Hello! I'm Chris Frommelt, born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. I have always had a love for photography. It seemed like everywhere I went, I had a camera in tow. When I decided to go professional, it wasn't to difficult to talk myself into. I was selling insurance at the time, but when the opportunity came- I had to take it; and I haven't looked back since. Five cameras & half of a millon photos later, I would say I made the right choice! Growing up in the restaurant business gave me the experience and lessons needed to handle each individual person accordingly; and has been the basis for how I conduct myself personally and professionally. It can be difficult to be the "Ring Leader" of the biggest day in a couples life. It's my responsibility to make sure it all goes how the bride & groom envision their Big Day. I'll say it takes a special type of person to take on that role, and not every photographer is up for the challenge. Wedding photographers are without a doubt a different breed. I live it, breathe it, and look forward to it every single time. It is the most rewarding job out there; and capturing every special moment is my passion, making it all worth it.
What We Can Offer
Specialize in Weddings I am extremely talented at shooting weddings. And over the years, I gained experience in real estate-product marketing-senior photos-family photos-business portraits and more
Indoor Portrait Studio I use green screen technology, which is the process of removing the green backdrop and replacing it with a digital background. We have everything from traditional studio style backdrops to virtually any digital outdoor image you can imagine We prefer outdoor locations
Underwater Photography I have a underwater housing for my professional cameras for a unique photo opportunity
Copyright Image Release These are your images, you paid for them. However, you may not sell them, enter them into any contests or claim that you photographed them. We recommend you use our preferred print labs American Color Imaging & Nations Photo Lab for professional quality prints.
Slideshow Creation Video and still image slideshows set to chosen music, with unique motion backdrops to fill in dead space 50" & 100" Projection Screen Use it to display your slideshow on if needed High Definition Epson Projector
On Site Printing We have 2 Brava 21 sub dye printers that print 4x6 5x7 and 6x8 in under 10 seconds. We also have a Shinko sub dye printer that prints an 8x10 in under 25 seconds. We can even print immediately after taking your photos
Michelle- Chris had set up his photo booth for my daughter's wedding last weekend and what an amazing job he did!! His booth was a total hit the entire reception, and Chris was a blast to work with!! Cannot say enough good things about him and I highly recommend him for anyone else that is planning their wedding!! Thanks again, Chris!! You're wonderful to work with, and you certainly helped to make my daughter's reception a memorable one! Great job!!
Sara- Our experience with Chris Frommelt from Dubuque Photography was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for anything better. His prices were very reasonable and he was very easy to work with. Out of all of the many decisions that we had to make for our wedding, picking Dubuque Photography was definitely one of the best decisions we made. Having beautiful pictures to show to our friends and family was very important to us and after seeing the finished proofs that is exactly what we got. Chris did an excellent job of editing the pictures and exceeded our expectations. You can tell that he takes pride in his work. He is very talented and has many ideas and suggestions to make your pictures unique and special. He was able to capture many treasurable moments during our wedding and ceremony that we can look back at for years to come. We would recommend Chris to our family and friends and we will definitely use him in future events. We are very thankful for the amount of time and work that he put into to make our pictures and our wedding day perfect! Thanks again Chris, you did an amazing job!
Salena- We are so glad we went with Dubuque Photography! Planning a wedding wasn't the only thing I had on my plate this year and I was so glad that I didn't have to worry about whether my photos were going to be good. Chris was very flexible with us and my whole bridal party loved him (two of my bridesmaids are booking him for their wedding and a few of our friends). He is very reasonably prices and he gets your pictures back to you in weeks, not months (depending on the month of the wedding). The best part that I liked was actively apart of my wedding, he made all of us feel comfortable and if we had all known him for years. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
Cassie- Chris was an amazing photographer!!!! We all loved him. He was laid back enough that we didn't feel stressed out. He made taking our wedding photos a fun memorable moment. Our photos turned out great and had a ton of them! He also edited some of the photo to black and white, frosted around the corners and played with some of the colors which i really loved. The whole wedding party loved him! Chris is not afraid to interact with your guest and was even out on the dance floor getting some fun shots. I would highly recommend Chris with Dubuque Photograph to anyone! It was very affordable and he has great quality photos.. Thanks Chris for my cherished wedding photos!
Paige- Chris was beyond exceptional, my husband and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect photographer, so many people came to myself or my family to get his name and number!
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance do we need to book? I generally only book portrait sessions on Monday through Friday. Most of my Saturdays are booked for weddings.Typically, weddings are booked a year in advance- based on a first come, first serve basis.
