Q. What is your experience with photography?
A. I started taking classes in middle school. I then got my degree in Fine Art Photography from California State University Long Beach, and have been shooting weddings professionally and full time since 2013.
Q. How much does everything cost?
A. All collections are customizable so prices vary depending on what you're looking for. Email me for a complete 2016 WEDDING GUIDE with all the details!
Q. Do you always bring a second shooter?
A. Yes! I always hire someone to assist me and take extra photos for weddings. It is already included in your collection!
Q. What kind of equipment do you use?
A. I shoot with a Canon 6D and all Prime L series lenses
Q. Do you travel?
A. YES! In fact, I love traveling and am willing to go pretty much anywhere! (Travel fees are listed in the 2016 WEDDING GUIDE that you receive upon inquiring)
Q. How many hours should I hire you for?
A. Most clients book 7 or 8 hours which is totally enough time to get everything important! I suggest you have us start as your hair and makeup is finishing up, and end once all the important reception events conclude! (helpful hint: dancing photos get really repetitive after about 30 minutes, so if you clump the special dances, speeches, bouquet toss, and cake cut towards the beginning of the reception, you don't have to pay for us to take a bajillion dancing photos)
Q. We're on a budget, how can we save money?
A. The best way to cut back on cost is to book less hours of coverage. Each hour you subtract is $500 less! We can figure out a way to capture all the most important moments in a time frame that fits your budget!
Q. Will you help us make a timeline for our wedding day?
A. Of course! I usually make suggestions and help you in order to make sure we have the perfect amount of time for photos!
Q. How many photos do you take?
A. Usually between my second shooter and I, we average about 3,000-5,000. Don't worry, we'll narrow that down to the best of the best and you'll receive anywhere from 400-800 photos (depending on how many hours you booked us for)
Q. Should we send you a shot list?
A. Other than a list for family photos, we won't need a shot list. We like to document the day as it happens naturally, and we make it our job to capture every important detail we see!
Q. How long until we get to see our photos?
A. You'll usually get to see a couple sneak peaks within the first few days following your wedding! After that, it usually takes about 4-8 weeks to receive the full gallery (depending on how busy that season is). Portrait sessions take about 2-4 weeks. We know how eager you are to see them, so we will do our best to get them to you as soon as possible, and let you know the minute they are ready!
Q. How do we receive our photos?
A. All of your high resolution digital images will be hosted in an online gallery, available for you to share and download.
Q. Do you edit all the photos you give us?
A. Yes! Every single one. We still love a natural look, but we will work our magic on each individual photo to make it beautiful!
Q. Will any of our photos be black and white?
A. Yes. Some images just look better black and white! We will use our discretion to decide which work best as color and which work best as black and white. But the majority of your images will be in color unless you request more black and white!
Q. Can we post our photos on social media?
A. Duh! We love social media! You now share the rights to the images with us and can use them for whatever personal use you'd like. We just ask that you don't crop, edit, or add any filters to them since we've already done all that editing for you! And if you give us photo credit, we'll love you forever!
Q. Can we order prints?
A. Of course! There will be an option on your online gallery to order prints through a great print company!
Q. We're sold! How do we book?
A. Just let me know! I'll need to know how many hours of coverage you'd like and any add ons. Then I'll send over a personalized electronic contract that will require an electronic signature. Once I receive that and your $900 deposit, you're on my calendar and that date is forever yours!
Q. What should I wear to my engagement session?
A. Something unique, but that fits your personality and makes you feel comfortable. The best thing I suggest is to color coordinate without “matching”. Steer clear of any logos or distracting patterns. Layers and anything flowy is always great. If you're totally stuck, head to your favorite store, find a mannequin that you love, and buy everything they're wearing. They are usually styled really well and it saves you time!
Q. Where do we take our engagement sessions?
A. Wherever you want! I'm totally willing to travel if you have a specific spot in mind. If you're out of ideas, just ask and I can offer some suggestions! Or browse my website and find a shot you like and I can tell you where it was taken!
Q. How far in advance do we need to book?
A. If I have the spot open, it's yours! Typically portrait sessions are booked a couple months out and weddings anywhere from a few months to a year.
Q. Is there a cancellation fee?
A. Nope! There is no deposit or cancellation fee for portrait sessions, however, the retainer fee for weddings is non-refundable once paid.
Q. What if we change our wedding date?
A. If your new date is open on my calendar, I am happy to switch it without a new retainer fee. However, if I'm booked that day, I will refer you to some awesome photographers that I think will be a great match!
Q. If things change, can I adjust the hours of coverage?
Yes! Up until a month before the wedding, you are welcome to request changes to your coverage time.
Q. If we need you to stay longer than expected, is that an option?
A. Yes. Usually I have the entire day open for your wedding, so just ask and we can stay longer if you need. Each additional hour is $500
Q. How do we pay?
A. I accept cash or checks. Deposits and final wedding balances are mailed to my studio address, and portrait sessions can be paid at the shoot!
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? JUST ASK!