1. Where are you based?
I am based in Central Florida (Ocala) which puts me in a pretty awesome place to connect with several surrounding counties. I serve all of Central and North Florida! (Lake, Marion, Alachua, and Orange counties). If you don't see your county listed, DON'T SWEAT IT! I go beyond these and would be happy to accommodate.
2. How do we book you?
Upon filling out the contact form, I will reach out and set up a time to meet over FaceTime, by phone, or keep it on email if that's your preference to make sure we're going to be an awesome fit! From there we will discuss your needs for the day and customize your package. Once we determine every thing you will need, we can move forward and sign the contract. Upon signing, a non-refundable retainer ($1000) will be due to reserve your date. The final balance will be due 1 month prior to the date of the event. Then you're all set!
3. Do you use a second shooter?
If you want it you got it boo, mk?! I have a few regular seconds that I use so it will most likely be one of them! I can typically handle a wedding with 100 guests but any more I definitely recommend one.
4. Do you travel?
Yes, A thousand times yes! (Name that movie!) I have a heart that longs for travel but I am only accepting a limited number for 2019. So jump on this train if you're out of state!
5. Can I have all the photos?
Unfortunately, I do not offer all the photos that will have been taken throughout the day. I provide the best of the best and always give it to you if I have it! If there are any extra I can guarantee it was a blink, change in settings, a repeat image or something I wouldn't deem flattering (such as an open mouth for eating!). I will include all the funnies though!
6. Can I have the copyright?
As I would be the person who created the artwork, it is legally protected as my image. You WILL however obtain printing rights which give you the ability to print at whichever lab you choose. You shouldn't need the copyright! This does not however give you permission to sell or publish the photos without my written consent. You may purchase the copyrights if desired. Pricing for that begins at $1,000 per image.
7. Can you fix this in Photoshop?
The way I edit is very minimal. To give the image it's true likeness. I work hard to make sure that you love the way you look in my photographs! I do color/exposure corrections and some minor patching up if need be. Any extensive photoshop editing that you request will be $10 per photo.
8. What should I wear for my session?
I love helping my clients find the right outfit for their session! It's important that you feel confident in what you are wearing so that it shows! I encourage soft, neutral tones with pops of color! I would avoid: neons, plaid, flashy prints, and shiny materials for best results. Feel free to send me photos of your ideas! I can totally help!
9. Are you licensed and insured?
Absolutely. Paige Mercer Photography is a registered Corporation with the state of Florida and insured through Hill & Usher. I want to protect my ass and yours in any event of an emergency. LOL.
10. What is your turn around?
Turn around for weddings is 6-8 weeks. I know this might SOUND like a long time but I literally hand edit every. single. image. And doing that with 600+ photos takes a minute! I'm super anal when it comes to my edits being cohesive and I want you to have THE BEST!!
Turn around for engagements is 2-3 weeks. If I get my scans back sooner I of course send them out when I get them!
11. How are your payments handled?
I currently use an online portal/service called Agree! All payments and contracts are handled through that site for a simple and easy process. It takes me only a few minutes to draw up your customized contract and send it to your email. I accept digital payments to seamlessly transfer your payments without jumping to different platforms or me having to send reminders. EASY!!
12. You say you shoot Hybrid, what does that mean?
I shoot both digital and film. That means I am a hybrid photographer! I use a digital medium to capture the majority of your day (especially in low light situations where it excels). I also shoot parts of the day (when light is kind) on analog film! Yes, you'll see me load a roll of 35mm film (like grandpa did) and hear it wind. Super fun! I choose special moments through out the day to use film where it will be advantageous and that way I can match my digital work to the film without charging for the extra costs to shoot it. That way you get that film look you love without breaking the bank!
13. Why should we book you?
I freaking care. This past year alone I've been blessed with AMAZING clients. Some of which I consider friends. I want to be yours too! I fix hair, fluff the dress, straighten those ties, pin ALL the boutonnieres if I have to, and so much more. I have straight up ugly cried at some of my past weddings. #raccooneyes Haha! I look for those little moments and strive to capture them, because those are the ones that will make you go, “HOLY SHIT she got that?!” and the answer is yes boo, YES. You mean so much to me from the start and I want you to have an AWESOME experience and photos to share. (True story: I've been the hair and makeup artist for one of my brides!) That's how much this job means to me and I make sure you know it!