Storybook Wedding Photographer M. Couturier


Q. How long have you been photographing weddings?
A. We have been photographing weddings all over the world for 21 years. Having photographed over 1,000 weddings we know what to expect in the way of “surprises”. Your wedding memories are much too important to entrust your wedding photos to just anyone. “Experience” is what brings consistency – a knowing of what will work and what doesn’t – which in turn will make your wedding photos look more like fine art rather than bad snapshots.

Q. Will you be the one photographing our wedding?
A. Yes, Absolutely.  We do not hire and send others out to shoot our weddings.  Tina and I will both be photographing your wedding for most of the packages that we offer. Depending on the size and complexity of the wedding, we may add additional photographers at our own discretion.

Q. How long will you be at our wedding?
A. For most of our packages we are yours for the entire day.  We do not leave in the middle of the reception as many photographers do. You can enjoy the reception knowing that we will capture it all and without having to worry about when we are leaving. We leave when you leave.

Q. Do you have back-up equipment?
A. We have at least three of everything, and four or five of most things. We use the highest quality and level of professional equipment that can get the live shot in very little light. We are very serious about what we do for you and it will show in the resulting images.

Q. Do you have insurance?
A. Yes, we actually have four types of insurance – equipment, business, e&o, liability.  We have never had a claim in 16 years.  Proper insurance should be a concern for both you and for your ceremony/reception venues in determining which vendors to select.

Q. What do you wear to the wedding?
A. We dress appropriately – as if we’re actually going to a wedding (imagine!) – unlike many other photographers.  This is a pet peeve of ours. We don’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt wearing a beret or try to look all artsy and eclectic, but try to blend in so that we are invisible among your guests. We usually try to match your wedding colors and often do.

Q. How many photos do you take at the wedding?
A. There is no set number, but on average it is usually around 900-1200. More on very large weddings and slightly fewer on more intimate weddings. We shot 650 with a couple in Scotland (zero guests or bridal party) and close to 4000 on several of our most recent celebrity weddings. About 90-100 images per hour on average. When we see a moment we capture it. Better to have it than not.

Q. Will our pictures be available to view on the internet?
A. Yes, about 2-3 days after the wedding, all photos will be on a password protected website.  Family, friends and guests can view the photos and even order some if they wish, saving you the effort of keeping track of who wants what and being the middle man.

Q. Do we get Proof Prints of everything you shoot?
A. Yes. Your Proof Prints will be ready about 10-12 days after the wedding. The numbers on the back of the photos will match those on the website. The photos are yours to keep. They will greatly assist you in the selection of your album images. You can also make other use of them in frames or give as gifts.

Q. What types of albums do you offer?
A. We offer the finest quality albums from around the world – GraphiStudio™ books from Italy, Renaissance™ books from New York and Asuka™ books from Japan, as well as many others.  All of these albums will make those stuffy old albums of the past pale in comparison. They are infinitely more flexible in design and in the number of images that they can contain. We can also get any album from any manufacturer you like if you have a certain preference.

Q. When do we need to choose the photos for our album?
A. That’s entirely up to you, we would recommend around 12-16 weeks after the wedding if you can, but some people take 9-12 months or even longer. The winter holidays are very busy for album production and there is a submission deadline of the first week of October for delivery by Christmas.

Q. How do you stay current with wedding trends?
A. We belong to several photography and wedding related associations. Mark was the President of a wedding vendor association for two years and we have been a member for 16 years since its creation.

Mark reads a lot!  He is an information sponge. He receives and reads every major photography magazine and bridal magazine. He reads fashion magazines as well. He spends a lot of time on both photography and wedding forums.

We attend two major wedding photography conventions in Las Vegas every year. Mark is also a technical and business consultant to other photographers nationwide.

We have photographed weddings all over the world and have seen and experienced much more than the average wedding photographer ever will.

We are trend setters and are just now seeing people trying things that we started doing 10 or more years ago.

Storybook Wedding Photographer M. Couturier