Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring your wedding photographer is a big deal! I want you to know exactly what to expect as soon as we start communicating. Here's a list of some of the most common questions I receive from brides and grooms. If there's something I haven't discussed yet, please use the contact form to shoot me a message. xo
Do we get an engagement session? Yes! Every couple I work with receives a complimentary engagement session with their wedding photography package.
Where do you live and how far will you travel? I live in Jacksonville, NC but am happy to travel anywhere to shoot your wedding! My travel fees are extremely reasonable and I might even waive them if you're getting married somewhere I've never been!
Do you work with a second photographer? I always bring a second photographer with me to full-day weddings.
How many pictures will we get? You should expect to receive 50-75 final images for every hour of coverage. For example, if you hire me for 10 hours, your finally gallery will include 500-750 images. For engagement sessions, you will receive at least 20 fully retouched and edited images.
Do you give us our photos on a disc? No. You will receive your images in an online gallery to share with friends and family, and on a USB drive with your final collection delivery.
Do you edit all of the photos? Yes. All of your images will be edited to achieve proper color balance, contrast and cropping when necessary. I will also perform additional retouching on every image from the bride and groom's wedding day portrait session.
Will we receive both color and black and white images? Your wedding image collection will consist of both color and black and white images. However, I will not provide both versions for every image. Some images will be in color, some will be in black and white.
How long does it take for you to finish our photos? You will receive your final wedding image collection no later than 6 weeks from the date of the wedding. Most couple receive their images much sooner but I give myself up to 6 weeks in case of illness or injury, etc.
Can we get the RAW, unedited files in addition to the edited images? No. You will receive only the edited versions of the images and I do not offer the RAW, unedited files for any additional fee. Not even a billion dollars. OK, maybe for a billion dollars...
What is your style of photography? I like to describe my style as joyful, captivating and honest. This means I love to photos that evoke emotion and represent your wedding day with authenticity. I love shooting documentary type images but I also love to give my couples direction during formal portraits. I won't ask you to tilt your head 14 degrees and put your hand on your cheek-- but I might ask you to embrace, look at each other and revel in the beauty of the day. I love capturing real smiles and real laughter. I love beautiful color images with rich tones and moody black and white images that make your soul flutter.
Do you take family photos? Yes! Family photos are usually done after the ceremony while everyone is still in the same area. I will ask you to provide a detailed shot list for the family photo session so we don't miss anyone.
What kind of gear do you shoot with? I'm a Canon girl :) I shoot with a 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II. I have an assortment of professional L series lenses, flashes and other lighting equipment. I am always prepared.
How do we reserve our wedding date with you? To book your date I require a contract to be signed and a $750 retainer, which goes towards the total balance of your wedding package.
Can we make payments towards the balance? Of course! I am more than happy to set up a payment schedule with you. The total balance owed must be paid no later than 30 days before the wedding.