I reserve a number of weekends each year for my own adventures with my family -- so, with dates being limited, it’s best to reach out as soon as you know your wedding date! Dates are tentatively reserved on a first-come, first-served basis as soon as you hit “submit” on that contact form, but it’s not locked in until the contract is signed. If another couple requests your date before you sign the contract, I’ll give you a 72-hour window to lock it in before offering it to them.
When you look at your photos on your 25th anniversary, I want you to feel like you are peeking in on an intimate moment with your partner from a time machine. You don’t get that feeling from a stiff prom pose where you’re both staring down the lens. Our time together will be active and dynamic: I’ll give you a prompt or a game designed to create a photogenic candid moment for me to snap. Color-wise, you can expect a bright but balanced exposure that is stylized and timeless.
Hey, I wanna see your beautiful photos just as bad as you do!
I usually get a small number of previews sent to you the day after the wedding, depending on travel and other circumstances - so you don't only have phone pictures to post and send to loved ones. The full gallery will arrive in the weeks to come.
I charge the same session and product fees for travel photography as local photography; the expense of the travel itself is added. I do my best to keep this expense as low as possible, which means it varies depending on the plan for our adventure. If you’re interested in bringing me along, reach out and I’ll do my homework before letting you know the final cost. Driving-distance travel expenses apply at $0.50 per mile for distance beyond 100 miles outside of my home base in Des Moines, IA.
Couples’ sessions are usually edited and returned no later than two weeks after the shoot date. Wedding galleries are delivered no later than five weeks after the wedding (though I usually can’t resist diving in and pulling out a few of my favorites the next day!). I also offer expedited delivery options of 1 week for wedding galleries or 1 day for couple’s sessions.
Fair question, but unfortunately not. When you hire me, you are putting trust in my eye from start to finish. The way I shoot is unique and intended for a certain editing style, meaning the images straight-out-of-camera are a half-finished product and as a result might not look right. I do shoot a huge number of photos at each shoot and usually only 8-10% end up in the final gallery. With that said, I’m always open to a message like “my hair looks a little weird in photo CC-02154, are there any others like it?”
Great question! It’s up to you: I provide print releases upon request so you can take your digital files to a lab of your choice to print. If you want to skip a few steps, you can order prints directly through my website - just add the photo to your cart directly from the gallery. I don’t upcharge on these prints at all - it’s all lab costs - because I think it’s SUPER DUPER important to print your photos. Those are the family heirlooms that you will pass down for generations! [And please, please, don’t print them at a place like Walgreens or Costco if you want the color to be accurate and the print to last more than a year.]
Absolutely! After our session, you’ll receive a link to an online gallery that will function for at least two years. The gallery will allow you to download full-resolution individual files or the full gallery from any device. You can also share this link with loved ones so they can pick out their favorites. I encourage you to share your photos on social media, so long as you tag my Instagram or website.
For my protection and my family’s, I will only be taking on clients who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and weddings where a majority of guests are vaccinated. Additionally, while I may drop it when we’re shooting outdoors, I will remain masked throughout a wedding day.
You’ll have a chance to view the contract before signing. A retainer of 50% is required at signing to lock in your shoot/wedding date, with the remaining balance to be paid on any payment schedule up to a month before the shoot/wedding date. I accept payment by Venmo, credit card, and old-fashioned paper check.
I can guarantee at some point in the wedding planning process that you'll ask your partner "what do most people do?" . I know when we were planning our own wedding, we found ourselves starting every decision with this question. At this point, I’ve seen weddings done more than a hundred different ways -- and no two weddings were the same.
Part of what I offer as your photographer is years of experience navigating the wedding industry and an idea of how your grand ideas might shake out on the big day. So when you ask me how this whole wedding thing works, I’ll be happy to share a common approach - just know that it’ll be couched with a big fat “This is about YOU, so let’s break the rules.”
The goal here is to get to know each other and answer any questions and concerns you might have about what it’s like to work with me. I’ll get an idea of how I can fit best into your wedding day and you’ll make sure you feel comfortable. After our call, I’ll send you a breakdown of pricing and a contract to sign if you’re ready.
This is where the fun stuff begins. Let’s dream big! What are we thinking for your engagement session? In the months leading up to the big day, we’ll finalize the photo timeline and any other logistics before crunch time comes.
I include engagement sessions with every wedding package because practice makes perfect. The engagement session is a chance for us to get used to working together so that on your wedding day, you’ll know exactly what to expect. And hey, at the end of it you’ll have some great photos for your Save-The-Dates!
When party day gets here, you get to sit back and relax. I’ll take care of making sure we’re in the right place at the right time, checking off our to-do list, and snapping some beautiful photographs. I’ll back up the photos a few times and get them edited before sending your final gallery in the weeks to come.
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