Frequently Asked Questions
What is your shooting style?
A past client says I’m a photo ninja, which makes me happy. My style is a mix of artistic and photojournalistic photography.
At weddings: You won't notice me much of the time, and that's a good thing. When it’s time for group photos and portraits, I strive to make sure everything fun - and fast - for everyone. In addition to making some awesome couple portraits with you, my goal is to ensure that you enjoy as much of your celebration as possible.
At lifestyle/family sessions: I love to shoot in a favorite outdoor location or in and around your home. I’ve worked with many families and kids of all ages - I love candid moments, so I aim for a good mix of posed and natural, documentary-style moments. I’m also interested in more immersive, documentary-style sessions; this could be anything from joining you for a favorite weekend tradition at your home, or tagging along to an outing. Please let me know if this sounds like your style!
What type of camera do you use, and what gear to do you bring to your shoots?
I shoot with Nikon camera bodies and Nikon and Sigma lenses. When I'm shooting, I always have back-up cameras, lenses, batteries, memory cards, and flash units. I also bring light stands and photo umbrellas in case we need them.
How do you prepare for weddings?
I'm detail oriented and I like to go into the day confident that we're on the same page. Prior to the wedding, I strive to get to know the couples I work with so I have an idea of what matters to them. In terms of logistics: About a month before the wedding, I'll send a timeline with all of the details we've discussed up to that point. I'll ask that you fill in the remaining information over the next few weeks, and then we'll have a check-in call about a week before the wedding to go over everything together. I'm also available any time leading up to your wedding to answer questions.
This process is not always necessary for elopements or small weddings, but we'll still work together to ensure I have all the important info beforehand so that you can simply enjoy the day.
How do you prepare for lifestyle sessions?
I make sure to cover all the details ahead of time; for outdoor sessions, my preferred time of day is around sunset, but I’ll want to learn the best time of day for you and your family, as well as any special needs or requests you may have. When I’m working with kids, I build in time for breaks, be it for infant feedings, big kid snacks, or just a break from being “on.” Learning a bit about your family and routine will help me design a session that’s both feasible and fun for where you are in your life.
How will we receive our photos?
Wedding photos are delivered (edited and print ready) in a password-protected online gallery, shareable with family and friends - who will also be able to view and download the photos. You'll also receive a thumb drive with all of your images in both high-resolution and web-ready forms.
Engagement, lifestyle, and other commissioned photos are delivered via a private gallery.
How many photos will we receive?
For weddings: This varies, but I typically deliver between 500 - 700 photos for "standard" wedding coverage (around eight hours).
For lifestyle sessions: At least 30 images for a standard, one-hour session.
Can I have access to the raw files? Can I have access to all of the photos you take that day?
I don't share raw files. Editing is very much a part of my process and final product, and I spend time on each and every photograph you receive. If you're worried about making large prints, fear not; the images you'll receive will be large enough to create big, beautiful prints.
Similarly, I don't share all of the photos I take during our time together because part of the editing process is culling the photos that tell your story. Trust me, you don't want to wade through every image from a wedding day or a portrait shoot.
Are there any restrictions on where we can print our photos?
You are welcome to make prints wherever you like! I offer the option to make prints through the online gallery - if you choose to go that route, you'll be connected with a separate vendor to make and pay for prints (I do not take in proceeds from these purchases).
Am I allowed to use the photos on social media?
Absolutely—you have unlimited personal use of your photos, which includes social media. I'll offer suggestions on which sizes you should use, and I always appreciate receiving credit when you post photos.
I'm interested in having you shoot my wedding. What are the next steps?
Thanks so much! Once you've contacted me, I'll respond to your inquiry with packages and pricing information. Next, we'll set up a time to meet in person or chat via phone - but I'm always happy to answer questions via email, too. If you decide to book, you'll sign a contract and submit a retainer to reserve your wedding date.