Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you photograph details? What about family formals?

 

Although the majority of my wedding coverage is moment-driven, I also understand the importance of photographing all the little details that make up your day – and I love to provide you with magazine-worthy images of your table settings, personal details, and all of the other little things that you’ve spent so much time designing and crafting.

I also feel that a set of beautifully-lit, relaxed, and natural family photos is an incredible heirloom, and I take as much care with these photos as with the other aspects of your day.

 

Do you work with an assistant, or a second photographer?

 

Yes and yes. I have a wonderful assistant who also photographs when she’s not helping me out by setting up lights, carrying my gear, etc. She’s training up to be a full-time wedding photographer herself, and produces some amazing images at each wedding. She usually starts shortly before the ceremony, and stays with me through the main reception events. She’ll provide an alternate angle during the key parts of the day, and she keeps me happy, hydrated and sane.

 

How many images will we receive?

 

I typically take thousands of images on a wedding day, and there is no limit to the number of images that you will receive, however it’s usually in the 600-750 range, depending on the length of the day. I include everything great, and I edit out any misfires, missed focus images, and images with poor lighting or bad expressions.

I want you to have a collection of fantastic images that fully tell the story of your day.

 

When will we see our images?

 

My turnaround for image delivery following the wedding is typically four weeks, however I will post some “teaser” photos on my blog within two weeks of your wedding. And, if you’re a fan of my Facebook page, I’ll post a couple of “sneak peeks” on Facebook within seven days of your wedding.

 

Do you have backup equipment?

 

Of course! I carry with me two professional grade Nikon D-SLR cameras, plus a ton of spare lenses. I shoot prime (fixed focal length) lenses, and I keep backups of my two favorite lenses in my lighting bag at all times.

 

What happens if you’re sick?

 

I would have to be in pretty dire straits to not attend your wedding, but if I’m in hospital I have a network of colleagues to call on to fill in for me, both locally and nationally.

 

Do you include the digital negatives?

 

Yes and no. All collections include a disk of the final high-resolution, fully-edited, print-ready files, along with a print release, allowing you to print your images anywhere and at any size. I believe that it’s important for you to have an archive of all of the edited images from your wedding. However, I do not provide the RAW files, the uncorrected digital “negatives”. Nor do I give you every single photograph taken; I first edit out any poor images. Everything you receive is edited to the same standard as those photos you see in my portfolio and on my blog.

When you contact me, I will provide you with links to three full galleries from recent weddings, so that you can see what is typically included.

 

How many weddings do you photograph each weekend?

 

Just one – yours. I love my job, and my very favorite part of it is the day I spend photographing you and your loved ones. But it’s a long day, with few breaks, and in order to provide the best possible service to you I need to ensure that I’m well-rested and excited to give you my all … so I choose to photograph just one wedding per weekend, and no more than three weekends out of four each month. I average around 20 weddings each year.

 

We’re eloping! Do you offer any special collections for elopements and other smaller weddings?

 

Congratulations! I love photographing intimate celebrations, and some of my favorite weddings have had fewer than ten guests! If you’re planning a smaller celebration that takes place mid-week, or in the quieter season (November through March), I am sometimes able to offer a discount on my regular wedding collection prices. However, if your intimate celebration takes place on a prime weekend date (a Saturday or Sunday during the spring, summer or fall), my regular rates apply.

 

We love your relaxed style and eye for the fun and quirky … but our wedding will be quite fancy, so we’re a little concerned about what you’ll wear …

 

In my daily life you’ll see me kicking around in jeans and tees, with fun flats or cute sneakers. But on the wedding day I dress the part: usually a smart black dress with a jacket, or smart black pants and a cute black shirt in the winter.

 

We’d love to work with you; what happens next?

 

I’d love to meet with you both and get to know you! I also like to show you some sample albums, and answer any other questions you may have. Please contact me using the “become a client” link, or give me a call at 206.734.9444. Let me know a few times that work for you to meet (meetings typically take place on weekday evenings).

If you decide to hire me to photograph your wedding, a $2000 retainer, and a signed contract, will reserve your date.