“Can you help me feel less awkward in front of the camera?” and other frequently asked questions.

I love photos where you can feel that moment just by looking at it, like my favorite photo I took of my parents in 1977:

It may be blurry, but I can feel their laughter and closeness in the image.
I focus on creating intimate portraits that are rarely posed and often playful. Getting creative with angles, lighting, and the environment help me capture those moments. (*I’ll probably tell some goofy jokes to help you relax. There’s nothing better than getting uninhibited laughter on camera!)

I’ve been the chick with the camera since I was a teenager, but I’ve been capturing weddings, family portraits, births, graduations, and other joyful moments in my clients’ lives since 2008. I super dig my job.

I can’t wait for you to reach out! I’ll respond with some info about my availability, answer any questions you asked on my contact form, and set up a time to speak with you. 
We’ll go over your vision for your wedding or portrait session during our chat, and I’ll show you some additional examples of my work. 
Once you’ve decided I’m the photographer for you, you can schedule your session (and typically a “back-up” date) right away. For weddings, I ask for a 35% reservation fee to hold your wedding date. For all other portrait sessions, I do not require a retainer.
If you’ve chosen a package that includes an engagement session, we’ll get that booked right away! I love doing engagement sessions because I can get to know you a bit pre-wedding and you get to see what you look like through my lens. It’s a great way to shake off any photo anxieties/worries. You can see some examples here
Lastly, we’ll have a planning meeting before your wedding to create a photo timeline that will fit well with your wedding day plans. I’ll also send you my family photo list so that you can customize it for your own day.
I’ll give you gentle suggestions of what I’ve seen work well, without being intrusive or overly directive. Usually, this means using some prompts vs poses, although I’m happy to give more direction if you’d like. We’ll shift towards the best light, and I’ll encourage you to love your partner or family members as you normally do. 
My goal is always to help you see yourself as your loved ones see you and highlight what makes you, you.
At the peak of wedding season (May-September), you can expect to receive your online gallery 5 to 7 weeks after your event. Outside of wedding season, you’ll receive your gallery even sooner. No matter when your wedding is, I always send a few sneak peeks the day after, so you have some photos to enjoy right away and to share on social media! 

You betcha! All of my wedding packages include the images from your wedding and engagement session as high-resolution jpegs. You can expect 100+ photos per hour of wedding day coverage, and you’ll receive a print release document with your photos. 

I follow all local guidelines, wear a mask to do my work, and am fully vaccinated. I don’t charge rescheduling fees if you have to change your date and will do my absolute best to accommodate you in my schedule. 

I’ve made so many vendor friends throughout the years and can recommend other vendors to match any style of wedding or couple. Let me know at your engagement or planning session what you’re looking for, and I’ll be happy to help. 

I’m a Canon gal. I shoot with their camera bodies and use their L series of lenses. Here’s what I’m reaching for again and again: 
  • Canon R5 & R6 
  • 35mm 1.4 L
  • 50mm 1.2 L
  • 24-70mm II 2.8 L
  • 100mm 2.8 macro
  • 70-200mm 2.8 IS II
  • Canon 600 speed lights with remote use
  • Think Tank bag

i ask for 35% of your wedding package as a booking fee to hold your wedding date.  the remainder of your balance is due ten days prior to your wedding date (typically at our last meeting to discuss itinerary and details).  wedding dates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis with receipt of the agreement and retainer.  retainers are not required for portrait sessions.

The most important thing about what you wear to your e-session is to be comfortable and to feel good in your clothes. If you’re tugging and pulling at your waistband or sleeves, your expressions will show that you’re not focused on your partner and stressed out about your clothes.  most couples bring a change of clothing so that they can have one look that is more dressy/classic & another that is more jeans/casual.

Click here to see examples of previous engagement sessions.