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Frequently asked questions

Who is Rebel with a Camera?

We are Travis and Christina Gagnon, high school sweethearts and college bandmates who have been married since 1998. We have been photographing weddings together since 2003 and wouldn’t dream of doing anything else, besides raising our two firecrackers, Edmond and Corbin. Life has been an amazing ride and we’ve met so many fun people along the way. We can’t wait for the next wedding and how beautiful and fun it will be. Are you next?

What is this Rebel with a Camera thing all about?

A lot of people just follow the crowd not asking whether it’s the best thing to do. At a photography convention in 2005 a few years after we started our business under an eponymous name, we experienced an epiphany. After attending many seminars from supposedly the most successful, trend-setting photographers in the country and walking the convention floor, we realized that we were already on a great course and didn’t need to follow everything they were doing. We had our own style, business savvy, and a passion for our craft. Rebel with a Camera was born!

What is your style?

One of the best things about having us photograph your wedding is that you get two photographers who have worked together side by side for close to a decade. You never get a random aspiring photographer who was hired for the day and is still trying to figure out what his style is or how her camera works. We have each developed our own style, but they are amazingly complementary to each other, coming from the male and female perspectives. Travis is the edgy photojournalist who can make anyone look like a rock star, and Christina has a fantastic eye for detail and loves to capture relationships. When you look at one of our wedding albums, everything is captured beautifully from romantic images of the couple, to the gorgeous details, to the spontaneous moments. The images blend together seamlessly to tell the story of your wedding day.

Who comes to my wedding?

This question does not get asked enough when chatting with potential photographers. Who indeed does show up at your wedding to capture it? At Rebel With a Camera, Travis and Christina are the people you will correspond with, meet with, plan your wedding photographs with, and then see during your wedding day coverage. It’s that simple. Others in the business tend to offer a second photographer but there is a good bet you won’t know who that is, what their work looks like, or have the opportunity to meet with before the wedding. Even more exasperating is that you may not even be contracted to have a specific second photographer. These desperate posts on a local Austin wedding photographer Facebook group tell a lot about the dedication they have to your wedding day.

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Scary stuff. Be sure you know who is coming and that the second shooter is not just someone that was found on Craigslist the morning of your wedding.

What kind of equipment do you use?

We use the Canon 5d Mark III and 5d Mark II camera bodies along with top of the line Canon lenses. We have about $30,000 invested in our gear including a comprehensive collection of backup equipment. Additionally, we bring professional lighting equipment and are prepared for any lighting situation. There is no room for mistakes or equipment failure in wedding photography. You are hiring us to get it right the first and only time. We always do!

Do you carry liability insurance?

Absolutely! You should ask this of all your vendors and be wary of working with those who don’t.

What do you require to book our wedding date?

We require a non-refundable retainer of $750-1250 plus tax and a signed contract for the basic package. The retainer amount increases if bridal or engagement sessions are added on to the package. The balance of the wedding package is due 15 days before your wedding date.

How long do we have to wait to see the pictures from our wedding?

About 1-2 weeks! While 4-6 weeks seems to be the industry standard for image turn around it does not make sense in a digital workflow. Film is not sent to the lab and proofs are not printed. We really have no idea why other photographers make you wait so long. This is our sole business, and we are very dedicated to what we do. All the images you receive will be fully edited for color and density, and the portrait images will be lightly retouched if needed. The images will be uploaded to our online gallery so friends and family can see them, and you might just see a sneak peek on Facebook while still on your honeymoon.

How many images will we receive?

Most weddings yield 400-700 images depending on the length of the event, the amount of details, and how lively the reception is. If you have a ton of details, schedule a good amount of time for the romantic portrait session, and have an open bar, you will get more pictures! Engagement sessions and bridal portraits usually yield 40-60 images, all of which are incredibly gorgeous and worthy of being made into 30×40 prints.

What is the planning process like for my wedding?

Around 30 days before your wedding, we email you a questionnaire that has questions regarding everything from the beginning of your day during getting ready until the two of you leave the reception. This includes what posed formal family pictures you’d like and special pictures of people, decor or particular cultural events that you’d like to have documented. Once you have answered the questions, we type up a concise timeline of all the details pertaining to the photography that tells us where and what we are doing and send a copy of it back to you before your wedding to ensure that everything is correct.

