My name is Dustin Finkelstein. I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to turn my passion into my career. I love picking up my camera everyday and never knowing what the world is going to bring my way. With over 16 years of photography experience, I want to approach every wedding in a fresh way that reflects the unique aspects of the couple’s relationship and individual personalities. I try to naturally capture who my couples are with an artistic flare; letting the real moments they share during their wedding and engagements shine. That way, when they look at their photos years down the line it’ll be like it was just yesterday.
When I’m not shooting weddings you can find me at home with my wife, Nicole, and our two pups, Kodak and Elvis. We enjoy trying new foods (and drinks) in Austin, abroad, or cooking at home. I’m typically referred to as the grill master most Sunday afternoons. I try to hit the bike trail a few times a week and will stop by to help my wife on her Herb Farm in East Austin. I love music from 70’s , movies from 80’s and tv from 90’s , but none of those are mutually exclusive.
Let’s set up a time to meet. We’ll have some coffee, chat about your life, your love and the celebration you’re planning.
How long have you been photographing weddings, and what is your experience?
I’ve been a photographer for over 16 years; photographing everything from headline news to fashion magazine covers. I received my BA in photojournalism from The Ohio University. After years of working under several master photographers I decided to take what I learned in both fields. I became a wedding photographer 10 years ago when I moved to Austin. I’ve likely shot over 400 weddings!
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with 2 Canon Professional DSLRs at all times and keep a third in my bag as a backup camera. I use all Canon lenses with a multitude of focal lengths and speed to capture every moment from close or far. We also bring off camera lighting for evening shots.
Will you be the main photographer at my event?
I will typically be the lead photographer at your wedding along with my wife as the second shooter. Sometimes I’m already booked and one of my hand picked associate photographers will contact you for the initial consultation. Their portfolio can be sent to you upon request.
What is your wedding pricing?
Wedding packages start at $2200.00 for weddings and $1000.00 for elopements (under 10 guests). But all packages can be customized based on your unique wedding.
How far in advance do I need to book you?
Dustin Finkelstein Photography usually books 6-8 months out and up to a year for high season weddings. But you can book us a week before your wedding given our availability.
How can we go about booking?
I encourage all my clients to meet with me in person at least once before your wedding. Once we’ve decided on a package I will send you a digital contract that can be signed online. There is a 50% non-refundable deposit due at the time of signing to hold the date. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the wedding.
Do you take credit cards for payment?
Yes we are happy to accept credit card payments with no additional fees.
Do I receive a copy of the high-resolution digital files?
Yes, all your weddings photos are edited, retouched and uploaded to an online gallery. There you can download them, share them friends and family and order prints. All images will also be mailed to you on a USB flash drive with a copyright release.
How many photos do we receive?
You can expect to receive around 100 images per hour of coverage a wedding and around 150 images for engagement or bridal sessions.
How long will it be before our photos are ready to view?
Images are delivered no more than two weeks from the day of your wedding and one week from engagement sessions and bridals.
How are our images cared for after delivery? Are their backups?
Yes. Your images are backed up twice on site at my home studio and backed up again offsite for triple redundancy protection. Nothing is more serious to me than making sure your memories are never lost. I take the utmost care in the storage of your images.
What other services do you offer?
I’m glad you asked! Dustin Finkelstein Photography is proud to offer Videography, DJ and Photo Booth services. These services are offered at special package rates by hand picked professionals and will all be on the same contract. Please contact me for more information and portfolio links.