Frequently Asked Questions
Wait, you shoot weddings AND travel? Isn't that a lot?
I love shooting both and manage my schedule carefully to balance both. What can I say, I like to have my (wedding) cake and eat it too! I take on a limited number of weddings and a limited number of trips each year to ensure the best experience for all my clients. And on top of that, weddings and travel are truly complementary. Planning a destination wedding? Slide into my DMs, let's talk!
Do you photograph elopements? Same sex weddings? Church weddings? Beach weddings?
Short answer: yes, yes, yes, and yes! Love is love and a wedding is a wedding, regardless of where it takes place and who is getting married. I will happily photograph any type of wedding in any location.
Can we create a custom package?
I offer three basic packages. But if those don't fit your needs, we throw 'em out the window! Every couple is different and every wedding is different and I'm willing to work with each couple to customize a package that meets their needs.
What is your turnaround time for wedding photos? How about portrait sessions?
For weddings it's 4-6 weeks, but you'll get a sneak peek well before that. With portrait sessions it's two weeks.
Do you use a second photographer?
It's definitely my preference since I can't be in two places at once (wouldn't that be amazing?!) It's great to have two perspectives, shots of you both getting ready, his face as you walk down the aisle, etc. However for smaller, elopement packages it may be something you choose to eliminate in your custom package. Any second photographer I use has a style that blends seamlessly with mine, so no worries that you'll end up with weird images!
How do we book our wedding date?
The first step is to send me an email or call me on your cell phone and set up a consultation. We'll go over your photography needs and talk pricing. Once you're ready to put a ring on it, you'll receive a contract. Your signed contract and a retainer in the amount of 50% of your wedding photography collection are required to reserve your wedding date. Easy peasy! Your remaining balance is due no later than 30 days prior to your wedding.
Do we get all our photos and can we make our own prints?
Here's what you don't get: the test shots we make while we're checking our lighting; the blinking, blurry, photobombed "oh my gosh, why did they tag me in that?" images; and 10 copies of the same family formal. We may take 10 frames of a family group shot, but there's typically blinkers and crazy faces and people looking away from the camera, so you'll get the best 1-2 of those.
All wedding collections include high-resolution digital images which come with a release to enable you to make your own prints. If you choose to purchase high-resolution digital images from your portrait session instead of a print collection, those images include a release to make your own prints as well.
What happens if something happens?
Insurance: I carry liability insurance and can provide a Certificate of Insurance to your venue if required. Redundancy: Once your shoot is complete, I make two copies of your images. Hey, hard drives can fail and having a second set of your photos is a good insurance policy for that possibility. Injury or Illness: I've never missed one yet and I'd have to be six feet under for that to happen. Heck, I shot one a week after major surgery and I hired an additional photographer at no cost to the client to ensure that their photography was perfect! But in all seriousness, I have a large circle of fellow photographer friends who would jump in and help out should the unforeseen happen.