Q: How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I have been shooting weddings for 3 years. Previous to weddings I did sideline photography for a few years in 2012 and portraits following that. After shooting some engagements for friends, the shoots snowballed into more and more and I started getting asked to shoot weddings while living in Pittsburgh. I fell in love with it! I always considered myself a story teller of some sort and this is one of the best stories to tell of all! Every wedding is a little different but they're all special and unique.
Q: Will we get to actually print and use our photos after our wedding?
Heck yes! You can order albums and prints through me if you'd like or I can recommend some other printers to use as well! Along with the photos you'll receive a personal-use release to print the images as big and as often as you'd like! My biggest fear for these photos is that they never take form outside of the screen, so PLEASE print your photos!
Q: How many photographers will there be at our wedding?
Unless a second shooter is booked under our contract, I can only guarantee that I will be the only photographer at the wedding. There are times when I will bring along an assistant or mentee but these situations will be discussed ahead of time and I do not guarantee any additional photos from them if they are not under contract.
Q: Should I book a second shooter?
Depends. Whenever possible, I say yes because there are many benefits but ultimately it is up to you. Some weddings need a second shooter more than others and I'd be happy to discuss this with you further. If you're getting ready in separate locations, I highly recommend it as I can only be in one place at a time. If you have an extensive family shot list or are not doing a first look, it can also be helpful to have a second shooter who can help capture additional photos or cocktail hour. Additionally, added coverage ensures your day is being captured to its fullest.
Q: Who is your second shooter?
My husband second shoots about 80% of my weddings. When he is available he is my go-to for a second shooter. I trained him as my second shooter and he has been able to see weddings through the editing process with me and knows what I need from his images. We have done so many weddings together that it is a routine at this point. When he is not available, I have a handful of close photographer friends who I reach out to depending on their availability with their own wedding schedule. All of my second shooters are individuals I trust to be dependable, reliable, and deliver the high quality of standard that I expect when I deliver a wedding album.
Q: Are you going to tell me what poses to do?
I try to lean towards the photojournalist side of things and capture real and genuine moments. With that said, I will absolutely give you direction and cues to ensure we get some beautiful shots. I like to suggest actions versus exact poses to get you to naturally move into a pose so you feel less stiff. I know how strange it can be to be on that side of the camera so I'll do my best to make it easy for both of us! I love engagement sessions for this reason exactly. I'm able to get to know you guys and see how you work on that side of the camera. We will be able to develop a relationship ahead of your wedding day and I can educate you on the best things to think about while "posing". Again, let's aim for some real playful moments with big laughs, deep kisses and lots of fun.
Q: What if its raining?
While shooting outside is ideal, rain in the PNW is something we have to deal with. I can shoot outside in light rain so long as you are comfortable with it but if it gets too wet we will look for covered awnings or bring umbrellas for any outdoor shots.
Q: Do you take shot lists?
When I started this, I used to. But I stopped accepting them because I never looked at them. I'm going to be capturing what is going on and what is happening as the day takes place. For family portraits, I do require a family shot list which we will discuss a week before the wedding.
Q: How long does it take to receive my photos?
Processing time is 8-10 weeks after the date of your wedding. For portraits and engagement it is 2-3 weeks.
Q: Will we be featured on a blog or in a magazine?
While I have had features on wedding blogs, this is not something that is guaranteed. It depends on what the publishers are looking for, usually fresh and uniquely designed weddings! Hopefully yours will be a good fit for one of them! If this is extremely important to you, please discuss it with me ahead of time.
Q: What equipment do you use?
I shoot on a Canon Mark III and an assortment of L-glass lenses. I always bring a back up in the rare event that anything should occur to one of my cameras or lenses!
Q: Will you photoshop [ insert wishes here ] for me ?
I will be editing all photos to my artistic standard. For any additional editing or retouching which includes color changes, skin retouching and shaping, etc. there will be an additional hourly charge.
Q: Do you deliver all of the RAW images?
No. I carefully cull and select the BEST images of the day. I shoot a TON of photos and usually multiple of the same image. I pick the best, I edit them to my artistic standard and you receive the high resolution edited images. I want to deliver as many photos as possible, you will receive everything that meets my standard.