What is included in the basic wedding package?
The basic wedding package includes a full day shooting. I start shooting while you are getting ready and stop shooting sometime late in the evening when the dance floor is getting a little crazy. After the wedding, your files are professionally edited in Portland. All packages include full rights to the images which will be given to you on a jump drive a few weeks after your event.
Before your wedding day, I will have scoped out the wedding location. On the day of the wedding I’ll meet with you and your bridal party as well as with your parents. Most brides like photos while they get ready and some don’t feel comfortable with that. It’s up to you. I’ll be there throughout the ceremony, reception, dinner and into the evening.
For most weddings, I shoot roughly 2000-3000 digital images. Immediately following your wedding, I’ll upload and backup all of the images in my studio (twice) and begin the editing process. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit your photos. The final images are yours to print, email, share on Facebook, Tweet, blog, etc. I will also provide you with a password protected proofing gallery that allows you and your family to print images. You can see some examples here.
How do you describe your style?
I am a documentary style wedding photographer with a passion for portraiture. I tell the story of your wedding day through images. My philosophy is simple: take honest photos of real moments during your celebration. I’ve learned from experience that most couple’s favorite photos are the ones that document the moments of the day that they otherwise wouldn’t have seen or remembered. I capture the energy of the day in candid, journalistic way while also incorporating my passion for timeless portraits. I strive to provide a stress-free experience for you and your partner. The best photos will be the ones of you and your partner having fun, looking relaxed and enjoying the day with your friends and family.
I love to shoot weddings because people are happy at weddings! The energy is unparalleled. During your day, I’ll roam amongst your guests to capture the moments that you weren’t able to see, always staying close to you, the bride and groom. Most of the time, you won’t even notice me. Your guests were invited because they are special people in your lives. They will provide the magic that makes your wedding day unforgettable and I feel that it is nearly as important to capture them as it is for me to capture you. I also like to spend an hour or so with the bride and groom making beautiful portraits. You are going to look amazing on your wedding day and I absolutely love making images of a couple in love and looking their best.
After all of the excitement of your wedding has passed, you’ll have beautiful photos that you’ll be able to relive, share and cherish forever.
You’re based in Portland, but do you travel?
Yes! This is one of the best parts about being a wedding photographer. I’ve shot weddings in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the East Coast and abroad. I love traveling to shoot in new places!
What kind of gear do you use?
I use all Nikon gear. I carry two cameras and a variety of lenses for all weddings. My go-to lenses are the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens for wide angle shots, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for long zoom capabilities, and Nikon 85mm f/1.4G for portraits. This is professional-grade gear that produces the sharpest images possible. I like to shoot with mostly natural light, but I do bring two flashes kits and a variety of light modifiers for posed group and couple portraits.
How do you prepare for my wedding?
I prefer to meet in person at least once before the wedding so that we can get to know each other. It is a great honor and I feel that it is a huge responsibility to shoot someone’s wedding. I want to be sure that we all feel comfortable with one another before your wedding day. Typically we’ll set up a time to meet a few months before your wedding to go over any questions that you might have for me. After our initial meeting and leading up to your wedding, you might have additional questions for me or want to share the itinerary of the day with me. I am always available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone to answer any of your questions.
I encourage all of my couples to consider engagement photos with me before the wedding. This is a great opportunity for you to get used to me taking your picture. I’ll give you some simple tips on poses that look best and most natural. You’ll get a sense of my style of shooting so that when your wedding day comes, you won’t have to worry about having your photo taken. Plus, you’ll have some awesome photos to use for your Save the Date’s or just to post on Facebook.
Do you have liability insurance?
Do you shoot in color or black and white?
I shoot both. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, I love to incorporate the natural colors of the setting that I’m shooting in. However, I have a passion for black and white images as well. I love the timeless quality and mood that they create. However, these are your photos and they should look the way that you want them to look. During our initial meeting we’ll discuss if you want your photos to be color, black and white or some of both.
What happens after the wedding?
After your wedding, I’m hard at work editing and perfecting your images. I guarantee that you’ll have the jump drive of images within four weeks of the wedding, but it’s usually much sooner than that.
Some photographers charge an extra fee for “rights” to the images. Do you have a fee for this?
No! The rights to the images are yours with all of my photography packages.
Do you offer printing services?
Yes! After the wedding, I will upload your edited photos to a password-protected, online proofing gallery. You can view all of the images online and print the ones you want. If you would rather do the printing yourself, that’s fine too.
How do we book you?
Send me a message on the contact page to start the conversation.