Frequently Asked Questions
It is my desire to be a valuable asset and resource to you in this process. My couples rely on me for advice and suggestions through all the phases of planning. I leave my communication lines open so I can help or find someone who can.
Below you will find a list of some of the most frequently asked questions I have received over the years.
What is your pricing?
What is your photography style?
Artful and Honest Storytelling. My style is a mix of photojournalism and fine art. The goal is always to tell an artistic, complete and lush story of your wedding day. It's about moments but it's also about details, environment and weather, light and shadows, reflections and unique composition.
Every celebration is different and comes with it's own set of unique needs. My pricing is divided into three main packages with a variety of optional add-ons. Pricing begins at 3200 with weekday elopements starting at 1500.
Which destinations do you travel to for Weddings?
Are you insured?
I sure am. I am happy to provide this to the venue and/or coordinators to make sure we are all set on the day. I also can help in securing permits for national parks and specialized locations.
Do you edit your images? What is your turnaround time?
Do you offer wedding videos?
Every single image you receive is delivered just as I intend it to be with color, cropping and exposure. This includes photos from any second shooter so your collection will feel consistent and seamless from start to finish. My turnaround time is usually 3-4 weeks, depending on time of year.
How many photos will we get?
For an eight hour day, you can expect at least 850 images.
When do we need to book you and what does that require?
If your wedding is on a Saturday or holiday weekend, I recommend booking at least a year in advance. I have the most flexibility on Thursday, Friday and Sunday Weddings. I shoot weddings year round but my busiest months are always May, June, August, September and October. Saving the date in my calendar requires a signed contract and a $1000 retainer.
Do we really need a second shooter?
This really depends on the day, amount of locations, and number of guests. I shoot most of my wedding days alone but do often use a second photographer. This is something I absolutely recommend if you have more than 130 guests.
What cameras do you use?
I shoot on a Leica M240, Leica Q2 and Canon EOSR with a variety of lens. I sometimes use flash, especially during receptions. I don't have big lighting set-ups for wedding days and really put a lot of effort into staying out of the way :)
Should we make a 'shot-list'?
You have enough to do that you do not need to worry about a shot list. My thorough and thoughtful approach to capturing a wedding should give you more photos than you could ever need or want. I do encourage you to let me know about any unique details, surprise elements or special relationships that I may not be able to anticipate on the day. I also ask that you have your details ready when I arrive including invitations, dress, jewelry, gift bags and other heirloom pieces.
Is it true you were Zooey Deschanel's stand in on New Girl?
Yes, it's true! I stood in and did some photo-doubling for 'Jess' for almost five years. The loft was my second home and I actually built this business during filming.
A few more tips for
Your Wedding Day
Work with a skilled planner
Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime events with thoughtful and elegant details, loved ones coming in from all over and lots of organization to be done. Having an experienced planner or designer can truly see your vision become a reality and can cut out any stress on the day.
I work closely with planners, especially on the wedding day, to make sure everything flows smoothly and that you are getting the most out of our time together.
Here are a few I recommend:
Blue Moon Event Planning [Lgbtq friendly]
Events by Sepali [Indian Weddings]
Don't skip an Engagement Session
I usually cherish any bonus time I get with my couples that isn't their wedding day. Engagement sessions are a wonderful time to get to know each other and to help you learn my process in shooting. These sessions are flexible and can be done within even a few months of your actual wedding date or for destinations can be added on during wedding week. Most couples find this really helpful in getting comfortable in front of the camera and use it as a way to trail hair and makeup.
Plan around sunset
Surely you've heard of 'magic hour'. This is what I target for nearly every single wedding I capture. I do timeline consultation with my couples and their planner, ensuring we are making the most of the natural light and planning for sunset around all the other scheduled events.
The time of year of your wedding and wedding venue will be big factors here. It's not uncommon for my couples and I can travel to nearby off-site locations for sunset. This is typically my favorite part of the day with you and makes for some of the most special parts of your wedding collection.
Create a practical timeline
Creating a realistic timeline for your wedding day will be pivotal in getting the most out of your photography. My process requires me to improvise and be wildly resourceful however there are things that are truly out of my control. Sometimes little moments can take much longer than anticipated and create a lull in the flow of a poorly constructed timeline. These hiccups can be avoided by providing buffer time within the day and having professionals who can work through the delays. Keep in mind that my wedding days are never double-booked and adding additional hours on the day is always a better option rather than trying to squeeze it all in.
Getting ready and details
Depending on your day, the getting ready is usually the first big part of your wedding story. Some of my couples use the venue's bridal suite but I often encourage something unique like a vacation rental or luxury hotel room. The best getting ready locations include plenty of space and light and tell some kind of unique story about the location. Even if there is a little travel involved, a great getting ready location can make for a beautiful part of your collection.
It's a good rule of thumb to keep everything tidy.
I also recommend having your details out and ready for my arrival. The clothes you wear will be key but I also love to incorporate your invitations, stationary, hairpieces, jewelry, shoes and family heirlooms. Consider ribbon, extra pieces of fabric and flowers too. All of this is part of your story and important to my storytelling!
Relax and Enjoy
It's important to me to work with the right couples, one's who respect and trust the process. I take a good amount of time getting to really know and understand you during meetings and the planning stages. Engagement sessions really help here. I love learning about your family and background so I can get a better feel for not only your love story but who you are as people. It's of the upmost importance to my craft to tell your story authentically, honestly and beautifully. It's not wonder that I often create strong bonds with my couples. many of which turn into lifelong friendships. All our steps leading up to the wedding day should make your day feel effortless and easy.