Q: Are you a full-time Albuquerque wedding photographer operating a professional business?
A: Yes, and yes! Matt Blasing Photography is a full-time business that is licensed in the state of New Mexico. I’m also a member of and insured by Professional Photographers of America.
Q: Great! On that note, does your business have a physical location?
A: We absolutely do! We’re conveniently located downtown in the heart of the newly redeveloped EDo (East Downtown) District right across from the historic Lofts at Albuquerque High. As much as we used to love meeting with our clients at the nearest Flying Star for good food and conversation while supporting another local business, we know that having a physical location conveys to our clients that we’re fully vested in them, which means we’re fully vested in our business.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Matt Blasing Photography has been a full-time business since the beginning of 2013, but I've been in love with photography for the past 19 years when I first set foot in a darkroom (digital wasn’t a mainstream thing yet).
Q: You seem a little green as a business. I’m not sure I should hire you.
A: Fair enough, but there’s more to it than that! Lemme explain.
I became a photographer long before deciding to start my own business. Starting on a 35mm film camera, I honed and perfected my skills before marketing myself as a “wedding photographer.” Unfortunately, many photographers who are just starting out will shoot a friend’s wedding for free or for low cost to gain experience. I personally feel that no one’s wedding should be used for practice, so I developed my other skills needed to be a wedding photographer. When you hire me, you’re hiring a portrait photographer (formal photos of the couple), a family photographer (group and family formals), an event photographer, an architecture photographer (your venue), and a food photographer, among other things. I took the time to learn how to be each one of those photographers before wrapping them all into one. My many years of working in customer service also taught me to put my clients first, so if you search for and read our online reviews, I think you’ll feel confident that you’re making the right decision. Ask us where you can find those, and we’ll direct you to a few reputable websites.
Q: Do you have a second photographer with you?
A: We offer both single photographer and double photographer wedding collections. Our two photographer collections typically have Matt Blasing as the principal photographer and Matt’s beautiful wife Amy photographing alongside. We also have an amazing photographer named Kady who is often the lead photographer for our single photographer wedding collections. Kady is incredibly talented (she's photographed more weddings than we have), and our styles are so consistent that it's hard to tell which photos are ours and which are hers.
Q: So what's your style? How do you like to photograph weddings and what can I expect from the images you give me?
A1: Short-short version: Check out our website!
A2: Long-long version: We like to mix it up. If you look through our website, you’ll notice a mixture of color photos with some black-and-white images in there. Some are posed, some are candid. We mix a photojournalistic style with fashion and drama. We pride ourselves on our images being bold, well-lit, and timeless. We don’t prefer to go with trends like selective coloring or matte, muted-looking images. When processing your images after your wedding, we like to ask ourselves a.) Will this image still look amazing in ten years? And b.) Will this wind up on awkwardfamilyphotos.com? We take your wedding day very seriously, and we want your images to be stunning. Our editing style is clean, and our shooting style is FUN! We like to keep it light. If you’re having fun, your photos will show that.
Q: We checked out your website and really like the images! Are the photos on your website from real weddings?
A: You betcha, every single one. We pride ourselves on our portfolio being as unique and one-of-a-kind as our clients. Although some photographers will use images on their website of staged weddings, that’s not really our style for a very important reason: we like to show that we can consistently get amazing images while working in an intense situation. Most weddings are on a tight timeline and tend to be fast-paced and unpredictable. Weather can change, venue lighting can be unflattering, and things can go wrong. We want you to be 100% confident that, even in that type of situation, we will still capture and provide you stellar images.
Q: Do you deliver every image you shoot?
A: No way. While we like to deliver a high quantity of photos, we’re not going to deliver that family group shot where your new spouse gets a nose itch and I capture them mid-sneeze. If an image is blurry, too dark, too light, someone blinks, or is otherwise unrecoverable (and that includes test shots), the only ones who see them are me and my recycle bin. We only give you the best of the best. That being said, we don't limit the number of images we deliver either. Some photographers include a set number in their pricing (for example, 300 edited images), but it's important to us that you receive every single great image, and they are each edited by hand. So that's what we do.
Q: Whew, that’s a relief! How many images is that, exactly?
A: That varies by wedding, but you can typically expect single photographer coverage to result in at least 50 edited images/hour of photography coverage and double photographer coverage to result in 75-100 edited images/hour of photography coverage.
Q: “Fully edited” images? What does that mean?
A: When we take a photograph, we are looking at a number of variables once it gets to our computer. Is it crooked? Is it a bit too dark? Is everyone’s skin tone too orange because of the reception hall lighting? Are there any distracting elements in the background that need to be removed? We edit every photo to make adjustments in these areas and to deliver a complete gallery that looks consistent in style. We also abide by the “two-week” rule when it comes to correcting your skin. Essentially, if you have a blemish that will go away in two weeks (like a new pimple or a small cut, scrape, or bruise), we’ll remove it. If we come across a blemish that is in question, we’ll talk with you first before we address it.
Q: Have you ever photographed a wedding at our venue before?
A: We may have! Please check with us after you’ve booked your venue and we’d be happy to show you some sample photos. However, if we haven’t had the pleasure of working at your venue, we always make sure to swing by and check it out before your big day so there are no surprises! We are detail oriented and like to be prepared for your day. We actually get a little extra excited when we have a new venue to photograph. It means that you'll be the first to receive images from that location, which makes your photos super unique. And we see everything with fresh eyes which makes photographers really happy and fuels our creative side.
