I truly believe that your wedding photos are one of the best investments you can make. The day will come and go in the blink of an eye and your photos are the only thing that remain to tell your story. Flowers die, the party ends, but your photos are forever. Tangible objects that can be passed down to future generations. Most wedding planners encourage couples to allocate 10-20% of their budget for photography. With the average cost of a wedding coming in around $35K, that means couples should expect to spend between $3,500 – $7,000 for photography. My wedding collections begin at $4,800. In order to provide the best experience possible, I only commit to working with around 15-20 couples each year. I really enjoy taking the time to get to know my clients and be a familiar face on their wedding day, not just another vendor who showed up for a job. Continue reading for answers to frequently asked questions.
DO YOU SHOOT FILM OR DIGITAL?
Both. While I absolutely love the look and feel of medium format film, there are definitely times that call for the speed and low-light capabilities of digital photography. All of my digital images are carefully edited to match the look of my film images.
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT?
Yes, absolutely. Equipment failures can happen so I always make sure to have backup gear on hand to continue documenting your day. My film is stored cool and dry, and mailed to the lab via priority shipping in a well-secured box. Digital images are captured on dual memory cards and backed up to dual hard drives.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
I’ve had the privilege of working with over 100 amazing couples since I began photographing weddings in 2009. Prior to transitioning to wedding photography full time in 2014, I spent over ten years as a creative director in the advertising industry where I produced and directed commercial photo shoots for national ad campaigns. It is extremely important to request to see a full wedding gallery from all of the photographers you are considering. You want to make sure your photographer will be able to capture every aspect of your day, in all different types of lighting and environments.
WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING WITH YOU?
Very relaxed and genuine. I love spending time getting to know my couples so I can capture their true personalities and emotions in their portraits. One of the best compliments I receive from my couples is how I can be such a calming presence on an otherwise hectic day.
SHOULD WE DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
I think engagement sessions are a really important aspect of working together. You get to see how I work behind the camera and I gain a better understanding of the two of you and your relationship. So many couples tell me that their engagement session was a great way to prep for wedding day photos.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
You really can’t go wrong with soft neutral tones. They look absolutely beautiful on camera and will stand the test of time. I would recommend avoiding bold and busy patterns. Ultimately, I’d like you to feel comfortable and happy with your outfits so please feel free to contact me prior to your session and we can discuss details.
HAS YOUR WORK BEEN PUBLISHED?
Yes, my work has been featured by numerous national and international wedding publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Southern Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, Grey Likes Weddings, The Knot, Carats & Cake, Magnolia Rouge, Bride & Groom, and more. I was also a winner in PDN’s Top Knots Contest and named Photographer of the Year at the St. Louis Wedding Awards.
TURNAROUND TIME AND IMAGE RIGHTS?
Images are typically delivered within four weeks but I do my best to get them to you sooner if possible. Portrait sessions take around two weeks. Along with your images, you will receive a print release form which grants you rights to use and print the images as you wish for personal use.
DO YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Definitely. I am currently based in St. Louis, but am willing to travel anywhere in the world to capture your day. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph weddings from California to New York, the Caribbean, Europe and so many beautiful places in between. Please ask about a custom quote for your destination wedding.
DO YOU HAVE A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
Very rarely. I’ve found that I am far too much of a perfectionist to trust your wedding day images in the hands of another photographer. I do, however, bring an assistant with me to every wedding to help carry gear, load film, and allow me to always be in the right place at the right time.