Here are some frequently asked questions (never hesitate to reach out if you have any others!):
Q: What style do you typically shoot your weddings?
A: Photographing clients comfortably means getting to know you in advance. I document moments as they unfold, without forcing poses or doing anything that feels unnatural to you. I love capturing in-between moments.
Q: Do you shoot elopements and microweddings?
A: Yesssss. This is my specialty. I love laid-back elopements and microweddings. It’s so incredible to be a part of something so intimate.
Q: What are your rates?
A: Elopements start at $500/hour. Family session rates are $850 for new clients (or $550 for repeat clients) and include up to 2 hours spent on location outdoors in the Greater Philadelphia and surrounding area with your family, documenting your relationships in a candid and unobtrusive way. Feel free to check out my pricing page for more coverage details. Or you can always email me for a custom rate.
Q: Can I send you a Pinterest board of ideas?
A: I like to have our time together flow naturally. I want to be inspired by the mood of the day and unscripted moments. Because of this, I don’t recommend collecting visions from other photographers, who probably had much different light, subject matter, and backdrops.
Q: I’m super awkward in front of the camera. How will you make me feel comfortable?
A: Trust me, I am your people. I break out in a rash and get nervous just thinking about having my photo taken. We will get through it together and hopefully have a lot of fun doing so.
Q: What time of day is the best to do outdoor portraits?
A: My favorite light for outdoor photos is referred to as the “golden hour,” which typically takes place an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset. That being said, I can make any time of day or weather work with some creativity (a clear umbrella or a shady spot is our friend).
Q: What is required to reserve our date and book you as our wedding photographer?
A: Both the signed contract and typically a non-refundable retainer fee of 50% are required to secure your date.
Q: What are the payment options?
A: I accept checks and credit cards via online payments. Clients make two payments, including the 50% retainer fee upon signing. The remaining balance is due one month before your coverage begins. This is absolutely flexible if you prefer to pay more upfront or closer to your date. Payment plans and sliding scale options are also available.
Q: Can we add on hours if our shoot runs a little long?
A: Sure! Additional coverage can be purchased to lengthen your session.
Q: How long until we receive our photos?
A: Your online gallery will be available 2-4 weeks after your family session or 4-8 weeks after your wedding day.
Q: How many photos will I receive?
A: Typically around 100 photos/hour for wedding days and 100 photos per family session.
Q: What are digital negatives?
A: Digital negatives are the high-resolution files of the photographs I provide with all of my packages. For weddings over 4 hours, I’ll provide a flash drive and downloadable image gallery for you to print and share photos.
Q: Will all of my photos be edited?
A: All of the images are print ready and edited for exposure, contrast, sharpness, and color tone.
Q: When will my album be ready?
A: If you purchased an album, you can expect the first draft of your pre-designed album 5 to 9 weeks after your wedding. Up to three album drafts are permitted with unlimited changes to ensure you love your album. Nothing goes to print without your final approval. When you approve the final design, any balance due from album upgrades or additionally purchased album spreads are due upon approval. The images are then sent to print with an estimated one month turnaround.
Q: Do I own the rights to my photos?
A: The photographer, in most cases, will always own the rights to their photos. This means I can use the photos for advertising or marketing purposes on my website, blog, social media, etc. When my clients receive their images, they’re given full permission to print any of the images and share with family and friends. However it does not permit commercial use.
Q: Do you have vendor recommendations?
A: Absolutely. Feel free to email me and I’ll send you all of my favorites. There are so many talented, LGBTQIA+ affirming vendors in the local community, I love spreading the word about my friends.
Q: Do you believe Black Lives Matter?
A: 100%. As much as brushing my teeth is a part of my daily practice, so too is anti-racism work and examining myself for internalized white supremacy and racism, hidden biases, and microaggressions. This is not part of my identity or a self improvement space, rather what needs to be done. It’s not deserving of cookies in the form of likes or shares.
Q: Can we meet you before we book?
A: I would love to get to know each other better and answer any questions you might have. I’m available to meet virtually via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts, which means wearing pajama pants. I can’t argue with that.
Q: Where are you based?
A: I live in the Philadelphia suburbs, but will travel for work, in a way that is safe to do so (writing this during COVID-19, so being mindful of that). Don’t hesitate to reach out for travel rates and more information.
Q: Has your work been published?
A: Yes, thank you! Here are a few of my past features: Artfully Wed, Intimate Weddings, Philly in Love, Philly Mag, Rangefinder, Rock ‘n Roll Bride, Ruffled, Snippet & Ink, Three Fifteen Design, TODAY, and Rangefinder.
Q: How do we book you?
A: Once we both agree we’d be a good fit for each other, we can sign the contract online. Then, a 50% retainer is due, with the final 50% due one month before coverage begins (this is flexible if you prefer a different payment plan). Once you become a client, you’ll have an online portal where you can view your invoices, payments, questionnaire, and any other important files.