Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
*Many of these questions have been actually asked by couples throughout the years!
⟩ I see the term used " full-service professional" what is that?
A full-service professional photographer is a professional photographer that offers a "full-service" from beginning to end, capturing your complete wedding day (no time limit) in a professional manner, delivering high quality images and quality album products in all their wedding investments without upsell, and also is with you every step of the way from the first moment of contact.
⟩ What is your style?
I call it "Jerryism" – fashionable, artistic, candids. I am not a photojournalist or a "lifestyle" photographer like everyone else claims to be, they are just buzz words. I personally feel you have to be a photographer experienced in a variety of styles to photograph and capture a complete wedding. This way everyone is getting exactly what they expect and what they want. We realize we are photographing a wedding not just for the bride and groom, but their families too! So I will get the traditional "parent pleasers" I am not going to lie, I will pose you. However I will pose you in such a way that it looks like I caught you doing something, nothing cheesy, nothing tacky, classic, timeless and WOW! "I have yet to meet a bride who walks through a park and stops and twirls on her own, someone has to tell her what to do!"
⟩ With so many wedding photographers to choose from – why you?
Because I care! The key is consistency! I totally understand that you go online and everyone is a photographer. I am a full-service professional photographer experienced in photographing weddings (over 1000 weddings). That is one of the differences, style is another – why should you have your wedding pictures look like everyone else's? Lastly it is all about consistency – anyone can show you their BEST online, but how about weddings – full weddings; I have photographed over 1000 weddings in my career, and the one thing I can say is that even though my work has evolved over the years, I am very, very consistent in everything I deliver. One can always tell a Gerard Tomko Photography Image!
⟩ Will you be the photographer at my wedding – do you come with someone else?
I will be the photographer, along with an assistant. I have been a full service professional photographer at over 1000 weddings and that experience is unsurpassed by any other. We are a team, so that we all know what we are doing at all times; unlike others who just hire out "candid specialists" or other "photographers" as they need people to cover booked dates.
⟩ My fiance does not care about wedding photography, he thinks it is not that important or too expensive!
I can understand that. Let's face it – photography is a girl thing! Sometimes a groom and his groomsmen, think it is a joke, and it is not important. The way we are on your wedding day, we almost have as many grooms AND groomsmen either recommending us or talking about the images we produce. When we photograph a wedding, we make it FUN for everyone. It should be fun, not a job for you and your bridal party! Some grooms do not care until after they see their images, however by then it may be too late if you are not happy! Tell your fiancé that I guarantee he will make the whole cocktail hour without interruption!
⟩ Ok that sounds good however how do I get him to 'buy into this'?
I have available a "getting to know you" pre-wedding session in my wedding photography investments, this gives all of us a chance to get to know each other. These sessions are usually primarily held in either Center City Philadelphia, or during sunset at the Jersey Shore. Special sessions are also held in New York City for our NYC and Long Island clients. After we are done, eats and drinks complete this session.
⟩ I really love your work, however my parents do not realize what wedding photography is now like; different than the way it used to be! They think it is outrageous!
This is a very touchy subject. It is very imperative that your parents HAVE TO be educated and, if possible, visit photographers to see the difference. Since they are already married, many go by what their friends spent for their childrens' wedding photographer. They are definitely comparing apples and oranges. When they are comparing prices, they see the difference in numbers and they do not get it. Some photographers only do 8 hours, and a DVD, everything else is EXTRA! My wedding investments are all inclusive. To some parents, it is not a priority, as the band and the party is for them and their friends. Let's face it, to some, it is not important to them – "it's just pictures" ! All I am going to say is this, when Hurricane Sandy hit, news reports showed many families returning to their destroyed homes carrying out pictures and portraits as cherished mementos and prized possessions, NOT A DVD!
⟩ With everything we have to do for a wedding, we have to cut back somewhere!
Many, many couples and their families do not realize this, so I say it this way – after the wedding, our job is just starting! All your other vendors that you have hired – they are literally, packed up and gone; on to the next wedding. Ever stay at a wedding until the end – they are clearing tables, tossing things away – from YOUR wedding, and getting ready for the next affair. We are just beginning – we have to prepare, color correct, edit, proof, design an album, perform finishing touches on your images, order your final product, keep tabs on the order with our suppliers, the list goes on and on. Absolutely no wedding professional puts in as much time with a Bride and Groom as I do – approximately 70 to 90 hours worth of actual work per wedding! However there are some couples whose band and décor are much more important than their pictures – you have to decide what is most important to you! Good Enough isn't Good Enough!
⟩ Ok I am shopping around, why am I finding a vast range of pricing?
Many factors determine pricing. Experience, quality of album products (if they even offer any), time of post-production (again if any of that is even done), many of these determine pricing. Most photographers outsource many of their jobs so total strangers are working on your wedding images; that is not me! I am your photographer I do the post-production, retouching, album designs, everything to make sure that everything is done right. That matters to the couples that contract me as their photographer. Let's face it there are so many out there as photographers, but with how much experience? To me, your wedding is not like everyone else's – then why should your images and albums look like theirs! Some studios charge $3000 to $4000 and that does not even include an album and their experience level is not even half of mine. "The pain of poor quality is remembered long after the pleasure of low price."
⟩ How long will you be at my wedding?
I promise you, I will photograph your ENTIRE wedding, not just 8 hours of it. I will NEVER charge you (or even talk about) overtime, rush your cake cutting and parent dances because I have to leave. Your day is my day.
⟩ Naturally I have never got married before, will you help me plan my day with a detailed timeline?
Of course I will! I do this with all couples – ever been to a wedding or in a wedding where you do not see a couple during the cocktail hour and everything seems rushed? I can guarantee you that if you let me help you, that will not happen at all! Just ask away – I am here for you because I care!
⟩ When do we get everything? I am an anxious bride .........LOL
My goal is to make you wake up real early the day after your wedding because your phone is buzzing from all the texts and calls from what I put up on Facebook – like right after the wedding! I want you to be blown away and excited for what is to come! However quality does not mean get it fast; best things comes to those who wait. My promise and commitment to each couple extends well beyond the wedding day. Please remember, I focus on each individual couple, one couple at a time – everyone gets me same attention and artistic vision – this is not something I farm out to other people or push a button to produce a certain look! It generally takes us about 4 to 6 weeks to professionally color correct your images, then create images for your blog post, prepare your online web gallery for everyone to enjoy, produce your slideshow and design your album (which will arrive, along with your USB drive, 16 to 20 weeks after final design approval).
⟩ Why do you refrain from sending price lists in an email?
My wedding photography investments are based on every couple's wants and desires. My wedding investments vary, based on your location, date of wedding, if I have to travel – many factors go into my pricing. Take a few minutes of your time and get to see what I am all about – I don't bite!! Many couples who select me to be their wedding photographer come in and meet with me, or just commission me over the phone to be their photographer and I meet them at their Engagement Session, based on the strong referrals they receive. I have been known to create unbelievable wedding investments for couples who take the time to talk to meet with me or call me on the phone.
⟩ I am not getting married for a while yet, how far in advance do brides book you?
Couples typically secure me 12 to 15 months from their wedding date; usually right after their church and venue are secured. Once they see the work and how different it is to the cliche wedding photography, they contact me for availability! How about contacting me to check your date to see if it is available?
⟩ Do your travel for weddings?
I have traveled to many foreign countries, as far away as India and Argentina to photograph weddings, and also to many parts of the Continental United States and Mexico; so travel does not bother me and to me I do not feel I should try to impress you with that; I just happen to be at the right place and at the right time for any couple to see the consistent images I create. If you love what I do, let's talk – it cannot hurt.