Do you travel for weddings?
We are based in Boise, Idaho and we consider anything within about a 45 min. drive a local wedding. That covers Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell etc. If your wedding is in McCall, Sun Valley, Stanley or other places within 5 hours of Boise our travel fee is $450 which is just enough to cover our driving time and accommodations for the night of the wedding. We do require that you book 2 photographers for any out of town weddings. Our packages are very flexible and can be built accordingly. The minimum price for a package for an out-of-town wedding is $4220. If you have a wedding in another state or another country and you would like to take us abroad-- we are more than honored! Please contact us for availability and custom pricing.
Do you travel for lifestyle sessions?
A minimum travel fee of $250 is added to travel outside of our 45 min. local shooting area. Please contact us for more information.
Do you do Commercial photography?
Sure do! We love shooting for businesses or ad agencies. If you'd like to see our private portfolio of commercial work, please contact us. We would love to meet with you to brainstorm and pitch our ideas for your shoot.
Where does the name Ampersand come from?
Nope, it's not our last name. An Ampersand is actually the "&" symbol representing the word "and." We chose this name when we started our business in 2009. Not only is a rad word, but it fits perfectly for 2 young designers coming together who love working with couples. The Ampersand is just that- a 'coming together.' It's the thing that connects two other things [people] and it's a beautiful piece of typographic history.
Do I get the rights to my photos?
You know it! Well, sorta. No really you do... With your wedding or Lifestyle session if you get a package that includes digital files, you will get a full Print Release from us. What that means is that we still own the actual copyrights on the image, but you get the rights to print and reproduce them however you'd like. You can take them to a lab of your choice (Hopefully one that does NOT start with the letters w-a-l) or you can order your own albums, mouse pads, iPhone covers etc. to your little hearts desire. You can also share them on social media all you want. The only things you can't do which you'd think are obvious would be-- market them as your own photography work on your new photography business's website, sell them for someone else to use as advertising or stock photography, and because we have pride in our craft, you may not edit or alter the images in any way.
How long do you back up my images?
We promise to keep them for at least 2 years. But really, we will never delete or get rid of any files. We just keep on buying more and more terabytes of storage so you probably have nothing to worry about. However, you should always back up your images to a safe place and to another source for safe keeping.
How long does it take to get my photos back from you after a session or wedding?
For a lifestyle session, our turnaround is 2-3 weeks for all of your images. For weddings we ask for 6-8 weeks before you unleash the bridezilla that you tried so hard to cage away. Often times we get them done much sooner, it just depends on the time of year and how many photos were taken at your event. In peak wedding season (July, August, September) we are chugging away, but it does take a little longer than the rest of the year.
How will I get my digital images?
All non-wedding shoots are delivered via our online gallery download. You get a link and a passcode so that you can download a whole folder of full resolution images straight to your desktop. This allows for faster delivery and it's also a great way for you to order and share images. For wedding shoots, you will get an online gallery from which you can order prints and other products, but for your final images you will receive a lovely little custom USB drive with your full resolution images inside.
How can I pay?
You name it. Cash or check are of course preferred as we don't have to deal with those stinky credit card processing fees but we understand that the plastic is more convenient for some. We accept all credit cards and we can even get you set up on a payment plan.
Which location should I go to?
Yes, we're so sorry and know that this can be confusing. We also own Paperie + Pen the darling stationery store in the Villlage at Meridian and this is where we run our photography business as well. So, you can send your contract and payment there: Ampersand Studios DBA Paperie + Pen 3540 E Longwing Ln. #J180 Meridian, ID 83646