Service Specific Questions
What is standard in your wedding day collections?
Each of my wedding collections include at least four hours of coverage, and my guaranteed 10-day image delivery, a personal image app, and printing rights. My collections go up in price, products, and sessions from this point.
What types of wedding collections does Ata-Girl offer?
To make things simple, I have five wedding collections, but you can add on or customize your own collection.
Why are you a wedding photographer?
I am a wedding photographer because I love to capture intimate interactions between people. Family is the single most important thing in my life and the area of my life where I have suffered the most loss. Because I have “loved and lost,” I realize the value of family; I cherish family. My aim is to share my skills and passion for photography to document and preserve the love and affection shared at this important milestone for you and for generations to come.
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
I would describe my style as mostly photojournalistic with an editorial flair. Most of the day will be documented with me floating around the room on high alert watching for those moments that you may not see but will want to witness. My team and I will work diligently all day long to ensure we capture all the love, emotion, connection, happiness, and beauty of your special day.
What types of products do you offer?
I offer cards that are flat or folded (Wedding Invitations, Save-the-Dates), wall art, desk art, and linen- and leather-bound photo albums. My albums, folio boxes, wall art, and fine art matted prints are handcrafted with archival-quality papers and inks and will not fade or yellow for at least 300 years. I purchase all of my products from professional labs and vendors, most of which only resell to professional photographers. I have samples of everything so you can see the amazing quality.
What distinguishes your work from other photographers’ work?
I don’t follow photography trends that will eventually lose their popularity and become dated. I capture properly-exposed photographs that tell a story of love, emotion, connection, happiness, and beauty. I continually invest in continuing education from some of the world’s top-leading wedding photographers.
What types of photography does Ata-Girl shoot?
I specialize in weddings and certain portrait work (engagements and bridals).
Why is your photography limited to only certain types?
I want to become well versed in these areas of photography. By limiting what I shoot, I can concentrate my efforts on improving my skill and offer my clients not only a fantastic experience but superb images. If you need another type of photography, please let me know and I can recommend someone from my professional network for you.
Why did you write a book?
The #1 regret after a wedding day is the photographs. I saw a huge void in the industry as far as tangible education related specifically to wedding imagery for couples planning a wedding. Because of my wedding experience, I knew that there were simple choices and logistical decisions that they could have changed that would have improved the images. I wanted to share this information in hopes that fewer couples regret their wedding images.
General Booking Questions
Does Ata-Girl have a studio or shoot on location?
I shoot on location and am in the process of building an 800 square foot studio in Jourdanton. I also have a private, mobile meeting space that I can take anywhere in or near San Antonio that you need to meet.
What types of photography does Ata-Girl shoot?
I shoot weddings and other formal/corporate events, bridal sessions, engagement, and couple sessions.
What days can I book a session?
I am available for any portrait shoot Monday through Friday. I reserve Saturdays for weddings only.
What time slots are available for sessions?
For location shooting, I either schedule my portrait sessions at sunrise or sunset.
What does it cost?
Without meeting a couple either in person or virtually, I don’t feel it’s fair to share my pricing. When pricing is shared without the benefit of a meeting and discovering how I work with couples, I feel like that is the only point which I am compared against other photographers. If you want my pricing, you’ll need to schedule a meetup.
How do I book a session or event?
I require a signed agreement and a non-refundable retainer to confirm any portrait session. A signed agreement and a $500 reservation fee are required to secure a wedding date. You can begin the process here.
What is the retainer requirement?
In order to officially book a session or wedding coverage, a non-refundable retainer is required to secure the date on my calendar. This is half of the amount due. The $500 wedding reservation fee is applied to your non-refundable retainer. The remaining balance is due seven days prior to the portrait session and 30 days prior to weddings and other events. Custom payment plans are available.
When will I receive my digital images/JPEGS?
I guarantee, in writing, that your digital proofs will be available within 14 days of any portrait session and within 10 days of your wedding.
How far will Ata-Girl travel for a shoot?
Travel for weddings and the related shoots are not limited in terms of distance; however, I may require travel and lodging expenses for destination weddings or any shoots more than 120 miles from my home. I prefer to keep all of my portrait sessions within 120 miles of my home base, but further locations will be considered. In some instances greater than 120 miles, there will be a charge for mileage and lodging requirements.
Do you charge tax for your services?
Yes, the state of Texas requires me to charge tax on all my services and products.