Weldon Wedding Photography – Philadelphia

We’re interested in booking you. Can we schedule a meeting?

Absolutely! I’d love to get to know you. My office is at my home in beautiful Yardley, PA and I’d love to host you and your fiancé to hear more about your vision for the day. Simply email me at ben@weldonweddings.com and we can schedule a time. Be sure to include your wedding date and location in the email so I can make sure I’m available.

We are busy with work/live far away/have gone blind from staring at thousands of wedding professionals’ websites and just want to book you…do we have to schedule a meeting?

Nope. Though I’d certainly love to meet you in person, a phone call will suffice. I understand that planning a wedding takes a lot of time and I want to make your life a little easier if I can.

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What should I look for in my wedding photographer?

This is one of the most common questions I hear so I’d like to dedicate a little extra time to it. There are a few qualities you should be looking for in your photographer:

Image Quality and Style
Personality
Organization
Responsiveness

Image Quality and Style

It goes without saying that you want your photographer to have great images that fit the style you are looking for. What’s great about photographers is that they’ve (hopefully) created a website where you can see their work and narrow down who you like from the comfort of your couch. Every photographer who has ever taken a  picture can likely pull together 20 or so images from the hundreds of thousands of images they’ve shot and create a nice-looking portfolio. Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to take a closer look. Can the photographer produce consistent results in a variety of conditions? Are they showing images from just a few weddings when all the elements worked out or are they showing images from a variety of weddings? Your wedding will likely take place in multiple locations throughout the day with varying conditions so consider those circumstances when looking at a photographers work to make sure you are seeing results that are reproducible again and again. On our wedding blog, we typically share images from each part of the wedding day so you can see the results from the “Getting Ready” shots all the way to the end of the reception.

Personality

Photography is an innately personal art form so being comfortable with your photographer ahead of time goes a long way to making sure you get the best pictures. Considering all that’s happening on a wedding day, you’ll want to find a photographer who meshes with your personality and with whom you will feel comfortable. Many couples overlook the amount of time they will spend with their wedding photographer on the day of. Though a good wedding photographer will try to be as unobtrusive as possible, it is still key that you feel comfortable with your wedding photographer. Once you’ve decided you like a photographer’s work (see above), you should get to know them. I often have clients try to book me through email so as not to lose the date, but I will always recommend we meet, or schedule a phone call if a meeting isn’t possible. Some photographers want to book whoever comes their way, but I’m a firm believer that I only want to shoot your wedding if you are excited about having me there. My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible so the images appear natural.

Organization

Weddings are by nature, hectic events with a lot of moving parts. Without some semblance of organization on your photographer’s part, there is a strong possibility that something gets missed. It may be difficult to ascertain how  organized someone is, but you will find little clues in how they respond to your emails, what they say, and if you still aren’t sure, you can always ask. Thirty days prior to a wedding, I send a series of questions that helps me build a timeline for my clients’ wedding day. The timeline includes locations, phone numbers, shot lists, family members’ names, and a break down of what me and any other photographers with me will be covering. This timeline is reviewed by the clients prior to the wedding. Often on the wedding day something out of our control may affect the timeline, but because we have everything worked out ahead of time we can make any adjustments necessary and still capture all the moments you want captured.

Responsiveness

Responsiveness goes hand in hand with Organization. You should never have to beg someone to get back to you. In an industry full of artistic minds, it can sometimes be a struggle to get information or set up a meeting. Our standard is to reply to a call or email within 24 hours during the week or if we are contacted over the weekend when we are likely shooting, on Monday when we are usually back at the office.

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Do you travel?

Absolutely!! I relish any opportunity to combine my passion for travel with my passion for wedding photography. If you are having a wedding outside the Philadelphia area, and want me to shoot it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If we have ideas about the photography on our wedding day, can we share them with you?

Of Course-Some clients have been envisioning their wedding day for years. It would be a tough task for any photographer to realize all the expectations a couple has for their wedding day without any input from the couple. I absolutely want to hear your thoughts on style and even images you’ve seen that you like. My goal is to take whatever ideas you share with me and create the best interpretation of your vision for your day. When clients are engaged (pun intended) in the creative process, the results can be amazing. On the other hand, if you simply love what I do and don’t know what to suggest, that’s perfectly fine too. I’m happy to take the photographic reigns and am 100% confident I can create images on your day that you will love.

Do you deliver high-resolution images after the wedding?

Yes! Whatever package you choose will include a drive with fully processed high-resolution versions of the best images from the day. I will also deliver the images via a password-protected, private web-gallery that you can share with your family and friends. You and your guests can also order prints directly through this website if you’d like.

Do we have to get images printed through you?

Nope-but I’m happy to handle your printing needs if you’d like. In the old days (er…pre 2004), before digital cameras really hit their stride, and back when google wasn’t a thing yet, photographers held onto images after a wedding in order to derive a little more income from any prints the couple might want. Nowadays, there are plenty of options online where you can upload images and have prints sent to your home. I, being the tech-savvy person that I am, am aware of these consumer-friendly advancements in print technology. I am happy to handle all of your printing needs, but if you’d prefer to find a consumer lab where you can make your own prints, that’s fine too. If you are interested in printing large images (larger than 8×10), especially on canvas, that’s when I might recommend we place the order through my lab as there are some special techniques that can help ensure a great product when printing large.

What is the difference between portraits and formals?

Formals are the images of friends and family members posed in front of a single background. Portraits are the images of just the couple (and occasionally the wedding party), often at a special location or at your ceremony or reception venue if it happens to be especially photogenic. The portraits tend to be the most iconic images from the wedding day and when I talk to couples whose weddings I’ve shot, these are the images they immediately call to mind when they think of their wedding. For that reason, we tend to dedicate time to the portraits on the day of and often come up with a special location beforehand. A little bit of planning goes a long way in making these images amazing.

How many weddings do you shoot a year?

I aim to shoot around 30 weddings per year. This is a sweet spot for me as it allows me to grow my business at a manageable rate and still approach each wedding I shoot with a fresh perspective.

I’m a little uncomfortable on camera and can’t imagine me in your pictures.Are you able to work with me?

Yes-In fact, this is one of the most common concerns I’ve heard. Many of the couples in my portfolio said the exact same thing when I first spoke with them. My main goal is to make you feel comfortable and look natural. This is why I like to get to know my couples a little bit before we book and why I think it’s important all couples get to know their photographer. Take a look at the super-nice things our clients have said.

We are going a little crazy with all the choices we need to make for our day. Are you able to recommend other professionals who you trust?

I sure can! I’m passionate about helping people create the wedding day they’ve envisioned. One of the ways I try to help is by giving my honest opinion of other professionals I’ve worked with. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with tons of other wedding professionals. I’m happy to recommend venues, planners, musicians, djs, stylists, florists, etc. or anything else you might be looking for. The folks I recommend have stood out to me as folks who consistently do a good job on weddings and who the clients have been very satisfied with.

Has anyone ever told you look like Josh Groban?

Yes….yes they have. I can assure you, I am not Josh Groban.