01. The Basics
What is your approach?
My approach is editorial and cinematic in style, but above all, it is genuine. I am fascinated by the complexities of human beings. One of the aspects I love about what I do is the fact that I get to photograph someone different on most of my jobs. Every story I capture is distinctly unique.
Human connection holds great significance for me. Candid moments are my passion, as they reveal genuine emotions and narratives. I do offer guidance when necessary, but avoid overwhelming my clients with too much direction. My priority is to make sure that those who I photograph have a truly amazing and unique experience, and not a copy of someone else's idea of a good time.
Do you help in the planning process?
Yes, absolutely! I will help with the wedding timeline, anything photo-related, questions on light, what to wear, vendors, anything! I am here for you!
How long have you been a photographer?
I've been photographing people for over a decade. Full-time for 5 years.
What are the main things to focus on during the planning process?
First off all, realize that this day is all about you! Meaning, stay true to yourselves!
Secondly, LIGHT is kind of a big one! The best scenario is for your ceremony to be about an hour and half before sunset. I want beautiful light on both of your faces, not shadows or harsh, uneven early afternoon light. Now, if it's overcast then throw everything I said just out of the window. Your ceremony can start at 1 pm for all I care.
Please remember, most of the time less is more! A busy background will make for distracting photos. If I could have as much natural light as possible, it will be a win for everyone!
Lastly, please make sure your that your getting ready suites/rooms are somewhat presentable that way I can get best possible photos during your "getting ready" time. Remember, windows are your best friend! Set up your make up chair near one, and we will get along just fine!
02. The Collection
What is your turn around time?
For family and couples sessions, it’s typically 2-4 weeks.
For weddings, it’s 6-8 weeks. (8-10 weeks during busy season!)
How many photos can we expect?
The short answer is - it varies!
For weddings, it depends on your coverage, but on average I guarantee anywhere between 600-1200 fully edited images.
For families, I deliver around 55 or more photographs.
For couples sessions/engagements, the average is about 60-120.
Don't worry though, I never leave anything out. I include plenty of photos of everything I capture. You will get anything and everything that meets my standards!
How can we book you?
All I need is a signed contract and a 50% retainer.
Does our session fee include images?
It does! I don’t have a “sitting fee” with additional purchase of images or edited files. Everything is already included for you! You will, however, have an option to purchase prints, photo albums, via the image gallery.
Will we get sneak peeks?
Yes of course! I try and send sneak peeks within 48-72 hrs.
03. Travel Info
Do you travel?
Yes, most definitely I do! I prefer it to be honest. I'm a travel buff, so naturally traveling is one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
Do you travel for family sessions?
Absolutely! It allows for us to photograph a session at your home or in your home state.
Tip: If you want to save on travel fees, try to find other families in your circle, or in your city, that may be interested in a session as well, and you can split the travel fees to save money!
Do you have estimated pricing for travel costs?
My standard travel fee is $1000. This includes the cost of roundtrip airfare, car rental, hotel, and a food stipend. The fee could change depending on location.
We're awkward in front of the camera — help!
So many of my clients tell me that they are awkward when it comes to having their photo taken — even the ones who seem super cool and natural.
No sweat, my approach is to make you comfortable by allowing you to be your true selves. Sometimes the first hour of my session is simply getting my clients "warmed up" and then the "real" shoot begins.
In other words, don't stress too much over your perceived awkwardness. Remember why you are there, why you hired me, and the rest will fall into place, I promise.
Are we allowed to bring our dogs to a session?
Yes, without a doubt! We can have your animals in any of the photos. I’ve done photos with dogs, horses, cats — you name it!
What if the weather is bad?
My rule of thumb is to encourage my clients to embrace whatever the weather brings. I am a seasoned photographer so I can play/shoot in any type of light. It’s going to be a fun and unique experience regardless of what mother nature throws at us.
However, if the weather is too crazy and could damage my gear or it’s simply not safe — we can reschedule or postpone!
What is a "First Look"?
This is where the couple gets to see each other after being apart most of the morning. It’s a time for just the two of them! First Looks tend to get pretty emotional so I give the couple space while managing to document everything that's going on. I prefer a spot that’s quiet, beautiful and open where the newlyweds can really take it all in and look at each other and be in awe!
Sometimes First Look is where the couple gets to be alone together the entire day. That makes it a great time to get all of the additional couple portraits. First Look allows couples to knock out bridal party photos, and sometimes even family portraits, before the ceremony ever begins .
First Looks are far more emotional, way less pressure, and are much more intimate. They allow you to relax a bit before the party begins!
Trust me it's a great idea! You'll thank me later.