Wedding FAQs

How would you describe your photographic style?

Our style of wedding photography is candid, photojournalistic, documentary, unobtrusive, intimate and artistic. Most importantly, we adapt our style to your tastes and needs, and can do formal posed portraits as easily as photojournalism.

What is your photography experience and background?

We have been photographing professionally for the last 15 years. We first learned the craft using film, mastering everything from developing negatives and positives (slides) to making prints, color balancing, and dodging and burning. We have embraced the digital age and now shoot the majority of our work digitally. We never use “automatic” or program modes on our cameras; we adjust shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, etc. manually. In short, we really know what we’re doing! 

What do you think is the most important aspect in selecting a wedding photographer, and what sets you apart from the rest?

It's our philosophy that beautiful photographs don't happen by accident; we communicate with our brides and grooms throughout the planning process, all the way from our first consultation up to and through the wedding day. We visit every wedding venue in advance to scout out photo locations and lighting; we plan the photo schedule in detail with the bride and groom; and we coordinate with the wedding planner and DJ to make sure our timelines blend together perfectly. Our dedication as photographers extends far beyond the wedding day itself.

It's also important to us that our personalities mesh well with yours! We have been described as having great composure, positive attitude, and an easygoing demeanor. If this sounds like the kind of people you want to work with, then call us!

What locations have you photographed at previously?

We have photographed weddings all over the Valley and across Arizona. A complete list of venues we’ve worked at would be pretty lengthy, so we’ll just mention some of our favorites: The Boulders Resort, Pebble Creek Golf Club, Regency Garden, The Saguaro Scottsdale, The Phoenix Art Museum, The Phoenician, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Westin Kierland Resort, Desert Botanical Garden, The Buttes, and Brophy Chapel.

We are a preferred wedding photography vendor at the Boulders Resort & SpaRegency Garden, and Pebble Creek Golf Club. 

Planning a destination wedding? We travel. Give us a call! 

Will you visit our wedding site in advance?

Yes, we visit any wedding and reception location that we have not photographed at previously to scout out the best photo locations, check lighting conditions, and plan for your big day. If you’re going to have a meeting at your site with your wedding coordinator, call us up and we’ll be happy to tag along!

Do you travel outside of Phoenix?

Yes, we will photograph at locations outside of Phoenix anywhere in the state (and destinations outside of Arizona as well). We require reasonable compensation for gas, as well as room and board when an overnight stay is required.  

Do you design your own wedding albums?

Yes, both our love story and memory books (coffee-table style) are custom designed in-house by us. Amanda has years of expertise in graphic design and layout and will work with you to create a beautiful and enduring work of art! She has also won awards for her design skills!

How much deposit do you require to reserve our wedding date?

We require a $250 non-refundable deposit, along with a signed contract, to reserve your wedding date. As the deposit is non-refundable, we require an additional deposit if you make a significant change to the date, time and/or location of your wedding.

Where do you have your prints done?

Our archival prints are created at a professional lab (not Walgreens, Costco or Target). The difference is our prints are processed from start to finish by experienced technicians. In addition, color-balancing is controlled both in the calibration of our own computer monitor to the calibration of the printing equipment used by our lab. Our prints are also on thicker, more durable paper and will last for decades.

How can my family and friends order prints?

We will post your edited wedding images online in a password-protected image gallery within 4 - 6 weeks of your wedding (visit www.phoenixazwedding.photography for a preview). Your image gallery is linked to our professional lab, allowing family and friends to purchase enlargements and download digital files.

 

Jewelry FAQs

Do you prepare images for ZapplicationTM?

Yes, we can digitally prepare your photos for ZapplicationTM and any other online jury submission process. We have assisted several jewelry artists with the ZapplicationTM process.

Can you photograph my jewelry on a model?

Yes, we can photograph your jewelry pieces on a model, in-studio or on-location, for an additional fee. We can source a model through a talent agency or you can provide a model of your own.

If I want to mail you my pieces, what's the photography process?

Please send your work insured and carefully packed via USPS or another carrier with tracking. Please provide any notes, sketches, and/or snapshots for the preferred layout and composition of your pieces, as well as labeling of the front, back, top and bottom of your pieces. The photography and image editing process is roughly a 7-business day turnaround, plus return shipping time.

What's your mailing address and how do I schedule a session?

Please use the form here to contact us for our mailing address and session scheduling availability.

How much deposit do you require to start my jewelry photos?

We require a 50% deposit along with a signed contract for any jewelry/art photography and/or graphic design services. A 100% deposit is required for all printing services. 

Do you charge sales tax?

Yes, David Orr Photography collects sales tax in accordance with the Arizona Revised Statutes. Arizona levies transaction privilege tax on the privilege of conducting business in the state, measured by the gross receipts from the business. The business of photography is not a professional or personal service occupation under A.R.S. § 42-5061(A)(1), as a photographer does not enter into the business by virtue of a state sanctioned or state-issued license. See Ariz. Transaction Privilege Tax Ruling TPR 90-2 (Aug. 1, 1990). David Orr Photography provides tangible personal property in the form of slides, prints, digital images, CDs and DVDs, albums, etc.