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How would you describe your style?
My friend and wedding planner Rachel with Wed and Prosper uses the words "emotionally provoking" to describe my photographic style, and as soon as I heard those words, I knew that they were perfect. My style is a mix of lifestyle and documentary photography with a pinch of traditional thrown in. What this means is that I like to have more of a hands-off documentarian style for the most part where I capture true moments as they happen, while stepping in to give a little guidance when necessary, and for the icing on the cake I like to have some traditional (and nontraditional) portraiture time as well. This creates a well-rounded and balanced collection that tells your story.
You offer military, veteran, and first responder discounts. How do I know if I qualify for this discount?
I offer a 15% discount for our active duty military, our honorably discharged veterans, as well as our first responders. I defer to the Wikipedia definition of a "first responder" when determining who is qualified for the first responder discount, "A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers." Discounts apply exclusively to the client(s), and does not extend to family members or friends of our military/first responders.
Do you retouch or photoshop your images?
With the exception of minor blemishes, for the most part I do not retouch, airbrush, or photoshop images. My passion with photography is rooted in capturing important moments and memories in your life as they truly are. I believe in minimal editing so that your images look authentic and timeless. I don't like to falsify my images and I believe that people are beautiful just the way they are, and that is how I like to capture them.
How would you describe yourself as a wedding photographer?
I truly love to document my couples' weddings. No matter how many weddings I attend, I find myself tearing up behind my camera while capturing such meaningful moments. I am the photographer who will be laughing, crying, and dancing right along side you on your special day.
What if it rains when we're supposed to have our outdoor session?
We have three options here:
1. We can make lemonade out of lemons and have fun with it. Let's play in the rain!
2. We can try to find an alternate location where we won't get wet.
3. We can reschedule, which may incur a rescheduling fee.
What photos do you deliver?
After the your wedding/session I carefully go through all of the images from the day and select the best images for me to deliver to you; removing the unflattering, blinking, blurry images that you won't have any desire to see or have printed. On average, I deliver between 30-100 images per hour of wedding coverage.
Do you ever deliver RAW images?
No, I never deliver any RAW or unedited images. For me to deliver RAW files would be akin to a master chef serving raw chicken in his restaurant...it's not a finished product. One of the reasons that you're hiring me is because you like my editing style and you trust me to edit your photos.
How long will it take for you to edit and deliver my images?
On average, I deliver digital galleries for standard portrait sessions in about three weeks. Weddings take about three months. I take my time in editing every image that I deliver and I will not compromise the quality of those edits by rushing the editing for your photos. I truly care about the product that I deliver to my clients and I do everything I can to ensure it's of the highest quality possible.
Do you meet with your clients before booking?
For weddings, I always love to meet with my clients beforehand. I value having a connection with my clients. Meeting with my clients before booking helps me establish that connection and helps everyone figure out if we're all a good fit for one another. I understand that sometimes this just isn't possible, for instance when the clients live outside the Houston area. In these instances I usually meet with my clients via Skype/FaceTime or a phone call.
How do I book you as my photographer?
After meeting with one another if we find that we're compatible (AKA we get along well and you really like my photos), I'll send out a contract and an invoice for the nonrefundable 25% retainer. I operate on a first come, first served basis.
Do you travel? And do you charge a travel fee?
Yes, I love to travel! My love of travel rivals my love for photography and to me they're the ultimate combination! I'm even an instrument-rated private pilot.
I have factored the cost of travel into my wedding photography pricing, however some destinations may require additional travel fees. Feel free to ask if any additional travel fees would apply in your case. All travel and lodging will need to be approved by me.
Are you LGBTQ friendly?
Yes! I embrace and support love in all of the beautiful forms it can take!
Your portfolio appears to have a darker look to it. Could you do a light, bright, & airy style if that's what we're wanting?
When you look at my portfolio, what you see is what you get. My work does tend to gravitate towards a more dramatic and slightly darker look. And although my work can sometimes have a brighter look in certain lighting conditions, overall you can see that my photos are on the darker side. If you are looking for a photographer with a much brighter style, then I would love to refer you to someone who would be a better fit for your vision.
I don't have a clue how to plan a wedding. Will you help me?
Of course! I have a carefully curated list of vendor referrals including Wedding Planners, Florists, Videographers, DJs, etc. that I am happy to share with my clients. I have created a few little helpful guides that I send out to my clients throughout their planning process with tips for planning your wedding, and I am also happy to help you with your timeline for your wedding day. My goal is to ensure that you have the best and least stressful wedding day possible, and to make sure that I am able to have enough time and the right light to create the best images possible for the documentation of your wedding day.
Do you have any advice for what to wear for my photos?
I absolutely adore flowy dresses, soft fabrics, flannel shirts, and solid colors or understated prints.
Try to avoid wearing any neon-bright colors, as the colors can reflect onto the skin.
If wearing a dress, try to wear leggings, stockings, or shorts underneath to prevent accidental indecent exposure in certain poses.
Avoid clothing with distracting logos or text.If you are doing an outdoor shoot, try to wear practical shoes and dress accordingly.
Try to dress for the weather. If it's warm, try to wear something that breathes well in the heat. If it's cold, then bundle up! Winter clothes look great in pictures! If it has been raining and might be muddy, then bring rain boots if you have them and possibly an umbrella.
Bottom line, you want to feel comfortable in what you're wearing.
Who are your ideal clients?
Couples who are profoundly in love with one another are my absolute favorite clients. As long as there is a strong foundation of love between the two of you, then location, decor, and other wedding day aesthetics are all just the proverbial icing on the cake (speaking of which, my favorite clients also feed me cake!). I love when my clients' weddings are a reflection of them as a couple; when they put just as much, if not more, effort into their relationship as they do picking out their florals and other details.
My clients truly value the the subtle nuances in the documentation of their wedding day: your flower girl spinning round and round as she dances to the beat of her own drum; your mom holding you close as she sees you in the mirror all dressed up for the first time; sharing a pre-ceremony drink with your crew; wiping a tear from your partner's eye as you look at each other for the first time on your wedding day; holding each other close amongst a sea of your closest friends and family out on the dance floor. These moments are so fleeting and they deserve to be documented with the utmost care and passion; I want for my couples to be as passionate about their wedding photography as I am.