How does it all work? . The price of digital images is inclusive of edited high resolution images in color as well as a copyright release that allows you unlimited personal use of your images. There is a eight to ten week turnaround on all orders. This is due to the fact that I personally edit every single image that your order to ensure the highest quality of your pictures.
What will the total cost be? A deposit is required to reserve the date for your session. You can make a deposit through my website or by mailing a check (please confirm availability first). Your deposit is non-refundable unless your session is canceled due to weather (see below), and your session date is not confirmed until I receive your deposit. Your remaining balance is due in full at the time of your session and includes my time, equipment, and expertise. It does not include your photo prints. There is also a travel fee that applies if the session takes place outside the local area. You can pay all of the above in advance through the website, or payment is due at the beginning of your session. I accept cash, check, and major credit cards
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What is your cancellation/refund policy? Your deposit is non refundable (unless your session is canceled due to weather – see below). So if you have to cancel your photo session for any reason with at least 24 hours notice, you will only forfeit your deposit. *No-shows, or cancellations received with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged the entire session fee.*
What is the Copyright Release and How Does It Work? As the photographer, per U.S. and international copyright law, I own the copyright to your images. They are my creative work and “intellectual property”. However, unlike many photographers, I allow my clients to purchase their high resolution digital images with a copyright release. The copyright release I provide allows you unlimited personal use and reproduction of your images. You are free to print them, email them, use them for Christmas cards, put them on Facebook, etc. You can do just about anything except sell them, enter them in photo contests, use them for any type of monetary gain, or claim them as your own work. Note: Many photo labs will require a copy of your written copyright release before they will print your images. You will receive a copy of the release with your order.
What should we expect during our session? We will start out with some paperwork and a short consultation to make sure I have a feel for what you want. We will try to knock out any specific “poses” you want first, but please keep in mind this is not my main focus. My style is casual and relaxed. I like to capture you interacting with each other and having FUN – so please come prepared to take off your shoes and roll around in the sand! Some of the best pictures are those that capture your personalities, the kids, little tantrums, toddlers eating sand, the casual touch of a hand, or the wipe of a tear. Don’t expect your child to be on his/her best behavior and smile for the camera, just let them play and have fun. I WILL get some great shots, and the less stressed out you are, the better your pictures will be!
Do you have a studio? Yes, but mostly all of my work is done on location using natural light. Please note that my style of photography is natural and relaxed, and I shoot mostly outdoors in the elements. This can make for some beautiful pictures, but it’s important that you have the right expectations. If you don’t want things like birds, sticks, grass, and sand in your portraits, a studio session might be a better fit for you. I will edit out obvious distractions, but I believe the beauty of nature all around us only enhances the final image.
What if the weather is bad? Keep in mind the weather is very dynamic & unpredictable, believe it or not, cloudy skies can make for amazing backdrops and sunsets! I will touch base with you the day of your session. If the weather is completely unacceptable (i.e. raining), I will make every effort to reschedule you. If we are unable to reschedule, your deposit is fully refundable. Weather is the only case in which your deposit is refundable.
Can my digital images be printed in any size? Your images can be cropped to any size and printed, but you may find that the edges of the image tend to get cut off when cropping to certain sizes due to the change in dimensions. If you order your prints through Simple Treasures- I will ensure correct cropping
Can we place multiple orders? Yes – While your images are available for proofing, you can place as many orders as you like. If friends or family want to order prints, canvas wraps, or a set of digital images for themselves, they are free to do so through the website. Yes – If you just want a duplicate disc with the same set of images, there is a $20 charge to cover the time and packing materials. If you want two or more completely different sets of images, you will need to place separate orders for each set of images. You will have to decide among your group whether it is easier and / or more economical to order a larger package and get a duplicate disc, or place two separate orders.
Can we order multiple discs of our digital images? How long do you keep digital copies of our photographs? Can I order them later if I decide I want more? Your images will be available for viewing and proofing on my website for one year. You can share the link to your images with friends and family, and will need to place your order within this time frame. .
How long does it take you to edit my images? 10 -14 business days after your session for photos to be uploaded to my website for you to proof. You can then order high resolutiondigital images on CD, prints, or canvas wraps through the website
When will I receive my disc? Your order will be normally shipped within 6 weeks, especially during peak times like Spring, Summer, and around the Holidays and if further retouch is required. Please include this in your planning timeline if you intend to order prints for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Graduation, or another special occasion. If you need a particular image quickly, please let me know. I might be able to rush a particular image, but in fairness to my other clients, I am unable to rush your entire order