Frequently asked questions

A bunch of frequently asked questions from past clients, and information about the process and behind the scenes action that goes on at Dawn Derbyshire Photography

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Q: We’re a little awkward in front of the camera, how can we get more confortable before the big day?

A: This is why I always suggest an engagement session. In addition to getting some cute photos of the two of you, it’s a time when I get to see how you do in front of the camera and try to see what works and what doesn’t with posing. It’s less pressure than the actual wedding day and it’s a great way for us to get to know each other, being comfortable with me is a big part of being comfortable in front of the camera.


Q: You’re shooting our wedding, right? 
Not some stranger...

A: It’s all me, occasionally with a second shooter, but I’m the head honcho, I do all of the heavy lifting. I meet couples, I shoot engagement  sessions and weddings, I edit everything. One woman show, it’s crazy.


Q: So you’re based in Pittsburgh, but our wedding is somewhere else. How does that work?

A: I am all about travel. Depending on location, travels fees can be involved. No matter what, I’ll be there. Usually for destination weddings you get a few extra perks for letting me go somewhere cool with you.

Q: We’re into your style but someone more traditional in our family is worried aout photos. How do we make them see what we do?

A: I am all about the art, but while I’d love for my day to be nothing but fun, I do take those family shots that the more conservative types love. I will always try to talk my clients into altar shots because even though they’re the most “blah” part of the day, they’ll make Grandma super happy.


Q: The package are hourly, what if we go over on time?

A: I don’t just leave without warning. You have the option to extend coverage either before the day or the day of, in one hour blocks. If you do it the day of I just send you an invoice after the event.


Q: After the wedding, what’s the deal with the photos? When do we get them? How many? Edited, unedited, high res?

A: I deliver around 750 high resolution, fully edited images with printing rights within 6-8 weeks of your wedding. I don’t give or show unedited files, I don’t give every photo I take, I leave my magical editing process to the imagination. Files are delivered on a USB and via an online gallery to share with the world.

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Q: So we are getting married in Pittsburgh, you know the weather issues. What if it rains?

A: I am all about a rain plan. I plan out all of my locations for your
wedding photos beforehand, and I watch the weather more than I check my email (which is A LOT), so I take that into consideration. If you’ve got a spot you love, I’ll try to work it in, between umbrellas and back up plans, I’ve got it covered


Q: So, we’re in. How do we book?

A: Awesome! E-mail me. Once that happens, we set up an in person meeting where I’ll talk your ears off. If you’re still in, a 25% deposit is required along with a contract. After I get all of that, it’s engagement session time!