Q&A

The Basics

We are brothers, raised by a father who was a photojournalist and war photographer in South Korea. Photography has always surrounded us but became our passion entering college. After our first wedding photography experience, we fell in love with the craft and never looked back since.

Our journey has given us the great privilege of working with some of the best clients and event planners in the world; for that, we are incredibly grateful.

Liz & Rob’s 1st Dance. 1st wedding we shot.

15 years. We began in Seattle where the overcast rainy climate trained us well in handling a range of environments. The growth of our clientele led us to shoot frequently in California where the sun shined as bright as our clients. Over time, we made the move to Los Angeles to expand our pursuit of photographic work.

Amy & Brian.  Our first California wedding.

We are honored to have Harper’s Bazaar name us one of the top photographers in the world, made possible by working with the world’s best wedding planners and discerning clients. Our wedding and private event clientele include:

  • Chris Pratt & Katherine Schwarzenegger
  • Kardashian-Jenner Family (5+ years)
  • Seth Curry & Callie Rivers (NBA)
  • Jon Rahm & Kelley Cahill (PGA)
  • Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici (The Bachelor/ABC)
  • Jade Roper & Tanner Tolbert (Bachelor in Paradise/ABC)
  • Quentin Richardson & Miya Manuel (NBA)
  • Isaac Slade & Anna Chiarelli (The Fray)
  • Nicky Whelan and Kerry Rhodes (Actress/NBA)
  • Doug Christie & Jackie Christie (NBA)
  • Christine Quinn & Christian Dumontet (Selling Sunset/Netflix)
  • Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams
  • Jessica Alba
  • Dr. Dre
  • Michael Bay
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Russell Westbrook (NBA)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (NBA)

We are accepting bookings as far out as one year before your wedding date. In some cases, we will accept bookings further out if you are working with an event planner we have worked with.

Photography Style

Our background in photojournalism and editorial fashion has shaped our ability to be un-obtrusive in the intimate and real moments, yet present in our guidance to create timeless portraits. It’s also important to us to honor the couple by being intentional with the details and provide a curated experience.

We shoot digital, though we started our photography with film and processing by hand in the darkroom – the film aesthetic still comes through our work as told to us by some clients. The way we now photograph modern weddings require modern cameras to capture the best moments. With film cameras, you are limited to 36 exposures which require the photographer to constantly change film, whereas it’s common for us to click 100+ images in a single moment with a digital camera to capture the absolute best.

Here are some full weddings with highlights. We recommend looking at the highlights first to get an idea of what the couple’s day was like before diving into the full galleries.  Pay attention to how we photograph families (i.e. Mother of the Bride) throughout the day.

For highlights of the most recent weddings, view here:
https://clients.johnandjoseph.com

Short answer – yes.

For family and group photos, please provide us a list so that we can assemble and plan ahead.

Pinterest? Sure, we’d love to take a look at what inspires you and talk about some creative moments we can capture for your wedding. It’s exciting for us to collaborate with our clients to create something unique and special.

A photo list that includes items such as “bride walking down the aisle, the first kiss, guests dancing, cake” are not necessary as we’ll capture them naturally.

Yes, we love to provide drone photos whenever possible and as venues allow for it. There is no charge for this as we believe it is a valuable view of your wedding. Some photo samples and our thoughts here.

We highly encourage all of our clients to do an engagement session. This is a casual or a formal photoshoot with your fiance/fiancee scheduled before the wedding at a location of your choice.

This allows you to get in front of our camera to become familiar with various poses and our direction prior to the wedding day, while getting some great photos to add to the lifetime of memories. Here’s more info on our sessions.  Here’s more info on our sessions.

Logistics

We are committed to training our team ground up with our expertise and experience. Our team consists of photographers who specialize in portraiture, decor and design details, low-light, strobe, and are positioned appropriately for the type of event.

We love cameras, naturally, and use some of the best professional equipment available. We always ensure plenty of backups, and backup of the backups at every event. Specifically, we use Sony A7 series as our primary cameras – these cameras also allow for immediate duplication of files, which you can read more about in our geeked-out blog article here.

