IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHY, IT'S ABOUT THE OVERALL CLIENT EXPERIENCE.
The people that hire me to photograph their wedding are looking for a relaxed but meticulous experience and photographs that reflect their [real] life 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! 😀
Where do you live and how far do you travel?
I live in beautiful Perth, ON; an easy 60 minute drive from downtown Ottawa & Kingston. Do not worry about your wedding being in or near the city... I am quite accustomed to commuting there regularly for weddings and my wedding pricing reflects that.
Can you explain your style of photography?
I am inspired by street and photojournalist photographers such as Vivian Maier. I consider myself primarily a documentary photographer, with a fine art edge, as I photograph a wedding using a candid approach but do guide my clientele throughout the day to capture fine art portraiture as well. There is a healthy balance of candid and posed throughout the day.
My style is very candid, natural and real. There are several factors that go into this... When I am photographing; I am not just after the moment... I am chasing the light and am in it for an overall beautiful scene (subject matter, background and light).
I am a fly on the wall for 95% of your wedding day; photographing the beautiful, messy and raw moments as they happen before me. I am always watching... listening... observing... waiting for that moment. The other 5% of your wedding day is composed of me directing you and your guests for family portraits and couples portraits, which I personally believe are equally if not one of the most important things. How many times do you have your loved ones all in the same place, with a professional photographer?
What is your delivery time & how do we get our photographs from you?
Within 5 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 order prints. The gallery is password-protected and there are no watermarks or logos.
How many photographs do you deliver?
It really depends on the size and duration I am there for. An 8 hour wedding day can expect at minimum of 600 high resolution images.
We want to edit our photos... Can we have or view 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 Canadian owned & operated invoicing program, Sprout Studio. Once the contract is signed it will automatically take you to the payment section where a $1500 (+ hst) non-refundable retainer is made to secure your date on my calendar. The remaining balance is officially due 14 days before the wedding, but can also be paid on a monthly basis leading up to the wedding. If your budget is tight let me know and we can figure out a payment plan that works for both of us!
I accept E-Transfer (most-preferred), VISA, MasterCard and American Express.
Do you use a second photographer?
In general, I work by myself and feel very confident doing so.
Second-photographers are available a la carte and recommended if there is more than 150ish guests, detailed circumstances or 'different' set-ups.
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?
Even I feel awkward behind a camera. I cringe at it to be honest, so I completely understand what you are talking about... There is something to be said about the person taking your photo and how they make you feel. That is why I go above and beyond to make it the best experience possible... By the time I am done with you, you will not even notice me, I promise.
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.
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 paid retainer is non-refundable.
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!