Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you become a wedding photographer?
How many years have you been covering weddings?
What do you love about working with couples?
What is your favorite wedding so far and why?
How will you make me look natural?
My job is to create a space where you and your partner both feel comfortable expressing what you've always felt for each other: love, happiness and respect. The feelings are there, it's just a matter of tapping into them. Start by focusing on all the things you love about your partner. Find comfort in each other’s arms. When did you first begin to fall for this person? What did that feel like? What adventures do you look forward to in your future together? Focus on those things and I promise you will both look very natural. More importantly, you'll do it entirely on your own. :)
Who is your ideal client?
What is the most memorable moment you captured with a couple?
Do you work with LGBTQ couples?
What is Beloved?
The goal in a Beloved session is to simply draw your attention towards your parter and to focus on everything you love about that person. In a sense, you are suppressing any barriers that may get in the way (i.e. work, bills, family drama... whatever), to allow yourself to focus on what is most meaningful to you.
Like any great photo, when you look at one of your images, you'll be brought back to that moment and you'll remember exactly what you were feeling. As life happens, revisiting these moments will rekindle those feelings and make you rediscover the value of your relationship.
What is included? Is there a time limit?
How many images can I expect to see?
When will I see the images?
• Who will be shooting my wedding or elopement?
For weddings of all sizes, there will always be 2 shooters present. Me (of course) and a second photographer who has a very similar style. For smaller elopements or for any destination event, it will be me alone unless a second shooter is specifically requested.
• If I am planning an elopement but it blossoms into a larger wedding, will the rate change?
Yes. If you plan an elopement and it blossoms into a full on wedding, please be honest and let me know ahead of time, as there is a difference in price between the two services. Please do not let me show up to a 75 person wedding expecting a 15 person elopement. It's happened, and honestly it's not fair to me or to my other clients who pay full price for their wedding coverage. Plans change. It's all good! Just let me know when they do and we can definitely work something out.
• How many images can I expect to see?
I never guarantee a minimum, but for weddings and elopements, you can expect about 60 - 80 images per hour of coverage.
• When will I see the images?
Typically it will take between four and five weeks for me to finish processing, at which point you will receive two links: the first is to view your proofs in a password-protected gallery and second is to download your high-resolution images (for printing) and low resolution images (for devices/social media). All media files are delivered by DropBox and galleries provided by Pixieset.
I will always send 10 or so selects within 48 hours of the event, as I know you'll be anxious to see them!
Please note, I do not use CDs or DVDs or for any purpose.
• Will you do family posed shots?
Absolutely. I am happy to take as many group shots as you'd like, but I always try to get through group shots as efficiently as possible so that your guests can enjoy themselves!
Family group shots should happen before the ceremony. That way, when the ceremony ends, everyone can enjoy themselves during cocktail hour.
• What kind of equipment do you use?
Currently, I shoot with two Nikon D810s and a range of Nikon prime and zoom lenses. For reception lighting, I will either use Nikon speedlites or Profoto strobes (triggered by remote) depending on the conditions. For editing, I use a the Apple iMac and a MacBook Pro.
• Do you do both weddings and elopements?
Yes. I cover larger, traditional weddings as well as smaller, more intimate elopements. An elopement should have a guest count of no more than 15 individuals.
• What is your pricing?
Elopements begin at $1,800 and weddings begin at $3,500. All wedding and elopement packages are completely customized for each client. Please contact me directly for more information.
• Are your prices set in stone?
For the most part, yes, however, I do offer reduced rates if your wedding or elopement is scheduled on a weekday (Monday - Thursday) or between the months of November and February. I also offer a special discount for all current and former members of the military (thank you for your service) as well as fellow alumni of USC (Fight on!). Contact me for more details.
• Are you insured and can you provide a COI (certificate of insurance)?
Yes and yes!
Do you do destination weddings or elopements? What is your policy on travel expenses?
When will we see you during your time at the destination?
Where are you located?
Where do you like to travel?
Currently, my favorite place in the world is Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland and a very close second would be southern coast of Iceland (pictured here).
• Can I see a sample contract?
Certainly. Shoot me an email and I would be happy to share one with you.
• How far should I book in advance? What are the next steps?
Generally speaking, people usually book about one year in advance, though occasionally I do get some last minute requests. I would encourage you to reach out regardless of how far out your date is.
The prepayment amount is 30%. The remaining 70%, plus any items added between the contract signing and your wedding date, is due one week before the wedding. If you are paying by credit card, payments will be made by PayPal.
Please contact me if you have any other questions!
Any more questions?
Feel free to reach out!