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FAQs

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Where are you located?

I'm based in Brooklyn, New York, but I'm always down for an adventure and an excuse to get away so don't hesitate to reach out for an out-of-town or destination wedding.

Do you charge a travel fee?

There is no travel fee for weddings within 50 miles of New York City. Weddings outside of this range are charged on a case-by-case basis depending on your needs and timeline for the day.

Have you photographed at my venue before?

A huge part of my job is to walk into a space and be able to immediately see the good light, angles, and composition. And this changes depending on the time of day, weather, cloud cover, number of lights turned on in the venue, etc. etc.—meaning it will never be quite the same, even in the same venue. I’ve done this enough that I can find ‘the perfect spot’ for your photos, no matter where we are. However, I do like to be familiar with venues whenever possible (hello, Miss Always-Over-Prepared) so will do a site visit or arrive early to scout whenever possible.

Who will be photographing my wedding if I hire Sarah Bode-Clark Photography?

When you hire my company you get me at every event, every time. When you add a second photographer, you'll get someone from my trusted circle of photographer peers as part of your day. I only work with people whose work I believe in, someone who I know will be a fun, welcome addition to your event.

In the event of an extreme emergency where I'd suddenly become unavailable for your wedding I have a back-up system in place so you are taken care of no matter what.

Do you have back-up gear?

I am an uber-planner. I’ve got back-ups for gear, back-up transportation ready, back-ups if something happens to me before your wedding day, and take backing up your images very seriously. I promise to sweat all the small stuff so you don’t have to.

Do you have insurance?

Yep! Both gear coverage and liability. If your venue needs to see proof of insurance just let me know and I will get them a copy.

When will I get my photos? How many images will I get? Can I print them?

You can expect to receive your online gallery within 8 weeks of your wedding day. I don't shoot to give you a specific number of photos, this varies from event to event based on hours of coverage, if there is a second photographer, etc., but typically you will receive at least 50 photos/hour from your wedding.

Yes, you can print your photos. You receive print release of the images as part of your package. I do however recommend ordering professional prints or products (albums, canvas prints, etc.) through your online gallery to ensure excellent color rendition and reliable construction as I cannot guarantee the quality when ordering through other sources. If you have any questions or need any guidance in how to get the photos off of your computer I am more than happy to help. It's important to me that you live with your photos outside of the digital world and will assist this goal in any way I can!

What is the 'online gallery'?

Each wedding package comes with an online gallery, which is a link to a web page with all of your wedding photos. This online gallery can be shared with your family and friends after the wedding. The photos can be downloaded from this link and you can also order prints, framed images, canvases, albums and more through the store in the gallery. The online gallery is available for 1 year after your wedding date.


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Do you edit the photos we receive?

Yes. Each image you receive will get a basic edit. This means it will be color corrected and cropped when necessary and slight adjustments made to get the photo ready to view. If you order any printed products from me these photos will get an additional once over to be pro-print ready.

If we want to take portraits at a fun location outside of our venue during the wedding session or engagement session do we need a permit?

Unfortunately this is a question that needs to be asked to the location manager of the space you have in mind. There are so many wonderful places that would make for gorgeous photos around New York City, but each one has its own position on what is or isn't allowed. I can help locate the information for you if you have a specific place in mind, but many locations require the permit to be obtained by the couple not the photographer.

Should we provide you with a shot list for the wedding day? Will you take formal family portraits?

If there is anything especially important to you that you would like to have photographed, please let me know. I want to provide you with the memories that are meaningful to you and your day. Otherwise, I will capture the day as it unfolds, preserving the moments as authentically as possible while also photographing the details that you have put thought and care into.

I always set aside time for formal family/wedding party photos during each wedding. Even if you are more excited about the candid photos throughout the day, I know these images will be precious to your parents, grandparents, and to you in the future. I will help you put together a list of your essential formal portraits, and we'll discuss ways to make this part of the day as quick and as easy as possible on everyone so you can all get back to the party ASAP.

What if we don’t want to do a first look/cake cutting/wedding party/etc. etc.? What if our invitations were sent via talking parrots instead of paper and envelopes? What if our ceremony is just a flash mob of fire dancers and no vows/ring exchange?

I believe that the wedding industry can put a lot of pressure on couples (and vendors) in ways that make us believe we have to do things in a very specific way. One of my biggest goals with my business is to be an empowering and encouraging presence for you to help you create the wedding day that YOU want, traditions/standards be damned. So tell me your goals and your thoughts and we’ll take on any new ideas and approaches to your day side-by-side.

However! This doesn’t mean that I think you have to buck traditions. If there is something that is meaningful and important to you, by all means, bring it on. I’m thrilled to capture your day however it unfolds, preserving the things that matter to you both. I say take on Marie Kondo’s advice as you plan: Does this tradition/vendor/planning task/detail bring you joy? If not, go ahead and let it go. If yes, bring it into the fold.

How can we make a difference in the world by planning our wedding?

Book me as your wedding photographer and a portion of the proceeds will go towards charity. Woot! Easy as that.

When you book with me you will have the choice of which charity your donation will go to. Currently you can choose between: World Central Kitchen, Save Our Streets, and Planned Parenthood.

How do we book you?

Click and fill out the form below to inquire about your wedding date. If you are ready to move forward with booking, I'll send you all the info you need. If you are still in the decision-making phase, I'll answer your questions and discuss package options. We can continue our conversation via email, phone call, or meet in person in the NYC area--whichever you prefer.

To secure your your wedding date you'll pay a 25% retainer fee and sign a contract. Then we are ready to party!

 
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