Wedding FAQ

Questions? We got answers. Check out answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about our wedding photography.

What's included in my wedding investment?

Every Derek Montgomery Photography wedding package includes the following...

  • At least eight hours of wedding day coverage
  • Complementary engagement session
  • At least $100 in print credits
  • High-resolution files with the rights to print
  • Photos delivered on a custom flash drive after your wedding
  • Online gallery

Other packages include fine art wedding albums, more hours, a second photographer and additional print credits.


Wedding packages start at $2,995 plus tax.

Where are you based?

I live in northern Minnesota in Duluth!!

Do you travel?

I love to travel! No destination is too far. If you are interested in having Derek Montgomery Photography document your wedding, get in touch with us via the contact form on the website.

Do you have backup equipment and insurance?

Yes! I arrive at each wedding with extra cameras, extra lenses, extra lighting equipment and lots of memory cards. The cameras we use to take your picture utilize two memory cards. Each picture is recorded onto two cards so if one card fails, we still have the other one. Regarding insurance, Derek Montgomery Photography is fully insured.

Are engagement sessions included in your wedding packages?

All packages include a complementary engagement session.

How long before I get my pictures?

Pictures are guaranteed to be uploaded to an online gallery within eight weeks of your wedding day. Most of the time, that happens much faster. We try to upload a sneak preview to the Derek Montgomery Photography Facebook page within a day or two of the wedding. If you had a Wild Booth at your wedding, those photos will be posted within 48 hours of the event, but most typically within 24 hours.

Will the images I receive be edited?

We edit all images that will be delivered to you. Editing includes exposure adjustment, color correction, sharpening, saturation and contrast adjustments among other things. Delivered images will be ready to print.

How many pictures do you take at a typical wedding?

Each wedding is different, but a good estimate is 50 images per hour. If your package includes a second photographer then that amount will change.

Whoa! A second photographer? How do I sign up for that?

We have one package that includes a second photographer. Otherwise, a second photographer can be added for $650. The second photographer will be someone who is experienced, who I have worked with before, who knows how to shoot weddings and who can function efficiently and respectfully on a wedding day. They are people who I would totally feel comfortable with taking over as the main photographer if I were to be abducted by aliens mid-wedding day. Let’s hope that never happens–for the alien’s sake.

How do we reserve our date? Do I need to meet with you in person to reserve our wedding day?

You do not need to meet with me in person although I'd like to at least have a phone, Skype or FaceTime conversation beforehand to make sure we are the right fit and I can answer any questions you might have about how I work. If you know you want to work with me, a completed contract and a $500 retainer payment is required to secure your date. Everything from the contract to paying the retainer and your wedding balance can be done online.

Once the wedding day is over, here's what you can expect...

1. We try to post a preview image or two the next day on our Facebook page.

2. If you had a Wild Booth, expect those images to be available for your guests to download within 24 hours.

3. The rest of your wedding photos will be delivered within eight weeks although most arrive much sooner than that.

4. If your package has an album, we will begin design discussions once your wedding images are delivered.

Some important things to keep in mind...

Once you have sent in your contract and retainer, let’s talk about your wedding day timeline. There are certain parts of the day that are much better to shoot in than others and it’s my goal to put all of my couples in the most flattering light possible. The pictures look better and the earlier we start working on the timeline, the more likely we are to be able to fit pictures in during the most opportune portions of the day.


If you have the Wild Booth, we should communicate to discuss where you want it setup at the reception. The booth requires a space that is roughly 12 feet wide by 12 feet deep. The earlier we can talk about this, the easier it will be on the venue and yourselves who are planning out every square inch of the reception space. It’s also important to find the right location so your guests will see it and utilize it.

Fine Art Wedding Albums

Beautifully simple, fine art albums from Derek Montgomery Photography are printed on museum quality paper with vivid archival inks. What does that mean? It means they are built to last generations without discoloring or fading. The lack of any gutter means your images will display without distractions. Each fine art album is 30 pages, but additional pages can be added. Cover options include leather, silk, metals, acrylic and more.