When is the best time to take portraits?

The best time for photos will always be the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset.  I realize planning around this may be impractical, but if it's possible to schedule your photos near one of these, you will be rewarded. I'm fine with taking photos in all light conditions, so don't fret if this doesn't work for you.

What does your typical wedding day look like?

I usually arrive about an hour before you need to be dressed for getting ready and stay through the majority of the reception, which is typically an 8-10 hour day. It's nice to have about 45 minutes for family/bridal formals and 45 minutes for portraits, but don't forget travel time or wrangling up people for family formals. This is the only time I'll take charge, the rest of the day I document the story that is happening.

Schedule #1
Everything is at one location.
2 pm - Getting Ready Photos
3 pm - First Look/Portraits
3:30 pm - Family Formals/Bridal Party
4 pm - Finish portraits before guests arrive
4:30 pm - Ceremony
5 pm - Cocktail Hour
6 pm - Reception

Schedule #2
For different ceremony/reception locations.
1 pm - Getting Ready Photos
2:30 pm - Church Ceremony
3:30 pm - Family Formals at Church
4:30 pm - Portraits at Venue
5 pm - Cocktail Hour
6 pm - Reception

Are all the photos edited?

All delivered photos are edited for exposure, color, and cropping. The photos on my blog are edited the same way and are consistent with what you will receive.

When do we get our photos?

Weddings are typically delivered online in about 4 weeks but may take up to 6-8 weeks during busy seasons. Portrait sessions are delivered in about 2 weeks. Your online gallery will be available for one year after you receive it. You can download all of your photos at once for safe keeping.

What equipment do you use?

I’m currently using Canon bodies, lenses, and flashes. While I am into the latest technology, equipment is the least exciting part of the creative process. I’m always trying to create with less so instead of worrying about picking the right equipment, I spend time making something happen with what I have available at that moment.

How do we keep our digital photos safe?

You should download and backup your gallery as soon as possible. Here's more information on how to backup your photos.

Can you recommend a... ?

I go to more weddings in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Here are some people that I've seen do a great job that you may want to consider inviting to your wedding.

Are you insured? 

Yes. Let me know if your venue needs my information. 

What's your favorite dessert?

A lengthy write up of my dessert addiction can be found here.


Did I miss something? Send me a message and I'll answer any questions you have. 

Chris photographed three other weddings my husband and I have attended and this summer he photographed ours! Chris captured the emotions of the day perfectly and I cannot help but smile when I see his pictures. Chris makes you feel at ease and he took all the pictures we asked for. The best and easiest decision I made during the wedding planning process was hiring Chris!

— Megan + John // Bonnet Island Estate