FAQs

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What Makes Daybreak + Dusk Photography Different?
 

Many people can press a button on a fancy camera and take a picture.

As a photographer and an artist, I make a picture.

What does that mean? To start, I pick a location with beautiful light (which is why I chose to name my business Daybreak + Dusk—I'm obsessed with the amazing light at sunrise and sunset) and a stunning background that sets the scene for the story we're telling—your story.

Most importantly, I get to know who you are as a person and as a couple and learn makes you beyond-words happy. My goal is connect with you, to give you a comfortable space where you can be yourself in front of my camera.

That’s my unique skill as a photographer—I understand that we’re not all comfortable in front of the camera. Some of us (especially me!) are pretty darn awkward. But no matter if you’re born camera ready or if you’ve never cracked a smile for a lens in your life—there’s a beautiful photo of you waiting to be made. I learn how to bring out your personality and make it shine in photos. That’s the difference between taking vs. making photos. Taking a photo is pressing a button. In making a photo, I’m creating art from your story. 

 

A Bit About Portraits...

 

A headshot is very functional: You need a photo of yourself for professional reasons, so you go to a professional photographer, sit in front of a fancy camera with lots of lights pointed at you, smile awkwardly and hold it until you’re told to move your head slightly…right?

Or…

You can have your portrait made—a photograph that shows you off by letting your personality shine through.

Portraits are more than a photo that hangs out next to your bio on the company website. They are your profile pictures on Facebook, LinkedIn, even online-dating profiles—they are your most valuable form of promotion when you are leading your own business and brand…or dating adventure! You could even have them made as a celebration of yourself—a way to honor your inner light and beauty and show them off, whether it’s only to yourself, your loved one or all your friends and family.

Your Favorite Wedding Photography Questions

 

How far in advance do you book weddings?

I book weddings about 6-12 months in advance. If your wedding is further away then that, you are still more then welcome to inquire with 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.

What type of equipment do you use?

I shoot with professional equipment, which includes my Canon 5D Mark III, a backup Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 600EX and 580EX Speedlites, a range of prime lenses including a 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 100mm, a Canon L-Series 24-70mm zoom lens, a Canon 70-200mm and an off-camera flash setup.

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?

That’s an awesome goal! Yes, I have been published on Style Me Pretty LivingArtfully Wed, Burnett's Boards, Catalyst Wed Magazine (print), 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. I have some insider tips for you on what editors are looking for in wedding submissions and what you need to incorporate in your special day to get published.

Will you travel to photograph weddings?

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.

What’s involved in booking our wedding/photo session?

The first step is to email me with your wedding date. To book your date and secure me as your wedding photographer, a signed contract and payment of the retainer fee are required. I have similar requirements for booking your portrait session. If you’d like to book your wedding or lifestyle session, email me at court@daybreakanddusk.com.

How many edited pictures will we be getting from you? And what is editing?

From a 1-hour portrait session, you will get about 40-60 fully-edited, high-resolution, non-watermarked images. From an 8-hour wedding, you will get about 500-700 carefully edited images. Every session and wedding is different, so this an average, not a guarantee. Fully-edited means color correction and exposure adjustments with light retouching. Basically, if it’s not permanent, like a zit or  a stray hair, then I can fix it with light retouching. If it is permanent, like wrinkles or tattoos, then I charge a small fee for each photo you’d like to have heavily retouched.

Can other people take pictures while you’re taking pictures?

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. However, I understand that all your loved ones want to have memories of this special time, too! Whether you have an unplugged weddings is up to you, but I definitely recommend it.

We aren’t sure if we want an engagement session or not—do you think we should?

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. You can purchase an engagement session separately from your wedding package, or choose a wedding package that includes the engagement session. However, if you choose a package that includes an engagement session but decide not to do it, the session cannot be discounted.

Can we edit any of the pictures you give us?

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, right?

Do you have a backup plan in case there is an emergency and you can’t shoot our wedding?

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. I choose my assistants based on their talent and style, and only work with photographers who have a similar aesthetic as my work. But not to worry—as my client, I will make sure you are taken care of!