Frequently Asked Questions!

Why are you called Bear & Penguin Photography?

Scott is Bear and Julia is Penguin. Instead of being Scott & Julia Photography we decided to use our nicknames for each other. Scott’s name is pretty self-explanatory after you meet him. Julia is pretty awesome at the Wii Fit game featuring you as a penguin sliding back and forth catching fish. We also met in Tasmania, which is home to the world’s smallest penguin - the fairy penguin.

What’s the advantage of having two photographers?

Weddings are highly dynamic events. Things happen quickly and are often once in a lifetime shots. While you are paying attention to Scott, Julia can grab some of the more intimate, candid shots. You also get two different perspectives of the event. This is especially important when the venue restricts where and if photographers move. For example, the Santa Barbara Mission does not allow us to move very much during the ceremony. Thus you get a greater variety of photos with two photographers. We also typically divide and conquer – Scott can follow the groom and Julia can work with the bride while they are getting ready. 

What should we expect on the day of our wedding?

We typically show up 30 minutes before we need to start shooting. Shooting commences at the time agreed upon on the contract. If we are covering the preparation, Scott will be with the groom and Julia will be with the bride (unless for whatever reason you wish it to be the other way around). During the ceremony, we choose different locations to shoot from. During the reception, Scott will quickly edit and put together a slideshow if it’s part of your package while Julia shoots.

What should we do for our engagement shoot?

Engagement shoots are a good way for us to get to know each other. It also gets you accustomed to having a camera in your face. Generally we go to two different locations and you can have an outfit change if you wish. You can choose the locations or we can choose them for you. Engagement shoots are meant to be fun. We like to take pictures of stuff you guys typically do together. Like to play Frisbee? Bring one along! Do you like to serenade your fiancée? Bring your guitar! Go fishing a lot? Bring your poles and we’ll shoot you two at the beach casting a line. Play board games? Bring some along! We also have a few props of our own like an old school camera and chalkboard and chalk for writing your wedding date. Wear something that feels comfortable to you. Solid colors are typically the best. You both don’t have to wear exactly the same colors but the same color family is a good idea.

Can I print my own photos?

Yes!! Our prices include a print release. This means that you can take the digital copies that you receive from us and print them at a vendor (i.e. Costco, online, etc.) of your choosing.

Where else can we get hard copies of our photos?

Your photo gallery will also give you an option to buy prints in various sizes on different types of high quality, archival paper. You can also buy stuff like mugs or magnets as well.

Do you have insurance?

Yes!! We can provide proof of insurance if your venue requires it.

How do you backup my photos?

We maintain your precious photos on Drobo hard drives. We have two separate Drobos that have a copy of your photos on each. In addition, our entire computer is backed up on BackBlaze (internet storage). Furthermore, your photos are also on our photo hosting site Zenfolio.

What kind of equipment do you use?

We carry a total of three cameras to each wedding – one Canon 5D Mark III and two Canon 6Ds.  Scott uses the 16-35mm f/2.8L IS and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lenses. Julia uses a 24-105mm f/4.0 IS and a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  We also carry a 85mm f/1.8 and f/1.2, a 100 mm f/2.8, and a 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. 

We utilize off camera flash whenever we can with our 600EX-RT, 580EX II, and our 480EX II flashes and Pocket Wizards. Our flashes are powered via a Quantum Turbo 2x2 and Eneloop rechargeable batteries. This allows us to be more environmentally friendly as well as give us more power and quicker recharge time for the flash equipment. Scott is dual camera slinger with a Black Rapid Dual Camera strap (coincidently, while traveling through Whistler, BC we actually met the guy who owns the company...), which allows him to switch quickly between a wide angle and zoom lens.