WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU?
The planning process: I have a PDF to help you plan for photos, timeline, light, etc. I like to be thorough. I'm also available to answer any questions as you go.
Directing style: I won’t make you "pose." I'll give you hands-on direction, ask questions, lead you through some actions, and get you talking. I'll be documenting as we go, as you respond to me and to each other. In almost 10 years of shooting, I've found this is how I'm able to bring out the most natural dynamic between two people. Honestly, I just want you to have fun with me.
Documenting: For most of the day, I keep it mostly documentary, just capturing what's happening as it happens.
Portraits: In addition to photos of you two, I always take formal family & bridal party portraits. I know those matter.
If you want to see what others have said about shooting with me, you can see some words from couples I've worked with HERE.
WE’RE AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. IS THAT OKAY?
Yes, anything you are, or aren't, is okay with me.
There's nothing to worry about. Most of my couples tell me they feel awkward having their photo taken, even some of the ones that look really natural. I'm here to get you comfortable and to capture your natural dynamic. So as long as you trust me and you come with an open mind, you'll be great.
Also, like I said, we're all weirdos. Let me capture your awkward weirdness too. I wouldn't want you to mask that.
WHAT KINDS OF COUPLES DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH?
Kind, open-minded humans who really really like each other.
Seriously, no other requirements. If you're happy together. you like what I make, and you trust me, we're gonna be great.
Being kind & open-minded is just a good idea for life in general.
I'm just a human doing something I really enjoy doing, nothing more to it.
WILL YOU SHOOT FILM OR DIGITAL?
At weddings, I shoot both film and digital. At elopements & couple sessions, I shoot all film.
I shoot most of the wedding on 35mm film, and use digital to fill in whenever other factors limit the use of film (like darkly-lit receptions or fast paced action). Basically, about 60-90% of your images will be film.
Your film will be processed, scanned and delivered digitally, along with the edited digital images.
The short answer: I enjoy the slower paced process of shooting film, and I much prefer the aesthetic, grain/texture and "feel" of film scans to that of digital images, which tend to feel more polished, high production, and, well, "digital."
The long answer: All of the above, plus: I started shooting film in college, it's how I was introduced to photography. The darkroom at my university became my happy place. Then I moved to digital and shot digital for the next 10 years. About 6-7 years in, I started to feel uninspired by digital, it felt like I was spending over 50% of my time editing in front of a computer, instead of shooting, observing, and creating, which is what I want to do. So I started shooting film for my own personal things, our kitties, our travels, and just the daily mundane little moments I wanted to remember. I came to love the film shots I took for myself, so I started to experiment with it at weddings and shoots. And BOOM, a few years later, here we are, and film keeps me inspired and excited to shoot constantly.
To be totally honest, making the switch to film was a little daunting but in a really exciting way. I find myself giddy before shoots again, like I used to feel when I first started, and I love that.
DO YOU SHOOT DETAILS? & FAMILY PHOTOS?
Yes and yes.
I know you spent a lot of time on your details, flowers, decor, etc, and I'll make sure to document it all.
I also think that family photos are important, so I always take formal family photos & bridal party photos.
I just emphasize that candid moments and emotion are my priority, because I think those are the photos that matter the most.
SO HOW MUCH TIME WILL WE SPEND TAKING PHOTOS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
This mostly depends on your preferences and timeline. We'll talk to determine how you'd rather spend your time, and plan accordingly.
Some couples don't want to spend much time away from their guests, so we do all their portraits in 30 minutes. Other couples want more alone time for themselves, so we spend 1- 2 hours away from guests doing photo stuff.
I want to make sure you enjoy yourself, so I'm happy to help figure all this out.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED? DO YOU TRAVEL?
I split my time between my home in Joshua Tree and my van home, on the road. So yes, I absolutely travel.
Your wedding may or may not require a travel fee, depending on where/when it takes place. So just get in touch and I’ll give you the details.
You can also take a look at my current travel schedule
, I’m always adding new locations and dates. If your location isn’t listed, just get in touch and we’ll make it happen.
DO YOU USE BACKUPS?
Yes, I always bring backup digital gear, and your photos are backed up to 3 different locations.
WHEN WILL WE GET OUR IMAGES?
No later than 6 weeks after your wedding.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
All you need is a signed contract and a 50% retainer to book the date. Contact me
and I'll send you the details!