LIVE WEDDING PAINTING FAQs
Q: What type of paint/materials do you use?
A: I paint with high quality water-based acrylic paint on pre-stretched canvas. The paint is non-toxic and extremely quick-drying, allowing for easy clean-up and transport of the painting after an event.
Q: Can I request certain people to be in the painting?
A: Of course! Odds are that I will not be able to recognize your specific guests, so I ask that you assign a patron to point out your chosen guests to me during the reception. I do not have a set limit or charge more per person, but I recommend not requesting more than 10-15 specific recognizable people as it can be difficult to get more than that many in during a typical event. Additional people/details can always be added after the event. Each package option includes a number of off-site painting hours, during which these additions may be made!
Q: Will you require any special provisions from the venue?
A: My setup is minimal and usually does not require assistance from event staff. I supply my own portable easel. The site only needs to arrange for a small painting area in advance of my arrival, which need not take up more than approximately 4' X 6', indoors or outdoors. The site also needs to have a nearby power outlet for my lamp, and water source and place to dump painty water such as a slop sink. I need to set up in a spot that gives me a good view of whatever scene I am painting.
Q: What is required to book you for my wedding?
A: I request a 50% deposit to secure your date, along with a signed contract.
Q: My venue will only let you start setting up an hour before my party. Will that be enough time?
A: Though arriving 2 hours in advance is ideal, I only need about 20 minutes to get everything set up to start painting. I have been able to produce finished-looking paintings over the course of a 4-hour reception with less than an hour to set up and begin before the event. Anything not completed by the end of the evening will be finished in my studio.
Q: My ceremony will be only half an hour long... can you still paint it live?
A: Since ceremonies are so short, and captivate 100% of your guests' attention, it would be ideal for me to arrive as early as possible to paint the background before the ceremony. I usually paint as much as I can during the ceremony itself but also take photos for reference. Then, I like to stay during the reception and finish my painting working from my photos, so that guests are able to watch the painting of the ceremony progress while they're enjoying the party! If I cannot stay for the reception, then I will finish the painting in my studio based on my photos.
Q: Where are you located, and would you be willing to travel to paint an event in a different city?
A: I am based in Baton Rouge, La, and have traveled locally, nationally, and internationally for weddings. I would absolutely travel to your location; travel costs such as airfare and hotels will be at the client's expense. Local (within Baton Rouge city limits) do not require travel compensation. Events within driving distance of BR will require compensation based on distance.
Q: My wedding was last year! Can you do a painting from a photograph?
A: Sorry I missed it! I would be happy to create a customized painting for you based on photo or video documentation of your event. This allows me the flexibility to use multiple angles and different lighting. Professional photographs also provide a clearer image of the bride and groom than can be experienced at the event, which is a look some clients prefer. You may choose a size and style that fits your budget.
Q: When do I get my painting following the wedding?
A: Depending on the package you choose, and number of hours spent on touch-ups in the studio, your painting will be made available for pickup within 2-4 weeks of the wedding date. I would be happy to deliver the painting personally within 25 miles of my studio. If you are out of state, I would be happy to provide you with a quote to ship it directly to you.
Q: Speaking of packages, do you offer any bonus packages or special deals?
A: Included in each 'package' is a professional documentation of the painting, that can be used to create archival quality canvas prints, thank you cards or matted photo prints! These, and many more creative applications of the painting, can be customized and added to your order. I would also be happy to create small original paintings or drawings from photos following your event.