Frequently Asked Questions For Photography:
What do your wedding collections include?
Our collections all include me, Wes Craft, as your photographer along with a second photographer that is usually but not always my wife Necia. Necia is always involved in our services and our album layout and design after your wedding. Packages all include high resolution digital files. Our most popular collections also include an engagement session and a custom designed album handcrafted in Italy.
What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Editorial, Photojournalism, Cinematic, Contemporary yet Classic.
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Our work is known for being dynamic, bold, and naturally colored. We also love iconic black & white. It’s safe to say that your finely crafted images will remain timeless and classy. You won’t have folks saying “your photography is so two thousand and 17” in a few years unless they’re referring to the phones your guests are holding up.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely. We’ve shot over 500 weddings and hundreds of other assignments including international documentary work for non-profit organizations. It’s safe to say we’ve dealt with just about everything imaginable. We’re especially adept in the dark and difficult places where our knowledge of lighting becomes key.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital. Film has a nostalgic quality however I (Wes) was happy to leave the chemicals behind as an early adopter of digital in 2004. Digital is has come a long way since then and has long since surpassed the dynamic range of 35mm film and its resolution. We shoot in RAW digital format so that we can best craft the file into a work of beauty for you, retaining much more of the detail and nuance than film can.
How many photographers do you work with?
Wes is a part of national and Chicago area photographer networking groups so we’ve worked with dozens of other photographers in our careers. Our wedding collections include 2 photographers – Wes and one other photographer, usually Necia Craft, always a skilled professional (not ever a student or beginner).
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Wes Craft will contractually be there as your lead photographer.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never for a wedding event. When you pay the retainer fee we pull ourselves off of the showroom floor. We do schedule more than one engagement session on some days so it’s important to be on time for those. We occasionally accept two weddings in a weekend as long as they are close by one another. In other words we won’t be in Jamaica the day before your wedding.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We work with a network of photographers to have emergency options.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
We bring professional Canon Cameras and an assortment of high-end Lenses. We provide lighting for circumstances where the available light is poor or non-existent.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
We have back up equipment in case anything fails. We also have a back-up to the back-up. We are covered with 4 cameras, a half dozen lenses, and 6 flashes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our weekend wedding collections all have between 8-10 hours coverage included as a part of a day rate. For weekday events, corporate headshots, engagement shoots, and family portraits we have a more hourly billing structure. For last minute weekend jobs that are smaller scale elopements we can customize something for you.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. Extra hours of wedding day coverage from the two photographer team are 400/hr and our most popular collections include 2 or more additional hours complimentary. Extra hours from Wes on your engagement session are 200/hr. Booking bonuses and bundle discounts are available for extra time as well. Let’s meet to find the best collection and amount of hours for you at our best price.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require the client provide your meal?
We require a hot meal and a break of at least 30 minutes to eat it. It’s best if we’re served in or very near the main dining room at the same time as the guests so that we won’t miss any impromptu events that may crop up during dinner and so that we are finished with our meals when you are.
Do you charge for travel?
We shoot weddings all over the Midwest and do not charge travel fees for shoots within 50 miles of Naperville, IL. That gets us all up in the Chicagoland region and even parts of Northwest Indiana. Contact us for a quote if you’re farther than that.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Wedding sets are available within 6-8 weeks during peak season. Engagements within 2-4. Family sessions 1-2. Special rush turnarounds are available on request when possible.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Proofs are presented online on our online proofing site. Your package will include some type of digital delivery as well. See the FAQ on digital negatives.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
We can keep them hosted online indefinitely however the gallery will automatically expire in 3 months unless you request an extension. The digital files are yours for a lifetime.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I retain copyright for self promotional reasons. The copyright is shared with you via a signed licensing agreement so that you may print for personal use wherever you like. We use the images on our blog and website to promote our ability to serve others.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, I do reserve the right to publish and self promote with your images. In rare cases when a couple doesn’t want to be published I honor that. Just ask. There may be a non-disclosure fee associated.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Digital Files are included in our wedding collections, interchangeably called Digital Negatives as a holdover from film days.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes. Unless you don’t want them to be. Most of our clients allow friends and family to visit their online gallery and order their own prints from us.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer handcrafted albums printed and bound in Italy. Cover, spine, and paper options are varied so we can highly customize something just for you.
When will the client get the final album?
After your wedding we’ll will design an album for you using either our favorite or your favorite images. We share the design with you and you can request changes and substitutions as needed. Once your album design is approved there is anywhere from 2-8 weeks turn around depending on our album partner’s print, bind, and shipping times.
Do you have liability insurance?
Additional Answers & Advice
Wes has been a professional photographer since 2005
Wes was formerly the Creative Director and lead photographer for a major Chicagoland studio until he resigned in January 2011 to pursue his own brand of photography along with his wife Necia.
We are a members of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) as well as the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
Here are some of our favorite event professionals to work with. If you choose any of these folks then tell them Wes Craft Photography sent you.
Event Planners & Coordinators
- Northshore Weddings & Events – Megan Estrada
- Sine Qua Non Special Events – SQN – Beth Bernstein
- Superfine Events – Kara Superfine
- Blue Moon Events
- The Meetinghouse Companies (Event Design, Linens, Florals, Coordination, etc)
- Henry Wu at H Wu Studios
- Wedding Masterpiece Films – Spanish & English Speakers
- Nue Vision – Polish & English Speakers
- Mike Hendzel Productions – Chicago, IL
- Whitney Cinema – Chicago, IL
- Lola Bard Productions – Jazz Ensembles from intimate to full – fabulous singers and musicians
- Larry King Orchestra – Large Jazz/Pop Ensemble – Big big sound!
- Dolce Strings – String Quartet – perfect for ceremonies or cocktail hour
- Spoken Four & Maggie Speaks – 2 tight “Top 40” pop bands under the same management
- The Chicago Players – Big Band that plays Pop, Swing, Folk, HipHop! One of the best we’ve ever seen.
- Rodd Tuffcurls – Fun, rowdy, pop rock band
- Jim Perona – Classical Guitarist. Great for ceremonies or cocktail hour. Ask him about his Jasmine & Perona duo.
- Kio Kreations – Naperville
- A Stem Above – Chicago
- Decor, Design, & Florals
- The Meetinghouse Companies
- Naperville Trolley Classic trolleys in the western Chicago suburbs!
- Classic Wedding Car Vintage cars for sweet getaways!
- Windy City Limo & Bus Modern buses and stretch limos.Hair & Makeup
- Tamara – Chicago & Suburbs
- Krissy V – Northwest Indiana
- Edit Faces – Dawn Bliss – Chicago and Suburbs
- Style Matters
- JoJo & Gizep