FAQs 2018-08-02T13:17:20+00:00
Kate McElwee, Boston wedding photographer, wife to Josh, and mom to two black labs


a little more info on how I work, what’s included, and more

Do you photograph details? What about family formals?

Although the majority of my wedding coverage is moment-driven, I also understand the importance of photographing all the little details that make up your day – and I love to provide you with magazine-worthy images of your table settings, reception decor, personal details, and more.

I also feel that a set of beautifully-lit, relaxed, and natural family photos is an incredible heirloom, and I take as much care with these photos as with the other aspects of your day.

Do you work with an assistant, or a second photographer?

Most couples book two photographer coverage, and this is what I recommend for most weddings; my second photographer starts shortly before the ceremony, and stays with me through the main reception events. He provides an alternate angle during the key parts of the day, and keeps me happy and hydrated.

Single photographer coverage is usually plenty for smaller weddings (fewer than 100 guests) if you plan to see each other before the ceremony.

Do you stay until the very end of the wedding?

My Signature coverage includes the first hour of post-dinner events – usually cake cutting and parent dances followed by a lively chunk of dancing (around 45-60 minutes). An hour post dinner is usually plenty of time to get great dancing photos of you and your friends, before it all gets a little “sloppy”. However, if you’d really like additional dancing coverage, I offer an hourly rate or an extended coverage flat fee through the end of the reception.

How many images will we receive?

I typically take thousands of images on a wedding day, and there is no limit to the number of images that you will receive, however it’s usually in the 500-600 range, depending on the length of the day. I include everything great, and I edit out any misfires, missed focus images, and images with poor lighting or bad expressions.

I want you to have a collection of fantastic images that fully tells the story of your day.

When will we see our images?

My turnaround for image delivery following the wedding is typically four weeks, however I will post some “teaser” photos on Instagram within a week of your wedding. Around the two week mark you will receive your wedding slideshow of around 100 images.

Do you have backup equipment?

Of course! I carry with me two professional cameras, plus a bunch of lenses. I shoot prime (fixed focal length) lenses, and I keep a backup of my favorite lens, as well as a third professional camera body, in my reception gear bag.

What happens if you’re sick?

I would have to be in pretty dire straits to not attend your wedding, but if I’m in the hospital I have a network of colleagues to call on to fill in for me, both locally and nationally.

Do you include the digital negatives?

Yes and no. All album collections include the final high-resolution, fully-edited, print-ready files, via digital download from your online gallery, allowing you to print your images anywhere and at any size. I believe that it’s important for you to have an archive of all of the edited images from your wedding. However, I do not provide the RAW files, or the uncorrected digital “negatives”. Nor do I give you every single photograph taken; I first edit out any poor quality images. Everything you receive is edited to the same standard as those photos you see in my portfolio and on my blog. If you decide against purchasing a wedding album, the high resolution images are available for $1000 plus tax a la carte.

When you contact me, I can provide you with links to a couple of full galleries from recent weddings, so that you can see what is typically included.

How many weddings do you photograph each month?

I photograph no more than 3-4 weddings each month. I love my job, and my very favorite part of it is the day I spend photographing you and your loved ones. But it’s a long day, with few breaks, and in order to provide the best possible service to you I need to ensure that I’m well-rested and excited to give you my all … so I choose to photograph no more than four weddings each month. I average around 20 weddings per year.

We’re eloping! Do you offer any special collections for elopements and other smaller weddings?

Congratulations! I love photographing intimate celebrations, and some of my favorite weddings have had fewer than ten guests! If you’re planning a smaller celebration that takes place mid-week, or in the quieter season (November through March), I am often able to offer a discount on my regular wedding collection prices. However, if your intimate celebration takes place on a prime weekend date (a Saturday or Sunday during the spring, summer, or fall), my regular rates apply.

We love your relaxed style and eye for the fun and quirky … but our wedding will be quite fancy, so we’re a little concerned about what you’ll wear …

In my daily life you’ll see me kicking around in jeans and tees, with fun flats or cute sneakers. But on the wedding day I dress the part: usually a smart black dress, or smart black pants and a nice black shirt in the winter.

We’re not getting married, but we’d love to hire you for a bar/bat mitzvah, family reunion or couples portrait session. Will you work with us?

Although my focus is on weddings, I love photographing all kinds of sessions and events including mitzvahs. I also photograph several families and non-wedding couples each year too. Please get in touch with me and tell me all about your photography needs and I’ll send you more info including my rates.

We’d love to work with you; what happens next?

I’d love to set up a time to chat on the phone, or meet in person at my meeting space in Jamaica Plain. Please contact me using the “contact me” link. Let me know a few times that work for you to chat (typically weekday evenings).

If you decide to hire me to photograph your wedding, a retainer, and a signed contract, will reserve your date.

Kate McElwee, Boston wedding photographer, wife to Josh, and mom to two black labs