With our team of professional photographers on-hand, we are able to deploy additional or replacement photographers quickly.

Our dress code is all black professional attire. If you have a specific theme (ie. all-white party), let us know and we can dress appropriately. (Check out our instagram for a behind-the-scenes view.)

Yes.  Our shot will be the best one, so kindly let them know it’s useless for sake of shooting something.

On that note, we LOVE “unplugged weddings“.

If we have not been to your venue, then we arrive earlier to scout the location on the wedding day. New locations excite us and some of our best work have come out of venues that we have never worked before because of the fresh perspective we get to take with the lighting, architecture, surrounding views and even sunsets. A photographer’s style and work you admire will level up any amount of familiarity or lack thereof with the venue.

You can be assured that we never leave an event without checking in with your planner (or you if you don’t have a planner) to make sure that all is covered. If it’s a significant amount of additional time required, the rate is $700/hr and can be prorated.

Yes, our business liability insurance covers $4M and we can provide insurance certificates to any vendor that requests it.

We’ll be in touch with your wedding planner for the final timeline, shot lists, and all other logistics to make sure everything runs smoothly.

We love being a part of a multi-day events for our clients.  Just let us know what your wedding week looks like and we can customize a package to document everything for you.

Pricing + Packages

Our retainer is $4000. The remaining balance is due one month before the wedding.

Rescheduling: If clients need to postpone their wedding for any reason, just let us know which new dates you are considering.  If we are available, we’ll transfer full retainer and same contract to any new wedding date.  Rescheduling a wedding can be a big headache, so we’ll keep it as easy as possible.

Cancellation: No refund on cancellation for any reason.

Yes, we can schedule an auto-payment through our system.

Checks, all major credit cards, and wire transfer. We do not accept cash.

Payment page is here.

Los Angeles & Orange County: No travel charge.

Other Southern California Counties: Reimbursement for basic lodging for our team may apply, please inquire.

All other locations: Reimbursement or client to provide basic airfare, ground, and lodging expenses. At your request, we can calculate approximate expenses beforehand. Our clients never receive a surprise travel bill. We keep it basic and simple for our team.

Yes. Customization is common, especially for our destination clients to change items such as an Engagement Session into additional coverage time on the wedding day. Let us know what your wedding day looks like and we can adjust a package for you.

Weddings: Preview within one week (ie 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8).  Full gallery in 60-90 days.

Weddings – usually 1000-2000 images. The number generally depends on the length of the coverage, guest count, and decor.

Once the wedding proofs are released, these are the following steps:

  • Digital downloads – Immediately available to anyone with the link.
  • Purchased photo prints – Usually 3-7 days. Sooner upon request.
  • Album – Once you have selected your favorite photos for the album, we design and produce the album layout for review. This process usually takes 3-8 weeks. Sooner upon request. Video and photos of our albums are here.

Yes, all of our photo galleries allow unlimited and free high-resolution downloads. All photos are clean without any watermark/branding allowing you to print on your own.

Let us know you’d like to move forward and we’ll send you our contract. Once we receive the contract and retainer fee, we’ll confirm the complete booking.

As artists, we book on a first-come, first-serve basis as a fair practice so as to not pressure clients. However, communications with a planner that we have a relationship with have a slightly different dynamic and booking flow.

Other things

Yes, we have our own sister team – Cinesugi. We also love working with Hoo Films and Elysium Productions. When the video crew is professional and experienced, we can produce great work together as a team. If you have any questions about any potential videographers, shoot us an email with their work and we can dialogue about how their style will complement the way we work.

Our sister company Halogen Pictures provides a high-end studio portraiture experience. For all other types of photobooth experiences, we love our friends at Hashtag Photobooth.

Yes! We place high importance on creating and handling all photographs, retouching, and design work in-house. The only third-party source we use are album crafters and professional photo-labs that specialize in printing and making books for our clients. All of our photographs will be exactly as we intend them to be.