Thanks so much for your interest in my work! If you decide to hire me, we'll be spending some quality time together, so it's important we both feel comfortable. Part of my job entails educating clients about my creative process & business , so I’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions below. If there’s something I’ve missed, please let me know! I’d love to schedule a time to connect in person & get to know each other better, over a good cup of coffee or a glass of wine; but, if distance is an issue, let’s try a phone call instead. Hope to talk with you soon!
What do you charge? I offer a number of different packages for weddings, portraits & branding. Wedding Packages range from $900-$10,500, depending on how many hours or days of coverage you’ll need, and add-ons (like engagement session, albums, etc). My Portrait Sessions range from $250-$850, depending on hours & add-ons, as well as image quantity. My Branding Sessions range from $250-$1000, depending on image quantity, hours, type of branding session, props, etc.
How do I secure a wedding or photography session with you? Please fill out my contact form, or email me directly with all of the details you have in place. From there, I’ll send you the appropriate PDF with the different packages I offer. In order to reserve your date, I require a 50% retainer and signed contract. Then, we'll start preparing for your wedding and/or portrait session!
How do you prepare for a wedding or photo shoot? For weddings, I’ll send you a portrait questionnaire, so we can begin planning your group portraits, and I can learn who’s who, and how they’re related. I’ll also send a vendor questionnaire, because I like to give credit for all the hard work that’s put into your big day. I’ll have these on-hand with me at your wedding, as well as my standard “shot list” of moments & details I want to capture. Prior to your wedding, I will also help you prepare your photography timeline, so that we utilize our time together efficiently, while keeping in mind an enjoyable experience— the last thing I want is to make you feel stressed or rushed on your big day! Also, if I haven’t been to your wedding venue prior to your date, I’d love to schedule a time to walk the grounds with you, to get comfortable with the setting, and scout portrait locations.
If we’re planning a portrait or lifestyle session, we'll start by talking about your overall vision for the shoot. I’ll suggest locations, and help with styling.
Do you carry insurance? Yes, please inquire if your venue needs to see the certificate.
How long will it take to get my photos? I know it's hard to wait for your photos, so I make sure to share plenty of previews throughout your wait time to hold you over. Turnaround depend on the event type; for weddings, you will get your online gallery of images within 6 weeks of the date. For styled shoots & other events, your online gallery will be ready within 4 weeks of the session.
What kind of gear do use? I try to be as unobtrusive as possible, therefore I carry a relatively light load; I believe it helps maintain a closeness between me & my clients. That being said, I will always have two camera bodies with me (Canon 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III) with various professional lenses, including a Canon 50mm f/1.2, Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4 & Canon 70-200mm f/4. I also carry a flash (Canon Speedlitte 580X II) for darker situations.
Are you a film or digital photographer? I shoot all of my weddings and events with digital cameras, but I’m educated in film photography and own several film cameras for personal work. There’s nothing quite like the look and feel of film, but I prefer to work with digital cameras for the security. In order to have the best of both worlds, I edit my photos using film presets (more on that later!)
What’s your photography style? I’m a natural light photographer, which means I specialize in utilizing whatever natural light is available, indoors or out. My style is a mixture of photo-journalistic & fine art; I have an eye for capturing details & moments that will tell your overall story, convey the feeling, and remain timeless.
What editing programs do you use, and what’s your process? I cull & edit my photos in Lightroom using presets that bear resemblance to film. I love the dynamic range of color that my film presets allow me to obtain. I also include some black and white images, which are applied to photos that (I feel) are meant to be b&w. I also use Photoshop to do minor retouching, including removal of blemishes, under eye circles, and removing certain things from the background. For heavy retouching, I can outsource images for an additional fee.
What props are available to use, and do they require an extra fee? I have a selection of my own props that you may use for no additional charge. For weddings, I often bring along a styling board, ring boxes & silk ribbon to style some of the details. I’m working on a photo list for my props, but in the meantime, please inquire for more information.
Also, I work with top vendors in the industry who provide beautiful props & settings including accessories, furniture, table settings, linens, etc. — these items will require an additional charge from the businesses they're borrowed from.
Are travel fees included in photography packages? Weddings within 50 miles of my home base in Nevada City, CA are not subject to a travel fee. If the event is over 50 miles, or if hotel accommodations and/or flights are needed, an extra charge will be applied to cover time and costs.
What kind of physical products are available to purchase, and what companies do you work with? I use PASS Pro online galleries, which provide beautiful prints, canvas, photo cards and albums. I also make custom albums using Bay Photo, which are super high-quality & offer a variety of materials and templates. Please inquire for full price list.