Jesse Schpakowski Photography | Wedding FAQ

Frequently Asked Wedding Questions


What do you shoot?

I love to photograph landscapes and people. I really enjoy taking people out to spectacular landscapes, putting them in the mix and seeing what kind of magic we can create in front of the camera.


Where are you based?

I am currently based in Castlegar, British Columbia. I mainly shoot all over western Canada. I'm always up for a trip somewhere new for photos.


What is the price of you wedding services?

I do things a little differently. I don't do the standard packages that you see from most wedding photographers. The feedback I get is that most people have trouble finding a package that has exactly what they want. I have an hourly rate of $200 which gives you complete control over what you want photographed throughout your wedding day.


Why do you charge $200 an hour for your wedding services?

My rate is all in, there are no additional fees or taxes unless it's a destination wedding. I carry a business license and all necessary business insurance. I use top of the line gear. I have over 10 years of experience. After the wedding is photographed it can take up to 8 hours of editing for every hour of shoot time. For example a 5 hour wedding could equal 40 hours of edit time.  


Do you travel for weddings?

Of course, I love to travel! I love seeing different scenery and travelling the world. Please contact me to know more about destination weddings.


How much does it cost to travel to our wedding?

Anything within the Kootenay region of British Columbia is considered local. Travel expenses apply only to weddings which require me to leave the night before and return the day following the wedding. Destination wedding prices are the same as package prices plus $400 (or more if necessary) to cover 2 night’s accommodation and fuel. To be negotiated at time of booking. 


How long does it take before I receive my wedding photos?

My agreement states that I will deliver the photos to you no more than 30 days after the wedding. This is the absolute latest you will receive your photos. This gives me time to properly edit all the best photos from your day. I always try to have the photos to you as soon as possible. So far people have been impressed with the delivery time of their photos, and I have not yet reached the full 30 days. 


How many photos will I receive?

Not every photo will make the cut. Depending on your hours of coverage you can end up with anywhere from 100 photos to 300 even 400 + photos if you have full day coverage.


How will I receive my photographs?

All your photos will be beautifully cropped, edited and available to download from your own private online gallery followed by a USB drive which will arrive in the mail.


How long have you been working in Photography and what's your background?

I started off my career in 2008 photographing mostly wildlife for the first five years. Some of my wildlife photography has graced the pages of Canadian Geographic Magazine. From there I started capturing the spectacular landscapes I found myself in. I shot my first wedding in 2011. I've done a handful of weddings, engagements, maternity and portrait shoots since then. I am a self-taught photographer who has been blessed to have a number of great mentors along the way. 


What makes you different from the other photographers?

By photographing wildlife early in my career I’ve observed wild animals a lot. They are extremely alert and sense what’s going on around them. They’re much more aware compared to humans. Spending so much time in the wilderness I too feel that sharpness and clarity. When I am behind my camera I am in my Zen moment. It is my desire to create the best possible photographs for you to treasure forever.


What equipment do you use?

I use a variety of high end Nikon bodies, lenses and flashes.


I’ve lost my photographs. What now?

All you have to do it contact me and I will send a USB your way. There will be a charge for this.


What do we receive?

You will receive the images that I’ve carefully selected. The number of photos will vary depending on how much time I spend at your wedding. You’ll get high resolution photos for any printing you want to do along with downsized versions for email and social media.


What if you get sick or injured?

I’ve never missed a shoot yet. In the unlikely event that I fall gravely ill or become injured, I will make all reasonable efforts to find a suitable replacement photographer. I will agree to terminate the agreement upon rejection of the substitute photographer by you, and acknowledge that a full refund of all monies paid including your deposit will be refunded within 10 business days.


Do you have an assistant?

Occasionally my assistant will be joining me for a shoot. 


What if we don't want you to publish our photos online?

Not all of my photos are published online, simply let me know and a Confidentiality Agreement can be signed. That means that no photo I take at your event will be shared with anyone except for you.


What are your selection criteria?

I'm getting more inquiries as time goes on. I will follow up with you immediately to let you know if I have the date free. I’m looking for fun, adventurous couples that aren’t afraid to step outside of their boundaries. 


How much is the deposit? Is it refundable and how quickly will I have to pay it?

The deposit is $200 and is non-refundable. I recommend that you pay your deposit as soon as possible because it will secure your date of booking. 


When is the full amount due for my wedding?

The outstanding amount is due 14 days prior to the wedding day. With the exception of the deposit, all payments are refundable if the wedding day is cancelled.


What should I look for when hiring a photographer for my wedding?

I would watch out for what's known as a "weekend warrior". This is someone who may enjoy photography as a hobby or consider it a passion. They generally buy an entry level camera for about $500. They usually have a full-time job and do photography mostly for fun with the idea of pursuing it as a career. What most of these people don't realizes is that when you run a photography business only about 10% of it is actual photography. They probably don't have a business license or any liability insurance which is one of the reasons they may charge so little for their services.  


We love your work, how do we book you?

Once you've made your decision all you have to do is contact me.


I have other questions that aren’t mentioned here!

Send me a message. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.