q: When should we plan our engagement session?
a: This is something that is up to you! I have shot engagement sessions anywhere from one year - one month out. If you're planning on sending save the dates, it's best to get the engagement session done sooner. Keep in mind I have about a four week turnaround for engagement sessions.
q: Do you have a travel fee?
a: Yes, I do. My contract goes over it in detail!
q: Can we have the raw images?
a: Unfortunately, for many reasons, I will not send out raw images.
q: Can we bring our mom/dad/friend to our engagement session?
a: I will not tell you no! A couple things to keep in mind: this is generally when we are meeting for the first time; an audience *could* be distracting to our bonding process. Also, it may be uncomfortable to bring the steam in front of my camera with your mom watching.
q: I really like the colors in this one wedding you did. I want mine to look exactly like that, can that happen?
a: To put it simply - no. the reason behind this is - everyone is different, and no two wedding days are the same. lighting, skin tones, color palettes + location all play a huge role in the colors + styles of each wedding day. "One does not simply" take a formula from one day and transfer it over to another that is entirely different. Instead of trying to force each wedding to look exactly alike, I focus on how to best capture + edit your images to tell your love story. After viewing different wedding photos I have taken, you will notice they are all similar in style + colors, but you will be hard pressed to find two weddings that look exactly alike, color wise. Feel free to ask for gallery examples or head over to my blog!
q: Do you use a second shooter?
a: Great question! Only sometimes! After shooting so many weddings, I am able to know ahead of time if I will need to hire a second or not. I typically will know after creating your timeline and base my decision off of how many locations you have, how busy the timeline is - etc. I understand the initial want for two photographers, but I assure you it is not a must. I shoot plenty of weddings completely solo. Second shooters are great, but I only utilize them when really needed. I do not have a second shooter add on. If a second shooter is a non-negotiable for you and your partner, I completely understand - but I may not be the best fit for you.
q: Do you do every single photo in both black and white as well as color?
a: I do not! I do however give a variety. An example of this is: I will take a handful of photos of once scene. Some will be in color, and some will be in black and white. Sometimes I will give a single photo both copies - but it is not guaranteed for every single image.
q: What happens if it rains on the day of our session? what happens if it rains on our wedding day?
a: For a regular session, if we can all swing it - we will typically reschedule. I try to do so 24 hours in advance. For a wedding day: not to worry! We can shoot under awnings, inside your venue, use umbrellas -- I've even shot bridal portraits in a coffee shop before! It also rarely pours for the entire day, we're bound to have times where the rain is light or stops altogether. I have experienced many rainy wedding days, and they have all been perfect.
q: Can we share our gallery with friends and family?
a: Yes, of course! I only ask that social media filters are not applied, and that the images are properly downloaded and screenshots are not used (screenshots result in poor image quality).
q: Can we give you a list of all the shots we want on our wedding day?
a: I prefer not to work with a shot list. It can be super distracting to my artistic process. Most of those lists from various social media sites include all of the shots I would normally take. :) If there's a handful of photos you want me to know are very important to you (ex: a shot with you and your grandpa re-enacting an old photo, a shot with a photo of a loved one who's passed), that's a different story - I want to know! But trust me - I've got you covered on all of the basics!
q: Should we have an unplugged wedding ceremony?
a: My vote will always be yes! I truly believe it's one of the best decisions you can make for your wedding day.
q:Will you come visit our venue before our wedding day?
a: This isn't typically a part of my process. A big part of my job includes being able to quickly adapt to my surroundings. I will arrive to your wedding about 15 minutes in advance. This gives me all the time I need to scope out all of my favorite spots! Social media is always a useful tool for me as well. Of course, always feel free to send me pictures of your venue/favorite spots at any time!
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