Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I expect from a session with you?
Plenty of awful dance moves. Haha, but actually - I like to trek off the beaten path and have fun! To me, your photos should be equally as much about the experience as the final product. I love to get to know my clients as actual friends and make a fantastic third wheel when exploring new spots around town or revisiting special places. This will be an incredible time to share some laughs and an adventure with your partner and it's totally okay to allow yourself to be a little awkward or uncomfortable at first. My sessions are relaxed and although I won't "pose" you, I will help you shake out the nerves, take my time making sure you're comfortable and encourage you to share stories or direct movement that I think will reflect your personalities through the lens. We'll get mushy and talk about all the things you love about each other, but we'll also get silly and probably leave the session with a few inside jokes. Come prepared with a few dancing tracks and we might even get some tunes goin'!
Q: What do I wear?
Focus on being comfortable first and foremost; your photos should reflect your personality! Colours that look best are muted tones or neutral shades (things like navy, white, black, olive, mustard, maroon, rust, etc.). Avoid too many patterns and try your best to compliment your partner's outfit instead of directly matching. For longer sessions, it's sometimes nice to plan 2 outfits - one more formal, another casual. If you session is longer than 1 hour, we should have time to do a wardrobe change. If we're going on an adventure, be mindful of your footwear. It can be smart to bring along sneakers to wear until we get to our photo spot. You can always change into nicer shoes once we get there and save yourself the cuts and blisters. Long flowy dresses are great for adding movement to photographs.
Q: How long do sessions typically last? Does the listed time include travel time?
Most sessions will range between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on which package you choose. Weddings are recommended to be a full day of photo fun! None of the times listed within my packages include travel time. These aren't hourly rates, my transportation is included in the price.
Q: What does the price breakdown include?
Pricing for my packages includes the session's time, skill, service and transportation, a print release, fully edited photographs, and a downloadable e-gallery. Other considerations for fees that the photographer accumulates include equipment upgrades, software subscriptions, domain fees, website upgrades, second shooters, client meetings, administrative time and education to name a few. Photographers often don't set rates "hourly" but instead take all above fees into account when creating a standard session rate.
Q: How many images will I receive and how long is the turn around?
On average, I give about 60 images per session but I definitely don't limit them (weddings average at approximately 50 images per hour, per shooter). My goal for getting photos back to you is within 1-2 weeks for engagements, headshots and smaller sessions or 4-6 weeks for weddings. My contracts do outline longer wait times to give myself a buffer in case things come up! If for whatever reason, you need photos by a certain timeframe - just let me know and I'll try my best to accommodate.
Q: What value does a second shooter add?
Not only does a second shooter provide insurance for the main photographer in the case of any equipment failures, it also provides more than one angle during ceremonies (so that we can catch multiple reactions) and ensures parts of the day where you can't have a "do-over" aren't missed. A second shooter is necessary during the morning for "getting ready" photos since I simply can't be in two places at once. Having a second shooter throughout the day also provides double the amount of images that you would receive, so there is a lot of value. All of my current 2019 rates account for a second shooter and include one in the price.