"How would you describe your photographic style?" My style can best be described as fine-art, photojournalism. I tend to be very relaxed during my shoots. This allows me to capture my client's truest emotions without making them feel nervous in-front of my camera.
"Will you have another photographer or assistant working with you on our wedding day?" I will almost always have an assistant with me throughout the day. My assistant, Christian (pictured below, "goofing off", as usual) also serves as my second shooter during the wedding ceremony & the reception. He helps me lug all of my equipment around & pretty much serves as an expert, extra pair of hands throughout the day!
"Do you carry backup gear?" My equipment is fully insured & I always carry duplicate gear. (camera bodies, flashes, batteries, etc.) I shoot with two professional Canon DSLR's and I own a number of top rated lenses to provide me with photographic coverage from almost every perspective imaginable.
"Do you travel?" I love, love, LOVE to travel! My team & I would absolutely love to shoot your wedding, wherever it may be. I have been blessed to be able to travel the world with my camera & your special day would give me just another opportunity to do so. Send me a message through my contact page so we can start the conversation about getting me & my crew to your wedding location!
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"How far in advance do you book weddings, and how do I check your availability for my date?" I typically book 3 months to 1 whole year out, but of course, if your wedding day happens to fall sooner than my request, the best thing to do is to contact me as soon as you start planning your big day so that I don't miss out on having you as a client! Drop me a line through my contact page & I'll get right back to you!
"Do you photograph members of the LBGTQ community?" Absolutely! Love is love!
"What is an engagement shoot like?" An engagement shoot is pretty much a portrait session for the two of you. I tend to shoot relaxed portraits with casual poses. I spend more time working with you two as a couple to get the most natural reactions possible. Basically, it's like a practice session for your wedding day! I can learn a lot about you during your engagement shoot. After all, on your wedding day, you're surrounded by your closest friends and family & then there's me! This type of shoot gives you the chance to get to know me & become comfortable in front of my camera. It gives me a chance to see how you interact as a couple so that I know how to get the best reactions from you. Many of my clients like to use the images from their engagement session for everything from canvas prints to 'Save the Date' cards!
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"From the moment that Alana walked in, she had a way of calming me and adapting to the situation at hand, while being very flexible with our constantly updated timeline. She gave me one less thing to stress about, allowing me to fully trust in her..."
- Athena Page
"What is a typical wedding day like?" I will do my hardest not to interrupt the flow of your day. Think of me as a "fly on the wall"! I don't typically work from a shot list because I photograph from my truest heart, which allows me to focus in on even the smallest of moments that make your day so beautiful. I recognize that every wedding is unique & I work hard to capture the photos that reflect your special day in a very unique way. I often photograph with fixed lenses, which means that I am constantly moving. I like to seem & feel as present as I can (without getting 'in the way'). I also enjoy getting to know your wedding guests & I love laughing at all the little inside jokes. You may even see me tear up during vows, speeches & first dances. I truly love to be able to show a couple the little things that they missed during the day, but I also like to show them the little things that they did see, but through my eyes.
*My assistant and I will typically take a 30-45 minute break at some point during the wedding reception to have dinner. (along with guests). Believe it or not, people do not enjoy having their photograph taken while they're chewing on prime rib! Haha! I will be sure to let you know when I plan to do so. (Please let me know if this will be an issue for you and/or interrupt the flow of your day.)
"What are "reproduction rights?" Upon booking me for your wedding day, you will sign an official photo release form that will grant you the right to reproduce images created by AlanAdetolArts, L.L.C., as you wish. Many photo processing labs will not make prints from a professional photographer without a copy of a signed photo release form.
"Do we get reproduction rights to our images?" Absolutely! You will have access to your own private online gallery that allows you to view ALL of your fully edited, high-resolution images & they're yours to keep forever & ever! You will receive a custom, personalized "thank you" pacakage in the mail shortly after that with those same images uploaded onto a USB drive, along with full rights to reproduce them. Your online gallery will be hosted on my portfolio site anywhere from 6 months to one full year (or more in some cases.)
"What's your turnaround time like?" One of the things that I pride myself on as a photographer is working hard & efficiently to return your images to you so that you don't have to wait months & months to relive your special day! My current turnaround time is: 2-4 weeks during off season (November-March). 4-6 weeks during busy season (April-October).
"How do I go about ordering prints?" You can choose to order prints directly through your online portfolio. All prints ordered in this manner are printed by a professional color lab. These print professionals were chosen because of their high-quality, extremely fast turn around time, and quality customer service. Another benefit to having the option of ordering through your online gallery is that anyone that you choose to give your password to can log in, and order their own prints!
