Wedding Photography FAQ
Didn't your studio used to be called Egomedia Photography?
Yes! I changed my company name in 2018 to Jen Cody because that's my name! It's simpler, easier, and I'm so glad I did.
What kind of gear do you use?
Couples often ask me about my photography gear when we talk about working together. The world of photography is evolving so quickly, now that the capabilities of even our cell phone cameras have exceeded the quality DSLRs had just a few years ago.
The answer to these questions is a long story, but that's because I've always been very demanding as far as professional equipment is concerned. I started as a Washington DC wedding photographer in 2006, using Canon gear. I was a Canon shooter until Nikon released the D3. This was a DSLR that was incredibly advanced for its time, and its key selling feature was the high quality of its files at high ISO. I absolutely had to get this for my clients, as weddings are mostly about photographing in very difficult and dark lighting conditions. I switched to Nikon in 2008, and there I stayed for nearly ten years.
Over the past couple of years, I became fascinated with mirrorless cameras - specifically Fuji. I was really impressed with Fuji's X system and I found myself acquiring lenses and using the XE-1 and then XE-2 for a lot of my personal work. The smaller size and lower weight of the Fuji system was very attractive, but as I tested the cameras, I felt that the autofocus system was not quite fast enough for me to use at weddings. And so I shelved the idea for a while.
Then last year, Fuji released a camera called the X-T2 and I got really excited. I watched anxiously for reviews and test photos and was more and more impressed and started thinking about what I could do with that camera and my awesome Fuji glass. I now shoot with both Fuji and Nikon!
It was a leap of faith, but the Fuji cameras are smaller, more discreet, and the quality of images I'm producing is unparalleled. The subtlety of the cameras allows me to blend in more easily, and interfere less with the natural moments. The lighter weight means my gear is less cumbersome and I can move more quickly to ensure I'm in the right place at the right time. I can focus on what's important - and that's the beautiful moments I am capturing for my clients.
What is your style?
Do you take posed family photographs?
Do you take posed portraits of each couple?
Yes. We politely request that you allocate ~45 minutes in which we can capture beautiful, relaxed images of the two of you, alone. We really just want you to interact as naturally as possible in a relevant setting, and we won’t ask you to lie on the ground or strike any ridiculous, uncomfortable poses. Having a minimum of 45 minutes allows us to create the stunning photographs you see in our portfolio. We encourage you to talk with us about your timeline so that we can achieve the best possible results. If you would like more portrait time, we’re happy to spend as much time with you as you’d like!
Who will photograph my event?
Jen Cody will be the lead photographer at your event. Our assistant photographer, Jenni, will assist Jen at your event. Basically, your event will be full of Jen's and Jenni's.
What happens to my images after the wedding?
We individually process each wedding image we deliver to our clients. We don’t believe in batch actions or outsourcing. We care a great deal about the photographs that you and your family will be looking at for generations – we spend a lot of time to make them the very best that they can be. Usually our post-processing takes 6 weeks to complete. It’s well worth the wait.
What if we run late on the wedding day?
Most of the time, ceremony and reception times are fixed and not very flexible. If you run late, it may reduce the time we have for portraits and limit our locations. We will do the best we can in that situation of course, but we suggest you pad your timeline to decrease stress for you on your wedding day.
What if our house of worship has a lot of photography restrictions?
We will always work within the parameters of the "rules" as stated by your officiant in the vent of a religious ceremony. If photography is a key element of your wedding, it is very wise for you to look into the photography restrictions before you make your final choice of a ceremony location. As long as you are aware of what is permitted, there are no surprises.
Do we have to see each other before the ceremony for portraits?
We love emotional images – will there be a lot of those?
As a photographer, I love to capture your emotions in the wedding day. However I can't photograph it if it's not there! If you're crazy outgoing and emotional, you'll see that in the photographs. I won't prompt you for "emotion" because that would be staged, intrusive and uncomfortable.
Will you retouch the images to make me look perfect?
How many images will I receive?
Will I receive the digital negatives?
How does the album process work?
I went to a wedding where this really, really obnoxious photographer…
What is required to book Jen Cody for my wedding?
How do I request more information?
If you are interested in working with us, please contact us with additional details about your wedding plans and we will get back to you with our availability and rates.