IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY, IT'S ABOUT THE OVERALL EPIC CLIENT EXPERIENCE.
The people that hire me to photograph their wedding are looking for a relaxed but meticulous experience and photographs that reflect their epic real story.
For me, there is nothing more important than going above and beyond for my clients and their wedding. It’s not just about the photography, it’s about the overall client experience! Not only do I photograph your story with all my energy, heart and soul, I strive to provide impeccable and epic customer service as well.
I am honest and transparent throughout the entire process, and educate you about what is best for your story so that you feel reassured, and are both confident in yourself and me.
I am a firm believer in finding balance in both candid & traditional formal portraits throughout a wedding day. I simply provide what I would look for in a wedding photographer, and that is professional perfection with a side of long-haired sunset-worshiping hippy! Browse around my website and really dig deep into my work and FAQ’s section… If everything has a feel good vibe, say hey and let’s get chatting! 😀
What are your local rates?
Weddings start at $2800, and depending on what you would like included, range between $2800 to $4000. Smaller weddings & elopements start at $1200 and portraits start at $450.
I offer discounts and custom packages for last-minute bookings, weddings that are between November to April, weddings that take place on a Friday or Sunday, and local Perth weddings.
Where do you live and how far do you travel?
I live in beautiful Perth, ON; a quick 60 minute drive from downtown Ottawa & Kingston. Don't worry about your wedding being in or near the city... I am quite accustomed to commuting there regularly for weddings and my wedding pricing includes that.
What is your delivery time & how do we get our photographs from you?
Within five weeks of your wedding, I will send you a download code which gives you full access to your photographs online. In your private-online gallery, you can download, share, and print. The gallery is password-protected and there are no watermarks or logos.
How many photographs do you deliver?
There are many variables that go into this but you can expect between 75-100 per hour. It really depends on the size and duration I am there for.
We want to edit our photos... Can we have the RAW files?
I do not send you any RAW (unedited) photographs – you are hiring me for my creative eye & editing style and trust that I send all the right ones. My comprehensive, quality coverage and experience photographing weddings ensures you leave with a story that speaks for itself.
How do we secure our date with you & what do you accept for payment?
I send you the contract to be signed electronically through my invoicing program, Sprout Studio (CAD). Once the contract is signed it will automatically take you to the payment section where a $1500.00 retainer is made to secure your date on my calendar, if you are booking a smaller collection, a 50% retainer is made. The remaining balance is due 14 days before the wedding.
I accept E-Transfer (most-preferred), VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Payment installments are available!
Do you use a second photographer?
In general, I work by myself and feel quite confident doing so.
A solid photographer should be fully capable of covering a wedding all on their own.
Second-photographers are available a la carte and recommended if there is more than 180 guests or detailed circumstances.
Do you photograph family formal portraits?
Yes of course - I LOVE providing my clients with gorgeous, thought-out and well-lit family portraits.
These photographs are so important and lets be honest, everyone prints these!
I will help you arrange for them and make them a part of the day that is enjoyable and efficient for everyone involved.
Should we send you a list of poses we like?
I expect that since you have made it this far on my website, you are probably intrigued by my work! For that reason I strive for clients who appreciate the creativity process it takes in the documentation of weddings, therefore leaving the creative mind up to the photographer hired, and not copying someone else's work.
We are awkward having our photo taken... Help?
Honestly... All of my couples tell me they are awkward having their photo taken. Take a deep breath and it will all be okay! I remind my couples of this throughout our time together, and quite frankly these "photo" nerves wear off quite fast once we get going. I will give you direction as needed, while photographing what happens naturally in front of me. You don’t need to be professionals, you just need to be open-minded and remember how much you love one-another.
Can you show us a full wedding that has been delivered?
Yes of course, just ask me when you inquire... I have a handful that my clients have granted me permission to share.
Can you provide our venue with a certificate of insurance?
Definitely. Please let me know a couple of months in advance to ensure my insurance company has enough time to process and provide the document.
What is your back-up system?
I use two Mark 5Diii bodies (the cameras) that have two card holders in them, each. This means there is a back-up copy of every photo taken, as soon as I photograph the moment!
Once uploaded onto the external hard drive that I work off of, I back-up the files two more times.
What happens if you get badly injured or something tragic happens to you before our wedding?
If something tragic was to happen to me before your wedding, a full refund within 5 business days and a list of at least twenty recommended photographers will be provided to you.
If I am badly injured but able to communicate with you, I by all means will do everything in my power to either make it to your wedding or do the above and help you as much as I possibly can in finding a replacement photographer. I am apart of several networking groups online and I am sure the community would step-up in such dire circumstances. With that said, I am not a wimp and have never missed a wedding nor plan to. I have photographed a wedding with the flu and another one with an acute strained leg & ankle. My body takes the beating, not you.
This is a situation that that I have planned for very carefully as it is the professional thing to do, but hope I never have to use.
Do we need to feed you at our reception?
Yes, please and thank you! I require a meal at dinner to re-charge my batteries after working all-day.
At dinner, I do not have to sit near you to eat, but please do not seat me in a separate room to eat my food... With me sitting in the same room as you or at a table of guests, I am able to capture the mood, laughter, and details that I would not otherwise be able to. Things like mid-course toasts, kisses and laughter will go un-photographed if I am in a separate room for dinner and for me that is a big part to your story!
What happens if we need to cancel the wedding and/or your services?
If for some reason the wedding is cancelled or you need to terminate my services, the $1500 retainer and any monies paid 14 days before the wedding is non-refundable as I will have turned down other couples for your date.
Do you have reviews from past clients?
Let my clients do the talking... Check out my live feed of reviews on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/kerryfordphotography/reviews/
I also have a "REVIEWS" page in the home menu bar!
How did you get into photography?
Photography came into my life unexpectedly at a time of travel in 2012. I found my creative outlet for documentary photography on the islands of Bimini, Bahamas where I was volunteering at a shark research station owned by Dr. Gruber of University of Miami. After that I traveled to Maui where I began photographing sunsets and documenting life as it happened. When I returned home, I immersed myself into the local photography community where I was introduced to fine art wedding and portrait photography.
I have had the honour to photograph alongside a handful of highly respected and talented names in the industry. I am deeply passionate about learning and growing as an individual which is why I regularly attend photography conferences, workshops and mentoring sessions to grow as an artist, maintain inspiration, education, and current trends.
Holly & Scott
Kerry is a very talented photographer and a wonderful person. For our initial correspondence, she was professional and warm. Kerry walked us through every detail which made us feel prepared and confident.
We opted to do an engagement photo shoot as a way to get some practice in front of the camera. As a couple, it was a fun experience (although we got lost on the way home); we got to know Kerry better in an environment that spoke to our personality as a couple. The whole time we felt relaxed and by the end of the shoot we felt like pros knowing exactly what to expect. The photos turned out beyond amazing, I love them in combination with our wedding photos.
On our wedding day, Kerry arrived early to stake out the venue for photo opportunities. She blended seamlessly with friends and family, capturing private breakdowns and public declarations alike. The collection of these moments overwhelm me to this day. The rawness of the grainy black and white photos juxtaposed with the richness of the colour provides an array as diverse as the emotions we experienced.
Kerry is passionate about new ideas and places. She embraces challenge as a way to hone her craft. We believe this enthusiasm is what makes Kerry a true artist. We are lucky to have worked with her and cannot wait to see what her future holds.
Thank you Kerry from the bottom of our hearts!