WHAT IT'S LIKE
Hangin out with the Tooleys
So what's it like working with us? Pretty awesome honestly! We (kinda) kid! We have our entire Christina Tooley Photography & Film experience down to a science. We've broken it down to a 7 step process!
STEP 1: OMG! LOOK AT THEIR WORK! I'M IN LOVE!
You've read our "why" in the about us page, you've peeked at our portfolio and picked out the investment that best fits your needs and filled out our contact form! Awesome! We can't wait for your email!
Answering all your burning questions
SO, LIKE WHO ARE YOU GUYS AND WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
Oh hey guys! You can totally check out who we are over on our About Us. The cliff note (is that still a thing?!) version is Dan and I (Christina) are a husband and wife, black coffee drinking, world traveling, cat loving, super duo ready to celebrate your wedding with you in style! We want you to feel confident that we will capture your wedding day as amazingly and perfectly as you’ve imagined.
ALRIGHT, YOU SEEM PRETTY AWESOME, WHERE DO YOU GUYS LIVE?
Fan letters can be sent to...sike! We're located in Meriden, CT but love a good road trip! It gives us a change to practice our karaoke! Our passports are constantly burning a hole in our luggage and if you're getting married abroad, check out our Destination Wedding Packages!
ARE YOU LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY?
Yes!! It's 2020, love it love regardless of your orientation!
WHAT ABOUT 420 WEDDING FRIENDLY?
Hello friends who probably live in a legal state! We sure are 420 wedding friendly!
DO YOU CHARGE A TRAVEL FEE?
For non destination weddings, we do charge a travel fee! Any traveling outside the 75 miles radius of Meriden, CT will incur an additional .50/mile. Now if you want us to fly out somewhere cool, like California or Colorado, we usually charge our standard package pricing + airfare/lodging. If you're getting married in Florida, great news! We don't charge any travel fees as we visit often and have permanent lodging in Orlando (Thanks Mom for letting up crash at your place)!
DO YOU CHARGE SALES TAX?
Only two things in life are guaranteed, death and taxes... womp womp. So, yes we do charge a 6.35% sales tax on all our packages and ala carte items.
SO I TOTALLY DIG WHAT YOU'RE DOING, BUT WE REALLY DON'T THINK WE NEED YOU FOR 8 HOURS, DO YOU OFFER ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT?
We understand your concerns and we're going to be totally honest, anything less than 8 hours is going to feel so rushed you might not enjoy your wedding photography and cinematography experience. We've worked enough weddings to know that 8 hours is that sweet spot, it allows us to capture your day and tell the full story as organically as possible. Less than 8 hours makes us feel like we have to rush through the day to get everything you'll want and trust us, the last thing you want is to feel rushed on your wedding. Now if you're having a more intimate wedding with less than 30 guests, we can totally build a custom wedding package that has less hours, Contact Us to find out more about our elopement and intimate wedding investments.
THAT MAKES SENSE, BUT WE DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO NEED AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION.
I highly encourage having an engagement session! It's such a great way to break the ice and get comfortable in front of the camera. Let's be real, very few people are 100% comfortable in front of a camera, much less for 8+ hours on your wedding day. It also gives you an idea of my shooting style and what you can expect on your wedding day.
SO WILL I GET BACK A CD/USB/VHS/BETAMAX OF MY ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM?
It's 2020, we like to do everything digitally! Your engagement and wedding photos will b e delivered via an online gallery. We also email an online link to download the HD version of your wedding film. If you happen to live in the middle of the woods and have no access to an internet connection, we will happily mail a USB for an additional fee.
SPEAKING OF WEDDING FILMS, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HIGHLIGHT FILM AND A DOCUMENTARY EDIT?
So the highlight film is a more cinematic edit, consisting of a montage of the entire day, overlaid with audio and music. It's meant to tell the whole story of the day and the two of you. The documentary edit is a straight edit of the 1st look, ceremony, speeches and important dances. There's minimal editing (color correcting and audio adjustments are made), and it consists of more static shots. It's more of what old school wedding films looked like. In short think of the highlight film as a super kickass music video of your love story and the documentary edit as the Richard Attenborough narrated story of your wedding day.
OK COOL! SO MY VENUE NEEDS A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE, CAN YOU PROVIDE THAT?
If the answer to this was no, we would totally understand if you clicked that little X in the corner of the page and went to the next photo/film team. Luckily, we are fully insured and can happily provide a Certificate of Insurance!
SPEAKING OF INSURANCE, DO YOU HAVE BACKUP GEAR?
Boy, oh boy do we! We have gear on gear on gear! We would never even think about showing up to your wedding without having backup's of our camera bodies, lenses, flashes and lights. We have so much gear on your wedding day, we legit look like we're moving in!
HOW ARE OUR PHOTOS/FILM STORED AND HOW LONG WILL YOU KEEP THEM?
Once we get home and after a well deserved glass of wine, we backup your photos and video onto a hard drive organized by year. The photos are kept on the hard drive indefinitely. Once all the photos and film are edited, we keep the galleries up for 30 days, after that, we archive the photos and film on the cloud.
WILL I HAVE PRINT RIGHTS TO THE PHOTOS?
Yes! Your gallery will include the full resolution non-watermarked photos and your contract includes the print right for personal use of the photos. You're more than welcome to print your photos at your favorite lab. I do recommend ordering your albums through me (they are gorgeous!) vs the Shutterflys of the world.
WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO RAW PHOTO AND FILM FILES? I HAVE A COUSIN WHO'S REALLY GOOD AT EDITING.
We don't release raw files of photos or video film. It's not a true representation of our work. We pride ourself on our photos and film we believe we would be doing you a disservice by just handing over unfinished work. Part of having us capture your special day includes the finished edited product!