Weddings & Elopements
Hi. I’m glad you found me, and that you’re considering working with me for your big day. I know there are probably a lot of considerations on your plate right now, photography and otherwise, so here are some answers to some common questions. Best of luck, and congratulations!
What is your photographic style?
Best described as photojournalistic or documentary. That means I always use natural available light where possible, and strive to document genuine and candid moments as they unfold. Of course I’ll very gladly take family and group portraits, “first look” photos, and portraits of the two of you together at sunset—but for the most part, my job is to be unobtrusive. Your wedding photographer should not be someone you stress out about, ever. I strive to make it an easy process before, during, and after your wedding.
The thing I care about most is that something big is happening in your relationship and you want beautiful images to remember your celebration of it. All of the stuff around your relationship—place settings, food, flowers—is important in its own way, but I will definitely take more photos of your chosen family than I will of your centerpieces. And my promise is to deliver timeless images that are recognizably you, with all of the emotions of your day and none of the weird prom photo poses.
Please check out my Weddings gallery for a snippet of what to expect.
How do you edit photos?
I keep editing simple. I correct for things like exposure, contrast, and white balance, and tend stylistically toward a documentary aesthetic. But I’ve learned from my own past experience that focusing too much on trendy filters and photo presets will lead to images that look “dated,” which is the last thing you want for wedding photos you’ll keep for a lifetime. Remember those sloppy black borders that everyone used when Instagram first came out? Let’s avoid sloppy-black-border wedding photos.
What kinds of weddings do you shoot?
Anything you can throw at me. A huge banquet wedding, a small and intimate wedding, a wedding involving the groom riding in on a horse, a wedding that’s just immediate family around a good meal. Are you having a three-day campground wedding with sack races and s’mores? Yep, I want to take photos of all your loved ones’ laughing faces for three days. Are you eloping in Yosemite, just the two of you, your dog, and your best friend as officiant? And then climbing Half Dome afterward? I’m there. I ask only that you enter this wedding day adventure with joy and a sense of humor.
What are your rates?
A full-day wedding package starts at $3,000 and includes up to 10 hours of photography coverage. A half-day wedding package starts at $2,000 for anything 5 hours and under (good for elopements, civil ceremonies, and very intimate weddings). While these two basic options keep things very simple and straightforward, every wedding is unique, so let’s talk about what works best for yours.
How do you deliver images?
About 4-12 weeks after your wedding (depending on the season), I’ll deliver a complete online gallery of edited, high-resolution images for download, with a personal use release. All wedding clients also receive a complimentary wooden keepsake box with a selection of at least twenty 4”x6” gift prints because it’s invaluable to have something to hold in your hands.
If you’d like hassle-free additional photo backup, you have the option of purchasing a personalized USB flash drive of your images, which I will enclose in your keepsake box.
Can I order additional prints and/or wedding albums?
I’m so glad you’re asking. Absolutely. High-quality prints and albums are such a worthy investment, a way to have something tangible and to appreciate your photographs every single day. I offer many different options for prints, enlargements, and albums, and you can order these directly from your online gallery upon delivery of your digital images.
How many hours of wedding photography do I need?
If you are planning a wedding that’s anything other than an elopement or civil ceremony, I strongly suggest going for the full-day option. Investing in 10 solid hours of coverage ensures you’ll have images that tell the entire story of your day, from you getting ready before the ceremony all the way until your uncle attempts the splits on the dance floor. Of course, if you think you’ll need more than 10 hours of coverage, I’m happy to talk about that too.
Do you do engagement sessions?
Yes! It’s a great way for us to get to make photos together before your wedding day. Engagement and portrait sessions start at $500 for a one-hour, on-location session.
Do you travel for work?
Happily! My wedding rate is the same regardless of your location; the only additional cost is that I require travel, accommodation, and potentially a rental car, all of which I will do my best to procure on the cheap. (And I mean it—I love me some traveling on a shoestring.) Sessions located 20+ miles outside of Berkeley, California, are subject to a mileage fee if I am driving. Please get in touch with me to chat if you’re interested in having me travel to photograph your wedding! And contact me as soon as possible, because I have a toddler and… well, I think that sums it up.
How do we confirm our date?
Wedding dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. I shoot only a handful of weddings each year, and clients usually find me via personal referral (which is how I get to work with the greatest couples ever!), so please get in touch as soon as possible to make sure I get your date on the calendar. I require a 50% retainer fee and a signed agreement to reserve your date. The remaining balance is due 7 days before your wedding.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Credit card, cash, check, PayPal, or Google Wallet. I will take them all.