QUESTIONS AND THINGS
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WHAT DO YOU CHARGE FOR WEDDINGS? WHAT ABOUT PORTRAITS?
My wedding package is $3.500 and my portrait sessions (family, boudoir, senior, etc.) are $400. I also offer sets of 10 or 20 polaroid images from your day/session for $30 or $60. Please contact me for more detailed or flexible package information.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
I started photographing weddings as an intern in the summer of 2011. After that I began photographing weddings on my own the very next summer. Wow, I've been at this for longer than I thought. I've shot over 150 weddings!
HOW MANY HOURS OF COVERAGE DO YOU OFFER?
No more than 12 on wedding days. For portrait sessions, generally no more than 1.5 hours.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU GENERALLY DELIVER?
For a portrait or engagement session you can generally expect to receive about 200 images. For a wedding, usually around 1000. All of this, of course, depends on your particular session.
CAN WE MEET YOU FACE TO FACE BEFORE BOOKING YOU?
That's a fantastic idea. Let's grab coffee or margaritas! On me, of course...
DO YOU OFFER MENTOR SESSIONS?
1000% yes, of course I do. I got my start in this industry because of someone mentoring me and believing in me. It's the least I can do now to do the same for someone else!
WILL YOU POST ABOUT MY DAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Yes, yes I will. I will fiiiiiiiill up that wedding hashtag of yours.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY SENIOR/FAMILY/PORTRAIT/BOUDOIR SESSION? CAN YOU JUST TAKE ME SHOPPING?
I'd totally be willing to take you shopping (online, in store, or in your own closet). If you're serious, I'm serious. Here are some general guidelines to hold you over for now. You do not have to be too matchy-matchy (or too dressy). Wear something that feels like you. Colors and patterns (even if they clash a bit) are totally okay. If you have more specific questions or need some inspiration, feel free to ask me. I'd love to help style your session!
I'M STILL LOOKING FOR BRIDESMAID DRESSES / A VIDEOGRAPHER / WEDDING DESSERTS. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I loooooooove planning weddings. I've also worked with tons of area vendors on over 150 weddings. I'd be more than happy to share my knowledge and opinions with you, if you'd like! You can also take a look at my vendor recommendations here! Even if you're not getting married in the Midwest, I've got tons of ideas and would love to help.
WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP ME CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR MY WEDDING DAY?
Of course! In fact, I'd prefer it. I've been a part of so many wedding days. I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what works, what doesn't work, and how much time you'll need for varying parts of your wedding. I'd, at the very least, love to take a peek at the schedule you've made for your day!
DO YOU NEED / WORK OFF OF A SHOT LIST?
No, I do not. Like I've mentioned above, I've photographed over 150 wedding days. I have a very good idea of which photos generally need to be taken. That being said, if you have a few specific images you'd like to be absolutely sure are taken (a photo that your parents had taken on their wedding day or a picture of you with your Great Aunt Millie, for example), I'd love to hear about those.
I'M GETTING MARRIED IN HONG KONG AND I'D LOVE TO DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION WHERE WE'RE CURRENTLY LIVING (SAN FRANCISCO). I KNOW YOU'RE BASED IN THE MIDWEST. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO TRAVEL TO US?
Yup yup yes uh huh please. Always. Anywhere.
I'VE HEARD THAT NATURAL LIGHTING IS A BIG DEAL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS. HOW SHOULD THAT IMPACT MY PLANNING? WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
I have one huge disclaimer before I dive into answering this question. I am NOT telling you how to plan and prioritize things on your wedding day. I will simply outline below how I would achieve the highest quality of images with the least amount of fuss. No, you do not need to care about how your getting ready photos turn out. No, your reception does not have to be 100% naturally lit. Your wedding will be beautiful wherever it takes place. However, If good, quality lighting in your images is a big deal to you, read on...
As far as your getting ready location goes; Airbnbs are GREAT, as are CERTAIN hotel rooms (think bright, open, spacious, airy, naturally lit rooms like those at The Siren Hotel). Get ready at your grandma's kitschy cottage! On the not-so-great-for-images list are dark, yellow-y hotel rooms and church basements.
Your ceremony space is a simple one. The more natural light (and less fluorescent lighting) and neutral colors (think non dark wood paneling) in that church or venue the better. If you don't want to worry about this at all, get hitched outdoors!
For portraits, let's shoot outside (generally). Unless you've got a pretty greenhouse space or a luminous studio space at your disposal, let's make your images outdoors if at all possible. Even family photos! You won't regret it. I'd love to help you pick out portrait spots as well. I'd like to think I've got an eye for such things... Also, feel free to ask me about timing here. I'll have a pretty good idea of when light will be best on your wedding day.
Finally, let's talk reception. It's most likely going to be dark when you're partying your night away. That's usually a given. If you're inside, try to go for a space that's bright and open. White or light brick walls are great. Tall ceilings are a plus as are strings of little white lights. If it's too dark in your reception space, I will have to use my flash more frequently...