What is your preferred style of photography?
My style of photography is a soft romantic take of a mix of editorial and photojournalistic approach. On your wedding day I like to capture the day as it would unfold. There are moments where I will give a bit of direction for when there are opportunities for flattering light and romantic posing. After the ceremony (or at the ‘First Look’ moments) your “Romantics” portraits (the beautiful photos of your and your beau) this is where I can give more direction to create gorgeous images of the wedded couple.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
I photographed my first wedding in 2005 and I fell in love with wedding photography for life!
How many weddings have you shot in your career?
I will photograph about 25 weddings a year. So somewhere over 250 weddings and still counting! By taking on a limit about of weddings per year I’m able to give each of my couples the special attention they deserve.
What’s in your bag?
The cameras I use are Nikon D800 + D700. My lighting which I use in low lighting situations like the reception portion of the wedding I use SB700, 800, 900 on light stands and on camera. I carry several large storage memory cards and charged back up batteries on me at all times. I have several lenses that I like to use for specific moments and details. Here’s a list of my favorite lenses that I will use on the job: 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8.
Do you shoot natural light or artificial light? Or both?
I prefer to photograph in natural light whilst we have it available. For low light situations such as the reception I like to have my off camera lights set up to create beautiful lighting during the traditional festivities like the first dance, father daughter dance, cake cutting, party dancing, and grand exit. So it’s important to have a timeline of your reception made so that I can know ahead of time when/where I need to set up to make a beautiful lighting situation for your festivities.
How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day?
Your wedding will be the only wedding I photograph that day.
Do you bring a second shooter?
I do! I want your wedding day story to be captured in different perspectives and even sometimes the things you didn’t notice. Having my 2nd shooter there can insure that the timeline flows well and that there isn’t missed moments if one of us needs to switch memory cards or batteries.
How much does your average client spend on their wedding photography?
My clients typically spend $4,000 on their wedding day photography
Do you work from a shot list? Can I request certain images are taken at the wedding?
Both I and my 2nd shooter have a mental shot list of everything that needs to be photographed. We both have photographed weddings for a number of years and are experienced in photographing the common details and moments as the day unfolds, but if there is a unique detail that you would like photographed please let myself know. I do require a Family Heirloom list. These are the images of you as a couple with members of your family after the ceremony (sometimes before the ceremony in some cases i.e. First Look Moments). These images are so important for your immediate family but also for the generations that follow after you. When making your list keep in mind that each Family Heirloom shot takes 3-5 mins to set up and photograph.
How much does an additional hour of coverage cost?
$350 per hour of coverage. This would include my 2nd shooter’s time as well.
How many images can I expect to see from my wedding?
Depending on your hours of coverage you can expect to receive anywhere between 450-800 images. DIY elements, large amounts of guests and wedding party, extended hours of coverage, and other elements are factors for the amount of images you can expect.
Do you do First Look Moments (see each other before the wedding)?
More and more couples these days desire to share their first moments of seeing each other privately rather than in front of the mass congregation. For couples that want the naturally lit look for the photos having a ‘first look’ can help with timelines when a ceremony begins at dusk. This can be necessary for fall/winter weddings since we lose light at a much earlier time in the day in those seasons. Your timeline is something we can discuss at booking and we can explore our options. Regardless, I completely respect a bride and groom’s desire for tradition if that’s what they prefer. If you are on the fence on your decision to have a first look or not please ask me to send you a time with the pro’s and con’s of first look that can help you make this decision. This information can be very helpful to the timeline of your wedding day.
Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session to show during cocktail hour?
I would love nothing more than to do this for you! Your images should be curated by a professional whose art form is visual romantic storytelling. Please inquire for a quote for this service.
Is there a full gallery of a previous wedding we can look at?
Absolutely! My web portfolio shows off all my favorite images, but if you are interested you are more than welcome to have a look at a full gallery of images. Just ask and I will be more than happy to send you a link to that wedding.
Do you have a limit to the amount of images you will edit?
I edit all the initial images for exposure, contrast, and white balance before posting them to your gallery. There will be some select images what may need a little more attention I would make sure that they get the additional airbrushing, cropping, and professional editing that’s needed.
How long does it take to see the proofs from my wedding?
Due to the large amount of files to cull and edit through it takes me 2-3 weeks to complete the edits and post them to your gallery.
Do I receive a digital copy of my images in high resolution?
Absolutely! Your engagement and wedding day photos are placed on a beautiful wooden thumb drive. View the Digital Collection here. You can upgrade your digital collection to include prints within your photo box. View the Photo + Digital Collection Box here. You will receive printing consent with your Digital Collection so that you may print them or create products with them. Copyright laws permit you from altering the image in any way or form.
Who do you recommend for printing our images after we’ve received our photos?
