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Frequently Asked Questions:
How long will the Photographer be present to photograph?
How many pictures does the Photographer take?
Black and White or Color?
Group Pictures / Formal Shots?
What is a Self Portrait Studio?
Does the Photographer bring an Assistant?
What are the on-site requirements for the Photographer?
Does the Photographer travel?
Is digital imaging better than film?
What will my digital prints look like?
What does "digitally enhance" mean?
Who owns the digital images?
How does the web site access work?
Can my family and friends order prints?
What about a Photo CD or Slide Show?
When will we receive the proof album?
Can we order a formal album or parent albums?
What style do you shoot?
What type of equipment will be used?
How do you archive the photos?
Additional Information


How long will the Photographer be present to photograph?
Typically, I will arrive 1 hour prior to the bride leaving for the ceremony to photograph the wedding preparation. This is a great way to begin the story of your day. Within reason, I will photograph the day's events usually until the end of the party. This amounts to about 8-10 hours of photographic coverage.

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How many pictures does the Photographer take?
This depends on the size of the wedding. On average, I shoot 1000 - 1500 exposures. As each wedding is uniquely different from the next, I will photograph as much as I feel necessary to capture the great moments of your day.

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Black & White or Color?
You will get ALL the photographs in both Color and Black & White. I achieve this by taking all the photos using digital technology. This works even better than regular film because some images look better in color and others look better in Black & White.

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Group Shots / Formal Shots?
The amount of time and schedule of these shots will be discussed with you prior to the wedding. I suggest to allocate at least 1 hour for these photos. It is advisable to allocate a special time and location for these pictures to minimize interruptions to your wedding. It is important to coordinate this beforehand to ensure that your preferred guests and family members will be present during the photographing of the Group Pictures.

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What is a Self-Portrait Studio?
This is a self functioning mini studio set-up with lighting and backdrop (where appropriate). In the absence of a photographer, your guests will be able to pose and take their own pictures using a remote control shutter, encouraging less inhibited poses and offers added fun to the wedding party.

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Does the Photographer bring an Assistant?
It depends on the size and scope of the wedding. Larger more elaborate weddings require an extra hand to handel all the extra equipment, (such as lighting, studio set up...etc.) and ensure that I can cover the extensive array of events throughout the day as well. Working with an assistant that also doubles up as a second shooter is particularly useful when we want to tell the story from the beginning of the day from both (bride and groom) sides.

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What are the on-site requirements for the Photographer?
Due to the long working day (12+ hours in many cases), it is necessary for a hot meal to be provided for the Photographer and assistant. Arrangements should be made with the catering staff in advance to avoid confusion during the wedding banquet. This should be timed with the guests' meal so that no photo opportunities will be missed while the Photographer eats for 15 minutes.

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Does the Photographer travel?
Yes. I have frequently been commissioned to photograph weddings throughout Northern California and Lake Tahoe. It is the responsibility of the client/couple to cover all travel related expenses such as Flight/Train tickets, lodging, car rentals...etc for weddings outside the Sacramento Valley.

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Is digital imaging better than film?
High-resolution digital imaging is considerably more flexible than traditional film. With digital images I can easily correct for exposure fluctuations, image imperfections and add a variety of special effects that allows me to make each individual image a work of art. Additionally, I can keep your investment low because there are no costs associated with traditional film and processing.

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What will my digital prints look like?
Your enlargements will be printed on Kodak or Fuji paper, using the same chemical process that is used to print pictures from film. Your pictures will look exactly the same as if they were shot with film. Actually, they will look better than with film because I will digitally enhance each image prior to printing. Canvas prints can also be produced for that custom look.

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What does "digitally enhance" mean?
Each image will be adjusted for optimal brightness, contrast, color balance, saturation and sharpness. Additionally, I may add a variety of digital filters to the image to bring out the story each individual image has to express.

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Who owns the digital images?
I believe that images whether on film or digital are the property of the customer. Therefore, I will provide you with all images and proofs on DVD. You own the images; there will be no copying, printing or distribution restrictions, no hidden watermarks or hassles.

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How does the web site access work?
I will post your proofs to my web site when they are ready. You, your family and friends will be able to view the pictures from your event.

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Can my family and friends order prints?
Absolutely. Anyone can order prints through the online gallery. Prints will be shipped directly to the person who ordered them. Orders are shipped within five (5) business days.

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What about a Photo CD or Slide Show?
We can produce beautifully crafted DVD slide shows using songs from your wedding. Up to 200 images can be included in your slide show.

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When will we receive the proof album?
You will receive proof albums and DVD's at the same time of delivery of the main album. This is typically 6-8 weeks after ordering album.

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Can we order a formal album or parent albums?
Yes. We can design and print parent albums at any time. I advise to make parent albums clones of the main album you are getting. It is easier, faster, and cheaper.

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What style do you shoot?
I shoot using a variety of photographic styles. 90% of the day will be approached in a documentary style. Traditional photos for family portraits are more posed and formal whereas photojournalistic photos are more candid. I also enjoy creating editorial style portraits which are very informal but elegant looking. I find that a combination of each style is best to truly capture the story of your special day.

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What type of equipment will be used?
I shoot using professional digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras and lenses from Canon, a leading manufacturer of photographic equipment. I bring a full supply of backup equipment to every engagement.

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How do you archive the photos?
I archive all my work in multiple places. I have several hard drives where I duplicate all my archived images. In addition to this I burn DVD's of all my work. In the case that you misplace your photos you can contact me and I will burn you a new set of DVD's.

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Additional Information
•   Client will receive High resolution digital files on DVD's when they receive their proofs.

•   Leon Fredette can customize packages to suite a client's needs.

•   Client will pay a 50% non-refundable deposit for the event. The remaining balance will be paid two weeks prior to the event.

•   Client can order additional prints separately in addition to whatever package they initially contract to. Album upgrades after receiving proofs are available.

•   Client has the right to reprint photographs as well as design their own albums. If any photograph is reproduced for profit, Fredette Photography needs to be notified.

•   Client will select images for coffee table albums and the photographer will independently design and layout each album. A draft will be made of the album design for the client to approve of before the album goes into production. Clients can change and adjust the draft design of their coffee table album before it goes into production.

•   Please allow 5-10 weeks to receive the initial proof print album. Please allow 8-12 weeks to receive coffee table albums after the draft has been approved.

•   Weddings outside of the Sacramento Valley are subject to $150 fee for travel.

•   Leon Fredette is available for destination weddings worldwide. Please contact Leon for special pricing on travel destination weddings

•   In the case of an extreme emergency, where Leon Fredette is unable to cover a wedding job, he will have one of his associates or a professional wedding photographer cover the event.

•   Photographer retains ownership of said images and reserves the right to make reprints and copies to use in portfolios, promotional and editorial copy, and web applications; unless the client requests that specific images remain private.

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