How long have you been doing this photography thing?
Since 2013! And loving every minute!
Are my photos safe?
Yes! I shoot with cameras with 2 memory card slots, I back up your images when I get home on two separate hard drives, AND on the cloud. After you receive your edited images, those are backed up on a separate hard drive, and 2 cloud locations!
Can I add services?
Yes! Any time you want, you can add (or subtract) services :)
What happens if my photographer gets sick?
(Knock on wood)
I have been doing this since 2013 and have not EVER missed a gig. But in the event that I am so severely incapacitated that I cannot come to your event, I have a network of extremely talented (and like-minded) friends who can step in, photograph your event, and then I will still edit all the images with my colors and style!
Do I need a second photographer?
I typically shoot events alone, but sometimes a second photographer can come in handy. If you answer "YES" to any of these questions, I might recommend adding a second photographer:
1. Is there multiple events happening in DIFFERENT locations that are miles apart? (I can handle running and back and forth between hotel rooms by myself!)
2. Do you have more than 200 guests?
3. Do you think you just really, really want to hire one? I'd say just do it, then!
This is the kind of photo a second shooter can get while I'm down on the ground:
What is your photography style?
If you've read my "about me" then you already know this :)
My style in three words is: "Real. Artful. Vibrant". Tacky tag-lines aside, my main approach is documentary, or photojournalistic. Meaning I want to create an artful, frame-able, image of real moments, as they happen. I do not do a lot "posing/manufacturing moments".
That said, for portraits (the artistic images of usually just two people) I will direct you where to stand, and how to position yourself... BUT I will NOT say "kiss", "dip", "twirl", etc. The way I set up portraits, it doesn't matter if you go with a smoldering/model look, or you can't hold it together, and you just crack up. Both will look great!
Can I see a full gallery?
Absolutely! Just ask, and I'll forward you some links to full weddings or events!
Do I need a shotlist?
Nope! About 6 weeks ahead of the wedding, you'll receive a questionnaire from me which will confirm all the event locations and vendors. The only "shot list" I recommend is putting together a list of family members for family formal photos, to expedite the process and help it run smoother!
What should I wear to my engagement photo session?
Great question! I get asked this a lot.
I do not have a lot of requirements for this, but my general advice is:
Wear something that you think you look good in. It may not be necessary to buy a new outfit just for the photos, unless you love how you look in the new outfit!
You can definitely bring a few changes of clothing if you'd like! (most typical is a formal look and a casual look)
ACCESSORIES ARE KING! Bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces, cute hats, scarves, watches, etc. They all look great and add a lot of depth to the images!
Don't worry about all solid colors or heavy matching! Anything you wear is not going to be a problem for my camera, and /patternsgraphics and vibrant/bold colors are encouraged!
A nice, clean pair of shoes (doesn't have to be dress shoes -- clean Vans look just as good as clean Jimmy Choos!)
Anything you wear is going to be great. Band T-shirts, bright yellow jumpsuits, jeans, sneakers, dress shoes, suits, sun dresses, tank tops, leather jeackets etc. It's all gonna be great!
Here are a few examples!
Should we do a "First Look"?
That's really a tough call. Some people don't want to do one, and you certainly won't encounter me PUSHING you to do it!
Here are my reasons why I LOVE "First Looks":
1. They are IMMENSELY efficient when it comes to time. Often on the wedding day you'll find there could be a lull of an hour or more before the ceremony, after all hair and makeup is done, everyone is dressed and ready to go. So doing a first look allows for FAMILY PHOTOS, PORTRAITS, FULL BRIDAL PARTY PICS, and any other photos you want together or with family!
2. YOU GET TO ENJOY YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR! -- The most common reason there even IS a cocktail hour is give your guests something to do while you do those family photos, portraits, and bridal party pics. So by already doing them (or taking less time) you get to enjoy that time with all your guests!
3. Emotion. Because of the literal surprise aspect of a First Look, there is so much more smiling, shock, crying, than when you catch each other from the ends of the aisle.
THAT SAID: I still think you should do whatever you want! Preserving tradition and mystery is still so fun, and great! Whatever you choose, it will be captured perfectly :)