frequently asked questions
What is your Style?
This is probably the hardest thing for me to answer, because I never know exactly what style you are asking about....
My style of shooting? As unobtrusively as possible, with direction when needed.
My style of editing? As true to life as possible, with touch ups to enhance the beauty of the day.
My style of posing? Realistically romantic - I want real reactions, and lead you into poses that are natural to you, instead of forced.
How many hours will I need?
For the past three years, I've fought between doing a one-price full day coverage or an hourly price coverage. On the one hand, you don't really know how many hours you'll need us for on your wedding day until a few months beforehand, because all the final details aren't finalized yet... But on the other hand, it's not really fair to charge someone who only has us there for 6 hours the same as someone who has us there for 12 hours... but making a bride and groom choose how many hours they wanted us to cover before they knew if they were having a sparkler exit at the end of the night or not felt, well, wrong. So I've switched things up. When you book my wedding package, it guarantees us for your day, and up to 6 hours of coverage. Then, at our final consultation and walk through, we can work out how many hours you *actually* need for your day. That way you aren't signing up for 12 when you really only end up needing 8.
How much experience do you have?
I've been doing this since 2008, and do no more than 25 weddings a year.... so at this point I've done a bit over 200 weddings. I have worked in churches where they only allow me in the balcony, and ceremonies where there are no lights (and even the windows have been darkened), to enhance the candle lit path. I have shot in the rain, snow, fog and really bright sunlight. I've encountered almost every shooting situation I can think of (except underwater.... if you are having an underwater wedding, I have no experience to speak of, but am totally willing to try!). I am a "roll with the punches" type of girl, and don't really stress over much - I just figure out a way to overcome it.
How do we reserve our date?
I require a signed contract and a 25% non-refundable retainer (all of which can be done online!).
What are your prices?
Weddings begin at $3250 (elopements at $1850).
What if we don't want or can't do engagement portraits? Can we get a discount?
I add engagement portraits to wedding packages for free, because it gives me a chance to get to know you guys before the hustle and bustle of your wedding day. It makes wedding days go so much easier for me, that the extra "work" or an engagement session is completely nullified. Because engagement portraits are a free add on, I really want couples to take advantage of them, so I do not offer discounts for not having them done.
What are your travel fees?
I do not charge travel fees for weddings unless it requires an overnight stay (anything over a 2 hour drive). However, I do charge travel fees for portraits outside of Erie County (or 30 minutes from my house in Boston, NY), so while a wedding in Rochester will not have travel fees associated with it, if you desire to do your engagement portraits in Rochester as well, a travel fee of $50 will be applied.