My background in photography is rooted in a fine arts education. I have been taking photography classes since I was a teenager and received my BFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington in 2015. I have a passion for darkroom and film photography which also highly influences the way I shoot weddings. I look to capture moments in a unique and creative way and would describe my style as light, elegant and artistic.
Yes! I love getting to meet my clients before their wedding day. I think it’s extremely beneficial for us to get to know each other a little bit before I show up to your wedding! This can often really help with your comfort level as well. All of my wedding packages include a consultation that we can do in-person, on the phone or via Skype/Facetime. I also include an engagement session with all full wedding packages which is another great way to get to know each other and get some practice being behind the camera!
Second shooters are awesome and I highly recommend you adding this option on to your wedding packages! A second shooter is another photographer who works alongside me during the day. A second shooter will provide you with a lot more photos because they photograph from different angles and perspectives which will help to vary the kinds of images you receive! There are certain points throughout your wedding day where extra coverage can be a huge bonus; ceremonies, receptions and first looks are very busy phases of the wedding day that can really benefit from extra coverage!
First off, you can choose to do whatever you want with your wedding day. Don't let outside pressures or trends determine what you do with your day. That being said, a first look is a moment that usually occurs before the ceremony once the bride and groom are fully prepared for the day. It is a quiet moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time and share a special moment before the craziness of the day begins. First looks can be beneficial for weddings that are a little bit more restricted time-wise. Doing a first look allows me to do bride and groom portraits and bridal party photos before the ceremony, leaving more time after for family photos and maybe even more bride and groom portraits (hopefully)!
My wedding coverage starts at $2,500.00 plus tax. This is for minimum coverage which is typically between 6-8 hours. Since every wedding is so different, I ask that you please fill out my booking form (under the Book Me tab on my site) and outline what kind of budget you're working with! I'm happy to discuss options and be flexible with my clients as long as your requests are reasonable! My prices are based off of the market within which I work. Thank you!
For wedding packages, I require an $800.00 flat retainer fee. This payment ensures that I will mark your date in my calendar. Your retainer payment is due when you sign your wedding photography contract.
I use an online payment system called Stripe to process all of my payments. Through Stripe you have the option to use a debit/credit card or you can pay using ACH! Whatever is best for you.
Unfortunately, this is just state law. Photographs (even digital images) are considered "goods" by the state of Washington and therefore I have to charge my clients taxes. The tax rate is determined by the city within which the "goods" are delivered. Seattle City tax is 9.6%.
I deliver photos using a site called Pic-Time. It's super awesome and easy to use. Once your gallery is complete, I will send you an invitation to the gallery where you'll be able to access all of your wedding images. From there, you can view, download and share the images! The gallery will stay live for a few months so make sure to download the images and save them in a few different places. If you're worried about only receiving digital files then check out the USB Box as a package add-on!
Yes. As a professional photographer, I do retain copyright of your wedding photos. However, once you receive you gallery, you are free to make prints, post online, and share the images with family and friends. My wedding photography contract includes a clause that gives you printing rights! As long as you are not profiting from the images, you can do what you like with them!
I know there is a lot of anticipation when it comes to seeing your wedding photos. I try to return photos to my clients as quickly as I can. I will be sure to send next-day previews of your wedding photos so that you have a few images to share online with your friends and family the day after your wedding. While most photographers in the industry take up to six weeks to return your photos, I will have your full wedding gallery to you within 2-3 weeks. Nothing is rushed or overlooked, I have simply developed an editing process for myself that is effective and efficient!
The number of photos that are delivered to you all depends on how much coverage you receive. A standard 8-10 hour wedding usually yields anywhere between 400-600 fully edited images.
No, I do not (and trust me, you don't want me to)! For a standard wedding, I shoot an average of 2,000-2,500 images. I will sort through those images, a process called culling, and determine which are the strongest and most representative of your wedding day. Duplicate images, images with missed focus or incorrect lighting will be removed from the collection in order to ensure that your final gallery only features the best images.
Yes, of course. In fact, I highly encourage you to purchase prints of your images. I love seeing photographs printed and in this day and age, it’s rare that we take that extra step. When you receive your gallery online via Pic-Time, you will have the option to purchase prints directly through the online gallery website. You can order small prints, large prints and mounted canvas prints. You also have the option of putting together a photo album with your favorite images from the day. Pic-Time offers a wide range of printing service and produces very high-quality work.
First of all, this is perfectly normal. We are not all the Kardashians and most of us are not used to having cameras following us around all day. There are a couple of things I can recommend to you; the first of which is to book an engagement session with me! This will get you familiar with how I work and will also get you behind the camera for some practice! I've found that the clients who book engagement sessions have an easier time jumping back into it when their wedding day rolls around. Another thing I suggest is to take the time to look at photos online and talk to your spouse about what you’re hoping to get out of photos. You guys can find poses that you’re comfortable with and maybe even decide on ones that you aren’t. The goal here isn't to try and replicate the images that you love but instead to get you familiar with wedding photography in general. All of that being said, it is my job to make this experience as enjoyable for you as I possibly can and I have a lot of tips and tricks that I like to use to make my clients relaxed and comfortable during photos.
I always tell my clients, the more time the better! However, I know that wedding days can be stressful and that time is always difficult to manage. Every wedding itinerary is different but here's what I always suggest to clients as a general guideline:
60 mins: Getting Ready & Details
45 mins: Groom Portraits, Bride Portraits & First Look
30 mins: Ceremony & Reception Details
30 mins: Bridal Party (Bridesmaids + Groomsmen)
30 mins: Family portraits
45 mins: Couples Portraits
I encourage my clients to have an unplugged ceremony when possible. Cell phones, tablets and other cameras can create a lot (and I mean a lot) of distractions during the ceremony. Sometimes people get carried away in the moment and forget to be mindful of the photographers trying to capture the important moments! For receptions, cocktail hour, toasts, etc. cell phones are not as much of a problem.
Refer to this article for more information: http://www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk/article/23-photos-runied-unplugged-wedding/
Unless we discuss otherwise, I like to arrive an hour or so before the bride gets started on hair and makeup. In that hour, I like to get shots of the venue, detail shots (ring, shoes, dress, jewelry, etc).