Frequently Asked Questions
How I do to get more information?
Read through these questions and see if they address the areas you’d like to know more about.
Then let’s set up a meeting at a time and place that are convenient for you. Coffee shops and small cafes are great places to meet. While we're together, you can look through sample albums, and we can talk about the exact details of the packages that interest you. I don't believe in “hard selling,” so I won't try to pressure you into anything. Just because we're getting together to talk doesn't mean that you'll have to book me. What's most important is that you see if I'm a good fit for you.
Use the contact me page to send me an email or call me at (865) 363-4568.
How would you describe your style?
Recent articles in magazines and on websites have artificially divided wedding photographers into two styles. As a result “photojournalistic” has become a major buzzword in wedding photography, but technically it means that the photographer doesn't impact her surroundings at all. Like a newspaper photographer, a true photojournalist captures images exactly how they appear: no posing and no moving of environmental elements like garbage, benches, or your fiance's dog Rufus. On the other hand, traditional wedding photography relies heavily on posed shots throughout the entire day. Usually people stand still and look at the camera. This made sense in the film age when every picture cost money for film and developing, but today we don't have such restrictions.
While I haven't formally studied journalism (another requirement true “photojournalists” should meet), I believe in letting the events of the day unfold naturally and capturing the real emotions as they are experienced. You won't hear me saying, “Look over here,” or “Stand like this,” while you're dancing with your new spouse or visiting with your guests. Sometimes images look better when some furniture is rearranged or trash is removed from the background, but our goal is to not draw attention to ourselves as we work. The day isn't about us; it's about you, and I feel a great sense of satisfaction when people say they didn't even know we were there.
Most people do want some formal pictures, and I mix things up while I shoot those. I don't tell everyone to “Line up. Groomsmen on one side, bridesmaids on the other” because doing so rarely results in photographs people love. Instead, I strive to create images that are both unique and timeless.
To really get a sense of what I do, spend some time looking through my online galleries. I've tried to make them representative of my style.
Given all that you include in your packages, how do you keep your rates so reasonable?
I'm able to offer such generous packages because I keep Jaclyn Paige Photography's overhead very low. Advertising, bridal shows, and studio space cost money, and usually, they cost quite a bit of it. Photographers have to recover that money by charging more. I don't believe you should have to pay a lot for me to advertise to you, so you won't find Jaclyn Paige Photography in expensive magazines, at costly bridal shows, or on flashy signs around Knoxville. Because I shoot all my portrait sessions on location, I eliminate the cost of a studio and can create more individualized and unique photos in environments you love.
Who will actually be my photographer? (Be sure to ask this question of any studio.)
I shoot all the weddings booked by Jaclyn Paige Photography with the help of an assistant/second shooter. In most cases, my husband Joshua assists me, but in the rare event that he has other obligations, another photographer would take his place.
How many images will I get?
Usually, when a person posts a frequently asked question, she has an answer to that question. I don't have an answer to this one though. Photography is an art, and giving specific details before the final work is completed is somewhat artificial. The final number of images depends a lot on how much coverage you book and what activities take place on your day. My job is to capture every moment and then give you the “good stuff.”
Some people believe they want every picture from the day . . . believe me you don't. Wedding party members blink, dancers turn their backs mid boogie, and reception guests do a million split-second picture-ruining things that you don't need to sort through. I promise you though, you'll have more beautiful images than you thought you would.
What will be on the CD/DVD, and when will I receive it?
CDs/DVDs of images are delivered after your album and prints have been ordered. Any images that you select for your album or for printing will be touched up digitally, and the CD/DVD will include the retouched versions of those images, as well as the rest of the images from your gallery.
When will we receive our album?
I design each album individually and with great care, and the process can be time consuming. Due to the number of weddings I shoot, I may have multiple albums to design at one time, so I prioritize albums in the order I receive the list of images to include (not the wedding date). The quicker you submit the list of images you want included, the faster I can design and deliver it to you.
What are “printing credits”?
Printing credits are a sort of allowance you can use to purchase prints, and they are included in each package. They allow you to have maximum flexibility and give you a greatly reduced rate from what prints cost if you buy them without a package.
What kind of equipment do you use?
The non-technical answer is that I shoot with a variety of equipment that gives me a great deal of creative flexibility while at the same time maintaining mobility.
The technical answer is that I shoot with a Canon 50D and a 580EX II dedicated flash unit, and I rotate among a variety of lenses: EF 28mm, 1.2 aperture, prime lens; EF 50mm, 1.4 aperture, prime lens; EF 100mm, 1.8 aperture, prime lens; EF 24-70mm, 2.8 aperture, zoom lens; EFS 10-22mm, 3.5-4.5 aperture, wide-angle lens; and EF 70-200, 2.8 aperture, telephoto lens with image stabilization. When needed, I use a variety of reflectors and an off-camera 430EX dedicated flash unit or Alien Bees B800 strobe lights powered by Vagabond Mini battery packs and triggered by Pocket Wizard radio transceivers.
How do you protect against losing digital images?
The memories you create on your wedding day are priceless, and because they are, I take this issue seriously and continually make my process more secure. I bring back up cameras to all weddings, so if my primary fails, I can continue shooting on my back up. I also use smaller memory cards than are currently popular, so if one card fails, only the most recent images are lost, not the entire event. My assistant also shoots constantly, so most moments are documented on two memory cards. After the event, your digital images always exist in at least two places to ensure that the failure of one device does not result in the loss of your precious memories.
How do you to reduce your impact on the environment?
Okay, no one has asked me this question ever, but it's very important to us. We are dedicated to reducing the amount of waste Jaclyn Paige Photography produces, and we make every effort to do so. We make business decisions based on this conviction, like only using rechargeable flash batteries, using recycled office supplies, and disposing of electronic waste properly, but we also have a personal commitment to the environment that impacts the little things we do, like where we set the thermostat and how much we print.