About GES Who Photography
Our process, our products, our approach, and some frequently asked questions
Who are you?
My name is Garrett Stroup; look up for a picture of me! It's not often I am on that side of the camera... But! I am the Lead Photographer and Owner of GES Who Photography!
An engineer by degree(s), it was easy for me to nerd out when I launched into the world of photography. With a world of possibilities between gear and technique, as well as a never-ending black hole of stylistic choices, I have been obsessed with photography since my first shutter click of a DSLR. As a professional photographer, there is nothing I enjoy more in life than sharing my passion with my clients. There no better feeling in the world than delivering a fresh batch of beautifully edited photos and receiving ecstatic messages, phone calls, reviews, and FB/IG profile pictures and posts!
Reading my past reviews will give you a little insight into how I treat my clients. I have been accused of being one of the most empathetic, hospitable, and hard-working people you will ever meet. I'll take it! I also run my business with discipline and dedication. I am happily married myself, and we had quite an involved wedding, so I have a huge sense of respect and responsibility when I approach somebody else's big day. I know exactly how much planning, blood, sweat, and tears, goes into planning the perfect wedding, and I will not compromise to provide you with the best images and footage possible.
My commitment to exceed your expectations begins with my no pressure, no stress approach. I do not believe in forcing clients to make a decision so important as choosing their wedding photographer without them feeling comfortable to pull the trigger. However, I am confident that when you see what an organized, experienced, knowledgeable, and impossibly caring photographer looks like, the decision will be easy!
What my approach means is that when we meet up for our consultation, you absolutely will NOT be hard-sold into booking with me on the spot. As I said above, I don't believe in pressuring clients to make a decision they are not ready to make. Most photographers think I am crazy for maintaining this kind of policy. But, with all of the considerations surrounding a wedding or other major event, the last think my clients need to worry about is an overzealous vendor shoving something down their throats, and I refuse to be that person.
How do I work?
The short answer is "efficiently, strategically, and creatively." I do not cover something as important as a wedding, a corporate event, a first birthday party, or anything else, without coming loaded with optimal camera and lighting gear, as well as an organized plan of attack, to provide the most encompassing photography coverage possible. I will also work with you [and any involved planners] on the timeline and vision, to ensure that you will be completely covered!
I am insured!
GES Who Photography is fully-insured with equipment and general liability insurance, and I coordinate with your ceremony, reception, and other event venues to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of the event! Even if you choose not to book with me, I want all potential clients to have a stress-free experience. Verify your photographer is insured, to avoid any surprises along the way!
I love weddings!
There is something unbelievably humbling and magical about being involved in the biggest day of your clients' lives. That is a responsibility I absolutely do not take for granted, and you can count on me to be engaged and devoted to you and your guests from the very moment I arrive, until the time we part ways at the end of the night. I will be there for you as a posing director, a light ninja, and oftentimes, as a therapist at least once before the day is over!
I also include free engagement sessions in most wedding packages I offer, so I get to spend significant time with you prior to your big day, and load you up with beautiful pictures of your entire journey! My clients usually end up becoming pretty good friends by the time all is said and done!
Step one is a free initial consultation. This can be done either in-person, or over the phone, depending on your preference and availability. We will discuss your current wedding day plans, your desired image style, usually explore a couple of wild tangents of conversation, and eventually wrap back around into determining what services would be the best fit for you! Should you commit to book with meafter or during our initial consultation, I will draft a customized contract to send your way to review and sign. The signed contract and an initial retainer will secure your date! Out of fairness, I operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
After I receive the signed contract and retainer, we are free to schedule your engagement session! Most of my packages include the engagement session. If your package does not, one can always be booked separate at my current rate. My couples love plastering their engagement pictures on their save the dates, holiday cards, photo gifts for parents, all kinds of things!
I will digitally deliver all of your finished engagement session photos, and we will stay in touch periodically leading up to your wedding! I will send you documents to keep picture-taking organized, such as a shot list template. You are always free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!
Approaching the wedding!
A few weeks before your wedding, we will formally tag up! Remember, you are always free to hit me with any questions at any time! Seriously, don't hold back. I am here to be of service to you, and help ease your mind when it comes to your wedding photography, video, or anything else you need. I typically also assist the wedding planner's timeline creation! This is a very exciting, dynamic time!
After the big day!
I spend a considerable amount of time retouching your images and video to perfection, to provide the absolute best quality product, because my clients deserve it! Most of our packages come with a sneak peek while the remainder of the photos are touched up, and there is an option that will allow you to receive a sneak peek on your wedding night! Think about it! Instant social media gratification! For every 1 hour spent shooting, I typically spend 6-8 hours editing the images and video. I deliver final products as soon as humanly possible, at the highest quality possible! Most wedding turnaround times are within 3-4 weeks!
Your final delivery will include retouched full resolution images that will be a mix of full color, black and white, and selective color, as stylistically sensible. You will receive both full resolution copies, and social media duplicates, of these images. The social media versinos will be optimized for Facebook and Instagram, that will be watermarked for easy identification. Any final highlight, ceremony, and/or reception videos will also be delivered as soon as they are ready! You will receive a link to your own private gallery on my website, with a password to access and download! There are never any download charges or costs per picture. Prints can either be ordered via my website's easy-to-use storefront, or any other preferred photography print lab.
All retouching in-house!
I perform ALL of the photo and video post-processing myself. It is the best way to ensure the images you receive match your preferences perfectly, and exceed your expectations! Check out my portfolio to get an idea of final image delivery quality and style!