Q: Do I get an engagement session with my wedding package?
A: You sure do. All of our wedding collections include an engagement session. We find that having an engagement session is great not only for images for your “save the dates” and invitations, but we get to discover your comfort level and you get to see me work. This way, you can have an idea of what to expect from us on your wedding day!
Q: My venue is pretty dark. Will you still be able to shoot there?
A: Absolutely. We pride ourselves on the fact that we leave nothing to chance and have spent much of our developmental years learning how to light just about every situation. We bring our own off-camera lighting if your reception venue is a bit dark.
Q: My ceremony venue doesn’t allow flash during the actual wedding. Is your equipment capable of handling low-light situations without using a flash?
A: Yes. We have a wide assortment of high-end Canon lenses and camera bodies that can handle low-light situations where flash lighting isn’t allowed.
Q: Do you have liability insurance? My venue is asking for it.
A: That was one of the first things we obtained when making the decision to open this business full-time. We’re absolutely insured.
Q: Do we need to give you a list of photos we might want?
A: Only for your formal family photos. Since no family is the same, we like to be sure that your family images are specifically tailored to you. We also know that there are some families with members that are at odds with each other, so if there is a rare instance where two people refuse to be in the same picture together, we will respect that and photograph them in separate groupings. For all other images, just sit back and trust us. If there’s a specific shot you really want on your wedding day, just let us know and we’ll make it happen if conditions allow.
Q: Do you carry backup equipment?
A: Religiously. We have spare batteries and lenses coming out of our ears. We each shoot with two high-end Canon camera bodies and lenses, so for our two photographer packages, that’s four cameras you’ll have on you during your big day! Our camera bodies write to two internal memory cards simultaneously, saving your images in the event that one of the memory cards fail. We also have many high-end lenses that can handle low-light situations.
Q: Have you ever had to cancel a wedding or have you ever not been able to make it to a wedding?
A: We’ve made it to every single wedding we’ve booked! We feel that if you’ve paid us and have reserved our photography services, we have no excuse to not be in attendance. However, if a legitimate life-threatening emergency ever happens, we have containment plans to ensure the impact on our clients is minimal. In addition to our backup cameras and lenses, we also have a few trusted colleagues that we would absolutely trust to cover for us in an emergency, which would only happen in the most rare and dire of circumstances.
Q: What happens if we want you to stay at our wedding longer that we had agreed upon?
A: We will stay! Once your wedding day comes to a close, we’ll pull you aside about 20 minutes prior to our end time to recap, making sure we got everything you wanted and squeezing in any last-minute photos you'd like to add. If it turns out that you want us to stay longer because you've decided to extend your coverage hours (or because the party just got REALLY good), we will stay on an hourly basis, sending an invoice for the additional time after the event is over. We don't handle money on wedding days, partly because we think it's a bit tacky but mainly because your day should be all about you. We don't want you to have to worry about paying for any requested extra coverage on your day, we can take care of that in the days that follow.
Q: When will our photos be ready to view?
A: We always try to share a few photos as a "sneak peek" on social media within 24-48 hours of your wedding. Your complete wedding gallery will be delivered to you electronically within three weeks from your wedding date. If there is a circumstance that prevents us from providing them to you within that time frame, you’ll be the first to know. So far, we have proudly delivered every single wedding gallery by this deadline.
Q: What happens if I lose my images? Do you hang onto them?
A: We sure do! When your images are delivered to you through your personal online gallery, we leave your gallery active for one year after your wedding date so you can download them at will. After the gallery expires, we keep your images externally backed up for another year just in case anything happens. For all of our clients, we always recommend backing up your images in two locations, like an external hard drive or a large USB drive.
Q: Do I have to order prints from you, or can I print my own?
A: You can absolutely make your own prints! However, for top quality prints, albums, and canvas, we would recommend using us and our professional photo lab for any items you want to hang on your wall or leave on your coffee table. We guarantee the quality of every canvas, photo print, or photo album we provide.
Q: My wedding isn’t in Albuquerque. Do you charge for travel?
A: Only outside of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. Beyond that, we will include travel fees when we provide your personalized quote before booking. Each situation is different and we make sure we only add what's absolutely necessary to keep your costs down. We provide quotes prior to booking so there are no surprises, and we handle all of our own travel arrangements. We also have an all day coverage package that includes travel anywhere in the continental United States and Hawaii for a flat fee, which is a great option for out of state weddings.
Q: How far in advance should we book your services?
A: That's hard to say. Some clients secure their date up to 24 months in advance, and because we only book two total weddings per day (one single photographer wedding and one double photographer wedding), that means that date is no longer available to anyone who reaches out after the initial clients book their wedding. Unlike other photographers, we won't book multiple weddings per day or hire a stand-in photographer to photograph additional weddings once the three of us are booked. We want every client to have one of us! So to be safe, reach out as soon as you start your planning, especially if you are having a Saturday wedding between May and November (the busiest months for us). That being said, you never know when we might be available, even if your wedding is only a month or two away, so reach out and we'll let you know.
Q: This all sounds really great! How do I book you for my wedding?
A: 25% of your selected package price and a signed contract will seal the deal. Once you provide the 25% retainer, we’re all yours. We can even work with you to develop a payment plan for your retainer if needed. Give us a call; we'd love to talk and learn more about your wedding plans.