How would you define your style of photography?
For weddings, my main aim is to capture the relationship of the couple in the photos and tell the story of their wedding day. From all the thought out details like flowers and shoes, to group shots, to couples' shots and everything in between. This may seem like a simple enough task, but there is a lot that goes into it. There is a comfort level I want clients to have with me so that they can feel like themselves in front of a camera. I've had many people tell me in preliminary meetings that one of their concerns is 'freezing up' in front of a camera or not knowing what to do. It always makes me happy when clients remark after an engagement session or bridal session with me that the photo session was actually FUN and easy! Establishing a rapport with your photographer is so important and simply makes for better photos! Also, I want photos to be visually interesting and engaging. There are so many emotions running through a person on their wedding day! It's my job to capture that. I enjoy taking sharp, colorful photos as well as photos with a little grain to them. Take a look at the galleries on my website and blog and I think those will give you a better idea of the types of photos I take :)
How long have you been a wedding photographer and what kinds of qualifications do you have?
2016 is my sixth year in business as a full time wedding photographer. Before that, I worked as a graphic designer and photographer for local magazines and publications. I decided to focus mainly on wedding and engagement photography because I love working with couples during this special time in their lives. I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design which has made all the difference when it comes to the way I approach editing photos. Experience with drawing, painting, aesthetics and Adobe Creative suite all influence my decisions and creative ability as a photographer.
What are your prices and packages for weddings?
Please contact me through the contact tab at the top of the site for a current, updated pricing list. I offer wedding coverage for EVERY budget. We offer packages ranging in price from $1500-$3500. Take a look through the galleries on my website and if you like what you see, I'd love to meet with you and hear more about your wedding. We offer packages from 5 hours all the way up to entire day wedding coverage.
How do I pay you?
I accept credit and debit cards through Square as well as cash, check or paypal.
How will my photos be edited and is that an extra cost?
My policy with Photoshop is that you should not be able to notice a photo has been 'photoshopped.' Unlike some photographers, any editing that needs to be done, such as blemishes or scars you would like to have masked in a photo will be done at no extra cost. I won't be charging you $50 a photo to fix something that literally takes a second and is already incorporated into the price of the wedding package.
Can I hire a second shooter?
A second shooter can also be part of wedding day coverage. However, I shoot probably 95% of weddings solo, including big venue weddings.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes I do! I always carry an extra camera body, lenses, batteries and flash at the minimum. I'm kind of obsessive about it!
What is an ideal timeline for wedding day photos?
It varies with every wedding because each wedding is unique. When I meet with you, we will discuss what you already know about your wedding day timeline and go from there. Ideally, I will arrive with at least 2 hours to take photos of details and 'getting ready.' Also, having a 'first look' before the ceremony allows you to have more free time afterward. A first look is a special time set aside before the ceremony when the bride and groom see each other and have a mini photo session. This saves time and means you can get to your reception and guests quicker. When I got married, I didn't want my groom to see me until I was walking down the aisle! If you opt for the more traditional route like I did, after the ceremony is when group photos/couples photos will take place.
Can you save my date for me without a deposit?
In order for me to reserve your wedding date, I require 50% of the total payment as a deposit. As for the remainder, it is due 30 days before the event.
What kinds of products do you offer?
Along with the flash drive of edited files and print rights that comes with every package, you also have the option to purchase prints, albums, sign-in books, greeting cards and other print products.
How do you archive/backup photos?
After the photos are transferred from cards to the computer, I back them up onto an external hard drive and then make a copy of the RAW files on DVD. After the files have been edited I then make a DVD copy along with saving them on my external hard drive. The external hard drive and DVDs are stored in a fireproof safe.
How many photos will I receive?
For 5 hour weddings, I average around 400-500 finished photos on a flash drive so approximately 100 images an hour give or take.