Frequently Asked Questions
How do we know you’re right for us?
I take a relaxed approach when capturing your wedding day. I like to keep things personal and as stress-free as possible. I’m here to give you honest and beautiful photographs that document the day as it unfolds naturally.
I look for the genuine emotions and interesting light everywhere I go. I’ll give you a bit of direction when shooting portraits, but nothing overly posed or unnatural. I want you to see yourselves in these photos. If this sounds like your type of vibe we are probably a good fit!
What do we receive?
Within 6 weeks after the wedding day, you’ll receive a personalized online gallery of high-res images. You will have the ability to share, download, and print any image you’d like.
I also include a print release with each gallery. This way you can print directly from the gallery or you can take your images to a third party printer. All images printed via the gallery are sent to a professional lab and guaranteed to be high quality and color correct.
Do you also shoot engagements, portraits, elopements?
Yes! I recommend booking an engagement session before the wedding day if possible. It’s a great way to get to know each other and get a bit of practice in front of the camera.
I also shoot many elopements and portrait sessions. For special inquiries just write me an e-mail and I can provide you with a custom quote.
We are getting married outside of Portland. What are your travel fees?
For weddings within an hours drive from Portland, I do not charge travel fees. If you are celebrating farther away my rates vary based on the amount of travel.
By car $0.50/mile outside of Portland.
By Plane - Roundtrip airfare from PDX to the nearest airport to your wedding venue.
Rental car if necessary.
Two nights of hotel accommodation (the night before the wedding and the night after)
Contact me for a custom travel quote.
Can we meet up in person and chat?
Absolutely! I love meeting face to face whenever possible. We can meet up and discuss wedding things over your beverage of choice anywhere in Portland. If we can’t do that a Skype or phone call is the next best thing!
Can we order prints from you?
A variety of print sizes and finishes are available via the online gallery. You can even order customized albums, calendars, and thank you cards as well. All prints and products are handled by a professional lab and shipped directly to your door.
How much coverage should we book?
I have several packages to choose from that all offer essentially the same thing except the amount of coverage.
The eight-hour package is the right amount of time for most weddings. This allows me to arrive while everyone is getting ready for the day and stay long enough to capture all your late night dance moves.
The six-hour package is great for smaller weddings with a bit of flexibility or for those who aren’t planning a big reception.
The three-hour elopement package is for weddings with 20 or fewer guests and up to three hours of coverage.
We are camera shy! What should we do with our hands?
I know how you feel! Believe it or not, we photographers are usually the most camera shy of them all. That’s why we hide behind the lens. But not to worry! Usually, people forget I’m there after the first twenty minutes. Most of the day I’m shooting documentary style and you’ll hardly notice me.
And portrait sessions are easy! We’ll pick a pretty place to visit together and have a look around. My aim is to capture you in the most natural way while looking for interesting light and compositions. I’ll catch the genuine giggles, quiet moments, and romantic glances while you’re just being yourselves.
How do we plan for our portrait session on the wedding day?
It’s best to plan on setting aside about 15-20 minutes around sunset to capture a few portraits of just the two of you. In the summer months, this can be just after dinner or during the reception. We can chat about when the sun will set on your wedding day and write that into your timeline.
Can you help us with our timeline?
Yes! I’ve been to many, many weddings and I’m happy to throw in my two cents about how to plan a timeline that allows for the best photos.
Do you supply us with “Raw” files?
I don’t, sorry. The time and love that goes into the post-processing of the images is just as important as capturing the day itself. Without the final touches the images would not be what they are.
Do we need to provide a shot list?
Apart from family photos I don’t typically work off of a shot list. If there is something specific you’d like me to capture that is out of the ordinary I can certainly accomodate any request. Rest assured that I go out of my way to capture all of the thoughtful details and candid moments with your friends and family.
Do you have insurance and backup gear?
Yes and Yes!
Golden hour portraits and price alone should not be the deciding factors when choosing a photographer. Your wedding day is something that simply cannot be recreated and it’s important to do your research to make sure nothing is left to chance.
I have a full line of back up gear that I bring to every single shoot. If one camera breaks for any reason I can continuing shooting with camera number two without missing a beat.
I back up all images immediately upon returning home on two separate hard drives. All images are also uploaded to an offsite cloud server in the rare case of a hard drive failure.
I am fully insured and I am happy to provided proof of insurance upon request.
4 years of experience and over 100 weddings has taught me a lot. I can confidently shoot in any lighting situation that is thrown my way and I know where to be to get the best possible shot.
Make sure whoever you choose can create quality images during each part of the wedding day and not only when the lighting and weather conditions are ideal.
Do we need to feed you?
Yes please! After hours of shooting, sitting down for a meal really re energizes me. It’s best if I eat at the same time as you. This way I don’t miss anything you have planned after dinner.
Do you believe in same sex marriage?
I believe that any couple who loves each other should have the right to marry. In fact, I adamantly oppose any discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, or religion.
Do you work with a second shooter?
For most weddings I am confident in shooting solo. But in some cases a second shooter can be very helpful in capturing the wedding day. A second photographer can be added for an additional $500.
What gear do you use?
I work with 2 Canon 5D MIII and a line-up of Canon prime lenses.
How do we book you for our wedding?
If I’m available for your wedding date and you feel we are the right fit I will send you the booking form and photography agreement. You can have a read through this and pay the $1000 deposit to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your wedding date.
We have more questions for you!
Sweet! Send me an e-mail using the contact form at the bottom of the page. I can’t wait to chat with you!