• Is it just you or do you include a second photographer?
I don't include a second photographer in my collections. I've found over the years that I'm completely capable of documenting intimate weddings up to weddings with 450+ guests by myself. My background in photo-journalism and my personality make it easy for me to blend in like a guest and get right in the mix, capturing real moments & emotions. If you'd like to add a second photographer, I'll provide one who is trustworthy, understands my vision, and can produce photographs on the same level as me. To add a second photographer there is a $700 flat fee.
• What if we're super awkward with getting our photo taken?
I know what you mean- I'm very, very awkward! And almost every one of my clients feels the same way, too. Don't worry- I've got you! I’ll guide you through everything while we hang out together and give you easy directions that result in natural photos that don't feel awkward at all.
If it’s possible, I recommend taking advantage of a Connection Session before your wedding, because it’s a fantastic opportunity to “practice” and get used to the process. It allows you to get to know me better, which builds trust, and in return produces better photos.
• How many images will we receive for our wedding or Connection Session?
I never limit the amount of photographs I deliver for weddings, elopements or Connection Sessions, however, I do believe in quality over quantity. The frames I take are transferred from memory cards to my computer, where I carefully choose the collection that you'll finally see. I remove duplicates, test shots, and unflattering images, then deliver the best to you.
For weddings, I typically deliver between 50-75 images for every hour of coverage. For Connection Sessions, usually around 50 images. All of the images are delivered as carefully edited, finished photographs.
• We noticed that most of your wedding photos are just couples, do you also take detail photos and group portraits?
I'm passionate about documenting the connection between couples in love, and that's the most important thing I want couples to want to work with me for. But, of course, every aspect of your wedding is important. Besides the couples photos, the moments, relationships, and emotions are what I focus on during the course of your day. These are more important to me than staging set-up shots of your dress hanging on a hanger or your rings balancing on a flower. I'd rather capture the details with a human element or as I find them, and spend more time on real moments.
• When do we get to see our photographs?
Wedding galleries are guaranteed to be delivered to you within 6-8 weeks. I promise it's worth the wait! I'll post 4-5 sneak peeks on Facebook within a week after your wedding, for you to enjoy while you wait. If you're eloping, I'll send you 5 of my top favorites within a week, in a private online gallery. Connection Session galleries are delivered within 14 business days.
• How much time should we plan for photos on our wedding day?
You're choosing to invest in your wedding photography, and it's important to make sure there's enough time for me to do the best work possible for you. When I don't have enough time, it not only causes unnecessary stress, but it will directly affect your photographs. I recommend at least an hour for the photos of just the two of you. When you book me as your wedding photographer, one of the first things we'll talk about is your timeline for photography and why it matters so much. I'm more than happy to help, because it makes my job much easier when I know I have enough time. :)
• DO WE GET A PRINT RELEASE?
Yes. You’ll be able to download every single one of the images in your gallery, as soon as you get it. You'll be able to download them in high-resolution (print sized) and low-resolution (web/social media sized). Your files will come with the rights to print and share them, forever. You can order beautiful professional prints and other products with a lifetime guarantee right within your gallery, but you'll also have the peace of mind that you can have them printed anywhere, at any time- now or in the future.
• DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH LARGER WEDDINGS, TOO?
I do book a limited number of larger weddings per year, and my only stipulation is that the couple is intentional about it- not just going through the motions because that's what everyone expects. I wish every couple planning a wedding could see how amazing it is when you intentionally make your wedding day about you- not everyone else. This is your day- you should spend it together, celebrating, not stressing out over a big production.
• WHAT IF THERE’S BAD WEATHER?
I encourage embracing the weather and just going with it, whatever that may be. I love wind because it creates mood and movement, I love stormy clouds, and I love it when it’s chilly because it makes it easier to snuggle together. I don’t mind a little rain, mud or snow. If the weather is so bad that it might ruin my gear or cause harm (hail, lightning, sub-zero temps, etc.) then we would either find a way to shoot indoors or reschedule if possible. If not, no worries- I'm prepared for any challenge.
• WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO BOOK YOU, AND HOW SOON IN ADVANCE?
In order to book me for your wedding, I’ll need your date, at least a general location, a signed photography agreement and a $500 non-refundable retainer. When I have all of those things, your wedding photography is reserved! I recommend starting the booking process as soon as possible because my calendar fills up quickly, especially in the popular summer and fall months. I work with a limited number of couples each year, to ensure I can provide the best service and attention to all of my clients.
To book a Connection Session, I'll need the date, at least a general location, a signed photography agreement, and a $250 non-refundable retainer to reserve your session.
• WHEN IS THE BALANCE DUE AND CAN WE MAKE PAYMENTS?
Your remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding date. To make it super convenient, you’re welcome to make partial payments, in any amount, at any time, as long as the balance is paid in full on or before the due date. I can take credit cards, PayPal payments, checks, and cash.
For Connection Sessions, your balance is due at the time the session starts. You're welcome to pay at any time up until the session.
• CAN YOU TEACH ME HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS?
I would love to help you learn how to improve your photography skills, and one of the first things I tell people who ask is “start by reading your camera manual!”. I know it’s sooooo boring, but this is truly the best way to learn your camera and improve your skills. You won’t be able to take better photos until you learn your equipment! Secondly, there are so many awesome online resources that can teach you simple ways you can take better pictures. Beyond that, I do offer 1:1 mentoring and learning opportunities (limited availability in busy wedding season, of course). Check out my page "For Photographers" ;)
If you’re looking for a photographer whose focus is to just to show up and capture your typical posed, traditional shots, I’m probably not going to be the best fit. People usually choose me because of my style- beautiful, intimate, and meaningful photographs of just the two of you, while also telling the story of your day in a natural and unobtrusive way. If you’re just shopping around trying to find the cheapest deal, you simply won’t value what I provide to you. My photography is an investment. In fact, it’s the only investment from your wedding day that will increase in value as time goes on! I truly believe you deserve to have a photographer who you love, and who can capture your story, authentically. If you feel that I’m a great fit, I’d absolutely love to hear from you!