Does having a Pinterest inspiration board make my pictures better?

No.  Pinterest creates disappointment by creating unrealistic expectations.  You are not those people in that place at that time, and I am not that photographer.  If you are very determined to have Pinterest suggest poses for your photographer, then it must be kept to a very short list and with the understanding that those shots probably are not going to look like what another creative person has done.
You are hiring a photographer for their vision and the style with which they capture personality and color.  It is unlikely that a photographer who has spent years honing their craft enjoys attempting to replicate something that is not their style or passion. Look at my portfolio and see if what I do is what you like.  Do not look at Pinterest and then expect my style to change to something that it is not.  If you find something on Pinterest that sparks your interest it would be better for you to seek out the photographer who shot those pictures or someone whose style is the same because it will only lead to disappointment.

Do you travel for weddings?

Yes, we regularly travel for weddings. We add a $250 travel fee to Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio (and anywhere else between 50 to 250 miles outside of Austin) plus two nights at a hotel. There is no travel fee for a location within 50 miles of Austin. We also have custom travel quotes for those who are far out of the area but desire our services, but why would anyone want to get married anywhere else except Austin?

What type of wedding albums do you offer?

Check out all our gorgeous wedding album options here!

Do you have any vendor recommendations?

Yes, yes and yes! We have worked with so many fabulous Austin wedding professionals that we love to recommend. Find them all here.

Do you shoot anything other than weddings, seniors, and fashion?

If you are looking for maternity, newborn, or family portraits, you can check out Christina’s work at Sparklefine Photography.

Q: Do I get the digital files with the senior portrait session fee that is $250?

A: No. The digital files are available to purchase for $450. The $250 session fee includes the two hour session, airbrushing/editing and an online gallery uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase digital files, traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images.

Q: Do I get the digital files with the $700 senior portrait package?

A: Yes! This package includes the session, editing, and the full resolution digital files with a copyright release, so you can reproduce the images however you’d like. Typically the senior session produces 40-60 finished images which are all included with the digital files. The images will also be uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images from us if you would like to do so.

Q: Can I just schedule a 30 minute session and pay a smaller session fee?

A: No. We offer a longer session because sometimes it take a bit of time at the beginning of the session to become comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time to produce quality images, and we do not compromise our quality by rushing through a session.

Q: When do I get to see my pictures after the session?

A: Our typical turnaround is 7-10 days, and we notify you by email once the images have been uploaded to our online proofing gallery.

Q: How are my digital files delivered after the session when I have purchased the $450 digital files?

A: Your digital files are delivered via a download link emailed to you. The link is only valid for 14 days after it is issued, so be sure that you download it within that time.

Q. Can I make prints from the digital files?

A: Yes! You can also email the images, post them to social media, or archive them online for sharing at sites like SmugMug or Flickr.

Q: Where can I shoot my senior portrait session?

A: Anywhere you’d like if you have permission to shoot there. A few suggestions of public places where you can shoot without asking permission, paying a fee, or getting a reservation include the Texas State Capitol, Butler Park/Long Center, and the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge.

Q: If I choose a location which charges a fee to shoot, who pays the fee?

A: The client is always responsible for locations that require a fee and reserving the date with the location.

Q: How many locations can we do during my senior portrait session?

A: Two to three locations provided they are in within fairly close driving distance. You want to spend more time taking pictures during your session than driving around!

Q: How many outfit changes do you allow in the session?

A: As many as you’d like. Most people bring two to three outfits. We recommend something casual, something trendy, and something a little more formal. But it’s totally up to you!

Q: Can I make prints from the digital files that come with the senior session?

A: Yes. You can make your own prints, send friends digital files or put yourself on a t-shirt, or mug, or whatever you’d like.

Q: What would you say your style is?

A: My style is kind of a mix of edgy fashion.

Q: Should I pay for professional hair and makeup?

A: Yes! Nothing makes you look your best better than a great stylist. The more effort you put into your look, the better the images are going to be.

