Dear Couple…

Here are some tips you might want to know, so the first time we talk we can discuss the important stuff (and fun stuff!)

I usually book dates about 6 months out. Weddings book fairly far in advance, but if you need a photographer – email me! Peak wedding season is May – October, and my weekends fill up fast. But there’s always a chance I might be able to help out last minute, or can direct you to another local photographer who can. If you’re planning a destination wedding and want to reach out to me way in advance, please do! That will help with travel logistics and blocking off the days around your date while we might be on our way to somewhere amazing.

Keep in mind that you aren’t just booking a photographer. You are investing in someone who gives their all to create your very first family heirlooms. Wedding photography is a long, hard, intense job and I love it. I believe in emotion, in intimacy, and in photographing everything from the timeless family formals to the tiny details you’ll never want to forget. That’s why when you reach out, I want to start to become your friend. Tell me about your first date, what you love about eachother. How you met, or where you live. I’m going to be telling your story, but first I need the prologue.

But also, keep in mind that I’m not just a photographer. I’m invested in you, both as individuals and as a couple. Want my opinion on dresses, engagement session locations, or a makeup trial? Need some help with wedding details but your friends are starting to become overwhelmed? No worries – I love this stuff. Send me an email, or let’s grab coffee. I’m happy to help.

I work better from my head and your plans, not a pinterest list. I know it’s hard to avoid pinning all your favorite photos in an effort to recreate them on your wedding day, but I promise – your images will be a thousand times more genuine and authentic if we let them happen or unfold naturally. For this reason I do not allow shot lists beyond photos of family members – I don’t want to be focused on getting every single thing and missing potential real photos, and I promise I will remember to get a picture of your dress hanging up or your first dance.

I have a pretty quick turnaround. I aim to have your photos delivered within 4 weeks of your wedding day, and I will always have a sneak peek up the day after. Images are sent to you and your guests via a private digital gallery for sharing, printing, and facebooking. I also send you and your partner the hi-resolution photographs via USB, so you have a secure backup.

There are some things you shouldn’t do without on your wedding day. I’m not talking a band, delicious cake, or something blue (although all of those are equally important). I’m talking personal details, love letters to eachother, and time to be alone. I feel like sometimes my couples forget about themselves during wedding planning in an effort to plan an amazing celebration for their guests – so make an effort to include a sweet surprise for eachother, to schedule a quick 10 minutes to sneak away after cocktail hour, or to include little nods to your love story through food, accessories, and music. There’s nothing more exciting for me to photograph, and those things always make the day even better for everyone.

Anything more you’d like information on? Awesome, send me a message and we’ll get to talking.