Frequently Asked Questions

The most important thing: Ask away, don’t be afraid! I am here for your every need and will answer every question. I have gathered some of the frequently asked questions for you:

General

Q: What photo sessions do you offer?
A: Most of the photo sessions I do include Portraiture, Maternity, Couple, Engagement, Weddings, Family, Friends, and Parties / Events. I also do branding shoots if you’re a self-employed human who needs some kick-ass branding images. Next to my work with humans in front of my camera, I also work with food and products. So if you’re in need of anything I just mentioned, just send me an email via maxwell.art@hotmail.ch, I can’t wait to hear from you!

Q: For which locations are you available?
A: I am based out of Switzerland. Even though I live outside of Zurich in a smaller city called Wetzikon, I am available for sessions/weddings in Winterthur, Zurich, Zug, St. Gallen, Graubünden, and many more cities all over Switzerland. I am also available for destination weddings all over the world.

Q: What happens once I have contacted you?
A: Super straight forward: We will chat about what you actually want. I’ll help you in any way I can to give you tips and inputs from my experience in the past for you to have a better understanding of everything. Either via email, text messages or phone calls. I’m happy with whatever works best for you.

Q: What if we have to postpone our photo session?
A: No problem, as long as we stay in contact and we can find a possible date for all of us. If we have to postpone it for example due to weather conditions it should not be any problem. If other financial expenses can’t be refunded (such like studio costs etc.), there might be some difficulties but we can easily handle this and sort this out together. Other than that, there is no problem in postponing your photo session.

Q: How long does it take you for me to receive my photos?
A: That totally depends on what it is. My turn-around time for couple and engagement sessions are mostly 1-2 weeks, in very busy times I take up to 3 weeks. My turn-around time for weddings is 3-4 weeks, in very busy times I take up to 6 weeks. But in any case, you’ll get the first sneak peeks about 1-2 days after our shoot/your wedding for you to enjoy and already get a glimpse at what’s coming!

Q: How will you edit our images?
A: I edit all of the best images I take during the session/wedding. This includes color adjustments and other necessary changes but no retouching. A big pimple on your forehead and it’s a close-up? I will try to get rid of it. I try to be super real with my photography style and I am all in for the real and true you. Retouching someone’s face or skin in order for them to not look like themselves anymore is not my intention.

Q: Can I also contact you if I’m starting out with photography and might need some mentoring?
A: Yes, of course, you can! I am not officially offering mentoring sessions yet but I am working on some beginners Photography workshops. Text me so I can keep you updated!

Weddings

Q: How many hours do you cover?
A: I start at 1 hour and go up to 12 hours if necessary.

Q: What if we first want to get to know you and see your wedding package offers before we book you?
A: Yes, of course, I totally understand! Just because you get in contact with me, doesn’t mean you’re inclined to book me. Let’s get in contact, chat with each other and let’s find out together if we’re a perfect match. This is your day, your story and the photographer who’s capturing those moments needs to be the right one for you!

Q: Where can I see if you’re still available on our wedding date?
A: The easiest way is just to get in touch with me to find out. Just get in contact with me via the contact form on my website and I get will get back to you as soon as possible. In the worst-case scenario, I will suggest you other photographers that come close to my style. As easy as that. 🙂

Q: Can we see full galleries of a few of your recent weddings?
A: Yes of course. I have some of my weddings up on my portfolio and in the galleries (see the main menu on top). When we meet each other for the first time, I will also show you more galleries of weddings and also printed albums of my work. So you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into here.

Q: What wedding packages do you offer? Can we also customize our own wedding package?
A: I offer 4 different wedding packages but those are only here to provide you with an idea of what is possible. You can easily book me for more or fewer hours. The maximum of hours I can be booked for are 12 hours.

Q: How will we get the images delivered? Where can we see them and how can we send them to our guests?
A: You will get all of the edited images in your very own online gallery. You can easily send the link to all of your guests. They can download all the images which are perfect for social media usage and other smaller print services. This gallery will be active until up to two years after your wedding day.

Q: How long does it take you for us to receive our wedding photos?
A: My turn-around time for weddings is 3-4 weeks, in very busy times I take up to 6 weeks. But in any case, you’ll get the first sneak peeks about 1-2 days after your wedding for you to enjoy and already get a glimpse at what’s coming!

Q: Will you be photographing our wedding alone?
A: Yes, I am shooting weddings on my own. If it is impossible for me to cover the whole wedding on my own (because there are more than 100 guests), I will shoot with a second shooter. You will, of course, meet this second shooter beforehand and we will discuss everything that comes with it.

Q: Can we order prints or albums directly from you?
A: Yes you can. We will first discuss your expectations, what kind of album you like, and what your price range is (which results in the quality of the album). Then you can select your favorite ones(mostly 50-70 images) via the online gallery where your images are on. Afterwards, I will design your album for you and you’ll have the chance to look at it again before it goes into printing. So all super easy for you to just lay back and enjoy the days as a newlywed couple.

Q: How long have you been doing wedding photography?
A: I started a couple of years ago with some smaller weddings. Although my very first wedding was a three-day Pakistani wedding. That was a crazy experience but it thought me so much. From that point on I knew what I was capable of and that this is what I wanted to do all along.

Q: What if you haven’t been to our ceremony venue before? How do you know how it looks and where the best spots are for the couple shoot?
A: I always check out the venues a couple of weeks or even months before the wedding (if I can drive to them within a reasonable time, otherwise I will arrive a couple of days earlier – destination weddings for example – to check it out). We can also meet up there together, we can check it out and can discuss all the things together. This way, we all know what possibilities there are right away.

Q: How many weddings do you cover per year?
A: I only take a limited amount of wedding couples per year but this also depends on the type of coverage they want me to do. There are two different types: smaller weddings (mostly civil weddings with coverage up to 4 hours) and bigger weddings (civil or just ceremony ones with coverage from 7 to 12 hours). I take up to 15 bigger wedding couples per year but only three per month. This way I can concentrate on my couples and support them as much as possible. Quality over quantity.

Gift Cards

Q: How do the gift cards work?
A: You can buy a specific amount of CHF for your gift card and can easily spend it on any photo session within one year.

Q: For which sessions can I use the gift card?
A: For all the sessions I offer. So for Portraiture, Maternity, Couple, Engagement, Weddings, Family, Friends, and Parties / Events.

Q: How much are photo sessions?
A: This totally depends on which session you’d like to book but they normally start at around 400 CHF.

Q: How long is a gift card valuable?
A: The gift card is valuable for one year from purchase.

Q: How does it work once I have purchased a gift card?
A: As easy as making plans with your friends (not so easy if you have busy friends and family :P): You can just contact me via email maxwell.art@hotmail.ch and we can set everything up via a phone call. We can also take doodle to set a date if there are more than 2 people involved. After that: nothing can hold us back. 🙂

Q: What if I was gifted your gift card, what are the possibilities then?
A: Same as if you purchased it for yourself. You can book the session you want or even use it toward your wedding fee. Just contact me directly and we can chat about your options and how you’d like to proceed.

Extras

Q: Are you fun to be around?
A: If you like inappropriate jokes, spontaneous dance improvs, and a girl that can’t really stop smiling? Yep, that’s me. I, obviously, can shut my mouth when it gets serious but I rather have you giggling and enjoying every second while it lasts.

Q: Why are your answers always so long?
A: Because I am bad with words and always talk way too much… And most importantly, I want you to have full transparency on everything before we start this journey together. And I, of course, want you to know beforehand how crazy I am about making this experience the very best.