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, adventuring spirit, I'm sure we'll get along just fine. If you're not, that's okay too. We can embrace our differences and make an experience together regardless. 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 conversation about your concerns if you're not ready for a consultation quite yet.
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 romantic, 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!). My biggest focus in any session or wedding is to preserve the genuine emotions from you, your family, your friends, and your guests. 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 listening to different opinions and perspectives.
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 high demand and busy season. 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. 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 the price of travel and lodging!* (there may be a small fee for printed prodcuts and add ons). It would be a win-win for both of us as you get a discounted price, and I get to travel.
DO YOU SHOOT (LARGE / SMALL / INDIAN / PERSIAN / JEWISH / CHRISTIAN / GAY / NON-RELIGIOUS) WEDDINGS?
Yes! I shoot primarily non-religious weddings, but am open and available to many different views and cultures. I absolutely will shoot gay weddings, and I would be open to hear how I can accommodate 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 background trying to take a picture with his cell phone set to indoor flash mode. Let Uncle Bob 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 aisle. The social conventions surrounding marriages are starting to crumble and there is much less of a stigma. Girl (or guy), 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 full day package with you. This will prevent any last minute decisions about time. 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. If we fit into your budget, we can begin discussing what sort of coverage you're looking for. Each package contains complimentary items depending on which is chosen. We are happy to set up a time to chat with you and find one that fits your needs.
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. For a beach wedding I 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?
For every wedding, we give a 48 hour sneak peek. You will see 10 or so images that preview your wedding gallery. Feel free to share these with family and friends while you wait. Our estimated turnaround time is four weeks. We ask that in the event of a family emergency, or serious injury, you allow up to three months for your photos. This has never happened yet, and we hope we will never need this clause!
DO YOU GIVE OUT RAW OR UNEDITED PHOTOS?
No. Does a baker give you just the dough at their shop as the finished product? Heck 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 business. 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?
Unfortunately, probably not. I completely understand the frugal life. I live it myself; however, I will pay more for things I value and save up for it. We ask that if you are only looking for the best deal, to please find 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. Times can be tough, and we do offer a payment plan as long as the retainer is paid at booking, and the remaining balance is received 30 days prior to your wedding date.
I DON’T PHOTOGRAPH WELL AND AM SUPER AWKWARD—CAN YOU HELP ME?
Hey, me too! I struggle in front of the camera, and completely understand where these feelings come from. With a more candid style, I document things as they happened. 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.
MY (HUSBAND/WIFE/FIANCEE) 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.
YOU’RE THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR US! HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR WEDDING OR PORTRAIT DATE?
Perfect! I want to meet you! Fill out a contact form at our "Contact" page and we can get the ball rolling. I sit down with all wedding clients for an in person consultation over coffee at one of the many local coffee shops. If you're not local, there is always Skype! From there I will reiterate some of the points here, 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!