Frequently Asked Questions

    • How much tax will be added to my package price?

      Tax is already included in all of our advertised prices

    • Can I get less than 8 hours?

      You do not have to use the full 8 hours, but it is usually more economical to go this way.  We do offer an hourly rate of $150/hour with a minimum of 3 hours.  However, you only get to choose your photographer if you book a package.  To book with the hourly rate, please email us.

    • How much will it cost for additional hours?

      It is $150/hour for one photographer and $200/hour for two photographers.  Extra hours will be rounded up to the nearest full hour and must be used consecutively.

    • Will there be a travel fee?

      Travel fees are only assessed to venues more than 30 miles from Denver.  To get that mileage, we use pin location “Denver, CO” on google maps and calculate mileage from there.  This is how we calculate our  travel fee:  Total round-trip mileage from Denver: _________ – 60 miles = _______x $1.00 =______x number of photographers = ________.  Travel fee will not go below $100. Check your travel fee with our travel calculator

    • How do you calculate the travel fee?

      This is how we calculate our  travel fee:  Total round-trip mileage from Denver: _________ – 60 miles = _______x $1.00 =______x number of photographers = ________.

      We use pin location “Denver, CO” on google maps to assess mileage. Travel fee will not go below $100. Check your travel fee with our travel calculator

    • When do I need to book?

      You can book whenever is convenient for you! Photographers usually sign between 6-12 month contracts with us. Since our website will only show photographers that are under contract for your day, you may notice that we don’t have as many options a year+ from your wedding day as we will closer to the date. Additionally, if you are booking with a month of your day, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the photographer’s availability.  If there is a conflict, we will let you know as soon as possible and let you choose from the other photographers available.

    • Are there any other fees?

      Wedding events that would require the photographer to be traveling from Denver proper before 6 a.m. or after 1 a.m. will be charged a lodging fee of $100. In the event that the photographer spends more than 14 hours including traveling time and shooting time for your event, a $100 fee will be assessed. If a photographer will be traveling from the Denver proper area and shooting the event for longer than 14 hours a lodging fee of $100 will be added. YELLOW PADDLE PHOTOGRAPHY reserves the right to charge and collect lodging fees after the completion of the event.  The client is responsible for providing parking for the contracted photographers and will be charged for any additional parking charges if arrangements are not made in advance.

    • Do I have to book the works package to get an engagement session?

      No, you do not need the works package to book an engagement session.  You can add an engagement session to any package for $150 or $200 as a standalone.  Engagement sessions are 90 minutes long. To book a standalone session, please fill out an engagement session request.

    • How much is the deposit for my package and when is the balance due?

      Deposits are 50% of your total.  The other 50% is due the week before your wedding.

    • How do I book a package?

      To secure a photographer (or photographers) for your day, simply click on BOOK NOW on the menu bar.  This will take you step by step through Yellow Paddle’s booking process.

    • Do I have print rights to my pictures?

      Yes, you have full rights to your images, which includes sharing and printing, and we provide a print release for you.  We only ask that you don’t sell your images, but other than that, ENJOY!

    • How will my pictures will delivered?

      Your images will be delivered to you through a website where all your images will be displayed and be downloadable.  This website will be available for one year. From the website you are able to download individual images or select “download all”.

    • How many images can I expect?

      For any live event coverage, or engagement session, you can expect to receive an average of 50 images per hour.

    • What if it has been more than a year since my wedding, will you still have my images?

      No, Yellow Paddle does not archive photos beyond one year.  Please be sure to back up your images!

    • What resolution will my images be?

      Your images will be High Resolution JPEGS. We do not provide RAW files.

    • Will there be a watermark on my images?

      No, there will not be a watermark on any of your images.  We want all of your images to be excellent, usable pictures that you can enjoy for years to come.

    • Can I share my images?

      Please do!  We want your pictures to get as much use as possible, our one request is that you don’t sell them. You can share your wedding gallery link with anyone who you want to have access to your photos. Anyone with the gallery link will be able to download your photos as well.

    • How long will it take to get my images?

      We understand how exciting it is to get your pictures, so we try to keep your waiting to a minimum.  We also want to ensure that we take the time to make them excellent, so our aim is to deliver your images 4-8 weeks from the date of your event.

    • Can I purchase a flash drive with all of my images?

      We deliver all of your images digitally with easy downloads. You are free to make your own flash drives, but if you would like to purchase a back up flash drive through Yellow Paddle, you can do so for $50.  If you have not booked a package yet, simply add a flash drive during booking.  If you have already booked, please email us to add one. 

    • Are there any limitations or recommendations for printing my images?

