Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE?
My first official wedding season was the summer of 2014, prior to that I had spent a summer second shooting under some really amazing photographers who were kind enough to let me tag along and learn the ropes of the wedding photography business. Previous to weddings I did sideline photography for football for a few years in 2012, and then started doing portraits for friends and family. As friends started getting engaged, I started photographing couples which eventually led me to engagements and weddings. 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. In addition to photography, I also worked as a professional image routoucher for American Eagle and Nordstrom Headquarters up until a few years ago, so I have a ton of experience in editing, post production, workflow and image style.
2. WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH YOU?
My hope is that working with me is a lot of fun and easy. I really wear my heart on my sleeve a lot of the time, I talk a lot while I shoot, and together we will constantly be moving. I'm not much of a static poser, I want you to move and interact because that's the easiest way for me to get you look natural. I ask a lot of questions, but that's just because I genuinely want to get to know you and hear more about your story. I treat most of my clients like friends, I joke and laugh and am very relaxed and hope you can be too!
3. DO YOU TRAVEL?
YES! I have traveled for weddings and would LOVE to travel more! If you can get me there, I am so ready to shoot! Travel fees for weddings include flight + lodging. A few of my DREAM locations are Icelnad, Ireland, Santorini, Hawaii, Patagonia / New Zealand.
4. WHERE ARE YOU BASED OUT OF?
While I say the PNW, that's actually a pretty large area. I'm more specifically located in small town between Seattle and Tacoma, WA. It's an easy shot up the free way to Seattle, or straight down to Portland.
5. DO YOU SHOOT SENIOR PHOTOS?
I do! If I have availability for it! I am primarily focused in weddings and couples, but whenever possible I LOVE adding a fun senior session to my schedule! Shoot me an email and we can chat more!
6. DO YOU SHOOT FAMILIES?
I do! I LOVE FAMILIES. I wish I had more time for them honestly! It gets a little tight towards the end of weddigng season but every year I try to squeeze some in. Shoot me an email and we can chat more!
6. DO YOU OFFER MINI SESSIONS?
ONCE a YEAR! These are so dear to my heart and is really the best way for me to still have time for my favorite families. 2019 Minis will be in November. I will announce them in November on my Instagram, or you can sign up here to get an email as soon as they are announced!
6. DO YOU SHOOT MATERNITY / BIRTH?
Not anymore. I used to! But I honestly feel there are so many photographers who specialize in these moments that I would highly recommend one of them! If you need recommendations for these, let me know!
7. WHERE IS YOUR PRICING?
I no longer have my pricing available on my website for a few different reasons, but I am more than happy to shoot you some info on it! Just [get in touch] with me and I will likely have a pricing packet to send your way! Weddings start at $3,000.
1. WHAT DO WE GET IN OUR PACKAGE?
All of my packages include continuous hourly coverage, edited high resolution images, and personal printing rights. You have the option to add on things like an engagement shoot, a second shooter, additional hours, albums, etc! I do this so you can build a package that is only full of things that are truly important to you and your wedding day!
2. HOW MANY PHOTOS CAN WE EXPECT?
While I don't have a set number for images delivered, weddings can expext at least 500 images. Most weddings can expect a lot more than th at. I shoot candidly and continuously. If there is a ton of details, a lot of action going on, a ton of people- then you're likely going to get more photos. Additionally, an 8 hour package OR a package with a second shooter added on will likely receive more photos. I don't have a minimum or maximum that I deliver, I will send you all of the images that I believe meet my artistic standard and make me feel something!
3. HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I BOOK?
This depends on a lot of things, but a really truly safe number for a standard wedding is 8 hours. Larger and more elaborate weddings may need more coverage. Intimate weddings or elopements will likely need less than this. If you aren't sure how many hours you'll be needing though, chat with me and we can figure that out.
4. WHAT IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL OUR SESSION / WEDDING?
I do not have a cancellation fee for engagement sessions. I normally touch base with you a couple of days before just to confirm. If we need to reschedule for weather, that's no problem. We live in the PNW- this happens. For weddings, deposits are nonrefundable. This is what reserves your spot in my calendar, I do not book another wedding on this date because I have reserved it for you so if you have to cancel your wedding, the deposit will not be refunded. The remainder of the payment is not due until 30 days prior to your wedding date.
5. WHAT IF ITS RAINING?
Again, we live in the PNW and rain is a huge part of our life. If it looks like its going to rain, the first thing I'm going to do is look at the hourly forecast and the percentage of rain. Light drizzles, anything under 50% chance of rain, clouds- these things don't scare me. If it looks like a monsoon is rolling in, we will reschedule if possible. If it's a wedding day, we will make the best of it because HECK YES ITS YOUR FREAKING WEDDING DAY!
6. HOW DO YOU EDIT?
I use Lightroom and Photohsop for editing. Mostly Lightroom, anything that needs heavy editing, will be pulled into Photoshop to be retouched.
7. WHEN WILL I GET MY PHOTOS?
I TRY SO HARD to get these edited and turned around as quickly as possible! My engagement turn around goal is always within 4 weeks, weddings within 10- that beig said, these are GOALS. Not gaurantees. After a summer of 25 weddings, I realized that mid season turn around times may get backed up. Know that every session sitting on my hard drive unedited though, is an uneasy feeling for me and I want to get them to you as soon as possible ;)
8. ARE YOU GOING TO TELL ME HOW TO POSE?
Something about the word POSE makes me cringe. So let's instead say am I going to give you direction? ABSOLUTELY, YES. I am not one for static poses, every now and then I may guide you into a position that I ask you to hold for a hot second- but other than that, most of your direction is going to be in the form of actions. I want you to be more focused on what I'm asking you to do and less focused on being in the absolutely perfect stiff position for me. This produces more relaxed and natural poses, every time. Being on that side of the camera is freakin' hard. I still make my husband and I get couples photos multiple times a year because it reminds me of how hard it is to be on that side of the camera, it keeps that feeling of uncertainty fresh in my mind so when I go to shoot a couple who is not used to be in front of the camera, I can relate and do everything in my power to make it easier and a ton of fun for you guys!
9. CAN WE HAVE THE RAW FILES?
10. SECOND SHOOTER- DO I NEED ONE AND WHO IS IT?
I truly believe, if your budget allows it there is never a negative aspect of having a second shooter. You are only going to get more photos, more angles, more eyes capturing what is going on during your wedding day. A second shooter is VERY HELPFUL for weddings that have brides and grooms getting ready in different locations, very large weddings, and weddings with a lot of commuting between locations. My favorite second shooter moments are during first looks and when you're coming down the aisle as these are two moments where having two viewpoints can mean everything. My husband, David, second shoots for about 80% of my weddings. If he isn't avaialble, I have a handful of trusted fellow photographers who I reach out to based on availability. Regardless, my second shooters are all professional, trusted, dependable, and produce a quality of imagery that is simialr to my style.
11. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN'T BE AT OUR WEDDING?
So, in the case that I'm literally dying or on my death bed and can not attend, I am actively a part of an amazing PNW community of wedding photographers. These are my people, and in the case that I would be unable to attend, I would find a suitable replacement who I fully trust to capture your day to as high of a standard as I would.