Q: How far in advance do you book weddings?
A: I prefer to book weddings at least 6 months in advance. If your wedding is further away then that, you are still more then welcome to book me! When you book your venue, I highly suggest booking your photographer not long after. Or even better, contact me before you book your venue to check my availability and for venue suggestions!
Q: What type of equipment do you use?
A: I shoot with professional equipment, which includes my Canon 5D Mark III, a Canon 580EX Speedlite, a range of prime lenses and a Canon L-Series 24-70mm zoom lens.
Q: We are working to make our wedding unique and unforgettable and would like it to be published on wedding blogs. Have you been published on a wedding blog before?
A: That’s an awesome goal! Yes, I have been published on Style Me Pretty Living, Burnett's Boards, Styled and Wed and The Huffington Post. If you’d like to have your wedding featured on a wedding blog, we can work together to make that happen!
Q: Will you travel to photograph weddings?
A: Yes! I’m happy to travel to shoot weddings in new places. Please don’t hesitate to inquire with me even if you aren’t getting married in California!
Q: What’s involved in booking our wedding/photo session?
A: First, email me with all your wedding date information, and we can discuss pricing and packages. Then, to book your date and ensure that I will be photographing your wedding, a contract and deposit are required. I book on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a signed contract along with the deposit. For booking lifestyle sessions, a deposit is required along with a signed contract in order to book your session fully. If you’d like to book your wedding or lifestyle session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How many edited pictures will we be getting from you?
A: From a 1-hour portrait session, you will get about 30-40 carefully edited images. From an 8-hour wedding, you will get about 500-700 carefully edited images. Every session and wedding is different, so this isn’t a guarantee, just an average.
Q: Can other people take pictures while you’re taking pictures?
A: I prefer if guests refrain from taking pictures (with a point-and-shoot, DSLR or camera phone) during any posed shots, like bridal party or bride-and-groom portraits. The other camera’s flash may affect my photos or distract the people in the photo and cause them to look away. As a general rule, I will not allow guests to shadow myself or my assistant on weddings. We reserve the right to kindly tell a guest these rules. I also ask that guests don’t stand in or near the aisle during the ceremony, as that could affect me capturing important moments.
Q: We aren’t sure if we want an engagement session or not—do you think we should?
A: I think it’s a great idea for a few reasons. During the time we spend together for your engagement session, we get to know each other, laugh, and share stories. You two will become comfortable with me and being in front of my camera. By the wedding day, we won’t be strangers and you two will be happy with me taking SO many pictures of you! I also get to see how you two interact and the best ways to photograph you, ultimately giving you even better pictures on your big day! Because of this, all collections include a complementary engagement session. However, the wedding package cannot be discounted if you chose not to do it.
Q: Can we edit any of the pictures you give us?
A: The answer is no, for a few important reasons. I spend a lot of time and energy editing your images to perfection. You hire me for my style, in both posing and editing, so I assume you like my style. I’m more than a person who owns a nice camera; I’m an artist with a style of my own who wants my work to be shown to friends and family as I have edited it. After all, you wouldn’t buy a painting and then paint over it, would you?
Q: Do you have a backup plan in case there is an emergency and you can’t shoot our wedding?
A: There is a paragraph about this stated in my contract. If, for some crazy, unforeseen reason, I can’t shoot your wedding, my assistant photographer would then be the lead photographer and shoot your wedding. The second option would be for one of my amazing, talented wedding photographer friends to shoot your wedding. I have backup plans because you are my client, and I will make sure you are taken care of!