Q: Do you suggest a hair and makeup artist?

A: Yes! We love working with Thelma at MUAH & Co. – (512) 999-3010.

Q: How much editing will take place after the shoot?

A: We shoot in the most flattering way possible so that we do not need to rely on heavy Photoshopping to produce beautiful images, but our standard post production includes density and color correction and then a polishing to reduce unwanted distractions such as shine and minor skin blemishes.

Q: Do I get the digital files with engagement session fee that is $250?

A: No. The digital files are available to purchase for $450. The $250 session fee includes the two hour session, airbrushing/editing and an online gallery uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase digital files, traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images.

Q: Do I get the digital files with the $700 engagement portrait package?

A: Yes! This package includes the session, editing, and the full resolution digital files with a copyright release, so you can reproduce the images however you’d like. Typically the engagement session produces 40-60 finished images which are all included with the digital files. The images will also be uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images from us if you would like to do so.

Q: Can I just schedule a 30 minute session and pay a smaller session fee?

A: No. We offer a longer session because sometimes it take a bit of time at the beginning of the session to become comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time to produce quality images, and we do not compromise our quality by rushing through a session.

Q: When do I get to see my pictures after the session?

A: Our typical turnaround is 7-10 days, and we notify you by email once the images have been uploaded to our online proofing gallery.

Q: How are my digital files delivered after the session where I have bought the $450 digital files?

A: Your digital files are delivered via a download link emailed to you. The link is only valid for 14 days after it is issued, so be sure that you download it within that time.

Q. Can I make prints from the digital files?

A: Yes! You can also email the images, post them to social media, or archive them online for sharing at sites like SmugMug or Flickr.

Q: Do you offer a discount if we have you do our engagement session and wedding photography?

A: Yep! You can get the engagement session and the digital files for $500 if you book us for your wedding. It’s the same session, same number of engagement images, and the same copyright release that comes with the a la carte engagement session, but is a little bit of a better deal if you are also booking us for your wedding.

Q: Where can I shoot the session?

A: Anywhere you’d like if you have permission to shoot there. A few suggestions of public places where you can shoot without asking permission, paying a fee, or getting a reservation include the Texas State Capitol, Butler Park/Long Center, and the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge.

Q: If I choose a location which charges a fee to shoot, who pays the fee?

A: The client is always responsible for locations that require a fee and reserving the date with the location.

Q: How many locations can I shoot my sessions at?

A: Two to three locations provided they are in within fairly close driving distance. You want to spend more time taking pictures during your session than driving around!

Q: How many outfit changes do you allow in the session?

A: As many as you’d like. Most people bring two to three outfits. We recommend something casual, something trendy, and something a little more formal. But it’s totally up to you!

Q: Can I make prints from the digital files that come with the engagement session?

A: Yes. You can make your own prints, send friends digital files, or put yourself on a t-shirt or mug or whatever you’d like!

Q: Should I pay for professional hair and makeup?

A: Yes! For the bride we suggest having both makeup and hair done by a professional. For the groom we typically suggest something to reduce shine. The more effort you put into your look, the better the images are going to be.

Q: Do you suggest a hair and makeup artist?

A: Yes! We love working with Thelma at MUAH & Co. – (512) 999-3010

Q: How much editing will take place after the shoot?

A: We shoot in the most flattering way possible so that we do not need to rely on heavy Photoshopping to produce beautiful images, but our standard post production includes density and color correction and then a polishing to reduce unwanted distractions such as shine and minor skin blemishes.

Q: Do I get the digital files with bridal session fee that is $250?

A: No. The digital files are available to purchase for $450. The $250 session fee includes the two hour session, airbrushing/editing and an online gallery uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase digital files, traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images.

Q: Do I get the digital files with the $700 bridal package?

A: Yes! This package includes the session, editing, and the full resolution digital files with a copyright release, so you can reproduce the images however you’d like. Typically the bridal session produces 40-60 finished images which are all included with the digital files. The images will also be uploaded to our proofing site where you can purchase traditional prints, canvas prints, or metal wall art of your favorite images from us if you would like to do so.

