Drew Zavala Photography

Capturing Your Moments, Your Life

Monterey Wedding Photographer. We capture your memories and tell you a story with them. We offer our services to Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur and worldwide.  


Frequently asked questions

I've compiled a list of some of the most asked questions, but please don't let that keep you from asking any specific questions you have. Feel free to get in contact with me.

Can we print our own images? 

I do not hold your images hostage. I do not believe in cheesy, watermarked images either. You will receive a download of your full resolution images. I can, of course, help with your printing needs if you want an expert eye looking over the process and want high quality, color-calibrated prints, canvases, or metal prints. 

What information do you need from me? 

I really like to know what makes your wedding or event unique! Any special details that come up while you’re planning are great for me to know. I always give this example: Sally had spent a little bit of extra time planning certain parts of her wedding. The groom and best man were both cyclists, so they wore coordinated bicycle ties. Another special detail that was great to know about was that her center pieces were accented with pieces of wood from her grandfather’s old barn. With this extra knowledge, I knew to spend a little bit of extra time focusing on tie details and to photograph the textures of the wood with a macro lens. 

Who is your second photographer?

My wife Jacky works as my second photographer most of the time. In the off-event that she cannot shoot your wedding with me, I will call upon my network of great professional photographers. 

Formal family photos?

Family photos are some of the most important images of the day. I want you to look at them and be able to reflect on the connections and past experiences. 

What equipment do you use?

I use professional Nikon DSLRs, to get you the best quality photos. For you camera nerds out there, I mainly use prime lenses for their ability to shoot wide open and create that little extra bit of magic. 

How do I reserve service?

A signed contract and 25% deposit that goes towards the final balance is required to reserve my service.

What about payments? 

After you have paid the deposit and signed the contract, I will send you an invoice for the remaining balance.... Don’t worry! It’s not due then. The final payment is due 5 days before the day of your wedding. My invoicing system will send you an automatic payment reminder in the days leading up to the wedding for convenience. You can also make partial payments at any point. I take all major credit cards, checks, and cash. 

Do you have insurance? Backup gear? 

Oh yes. All my gear is insured and I have on-location business liability insurance too. I have a minimum of two cameras strapped to me at all times during a wedding and too many lenses to count!