Wedding Photography FAQ

 

Tahoe Donner Wedding

What do I get?

All of my packages, no matter how small, include digital files with a personal print release.  You receive them via digital download and may also choose to receive them via USB.  All packages include a simple, clean and gorgeous online gallery that you can share to any social media site, send to friends and family, and order prints from.  I offer prints, canvases and albums as a la carte options.  Your photos are my gift to you and when I hand them over, they are yours to post on facebook, share with loved ones and enjoy for the rest of your life.  This includes a personal print right for life, which allows you to print and share the photos, but you may not re-sell them or publish them without my permission.  

Do you travel?

Enthusiastically: YES!  I love to travel so it’s built into my packages: there are no travel fees for the lower 48 states.  Arrangements can be made on a case by case basis for AK, HI, and any foreign country! 

 How do I get my images?

You may receive your images via digital download only or also by USB, whichever you prefer.

How long will it take to receive my images?

Although my contract specifies that I may take up to ten weeks to return photos from weddings, I do my best to provide them to clients in a much shorter time frame.  My average is about six weeks.  If your wedding is an elopement or not in the summer, my turn around time is very quick and is often the same week as your event.   I reserve the right to take that long for the off hand chance that something in my life goes awry.  Bones may break, family members may die, sometimes I need a vacation and as such, I will not change the contract to guarantee a faster turn-around time.  

 Do you have liability insurance?

Yes.  Many venues will refuse to allow me (or any wedding photographer) in the door without liability insurance.  

What methods of payment do you take?

Debit and credit cards through my studio software company which is called HONEYBOOK.

Can I give you a shot list?  Can I send you my Pinterest board?

No.  This is why: the photos you see in my portfolio are moments of creativity that I saw while being 100% present in the moment of the day.  I am a people watcher, observer and anticipator of reactions and moments.  If I am running around trying to check things off a list of photos that someone else created in another time, I’m failing you and I’m failing myself.  Instead of concentrating on the awesome, amazing, unique moments that are happening in your wedding, I’m concerned with a list of things that happened at another wedding.  This is YOUR wedding and YOUR day and you are hiring a photographer to tell YOUR story.  Not someone else’s story, that took place somewhere else, on another day with another photographer.  I don’t read wedding blogs and I don’t follow other wedding photographers for one simple reason: the only person I’m in competition with is myself.  I am going to do my best to be my best for you on your day, and that means not trying to recreate moments that aren’t yours.

Do you take formal photos?

Yes.  Often, a wedding is the only place where your entire family is together.  It’s important to capture these moments and after all, Grandma expects it.  Ideally, we spend no more than half an hour doing formal groupings so that everyone can get back to the celebration!  I will ask you of a list of formal family photo pairings before the day of the ceremony so that we can be quick and organized.  

 

Arden Hills Wedding

When should I have you show up?

Generally, if I am onsite an hour before the ceremony, that is the perfect amount of time for me to get bride getting ready shots.  For both bride and groom getting ready shots, without a 2nd shooter, I need about an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half.   

Who will be my photographer?

Me.  I’m a one woman party.  Second photographers are available with any package for $70/hr.   Regardless of whether you have just myself or a 2nd shooter, all the images will be cohesively presented, color corrected and edited.

Do you require a meal during the wedding?

Yes.   Not so shockingly, your guests do not enjoy being photographed with food in their mouths.  While they are eating is a perfect time for me to eat.  Also, I’m always hungry and I eat fast so I guarantee I’ll be done before them.   I’ll bring my own snacks during the day to keep me from getting hangry hungry.  I’m one of those people.

How many weddings do you photograph annually?

I photograph about 40 weddings a year!  

How far in advance do we need to book?

Most clients book their photographer as soon as they have a date and venue chosen.  May books up very quickly and far in advance.  You can lock in your date with my date retainer and choose your package at a later date.  

Isla Mujeres Destination Wedding

 

Do you do same-sex weddings?

Yes!  Everyone should get married!  I am a strong supporter of LGBT rights and  believe that everyone should have the right to marry.  I would be thrilled and honored to be your same sex wedding photographer.

Do you do weddings of all faiths?

Yes!  I love learning about new religions.   I’ve photographed ceremonies of Christian, Catholic, Jewish, LDS and non-denominational faiths and welcome the opportunity to learn about your family’s faith and tradition as well.

San Deigo Firehouse Wedding

Portrait Photography FAQ

My ____________________ [husband, fiancé, significant other] is shy.  

I’ve found that alcohol helps with this greatly.  If this is the case with your _______, I highly recommend we meet at a bar before your engagement session for a pint or two.  

 

When is the best time for portraits? 

The best light is always the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.  If kids are involved in your portrait session, I would suggest we meet in the early morning when they are feeling sparky and we adults are not.  If your session cannot occur in these hours, don’t worry, we will work together to do the best we can.  There are always solutions, like assistants holding giant umbrellas and utilizing shade under trees, of which there are plenty in the Tahoe area.  

Fall Portraits in Tahoe