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 full 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.
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 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. If you are visiting your venue and would like to invite me, don't hesitate to at least reach out and ask me - I may be available to join.
How many images do you give?
I generally deliver 50-100 images per hour booked, with that maxing out around 800 images. It all depends on hours booked, 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 and pick out the best photos and avoid 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.
What do we even do with all these photos?!
Your print release gives you a huge amount of opportunity to use your photos and get them on the walls! You can purchase many products right in your gallery print shop for the easiest experience, or you can use the image files to get products made elsewhere. My print shop is linked to a professional printing lab with experienced printers and color management for the best printing outcome. 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 & a few options for collage prints.
For invitations, announcements, save the dates & any other cards, I recommend minted.
For metal prints, calendars & other gifts, I recommend mpix.