faq
Weddings
Is an Engagement Session included when I invest in you as my wedding photographer?

Yes! The Engagement Session is a crucial part of the experience that I offer my couples.  This is complimentary in every wedding package.  It is a time to get to know each other an to learn how I communicate and shoot you as a couple.

How many images do you deliver? 

I typically average 90-100 finished images per hour that I'm shooting.

How do you deliver my wedding images? 

Each couple will have a personalized online gallery where they will have access to immediate download of all their high resolution full size files.

What type of equipment do you use? 

I shoot with Nikon brand equipment.  I use Nikon D810's and D800's as my camera body. I also shoot with a variety of lenses. My favorites are the Nikkor 80 f/1.4 and the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8.

Have you shot at my venue before?

There are hundreds of venues throughout the Bay Area and I have shot at many of them, but if I have not, I will arrive early on your wedding day and do a walk through of the site to find the optimal locations with the best light.

Can I see a full wedding from start to finish?

Yes!  I think it is so important to choose a photographer where you have seen consistent work throughout an entire wedding day.  Feel free to email me and I will send you links to various wedding galleries.  You can also check out the weddings tab on my blog or under the portrait galleries of this section.

When can I expect to see my images from my wedding day?

This is an area I love to share with my brides!  The longest I've ever taken to edit a wedding was 2 weeks!  My goal is to have your wedding images back to you in less than 2 weeks so you can relive the day as soon as possible.  This is possible because I only take a select number of weddings during my busiest season.  I want to put the utmost effort into each of my couples and that isn't possible if I've overbooked myself.

What rights do I have to the digital prints/files?

You have the right to reprint any and every image you want.  Feel free to post them online or use them for social media. However you may not sell your images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Rachel Blackwell Photography.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes! Many venues require the photographer to have Liability Insurance.

 
Engagement Sessions
When should we do our engagement session?

I suggest that couples do their session at least 3 months prior to their wedding day. Typically I do them during the Fall or early Spring to avoid shooting during the Bay Area's rainy season.

Will you help us choose a location? 

Yes! I have many great locations all over the Bay Area that look fantastic in portraits.  I'm always open to your suggestions, but would be happy to help narrow down a location with you.

How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session? How many outfits should we bring?

Typically 125-175 images from your session. I recommend planning on 2 outfits.  This will allow for a variation in your photos.  You can definitely do 3 outfits, but most of my couples tend to stick with 2!