Bright. Unique. Dramatic. Whimsical. Sharp. Scripted. Unscripted.
Can all these things really define a photography style? Absolutely! But don’t some of these things contradict each other? Absolutely! We don’t believe that a totally documentary or totally traditional way of photography is harmonious in capturing the wide range of events, emotions and moments that transpire during your portrait sessions or wedding day.
When I hire Studio Tran, who will shoot my wedding?
When you contact us about availability for your wedding we will let you know who is open on your date. Then based on the availability of the main photographers you can choose who you want to photograph your wedding. Beebe, Eric and Corine each work with a 2nd photographer.
Can I see weddings photographed by Corine, Beebe or Eric?
Great, we cant wait to work with you! We can set up a meeting for you to come and look at our albums, talk in person, sign the contract and pay the retainer. Or if its easier on you we can email you the paperwork which you can print, fill out and return to us.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
Beebe has been photographing weddings since 2005.
Corine did wedding videography for weddings 2005-2007. She has been photographing weddings since 2007.
Eric has been photographing weddings since 2008.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, of course!
How long have you been in business?
We started Beebe Tran Photography, LLC in June 2005. In 2012 we officially changed the company name to Studio Tran Photographers, LLC.
What kind of camera do you use?
We own and use a variety of Nikon camera bodies ranging from the Nikon D4 to our new favorite the Nikon D750.
What form of payment do you accept?
We accept credit cards, personal checks, money orders and cash.
Do you travel?
Right now we work mostly in Southeast Louisiana. We are not available for travel outside of the state at this time.
I am not sure what package I want, do I have to decide right away?
No, we do not require you to select a package upon booking. You can do so at the time the balance is due, 4 weeks before the wedding date.
Do you accept “shot” lists?
Sure! We have no problem being given a list of requested photos but please keep in mind we cannot guarantee we will get them all. Things like weather, timing and missing people can get in the way of achieving all the images on a list. We will however do our best to get them all!
I want some formal pictures with my family, do you do this?
Absolutely! We believe this is an important part of your wedding photography experience. Formal images with your family will definitely be cherished for years to come. We do have a short list that includes immediate family that we try to always take. If you have additional pictures you would like us to photograph, we would be more then happy to do so.
I am not ready to book just yet, can you “pencil me in?”
Unfortunately we do not hold dates without a signed contract and retainer.
How will I know when to get dressed or when we'll be taking pictures?
This is a great question! To make the day go smoothly work closely with you to go over many things for the big day. We have a pretty lengthy questionnaire we send out about 8 weeks before the wedding to gather all the details about your bridal party, family, times and locations. With this information, we will build you a photography timeline and list of must have pictures.
Our timeline will outline things like
photographer arrival time
when hair & makeup should be finishing
when you will need to get dressed
exchanging gifts, if any
will there be a first look with the Groom?
when pictures will be taken with the bride and when with the groom
where we will be taking pictures - hotel, home, travel to another location and so on
Faq’s you might find from a wedding blog
How do you handle guests with camera phones that might be in the way?
There really is not very much we do besides alert you if there is a problem. We do not ask your guests to put away their cameras, stop taking pictures or to move out of our way. If we feel someone is ruining images we will tell you and let you decide how you want to handle your guest.
If a guest is moving in the aisle during the ceremony or possibly going to block that amazing moment you walk down the aisle we may remind the guest of our location and ask that they move over so that we can both get the shot. However sometimes we don't know someone is going to jump out and get in the way until its too late. We do not feel it is our role or our responsibility to tell your guests they can't take their own pictures.
If you are concerned about guest interference during your wedding we highly recommend an unplugged wedding. Hopefully your guests will respect your wishes.
What happens if you get sick, or like die?
Thankfully our wedding vendor community is small and the photographers in the area come together when needed. If anything were to happen to your photographer then we would first see if someone else on the Studio Tran team was available. If everyone else was booked we would turn to the photography community to see who would be available. Usually there are multiple choices and we would provide you with a list to chose from.
What do you wear on the day of the wedding?
We can promise we won't be showing up to your wedding in jeans and a t-shirt. We always try to blend in and dress appropriately while not compromising our ability to move quickly, get on the ground for the perfect shot or run around during a 2nd line. 🙂
Will the photos be taken in black and white, color, or a mix of both?
All images are taken in color. We may post process some of your images in black & white. We love color so you wont find many black and white images on our blog. However if there is a particular image you want converted to black and white we'd be more then happy to do that for you.
How long after my wedding will I receive my photos?
Our turn around times vary. Our current turn around for edited wedding images is 8 weeks after your wedding.
Have you worked with my coordinator before?
Thankfully the vendor community in our area is pretty small and we've had the opportunity to work with and form friendships with many of the coordinators in our area.
Most coordinators take the timeline we make up for the photography and put it directly into theirs. We communicate well with coordinators and collaborate to bring you the best coverage for your photography.
How do you coordinate with my videographer?
Thankfully the vendor community in our area is pretty small and we've had the opportunity to work with and form friendships with many of the videographers in our area. We understand that both jobs are important and we try to watch out for the videographer and stay out of their way.
We wont be ruining your first kiss shot for the videographer by jumping in the aisle in front of their camera at the last moment. 🙂
How many weddings do you photograph in a weekend?
Beebe, Eric & Corine may each do 1-3 weddings a weekend. One on Friday,Saturday and Sunday. The more important question is how many do we do in one day. Each photographer only photographs one wedding a day.
What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publication?
