Frequently Asked Questions
How many images do we get?
The amount of images depends on how long I will be there, and how much content will occur. I will always be
looking for moments and details to shoot, however a 6 hour wedding with no first look and little reception
partying will have less images than an 8 hour wedding. A first look, father/bride look, multiple ceremony
features, etc, will give you more moments and more photos. Couples typically get around 75-100 images per
hour, and of course, I aim to provide you with as many great images as possible.
Do you have a second shooter?
I sure do! They are professionals that love weddings as much as I do. Occasionally, they may assist me with lighting (especially in low-lit reception situations, like cake cutting and toasts). Other than that, they will be snapping away. Be sure to check if they are included in your package. If they are not included but you want a second
shooter, let me know.
Do you retouch photos?
I do a little smoothing and evening while I edit, but I keep it minimal. I’m a firm believer in allowing you to look like your true self, not a plastic, commercialized model. I will happily remove any big pimples or blemishes on your face since
they are not a permanent part of you.
It's rainy! Will you photoshop us into a sunny setting for a couple of shots?
Absolutely not. As a lifestyle photographer, I like to stay true to the moment and what is going on. These are not images you would end up valuing, because you know it would be fake. I will do my best to make sure the images of your rainy day will be valued, in fact, I love the look of rainy days, as long as you don't let it keep you from having a good time!
Will you travel for my wedding?
Of course!! I love traveling and will happily do it for you. I ask for you to cover my gas (for 60 miles out of Charlotte, NC roundtrip) or airfare, a hotel room, and a rental car, if applicable. I do not require a place to stay for the night if it is within 90 miles of Charlotte, NC.
What gear do you use?
I use Canon professional gear. I have a Canon 5D Mark ii, a 5D Mark iii, L series lenses, and top of the line flashes and lights. I also rent backup gear for the wedding day to make sure I don’t miss anything.
Is the deposit refundable?
The deposit is not refundable, because it acts a placeholder for the wedding date. This means I have reserved that day just for your wedding, and will be turning down other wedding inquiries for that day.
How can we help you take the prettiest photos possible?
I'm so glad you asked! The biggest factor is light. While I cannot control the setting of the venue you’ve chosen, having good light makes all the difference.
-When looking at places to get ready, look for rooms with big windows and natural light. This will make you look your absolute best. Getting ready in a dim room or under harsh fluorescents, or in a lime green sunday school room is not a good look.
-Check with the ceremony venue and see if there are any photo restrictions before you book. If it’s outside, ask the venue when the most attractive light will be. Avoid harsh shadows or highlights on your face while exchanging vows.
-Scheduling couples portraits around sunset is key to getting that golden look with a gorgeous sky. This is the best light possible for portraits.
-When it comes to the reception, see if your DJ offers any “uplighting”. This will give me more light to work with, as well as give your venue more ambiance. If you’re not crazy about uplighting, twinkle lights are great. Whether in the foreground or background, they always look lovely.
-I have plenty more tips, and I'm happy to sit down and help out while you plan, including helping set up your timeline.