The best way to cherish these once in a lifetime memories is to preserve them. That's why I take pride in offering customized Photo Books, Satin Trifold Keepsake Folders, Wooden Print Boxes, Customized Photo Gift Baskets, and more! Visit the products section to learn of full offerings!
"What will I get for my money?" A FREE unlimited e-mail correspondence & in-person consultation (optional). Professional photography by Alana Adetola & a second shooter. Professionally edited and carefully selected, high-resolution images - digitally delivered via personalized online photo gallery. A personalized 'thank you' gift box including a customized USB drive. Depending on the package you choose, a (90) minute engagement session as well as Hardcover Photo Books. Full reproduction rights and a studio credit value up to $100 to use towards customized photo albums, fine-art prints, future photo sessions and more!
"We're sold! What do we have to do to book you?" Send me a message via my contact page. From there, we'll start the conversation about setting up a FREE 30-minute in-person consultation. After that, I’ll send you some information about what your in-person consultation session will be like! Trust me...we'll have fun discussing all the little details of your big day!
A meeting with me is essential to ensure that I do my best to understand what it is that you're looking to get out of our time spent together. You are welcome to meet with me at my Buffalo-based studio, or I can come to you, OR...we can always meet at a local coffee shop (my treat!). I love good conversation & a nice hot cup of coffee! Once I mark your wedding date on my calendar, I will take a deposit of $500 in order to officially book your wedding date. The $500 deposit is applied towards the total cost of your wedding package.
"Where can I see more of your work?" Please feel free to take a look through my online portfolio!
"I have some other questions that I don't see answered here." From the time that you book with me until your wedding day, I am here to support you in your planning & answer any questions you may have, from scheduling the shooting timeline, to location scouting. I love meeting up for coffee & conversation to discuss the final details of your wedding day. Please feel free to drop me a line anytime through my contact page. I am always happy to answer any questions you have & I am very much looking forward to working with you!
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"Who is AlanAdetolArts?" I am a professional artist & photographer. I try to keep my photo shoots casual - geared towards you & yours having fun together! To put it simply, I want to capture photos of you simply existing, but in the most natural way. As an artist, I want to get YOU right, the way you feel, the way you light up!
“What should I or my family wear?” Whatever you are most comfortable wearing is fine with me! Sometimes families will ask if certain clothing prints or patterns are not going to look the best in their photos, but really, you can wear whatever you want, just so long as you look like yourselves.
“Where are we going to take our pictures?” I definitely do my best work outdoors! I’ll consult with you after you contact me so that we can agree on a location that is the right fit for you and your family. I’ll shoot pretty much anywhere I can find the best lighting & I really enjoy a fun, casual, & naturally lit outdoor scene.
"I love it all, Alana! How can I contact you & what are your prices?" That's what I like to hear! Please visit my contact page and fill out the appropriate questionnaire. From there, we'll book your FREE 30-minute in-person consultation.During that time we can discuss the details of your shoot as well as package options.
A meeting with me is essential to ensure that I do my best to understand what it is you're looking to get out of our time spent together. You are welcome to meet with me at my Buffalo-based office, or I can come to you, OR...we can always meet up at a local coffee shop (my treat!). I love good conversation & a nice hot cup of coffee!
If you decide that we're a 'match made in heaven' then we'll set a photo session date (along with a rain date if the shoot location is outdoors) & I will take a deposit of $100 in order to officially book your selected date. The $100 deposit is applied towards the total cost of your shoot.
"What will I get for my money?" A FREE unlimited e-mail correspondence & in-person consultation (optional). Professional photography by Alana Adetola. Professionally edited, high-resolution images - digitally delivered via personalized online photo gallery. A personalized 'thank you' gift box including a customized USB or DISC. Full reproduction rights and a studio credit value up to $100 to use towards customized photo albums, fine-art prints, future photo sessions and more!
"How long after the shoot will I receive my photographs?" Within 1-2 weeks during off-season (November-March). 2-4 weeks during busy season (April-October).
“I live in Orchard Park, will you come shoot photos of my family & I out here?" My office is located in Buffalo, N.Y., but I am willing to travel up to 40-miles roundtrip by car away from Buffalo, New York. *Unlimited travel locations within 40-miles roundtrip from Buffalo, NY. Additional travel fees apply to any location destination greater than 40-miles roundtrip outside of Buffalo, N.Y.