Hi there! You have lots of decisions to make when planning a wedding, and I want to make sure that choosing a photographer is the least stressful part of the planning process. I’ve answered some frequently asked questions below, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know, just drop me a note. I would love to hear from you!
What is your photographic style?
I take a combined approach on your wedding day–a little bit photojournalistic and a little bit curated. But what does that mean? For the majority of your wedding day, I’m there to capture it as it unfolds naturally. But at certain times during the day, such as when you are putting on your wedding dress, I may ask you to move to a specific spot in order to capture the best lighting and prettiest background.
During the ceremony, I try my best to be invisible while still capturing every sweet moments as it happens. Then during the formal family photos and bride and groom portraits, I will fully direct each photo so that the day continues to move along smoothly and no on ever feels unsure of what to do in front of the camera. For many shots, I will give the bride and groom directions for how to naturally move into a pose. For example, having the bride face me and the groom come up from behind to snuggle her—cue the adorable smiles and genuine laughter! My favorite.
What is a First Look and why should I decide to do one?
First Looks are often my favorite part of a wedding day, for so many reasons!
1. It’s a sweet, intimate moment you can share just between the two of you. I shoot every First Look with a telephoto lens, which allows me to step back and let it unfold in an intimate moment while still capturing every smile, giggle and kiss.
2. You actually get to spend more time together on your wedding day! When you see each other before the ceremony, you get allll that extra time together that you would otherwise be spending apart. It’s YOUR day–why not spend more of it together?
3. Brides and grooms have both told me that seeing each other before the ceremony doesn’t actually take away the specialness of the moment when you walk down the aisle. The aisle moment becomes a second, extra-magical time for you both, and this is the moment you get to share with all of your guests. The butterflies and excitement will still be there, because this is when you get to become husband and wife!
3. Doing a First Look allows for more time to take pictures. Rather than trying to do ALL your photos right after the ceremony, you can either finish all photos before the ceremony, or split them up for some before and some after. It gives you much more flexibility to tailor the timeline for your day.
4. It also means you get to attend more (or ALL!) of your cocktail hour! Receptions always fly by in a happy blur of laughter and dancing, so by doing a First Look, you will have that extra cocktail hour time to spend hugging all of your friends and family.
All of that said, I will always defer to you when it comes to making the First Look decision. There is no right or wrong way to do it! This is your wedding day, and it will be perfect no matter what. <3
Do you always have a second photographer with you at a wedding?
All of my packages come with a second-shooter, for a couple of reasons…
First, because I believe it takes two people to truly capture a wedding day. Intimate dinner party or huge soiree, there are always moments on a wedding day that will be happening at the same time, and I can’t be in two places at once (as much as I wish I could!).
Second, a second-shooter is also a backup plan just in case (knock on wood!) something were to happen to me the day of your wedding that made me unable to shoot. That’s never happened, and I don’t expect it to ever happen, but in case of sudden illness or an accident, it ensures that there is a photographer there to cover your day no matter what.
What photography equipment do you use?
My main camera is the 5D Mark III, with a 5D Mark II as a backup. I shoot with all L-series Canon lenses, including the Canon 50mm 1.2, Canon 35mm 1.4, Canon 85mm 1.2, and Canon 70-200mm 2.8. I use the Canon Speedlite 600 EX II-RT as an on-camera flash during receptions.
Will you retouch or airbrush my images?
I do basic post-processing on every single image, including color correction, straightening, sharpening, cropping, and giving it that special touch that makes my images look like the ones you see in my portfolio. I do not do heavy retouching or airbrushing, as I believe that it’s my job to make you look beautiful just as you are. And if you are still worried (but don't be!), hiring a professional makeup artist is a perfect way to get a flawless look both on and off camera.
How many final images can I expect to receive? And will they be watermarked?
For weddings, I deliver approximately 100 images per hour of coverage. So for an 8 hour wedding, you would receive about 800 high resolution images in an online gallery.
For engagement shoots, you will receive 50-60 high resolution images in an online gallery.
When can I expect to receive the images from my wedding or engagement shoot?
Weddings deliver via online gallery 6-8 weeks after your wedding date, and an engagement session delivers via an online gallery 2-4 weeks after the shoot date.
What is an “online gallery” & how does it work?
I use an online photo sharing site called Pixieset to send you your final images. You will receive a link to your gallery, which contains your high resolution image files. You can download the whole gallery or individual photos, and you can download both high resolution (perfect for printing) and web resolution (perfect for emailing/posting to social media) images.
You can also share the gallery link with friends and family! It’s a simple way to share your wedding images with your mom, your best friend, or a guest who couldn’t make it to the wedding. There is also a “store” feature in the gallery, which makes it easy for friends and family to order prints through a professional lab only accessible through photographers. Which leads me to our next question…
What is a “print release”? And will I own copyright to my images?
No, I will retain the copyright to the images, but don’t worry at all–you will still receive a print release, which means you have the rights to reproduce the images at the photo lab of your choosing.
Or, you can order prints through your online gallery, as mentioned above! I use a professional photo lab accessible only to professional photographers. I chose this lab because they have superb color accuracy, and they use Kodak Endura Professional Papers to print your images. I want to make sure your photos look their very best and last a lifetime, and printing through a professional lab is the best way to do that.
Do you travel outside the savannah area for weddings and engagement shoots? Is there any additional cost for travel?
I sure do!! Travel is one of my favorite things to do, whether it’s for work or play. So I would always be excited to travel for your wedding or engagement shoot.
I like to keep the travel costs simple:
- If I can drive there (meaning it’s 4 hours or less from Savannah): +$500 travel fee (covers my time/food/gas/hotel/incidentals)
- If I would need to fly there (anywhere over 4 hours away from Savannah): +$900 travel fee (covers my time/food/flight/hotel/incidentals)
How can I book you as my wedding photographer?
It’s easy! All you need to do is sign an electronic contract and pay the 50% non-refundable retainer. Once those steps have been completed, your date is officially booked! Woo!