frequently asked questions

 
 

What is your approach to photography?  

I am drawn to real, honest moments, when you are mostly likely to be yourself and least likely aware of me shooting. I see so much beauty in the vulnerability of these moments. Aside from the portraits where I’ll provide some simple directions, I prefer to become an observer and let the day unfold organically. This allows me to notice the subtle nuances of your day.

 

Do you travel?

Absolutely!  I’ve travelled to 17 different countries and I always keep my passport up to date. I find it refreshing and inspiring to shoot in new environments with all the unique opportunities it presents. Travel fees vary by location. If you’re planning on a destination wedding or an elopement, please get in touch and I’ll send you a customized quotation.

 

Do you shoot Elopements?

Yes!  Whether you are exchanging vows at city hall or in a foggy mystical landscape overlooking the sea, I would love to come along and document the intimate beauty of your day. 

 

Do you have back up equipment?

Always! I also back up every file, in duplicate on the night of the wedding.

We are really awkward in front of the camera, can you help us?

You’re not alone! I am 100% the same way. I’ll definitely give you guidance along the way but one of the best tips I can give you is to relax and focus on being in the moment wherever we may be. I often see the most beautiful moments emerge when couples let themselves be completely immersed in the experience. 

 

Do you work with a second shooter?

I usually work with a second photographer unless your wedding is very small (less than 70-80 guests). Elopements are usually shot on my own. Every wedding is a little different, and I can provide recommendations based on knowing your specific wedding plans.  

 

When will we get to see our photos?

Your full wedding gallery will be available to view 10-12 weeks from the wedding day.  

 

Can you recommend locations for photos?

For sure!  I’d be happy to send you some suggestions based on your preferences.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. If your venue requires an insurance certificate, please let me know so I can have one prepared for them.

 

Can you help us with our wedding day timeline?

Yes, absolutely. I’d be happy to review your timeline and provide suggestions for the best possible photographs. If you are planning on having an outdoor ceremony, I would suggest having it in the late afternoon for the best possible lighting.

 

How do we book with you?

To reserve your wedding date, I require a signed contract and a retainer fee payment (50% of the contract value). If you’re interested in having me photograph your wedding, please get in touch with me through my contact page or send me an email at hello@melissasung.com.

 

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