Ash Simmons Pricing

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Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
— Don McMullin
 
 
 
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Wedding Collections | Start at $2,500

  • 6 hours, 8 hours or 10 hour collections

  • All photos edited (600-1,000)

  • Online Gallery w/ High-Resolution images

  • Print Release Rights

  • Engagement session available

 

It's not all about the money.

Wedding expenses add up quick, I get it. If the pricing is more than you imagined spending, hit me up anyway. I may be able to adjust a few things to make it work for you. It's not always possible, but I will try to do what I can if my work and personality are right up your alley. If things don't work out, I have a group of trusted local photogs I can refer you to.


 

Our experience together

I don’t take lightly that you've chosen me to capture a truly intimate moment.  I want to capture every little detail. That little kiss stolen when no one was watching and that look you give each other before saying "I do". The most magical thing about photography is that with one glance, emotions can come rushing back as if you were still in the moment.

To me, my job is more than a one-day thing and most times I take on every role needed and let’s face it, hire me and you’ll have an extra bridesmaid who happens to be holding a camera! This moment in your life should be something you never forget and should be done with someone you trust completely. I will approach your session or wedding very personally so that I can capture the raw emotion of our time together. These moments are artwork for your walls that will last generations, lets keep it real.  

I start every new relationship with a phone call or meeting at my East Hill office because it is the best way for you to decide if we are the right fit. We’ll talk through the details and afterwords, I’ll answer any and all questions you have. I am not for everyone and I am ok with that, but if you value, trust and invest in our relationship I know we can make some magic together.

If you think I sound like your girl, say hello through the contact form or email me at ash@ashsimmons.com

 

 

FAQ

Do you do destination weddings?

What additional fees are associated with destination weddings? I serve clients all around the world. My destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations. Because of my frequent travel, special, lower rates may apply depending on the specific circumstances and destination.

Have you shot at my venue before?

I have shot at multiple venues, so there is a good chance that I have. However, if I have not, I will get to the venue early on the day of and be sure to perform a thorough walk-through to scout out the best photography locations. I also do extensive online research prior to your big day! Click here to see a few of my favorite venues.

Do you have past reviews from other couples?

Yes, a variety of reviews can be found across Wedding Wire, The Knot, Facebook, and Google.

Do you provide partial day coverage?

I typically do not provide partial day coverage on Saturday. On Saturdays, I only accept clients that select one of my wedding collections.

What vendors do you enjoy working with?

I created a few blog posts that highlight my favorite vendors. Click here to see a few of my favorites.

Are you able to work with budgets?

Money is never easy to talk about, but I strive to be transparent and have open communication. I am a full-time photographer. I don’t have a 401k or health benefits that come with a corporate company. I have to pay for everything out of our own hard earned money/pocket. While I truly WANT to work with budgets (and I always try too!) – it’s just not always available because I have a “hard cost” in order to profit and stay in business. With that being said, here are some things that make it more likely to work with you if our pricing is not within your budget. 1) Having a wedding on a Friday or Sunday. 2) Having a wedding during “off” season (which is December-February) OR 3) Your wedding is last minute and around the corner (within 1-3 months).

Of course! When you inquire, I will be sure to send you some. Especially if I have shot at your venue recently.

Image delivery

When do we get our photos back?

I deliver wedding photos within 2-3 weeks. Standard time in the industry is 6-8 weeks. I am pretty proud of this turnaround – who likes waiting long? It’s not that I rush the editing, I just photograph correctly and do not depend on editing to make the image better. On top of that, you will always get a sneak peak the day after your session or wedding.

Do we get all of our photos?

Absolutely! The only photos we do not deliver is mid-blinking, blurry or unflattering photos that we know you won’t have any desire to print/have. My average delivery is 500-800 photos. But I do not put a cap on how many. Sometimes I deliver over 1,000 photos! It just depends on how long I am hired for and how much goes on come wedding day. I do not send you any RAW (un-edited) photos – you are hiring me for our editing style and trust that we send all the right photos.

