Do you deliver every image you shoot?
No, I do not. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery.
HAVE YOU SHOT AT MY VENUE?
I have shot at most venues, so there is a good chance that I might have. However, if I have not, I will get to the venue early on the day of and be sure to perform a through walk-through to scout out the best photography locations.
DO YOU DO DESTINATION WEDDING? IF SO WHAT ARE THE FEES?
While I am based in Chicago, IL, I serve couples all around the world. My destination photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations. Due to my frequent trips, lower rates may apply to some areas depending on the specific circumstance
WHAT IF OUR CEREMONY IS IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE?
I’m from Jamaica, so I can relate to this concern. However, I approach all weddings with a lot of research, and I work with my couples ahead of their date to make sure I understand their cultures and traditions. During our final check-in, we’ll make sure I am aware of any major moments during the ceremony, and I also rely on my instincts to make sure I capture every significant detail of your day.
Balmin was incredible to work with for our engagement photos and Wedding! He was super personable and made my fiancée and I laugh and smile our entire session. I was so pleased with how our pictures turned out, and I\'d recommend Balmin to anyone!
- Agnes & Josh
STYLE & QUALITY QUESTIONS
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My venuE is dark can you help?
I have developed a unique style of wedding photography that is deeply rooted in photojournalism. I am also influenced by fin-art and high end fashion photography. I love using creative lightning with unique perspective.
I have shot in the darkest of dark chapels and reception halls so no need to worry! If the situation allows, I will set up additional lighting to ensure we get focused pictures. Some chapels do not allow for flash photography; and for that reason, I shoot on camera’s with superb low-light performance and lenses.
can i see a full event from start to finish?
Of course you may! I pride myself on the consistency of my work. I understand that all photogs post their best work on their website so it's hard to determine how well he or she performs on the wedding day.
What is your philisophy?
My philosophy is very simple. I adopt extreme ownership, I embrace creativity, I am obsessed with my clients, I believe in supporting and empowering people. I strive to be an industry leader.
Engagement Session Questions
When do we do our Engagement Session?
I encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest I suggest is at least 10-12 weeks prior to the wedding date due to the time necessary to post produce each image and complete your product order(s).
Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend?
Because most weddings occur on weekends, I typically do not shoot engagement sessions on weekends. If you can only do your engagement session on a weekend, I can tentatively schedule your engagement session on a weekend, however, if a wedding is scheduled for that weekend, later on, we will have to reschedule your engagement session.
When can we expect to see our photos?
Post-production for engagement sessions are completed 6-8 weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed prior to 6-8 weeks after the date of the shoot, a rush process fee will be charged.
How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session?
I typically deliver anywhere from 50-70 images per 3-hour engagement shoot and for a wedding, I typically deliver 60-80 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.
Payment Related Questions
How do we reserve our dates?
All dates are reserved once we receive your signed contract and deposit.
What if we exceed our contracted time for coverage?
A standard rates apply for overtime. Overtime is billed at the rate of $350/hour per Master Photographer and $250/hour per Associate Photographer.
Is there an additional fee if we pay via credit card?
Yes. The retail adjustment fee for all credit card transactions is 3% of the charged amount.
If we cancel our wedding, will we receive our retainer back?
Unfortunately no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. Once we’ve reserved your date, we do not accept new clients for your date.