What does Lume mean?
Lume is inspired by “luminous”, meaning: radiating or reflecting light, or being enlightened or enlightening. I feel like I am always drawn to light- looking for that magical light that makes amazing images, so I thought it’s a good name. I like to make up my own words sometimes.
How long have you been doing this?
I’ve had my own camera since I was about 10 years old. I learned to manually use one when I was 13. I opened my first photography business in 2009. I started shooting weddings by myself in 2011.
Why should we hire you?
If you’re looking for a photographer who is artistic, creative, provides a great experience, doesn’t make you stand in front of the camera for hours in awkward or cheesy poses, and is a genuine, fun person who enjoys adventure and craft beer, then I’m betting I’d be a good fit for you.
Do you travel?
I love to travel! I travel frequently throughout the state of Michigan, and I can shoot weddings, elopements, and engagement photos across the United States and internationally. My bags, equipment and passport are always ready, and I’d love to talk to you more about it!
Do you offer elopement packages?
I definitely do! I understand that you might be working with a tighter budget when planning to elope, and I’d love to discuss it further.
Do you carry insurance?
Yes! Lume Photography is fully insured and I’m happy to provide your venue with an insurance certificate upon request.
Can I get a second photographer?
Yes! A second photographer is available for local weddings at $400 per day.
Can we give you a shot list/list of photos wanted?
I will work with you on creating a photography timeline and list of group shots for your wedding, but I won’t be recreating another photographer’s work from Pinterest, etc. Being creative and interpreting the scene is what I love about this and you’ll get the best results expecting just that. I do my best to get all of my clients’ requests but I won’t do pics of guests at each & every table during the reception.
How many photos will I get?
It varies for weddings, but I usually deliver between 500 and 800 photos for a full day. It’s very important for me to tell the story of your wedding day in a way that naturally tells your story. I find that this range of images allows me to capture everything that tells your story and gives me the ability to be creative with the moments that you will cherish forever. If a second photographer is present, the number of images will increase. For Together Sessions, you can expect approximately 65 images.
What about the images you don’t select? Can we have those, too?
Sorry. I delete all the images that do not meet my quality/technical/artistic standards because I am literally storing and working with thousands and thousands of huge image files! Most of the time I shoot many multiples of exactly the same image, but am changing camera settings for each, or adjusting the angle until it’s perfect. Trust me- you’ll get all the photos that are important, and then some!
Can our guests take their own photos at the wedding?
Of course they can. I do reserve the right to ask family, guests or vendors to move or temporarily stop taking pictures. I do ask that guests refrain from using flashes during the ceremony or formal photos, and stay out of the aisle during the ceremony. I’ve only had a couple extreme cases where people were interfering, ruining one-of-a-kind moments, or holding up the day. Have you considered having an Unplugged Wedding?
You can photoshop me to look younger/thinner/prettier/etc right?
You are beautiful, love yourself. Unfortunately body image issues seem to be more common these days. While I try to capture everyone at their best I believe addressing one’s self esteem will go further than any makeup, pose, or photoshop. I do retouch my images, but nothing extensive. It’s usually limited to adjusting contrast on skin, removing blemishes, and lightening wrinkles and fine lines. I don’t typically smooth hair, make people thinner, or younger. I do use lighting, in-camera settings, and guided posing (sometimes) to help everyone look their best in photos.
How soon will I get my photos?
So quickly! I want you to have your images as soon as possible, while you’re still excited about them! Your wedding photos will be available online for you to view, share, order and download within 30 days. All of the photos are fully edited, finished, and optimized for you to keep forever. Together Session and portrait session photos are ready within 14 days after your session. I will usually post a sneak peek on social media within the first week, too.
What if catastrophe strikes and you can’t be there the day of my wedding?
Well knock on wood that this never happens…. But if it does, my go-to second photographer and I are always there for each other. If she is already booked, I also have a network of very high end and talented wedding photographers locally, and all over the world, who are all there for each other at moments notice, no questions asked. We even have a Facebook group for it!
How do you protect our files?
I am extremely paranoid and careful with all of the image files I create. My cameras shoot to two memory cards providing immediate backup. Once I am home all those files go immediately onto a main hard drive and are then backed up online in a secure cloud. After files are finished processing, they are backed up again. All of my wedding and portrait collections include 1 year online cloud backup, after that I cannot guarantee your images can be recovered- that’s why I will also provide detailed instructions to you on how to care for and keep your files safe.
How do I book you?
Contact me through my website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 248-660-9187 to inquire. If I am available for your date, I will set up a time to meet in-person or by phone, to get to know each other and go over details. Reserving me for your wedding date requires a $500 retainer fee, which is applied toward your total, and you must read, agree to, and sign my wedding photography contract.
How soon do I need to book you?
I recommend getting in touch as soon as you have your date and venue booked. My calendar fills up pretty quickly, especially in peak wedding months, so don’t wait!