Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Genuine. Candid. You. Every wedding story, engagement, and family is different. I view photography as documenting and telling the story of your day — and you — through the art of still images.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I shoot with professional full-frame Nikon camera bodies and a range of professional lenses. For a light & airy style, I really like to use available light. Dark & textured styles can also be created using available light or the use of artificial light sources. Most indoor venues dictate the need for flashes since their interior rooms are quite dark and ambient lighting is subtle. Light stands are safely positioned off the dance floor and in low-traffic areas.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes! Let’s definitely talk! Travel packages for weddings have reduced pricing, but I do typically ask that you take care of the fees for flight, hotel, rental car, etc.
DO YOU SHOOT OUTDOOR BACKYARD WEDDINGS?
Yes! I love outdoor weddings but I also love city weddings. Love can be captured anywhere, so why would I limit myself to only one type of wedding?
DO YOU SHOOT SAME SEX WEDDINGS?
Yes! Love is love.
HOW BUSY IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SCHEDULE?
To ensure that I have enough time to spend with each of my couples (our initial meetings, engagement session, wedding planning, wedding day, editing of digital images, album and print designs), I limit the number of weddings that I book to 36 per year, roughly 3 per month. I also typically have a couple of lifestyle shoots (family, maternity, newborn) per week.
WHAT DOES PRICING START AT?
Just like the photos of your wedding day are unique to your love story, your photography investment is too. My standard packages start at eight hours of coverage and include two photographers. Some weddings require fewer hours (ask about my customized elopement & intimate wedding rates); some require more (up to ten hours of coverage). I can easily help you figure out which length of coverage makes sense for capturing your day – drafting wedding day timelines is one of my favorite things to do! Let’s talk so I can give you a proper price quote.
Lifestyle sessions begin at $350 for a full hour session and include an online gallery of edited digital hi-res files.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR BASE PRICING?
Standard wedding packages always include a complimentary engagement session and two photographers the day of your wedding. All packages include a set of final edited, unwatermarked hi-res images, online gallery, and a print release (so that you can print your images anywhere if you care not to use my preferred printer).
BUT WE’VE ALREADY HAD ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS TAKEN, NOW WHAT?
I may not insist on much, but I will insist we do our best to have a photo play date. Don’t let the stigma of engagement photos turn you off from them. And even if “Aunt Sue” was there to document your engagement, that doesn’t help me + you. A pre-wedding session is super important – I get to understand you; you get to loosen up around me. It’s not quite the same as using a selfie stick. My husband Rich thinks 80% of photography is simply getting couples and individuals to feel comfortable and be themselves. (I am not a statistician, but he may be on to something. Shhh, don’t tell him.) Hopefully you won’t have much to worry about during your wedding day, but if you do, I don’t want it to because there’s a strange photographer snapping photos of you.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Absolutely. This protects both me and you. In fact, many reception venues require that outside vendors have adequate liability insurance. I have a Proof of Insurance Certificate that I give to your vendor before your big day.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE SICK, OR GET INTO A CAR CRASH, OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO THE WEDDING?
Ok, so hopefully this never happens. My photography network is really great in that we help each other out in case there is an emergency. My second photographers are all photography business owners themselves, so they are fully capable of stepping in as the lead photographer while a new second photographer is contacted. But enough of the scary hypotheticals – this is why it is really important that your photographer has insurance.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT OUR FILES?
I’m extremely careful with your digital files. My professional camera bodies have dual-slots for memory cards, this means that I always have two copies of your images while I am shooting. When the cards are full, they are stored in two separate locations during the wedding day in case one bag is stolen or misplaced. (Unfortunately, it’s true. Theft can even occur in church during a ceremony – our equipment is never truly safe unless it’s on our body.) Once home, the files are stored in three places: 1) on my computer’s hard drive, 2) on an automatic RAID mirrored backup of my hard drive, 3) and in case of theft, fire or some other disaster in my photography office, I pay a service to automatically mirror all of my picture data in the cloud.
HOW DO WE LOCK IN OUR DATE?
For weddings: a signed contract and a non-refundable first deposit. Shoot me a message to see if I am available for your wedding date – I restrict my shooting to a limited number of weddings per month. Everything is first come, first served.
For lifestyle shoots: a small deposit is required to reserve your session date and time. Unfortunately, I’ve accommodated a number of requests and have had clients not show (after multiple attempts to follow up with them).
Your Wedding Day
WILL THERE BE A SECOND SHOOTER AT MY WEDDING?
Typically, yes, unless we don’t think it’s necessary. I usually have my second photographer handle the groom prep while I photograph the bride prep. During the marriage ceremony, my second shooter assists me in capturing alternative perspectives: wide vs narrow shots, emotional reaction, creative angles, etc.
I typically don’t use a second shooter or assistant at lifestyle shoots unless it requires creative lighting.
HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I GET?
It depends. But I absolutely don’t want you to be disappointed, so I’ll show you examples of complete galleries that I’ve delivered to past couples. I want to document your entire day. Usually this involves between 2,500-4,000 images that are reviewed and edited to around 800 full resolution images.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU RECOMMEND WE LEAVE IN OUR WEDDING TIMELINE FOR PICTURES?
Great question! We’ll sit down and draft your wedding timeline so that everything has enough time. I’m definitely more than a photographer in this regard – I’ve seen it all on a wedding day (from the good to the bad) and can provide valuable insights on how to have a stress-free wedding day.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEDDING LASTS LONGER THAN THE SCHEDULED TIME?
We will not leave you at your reception, but there could be an extra charge. We’ll have everything in the wedding contract that you sign.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND OTHER VENDORS FOR OUR WEDDING DAY?
Yes! I have lots of great friends in my network including florists, DJ’s, and videographers. I only recommend other vendors that I’ve worked with, or have heard fantastic things about. I do not recommend any vendor for a finder’s fee or commission. I want you to have vendors that deliver a fabulous product.
DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY?
Not right now, but I do have many relationships with local videography groups. I may be able to put together a photography/videography package with a slightly bundled discounted rate.
The Final Product
DO WE RECEIVE A PRINT RELEASE?
Yes, you will receive a print release that will allow you to print and share your high-resolution, edited, unwatermarked images with your friends and family.
WHEN WILL MY PHOTOS BE READY?
My typical wedding turnaround is approximately two months. I usually only require two weeks for lifestyle shoots.
Albums & Prints
DO YOU HAVE WEDDING ALBUMS?
Yes and they are beautiful! I view wedding albums and prints as being a post-wedding budget item, so don’t worry if you don’t have the budget for them right away. I use a very high-end printer for my albums and have samples that I can show you. (I’m so happy with them that I even designed and purchased my own wedding album from this company.) I’ll design your album, keeping your favorite pictures in mind, and we’ll go through a couple of rounds of review. We can review pricing and come up with a payment plan too. Why? Because I believe every couple should have an album keepsake to hold, touch and cherish.
CAN I PRINT IMAGES AT MY LOCAL DRUGSTORE?
I’ll shake my head and possibly cry. These places (not naming names) typically don’t use the best equipment. You’ll be able to see the difference between a high-quality print and a low-quality print side-by-side. It’s true that you get what you pay for. After investing in professional wedding photography for your day, why would you cut corners and dilute the quality of the work you paid for?
CAN MY FAMILY ORDER PHOTOS DIRECTLY FROM YOU?
Of course! Your final product includes an online private gallery with an electronic checkout where your friends and family can view your photos, mark their favorites, and order prints and canvases of a variety of sizes. This gallery will be available for at least one year.