Throughout the time before and after your wedding, I’m here to answer questions, give feedback, listen, give advice, or just hang out!
If you ever have any questions, need help with anything (photography related or not), or just need a friend, I'm here!
The best way to reach me is by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) because I'm usually super busy with work, managing my family/household, on the road, in the woods, hugging trees, or riding my horse. But I check my emails frequently and will respond asap!
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Every couple has a love story. Let me tell yours. Your wedding story is a unique reflection of you as a couple. It’s a accumulation of events that have led up to this one beautiful, crazy, amazing day when the two of you be united as one. No two stories are the same, and that’s why I don’t want to recreate the same old traditional wedding photos for you. I want your photos to be yours.
That’s why it’s important for me to get to know you, your personalities, your hopes and dreams. Getting to know you enables me to tell your story authentically and create amazing images that reflect the real you. You’ll be able to look back on your photos and feel the same feelings, re-live the moments, and remember how awesome your day really was. Your wedding day will be filled with extraordinary moments- intimate, surprising, and joyous. Captured creatively, those moments will shine through as timeless memories.
The more we talk and hang out together, the more we’ll get to know each other beyond just a “work relationship”. The better we get to know each other, the more trust is built and the more you’ll let me into your story. This will allow me to capture images that reveal the intimate and authentic expressions of the love and commitment you share. Unguarded. Natural. Emotional. The images you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
The first step was to meet each other for the first time. During the upcoming time before your big day, I’ll be in touch to make sure we’re always on the same page. And I love to connect, so if you want to grab a coffee or hang out for a quick video chat, hit me up! As I said before, the more time we hang out together, the better your photos will be. :)
Instead of a traditional engagement photo session (which is typically full of cheesy poses, copied poses, and redundant smiles) I do Connection Sessions. I’ll be your guide as we explore our surroundings and have a great time! I'll direct you through the session, and you'll focus more on each other instead of me. This isn’t anything like your typical portrait session, so come with an open mind and just trust me!
I typically start engagement sessions about a 90 minutes before sunset, during the week. This is to take advantage of the best light- right before, during, and right after sunset.
Connection Sessions are a great way for us to get to know each other better before your wedding day. You’ll get to “practice” and become more comfortable with my camera, and I’ll have the chance to see how you both are together- your energy, the way you interact, etc. They're also a memorable experience that will bring you closer together as a couple.
If we're doing a destination elopement, you have the option of adding on a Connection Session at any time I'm there at the destination. I typically arrive a few days in advance, just to get acclimated, and just in case any flights are delayed. I'm totally up for doing your Connection Session the day before or the day after your elopement. If you want to take advantage of including a Connection Session on your trip, let me know ASAP so I can coordinate everything!
I know your photography is really important to you, and you want me to be able to do the best job I can. There are two big factors that will have the most influence on your photos- lighting and time.
My biggest concern is the time I have with just you two, because this is what I do best and (I'm sure) part of the reason why you love my work. In order for me to be able to create amazing images with you, I need enough time.
The best light for photos is in the hour just before sunset, and about 15-20 minutes after (we call it "blue hour"). If you're doing your ceremony/photos in a location with mountains or tall trees the sunset time will need to be adjusted because it'll set earlier. I can help you figure out when the best photo times will be.
To ensure a smooth flow, I'll create a custom photography timeline to ensure things go as smoothly as possible, and to make sure there's enough time for photos. I'll send you an online worksheet to fill out that will help with the planning.
GETTING READY PHOTOS
1.5 to 2.0 hours. This is where your wedding story begins. I’ll capture the scene, the anticipation, and the details of the time before your ceremony. Plan for some additional time for photos if you’ll be at a salon.
15 minutes. If you choose to get ready separately and do a First Look, you’ll want to allow around 15 minutes for that. If you’re having a few guests and want some group portraits, right after the First Look is when we should do those (allow another 15-20 minutes).
THE ELOPEMENT CEREMONY
20 minutes to 1.5 hours. The length of your ceremony may vary widely. Afterward, allow time to gather yourselves, bask in your joy, grab a drink of water and/or snack, and sign any documents if needed.
GROUP & FAMILY PORTRAITS
15-20 minutes. If you’re having a few guests, you’ll want to do some group photos. I make these quick and painless!
30 minutes to 2 hours. This is when I get amazing images of just the two of you, on the happiest day of your lives. The more time I have with you for these photos, the better and more creative they will be.
If we’re traveling to another location for these, remember to factor in the time it takes to get there and back, and any walking/hiking time.
1.0 to 4.0 hours. After your ceremony and photos are done, how are you going to end the story of your day? Whatever you choose to do, I’d love to tag along and document it- wrapping up the end of a perfect day.
Remember: Your wedding day is unique, and planning ahead ensures you don’t miss a minute of this special time in your lives.
It's important to get your photographs off of your computer and into your life! There's something about holding a photo in your hands. It connects you physically to the feelings of a time and place that an image on a screen can’t replace. That’s why printing your images is so important. It is a real, tangible link to your wedding day.
Digital files definitely have their place. But beautifully a crafted fine art album is a permanent heirloom you will enjoy, share and pass down — a meaningful connection to your wedding day that becomes more cherished each year.
ABOUT MY WEDDING ALBUMS
Each wedding album is carefully designed by me, and features a simple, storytelling approach. Family and group portraits aren’t usually included, because these are perfect for printing separately to frame or give a gifts. The albums themselves are handcrafted by some of the best artisans in the world. They feature beautiful materials and museum quality inks and papers. They will last generations!
You'll have the chance to preview and approve your album design before it’s ordered, and can make changes if you’d like.
ARTICLES FOR COUPLES
Did I mention how excited I am to document your elopement story? I’ll be in touch very soon with your online worksheet that you can fill out to help plan out your photography timeline. If you have any questions or need anything in the meantime, just let me know!