      You can order prints directly from the website that we share your images on or you can download and print them at the location of your choice . We provide you with a print release that you can use at any printer that you choose.

    • What is the cost for additional time at my wedding?

      If you need extra hours for your wedding day, it is $150/hr for one photographer and $200/hr for two photographers.  You can request extra hours ahead of time. If you decide on your wedding day to extend your photographers time you will be billed  later.  We only allow for full hours of extra coverage, so we will round up to the closest full hour used. 

    • Do I have full rights to ALL my photos?

      Full rights to all your digital images are included with any of our packages.

    • How long will my website be active?

      You will have access to your website for one year from the date of your event. 

    • Are any of the photos edited?

      All of your images will be album worthy, but 20% will also be creatively edited by your photographer.  Creative edits include, black and white, color effects, cropping, etc.  Additional editing requests such as blemish or object removal can be requested, but there will be an additional charge based on the request.

    • Do I get to choose which images get creatively edited?

      No, we leave that up to the photographer’s discretion, and they are very good at choosing the special images of your day.  

    • Do you offer additional editing?

      Additional editing, including, but not limited to, blemish removal, object removal, or advance editing techniques, can be arranged for an additional fee after images have been presented. Fees for editing are assessed based on the scope of work. 

    • What are the benefits of having multiple photographers?

      There are a few major benefits to having a second photographer.  One is obviously double the images, but another major benefit is being able to make efficient use of your time.  You can be in two places at once (for example when you are getting ready).  You can also split your attention (for example during the ceremony).  It is also nice to have an extra body helping to organize things during family pictures.

    • I have a larger wedding, which package do you recommend?

      For weddings over 150 people, we do recommend going with multiple photographers.  Having multiple photographers helps to ensure that shots will not be missed in the midst of the craziness.  However, this is only a recommendation.  We do not require that you book multiple photographers if you have a larger wedding.

    • How does Yellow Paddle choose the .5?

      Yellow Paddle  waits until a few weeks before your wedding to see who still needs to be booked and then assign those weddings according to our best discretion.

    • Do you offer albums?

      No, we do not. 

    • Do you offer videography?

      No, we do not

    • Can I split the 8 hours?

      No, you cannot.  The 8 hours have to be consecutive.

    • Can I split a multi-photographer package between two days?

      No, both photographers have to be used on the same day.

    • Do I have to book a package to get an engagement session?

      No, you do not.  An engagement session added to a package is $150, but if you would like to book only an engagement session, it is $200. If you are interested in a standalone session, please submit an engagement request.

    • Are there any photographers available on my day?

      Please use our check your date tool to check availability for your date.

    • Why aren’t any photographers showing up on my wedding date?

      If you are you more than a year from your wedding, we are actively hiring photographers to be available on your date. Photographers join our team frequently so we are constantly adding great options. The closer we get to your wedding day, the more options become available! Please keep checking our portfolios to see your options. You can also choose to book a package now and select a photographer later. This allows you to lock in a price and package and you can choose when photographers become available. 

      Are you within a year from your wedding day and no one is showing up?  We may still be able to accommodate you. Please email us.

    • When should I choose a photographer?

      You get to choose your photographer immediately, as a matter of fact, it is a step in the booking process.  You can also opt to choose a photographer later if you would prefer. If you find a photographer that you like, we suggest booking as soon as you can since we cannot guarantee that they will not be booked by someone else.

    • What if I don’t like anyone available for my day?

      We are always adding more photographers, so if you are not crazy about anyone available, please feel free to wait until we have someone you love, or book now with the option to “choose photographer later”.

    • How do I choose a photographer?

      We recommend “going with your gut”.  Ultimately, photography is an art form and is subjective to taste.  No one knows your particular taste better than you, so who better to make the decision?  We have worked hard to find photographers that are technically excellent, so you just have to worry about style.

    • How can I be sure that we will mesh with our photographer?

      We take compatibility of our photographers very seriously.  We are very particular in choosing photographers that are professional and work well with others to achieve the vision of Yellow Paddle. 

    • What do you mean by up-and-coming?

      Up-and-coming refers to a talented photographer that with sound technical skill and an artistic eye that wants to build their portfolio.  We believe in our photographers and their ability to produce amazing photography for your special day! 

    • Can I meet my photographer?

      You get to meet with your photographer two months before your wedding, but first we need you to fill out your checklist.  You can do this through your wedding login.  Unfortunately, we do not have our photographers meet with clients before they have booked out of respect for our photographer’s time.

    • Can I request specific shots for my wedding?

      Yes!  At the final checklist meeting with your photographer, please feel free to pass along some of the shots you would like. 

