Q. Who are you and where are you from?
A. My name is Sally A. Siko, I am the owner and lead photographer here at Silvercord Event Photography. I'm a professional engagement and wedding photographer who primarily serve clients in the Raleigh, Durham, and Triangle area of North Carolina. I am a native of Northern Virginia and have been happy transplant to the Raleigh area for 9 years and counting. I've been married to my best friend Gregg for about a million years and have 2 awesome kid's whom I love with all of my soul.
I am a big outdoor enthusiast. I try to spend as little time as possible inside when I am not working. When I'm not taking pictures my family and I enjoy traveling all over our country in our RV, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. Come to think of it, I tend to take a lot of photos when I am out doing those things too, haha! To see what I mean check out the images below from my behind the scenes Instagram feed that feature a few of the things I like to photograph when I'm not being a wedding photographer.
Suburbanites who have been fleeing the city life for as long as we can remember, my husband and I grew up in Major Metropolitan areas ( Me Washington DC/ NOVA, Gregg Pittsburgh) however we spent much of our youth camping and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Appalachians. Our shared sentiment of a primal connection with the simple joys found in the natural world was even carried into our own wedding day since Gregg and I were married on the patio of an old hunting lodge in the foothills of western Pennsylvania mountains which was followed by our honeymoon on our boat in a nearby lake during the following week.
Q. Will you personally be the photographer for our wedding?
A. Yes. If you're getting married in N.C. or V.A. from start to finish I will handle 100% of the work for every photo shoot.
Q. Are you a full-time photographer?
A. Yes. All day every day!
Q. Do you offer a second shooter service just in case I think that I may need more than one photographer to cover my event?
A. Yes! A second or even a third photographer service is available for your wedding day upon request. As of today, the charge for each additional shooter is $150 per hour.
Q. Do you have a studio location?
A. No. My team and I shoot entirely on locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia and do not operate a traditional brick and mortar studio.
Q. How long have you personally been a full-time photographer, and how many weddings have you photographed?
A. 13 years as a fine art/ nature photographer and 8 years as a professional event and wedding photographer with 300 + weddings and counting…
Q. What size events have you handled before?
A. 5 to 400+ guests. No matter the length of a guest list I can always find a reason to love taking pictures of your big day!
Q. Have you ever been published in a photography magazine?
A. Yep...Wedding Photography: Virginia Neighbors Magazine, The Munaluchi Bride, My Hometown Bride
Fine Art: PI Creative Arts International
Q. Do you bring backup equipment with you?
A. Yes ALWAYS! I carry multiple Canon SLR camera’s, Canon flashes, Canon lenses, high capacity memory cards and batteries on every photo shoot.
Q. Do you have a backup photographer ready to take your place if you cannot shoot our wedding?
A. Yes, if for some reason I could not fulfill my duties as outlined and agreed upon in my service contract on your wedding day I will provide a replacement photographer. If there is no other photographer available, I will refund you the entire cost of money paid to Silvercord Event Photography.
Q. Do you provide a candid approach to wedding photography as well as traditional posing options when needed?
Yes, in fact, I am primarily a “photojournalistic photographer". This means that other than the formal portrait session, I am the proverbial “fly on the wall” never interfering with the natural flow of the day's events. My approach for delivering images in a candid style comes in waiting for the moment when the eyes sparkle or the smile comes after the punchline is delivered with a joke between friends having fun at a wedding. That being stated, I'm quite adept at posing my clients and their families as needed for their formal portrait session and can even answer the question "What do I do with my hands?" lol, but I prefer to stay behind the scenes and out of the way when it comes to capturing the entirety of a wedding day.
Q. How do you know how many pictures will I receive?
A. This depends on exactly what the scenario is that I’m shooting is. generally speaking, I strive to deliver between 60 and 100 photos per hour.
Q. What time do you arrive at the venue to set up your equipment?
A. At least 30 mins before our official requested start time. I will not charge you for this prep time.
Q. What are your policies regarding the downloading of digital files?
A. Here at Silvercord Event Photography, you will be provided with an online gallery with all of your full size highest resolution photos available for downloading with printing rights that are included with every photo.
Q. What are your policies regarding delivery times?
A. All photographs and high -resolution JPEG files of the images will be delivered to you no more than 90 days after the day of the event.
Q. Do you provide a written contract?
A. Yes, absolutely! My service contract outlines everything that you can expect from me photography wise and is required to be completed and returned by you before booking their date.
Q. How many hours of wedding photography do you think I might need?
A. I am one of the few professional photographers in the Raleigh area that provides hourly photography coverage. My minimum for a wedding day is 3 hours. That being said, every wedding is different and the answer to this question mainly depends on what elements of your wedding day are most important to you. I wrote a blog post that breaks down a wedding day from start to finish that can help you figure out exactly how many hours you might need to book me for...
Q. I want to book you as my photographer. How do I do that?
A. A reservation deposit of 50% of total hourly package price is to be paid and the signing of my service contract is required to secure your date in my book.
Q. When is the final payment due?
A. 2 weeks before the wedding date
Q. Is gratuity included in the price?
A. Lol! That would be sweet of you to do that for me, but it is not customary to tip me. That being said, thanks in advance if you decide to do so!
Q. How many hours of service coverage are you available for booking?
A. Three hours to unlimited hours!
Q. Do you offer coverage for the rehearsal dinner the night before a wedding?
Y. Yes! This service is available at my flat rate of $250 per hour and includes all of the image rights that my wedding packages offer.
Q. Do you provide engagement photography too?
A. Yes! Engagement sessions are $250 for a one-hour session and include all of the same printing rights and delivery as the wedding package.
Q. What are the locations in the Raleigh area that you recommend where we can take our engagement photos?
A. Harris Lake Park, Yates Mill Park, the JC Raulston Arboretum and Moore Square downtown Raleigh are just a few great places here in the Triangle that serve as lovely places to hold a photo shoot. My extensive list of location suggestions may be found HERE.
Q. Do you allow clients to bring their dogs or other animals with them during an engagement session?
A. Yes absolutely! I'm all for you bringing your dog to your engagement photoshoots. I love animals and really enjoy photographing the bond that a happy couple shares with their furry friends.
Q. What are the charges for travel?
A. No charge for travel within a 50-mile radius of Raleigh N.C.
+ 50 miles: $55-$100
+100 miles: $100-$155
+150 miles: $155-$200
+ 200 miles: $200-$255
+ 250 miles: $255-$300 + 1 or 2 night hotel accommodations ( maybe, depends on the location and photography start time)
+ 300 miles: call for a quote
If you have any additional questions please send Silvercord an email anytime!