Frequently Asked Questions


Should we have a “first look”?

It’s a new age, so it’s no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. What’s more, there are actually some pretty big advantages to a first-look session prior to the wedding. Not only are the bride, groom, bridal party and family in top form, the bride and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup are fresh, and the groom and groomsmen are still Ok with being in their tuxes.

If you do decide to go with a pre-ceremony formal portrait approach, be sure to set aside 15 minutes of private time for just the two of you. These private moments, before you start taking more formal, posed portraits, are often the most special for the bride and groom. You are able to say a prayer together, or exchange meaningful gifts, relax and think about the moments to come. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. This healthy pre-ceremony atmosphere created a smooth, steady flow through the day’s events. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with your guests.


How would you describe your style?

Our style is really a hybrid. We have so many inspirations that come from so many different places and try to implement them in our images. We love the raw emotion of photojournalism and the seductive look of lifestyle photography. In short, our style is something we like to call “lifestyle photojournalism”. We believe in romantic lighting, incredible backgrounds and choosing locations very carefully. As far as our photo-journalistic side – we never interrupt a moment. We never pose situations that are already so magical on their own. We are an observer most of the time with very limited intrusion only when it is desired to achieve a particular artistic vision. Ninety percent of our images are completely natural and un-posed.


We love your style but would love to have some traditional portraiture. Is this something you do?

We do traditional portraiture at most of our weddings. Even the most modern brides still want the heirlooms that family portraiture creates. We do not, however, conduct portrait sessions in a traditional way. Instead, they are very loose, fun, and show off your personality. We will spend only 20 to 45 minutes on any posed photographs out of a typical 9 hour day.


Do you shoot with film or digital?

We are 100 percent digital. The creative latitude that digital gives is beyond compare. When we shoot, we not only shoot for the moment, but have a clear vision of what the finished image will look like. By shooting digitally, the possibilities are limitless!


I’m having a religious ceremony. Are you familiar with the events that will take place?

We have been blessed to have photographed many, many different types of weddings. We’ve documented Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Non-denominational Christian, Greek and Thai-Catholic ceremonies. If you are having a wedding that is not listed here we would absolutely love to learn all about the customs and events.


My Fiance and I really want to have a nighttime wedding, but I’ve heard that will spell disaster for our pictures.
What do you think we should do?

Go for it! While photographers generally prefer natural light to artificial light for the photographs, you should always do what makes you happy. At Hinojosa Photography we come equipped to handle any lighting situation and have years of experience with many different venues and circumstances, including nighttime weddings. Because you never have to worry about your images not coming out nicely, go ahead and have your dream wedding and leave the details to us!


I know it’s best to take formal photographs before the wedding, but I guess you could say we are more traditional.
Why do you think taking formals beforehand is so important?

Here at Hinojosa Photography, we definitely pride ourselves in catering to the needs and desires of our clients. That said, we are believers in taking the formal photographs before the wedding, ensuring not only more time to get the best photographs but also getting the formals out of the way by the time you are ready to go to your party. We find that stress levels with brides, grooms, family members and wedding parties is greatly reduced when the formals are taken care of and they can focus on just having fun and being with their guests. Also, depending on the time of day, we may have better light and access to better portrait locations before the ceremony.


We would love to set aside some time for an engagement session. Is this something you do?

We sure do! We work with you to plan the engagement shoot of your dreams, including location selection and wardrobe recommendations. Additionally, we can even help you design pieces for your wedding using your engagement shoot photos for sign-in canvas boards, guest books, save-the-date cards, thank you cards, table place settings, and much more. Hinojosa Photography also offers many wonderful album options to help you remember your engagement shoot forever. Be sure to contact us for more information about scheduling your own engagement shoot for a lifetime of special memories!