Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been in business? How did you get started?
I have been a portrait and wedding photographer for over eight years now. I have shot over 70 weddings and feel quite comfortable doing what I do. I did not always dream of being a wedding photographer though - in high school I discovered my love for filmmaking and, after graduating, pursued a degree in Film Production at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California. After nine months of school, my husband and I left sunny California to come back home to Washington because we found ourselves expecting our first child! When our son was born I bought my first DSLR camera and as I spent more and more time taking pictures of him I realized just how much I would enjoy taking pictures for other people. Shortly after that I launched my business and I have been loving this surprise career change ever since!
How would you describe your photography style?
Fun, fresh, journalistic and timeless. I love vivid colors and soft textures. I love to capture movement, expression and affection. I also really love blending into the background most of the time and capturing the real, the raw and the un-staged. Most of all, I love making your vision come to life! It is so much fun for me to capture the essence of your style and personality while we're shooting.
How much will it cost for you to shoot my wedding? And why do wedding photographers cost so dang much?!
Wedding coverage starts at $2900. Please inquire about details, options and add-ons. It costs "that much" because I spend at least triple the amount of time that we spent shooting on culling, organizing, editing, tweaking, adjusting, framing, exporting and posting. Not only that, but a business takes a lot of time and resources to run. From answering emails, to website management, to advertising, to networking and educating... You're hiring an experienced business owner - not a hobbyist!
I also wholeheartedly believe that when it comes to weddings, your photographer is the most important vendor choice that you will make. I know I'm totally biased in saying that, but I stand by my words. Your cake will be eaten, your decorations will get thrown away or donated, your flowers will wilt and your dress won't be worn again - at least by you. You may even lose your wedding ring one day! How will you remember one of the most beautiful days of your life, if not for the pictures?
What kind of gear do you use?
I am a Canon girl and always have been! I shoot with a full-frame 6D and love it. I shoot with a combination of prime and zoom lenses and I try to bring only as much gear as I need so I can be nimble and flexible with my shooting angles. I like having the ability to be a ninja when needed!
Do you edit all the photos you give to clients? What's your editing style?
Absolutely. You will not receive an image that has not been touched by me at least three times! I am a little bit OCD (okay, a lot OCD) about the pictures I take and will only give you what I believe is frame-worthy. Therefore, each image is color-corrected, framed and checked for obvious imperfections. As for my style, I would compare it to applying makeup instead of plastic surgery - I enhance the real to make it appealing, but I do not reconstruct images to make them something they're not. I like colors to be vibrant, black and whites to be dynamic but classic and levels to be fresh, bright and inviting. My greatest goal is to make your pictures stand out from across a room, in hopes that you hang them on the wall!
How many photos will I receive?
Unless you're booking a mini session, I do not have image maximums. Therefore, you will receive as many images as I see necessary to cover the events of our shoot. This usually works out to about 75-100 original images per hour (with black & white duplicates).
Do I have the rights to my pictures?
Yes, but with limits. You have the rights to print out your photos for personal use anywhere you wish and gift prints to family and friends, but you do not have the rights to distribute your images or sell them for any reason. You also do not have the right to re-edit your images. Copyright laws state that I own my work and have the freedom to distribute and advertise using my images as desired, but if you really don't want your pictures shared online, we can discuss amending the basic contract.
What should I wear?
For portraits and lifestyle sessions I always recommend solid colors, basic patterns and gentle textures. Neutral colors like greys, browns and blacks are flattering on most skin tones but pastels or jewel tones can look great as well. I recommend staying away from bright yellows, oranges and reds unless you have a dark complexion. Never wear anything with graphics or words on it unless you are very passionate about having that particular brand or wording in all your pictures! Still have questions? Ask me to send you my outfit guide infographics!
Do you ever shoot in a studio?
I do not currently do studio work. While I have the capability to shoot indoors at a given event or for a particular kind of portrait session, I do not have the equipment for a studio environment.
Have more questions that aren't answered here? Feel free to send me a message or give me a call! I'd love to chat with you!