Frequently
asked questions

Why should I choose The Gold Collective? Photography is a lot like love—you can follow all the rules, but you won’t find something truly beautiful unless you go with your gut. We draw on our experience and training to capture not just the who/what/where of your day, but the emotions and spirit of it as well. What we won’t do is just check shots off a list and then call it a day.

Plus, we’re fun people to have around.

Will you travel for a destination wedding? Absolutely. Get us on that plane!

Do you photograph engagements and elopements? Yes, we do shoot engagement and elopement photos. Just like with weddings, we’ll work with you to make sure we get what we want. And while we love cheese on a plate (especially if there’s charcuterie involved), we avoid it at all costs in our work, so we’ll collaborate with you to create a session that’s authentic to you.

Will you photograph a rehearsal dinner? Rehearsal dinners can be tricky to photograph because not even Kate Moss looks good when she’s chewing. We encourage you to invite us to the dinner where we can get the opportunity to meet who is who, and limit the photography to speeches, or other important moments, rather than shooting the entire dinner. Again, this gives us a chance to interact with you in person, and meet the people who are important to you (aka, the people you want in your pictures). We want your guests to know us as your photographers and to recognize our faces come the wedding day. 🙂 If your rehearsal dinner is the night before the wedding it’s included in our day rate.

How many photographers will be at my wedding? It depends on the number of guests, but usually two. For engagement sessions, it’s typically one.

What equipment do you use?  We have and shoot with a variety of cameras, including Canon, Nikon and Hasselblad. Ok, so you want the non-gearhead answer? Classic film camera’s and modern digital camera’s each have their strengths. We use a combination of the two depending on venue and light available. Call us and we can discuss what is right for you. All of our equipment is insured, and we have it regularly serviced by top professionals. We bring backup cameras to every event and download photos as we go (because this is not our first poolside rodeo).

San Ysidro ranch table dressing by Twine events and Sarah Winward

Should we do a first look? That’s entirely up to you. We tend to think that first looks are a more intimate and relaxed environment for photos. Often, it’s as close to ‘alone time’ as you and your partner are going to get in the middle of a wedding. After the ceremony, your family and friends are excited for you to come join the party, which can make some couples feel rushed to avoid anxious guests. That said, we’re happy to shoot before or after, whichever your preference.

What is your turnaround time? We’ll have your photos to you within six weeks of your event. We’ll send you a link to a hidden website of all of your images, where you can download high-res files and order prints.

How much do you edit? Because we have a natural style, we keep editing to a minimum. We color correct and make other adjustments as necessary to make sure that everyone, and everything, looks as amazing as it possibly can, but we’re not going to Photoshop anyone into oblivion.

Do I have to order prints through you? Not necessarily, but we do have a short list of printers we trust and love to work with. All are artisans with their craft and produce beautiful, high-quality prints at moderate prices, but you can always have your own made as well.

Will my wedding photos be featured on magazines and blogs? While we do have relationships with many top wedding websites and magazines, we can’t guarantee that anything will be covered. We can tell you that editors typically gravitate to bright weddings that have tons of personal and unique details.

Investment? Our packages start at $3800 🙂 Email us for a pricelist!