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Kristin Speed » Photographer Blog


This is where I’ll be answering some frequently asked questions…it’s a work in progress where I will be adding new questions and answers as they come. If you have any question not answered here,just shoot me an email at!

Do you shoot with natural light or studio lights?

I shoot with 100% natural light whenever possible. Not only do I just prefer the look of natural light, but a lot of the times, there just isn’t enough time to deal with setting up lights. Of course if natural light doesn’t cut it, I make use of my SB800s and the various light modifiers I have. The SB800s are great because they are small, lightweight and therefore very portable.

How far in advance should we book you for our wedding?

I’d say you should book me as soon as you have your date and approximate location set. This is especially true if you’re getting married in the main season (June-October) or have a hot date like 12-12-12.

Can you reserve our wedding date for us?

A 50% non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your date.

Do you offer off-season and weekday discounts?

Sometimes! If your wedding is off season and during the week (Monday-Thursday) and sounds like something I won’t want to miss we can certainly chat about the possibility of a custom offer.

What time do you prefer to schedule your non-wedding sessions?

My favorite time to shoot is VERY early in the morning… like an hour or 2 after sunrise… I love the soft light at that time and the fact that everyone else is still at home in bed…of cource I can undestand my clients’ hesitation to wake up at the crack of dawn for a photo session (I’m so NOT an early bird), I can promise that the resulting photos will make it well worth it ;)

Are you willing to travel?

Heck yea! I love traveling! Although I’m based in Munich, I am ready and willing to travel anywhere in the world!

Is there a travel fee?

All weddings within 100km from Landshut have no additional travel fee. Weddings outside of this radius will either have a per km. rate or or all all-inclusive rate for weddings further away that require overnight stays. This is also the case for weddings that are outside of this radius but start very early or end very late.

Do you speak German?

lol …Ja klar sprech ich deutsch! Zwar nicht perfekt und mit kommischer Ami Akzent, aber immerhin :)

Do you have Insurance?

Yes! I do have a seven figure liability insurance that covers my whole team

Can you teach me how to use my camera?

I’ve had quite a few requests for workshops for beginners and it’s something I’m thinking about for sure, but for now I’d be more than happy to give you a few tips on how to use you new camera :)

What’s the point of an Engagement Session?

You’re probably wondering what the point of engagment photos is when you know you’ll have hundreds of photos from your wedding. Well thats easy… an engagement session is a great way for us to work together for the first time before your big day…you can get used to the camera, and I can see how you are infront of the camera and figure out what I need to do to get the best shots. This makes everyone more comfortable on your big day, ensuring the best photos possible. Engagement photos are also great to use for Save the Date cards, customized guest books, powerpoint presentations, etc. at your wedding.

What should we wear for a photo session?

Oh, I’m glad you asked! I put together a little ‘what to wear’ guide with some advice and pointers…check it out here: What to Wear

How much time should we dedicated to ‘formal’ photos at our wedding?

This is a question I get asked A LOT…and it’s certainly a good one to ask. Basically the answer depends. It depends on how important these photos are for you. Being a photographer, I think these photos of you and your new husband/wife are just as important as the rest of the photos taken throughout the day, if not MORE important. The reason being is that as much as everyone wants and loves the more candid, photojournalistic style photos, chances are that the photos you or your family will want printed and framed are the more ‘formal’ shots of the bride & groom. So I always tell people an hour is a good amount of time to get you warmed up to the camera, and get a fair amount of variety in the photos. Of course if you want to travel away from the wedding site for these photos, you should leave more time for travel back & forth. However, if you think you’d be happy with just a few shots of you and the love of your life and just don’t want to spend much time away from your guests, then 20min would do the trick.

Is Speed your real last name or an artist name?

Hehe, this is a good one and one that gets asked OFTEN… Speed is my REAL last name… cool, huh? :)