Frequently Asked Questions
We're awkward - is that going to be a problem?
Uhhh, nope! Here's the thing, for most people being in front of the camera IS awkward - now let's add Jami third wheeling, asking you to snuggle and settle into intimate poses with a camera in her hand. I just one upped your idea of awkward. Having said that, every couple who has ever come to me with this question has also come out of their experience so positive and excited! You don't need to worry about 'modeling', I want you to focus on each other, be present, be authentic, remember how special this moment is, how much you love one another, and have a good time!
When should I book + How do I reserve my date?
Book ASAP - I do book into the following year for weddings and elopements, and they are booked on a first come first serve basis.
To reserve your date I just need a signed contract AND your retainer (50% of your package total). Contracts and invoices are sent via email and can all be taken care of from your phone or computer in the comfort of your snuggly home. Your retainer can be paid with credit card / check / or cash.
We are an LGBTQ couple, will you take us as clients?
F**K yes I will! I hate that I have to even put this on here, but I don't want a couple to not reach out because they're afraid of being turned down by a professional. I photograph love, all love!
When will we receive our photos, and how? Can we print them?
Engagement session turnaround time is 1-2 weeks / Weddings are no longer than 12 weeks - with sneak peeks within 1-2 days after your session or wedding day.
Do you shoot Video?
I sure don't... But, I do work with awesome videographers. You can check them out on my preferred vendors list. And here's a big bonus if you're interested in awesome video, we adore working with traveling husband and wife videographers Wander On Studios. In fact, we love them so much, we offer a discount to brides who book us both! So if you're on the fence or looking seriously, definitely ask about that.
Do you travel for weddings?
I do! My local range is within 200 miles of my home (Temecula, CA). Cambria, Big Sur, San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoias, and the Eastern Sierras do require an additional $500 travel. Other locations may require additional flight expenses.
Are you insured?
YES! ...Insurance is important, your vendors should have it.
How many images will we receive?
For engagement sessions 100-200 fully edited images, / and weddings end up being approximately 100 images per hour of shooting (so an 8 hour wedding would be approximately 800-900 images, although 1000+ isn't uncommon).
Do you need a shot list?
The only shot list I ask for is for family portraits. We don't want to forget anyone, and it helps so much when coordinating families. I don't know all your guests by name, so having those names and family units on paper makes things much more efficient. Other than that, I got you!
Why should I consider an unplugged wedding?
After shooting over 100 weddings and having an unplugged ceremony myself, I can confidently say that unplugged ceremonies are WORTH IT! The ceremony is IT, it's THE moment, and I really wanted everyone present and with us during that short time. I looked out and I saw teary eyes and smiling faces, not cell phones and cameras. I felt so much love in that moment. As a photographer, I've had to dodge countless cellphones in fleeting moments, and it's just not fair to my clients. Whatever you choose, I will 100% respect that and give you beautiful images either way! But this is my professional advice to all my couples.
If you're a wedding guest - remember that the couple paid a professional to give them stunning wedding photos! Don't be that arm in the middle of the isle with the latest iPhone covering the kiss. Don't be that person. There will be plenty of opportunities to get beautiful photos later, I'll even take it for you on your cell phone!
Can we see a full wedding gallery?
Definitely! During the booking process, just ask! You'll see full weddings and get familiar with the gallery system that I use to deliever your photos.
Has your work been published?
Heck yeah it has! I've been published on Junebug Weddings, Exquisite Magazine, Muse Magazine, and Looks Like Film.
What are your rates?
I like what I see, now what?
Let's do it! Just fill out my contact form (click here to book!) and let's chat about my availability. If you need extra peace of mind I'm more than happy to schedule a FaceTime meeting to answer all your questions. I'm here for you! Boom, easy!
So you photograph weddings, what do your couples have to say after the fact?
They basically say I slay! Haha! You can read reviews from real clients in a few different reputable locations: Wedding Wire, Facebook + Yelp to name a few. Click and read all the sweet things from my truly beautiful clients!