WHY ‘DEAR LOVERS’?
Andrew and I were long distance for 6 years before we got married and we wrote good old fashioned letters to each other, so our name came from the idea of writing a letter to a dear love.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are based in San Diego, but are always available for travel worldwide. We always relish the opportunity to explore the world and would love to hear about your next adventure!
I LOVE YOUR WORK, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
We would absolutely love to grab coffee with you and your fiancé to get to know you and chat with you about your wedding. For couples that are planning weddings from afar we also do meetings over Skype or Facetime, but if you’re in the area we do love to meet with you both in person. We are super relational people and you will be spending a majority of your wedding day with us as your photographers, so it is important that you feel comfortable and at home with us, our personalities and working style! Wedding details can always be worked with through emails, but that personal connection and trust will let us capture all those great moments of your wedding day, without taking anything away from enjoying it. We don’t view photography as simply a job, but as a relationship and hopefully a blossoming friendship. We want to know you and the best place to start that relationship is over a good cup of coffee to see if we are that perfect fit!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU START BOOKING?
We generally don’t book weddings that are much further than a year and a half out, simply because we can’t predict what life will look like or where we will be. Most weddings are booking out roughly 6months-1year in advance, but if you’re getting married next month and we happen to be available then we would love to make it happen!
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE?
Depending on the package and flow of the day, you will receive between 400 – 800+ fully edited images.
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL TURNAROUND TIME?
Turnaround times vary throughout the year, but during the busy season you will typically receive your images within 6 – 8 weeks.
ARE ALL IMAGES EDITED?
Absolutely. Ensuring your images are delivered seamlessly and flawlessly is of utmost importance. We wouldn’t have it any other way. From small skin imperfections, to colour and lighting, each image you receive will be perfected ensuring nothing distracts from the story of your love.
WHAT IS AN HEIRLOOM BOX?
We love printing our work and think you will too! This is an opportunity to have your prints stowed in one of our handmade wood boxes. Our print boxes are exquisitely handcrafted. Created with carefully selected pieces of walnut, the box is then hand-sanded and meticulously finished. Depending on the package, you will receive an heirloom box that will come filled with 100 fine art film prints.
ARE YOU GOING TO VISIT OUR VENUE BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY?
We generally do not visit venues before your wedding day. We will arrive extra early on your wedding day to walk around and location scout for your photos. Seeing your venue on any day other than your wedding doesn’t actually help us – the lighting, weather and time of year will be different, which can completely change how we plan your photos. By arriving early on your wedding day, we will have the best representation of what your exact day will be like, and we can prepare for the current weather and lighting and plan accordingly.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
We shoot with a medium format Contax 645 film camera with Zeiss glass and we use Fuji 400h & Kodak Portra 400 film. For digital photos we use Canon.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU SHOOT A YEAR?
We want to invest our time and heart into our brides so we shoot 25 weddings a year.
HOW DO I BOOK YOU FOR MY WEDDING DATE?
In order to reserve your wedding date a signed contract and a 50% deposit is required, and everything is booked on a first come first serve basis.
We love recommending our colleagues and friends! Over the years we’ve developed and maintained countless relationships within the industry and have had the pleasure of working side-by-side with some of the best planners, stylists, florists, dress designers, calligraphy artists, etc. We would be more than happy to get you in touch with some of them!