engagement, Old City, Philadelphia

I know it’s hard to plan a wedding or lifestyle family shoot if you’ve never done it before. That’s why I wanted to create a FAQ list, so you can stay stress-free and organized.

Q: What style do you typically shoot your weddings?
A: Photographing couples comfortably means getting to know you in advance. I try to follow my couples on Instagram before we meet, so we don’t feel like strangers. I document moments as they unfold, without forcing poses or doing anything that feels unnatural to you. That being said, I might make you fill your quota for cuddling and forehead kisses. I love having couples do something that might feel a bit out of their element, so I can capture those in-between moments of giddiness and laughter. I try to make family formals quick for everyone, but more importantly, fun. Part of that is being super organized and working from a list so no one’s time is wasted. I want you to enjoy every second of your wedding day, and every plate of fancy hors d’oeuvres. You’ll likely see me ninja-ing around and trying to capture every amazing moment as they happen.  

Q: Do you shoot elopements?
A: Yesssss. I love laid-back elopements, whether at City Hall or somewhere special to you. It’s so incredible to be a part of something so intimate. Please reach out for elopement rates!

Q: What are your rates?
A: My standard wedding packages start at $3,100. Elopements start at $445/hour. Lifestyle sessions start at $500 for 1-2 hours in the Greater Philadelphia area. These shoots include: Boudoir, family, newborn, breastfeeding, and maternity sessions. I also shoot special events from time to time, depending on the subject matter. Feel free to check out my pricing page for more coverage details. Or you can always email me for a custom quote!

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. The way the light hits the trees, the unscripted moments, the laughter when a parade spontaneously goes past in the city. 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 poops just thinking about having my photo taken. I promise, I will out-awkward you any day. I’ve been known to trip over rocks and have my glasses fog up for the entire length of a session. Part of being a photographer is knowing when to direct you. Good direction means making you even more natural in that natural-looking photograph. It means knowing when to ask you to pose straight-faced, when I know you’ll end up hysterically laughing in a matter of seconds. It means brainstorming a location that will suit your personality. And it means becoming friends. After all, I’ll be following you around with a camera, so I don’t want us to be strangers. I love portraits that capture a day in the life, as it happens, while taking the ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. I promise you’ll be great, as long as you’re open to suggestions and going on adventures together.

Q: Why do you recommend “getting ready” photos during the wedding day?
A: More and more, I’ve had inquiring couples reach out saying that they view “getting ready” photos as unnecessary. They see blog posts with wedding dresses hanging in a tree. Sparkly heels arranged artfully. Cufflinks resting on top of a tie. While I’m guilty of the above, those aren’t the getting ready photos that matter to me. I care about the moments you can never get back. When you reached out to squeeze your late grandmother’s hand before putting on your dress. When new friends and old are finally together in the same room, sharing their favorite memories over some beers. When your groom zipped up your gown during the final moments of calm before the chaos.

I wish I had this time documented during our wedding day. Not to hang on a canvas print in our living room. But to show our daughter when she’s old enough to ask about the day we got married in our backyard. I want her to feel like she’s stepping into those moments. That she was there with us, so she doesn’t feel left out of the experience. It’s so strange to think of how five years ago we spent the day getting ready at home together. Before our house was given a toddler makeover. Everything is so different now, in the best way possible. This is a very long-winded way of saying that I want to do my best to document these fleeting moments for my couples.

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.

Q: What is required to reserve our date and book you as our wedding photographer?
A: Both the signed contract and a non-refundable retainer fee of 50% are required to secure your date.

Q: What are the payment options?
A: I accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Clients make two payments, including the 50% retainer fee upon signing. The remaining balance is due one month before your coverage begins.

Q: Can we add on hours if our shoot runs a little long?
A: I can stay if your session runs over, however, if we run over 30 minutes, you will be billed for overtime and no images will be shared until the overtime has been paid in full. Additional coverage can be purchased to lengthen your wedding day package.

Q: How long until we receive our photos?
A: Your online gallery will be available 2-4 weeks after your lifestyle session or 4-6 weeks after your wedding day.

Q: How many photos will I receive?
A: Between 400-800 photos for weddings, depending on the amount of coverage.

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: Many people get confused by this. 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 vendors in the local community, I love spreading the word about  my friends.

Q: Can we meet you before we book?
A: I would love to sit down and hear more about the both of you, and answer any questions you might have. However, many couples prefer to “meet” via Skype or Google Hangouts, which means wearing pajama pants in secret. I can’t argue with that.

Q: Where are you based? Do you travel for destination weddings?
A: Absolutely. I live in the Philadelphia suburbs, but I’ve flown across the country for weddings and would love to do it again. I’m always looking for work, whether it’s in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, or across the globe. 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 WeddingsPhilly in Love, Philly MagRangefinder, Rock ‘n Roll BrideRuffled, Snippet & InkThree Fifteen Design, TODAY, and others.

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. Once you become a client, you’ll have an online portal where you can view your invoices, payments, questionnaire, and any other important files.