Hi friends! I wanted to address some questions with you that might help you decide if we are right for each other. If you're an easy going, fun-loving, adventurous spirit who places value in artwork, and believe your memories are an investment, I'm sure we'll get along just fine. If you still have questions after reading these, feel free to contact me! I can send out a "Wedding Welcome" packet that will help answer questions, and we can have a phone conversation to get to know each other, and start building the vision for your day. - Olivia
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
This is my favorite one! I know that sometimes others feel different emotions when looking at photographs. How I would describe my style is artistic, natural, organic, and candid. What does that mean? It means that my photos are less posed, and more natural. It means that you may notice a film-like quality, even with your digitals (we shoot in film too!). I pride myself on being a fine art photographer who has a unique artistic interpretation of your wedding or session. My biggest focus in any session or wedding is to preserve the genuine emotions from you, your family, your friends, and your guests. I believe in the mantra "emotions > perfection". When we look back on photographs, something we remember the most is how we felt. Why not lock that emotion in a way that transcends memory? If you'd like to talk more about my style, I am always down!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU FOR OUR WEDDING?
As soon as possible! Once you have your date, and wedding venue/location set, you can begin booking a photographer. We recommend doing this sooner rather than later due to the busy booking seasons in January/February, as well as the high demand for Summer and Autumn dates. If you have not paid a non-refundable retainer and signed a contract, your date is not held.
HAVE YOU SHOT AT OUR LOCATION BEFORE?
Good question. Possibly! I have had the opportunity to work with different, gorgeous wedding venues all over West Michigan. The beauty of an experienced wedding photographer is that we can adapt to any lighting or location situation at a moment's notice to provide you with consistent images.
If you're looking at a more "exotic" domestic or international location, check out my wishlist! These are places I will go and shoot your elopement for a discount. If you are having an elopement somewhere you think is cool that isn't on my list, shoot me an email!
DO YOU SHOOT (LARGE / SMALL / INDIAN / JEWISH / CHRISTIAN / LGBTQ+ / NON-RELIGIOUS) WEDDINGS?
Yes! I shoot primarily non-religious weddings, but am open and available to many different views and cultures. I do not discriminate based on race, sex, gender, ethnicity, age (except where prohibited by law), or individuals with disabilities, and I would be open to hear how I can accommodate you, your partner, and your culture or beliefs on your wedding day.
HOW MANY SHOOTERS DO YOU BRING TO A WEDDING?
It depends. If your package includes two photographers, then you will have myself as a primary photographer, and a second shooter who will assist with posing, capturing different angles, locations, etc. If your package does not include this, you may still see an assistant helping with equipment, lighting, posing, and coordinating.
SHOULD I HAVE AN "UNPLUGGED" CEREMONY/FIRST LOOK?
We can address this further in our consult, but the short answer is, yes! Too many times ceremony photos will have "Uncle Bob" in the aisle leaning as he tries to take a picture with his cell phone or iPad. Let him enjoy the ceremony, and leave the pictures up to us. As for a first look, it absolutely saves time, is intimate, and helps to destress you before the walk down the aisle. The social conventions surrounding marriages are starting to fade and we're all about "nontraditional weddings". You do you!
I REALLY WANT YOU TO STAY UNTIL THE END OF MY WEDDING. WILL YOU?
Sure! To book us from beginning to end, we'd be happy to discuss our longest package with you. If you have only booked us for a certain amount of hours, we are happy to accommodate additional time. We will approach you prior to the end of your coverage and ask if you would like more time. Every additional hour is charged an "overtime" rate, and is rounded to the nearest half an hour. In the event of your timeline running behind due to circumstances beyond the photographer's control, we will not be responsible for any lack of pictures/posing should you choose not to extend coverage.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR VENDORS AT MY WEDDING?
Think about it like this. When you go to work, you get a lunch break and come back feeling energized and even more prepared to tackle tasks. The same goes for us! We ask that you provide a meal so we can be present during the reception and dinner for shots, as well as stay on our A game because we aren't hungry, and needing to leave to get food. We want to give you 100%!
WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES AND PACKAGES?
I have the starting prices listed on the "Investment" page of this website for all sessions types. Wedding day coverage begins at $2600. If we fit into your budget, we can begin discussing what sort of coverage you're looking for. We don't list collection prices because every couple's total may vary slightly due to us tailoring a custom art package to your needs. We do not make up prices for every wedding, but we do like to give you more of what you need, and less of what you don't. We are happy to set up a time to chat with you and find one that fits your vision.
