Having photographed well over 200 weddings, I have a step-by-step process to ensure y’all get the coverage you need and photos you’ll cherish.
Here's how I roll:
After the wedding, I back up all of your images immediately to two separate external hard drives. Within four business days, I send a small batch of teasers digitally so you can relive those unforgettable moments as quickly as possible. (I might even send along a few photos the night of if I’m riding an endorphin high.)
I deliver the whole set of edited photos between 8 and 12 weeks after the festivities via Dropbox and PixieSet. Then you get to look through them all, order prints and albums if you want to, relive what a dope time you had, and share the photos online so all your friends can comment 😍 a million times.
I try to arrive at least half an hour early to our first location to give myself time to get situated, introduce myself to everybody and find the best lighting so you’ll look absolutely stunning from the first frame. During the day, I like to set aside 90 minutes to 2 hours for all the portraits of yourselves and your nearest and dearest—longer if you have a large family or wedding party. That may sound like a lot of time on such a busy day, but it ensures y’all have a moment to cuddle and crack a joke – plus it gives us a buffer when things inevitably run late. And of course this will all be intermingled with me yelling things like “Oh my gawd stop,” “Ugh, y’all are delicious,” and “How dare you look this good?” as I check the back of my camera. (If having that much attention on you for that long feels daunting, we can break it up.)
When it comes to actually tying the knot, I go into stealth mode – being as unobtrusive as possible during the ceremony. But during the cocktail hour and reception, I try to stay within your eyeshot in case y’all want any quick group photos, while schmoozing with your guests to make them feel comfortable and get those great candid moments. I also know when to put the camera down, since no one wants photos of them eating. When everyone hits the dance floor, be prepared to have me cutting a rug right alongside you, catching the true kinetic energy while keeping people at ease with my own abysmal dance moves.
Before our time together sadly winds down, I always give a warning to make sure I don’t miss anything you care about. (But I might stick around longer to grab a slice of cake, another Shirley Temple, and a couple sneaky pics as the party winds down.)
Many of my packages include an engagement session. I love using this as an opportunity to get to know my clients better and make you feel more at ease in front of the camera before the big day. Plus in the age of the iPhone, it’s nice to have photos that aren’t just selfies.
Some of my favorite sessions have included making cookies with a couple in their cramped kitchen, hanging out with folks while they throw back shots at their favorite dive bar and just taking a couple’s puppy for a walk in the park.
This could totally be us - talking about everything from how y’all met to timeline details and your latest Netflix bingewatch
I won’t ghost you after you’ve signed on the dotted line. Before your love party, I like to hang out one-on-one with my couples not just to have them feel more comfortable with me, but also go over details and assuage any anxiety y’all have. If you want me to tag along for a venue tour or hop on the phone to help strategize how to handle that wildcard relative, I’m happy to do whatever it takes to minimize your stress. Also, I never turn down a chance to get brunch with folks when I have a rare weekend date off.
I’ll pop up in your inbox on occasion to gather any last-minute details, and I’ll loop in with your other vendors to ensure that we’re all on the same page. About six weeks prior to your celebration, I’ll have you finalize a comprehensive shot list so you can relax knowing you'll get every iteration of each group photo that you want on the day. And we’ll designate folks to help wrangle everyone for group photos so your Great-Aunt Mildred doesn't get lost in the crowd!
I know what a big deal this decision is to you, so after the big conversation I’ll hold your date for 10 days! If we decide to work together (cue a little happy dance), I’ll make everything easy with an online questionnaire to get all the necessary info from you in writing. Then, I’ll customize a contract for you that we all sign electronically and send over an invoice for the non-refundable deposit.
After our initial email exchange, we’ll find a time to chat over Zoom to see how well we actually vibe with each other.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned after nearly 10 years in the biz is if we can connect and make one another laugh, the wedding day will go so much smoother. Just a heads up: I will ask lots of silly and personal questions about you and your boo to better understand what makes y’all tick. Some folks say “Wow, is this surprise couples therapy?” but I love to learn everyone’s problem-solving styles or insecurities so I can better serve folks amidst the chaos of wedding planning. I’m also happy to answer any and all of your questions and be a sounding board since I’ve seen everything that can go wrong - and right!
The whole process starts at my contact form. I want to know the nitty-gritty details about your event—when and where it’s happening, the budget, the vision—but I also ask questions about your interests and passions to make sure we’re a good match from the start.
Well, you’re in luck! After documenting literally hundreds of weddings, I made a guide for how to balance getting gorgeous wedding photos while not being stressed AF. You know, something lets you have your cake and eat it too! Just save me a slice — and share your info below.
You’ve probably seen enough and want to know if I’m available — so what’s the next step? Pop over to my contact page and submit an inquiry so we can get the ball rolling.