How would you describe your photographic style?
I enjoy creating magical environmental portraits, but most of the wedding day I'm a photojournalist, searching for moments: a laugh, a tear, the unexpected amazing dance move. Finding the bits and pieces that make your day uniquely yours. I want you to forget that I'm there. Like the center of a doughnut, invisible, but surrounded by greatness. I'm not a director and most people I photograph are not actors, so I want you to just enjoy the day and I'll document what happens.
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.
Do you take family formals and detail photos?
Of course! I don't show these on the site or the blog that often, but I do take them at every wedding.
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 30 minutes for family/bridal formals and 30 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.
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
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
If you don't want to see each other before the ceremony and can't leave a gap, we can do all the portraits during cocktail hour. You may not get as many portraits, but it's perfectly acceptable. These schedules just lead to more relaxing days.
Are all the photos edited?
All photos that are delivered 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 gallery will be available for at least one year after your event date.
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.
Do you offer videography?
I currently do not offer video services, but here are a few videographers that I recommend if you are interested. I have worked with each one of these at a wedding, they shoot in a similar style to me (documenting versus directing), and we get along well so we both can get the best photos and video from your wedding day.
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?
Doughnuts. I mean they could be breakfast or they could be dessert. You can start your day AND end your day with them.
Did I miss something? Contact me and I'll answer any questions you have.