    • What if I meet my photographer and we aren’t a good fit?

      All though we get asked this frequently, it never turns out to be an issue.  We make sure that we are hiring talented, likeable photographers that we are proud to put the Yellow Paddle name on.  If for some reason you are unhappy with your photographer, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate a switch for you at our discretion.

    • What if something happens to my photographer that prevents them from capturing my day?

      In this event, we will let you choose from other available photographers for your day.  Even if the issue is illness the day of your wedding, we can assure you that we will have a photographer for you, and we will give you a choice whenever possible.

    • Will my photographer carry back up equipment?

      Yes, we require that all of our photographers carry backup equipment.

    • I want multiple photographers, but only one is showing up on my day, what should I do?

      We can still accommodate your request, please email us and let us know about your situation.

    • How do I know my photographers will get along with each other?

      We take compatibility of our photographers very seriously.  We are very particular in choosing photographers that are professional and work well with others to achieve the vision of Yellow Paddle. 

    • Do all Yellow Paddle’s photographers have experience?

      Yes, the level of experience varies from photographer to photographer, but no one is doing their first wedding with you.  We have interviewed and tested our photographers and the question that we ask ourselves is  “would I feel comfortable if this was my wedding photographer?” They must pass this standard to be on staff with us.

    • Can I ask my photographer to scope out my venue before my wedding day?

      Yes, you get one meeting with your photographer in the two month window before your wedding.  If it would make you more comfortable, we encourage you to have this meeting at your venue.  Please note that travel fees will apply if the venue is more than 30 miles from Denver.

    • Has my photographer shot at my venue before?

      Unfortunately, we do not have a database to track this especially since this is consistently evolving situation.

    • Do I need to provide a meal for my photographer?

      Yes, it would be greatly appreciated (and we put it in the contract). The basic rule of thumb here is that if you are eating, please give them the chance to eat as well.  They will keep their camera close, so as to catch moments that happen during this time, but I am sure you can imagine how long an 8 hour workday can get without a chance to replenish. 

    • We are kind of camera shy, will our photographer help us?

      Definitely.  Most people are not natural in front of the camera, and need some direction.  Our photographers work hard to help direct moments that turn into something natural. We believe that you look your best when you are just being yourself.

    • Is it okay if my photographer goes around to different locations on my wedding day? Is there an extra fee for that?

      That is fine with us!  We do not charge extra for multiple locations.

    • I need help figuring out the timeline for my day, how will I know how long to plan for photos?

      We have created our photo checklist to provide an estimated time for each desired posed photo session.  You will be reviewing your checklist and overall schedule of the day with your photographer in the two month window before your wedding, but if you need advice about your timeline, please email us.

    • How long do most photographers stay with Yellow Paddle?

      The average time for a photographer to be with Yellow Paddle is 2 contracts.  Each contract is 14 months long.  We have had photographers stay longer, and some only one contract, but most are with us for 2.

    • How can I be sure my photographer will still be with Yellow Paddle by my wedding date?

      Each photographer that shows up as available for your day is under contract for that day. 

    • Can I change photographers once I have booked?

      We discourage this because the photographer that you had originally booked has forfeited opportunities to book while you held them aside.  We prefer that you opt to “choose photographer later” if you are unsure about who you would like.  Ultimately, though, we want you to be satisfied, and if there ever was an issue we can consider a change at Yellow Paddle’s discretion.

    • Will they choose shots are edited?

      Yes, the photographers choose the shots that are edited, but they are choosing the images that are already stand outs and special moments and make them a little more special.  We always include the original image before editing.

    • Are Yellow Paddle photographers shooting on professional equipment?

      Yes, all of the photographers are shooting on their own professional equipment and carrying a backup body with them to each wedding.

      • Does Yellow Paddle have insurance?

        Yes.

      • Can Yellow Paddle provide a certificate of insurance if need be?

        Yes.

      • Where does the name Yellow Paddle come from?

        When the owners of Yellow Paddle were starting the company, they were inspired to name their company from one of the first photographs they took of an abandoned fishing boat with a yellow paddle. For them the photograph and the name symbolized not only turing their passion into a profession, but taking on an adventure in unknown waters.

      • Where can I find reviews of Yellow Paddle?

        You can find unedited reviews on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Facebook.

      • Does Yellow Paddle have a Facebook page?

        Yes! Please check us out here.

      • Does Yellow Paddle have an Instagram account?

        Yes, check us out here.

      • Can I meet with a representative from Yellow Paddle before I book?

        You have everything you need to choose a photographer and book on our website, but we understand that you may need to sit down with someone, and we are happy to oblige!  Please contact us to schedule an appointment.


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