Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The area in the yellow lines is included in all my shoot prices. For NYC, Boston, Syracuse, or the DC metro area there is a $150 charge for 2-3 hour shoots, and $300 for weddings or all day shoots. Contact me for pricing to other locations.
What is your approach to wedding photography?
My goal is to give you a fun, stress-free photography experience where you know you can trust me to memorialize your unique love story in a set of beautiful images you can look back on with joy and happiness. We will be in touch many times before the day arrives and I aim to be a helpful resource to you throughout your wedding planning process. All wedding packages come with my consultation and advice to help you plan a smooth, organized wedding day. Most packages include a complimentary engagement shoot so that we have an opportunity to connect/practice working together before the big day. My shooting style is relaxed, candid, yet direction-heavy. I will tell you what I want so you're not left wondering what to do, but I keep it simple and not overly-posed to capture your true essence! Leading up to the wedding day, I am more than happy to create a suggested timeline so we can ensure that the right amount of time is allocated for everything photography-related. I also send out a detailed questionnaire before the big day to gather day-of details such as family photo lists, special photo requests, etc. This planning and communication prior to the wedding day allows me to take a photojournalistic approach day-of and allows you to not have to worry that I may miss an important moment. I am as unobtrusive as possible, but still fully present to capture those details and moments that will quickly pass you by while you’re focusing on getting married. During any scheduled portrait times I will jump in with lots of direction so we can keep things moving smoothly, and otherwise you can always expect to see me shooting in the corner of your eye; you’ll never be wondering where the photographer is!
How long have you been shooting?
I received my first camera, the Nikon Coolpix P90, for my 19th birthday in 2009. After shooting hundreds of portraits, I stumbled upon wedding photography. I would spend hours browsing blogs of all these amazing wedding photographers who made a living capturing joyful people experiencing some of the most special moments in their lives. I was hooked. In March 2011 I got my first DSLR, and started learning everything I could about wedding photography and running a small business. Finally in May 2012 I graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and launched this website, and have been moving forward with my photography business ever since.
What are your rates?
Wedding Photography rates start at $2500 for 6.5 hours of coverage. I am also available at an hourly rate of $375. Check out the "Pricing Details" tab from the "Information" drop down in the menu above.
How many digital images can I expect to receive when you photograph my wedding?
It depends on the size, length, and pace of your wedding. However, you can expect to see me constantly shooting during my time at your wedding. On average, I deliver 650 high-resolution, hand-edited images for an 8 hour wedding day of about 100 guests. I deliver 75 images on average for engagement or portrait shoots.
I love your work! How do I reserve you to photograph my wedding?
Upon the signing of my wedding photography contract, and the payment of a booking fee of 20% of your package cost. To get this process started, email me and we can discuss your individual needs. I do my best to ensure a meeting of some kind with my clients prior to booking, so that they can get to know me and ensure they are comfortable hiring me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives. This way I can also get to know you and ensure you receive the best possible experience!
How much time should we set aside in our wedding day timeline for portraits with you?
Approximately 1 hour and half for all portraits including groups. Ideally, 30 minutes for First Look portraits before the ceremony, 30 minutes for group pictures with your wedding party and family before or after the ceremony, and 30 minutes during Golden Hour/Sunset. Portraits is my time to connect with you and really capture the essence of your love as a couple. A wedding day is sometimes so hectic, that you both won’t get any time alone together, but portrait time will give you some time to enjoy each other, and also get a wide variety of lovely portraits!
What is a First Look? Should we consider one?
A First Look is a non-traditional, but AWESOME way for two lovers to be introduced on their wedding day. Instead of waiting until the ceremony, the couple is privately introduced to each other without anyone being present except for the photographers. I HIGHLY recommend doing a First Look. When you see each other for the first time, it is a very intimate moment. During a First Look you can hug, kiss, and appreciate the moment, while having privacy at the same time. This is impossible with the traditional down-the-aisle walk, with all eyes on the couple. There is a lot of pressure that builds up prior to the ceremony and this is a great way to get rid of it, so you can make your way confidently down the aisle. That aside, it's a perfect way to do portraits! Not only will you get genuinely joyful moments between you two captured, but you will have just had your hair and make-up touched up so you will look your best! Not to mention, after the ceremony, you can go almost immediately into party-mode because you won’t have to worry about rushing through portraits in time for the reception!
Do you have back-up equipment in case your camera fails?
Of course. I always carry a back-up camera with me in case one stops working mid-shooting. I also shoot on multiple memory cards, and have an assortment of lenses.
What happens if there is an emergency situation and you are unable to make it to my wedding?
While this situation is highly unlikely, I am human, so it is within the realm of possibility. However, if an emergency situation arises, I have strong connections to many photographers in my area, and would be able to replace myself with another competent professional with a shooting style very similar to mine. They would act as a stand-in on the wedding day but would turn over their photos to me so you would still receive images edited by me in my usual editing style.