FAQs Content

What makes your work different from other photographers’ work?
Our vision is fun, meaningful imagery that shows the real smiles off. At the end of the day we want you to enjoy yourself! We’re going to find a pretty place and go for a little walk and stop when Rachael squeaks signifying she found that good good light. If you’re up for hanging and can walk/roll, hold hands, and don’t mind smooching on your honey you’ve totally got this! We don’t expect you to show up ready to model for us, we gotchu! Before you know it you’ll have forgotten about the scary black box pointed your way.

We want to make clean, bright, vibrant images that stand the test of time! We’re inspired by true to life colors with a little pop of extra contrast to take it to that next level. Natural light is life! We love it and can’t get enough of it but that doesn’t mean we’re scared of flash. Jared and I are comfortable using off camera flash in the right settings, something we believe sets us apart from the majority of natural light photographers in our market.

Engagement sessions
Ok so you got that shiny new ring and you’re ready to commit to a lifetime with your boo. Now all you need are some stunning photos of you two looking all cute and whatnot to spread the good news. Well guess what?! All of our wedding collections include an engagement session, awwww yeah!  So here’s the thing, we want to spend some time with you as a couple and get to know each other before the wedding rolls around. Believe it or not the people you spend the most time with on wedding day is your photographers. That’s HUGE! So we absolutely want you to trust us and be comfortable around us. Engagement session is where this all goes down (I promise we won’t make you do trust falls with us). We’re going to chat, goof around, oh and make those photos that you’re dying to post on Instagram. And then when wedding day rolls around you’ll know your BFF photo squad is there to have your back.

Even if you’ve already had an engagement session with someone else, we super want you plan one with us so we can get to know you.  Plus then you’ll know how we work, what to expect and vice versa, and get some awesome photos in the process.

What if I’m awkward in front of the camera?
Don’t doubt yourself! Literally everyone tells us they are awkward and 98% of them are wrong.  If you are part of the 2% awkos, trust us we can hide the awkward and show you what works. Give us 10 minutes to get you warmed up and you’ll be a pro in no time!  Don’t take it so seriously, this is supposed to be fun and a celebration of you two.  We want you to interact as normal and of course we’ll throw some posed shots in there too because everyones’ mom loves those. Engagement session is where you find out just how good at being cute you never knew you were. You’ll show up to wedding day knowing the moves and just how good you look too!

Do you photograph families or newborns?
We don’t, over the years we’ve found that weddings and couples is where our passion for photography lies.  Plus Rachael is hella scared she’s gonna break your new baby if she tries to photograph it.

Why do you only book sessions Monday-Thursday?
We don’t mean to make it hard on you to schedule.  However we specialize in weddings so that means almost all of your Saturdays + Sundays are spoken for.  We are firm believers in work/life balance so we highly value the few weekends we have that aren’t booked. This is our family + friends/sanity time that we use to recharge in order to keep rockin’ our weddings + sessions for all our amazing clients.

How many weddings will you book a year?
We take 25 weddings a year and after that we have to say “no”. We love what we do and we want to keep it that way. With all we invest in each couple we feel it would be stretching too far to take on more than.

How many photographers will be there at our wedding?
There will always be two photographers at your wedding in order to get multiple perspectives and extra shots of all of the details.  Jared and I almost always plan to shoot together, however we do have a list of qualified photographers to call on in the event Jared is unable to attend.

How do we book?
You will be officially booked with us as soon as a signed contract and a 40% non-refundable retainer is paid.  Everything is handled online thanks to the magic of the internet.  Once you’ve decided on a collection, we’ll send you a link where you can view, sign, and pay online.  Use our contact form or send us an email to get going on that.  Keep in mind that certain months are in high demand so it is best to book sooner rather than later if you are ready. 

We love you but you’re out of budget, can you cut me a deal?
We got the skills but we do have to pay the bills. Jared and I paid for our own wedding out of our own pockets so we certainly understand being in this space. If our range is close but just over what you can do, please still inquire and we’ll see if theres a way to customize a collection to make it work for your budget. However if you’re here to price shop, we’re not for you. We promise we didn’t pull these numbers out of thin air. We’ve spent a significant amount of time calculating our CODB and building in profit for us to be successful and keep the tax man happy. We fully believe that photography is the most meaningful wedding day investment and hope you do too!

You took so many pictures, do I get them all?
You’ll hear our cameras clicking a lot, we take a lot of images to ensure that we capture those perfect moments.  With that being said no you won’t receive every image we take.  We choose the best of the best then edit and deliver them to you.  We want you to have all the good ones!  Trust me, you’re not missing anything in those ones we don’t deliver, it’s all eye blinks, dupes, or someone walking through the frame. 

When will my images be ready?
For SESSIONS we will post your images in an online gallery 3-6 weeks after your session.  With sessions you will receive a download pin that will allow direct downloads of your high-res images from your gallery. 

For WEDDINGS turn-around is a bit longer (6-8 weeks) due to the high volume of images to be edited.  Once your images are ready we will give you access to a viewable online gallery while we ship you a USB device containing your high-res files and printing documents. 

What equipment do you use?
We use professional full frame sensor Canon camera bodies and L series lenses. We shoot on the 5d mark III and carry 3 bodies with us to your wedding day. We use a variety of different lenses throughout the day to make our vision come to life. In our bag you’ll find the 85mm 1.2, 70-200mm 2.8,  50mm 1.2, 24-70mm 2.8, 24-105mm 4.0. We carry backups in the rare event that anything should occur to one of our cameras or lenses so we can keep on rocking.  We also bring a full off camera flash setup with stands so we can rock your reception.

Where are we going to shoot?
This is up to you, we have tons of “go to” places and ideas but if you have a special place in mind let’s talk about it!  We’re all for coming out to the family farm, your home, or first date spot.  If it’s sentimental to you it’s going to make those photos that much more special!

Do I have to order prints through you?
Short answer “No”.  However we highly recommend ordering prints through our galleries because we work with professional labs, but it is not required. We edit on color calibrated monitors that we maintain regularly so that what we see on screen is what prints at our labs. We keep our print costs low because we would much rather you order through us and get a quality product.  We realize it is very tempting to go down to your local drug store and run some prints off but trust us, it’s a bad idea!  Not all labs color match files so it’s very likely your drug store prints won’t look like the images we delivered. If you would like suggestions for consumer labs we can steer you towards some better options, however we cannot be held responsible for prints not purchased through us.

Do you charge for travel?
Only if you fall outside of our covered area, which we will let you know upfront when we respond to your inquiry so there are no surprise costs.

For sessions: If you are within a 50-mile radius of us you’re covered.  

For weddings: We cover you up to a 3 hour roundtrip

If your location falls beyond that we do charge a rate of $50/hr to cover our mileage and time. If your event is more than 3 hours from our location we require that hotel accommodations are provided the evening of your event.  For destination weddings airfare and lodging is required as well in addition to your collection price.  We will need to plan to arrive 1 day ahead of your wedding so that we can ensure no airline delays or cancellations affect your wedding day coverage.  Reach out if you have any questions or would like more information and an estimated travel cost.

Rachael Bowman Photography is a husband and wife photography team capturing weddings, elopements, and couples. They serve Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and surrounding areas.

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