Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been doing this?
7 years now. That's kind of crazy to me! I dabbled in photography a bit in high school, but was really just a hobbyist until I was in college. I taught myself how to use my camera, shot my first wedding by myself (slightly horrifying), and I'm still in love with it!
What is your shooting style?
If you know me, you know that I always talk about storytelling. That's both my approach & perspective when I'm shooting. I want people to see who you really are & that means creating a space where you feel like you can be yourself. So, we go to places that make you feel like you're at home & talk about all of the things you love and people you love - while I'm shooting. It's seriously like just getting together to hang out & doing the things you always do in the ways you always do them. And of course I get to take pictures of it & give you a tangible piece of your story. It's pretty stinkin' amazing!
Do you shoot anything other than weddings/elopements & engagement/couples?
When I first started doing photography, I shot it all. I was still shooting weddings & engagements, but I was also shooting families, children, newborn, births, seniors/individual portraits, editoral, etc. I just got to the point where I decided that my niche was going to be in weddings/elopements & engagement/couples because that was what I was BEST at. I also know that making this decision has helped me to take better care of myself & my family. I still take a few individual portrait sessions during the fall, but I pretty much stick to my niche. If you need something that I don't offer, please feel free to ask me for recommendations! I know some amazingly talented humans that would love to connect with you!
What's in your camera bag/what do you shoot with?
My go-to's are the Nikon D750's, 35mm, 50mm, & 85mm.
Do you travel out-of-state or out-of-country?
Heck yeah! If your wedding is out-of-state or out-of-country, I do factor airfare, lodging, transportation, & food into those packages. I book all accommodations myself (this is not negotiable).
Do you offer any mini sessions?/"We just need a few pics."
I currently do not offer mini sessions. On occasion, I might post opportunities for them, but they just aren't fulfilling to me. It's a lot of work for you guys to get dressed up & travel + me to travel & shoot - for a small amount of time. On the second half of this, I just feel like "we just need a few pics" doesn't suit my vision. I'm not here just to offer a service & be on my way. I want to invest as much in you as you are investing in me. I'm here to make something magical & that my friends - takes time.
How do I book?
First off, hit that “Say Hey” tab & tell me about yourself! Once we’ve been able to connect via email, I will send you over some info specific to your inquiry. If you are ready to move forward, we can schedule time to meet up for coffee/lunch or a facetime/skype date. After chatting a bit, we’ll nail down the details for your wedding/elopement/session. Then I'll send over a personalized contract with all the good stuff. Once I receive that + your deposit, you're booked!
Why do you do meetups/facetime/skype before booking?
Well, because these are some pretty important moments in your life & you want to have someone capture that stuff that:
you connect with
you are inspired by
cares about you
serves you well
shares your values
believes in you & your vision
just plain gets you
No seriously. Because the truth is the same for me too! I want to connect with people who connect with me. I want to be trusted. I want to inspire you. I want to care about the things you care about, and for you to care about the stuff I care about. I want to serve you well & help in any way I can. I want to find out what stuff bridges us together, what's important to you, & what you envision for your big day. And ultimately, I just want to be your friend. If there were any chance or doubt in your mind or mine that maybe we just aren't the right fit, then that's totally. Why? Because at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters here is people and we both have to do what’s best for us.
How far in advance do I need to book?
If I have the spot open, it's totally yours!
I’ve had bookings as far out as a year-and-a-half and as close as a week, lol.
Do you require a deposit to hold my date(s)?
Yes. A deposit is required to secure your date(s) for sessions, weddings, & elopements.
Do your packages include a second shooter? What is the purpose of having a second shooter?
Elopements & intimate weddings (less than 50 guests) do NOT include a second shooter.
For weddings over 50 guests, 100% YES.
Elopements/intimate weddings typically do not need even have half of the coverage that a standard wedding does, which means that I cover them on my own. But on those standard weddings (we are talking 9+ hours, y'all), I ALWAYS have a second shooter. There is a lot of stuff to cover and having another set of eyes + hands allows me to do my job so much more efficiently. Plus the benefit of getting more images, duh!
How do you go about choosing a location for our session?
It's a team effort. I want to go somewhere that reflects who you guys are & that inspires me. One location with a lot of versality (several different spots to explore + shoot at one location) is going to help us make the most of our time. We will work together and make the magic happen!
What should we wear to our session?
I will send you over some ideas to help you figure that stuff out. I do recommend something that feels like YOU, solids over prints, & complimentary colors rather than matching. You can check out my Pinterest board for inspiration too! Going with one outfit that you really love makes adventuring easier & takes the stress out of changing. Two outfits max.
ALSO, comfy shoes (with good grip) are a must. Wearing uncomfortable shoes while walking/hiking/climbing is no bueno.
Do you need a shot list or Pinterest ideas?
Nope! Honestly, most photographers would tell you it's not their style to try & recreate something you've found on Pinterest. That doesn't mean you shouldn't communicate moments that are super important to you - to your photographer. The beauty of trust is knowing that your photographer knows you & your heart + is experienced enough to know what to capture & how to capture it. Plus we really love to put our own spin on things because we don't really want to be like anybody else.
When will we receive our images?
6-8 weeks, unless otherwise communicated (I get crazy busy during peak wedding season).
How do we receive our photos?
All of your edited, high-resolution digital images will be hosted in your personal online gallery, available for you to download & then print anywhere you'd like. Booyah!
Do we/can we get the unedited files too?
Nope. No. Never. I only deliver a finished product. A lot of people will ask this question if: 1 - they love the way a photographer shoots, but not the way they edit; 2 - they think that it will be cheaper if they can edit the photos themselves.
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you ever have a doubt in your mind about the editing style of a photographer, they are probably not the right photographer for you. You need to love their work from start to finish & trust that whatever they are delivering to you is going to make you happy.
How many images do you deliver?
Portrait sessions usually yield 100-200 images, and elopements/weddings 500-1000. Every session and elopement/wedding is different.
Do you offer professional prints of our photos?
I am currently not in the loop for printing. However, when you sign your contract, it also includes a print release so that you may choose any lab of your liking. See below for recommendations.
Where are some places you recommend for purchasing prints?
Artifact Uprising, Mpix, WHCC, Nations, Millers, Bay Photo, Shutterfly, & Snapfish.
Can I post my photos on social media?
Of course! I just ask that you don't crop, edit, or add any filters to them since I've already done all of that for you (plus it's breach of contract). Please show some love and tag me when you post!