Why should I hire you for my wedding?
I enjoy coffee (lots of coffee), travel, time with family and I’m one of only three Certified Professional Photographers in Alabama. None of which directly relate to weddings. Why choose me to photograph your wedding?
I absolutely love what I do and you will absolutely love your photographs. They will be a part of your legacy. Your children will treasure them and your grandchildren will display them in their homes.
I work really, really hard to be a really, really great wedding photographer. Please consider me because I’d love to work with you.
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is a combination of photojournalism and posed images. I love beautifully exposed skin tones and beautiful light. If we have lovely natural light, awesome. If not, then I'll add the light needed to make a beautiful image.
Do you have a second photographer or work alone?
Most of the time I will have a second photographer. You'll notice the majority of collections I offer include a second photographer, in addition to our assistant.
What are your prices?
For the most current pricing options, please CLICK HERE to contact me. As of January 2019, traditional collections begin at $2,300 and elopements are $900. HOWEVER, I do run a very customized business and if this doesn't meet your budget needs, please don't hesitate to contact me.
How do we book you? What are your payment terms?
To be officially booked, I require a signed agreement and non-refundable retainer paid at the time of booking. The retainer is 15% of the total balance. The remaining 85% is divided into two payments. The first is due 8 weeks prior to your event and the the second payment is due 2 weeks before the wedding date. Clients always have the option to break down the payments into monthly or quarterly payments, provided that the final balance is paid 2 weeks before the wedding.
Do you offer portrait sessions?
Absolutely! I very much enjoy portrait sessions with clients. Engagement sessions, bridal portraits, boudoir sessions, proposals, and post-wedding portraits are options. I'm also happy to take family portraits, and book many family sessions in the fall.
How do we set up a timeline to ensure we get all the pictures we want?
I have all of my clients complete a very detailed questionnaire about the wedding day. (if they want a first look, what images are most important to them, how many family formal group pictures, etc.) Then we will meet, discuss their answers, and make a detailed timeline for the day. I also have them make a list of the family formal groups they would like—that way we don’t miss any important shots with family.
Do you use a shot list? Can I show you my Pinterest board?
If by "shot list", you mean one of those “must have wedding shots” lists you’ll find on some blog, then no. I don’t use that type of shot list. I am very familiar with the typical wedding day and what pictures need to be taken. Also, if my head is always down looking at a list, then I’m missing the amazing moments happening around me. We certainly don’t want that!
Any images particularly important to my clients will have been discussed and noted prior to the wedding day.
I DO use a list for family formals that clients provide. We don't want to miss pictures with special friends and family. Having a list also makes that part of the day more efficient and organized.
Clients are always welcome to show me ideas they found on Pinterest. That being said—I don’t guarantee that we can recreate any specific images. Plus, we want to create images that are unique to the client and their wedding day-not just copy someone else.
How many images can we expect to receive?
For the wedding day, I never put a limit on how many images I deliver. Typically, you can expect to receive around 50-60 edited images per hour that I’m working. For example, an 8 hour wedding day client could expect to receive somewhere between 400-560 images, possibly a little more. There are a lot of variables that influence how many images a client receives. The number of the guest in attendance, size of the bridal party, if people are on the dance floor all night... these are just a few of the things that will influence the number of images you will receive.
For portrait sessions, you will receive 30-40 edited images.
Will we receive all of the images taken?
You will receive every good image I take, but I do not give clients every frame. Plus, who wants a picture of someone with their eyes closed or an accidental picture of the sidewalk?
Do you offer albums?
I offer beautiful, custom albums in a variety of sizes for the couple, as well as parent albums. They are included in some of the collections or can be purchased a la carte.
How long until we receive our images?
Turn around time is 3 weeks for portrait sessions and 6 weeks for weddings.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes yes yes. Having the proper insurance is such an important aspect of being in business. I can also provide Proof of Insurance if required by the venue.
Do you have backup equipment?
I have backups from start to finish. Starting with my equipment, I have backup professional camera bodies, lenses, and flashes. When shooting, I'm using dual card slots that are recording the exact same image on two cards. Finally, the images are uploaded to two hard drives. Accidents happen, sometimes technology fails, and I make sure none of that affects my ability to make and deliver beautiful images on a wedding day. Backups are always with me.
Do you photograph gay or lesbian same sex wedding?
Absolutely. (Seriously, why do we even need this question?)
How long have you been in business?
2018 marks my 5th year in business and I have shot just shy of 50 weddings.
Will you hold a wedding date?
To keep things simple and fair for everyone, I book on a first come, first serve basis. The only thing that ensures your date is signing an agreement and paying the retainer.
When should we book you?
As soon as possible. I never want a client to feel rushed or pressured, however, like mentioned earlier, I can’t guarantee a date until an agreement is signed and retainer paid. Typically, I'm booked 6-12 months before the wedding. On occasion, clients with a short engagement will reach out 3 months before their date.
Do you edit our photographs?
Yes, I edit and review each image I deliver. Starting in 2019, the bulk of simple correction editing for weddings will be outsourced. That portion of the whole process is quite a time consuming, and I am happy to have someone better suited for the job do that task. Outsourcing will also help me ensure that your images are delivered on time! Any images chosen for albums will get a full retouching.
Are you willing to travel?
I have my suitcase and passport ready! So yes, I am willing to travel. Travel fees will vary.
Do you bring in your own lighting?
Absolutely. Understanding light is essential to being a great photographer. I have various ways to light a scene and won't hesitate to use them if I think it is needed. Tending to any Off-Camera flash is my assistant's most important job.