There are no restriction for sharing your images on social media (instagram, facebook, twitter and so on) but we do not allow photo altering or editing of the images. You are allowed to submit your weddings to different publications only if Studio Tran Photographers is credited. Online blogs or magazines will need a signed release and you can send that to [email protected]
What type of paper will you use for the prints and album?
Acid-free, archival-quality paper
Have you photographed at my venue before?
We have photographed at many venues in our area however there are times it is our first time photographing at a location.
Do you have all the necessary equipment to photograph my wedding?
Yes, we come fully prepared to photograph in any lighting situation.
Do you have back up equipment?
Will my wedding photos be edited and retouched?
Your images will be edited and minor retouching done. Any images that you want to enlarge can be further retouched. If there you are requested retouching or editing beyond what we normally do we can quote you a price for the additional editing. We recommend looking through the images on our blog to get a good representation of what you can expect from your wedding images.
How many images do you provide from the wedding day?
This number can be greatly different from wedding to wedding, anywhere from 600-1200 images. The length of your required coverage and the different things that are happening on your wedding day all will determine the number of images you receive. But don't worry, there is no magic number we get to and stop photographing. We will be photographing and covering your event from the agreed upon start and end time.
Be aware of the time of year you are planning your session.
We have some crazy hot and humid weather here in the Big Easy. You might walk out of your house with lush curls but once your hair hits that humid air you are left looking like the Honey Badger tried to curl your hair with a hand mixer. You know yourself better than anyone. If your hair wont last in the humidity or your fiance sweats easily, then we recommend scheduling during the cooler months. That's not to say we can't have random crazy hot days in the middle of December.
We also understand that not everyone can schedule during cooler months. If your wedding is in September but your dress wasn't altered and ready until June, that basically leaves July and August to schedule your bridals. It's going to be hot and humid. We'll work quickly to not have you in the heat too long, but you still might sweat. We suggest bringing ice water and also mentally preparing for the heat. Or we recommend waiting to do the bridal session until AFTER the wedding and do it during cooler months. This is what we would call a post session and your then husband could come along as well. We could get some really fun and unique pictures of the two of you together.
Shop early for your wardrobe.
Don't be the last minute bride still at the mall looking for the perfect blouse an hour before your session. We've had it happen and I promise it never ends very well. Those brides unfortunately arrived feeling rushed, stressed and ultimately were unhappy with their wardrobe choices.
Pamper yourself, indulge in getting hair & makeup done.
For our brides of course! Though I am sure our grooms could also use some pampering and maybe a day at Aidangill For Men. We want you to feel beautiful and confident on the day of your shoot and what better to help you look your best than treating yourself to having your hair & makeup done professionally. Please schedule accordingly so you are not left rushing after your appointment to get to your portrait session. If your hair/makeup artist says its going to take 1 hour to get everything done, then schedule this much earlier then one hour before your shoot. Please give yourself time to get ready and not be rushed or stressed.
Keep it simple.
Depending on your location we may do quite a bit of walking. For this reason we suggest not carrying large bags with you. However we do recommend bringing comfortable shoes that slip off/on easily in between shots. You might want to rock those sexy high heels but to save your feet bring a pair of flip flops to do the walking in. If you have an outfit to change into we recommend bringing a friend to do the carrying.
Make sure to pick a location early on if your desired location is outside of the New Orleans Area.
If you want your session to take place outside of the New Orleans area then you will need to let us know early when scheduling. We usually schedule more then one session a day. However if a session is scheduled for a location outside of the New Orleans area, we will only schedule one session that day. If you do not tell us your location early enough and we schedule another session at a different time but on the same day as yours, we may not be able to accommodate your location request. So to be sure we are available to travel to the location of your choice, be sure to let us know when we schedule your session.
New Orleans is well known for its festivals, galas, fairs and Mardi Gras!
We recommend making sure that there are no events going on in the location you want to photograph. We've shown up to locations in the past only to find that we were not allowed to photograph there. For example one couple wanted to photograph at Audubon Zoo and when we arrived there was a private function going on and the zoo was closed to the general public. Another time we went to Armstrong Park but a Farmers Market was taking place and we were not able to shoot around the crowds of people. French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras bring many people into the city and make photographing in the French Quarter difficult.
Map things out and know where you are going.
Be familiar with the location of your session and know where you are going. If you have any questions on where exactly we are meeting or you are unsure of directions, don't hesitate to ask us.
Please arrive on time.
Since we schedule multiple sessions a day, please be considerate of your session start time. Unfortunately if you arrive late and we have another session scheduled after yours, your session time may be cut short. If you are having your hair & makeup done for the session, please schedule this so that you still have time to go home, dress and arrive on time. If your session is scheduled to start at 3pm and you arrive at 3pm to start getting dressed, then your session will still end on time even though we started late due to dressing. All sessions are 1 hour in length unless otherwise discussed. We want you to have fun and we definitely don't want you to be rushing or stressed when you arrive. Some locations provide a room to get dressed. If you are dressing at the portrait location we recommend arriving 30 minutes before your session to get ready.
Also If you have to purchase a permit or pay a fee on the day of your session please make sure to do that before the start of your session. If your session is scheduled to start at 3:30 and you arrive at 3:30 but still need to take care of the permit/fee or get dressed, this will cut into your session time.
Some locations require appointments, permits or fees.
You are responsible for making all appointments with the location and obtaining/paying any fees or permits that are required. We recommend calling ahead to see what is required. We don't want you to show up to your desired location and be disappointed because we are not able to photograph there due to unexpected fees or permits being required.