FAQ’s

Where is Vanessa from?

Vanessa was born in Antigua. Her family settled on island in the late 1800’s as Vets and farmers. Her higher level of education was completed in Florida and graduated University with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design at Arts Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Is Vanessa the only photographer?

Yes, Vanessa is the sole photographer at Vanessa Hall Photography.

Do you work with an assistant?

Yes. My sister, Laura, assists with lighting, equipment and a general liaison throughout the day.

What is your email address?

info@vanessahallphotography.comDuring the summer months ( June – October) trekking in my husbands footsteps, from port to port, I continue working; editing, attending workshops, emails and inquiries, updating my website and reservation system. Technology is great!!Internet is infrequent unless in port so if I don’t respond immediately you know why. Admittedly, a little patience is needed but you will hear from me at soonest.

What months are you off island?

Typically, from mid June to early October we are based either in the USA, UK or Mediterranean areas. Every year our location changes. 2013 takes us to the Mediterranean coastline of Mallorca, Sardinia, Corsica, Montenegro and Greece.

Do you travel? Are travel expenses additional?

Yes, I love to travel! My assistant and I travel to destination weddings around the Caribbean; Mustique, Palm Island, Dominica, Anguilla, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

During the summer, I’ve even considered portrait sessions while in port, feel free to get in touch and say hi. You just never know where I might be. My essential gear travels on every passage.

Do you photograph smaller weddings? We are eloping without guests.

Majority of our weddings are elopements without family or friends. Many American, Canadian and European couples escape to the Caribbean for an intimate ceremony and romantic setting.

When is the wedding season in Antigua?

October to June. It’s also the coolest time of year to be in the Caribbean.

What venues in Antigua have you photographed weddings?

Hermitage Bay, Jumby Bay, Carlisle Bay, The Inn at English Harbour, CocoBay, Curtain Bluff, Sugar Ridge, Galley Bay, St. James Club, Verandah, Blue Waters, Jolly Beach Hotel, Copper and Lumber, Private Villas and Restaurants.

Can we book you for our wedding at Sandals.?

Sandals is an All inclusive couples resort and their policy says NO. Sorry, not my rules. We hope that Sandals will one day open the doors to outside photographers. Many couples book Trash the dress or Portrait sessions off property.

Can you recommend other vendors such as florists, venue’s, event planners etc?

Absolutely! I recommend local vendors who are reliable and great at what they do.

Do you photograph portrait sessions?

Yes. Portraits sessions are available.

How do we guarantee your availability for our wedding date?

50% deposit is required to save your date. Google checkout is used for deposits. However, the balance is due in cash on the wedding day.

How do we make a payment? Do you take credit cards?

Our reservation system will send you a payment request at booking time. Google Checkout accepts most credit cards. An email will be sent with a private login to view your booking. Information on payment, contracts etc are easily accessible.

Is the deposit non-refundable?

Retainers are 100% non-refundable. New inquiries from future brides are turned away for the specified date, which is why it’s non-refundable.

When is the balance due?

The balance is due on the wedding day in cash. We do not accept credit cards in Antigua nor can we provide change. We ask that you bring the exact amount. If you prefer to make the final payment via credit card then this is can be done prior to your wedding day. Please email us. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced couples that leave the island without making a final payment.

Do you take photos of the groom getting ready?

Unless you hire a 2nd photographer I cannot be in two places at once. If the groom is 5 doors down ( not on the other side of the property ) then there’s a chance I can sneak away.

Will you and your assistant need to be fed at the reception?

That would be lovely. Energy is fuel, to be on our best performance, a nice hot meal is appreciated.

When is the day after session done?

After the wedding day. At the time of booking please notify me of your departure date so that I can schedule the day after session several weeks prior to arrival and confirm availability. Most of you are on island for a few days only.

Do we organize our own transportation for Day After Session?

Yes. You are responsible for getting to the desired location to meet my assistant and I.

Who edits the photos?

Vanessa, using various mediums of software edits all weddings, trash the dress and portrait sessions.

How long is the editing process?

Currently 10-12 weeks.

How do we get our images?

All images can be downloaded directly from the online gallery.

Can we have the unedited images?

Unedited images are not available for viewing. Only the best images are carefully selected, removing unacceptable photos that are out of focus, eyes closed, bad composition and lighting, flash misfire, over exposed, underexposed, awkward facial moments, unflattering postures and inappropriate moments etc.

Can you send us a few images after the wedding?

I know how excited you are to see a few photos. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to fulfill what seems to be an easy task. The workflow created to be efficient, as a solo editor, would delay the que of clients waiting on their final images.

Do we have access to an online gallery to show our family and friends?

Absolutely! The online gallery is a private gallery with password access. The password can be passed along to friends and family members. It’s great way to share photos with overseas guests and others who couldn’t attend. Photos are available to purchase, simply add to cart, select sizes and checkout.

Where can I get prints done?

Directly through your online gallery is an easy, reliable and efficient way to receive quality prints.