Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is your photography style?
A: My style can be described as elegant and editorial. This means I aim to create photos that could be crafted into a storybook or art magazine. I try to create vibrant photos that portray realistic color and depth. Though fashion-forward, I always make sure my creative direction is timeless: I want you to look good, not trendy.
Q: Are you licensed and insured?
A: Yes, I am a registered business (Brandon Yuong Photography) with business insurance.
Q: Do you require a deposit?
A: Yes, a retainer of $500 is required to lock in the date. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the wedding date.
Q: Do you have a travel fee?
A: No additional travel fees for most of Southern California. Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the Temecula Valley, and the Coachella Valley are considered local. Travel and lodging fees for destination weddings will be based on location and distance. A custom quote can be written for you in this case.
Q: Do you have professional equipment?
A: Yes, I carry professional DSLRs and lenses. I also carry ample memory from reliable brands, extra batteries, multiple flashes, light modifiers, light stands, and tripods. I have lenses and cameras that are capable of low-light environments, such as church ceremonies where flash is typically prohibited and discreteness is critical. I have state of the art technology and applications designed for high-level photo-processing.
Q: Do you offer large prints and canvases? Albums?
A: Yes, I offer a host of options including wall art (canvases, metal prints, and archival framed prints). One of my favorite offerings is the leather wedding album.
Q: Will I have printing rights to all of my images?
A: I provide a Print Release for personal use when digital negatives are provided. Commercial use requires additional licensing which is not included for wedding clients.
Q: Will you watermark our images?
A: No, I do not watermark images that I provide for my clients.
Q: Why do you charge sales tax?
A: I am required by state law to charge sales tax (California residents only) at my local rate. Sales tax is only applied to tangible goods and is applied to the entire photography service (similar to a carpenter's assembly of furniture: the assembly labor is taxed). Why that is is a question for the Board of Equalization of California.
Q: When will we see our photos?
A: I offer fast turnaround time: the vast majority of my clients see their photos within a week or two. Wall art and albums can take a little longer due to further processing, handling, and shipping.
Q: Should we hire a wedding coordinator?
A: I recommend a wedding coordinator. A coordinator can help save stress and help organize the wedding to go smoothly. If on a tight budget, I suggest hiring one for the wedding day only. You really should enjoy your wedding!
Q: I don't need the full duration that you offer
A: Some clients say this yet give me a complete list of photo requests. With less than 7-8 hours, a complete wedding day is simply not captured.
As with most things, the difference between good photography and stellar photography is time. I recommend including breaks/rest into the schedule even if on a tight timeline. Even better, don't be on a tight timeline. You will be much more relaxed and energetic for photographs. It is always good to consult with me about the timeline before the wedding, that way I can give tips if desired.