FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WILL YOU TRAVEL FOR PHOTOSHOOTS?
A: Absolutely! If you cover my travel expenses, I'll go pretty much anywhere, and I'm fine with economy class and crashing on your sofa if necessary.
Q: WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?
A: The short answer is: it depends. Here's a slightly longer answer: An individual portrait session starts at about $350, couples start at about $400, and groups start at about $450. A wedding starts at $1000. The price can be affected by the location, total shooting time, season and day of the week, the number of people involved, and your editing/post-processing needs.
To book me, just send me some info, and I'll get back to you within 24 hours or less. We'll work out the details, pick a date and time, and I'll take a 25% retainer to lock it down. I'm also available for commercial photography, events, products, real estate, and more. Click here for more price info.
Q: WHY DOES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY COST SO MUCH?
A: I hear you. Before I became a photographer, I wondered the same thing. Shooting a wedding costs more than the other kinds of portraits I do because it's nearly always way more difficult. It combines individual and couple portraits, group shots, general candid event photography, and even elements of product photographer (your decorations), and architecture (your venues) into one huge thing.
There's a lot more prep time, the stakes are higher during the wedding itself (if things go wrong, you can't just re-schedule), and after everybody else goes home, the photographer's job has just begun. I estimate that each hour of shooting means a bare minimum of at least three hours culling and editing on my computer.
Don't get me wrong: I love this job, and I totally understand not wanting to pay any more than you have to. And if you can find a really good photographer to shoot your wedding on the cheap, good for you! Just please understand he or she is doing you a huge favor and loves you very, very, very much.
Q: CAN YOU GIVE ME A DISCOUNT?
A: Maybe. I believe that everyone deserves some great photos, and I've been in difficult situations, so even if you're on a super-tight budget, don't hesitate to get in touch, tell me your story, and see if I'm offering any special discounts. I can't promise anything, as I've got bills to pay too, but I'll try to work something out with you. In the meantime, it can't hurt if you help me promote my work by liking and commenting on my portfolio, blog, and social media.
Q: WHY SHOULD I PICK YOU AS MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
A: I consider it an honor to help two people preserve the memories of what is arguably the most important day of their entire lives. The truth is, your wedding is probably the only chance you'll ever have to convince all of the people you love the most to use up some vacation time to get in a car and/or plane to see you, wear what you want them to wear, give you presents, and share in a celebration of something amazing: you've found your soulmate.
It all goes by so quickly, and when it's over, the flowers, the decorations, and probably the leftover cake are all thrown away, and the dress is hung in the back of the closet, never to be worn again. As time passes, the groom's suit may somehow "shrink" so it doesn't fit anymore, that awesome crockpot you got from your aunt will need replacing, and even your rings could tarnish or get lost. But your wedding photos will always be there to take you back in time. When you're old and terribly senile, your grandkid will be able to flip through shots with you on her iBrain and she'll say, "You and grandpa sure dressed funny back then!" and you'll say, "Maybe, but that guy with the flower on his jacket is pretty hot."
I welcome the heavy responsibility that comes with being a wedding photographer, and I take it seriously. I've done my research, and invested a lot of energy and sweat into learning my craft. I know which lens to use, and which combination of camera knobs and dials will make you and your loved ones look your finest. I know what time of day and which angle of sunlight is the most flattering, but I know how to use external lighting gear to make you look good even if there's no sun and the only lighting at your reception is ugly fluorescent green. I can also tell you what color ceiling will make the photographer's job easier even if you don't choose me (spoiler: it's white).
I'll work closely with you beforehand, getting to know not just the wedding schedule, but you and your story, to make sure I know what to expect from your special day and how you want to remember it. I want to know how you met, how the proposal went down, and what your favorite movie or song is. I want to know who is likely to give the funniest speech, who's going to tear up the dance floor, what your color scheme is, what you're going wear, and if the watch you're going to rock is an old family heirloom. All this stuff will actually help me get better photos.
Every wedding and every wedding couple is different, and I love that! It keeps things fresh. But there will undoubtedly be laughs and tears, and I'll strive to be in the right place at the right time with the right gear and the right settings to capture those magic moments for you. And I know how crazy weddings can get, so I'll do what I can to help the day go as smoothly as possible, yet still have the camera ready in case things get viral.
After everybody heads home, I'll probably devote more time and effort into obsessing over curating and developing your photos than you can possibly imagine, but I'll get them to you as soon as I can, because I'll be dying to hear that you love them!
Each wedding I photograph means another opportunity to help people preserve perhaps the most important event of their lives so far, and maybe even make some new friends in the process.
Is this job easy? Nope. And anybody who tells you that it is probably isn't doing it right. The stakes are high, lighting is rarely ideal, weather is never reliable, it's apparently against the laws of physics to have everyone in a group photo look and smile at the camera simultaneously, and there's no coming back tomorrow to try again. Is what I do meaningful and fulfilling? Absolutely.
So should you hire me as your wedding photographer? I'd vote yes, but even if you don't, please make sure you get somebody who cares as much as I do!
Q: DO YOU DO PRINTS?
A: Absolutely! You can easily order a huge variety of high-quality prints, ready-to-hang wall art (in traditional canvas, sleek, modern metal, and beautifully textured wood), and keepsakes (stickers, mugs, aprons, magnets, buttons, phone cases, and much more) directly from your personalized gallery, and I'd be happy to help you tell your story with a custom-made book bound in linen, leather, or even with your favorite photo on the cover.
I highly recommend you get prints made, even if you don't go through me. These days, we're all so used to seeing our photos on digital screens, but more and more people are starting to realize there's something so intangibly magical about putting all those pixels into print and making your favorite photos come alive on your wall, your desk, or your coffee table.
Q: I DON'T SEE ________ PHOTOGRAPHY ON YOUR SITE. CAN YOU DO IT?
A: Probably! And if I can't, I can help you find someone who can. While I specialize in photographing people, and I gravitate toward a certain style, I do love all kinds of photography, and chances are I would be able to help you out with your project, even if it's just suggesting someone else who can do the job better than me.