HOW DO YOU DELIVER PHOTOS?
We no longer offer online galleries standard with certain packages after an overwhelming poll from previous and prospective clients found that they would rather have a full service experience, and that many did not do anything with their photos, and found self printing to be a hassle. We're flipping the switch from high volume, "shoot and burn" photography that is common today, to a luxury, full service business that provides you with an investment in artwork that will surpass digital copies, as well as non archival self printed images. The first time you see your photos, we will invite you over for a slideshow presentation. You can see all of your professionally retouched images, and order your favorites. Proof prints are also available during this time. If you still have any questions about how this will work for your session or wedding, please contact us and we would be happy to address this further with you.
WHAT WILL YOU WEAR TO SHOOT?
First and foremost we strive to maintain a professional image. Once we chat about the details of your wedding, I will be able to decide on a wardrobe. For black tie, we will wear formal black dress. For a beach wedding one might show up in a modest sundress and sandals. If you have specifics in mind, please bring these up at the time of your consultation.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE MY PHOTOS?
Our estimated turnaround time is four weeks. We ask that in the busier seasons, you allow up to three months for your photos. We don't want to rush and give you a less than perfect product! Once your images are done being carefully selected and retouched, we will invite you in for a viewing and ordering session to select your favorites, and build an album or set of wall art.
DO YOU GIVE OUT RAW OR UNEDITED PHOTOS?
No. Does a baker give you just the dough at their shop as the finished product? Hell no! We spend numerous hours going through and "culling" your photos. We then edit every one that is not out of focus, a test shot, or a "blooper" (if it's funny, we will throw it in!). My hope is if you're booking us, you like our style! I want to give you a beautiful, cohesive finished product that will wow you. I cannot give out unedited photos or RAWs because it is not at all an accurate representation of my artwork. Plus, RAWs require a special software to open that you would need to purchase. It is a hassle for someone who is not already a photographer. Trust us, we will give you "all the good ones" and not leave your special moments out.
I'M WORKING ON A BUDGET, WILL YOU GIVE ME A DISCOUNT?
No. We completely understand wanting to save money; however, personally we will often pay more for the things we value and save up for it if necessary. We ask that if you are only looking for the best deal, to please consider another photographer. We want you to value and cherish these memories of your day for the rest of your life. You will not have another genuine chance to do this again in the same circumstances. Let us pamper you, give you a luxury experience, and the highest quality archival products to display your moments. We understand that not everyone is ready to pay 100% upfront, and we do offer a payment plan as long as the 30% retainer is paid at booking, and the remaining balance is received 30 days prior to your wedding date. All of our print products are available on a payment plan up to 6 months.
I DON’T PHOTOGRAPH WELL AND AM SUPER AWKWARD—CAN YOU HELP ME?
Hey, me too! I (Olivia) struggle in front of the camera, and completely understand where these feelings come from. With a more candid style, I document things as they happen. You will be showing your natural expressions and emotions. There will be minimal posing, helping to eliminate some of the awkwardness. Instead, we use prompts to get you moving and interacting with your significant other while I'm taking photos without you even realizing. I will make small adjustments if necessary to flatter you more, but they will be natural and not uncomfortable.
MY (FIANCEE/PARTNER) HATES BEING IN PHOTOS—CAN YOU HELP ME?
We will do our best! The same above continues to apply. Explain that there is minimal posing, and we're going for a more "documentary and candid" style to remember the day by. Many people are so caught up in the excitement of the wedding day, that they rarely notice our presence. That's how we like it! Portraits are a little different, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you both relax, and enjoy your time together (a mimosa never hurt anyone either though!)
YOU’RE THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR US! HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR WEDDING OR PORTRAIT DATE?
Perfect! I want to meet you! Click the button below, fill out my form, and we can get the ball rolling. I sit down with all clients for an in person consultation over drinks at one of the many local coffee shops or breweries. If you're not local, there is always Skype! From there I will reiterate some of the points here, answer questions, and discuss my contract with you to protect us both. When you're ready, you sign and place your retainer down and that date is set in stone! Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me. Weekends during peak season book very fast, and it is a first come first serve basis. If your date is coming up soon, still get in touch, and if we are available, we would love to shoot your wedding!