients planning from afar, we can easily connect via Facetime or Skype to go over all the details surrounding your big day. Once we have your signature and a deposit, we're booked and ready. Click here to contact us.

Have you photographed an event at my venue?

We encourage potential clients to check out our our wedding portfolio and blog to see recent work from many local and destination venues. Throughout our years of work, we've been fortunate to shoot at hundreds of locations throughout Ohio and beyond. We scout new locations prior to wedding day, so on the off-chance that we have not worked at your venue or if your venue is brand new, rest assured that we will have the details covered prior to wedding day.

Do you offer videography?

Yes. Eighty Eight Cinema is the perfect compliment to our award-winning photo coverage to further preserve the memories of your greatest day yet. Our dream team of wedding cinematographers are dedicated to documenting the day while keeping it free flowing and fun. Click here to check out Eighty Eight Cinema.

What if I lose my wedding photos?

As long as we have your images archived, we are happy to send out a new USB drive with your photos. Replacement drives are priced at $79.99 and include shipping within the continental US. Click here to contact us.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. Many venues require any vendors working to carry liability insurance. If a certificate of liability is needed please have your venue contact us.

Are there travel / location fees for engagement sessions or wedding day?

We do not charge any additional travel fees within our local service area. Because our work regularly takes us beyond that, hotel accommodations may apply for locations outside our service area. Please feel free to reach out with any questions regarding our service area and current rates for destination events. We do not charge location fees; however, most privately owned indoor venues and some outdoor venues require written permission and a fee to work within their space. The cost varies, and it is negotiated by the client and paid directly to the venue. If you would like to book one of these venues, we are happy to make suggestions to get the perfect aesthetic.

How many weddings have you photographed?

We have been photographing weddings since 2010. Since then, we have been fortunate to photograph hundreds of weddings, most of which can be found in our blog.

Do you have backup equipment?

Yes. Murphy's Law is a very real thing when electronics and fragile equipment are being used. We carry multiple cameras, lenses, and lighting gear to cover any foreseeable issues that may arise.

When is the best time of the day to schedule our engagement session?

A good rule of thumb: the longer your shadow is on the ground, the better time it is for photos. The low position of the sun in the sky gives us a soft, diffused, and directional light to work with. Barring inclement weather, those times are around sunrise and sunset. Taking the season and location into account, we can help you schedule the perfect time for your perfect engagement session.

How many images will we get from our wedding/event?

The exact number of photos delivered varies based on the number of photographers covering the event, length and flow of the day, guest count, and many other factors. With all of those factors being so different for each event, we encourage potential clients to check out our client galleries to see full weddings and get a good feel for the amount of photos to be delivered. Our goal is to showcase your day seamlessly and completely. We work through the day with the understanding that we can always delete duplicate and unwanted photos, but never recapture a photo that wasn't taken. With that in mind, we blanket the day with photos of every big moment and all the little accents that make the day unique to you.

How do we start creating our wedding day album?

We suggest photos for your album under the "Studio Picks" folder in your online gallery. If you love those photos, we can design your album with those, or, if you would prefer to choose different photos, you can create an account on our proofing site and favorite what you would like included. Once the photos are selected, we head into design and send you a digital proof. After approving the digital proof, you'll choose a cover material, and your album is ready to order.

What rights do we have to the digital photos?

Every package we offer includes a personal print release, giving you the flexibility to print, share, and post your photos for personal use. Feel free to share photos with your friends and family; however, the commercial use, sale, or publishing is prohibited without written consent of Eighty Eight Photo.

How many images will we get from our engagement session?

Generally, we deliver around 100 images, but the exact number is influenced by the flow of the session, locations, and number of activities being captured. Our goal is to showcase our couples in a beautiful light. We work through our sessions with the understanding that we can always delete duplicate and unwanted photos, but never recapture a photo that wasn't taken. With that in mind, we blanket the session with photos of every big moment and all the little moments in between.

How long does it take to receive our album?

