HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
$1000 is needed to book any wedding package along with a signed contract. For a session the full payment of $550 is needed. Everything is done online. When you are ready I will send you a link where you can review the quote, sign the contract, and finally make your payment.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
I recommend booking 1 year out if possible, especially if your wedding date is during the fall or spring. If you wait too late to book your photographer you may find yourself needing an engagement session during the summer. I no longer do outdoor sessions in Texas during July 1-Sept 1.
WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENTS DO YOU TAKE?
All payments must be made using PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, or Apple Pay. I do not accept checks or cash.
WHEN IS THE REMAINING BALANCE DUE?
Balance is due 20 days prior to your wedding day but you can always pay it in payments or pay it off early.
WILL YOU BE OUR ACTUAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER ?
Absolutely! I am the lead photographer at every session and wedding.
WHO IS YOUR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER ?
I have a small team of 2nd photographers I work with routinely, depending on the wedding and availability. My 2nd photographers are all fully independent and can step into the role of lead photographer at any time. My 2nd photographer usually works with the groom/groomsmen while I work with the bride/bridesmaids.
HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET WITH OUR PACKAGE?
It depends on your coverage but on average I deliver approximately 500 to 800 final images for a wedding. For sessions you will get 100 images.
WHEN AND HOW WILL WE GET OUR PHOTOS?
Your high resolution digital images will be delivered via an online gallery approximately 2-3 months after your wedding day, depending on the time of year. Engagement session photos are also delivered via an online gallery in about 3 weeks. All packages come with a USB drive and box that will be mailed to you after your gallery is ready. Your USB will arrive with all photos saved on it.
CAN WE GET OUR RAW FILES ?
I do not give RAW files to clients. You will receive edited jpeg images.
CAN WE REQUEST YOU EDIT OUR PHOTOS IN A DIFFERENT STYLE ?
All edits will reflect my current style and brand. If you are looking for a “light and airy” photographer there are plenty of amazing photographers more suitable for your taste. My photos are not always dark but would be considered moody.
CAN WE SHARE OUR PHOTO IDEAS OR PINTEREST BOARDS ?
Absolutely, please do! A picture really is worth a thousand words and can give me more insight into what photos are more important to you. Obviously, its also good to have realistic expectations when considering the location of your session or wedding. There are no guarantees but I will certainly try my best to incorporate your ideas and must have shots. Honestly, I feel that clients with photos ideas usually get more of what they really want in the end. Photos are a great way to share your vision.
HOW LONG WILL OUR GALLERY BE AVAILABLE ?
Your engagement/bridal/ wedding galleries will expire on your 1 year anniversary date. If you forget to download your gallery, don’t’ panic because all photos should already be saved on your USB. However, I encourage you to check the your USB to make sure it functions correctly with your computer. I also recommend you make a second backup on a computer or hard drive just to be safe. After your gallery expires I don’t back up your photos or RAW files.
HOW MANY HOURS OF WEDDING DAY COVERAGE DO WE NEED ?
8 hours of coverage is perfect for 90% of my weddings. If you need and extra hour it’s $250.
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED FOR GETTING READY & PRE CEREMONY PHOTOS?
I usually arrive about 2 hours before ceremony to start details and getting ready photos. Having your details together helps. I recommend having hair and makeup done 2 hrs before ceremony. When brides run late in getting ready they tend to have less opportunity for doing bridals and photos with their bridesmaids. Unfortunately you can’t always count on doing these after the ceremony because timelines are often tight. When a first look is done it is significant because it gives more opportunity for photos of the bride alone, bride with groom, and entire bridal party. The quality of photos are often better as well when the bride is able to leave the bridal room for locations with better natural light.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO EXPEDITE POST CEREMONY FORMAL PHOTOS?
Make sure family knows to return to the ceremony site or designated location for formal photos immediately following recessional (exit). If you have a large groups of family members it can help to have a someone designated to wrangle and call groups up as needed. Sometimes coordinators are able to help during this process. My goal is to get family formals done first so that older family members don’t have to wait as long and can make their way to the reception. Make sure bridal party is present and ready. Bridesmaids should have their flowers. I usually do family formals first, then bridal party, and finally the bride & groom alone. I like to dismiss everyone at this point so I can maximize what little time l have left with the bride & groom. When people remain in area where bride & groom formals are to be done this often hinders the progress. I work hard to help create photos reflecting a couples love and romance but this can prove difficult when guests or family members distract them. At times I may be firm in directing traffic so that you get more of the photos that you will treasure the most for years to come.
WHEN SHOULD WE SCHEDULE OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Engagement sessions should be scheduled at least a month prior to your wedding day but most recommend 6 months out so that photos can be used for save the dates or invitation purposes. I highly recommend doing engagement sessions sometime between October and April. I’m not available for outdoor session in TEXAS from July 1 to Sept 1.
WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU SHOOT SESSIONS?
The majority of my outdoor sessions are done during the last two hours of sunlight. This rule doesn’t always apply for cloudy days.
CAN OUR SESSION BE DONE IN A STUDIO OR INDOORS?
Absolutely! I thought you’d never ask. :) Most of my clients want outdoor sessions but I love shooting in studios, hotels, or even homes. Spaces with natural window light work the best but flash/studio lighting can be used if needed. Securing this space would be responsibility of the client.
CAN SESSIONS BE RESCHEDULED?
Yes sessions can be rescheduled but are subject to availability. I understand that life happens and sometimes bad weather does to. In the case of bad weather, I usually wait until the day before to check forecast and then make a decision. Sometimes rain can be fun and add an extra element of magic to a session or wedding day. Some of my favorite photos were done in the rain.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A HURRICANE?
Funny that I have to even address this but in the case of a hurricane/ natural disaster, a percentage of your total investment will be refunded, depending on services rendered up until that point, and the contract.
DO WE GET OUR RETAINER BACK IF WE CALL OFF OUR WEDDING?
Additional payments made after the retainer are refunded but the retainer itself would not be refunded.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TIPS?
Put thought into your engagement session and outfits. This is YOUR love story and your memories for a lifetime.
Always plan to arrive early to a session. Being late directly affects the number of final photos and possibly the quality of photos, since many sessions are dependent on natural light.
Plan your wedding around the sun, the availability of good light, and bearable temperatures.
Consider doing a FIRST LOOK. Depending on your timeline and the time of year, it may be the only way for you to get bride & groom photos in natural light.
Be ready early! Make sure hair and makeup are done at least 2 hours before ceremony. This will increase the chances for doing bridals and bride & bridesmaid photos. When a bride & groom run late it can make the day more stressful and start to show on their faces. You deserve to look back on photos that reflect the joy and happiness of your special day.
Do yourself a favor and hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator! You will never regret it, I promise!