Where are you located?
- We are based out of Central Florida and our main territories are Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, St. Augustine, and their surrounding areas.
Do you travel?
- Yes! We frequently cover destination wedding locations such as the Florida Keys or the mountains of North Carolina and would love to go with you wherever you choose to exchange vows. Oh, and our passports are up to date.
Who will be covering our story on our wedding day?
- We only book one wedding per day to ensure maximum satisfaction and you will always get Sara along with one of the other team members unless otherwise specified.
How far in advance do you book?
- Popular wedding months (March, April, May, October and November) can book extremely far in advance (sometimes up to 18 months or more!) so it is recommended once a date is settled an inquiry on availability is made as soon as possible.
How do we officially book SO Photography?
- To book your wedding date we require a 25% retainer as well as a signed contract.
How long until we get our photos?
- You will see a preview of your wedding day within 2-3 days of your wedding and then can expect to receive the remainder of your photos in your gallery within about 6-8 weeks. Portrait sessions also have previews within 1-2 days and a turnaround of 2-3 weeks for your gallery to populate.
Do you offer a Military Discount?
- Sure do! It's just our way of saying "thank you".
How essential is an engagement session?
- We LOVE engagement sessions. This is a wonderful way for me to get to know you as a couple as well as for you to get a chance to feel familiar with me so that you are totally relaxed on your wedding day and are already prepared with what to expect. It allows me to see what you are or are not comfortable with and your unique quirks as a couple that I can really play up to make your wedding photos tailored to the two of you. I try to make it as fun as possible by centering it around your lifestyle activities and keeping the laughs a-roarin'.
What is a "First Look" and should we do it?
- A "first look" is when the bride and groom get to see each other for the very first time in a hidden location in private - with the exception of two photographers, of course. It is an especially tender moment and sometimes brings relief to jittery brides and grooms or ones who are afraid of getting "too emotional" in front of all of their guests. The extra benefit of a first look is that we get additional portrait time for just the two of you! Some couples like to get all of their formal party shots ahead of time after the first look so that their friends can enjoy cocktail hour (again resulting in additional portrait time for just the newlyweds post-ceremony) while we do family portraits and then couple portraits. Sometimes it even lets us get you to the tail end of your cocktail hour! While we absolutely love doing first-look's, it is extremely non-traditional and many couples still prefer to see each other for the first time at the ceremony. Don't worry - we will still capture all of the tears and smiles as well as all of the post-ceremony portraits.
When do you arrive and how far along with getting ready should I be?
- We arrive typically two hours prior to the ceremony to capture details such as rings, dresses, flowers, jewelry, suits, etc as well as getting ready shots. All of the ladies should have their hair and makeup completed upon our arrival but not yet be dressed so that we can capture last minute touch up as well as fun and candid pre-wedding hang out shots. The men should all also be on location and just about to get dressed so that the second photographer can capture their getting ready as well. Please note if you plan on having a First Look, or there are multiple locations, the timeline will need to be adjusted accordingly.
Do you provide RAW images?
- Unedited (RAW) files are not able to be opened or viewed without the proper RAW editing software and so they are not provided with your package. While lots of extra photos are taken, they are test shots where exposure and composition are being tested and what you end up with is the final image, which is provided in your gallery and USB. From each series of photos, the very best ones are hand selected during the editing process - the remainders either have someone blinking, unflattering composition, off lighting, motion blur, repeat photos, etc. They are the rough drafts to the final piece of art that is handed to you. While it is normal to wonder if there are any additional photos, rest assured that each special moment of your special day was captured by our team to put together a beautiful story of your wedding day that is delivered to you in your photographs.
Do you capture births?
- Yes, we do! Being there on such an important moment of our clients lives is absolutely breathtaking and the utmost honor. We are on call right along side you as you reach the end of your pregnancy and right there with you for all of the special moments! These sessions are currently reserved for wedding or existing clients ONLY.
What should I wear to our engagement session? Is hair and makeup necessary?
- Whether your shoot is centered around one themed look or just fun and casual, pick outfits that you feel comfortable in. Remember, these are going to be the photos that reflect who you are as a person/family/couple and will be on display throughout your house and/or at your wedding, so you don't want to change your hair and/or makeup so drastically that you feel as though you're looking at photos of strangers! Choose colors that go together and keep the same color palette as this will unify you together in the shots and stay away from tight patterns or stripes. I also think it is important to wear color rather than blacks and whites which can look harsh as color really lifts your photographs. Think about where we are shooting and choose appropriate clothes ie: if we are in the fields in winter wear boots, hats, and scarves, or on the beach in summer think sun dress and flip flops. Perhaps go for an overall theme – this really makes your photos sing. If you love vintage styles, perhaps a 40′s style dress and jeans and a waistcoat. If you're a beachy couple, a chiffon maxi and a linen shirt with casual slacks, etc. If you're wearing multiple outfits, wear your favorite outfit last as that will be the point where you are most comfortable with having your photographs snapped and you will end up with the most amount of images in that outfit. Personalized props are a great idea and allows for a totally customized shoot! Bring something that has your wedding date on it; something that relates to a hobby (e.g., a football, picnic basket, board games, sailing, etc); something that relates to your actual wedding. The main point is to give some thought to this ahead of time so you are prepared and can have fun!