How do you deliver photos?

Online gallery with full high-resolution photos. No watermarks or logos will be on the photos. You are welcome to share this gallery with friends and family as well.

Editing

Do you touch up all the images in our image download?

Yes. Every image I deliver is post produced with signature style of post-production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any images, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones or other common photography flaws.

##What do you mean by “touching up” the photos? “Touching up” is the same as our signature (standard) post-production. See the question below for clarification.

What is the difference between advanced and custom; and why are there additional costs for a custom retouch?

Advanced post-production includes touch-ups such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, removal of fly-away hairs, etc. On the other hand, custom post production is anything that requires extensive, custom work in Photoshop such as removing entire objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts or other objects in the scene, adding objects to a scene and other custom work. I charge hourly for the custom post-production as the time required ranges depending on the complexity of the project. Please contact me for a quote for custom post-production.

Wedding Day

How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photos?

Take a look at my Ideal Wedding Photography Timeline to see a detailed breakdown of how much time you would need to have set aside for your wedding photos.

I have downtime between events on my wedding day. Will I be charged for that downtime?

For a variety of reasons, I have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is I'm never truly resting during the day, whether I'm setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of unforeseen wedding day delays. In many cases, I use that “downtime” to take you and your significant other out for more couples portraits or more family portraits.

What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?

I understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. I never pack up before the contracted time, and moreover, I'm not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, I will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like me to stay, I will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment.

Why do we need to charge for additional coverage?

I’ve dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so I won’t be racing off to catch other plans that evening. However, I need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having myself or my team stay for additional hours. The shooters and/or assistants all require additional compensation. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post-produced which adds to my overall costs.

Engagement Session

When can we expect to see our photos from our engagement session?

Post-production for engagement sessions are completed 1 week after the date of the shoot.

When should we do our engagement session?

I encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest we suggest is at least ten weeks prior to the wedding date.

Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend?

Because most weddings occur on weekends, I typically do not shoot engagement sessions on weekends. If you can only do your engagement session on a weekend, I can tentatively schedule your engagement session on a weekend, however, if a wedding is scheduled for that weekend, later on, I will have to reschedule your engagement session. We also like to shoot on weekdays because locations are typically less crowded.

How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session?From a wedding?

I typically deliver anywhere from 50-70 images per engagement shoot and for a wedding, I typically deliver 60-80 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.I’d like you to Photoshop our name and date into the save-the-dates, is that included in the package pricing? Custom save-the-date images are priced at $150 per image and can be added on at any time.

When and where can we view our engagement pictures?

Your engagement session images will be uploaded to an online gallery and a link will be sent to your email on file.

Booking

How do we book?

I send over a digital contract and an invoice through Dubsado. For weddings, it’s a $1,000 retainer for me to reserve your wedding date. The balance is due 30 days before the wedding. We will discuss payment plan options.

Do we meet with clients before booking?

One of the big reasons why I try to keep my website transparent is so you can know right away if I am the right choice for you. Social media is a great “get to know me” approach. I always do Instagram stories so you can feel connected with me so that we don’t feel like strangers. I will certainly keep in touch and am always easy to get ahold of through email or text.

If we cancel the wedding, will we receive our retainer fee back?

Unfortunately no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. Once I’ve reserved your date, I do not accept new clients for your date.

If we change our wedding to a different date, will we be able to use our retainer fee towards a future date?

Generally no, but this is taken on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and my availability is taken into account. Also, if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply.

Business

Do you back up our images? How can we ensure that our images won’t be lost?

I have never lost an image from a wedding due to the following backup workflow for each our events: During the event, I shoot on two cards at the same time. This instantly creates a backup of every image in the camera. Afterward, I separate the primary cards from the backup cards, should anything happen to one set. I then back up the images to a local server set up in a RAID 1 configuration, as well as copy them to an offsite hard drive. At any given point before delivery of the images, there are two copies of the files in separate locations.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes. Many venues require the photographer to have Liability Insurance. So before hiring, make sure your photographer and vendors are covered.