After the design is completed, your album will typically be available within 2 weeks. You can choose to come into the studio for pickup, or we can have it shipped directly to you. Production times and shipping times may vary depending on the time of year.

Can we schedule our engagement session for a weekend?

Because weddings fill our weekends, we are not able to offer weekend engagement sessions; however, we offer extended hours throughout the week to accommodate work schedules and are always happy to work with you to find the best time and place for engagement sessions.

How much time do we need for portraits of us and the wedding party?

We generally suggest setting aside 1.5 hours to work through the creative session. This session encompasses the creative and fun photos of our couples and the wedding party. If the location(s) we choose for this part of the day are offsite, factoring in drive/prep time is important as well. We are always happy to help with timeline questions to ensure the day is fun, free flowing, and efficient.

Do you edit and retouch every photo we get?

Every photograph we deliver is color corrected, cropped, beautifully crafted, and ready for print. We also include black and white conversions on selective photos. Any extensive corrections such as removing/adding items to photos, blemish removal, body contouring, and custom design work is available upon request.

Do you offer partial day coverage?

Yes. We offer the option of 4 hour or full day coverage for all events.

Are you available for destination weddings?

Yes. Though Eighty Eight Photo is based in Northeast Ohio, we have passports and love to travel to capture love stories. For destination wedding/event rates, contact us via our contact form.

Will you pose us or are you more hands off?

Both. Each part of the day requires a different approach to capture the best photos possible. Times like getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception are moments for you. During those times, we may facilitate certain things or adjust lighting and basic positioning, but we generally like to capture the moments as they present themselves. Those moments should belong to you, as opposed to being what we thought they should have been. Being in front of a camera is something most couples aren't used to and we totally understand that. We are significantly more hands-on during family photos, the creative session, and formal portraits. In those moments, we have a set amount of time to get a specific set of things done. Our planning process, experience, and expertise helps us get the right people in the right places to capture beautiful photos while adhering to our timeline.

Do your wedding packages include an engagement session and albums?

We offer a variety of options in packaging. Those options give our clients the opportunity to purchase only wedding day coverage with one or two photographers, or bundle that coverage with an engagement session, albums, wall art, and/or prints. We also offer a la carte options to custom-tailor coverage specific to your event. Contact us to set up a time to meet and discuss our current pricing and offerings.

How should we dress for our engagement session?

Wardrobe selection is different for everyone, but the two things that will always photograph the best are confidence and comfort. We suggest wearing comfortable clothing in complimentary colors to each other, as opposed to matching outfits/patterns. We also suggest taking into account the location and season. For example, earth tones and natural patterns bode well for outdoor fall sessions, while lighter colors and pastels work better in the spring. Always feel free to ask for our suggestions for specific locations and looks.

Will you have a shot list or do I need to provide one?

Heading into wedding day, we will discuss a family photo list. These photos are traditionally done after the ceremony with immediate family and those close to our couples. Creating this list gives us the best shot at ensuring everyone is in attendance and no combinations are missed or forgotten. It also helps us make what would have been a stressful time of the day easy and seamless. If there are other specific photos you would like during other parts of the day, we encourage an open discussion. If it's possible, we are more than happy to accommodate. Keep in mind, the most unique and special photos generally happen when photographers are given the latitude to create and develop images unique to your day.

Do we meet before wedding day?

Absolutely. Aside from our initial meeting to discuss our fit for your wedding, we also like to meet 30-45 days before wedding day. That is usually the time where the cement has been laid but hasn't dried completely, giving us the ability to make micro adjustments where needed. Through the process of planning, picking locations, and looking for other vendors, we are always happy to offer suggestions to ensure the day runs smoothly.

Should we add our photographers to the headcount for dinner?

Though not mandatory, we certainly appreciate being included in your headcount for dinner. During most receptions, people prefer to not be photographed while eating, so we generally eat at the same time the guests do, and get back to work afterwards. If we are not included in the headcount, we will need to make accommodations to depart and eat prior to the reception starting.