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?
This is so different for every wedding! Most weddings average between 8-10 hours, but some start much earlier, and some end much later. Please contact me and let me know the details you already have set, what sort of timeline you are looking for (first look, traditional, making it to cocktail hour, etc), and I can walk through your day with you and come up with some idea of a possible timeline.
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, and make the end result beautiful.
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?
Wedding packages begin at $3000.
What if we don't want the album credit? I really love those snapfish albums!
While I completely understand your desire to save a bit of money any way you can, I strongly advise against taking away the album credit. My heirloom albums are guaranteed for life, while albums from places like snapfish, shutterfly, blurb or mpix are not even guaranteed a week. You are spending quite a bit on your wedding, at least walk away with an heirloom full of memories of the day that you can show your grandchildren.
However, if that didn't sell you on it, and you are completely opposed to having an album, you can create your own wedding package and add whatever you want a la carte. My per hour prices for create-your-own packages are $400 and do not include a second photographer.
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 from Boston, NY). 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.