Welcome to the Frequently asked questions page! Hopefully, whatever question you have
you’ll find the answer here!
How would you describe your style?
A: I love rich colors and depth. You won’t find me shooting and editing in a muted, film-like way. I like a bit darker and bolder of tones that show depth and layers. I shoot exactly how I see it in front of me, so they will be sharp and clear. I want your images to be a true reflection of you and the gorgeous day. I would say the words that I use to describe my work and style best are: Blissful, Modern, and Romantic. We love to have fun, get you to open up, show a little romance and we are a mixture of posed and candid. Such a great balance here!
Where are you located? How can we know if you travel to our area?
A: We are located near Annapolis, Maryland and serve that area frequently. We also travel a lot to the Southern
Maryland areas, as well as Montgomery County and Baltimore. Our normal travel distance is in a 40 mile radius
around Annapolis/Southern MD and small fees will apply when traveling outside of that (Baltimore, Damascus, etc)
We love to travel and are willing to head anywhere your wedding may be! Please let us know where your wedding
will take place in the contact form when inquiring and we will provide a quote with travel included!
Discounted rates are available for Florida, Upstate NY, California and Destination wedding locations!
-What is the difference between one photographer and two photographers?
A: The main difference between having 1 photographer as opposed to two is that with two, one can be with the
bride as she gets ready and the other can be with the men. Generally, I have shot 90% of my weddings alone and
have been quick enough and efficient enough to get both as long as they are located within a good distance from
one another,or time alloted for travel to both. With two photographers, you can guarantee getting both no matter
what! Also-with two photographers, your angels and vantage points become better because you have two points of
view and 2 perspectives! You can’t go wrong either way, and we love working with other photographers!
– How does the payment schedule work for this? Do you have payment plans?
A: A wedding deposit is $1000 and is due at signing. It secures your date for only you. The balance gets split
into 2 more payments before the actual wedding day! 25% due 4 months out and the balance due 30 days out.
You shouldn’t have to be tracking down wedding professionals on the best day of your life, to pay them!
The payments for Portrait collections is like this; A non-refundable session fee of $100 is due at booking and this
holds your date for your session. The balance of your session is due at ordering (when you select your
product/printsthat are included with your collection). Once the product comes in, we look it over, package it up,
and put it in your pretty little hands!
-We are getting married on a weekday as opposed to a Friday or Saturday, do you offer discounts?
Unfortunately, we do not. Why? Because it still takes the same amount of time to shoot your wedding as it does
one on the weekend and the same amount of work is required in the end. We do LOVE weekday weddings, though!
-How soon will I get my photos once the wedding day is over?
Our turnaround time is generally 6-8 weeks once the wedding day is over. Typically, during the busy season
of April-June and Sept/October we like to say up to 9 weeks. For portrait sessions, it’s typically 1-2 weeks.
-We are on a tight budget- is there any wiggle room in your packages?
Currently- we have built collections that are popular among current and past clients. We are showing our very
best coverage options in a pricing structure that allows us to cover our time shooting, editing, along with gas,
travel, and a 2nd photographers rate as well. We will try to give you an option that could work within
your range, or we will be more than happy to give you a few names of photographers in the area who can
definitely help you!
-Is an engagement session something you would definitely recommend?
Simple answer, Yes! I LOVE photographing engagement sessions and think they are super important in creating
a better and deeper relationship with each other- me as your photographer and you as my couple. They allow you
to get to know me and how I work (and my silly-ness) and it allows me to get to know how you work in front of the
camera. It also allows me to dream into your wedding day portraits a bit more and gain ideas of things I would like
to do, or try based on what worked at the engagement session. Plus, it’s another fun reason to have more
photographs with your love- nothing beats that!
Keep in mind that of all your Wedding Professionals at your wedding, you will see and spend the most time with your
Photographer/videographer so, building a relationship with them is a great idea into helping make the wedding
day go as smoothly as possible. Clicking with them and their personality is essential- they are working with you to
make your day everything you want it to be and more, so, be friends and be able to have a great time with them
-When do we schedule our engagement session?
We recommend scheduling your engagement session as soon as possible, especially for spring and fall times!
We would ideally like to have these completed at least 2 months before the wedding, to give you time to have
any printed that you may need for use at the wedding. If you’d like them for use for your Save-The-Dates, we
recommend shooting your session about 6 months before the wedding to give adequate time to get those out.
We prefer shooting about 1-2 hours before sunset as well, or early in the morning, right after sunrise for the best
lighting! Oh so pretty!
-What do you edit in your photographs, if you do?
We edit for color correction and exposure mostly, we will remove blemishes if they are directly affecting the images,
but we typically will do minimal editing. We have been asked about taking tattoos out or tags and such, and we can
definitely do that. This will be a more extensive edit, so this will be invoiced at our hourly editing rate in order to
compensate for the time involved.
-We love you and want to book you for our wedding. How do we do that?
YAY! So glad to hear it! We collect a non-refundable retainer of $1000 for your wedding day. This locks you in for
your date, and no one else can have it! A payment plan follows with payments due 4 months before the wedding,
and balance due 30 days before.
-How does a typical timeline work for photos? How much time do we allow?
It really depends on how much coverage you invest in. Let’s say you go with 8 hours coverage with 1 photographer.
First, we start with getting ready photos, we like to spend no less than 1 hour in this area. Ceremony will
generally take anywhere from 15-60 minutes and following ceremony are family formals which is about 20
minutes. Formals with the the couple and the bridal party will take anywhere from 35-60 minutes. The more
time you allow for these, the more portraits you will have and the more fun we will have doing them.
Reception coverage can be anywhere from 2-4 hours. Generally, booking the 8 hours coverage will get you full
reception coverage, or very close to it!
-Do you have backup equipment and insurance?
100% on both. We carry several pieces of equipment at every wedding including another camera body,
several batteries, an assortment of lenses varying in lengths, as well as flashes. We also carry both liability
and equipment insurance to protect us, you, and your venue from any possible issue.
-Can I print the photos you give me, are there any restrictions?
Yes! You can certainly print the photos you are given on your Flash drive. They are in high resolution format,
which means you can typically produce them at any size. We highly recommend using professional labs such as
the ones we use, and ordering larger prints through us, but we do have a lab that we like to suggest printing from.
It’s called Mpix and they are consumer based- you’ll love them.
We do not allow using them for resale, advertising, or editing in any way. We do recommend using and sharing
them on social media platforms and using “By Amanda McMahon Photography” as the caption and including
a link to our website as well.
-Do you offer albums, or coffee table books?
We sure do! We offer high quality flush mount albums and coffee table books for portrait sessions or weddings!
These are both custom designed by myself and are of the best quality in either a linen texture, leather texture
or a photographic cover option. These start at a base of 10 pages in a 5×5 size and can go up to sizes like 8×8,
10×10, 12×12, 10×15, 12×16, etc. They can be any shape and size. Albums start at $625 and coffee table books
start at $275.
if you have more questions that aren’t answered here, please head over to the Contact page and inquire!
We will get back to you within 24 hours (generally, within 4 hours) to answer any and all questions you may have!