you've got questions, i've got answers
What makes the EDP process special? Why you?
If I've learned anything in fifteen years as a service provider and artist within the creatives arts, it is this: experience is king. I'm not talking my years spent toiling, I'm talking YOUR experience as my client.
Yes, of course everyone wants beautiful photos to show off to their friends and families and to look back on for years to come. But a key part of creating beautiful and meaningful images is making sure you're comfortable, having fun, and able to trust me and therefor relax. I'm there to notice the small things, be the filter, captain the ship. Sometimes the weather is easy and we can all sit back and relax, and sometimes you need someone to steer so you don't have to. This is YOUR special treat, whether it's a personal shoot or a wedding.
I'm gonna be your best friend for this, whether it's for one hour or a whole multi-day wedding experience. And not to brag, but I'm a fuckin' AWESOME best friend.
Is your business inclusive to all folks?
LOVE to work in my own community ;)
Are you willing to travel to shoot a wedding?
YES, YES, & YES!! Absolutely– I love to travel, and jump at the chance to do weddings outside of Vancouver! Whether it’s a quick hop over to the island or into the interior, or further afield across Canada or abroad, please do not hesitate to ask!
Travel fees are not included in package prices, but packages may be heavily adjustable for the right destination ;)
Here's a current bucketlist:
Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Faroe Islands, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, France, Mexico, Norway
Why should we consider a second shooter?
A 2nd shooter allows a lot more breathing room in the daily schedule and literally allows me to be in two places at once!
During getting ready, I will be with the bride and her bridesmaids, while my 2nd shooter will be with the groom and his groomsmen- this lets us take our time to capture those extra special detail shots you’ve been eyeing all over Pinterest!
During the ceremony, one of us will be up front working on getting the close-ups so that no reaction is missed, while the other will be working around the edges to capture wider-scale shots of the whole ceremony and atmosphere, including your loved ones and the ceremony space. For portraits, while I am busy capturing those special moments, my 2nd shooter is free to help me with things like posing, lighting, and also to wander around and get candids of your guests enjoying themselves.
Like a good concealer, we're talking full coverage here, folks. I highly recommend creating room in your budget for hiring one!
How many edited images will we receive from you?
remember, quality>quantity. My goal is to deliver the most beautiful story of our time together I can. Nobody wants the War and Peace of wedding galleries to sift through a few months after your happy day! You want the parts that really mean something, that will bring back the memories and the feelings.
For those who just gotta have some numbers, here are some very approximate estimates that will fluctuate based on each individual wedding, hours, timeline, amount of guests, and number of photographers.
- For engagement sessions, you will be looking at approx. 40-60 images per hour.
- For weddings, you will receive approx. 500-700 images for 8 hrs with a single photographer packages.
When will we receive our photos?
All wedding and elopement clients will receive a preview gallery of 50-60 photos (30-40 for elopements) within 1 week of their wedding.
For full galleries, during wedding season (early May – end of September) delivery time is 12 weeks. During the off-season, 8-10 weeks for weddings and 6-8 weeks for sessions.
Expediting may be available for a fee depending on my current workload.
What is your opinion on an unplugged ceremony?
Oh I'm about to sell you on this like you're watching QVC, y'all.
Having your guests turn off their phones and keep them in their pockets has so many benefits for your ceremony.
Obviously we can start with the fact that you won’t have to worry about accidental disruptions. The next benefit is that you have already hired a professional to capture your special moment- nobody needs to worry about taking their own photos and inadvertently blocking mine, or their flash ruining the shots of the pro you hired! Lastly, but most importantly, you will be able to walk down that aisle greeted by the faces of your loved ones instead of screens.
There will be no fiddling with phones and cameras, no embarrassing reveals of the closeted One Direction fan hiding in your friends group when What Makes You Beautiful (yes I did just google "1D biggest hit") suddenly starts playing at full volume as you read those vows you spent 4 hours hand writing out in perfect cursive, no missed first kiss because Auntie Jane stuck her selfie stick out into the middle of the aisle to capture it for her Facebook Live (audience of 2, natch).
Just you and the most important people to you sharing in one of the most special moments of your life. Isn't that the whole dang point???
Can I give you a list of pictures I want you to take?
I generally do not work off of a shot list aside from family formals, but if there is anything in particular that is extremely important to you (a sentimental detail or tribute etc), please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate it.
What is the best time of day for photos/our bridal portraits?
Essentially as far away from high-noon as you can manage. This is when the light is the most harsh and creates shadows on faces that can make the editing process feel like I'm Rocky and that one spot under your eye is Creed.
Generally, golden hour is the most flattering light (as long as the sun is out)! The 60-90 minutes before sun sets provides the most beautiful light.
This time of day is a great time for grabbing a few last minute couple portraits in between courses and speeches- you will not regret it!
How do we book?
I'm lost! Help!
Little lost lamb, worry not.
You can reach out through the form on my connect page (please be sure to include your email!). To secure a date, a signed contract and 50% retainer is required.
We don't want our photos shared online. Can you accommodate us?
I totally understand why anyone has concerns regarding online security these days. However, sharing my clients' weddings & sessions is how I advertise myself and accrue further business– it's how you found your way here to this point!
I definitely can accommodate, but for this reason, I do charge an $800 fee for adding an exclusivity/NDA clause to our contract.
How far in advance do you book weddings?
Typically 9-14 months in advance, however I’m happy to take shorter notice bookings if I have availability!
For a wedding, how many hours will I need you?
The million dollar question!
To fully capture the story of your day, I would ideally arrive about an hour before y'all are done getting ready, and leave after your last planned event of the day (or about half an hour of dancing if you've got a rowdy crowd who's gonna tear up that dance floor!).
For most folks, this is about 8-10 hours. Less than 8 hours will mean either missing a few chapters of the story, or that you're writing more of a short story than a full novel!
This is definitely one of the most important things we discuss during our first meeting, though! Most of my potential clients come to me with a vague ballpark hours-wise looking for a quote, and then after we chat they firm up their potential timeline.