How do we book? What are the payment requirements?
To book you will pay a $350 retainer via cash, check or card. This applies toward your total balance. You will both sign my contract online via a program called Adobe Sign, which will provide all of us with a finished PDF copy (you may also sign a paper copy if you book at your consultation or just want to print it). The remaining balance will be due 30 days prior to your wedding date.
I have a travel cap at no more than 1.5 hours from my location (Bremerton) but do not charge extra for travel. If you are electing to use the basic session as your free gift option or are purchasing any engagement portrait package with your wedding, keep in mind that Kitsap County locations may be used for any package - however, if you would like to use a location outside of Kitsap County (Port Townsend, Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia etc.) the deluxe or luxury package will be the two eligible packages. You may pay the difference if you want to apply the value of the basic session towards a larger package. Keep in mind with multiple location portrait packages, to account for the travel time between within the session time once it begins. See the pricing page or my about page for a coverage area map.
What is your photography style?
I like to refer to my style as naturally-posed, rich and colorful. I always include a few poses that will be look-at-the-camera-and-smile shots, but encourage interaction for genuine moments. I love details of a wedding day so I will always be sure to include close ups of decorations, floral pieces, the rings, various views of the venue and more - it completes the storytelling aspect of a wedding photography album and documents all the hard work you put into the feel and vision for your day. You'll see me finding a variety of angles to shoot every aspect of the day from the ceremony to the reception, focusing on the two of you but also making sure to get plenty of candid photos of your guests. You'll likely not know I was even taking certain photos, so it's always so much fun to share wedding galleries!
Do you bring your own lighting?
I have an assortment of flashes and lighting equipment and am able to work with a variety of lighting situations to make beautiful photos! I will evaluate the lighting around your venue to determine what is necessary.
Are you insured?
I am an insured business and can provide a certificate of liability insurance written to your venue if required - please try to ask me at least a few weeks prior to the date so I have adequate time to get it from my insurance company.
Do you use backups?
Absolutely. At every wedding, I bring 2 cameras, plenty of memory cards and batteries and a variety of lenses. I carry both cameras with me most of the day on a double-strap shoulder harness to avoid having to change lenses during important moments. Carrying on post wedding, I backup your images to multiple locations.
Do you visit our venue ahead of time?
Generally, no. The time of day, season and other aspects will be so very different that seeing the venue ahead of time will not be much more helpful than just arriving early enough to tour around and scout locations on the wedding day. I always arrive early to a wedding to get my gear out, see where things are happening and scout locations for portraits and first look (if applicable). I will always also look at other wedding galleries from your venue online and get an idea of what it is like.
How many photos will we get?
I generally deliver 50-100 images per hour booked, with that capping at around 800, give or take. It all depends on the number hours, size of the wedding (wedding party, guest count, venue size, amount of events that occur, etc) number of photographers & other individual factors. I go through all the images carefully and pick out the best photos, avoiding the ones with closed eyes/duplicate shots/unflattering etc.
What do we wear for our engagement photos?
Coordinate your colors and styles without matching exactly, but rather complimenting each other with colors, patterns, and accessories. Stay away from neon colored clothing (highlighter yellow, florescent pink etc), as these often will create a color cast on your skin. I have a pinterest board here that I use to save outfit ideas and tips to share with clients.
What's your turnaround time?
Approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on the size of the wedding and my current workload. If you're ordering an album, you will have the option to select images once your gallery is complete. Allow approximately 1 month for album design, proofing, ordering and shipping. Any included products in your package will be shipped out approximately within 14 days of your gallery completion.
What do you shoot with?
This often doesn't hold a lot of importance to most clients, but I do get asked! I use Canon full frame DSLRS, more specifically a 5D Mark IV & a 6D. My lens collection includes a 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 70-200 2.8, and a 100mm 2.8 macro.
Who do you use as a second shooter?
All of my second shooters will be other professional photographers that have wedding experience, to be the most helpful in documenting your day from every angle. Because they are other professionals running businesses just like me, they book weddings too, so I have plenty of contacts that I would trust to call on if the first choice books their own job.
Should my ceremony be unplugged?
An unplugged ceremony (guests put away cameras & cell phones) means your guests are fully present for your ceremony, vice trying to get a great photo on their devices. It also avoids having phones and cameras and arms blocking people's faces and important events, which happens sometimes as guests lean into the aisle, stand, walk around, hold cameras and phones up, and so forth during the ceremony. It also avoids any unwanted flash going off which can actually affect your photographers photos, as they will have their settings adjusted for the lighting they are in in, and if a sudden burst of light from someone's camera or phone is presented, it can sometimes ruin the photographer's image as they are not adjusted for that amount of light. There are plenty of examples online for wording to have your officiant use to gently ask guests to stow away phones and cameras for the ceremony. While I do advise an unplugged ceremony, it is ultimately your own choice!
All of my packages include a print release for all digital files included or purchased - this is standard among photographers who provide digital images. With this release, you are absolutely welcome to print, share online and post, even give files or prints to friends and family. Any use deemed personal is okay; meaning you are free to display in your home, use your photos for gifts, cards, make books, and so forth. Selling or entering the images in photography contests, or commercial or business use are examples of uses that would not be allowed. In short, the bottom line question to determine if the use would be okay is, "would this make me any form of profit?" If the answer is yes, regardless of direct or indirect profit arising, then that use would be outside of your print release. A common misconception is that "copyright" literally means having the right to copy/print - it actually refers to the author of the photograph. I need the retention of the copyright to be able to continue to promote my business and share with my audience of potential clients and followers what I am producing. Please note that editing and altering is prohibited, as part of retaining copyright involves protecting the integrity of my art and advertised style. I happily welcome any questions regarding this as I completely understand it can be confusing!
What do we even do with all these photos?!
Your print release gives you a huge range of opportunities to use your photos and get them on the walls! Many products are available for purchase right in your gallery print shop for the easiest experience, or you can use the high resolution image files to get products made somewhere of your choosing. Galleries are linked to a professional print lab with experienced photo lab technicians I have worked closely with for years - you can be confident I'll get you the best color. Because I personally approve orders made through my galleries, all orders are reviewed for crop settings and color prior to placement. You can find standard print sizes here from 4x6 up to large sizes like 24x36, as well as framing options to get a completely finished product, canvas prints & options for collage prints. Keep in mind I also sell professional albums from a purse-sized 4"x4" to an impressive 12"x12".
Best places to print:
For prints, through your gallery's print shop - Instructions
For metal prints, calendars & other gifts, I recommend Mpix
Worst places to print:
Box store print labs such as Kinkos, Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Walmart
Low quality online labs such as Shutterfly, Vistaprint