For heaven’s sake please do not take your photos to a grocer, pharmacy, or your home computer to print your images. These types of printers will make your photos ugly. I highly recommend the sister company to one of my favorite professional print labs – Mpix.com They make it easy to make prints, enlargements, and unique products with professional quality and are reasonably priced. If you rather not deal with placing orders yourself and appreciate top quality products you can place your order with me.
Is an album included?
It’s great having digital copies of your wedding day, but so many brides rarely have the time to print them or build the album that they said they would build themselves. When you day is long over I want you to be able to have a wedding album that holds your wedding day photos and family pictures and that will be passed down for generations. It’s so important to have a tangible product from your wedding day. You invested so much into your day and you should have something to walk away from other than memories on a thumb drive that never see the light of day. Please check out our wedding heirloom album.
Can we have my wedding published either on a blog or magazine?
A majority of my weddings and shoots have been featured in many publications – both magazine and major blog sites! I would love to be able to share your stylish wedding you dreamed up with the world! Click here to view some of the publications my work has been featured in.
What do you and your 2nd shooter/assistants wear to photograph weddings?
I usually wear a stylish pencil skirt and ballet flats or comfortable (and quiet) heels. It’s rare that I wear slacks…I’m just a girly girl. My 2nd shooter always will be professionally dressed.
What is your plan if you are ill or there is an emergency and you can’t photograph my wedding?
I have photographed over 250 weddings in my career and I’ve never ever have missed a single one – knock on wood! But in this worst case scenario were to happen I would have my 2nd shooter, who knows how I shoot and work like the back of her hand, stand in as the primary photographer and I would find a replacement 2nd shooter through my large network of photographer friends. I would definitely hire someone that is equal to me in skill.
How much is the retainer payment to book my wedding day?
Payments are broken into 3 payments. 30% of your desired Collection total (subject to State of Texas Sales Tax) is needed to book your day. The other two payments are midway point between your booking date and your wedding date and the final payment is 30 days before your event. Payments for your wedding day coverage Collection need to be paid by all major credit cards, check, or cash. Products such as albums, canvas prints, and print image boxes can be purchased with credit card.
When is the balance due?
As long as the remaining balance is paid 30 days before the wedding then we can have everything squared away for your wedding day. I’d rather not be a vendor that you need to get payments to at the end of your wedding night.
What is your cancellation policy?
As stated in my contract: The Client understands that the retainer is non-refundable. If the Client should pay in full and cancels this Agreement thirty (30) or more calendar days prior to the wedding then the retail value of the services paid to the Photographer minus the retainer shall be refunded back to the client. Should the Client cancel this Agreement within thirty (30) days of the wedding date then 50% of the retail value of the services already paid minus the retainer shall be refunded back to the Client.
Do you backup your files online just in case of a fire? Do you have backup equipment?
I do backup everything. “If it’s not saved in 3 places it doesn’t exist!” I do store all my work on a cloud gallery once the job is complete. I always carry backup equipment for my sessions and wedding days. My 2nd shooter also carries her own back up camera.
Will you help me with my wedding day timeline?
Absolutely! It’s helpful to know how I work — when and what photos what happen at what time — and how can organize your day to when it has optimal lighting.
Can family members and guest take photos on our wedding day?
Everyone has that family member that loves to take photos and I think that’s fabulous! I don’t mind family members and guests taking their own photos as long as they aren’t holding up the timeline or if their flash is setting off my lighting. In past I’ve had the family/guest “photographer” step into “the line of fire” of my photos during the ceremony scene. I will gently let them know that I need them to wait till I have my shot and then they may click away as they please. It’s best to let that person know before the wedding that you’d like for them to enjoy the day because you hired a professional to capture the day.
What method of payments do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. All purchases are subject to sales tax (8.25%).
Do you charge a travel fee for weddings out of the Houston Area?
There is a travel fee for locations outside the Houston Area. The fee is .55 cents per mile to and from. Usually depending on distance an overnight hotel stay is needed to be provided. I welcome Destination weddings! I usually do travel out of state about twice a year for an event/wedding.
Can the complimentary engagement session be switched out for a bridal session?
The engagement session is the opportunity for a couple to get comfortable with me photographing them. It helps them to get familiar with my posing direction and how I work. My couples are so much more at ease on their wedding day having the run through of an engagement session. That being said I highly recommend utilizing the engagement session, but I’m not oppose to switching it out for a bridal session if that’s what you so desire. Bridal sessions are so beautiful and fun and can also be added to your collection if you wish to do both sessions. Collections are value based so items can be switched out — service for services and product for product.
Do you have liability insurance?
Absolutely I do! Some exclusive venues and churches require vendors to have liability insurance.
Thank you for considering me as your wedding photographer. Please visit the contact page to inquire about your wedding day!