HOW DO I BOOK MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

FAQ

from Brides & Grooms

All I need to secure your wedding date on my calendar is an agreement and a 30% retainer. Credit card and bank transfers are accepted through an easy, secure online service. Your final payment (the remaining 70%) is due one month before your wedding day.

Have you been to my venue before? Does that matter?

There are SO many amazing venues in the Austin area (and everywhere, really). While there are some venues I've been to several times, it's completely normal for me to photograph weddings at venues I haven't been to before. Honestly, if your photographer can't shoot on the fly and take great photos somewhere brand new to them, that's a BIG problem.

I'll do lots of research online and arrive early on your wedding day to scout locations. Also, because the light changes every day based on the season and the weather, photo locations will be slightly different at every wedding. Don't worry, I've got this :)

DO PORTRAIT SESSIONS AND WEDDING PACKAGES INCLUDE PRINTS?

The session and wedding packages include high-res digital files, not physical prints. Yes, you can print your photos, as many times as you want!

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? Can you travel to my wedding?

I am based in Austin, and I'd love to travel across Texas or across the world for your wedding! Ask me to see a special packages guide for Destination Weddings.

we KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PLANNING A WEDDING! HELP!

Well, that’s totally normal! After getting engaged, most people what no idea what to do next. And if you start Googling, you’ll find a million articles with advice. That will become overwhelming FAST.

You probably haven't planned a wedding before, but don't worry... I have! And I've learned a lot by photographing weddings for years. I've seen it all.

I send all of my couples an extremely detailed 65 page Wedding Experience magazine that is packed with information about photography and tips I've learned being behind-the-scenes at weddings. And of course, I'm here to answer any questions, help you brainstorm ideas, and make things as simple as possible for you!


DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH SHORTER WEDDINGS AND ELOPEMENTS?

Yes! I offer customizable wedding packages for 8+ hours of coverage, as well as elopement packages. Contact me to tell me about your unique wedding!

HOW SOON IN ADVANCE SHOULD we BOOK our WEDDING?

As soon as possible, really! I’ve found that most engagements last about one year, but whether yours is shorter or longer than that, I’d love to talk with you about the wedding photography experience.

DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARD?

Yes! I take online payments through a secure system with credit cards and direct bank transfers. There are no extra fees for paying with a credit card.

Do you offer video?

I don't offer videography, but I'd be happy to recommend awesome local videographers.

Do you charge tax?

Unforetunely, the state of Texas requires that I charge the normal state sales tax of 8.25%. This is the only extra tax or fee you'll see though!

SHOULD WE BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT AND BRIDAL SESSION?

Yes and yes! Engagement sessions are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and a great way for us to get to know each other. That is why an engagement session is included complimentary with every full wedding package.

Bridals are the perfect time to try on your dress one last time and test out your hair and makeup. Plus, you’ll receive 100 beautiful photos to display at your wedding. Bridal sessions should be scheduled at least 1 month before your wedding to allow time to get your photos back and printed.

What if my fiancé doesn't like taking photos?

Trust me, you're not the only one who's a little worried about this. The good news is that engagement photos are like a practice round for your wedding portraits! We'll work together to make the session fun, easy, and natural. Start by showing him some engagement blogs on my website to help him know what to expect. Then, brainstorm ways to make the session feel like a regular date. Go to your favorite bar, explore a fun hiking trail, or even have a picnic at home. Let's set up a fun evening, and I'll take care of the rest!

is your style more posed or more candid?

This is a GREAT question. Thanks for asking it!  We'll take a mix of posed and candid portraits. I help you "pose" in a way that makes you look amazing. From there, we'll add movement, and I'll give you prompts to flow into different poses and positions. You'll walk, dance, hug, and move around a lot.

This also depends on you guys and your personalities. I'll make sure you're comfortable, and if you're someone who often thinks "What do I do with my hands???", you're not alone! We'll work together to make you look natural and have fun.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION?

Good question! SO good that I wrote a blog post about it. I'll also send you an Engagement Session Style with even more tips and examples!

WHAT LOCATIONS DO YOU SUGGEST?

The Austin area has sooo many great photo locations.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?

Engagement and bridal photos will be ready within 10 days and weddings within 30 days. You’ll definitely see plenty of previews too!


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SHOULD we HAVE A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?

I usually encourage my couples to have a second photographer if the bride and groom are getting ready at the same time in separate buildings/venues. This allows for me to be in “two places at once” and gives a second perspective to the day overall. You’ll also recieve even more photos if your day is photographed by two photographers. Lauren is always the lead photographer.

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL we RECEIVE FROM our WEDDING?

I aim to deliver 100 edited photos per hour of wedding day coverage! This number is only increased by adding a second photographer.

BLog: are two photographers right for you? >

who are your second photographers?

I have a small group of local photographers who I work with often. They're all wedding photographers who have their own business and regularly shoot weddings as a lead photographer. Who I hire to be my second photographer depends on who is available on your day.

I would trust every single one of these girls to photograph my own wedding.

what if something happens to you and you can't come to our wedding?

If, for example, I were to get in a horrible car accident on the way to your wedding (hopefully this wouldn't happen!), I have a plan in place. First, if there is a second shooter scheduled to be at your wedding, they will now be your lead photographer. I only work with awesome photographers (see above), so you'll be in great hands. Your new second photographer will be chosen from a list of great photographers I've worked with before.

Let me assure you that this has NEVER happened. I've never missed a wedding for any reason, and I don't see this happening at all.

CAN WE ORDER AN ALBUM?

Yep! Just ask me about wedding album options and pricing, and I’ll send some information your way. Wedding albums are only available if you book your wedding photography with me.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

I primarily shoot with a 5D Mark III, with a selection of top Canon lenses and flashes.

Do you deliver "raw" photos?

I don't, and here's why. You're hiring me for my expertise in both photography and editing.  If you love the photo style you see on my website, you'll love the style of your photos too. Asking for unedited photos is like asking a chef for raw chicken :) Your gallery will be full of high-resolution edited photos, ready to download and print!

what if it rains or the lighting isn't ideal on our wedding day?

No matter the weather, or amount of clouds and sunlight, I've got you. I've photographed portraits and weddings in all types of environment, and we'll be sure to take beautiful photos with the same colorful style you see on my website and blog.

BLog: how to handle bad weather during your wedding >

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