- Why do you love weddings so much?
- How would you describe your style?
- What's your booking process?
- What's your starting price?
- What's included with your service?
- Do you charge for travel?
- How quickly can we expect our wedding photography?
- How do we get prints?
- How many images are included?
- Will you give us direction and help with posing?
- What's the deal with engagement sessions?
- How do you feel about "First Looks"?
- Should we have an "unplugged" wedding?
- You can photoshop that right?
- Do you bring backup gear?
Why do you love weddings so much?
Whenever you've done something for long enough people seem to assume that you're probably bored with it... I don't understand how this could even be possible with weddings.
I get to be part of someone's best day ever almost every weekend! How could that be boring?!?! While many weddings have similar stuctures the personality is all in the details. The facial expressions, hand-crafted invitations, seasonal flowers, tears, heirloom pieces for your something old, thoughtful vows, and of course the anticipation.
My superpower is capturing memories. And I can think of no better way for me to serve.
How would you describe your style?
My work is story-focused with every detail and candid moment thoughtfully composed. I strive for authenticity, not just in the relationships I cultivate with each couple, but also in how I view and capture their vision.
Most contemporary wedding photographers are self-taught, and while that would have saved me a lot of money, I have a formal education in photography. I frame things more like a designer, and search for emotion like a painter.
One thing that I did teach myself was post-production and the first thing I learned was that it's not magical. I maintain a very light hand in the digital darkroom and would much rather take 30 seconds to fix some rouge hairs than spend extra time on the computer.
What's your booking process?
Reserving my services for your wedding day is a pretty simple process. After confirming via email that I'm available for your date and location we'll meet in person or over Skype to ensure that we're a good match. You'll receive an information/welcome kit full of helpful tips, studio policies, and all the paperwork you need to make your reservation.
I require a 50% non-refundable* deposit to reserve your date with all your paperwork signed by BOTH of you. You'll receive copies of your signed paperwork and your deposit check in the mail promptly. Your balance is due one week BEFORE your wedding date.
What's your starting price?
I believe in telling your whole love story; in being your visual voice.
This begins with full-day service for maximum documentation and photographic opportunities. Wedding coverage starts at $3000, but most couples invest between $3500-$4000.
Off-season weddings that take place during November-April can be reserved starting at $2200.
Elopements with no more than 10 people in attendance can be reserved up to 6 weeks in advance starting at $750.
What's included with your service?
Wedding photography includes an engagement session and all the wedding knowledge I've aquired to date.
Every couple receives a 30-day online gallery to share and a jump-drive with fully edited photos. The gallery also doubles as a shopping cart so that your friends and family can order prints at their own convenience.
Do you charge for travel?
First let me say that I LOVE TRAVELING!
Additional travel charges are quoted for each wedding. I (almost) never charge for gas, because I don't believe that my MPGs are your responsibility and gas prices can by unpredictable. Overnight accommodations at a hotel near the venue or wherever you have a block of rooms reserved is typically all I require.
How quickly can we expect our wedding photography?
Sneak Peek: Usually within 48 hours. I'm pretty excited about sharing your wedding.
Blog + Online Gallery: 2-3 weeks. I'll post blog the link to my business facebook page and send the gallery link via email. Please feel free to share and re-post!
Jump-drive: 3-6 weeks via snail mail.
I do my very best to keep everyone well informed about release dates and ETAs. It's totally ok to reach out and ask for an update.
How do we get prints?
I am so proud to use the best professional print labs in the country for all my prints, albums, canvases, and anything else your heart desires.
Your online gallery will double as a shopping cart for convenient ordering. You're welcome and encouraged to share your gallery with your family and friends so they can view, order, and celebrate you! If you would like to place an order after the gallery expires I'm happy to re-load the specific images you'd like to order.
I believe in giving full access to your wedding photography, that's why you hired a professional. Your jump-drive will be filled with images that you can use to order prints from your preferred online lab after your gallery has expired.
How many images are included?
While I don't guarantee a set number of photographs my average is in the 450-650 range for a wedding that has the usual details, a wedding party, etc.
...though there was that one time that I delivered 1200 for a weekend wedding.
Will you give us direction and help with posing?
During the bulk of your wedding day I'll do as little interfering as possible and capture things and events as they happen. If something would look a million times better with a small tweek and it won't ruin the moment I'll pipe up.
When we're working on the portraits I'll be directing and posing as much is as needed to craft an emotional portrait that expresses your love and relationship. I won't put you in a horribly awkward pose that's completely out of character, but I might ask you to do something silly to help shake the nerves or get some laughter going.
What's the deal with engagement sessions?
They’re fun! …and useful. An engagement session is your opportunity to tell your friends, family, and guests all about yourselves as a couple. Engagement sessions also offer visual variety and an important time stamp to mark the season and changes that will occur over the course of your engagement. Thinking about using a photo for your save the dates? Boom! Gramma been wanting a portrait of her favorite grandbaby and bae? Done!
Establishing trust and confidence. There’s one thing that makes any given portrait look a million times better… confidence. I’m going to do everything within superpowers to make you look your very best. Posing, lighting, helping choose outfits, etc. I want you to feel great while you’re having your portraits taken and I want you to trust that I have my eyes on everything.
How do you feel about "First Looks"?
They're pretty much the best thing ever...
...because 1. It can help curb the anxious feelings of ceremony anticipation. 2. We can pick a beautifully secluded space with excellent lighting. 3. You can get your cry on without doing so in front of all your guests, if that sort of thing worries you. 4. You both will be fresh, pressed, and smokin' hot! 5. This allows us the time and flexibility to get the bulk of the portraits with your wedding party, family, and yourselves done before your ceremony instead of keeping you from your guests and reception after the ceremony.
Should we have an "unplugged" wedding?
Yes. A million times YES!
Asking your family and guests to put away their phones, cameras, and ipads (especially the ipads) to be fully present during your ceremony is a no-brainer to me. Instead of choosing an instagram filter they'll be listening intently to your vows. Instead of crafting the perfect hashtag they'll watch glow with joy.
Don't get me wrong, I loooove me some instagram, but I swear if one more photo of the flower girl walk down the aisle is ruined because someone jumps in front of me I'm going to scream.
You can photoshop that right?
Photoshop is a seriously powerful program. ...and honestly I rarely use it.
I used lighting, angles, and technique to create beautiful images that you will love. Very occasionally I will use it to remove small blemishes or background distractions that I had no control over.
I won't use it to make you look different than you are, remove individuals from group photos, paste new eyes over your blinks, or add a dramatic sunset that didn't exist.
Do you bring backup gear?
Yes. I bring an extra camera body, a collection of lenses, lots of memory cards, batteries, etc. My second shooter also brings backup gear so we're totally covered.
I also bring an assortment of helpful things like a first aid kit, umbrella, blanket, and sewing kit.