FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT GOT YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?

I grew up in a family involved in photography. I had a camera in my hand as soon as I could learn to walk (well not exactly- but pretty close)  I pursued photography all through high school and I knew I wanted it to have some involvement in my life. I got a degree in Digital Media from Merrimack College and landed a fabulous job working with a very talented Boston Wedding photographer back in 2007.  I ended up furthering my photo education a few years later at New England School of Photography and started Match Made Studios shortly thereafter. With 200+ weddings under my belt, l couldn’t be more proud of being able to do what I love.  

WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?

Since every wedding is so different,I don't define myself as having a specific one style.I like to use a mix of styles to capture the day. While family photos must be staged, I strive to keep the rest of your day to be genuine and not too posed.

CAN I SEE A FULL EVENT FROM START TO FINISH?

 Of course! It’s good to see what a photographer can produce over the course of an entire day – not just a small selection of their best work.

HOW MANY SHOOTERS DO YOU BRING TO A WEDDING?

I always bring at least one other photographer to photograph the entire day with me so that nothing gets missed!  If you are having a large or logistically complicated wedding, I might have two or three additional shooters, and/or assistants to help as well.  I always ensure that I am well-staffed to make sure that your wedding is captured impeccably and that nothing is missed.

HAVE YOU SHOT AT MY VENUE BEFORE?

I’ve shot at many venues, so there’s a reasonably good chance that I have. However, if not, I always get to the venue either before or early on the Wedding day to do a thorough walk-through to scout the best photography locations. I also do extensive online research prior to. I love Google!

DO YOU DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS? ARE THERE ADDITIONAL FEES THAT APPLY?

While I’m based outside of the Boston area – I’m happy to travel all around the world.  There are small travel fees that will apply  but contact me for what this entails!

DO YOU DELIVER EVERY IMAGE YOU SHOOT?

 No, I do not. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions, etc. Depending on how many hours I am there capturing your day depends on how many images you end up receiving. 

DO YOU EDIT ALL THE IMAGES?

Yes I do. I shoot exclusively RAW. This leaves me with maximum flexibility in post production. Once editing is complete I convert all the images to JPG format for you. I shoot Every image I deliver is post produced with my unique signature style. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments and other corrections. I make sure my photographs arrive to you print ready. 

CAN WE GET THE RAW PHOTOS?

We do not provide raw photos to our clients for many reasons. The first being that we have already delivered all the photos that you would want to see. There aren't hidden gems that we're holding back from you. The ones we don't deliver are true outtakes and doubles. Also, the photos that come straight from the camera are in a file format that you cannot open unless you own Photoshop, Lightroom or other professional editing software. Editing is half  of the creative work and I love seeing your photos come to life. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE MY PHOTOS?

Engagement and family photos will be available for online viewing approximately three weeks after the shoot.  Weddings normally take 4-6 weeks.

DO I OWN THE PHOTOGRAPHS?

Yes and No,  You own the print rights to make copies anywhere you like for personal use. This includes posting online and making prints. However you may not sell the images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Match Made Studios. You don't own the actual legal copyright as that defaults to the photographer in all circumstances, unless specifically outlined in the contract.

I love to post your photos on social media, my blog and potentially send to publications.  With that being said, if you would like to keep the photos private, we understand and will respect your wishes. Just let us know ahead of time!

I DON’T PHOTOGRAPH WELL AND AM SUPER AWKWARD—CAN YOU HELP ME?

Yes, of course! This is why I offer the complimentary engagement session in my packages.  I understand that you might not have experience being photographed and through my easy shooing style and natural posing, I make sure that you look natural and lovely in your photos.  Some people take a little longer to warm up, and in those cases I make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed while we are shooting. I promise, I make it painless and fun, and it won't be nearly as bad as you think.  Doing these sessions will help you feel more relaxed on the wedding and help me get to know you more as couple.

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes we do and if your venue requests it, we would be happy to provide them with a certificate of insurance.

SHOULD WE FEED YOU DURING THE RECEPTION?

Yes Please! We are running around all day carrying heavy gear from one place to another. Granola bars and water can only go so far. 

Side Note: Many venues have a policy to feed vendors after all the guests have eaten. This can be a problem when we have nothing to do when guests are eating (no one wants photos of their guest shoving food in their mouth ;) and the second we get our meal, a major event will happen such as the parent dances or cake cutting. It helps immensely if you speak to your coordinator before the wedding to ensure that we eat when you eat so we don't miss an important moment!

DO YOU DO HEADSHOTS, LIFESTYLE PORTRAITS, SPORTS, FAMILY PORTRAITS, OTHER TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

Yes, I have experience in many fields of photography. Check out the portrait section on my website.  Feel free to contact me for other types of inquiries.  You can also check out my personal work at www.colleendolanphoto.com 

WE WANT TO BOOK YOU! HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR DATE AND HOW DO YOU HANDLE PAYMENTS?

Awesome! The way to reserve the date is to sign a contract and put down a retainer payment. We do give preference to those who inquired first but if another couple is looking to sign, we cannot hold your date for long. The retainer is 30% of the total contract price with the remainder due 2 weeks before the wedding. Email me today to find out if I’m available for your date!

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