Frequently asked questions
How far in advance should I book and what is required to book?
2-6 months in advance for weekday, but please inquire. I may be available even a week before. All depends on the date. Limited Saturdays available. To reserve your wedding date, a signed contract and $300 retainer are required. The contract can be signed online and the retainer can be paid via Paypal or check for US residents.
Do you need a permit for wedding photography in Central Park?
You need a permit for the wedding ceremony if you wish to guarantee that location is available (best for popular spots such as Wagner's Cove, the Ladies Pavilion, the Cop Cot), but you don't need a permit for photography where no lights will be set up. The Central Park Conservatory Gardens requires one, which can be purchased if a wedding ceremony is also being held there.
Will you be a witness?
Yes! There is no fee.
do you believe in marriage equality and photograph same sex weddings?
YES! 1000% supporter of the right of any couple, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, to marry. I have photographed numerous same sex weddings and am always especially honored to be a part of these wedding days.
Will you help me decide on locations and make a timeline?
Yes! I have a questionnaire for you to fill out that will help me and you can also email me. I take your location and New York background wishes and plan our route taking transportation into account as well. I want you to have a stress-free and fun wedding day.
How long will a ceremony at City Hall take?
The actual ceremony takes about 2 minutes. The waiting can take anywhere from 2+ hours on a busy Friday before a holiday weekend or popular time of the year (Spring, Fall), or special date like Valentine's Day, to in and out in under 20 mins on a random Tuesday morning. I highly suggest avoiding Fridays from 10am on. Many locals marry with large groups of family and friends and this makes the process go slower. That said, I've had clients love being part of all of that energy and excitement. If you are at all nervous about being the center of attention or love people watching, that is the time for you! If you would rather spend your time on taking photos around the city, then I suggest planning a ceremony for mid-week or booking the 6 hour collection for Fridays. Monday mornings can also be on the busy side, but usually not as bad as Fridays. The standard time I plan for a City Hall wedding is 1 hour. That still leaves us plenty of time to visit another location. (See the next question!) However, you just never know until you get there and get that number.
Please visit the Marriage Bureau's website for New York City Hall marriage details and requirements.
What if we can't wait 24 hours to marry?
If you are unable to wait 24 hours between getting your license and marrying, you will need a judicial waiver. Once you get the license at the Marriage Bureau, you have to go to the building across the street to the New York County Clerk, room 315. (There is an entrance in the basement across the street from the Marriage Bureau back exit) The judge ONLY signs the waivers at 11am and 3pm. I'd arrive at least an hour before, or even 1.5 hours on a Friday, to make sure you have your documents ready for the judge.
how many locations can we visit in the 3 hour collection?
If starting at City Hall we are typically able to visit one other area. For example, DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge Park area, or The High Line/West Village or Central Park. The time of day can have an impact on traffic as well as the date you select for City Hall so additional time may be required.
If starting at Central Park, or even a quick getting ready at a hotel in midtown before hand, we can typically do the ceremony in the park, take photos at the most iconic locations (and a few of my special ones) and visit Grand Central or Times-Square for the finale.
If you have more than 2 areas in mind, or also want me to photograph getting ready, details and even your dinner or reception, I suggest the up to 6 hour collection. Beyond that, I am happy to make a custom collection.
What type of work is done to photos?
Images are edited to the best, most flattering and non-redundant selection which is usually between 50-75 per hour. The exact number is determined by factors including travel time, length of ceremony etc. The final selection is color corrected, cropped when necessary and a selection of "highlights" will be given skin retouching and/or converted to black and white. (Roughly 3-5 per hour) Additional retouching can be requested, a fee may apply. Retouching is optional on print orders and press albums and is included with Queensberry album orders.
How do you accept payment?
Booking retainers and final payments are accepted via Paypal which allows for bank account transfers or credit card transactions. Discounts are available for cash and US check payments, usually $35-45, the typical Paypal fee for the final payment.
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