These are some of the most common questions I get asked by clients, but if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!
How can we book you for our wedding day?
After you fill out my contact form (so I can learn about who you are and your wedding day), we’ll set up a time to call or meet to make sure we’re a great fit! From there, I just require a signed contract and 25% retainer to save your date!
Where are you based? Do you travel?
I am based in Brentwood, CA which is a small town way far out in the East Bay. I spend a lot of time in and around the San Francisco area though. I am 1000% open to traveling outside of this area for sessions. I love exploring new places!
Travel Fees are a big unknown & everyone does it differently. What do you charge?
For weddings & elopements, anything within 100 miles of my hometown Brentwood, CA is included.
Travel within California: I charge $1/mile one way past the first 100. If we’re headed somewhere more than 3 hours away, I also request one or two night’s stay in a hotel just for my own safety! (6 hours of driving & 8-10 hours of wedding day photography is a bit risky!)
Travel outside of California: I ask for flights for me and - possibly - a second shooter (traveling alone as a small girl with a lot of camera gear is too high stress for me), at least two night’s stay in an airbnb/hotel, and the cost of a rental car. I do have a bucket list of locations that I do offer discounts for me to travel to!
Why should I work with you for my wedding?
Besides the fact that I am a huge, loving dork… I am here to help. I want to create a relationship with you and your significant other, not just show up on your wedding day. I’m a planner so I offer up what I know to help you have the most successful day. Here’s a few specific things I’m around for: I’m here to help plan - I’ll even make you a custom timeline and we’ll work together to figure out all the details.
I’m around if you need advice - I’ve been to a few weddings in my time, and have seen things that work super well and things that don’t. If you need an extra opinion or have a burning questions, I’m around to help.
I won’t just be a stranger on your wedding day. A wedding photographer will be with you almost the entire wedding day capturing some of the most intimate and wonderful moments. Having a stranger hanging around for all of that seems a little bit awkward to me. So I won’t do that. From the initial inquiry, I do my best to make sure that we are a good fit so we can build a friendship over the months leading up to the wedding. Not only does this make the wedding day more fun, but it helps me better capture your story uniquely to you.
This really depends on a few different factors, but usually I deliver a minimum of 40 photos for every hour of shooting. I usually send more, it just depends on how the day goes. I’ll be sure to cull out any photos that aren’t a test shots, out of focus, or in the middle of someone blinking and send over the rest!
How many images will we get?
What is your turnaround time?
Sessions are delivered within 2 weeks of the session date & weddings are delivered within 4 weeks!
What kind of equipment do you use?
I have a variety of lenses and gear that I mix and match depending on the session. Most commonly I’ll be shooting on my 5D Mark IV with a 35mm f/1.4. I’m in love with prime lenses and usually also bring along either my 24mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2 and/or 85mm f/1.4 lens. On wedding days, I commonly shoot with two bodies and switch between some different lenses depending on the part of the day.
Do we have to think of our own poses?
No way! One of the reasons to hire a photographer in the first place is so that they can create moments and make you look good in front of the camera. I like to play lots of games, ask questions, and guide you into flattering poses so that you don’t even have to worry. I also have styling guides and location guides so you don’t have to figure those out on your own. On wedding days, I try to implement a slightly more documentary style approach outside of portrait times but will for sure move you into areas with the best light if I have the chance.
How do payment schedules work?
For sessions, I require a $100 non-refundable deposit upon booking to retain your date. I require the rest of the payment the day of the session. For weddings, I request for a 25% non-refundable deposit to save the wedding date. Then the rest of the payment is due three weeks before the wedding day. This is a good excuse to meet up and go over the last minute details as well!
If you want to set up a payment plan, let me know, and I’m more than happy to figure something out!
Both before & after you book, email is the absolute best way to get in touch with me. I’m the absolute worst at responding to text messages and tend to answer them in my head or forget to actually hit send. You should expect an email response from me within 1 business day of sending that email!
What’s the best way to keep in contact with you?
From the time I put in that inquiry form, what can I expect from you?
I try to keep it simple for you and make the back and forth as easy as possible! Here’s how it goes: Put in an inquiry on my ‘Contact’ Page & tell me all about you and your bae. I’ll respond with my pricing magazine which has ALL the info on my sessions. If you think we’re a good fit, we’ll pick a date. To save your date, we will put down a $100 deposit and have you sign a contract (which is meant to keep us both safe and protected!) Dates aren’t saved until I get the deposit, so make sure to not procrastinate. From there, we will start the planning! I have styling/location guides to help you out and a questionnaire to help save us some back and forth. I’ll help you out with all the planning and send you some reminders leading up to the session to ensure everything runs smoothly. We’ll have the session! It’ll be fun and silly and full of smiles and giggles. Within 2 weeks of the session, you will get your photos back! From there you are welcome to print from my online gallery or ask me about photo books. I’m here to help and encourage you to make those photos tangible.