I'm interested in booking you for my wedding. How does it all work?
That's so exciting! Initially, we start out chatting via email or phone call. I want to hear all about your wedding, so I'll try to follow up by scheduling an in-person consultation so we can chat in person. If you are not local to the greater Springfield area, we can share some coffee over Skype! I'm not going to try to sell you hard - I realize there are lots of great wedding photographers out there. I'll just share my passion for my craft, answer any questions you may have, and share how I can help you with your wedding needs. No need to stress!
I will bring studio policy info and my contract so that you can look everything over at our in-person meetings, or send the info to you online. You don't have to decide anything right then, but I will follow up within 72 hours of our meeting to see if you have any questions. I receive many inquiries, with limited dates available, so while I do give you first consideration within that 72 hour window after we meet, bookings are first come, first serve. If you decide to go forward with booking me, I only require 30% of your wedding collection with your signed contract as a retainer, with the final 70% due two weeks before the wedding. I can even arrange easy online payment plans. PLEASE NOTE: I cannot hold wedding dates without a paid/cleared retainer and signed contract.
Do you have a second photographer for weddings?
All of my standard wedding Collections listed on my pricing page include two photographers. Elopements and very small weddings are usually single photographer events.
Do you Travel for Weddings and Elopements? Yes!! Let's go! I love to travel. All of my standard wedding collections include mileage for weddings up to 200 miles from 417-land. If your location is over 3 hours away (roughly) I will calculate mileage and travel fees on a custom basis.
Will you shoot same-sex weddings?
Absolutely. I have shot same-sex weddings. Love is love!
So what is fine art photography, exactly?
Lifestyle, or fine-art weddings involve a mix of photojournalism and non-intrusive direction during portrait time. My primary focus is on candid moments and documentary-style coverage of the ceremony and reception, with time set aside for natural-looking, organically posed portraits of the couple, bridal party, and their families. I'm a storyteller (I was a writer long before I was a photographer) so my photography has a distinct, narrative thread.
Do you shoot video?
I don't. I am a still photographer, through and through!
Do you only shoot with natural/available light?
Light is my thing. Being able to see light well is one of the areas in which I can be confident in saying I excel. While natural light photography is my preference and a defining characteristic of my style, I can and do use reflectors, on and off-camera flash, and other fun lighting tricks. If you have a dark venue for your wedding - have no fear! I have shot wedding receptions in pitch-black basements with no available ambient light and have done bridal portraits after dark.
If you love my warm golden hour photos, these can only be accomplished early in the morning around sunrise or two hours before sunset. The light is much better during this time of day, and makes everything so golden and glow-y.
Can you Photoshop Me?
I do retouch your photos using Photoshop to remove dark circles, smooth skin and blemishes, and fine-tune your features so that your prints will be as flattering as possible. With my boudoir packages, I do more retouching to smooth skin and add highlighting/contouring - but my main goal as a photographer is to make you look like the best "you" possible. I try to get things right in-camera with posing and lighting to minimize the amount of time I need to spend in Photoshop, as this means you will get to see your photos much sooner.
What happens if you get sick the day of my wedding?
Unless I am physically unable to walk or work my camera equipment, I will be there. Dayquil is wonderful! If, however, I have a serious family emergency or (God forbid - die)I will have made arrangements with my second-shooter or an alternate photographer to shoot your wedding. I am well-connected in the local photography community and will find you a photographer.
Do I have to do a first look? My groom and I do not want to see each other before the wedding.
First looks are totally optional. It's your wedding day, and it should be as you want it. One benefit of doing a first look is that you have more time at your reception to mingle with your guests. We can also usually shoot family formals before the wedding as well. It all depends on the timeline of the wedding and how early you want to begin photography. 2-3 hours before the wedding is standard.
Help! I've never planned a wedding before, and I don't know how to begin. Can you help?
As a former bride myself, I understand that weddings can be stressful. I can definitely help you organize your timeline for the day, as this is an integral part of my services as your photographer. I can also make suggestions on wedding ceremony start times for the best light, etc. I am only an email or phone call away, and I am happy to answer your questions. I also highly suggest hiring a wedding coordinator to help with your day, especially for larger weddings.
How long will it be before I see my images?
My business philosophy is to under-promise and over-deliver. I promise your wedding images for you to view online and download within 4-6 weeks of the event, but I strive to provide them much sooner. My boudoir and engagement sessions have a turnaround time of 3-4 weeks. I retouch and edit every image I include in your package. (During busy season, June-November, turnaround time may slightly increase.)
I hear your camera clicking a bunch. Does that mean I'm going to get all those photos?
I take more pictures than I will need during a typical wedding. During the editing process, I cull all of the most flattering photos, and delete the photos which are unflattering or repetitive. You wouldn't want those pictures anyway! Depending on the length of your shoot, I will deliver only the best shots of you and your family, completely retouched and ready for print and web usage. Average is around 50 photos per hour on the average wedding day, and you always get the black and white copies of the photos as well.
Do you do Family Photography?
I offer two mini-session dates a year where I do family photography - one in the Spring, and one in the Fall. The rest of my weekends are focused on serving clients for their weddings and engagements, as well as a limited number of Boudoir sessions on weekdays.
What is a print release? Why do you include it?
A print release is permission from me as your photographer to print the photos I give to you. Due to copyright laws, if I do not provide you with this release, you are not legally allowed to reproduce the photograph, and some labs will question you. Some photographers provide an actual copyright release, I do not. I still retain the copyright to all of my images, but you can reproduce them for personal use,and share them via Facebook and other social media with photo credit. Please do not use them for financial gain or alter/re-edit them. That's my only rule. :)