FAQs

 

A handful of some of my most frequently asked questions.
However, if yours isn’t listed, please don’t hesitate to throw me a line.


How much do you charge?

My wedding day packages start at $2450; each includes varying amounts of time spent with you two documenting your wedding day, a digital gallery with printing rights delivered within 4-6 weeks, and a portrait session. All packages are customizable to fit your needs. À la carte portrait and family sessions start at $495.

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How long have you been photographing weddings?

My first wedding was in July of 2012; the groom was a musician friend of mine who I met at a festival in Illinois. Worried of failure, I repeatedly refused the offer to fly to the beautiful hills of Western New York to photograph his bohemian, barefoot, lakeside ceremony. (Modern day Me to 2012 Me: DREAM WEDDING! SAY YES, YOU SWEET FOOL.) After some friendly badgering he was able to convince me that the wedding would be a huge party (I love parties, and yes, it was) and that it would be an easy day, so I said yes and am grateful every. single. day. that I did. (Fun fact: I woke up the morning of the wedding with a fever of 102° but, obviously, photographed it anyway.)

 

Why do you photograph weddings?

My childhood was spent digging through the boxes of images my gramps created of my mom; hours came and went as I sat in a dark guest bedroom clicking through the slides of family picnics and weekends at the cabin that he so lovingly crafted from film to projection in his basement darkroom. He was my first introduction to what photojournalism is and how it made me feel – as if I had been there, creating these memories for myself. (I like to think he passed along his passion for storytelling to me, and that I’m living out both of our dreams.) This is also my approach to wedding days: to tell the story of the day you two became a family. No gimmicks, no creating moments that didn’t occur organically, and as little Photoshop as possible. I offer some simple direction during portraits throughout the day, but my goal is to stay in the background and document the day as it naturally unfolds, allowing you and your story to be the focus.

 

What gear do you use?

I am a Canon photographer through and through and will arrive equipped with their professional, full-frame camera bodies and crisp lenses. I also utilize Sigma Art lenses, Fuji cameras, and instant film.

 

How many images are included in my package? Will you send me the RAWs?

It varies depending on all the unique factors that go into your wedding day, but I average 50-75 edited images per hour of photography coverage. These carefully curated and edited images will be delivered to you via a digital gallery within 6 weeks of your wedding day. Since my specific editing is such a vital part of my style and service, I do not offer unedited or RAW images.

 

Do you offer albums or prints?

Yes! A few of the packages include these, but anyone (your friends and family included!) is able to order prints or albums through the digital gallery.

 

Did you go to school for photography?

In 2009 I broke up with a boyfriend and as a means of therapy spent months watching Youtube videos and reading countless blogs in an effort to teach myself photography and Photoshop. Through *lots* of trial and error and relying on a toddler as my model, I worked my way through those early, awkward stages of learning how to use a camera. In 2011 I took a few classes at a community college to learn the finer science behind crafting an image, and went on to photograph my first wedding in 2012. I’ve learned over the last few years that I’m an autodidact and continue to educate myself through photography blogs and the work of peers.

 

What happens if you can’t make it to my wedding?

I’ve photographed weddings while battling the flu, heartbreak, pneumonia, a sprained wrist, seasonal allergies, a really bad haircut, food poisoning, and migraines. I don’t believe in pulling a sick day for weddings, but should the fates have other plans *knock on wood* I would reach into my network of talented wedding photographers to find a replacement. Your day will be documented, don’t worry.

 

How many weddings have you photographed? Where have you traveled?

As of 2017, I’ve served as the lead or solo photographer on 49 weddings — so you’re in good hands with me. These weddings have taken me to Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Oregon. I’m based out of Portland, Oregon but my second love is traveling, so I’ll eagerly hop on a plane or train or boat to reach your celebration.

How do we book?

Send me a message through the contact page, and we’ll set up a time to meet over drinks or sweet treats. If we’re a good fit, I’ll send over the contract and an invoice for 25% of the total package as the retainer. As soon as I receive both of these items, YOU’RE BOOKED! 🙂

 


 

travel dates:

Plan on being in one of these locations or nearby at the same time?
Let’s connect.

 

04-14 November 2017 → Minnesota + Iowa
21-29 December 2017 → Tulum, Mexico
Summer 2018 Europe
December 2018 – January 2019 Italy, Spain, France