Q: Can I just schedule a 30 minute session and pay a smaller session fee?

A: No. We offer a longer session because sometimes it take a bit of time at the beginning of the session to become comfortable in front of the camera. It takes time to produce quality images, and we do not compromise our quality by rushing through a session.

Q: When do I get to see my pictures after the session?

A: Our typical turnaround is 7-10 days, and we notify you by email once the images have been uploaded to our online proofing gallery.

Q: How are my digital files delivered after the session when I have purchased the $450 digital files?

A: Your digital files are delivered via a download link emailed to you. The link is only valid for 14 days after it is issued, so be sure that you download it within that time.

Q. Can I make prints from the digital files?

A: Yes! You can also email the images, post them to social media, or archive them online for sharing at sites like SmugMug or Flickr.

Q: Do you offer a discount if I have you do my bridal session and wedding photography?

A: Yep! You can get the bridal portrait and the digital images for $500 if you book us for your wedding. It’s the same session, same number of bridal portrait images, and the same copyright release that comes with
the a la carte bridal session, but is a little bit of a better deal if you are also booking us for your wedding.

Q: Where can I shoot the session?

A: Anywhere you’d like if you have permission to shoot there. A few suggestions of public places where you can shoot without asking permission, paying a fee, or getting a reservation include the Texas State Capitol, Butler Park/Long Center, the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge.

Q: Are there indoor locations to shoot my bridal session if the weather doesn’t cooperate?

A: The only publicly accessible indoor location not requiring a fee, reservation or permission is the interior of the Texas State Capitol. Locations such as the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion, Chateau Bellevue, or Laguna Gloria charge a range of fees and require advance reservation.

Q: If I choose a location which charges a fee to shoot, who pays the fee?

A: The client is always responsible for locations that require a fee and reserving the date with the location.

Q: How many locations can we do during my bridal portrait session?

A: Two to three locations provided they are in within fairly close driving distance. You want to spend more time taking pictures during your session than driving around!

Q: Can I make prints from the digital files that come with the bridal session?

A: Yes. You can make your own prints, send friends digital files, or put yourself on a t-shirt, or mug or whatever you’d like!

Q: Should I pay for professional hair and makeup?

A: Yes! We always recommend that the bride has both makeup and hair done by a professional. The more effort you put into your look, the better the images are going to be.

Q: Do you suggest a makeup and hair artist?

A: Yes! We love working with Thelma at MUAH & Co. – (512) 999-3010.

Q: How much editing will take place after the shoot?

A: We shoot in the most flattering way possible so that we do not need to rely on heavy Photoshopping to produce beautiful images, but our standard post production includes density and color correction and then a polishing to reduce unwanted distractions such as shine and minor skin blemishes.

Q: Should I bring a bouquet?

A: Yes! It can be a different bouquet than what you are planning for your wedding or the same. A bouquet offers so many more posing options and much less “what do I do with my hands?” anxiety that is so common during portrait sessions. Plus, a bouquet gives such a nice pop of color to the images.

Q: Should I have my mother or a friend come to help at the bridal?

A: Yes! You may need help moving from one place to another and carrying all of the accessories that go along with your gown. It’s always have great to have someone who will keep you laughing there too!

Q: Will my dress get dirty at the bridal and need to be cleaned?

A: We do our best to keep your dress clean, but some fabrics are just magnets for dirt, and your dress may need to be cleaned after the bridal session.

Q: Is there somewhere to change into my wedding dress on location?

A: It is best not to expect to get dressed at most locations unless you choose to do your bridal session at a paid venue.

Q: Should I bring walking shoes?

A: If your wedding shoes are more about style than functionality, it would be good to bring some flip flops or slip on shoes to get from one place to another.

Q: How long before the wedding should I shoot my bridal session?

A: If you’d like your bridal images to be available before your wedding typically you should schedule at least three weeks in advance of your wedding.

Q: I want a large print or canvas at my wedding. How long does it take to get a print or canvas printed?

A: Typical turn around for a photographic print is about two weeks. Typical turn around for a canvas is about two to three weeks.

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