Frequently Asked Questions
Coverage & Travel
What is your session pricing?
You can find most session pricing information under the “Investment” tab at the top of the website. If you’re interested in a type of session or event coverage that isn’t listed there, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
Where can I find your print, product and digital image pricing?
My product guide is an ever-changing document as I discover new fine art products to offer my clients on a regular basis. Please email me for the current product guide at email@example.com and I’ll gladly supply the most current one to you.
Do you work with a second photographer?
I am the only photographer working with my business, and the only photographer shooting on each wedding day unless you have purchased the add-on of a second photographer with your wedding or event package. I do, however, often bring an assistant or intern with me who helps with gear, lighting and managing groups for family formals.
Do you edit all of our photographs?
Yes, I do! Every image you will receive has been professionally hand-edited, one at a time, by yours truly.
Where do you live and how far will you travel?
I am based in Bloomington, Indiana, and shoot most often throughout central and southern Indiana. However, I absolutely love to travel! Travel is billed simply – if airfare, a hotel and rental car are needed, all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement for those charges. Any shoot within driving distance is comped 50 miles both ways (or 100 miles total), with additional mileage over that billed at the standard rate of 58 cents per mile.
Do you have an assistant?
I do not have an assistant on my permanent payroll. At any given shoot or event, however, I may have an assistant or intern with me to help me with gear, lighting and managing large groups, if needed.
Are you LGBTQIA+ friendly?
YES! Love is love is love is love is love.
Can some of our photos be delivered in both color and black & white?
Absolutely! I deliver every portrait session and wedding in BOTH full color and black and white. Non-wedding events can be delivered in black and white upon request.
How long will it take to receive our proofs from a portrait session?
It typically takes between two and four weeks to deliver a portrait proofing gallery, depending on the time of year.
How long will it take to receive our wedding images?
Wedding images are delivered between eight and ten weeks after the wedding date.
How many pictures will we receive from our portrait session?
You will receive a minimum of 30 proofs from a regular one-hour portrait session.
How many pictures will we receive from our wedding?
The number of photographs received for a wedding depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, and type of event. You can usually expect between 75 and 125 images for every hour that I shoot.
Do we get to keep the digital images from our portrait session?
High-resolution digital images can be purchased after your portrait session, but they are not included in your session fee. In order to guarantee beautiful prints and wall art for your home and family, I recommend that you order heirloom products directly from me.
Do we get to keep the digital negatives from our wedding?
In short, yes! I provide the selected, professionally-edited high-resolution digital image files (the digital equivalent of negatives) to you via an online gallery and custom USB drive, if applicable to your collection. When the files are released to you, I can provide you with a list of resources from which to get quality prints. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes and competitions.
Can we see the outtakes and the images from our wedding or portrait session that didn’t make the final cut?
I strive to give you every high-quality, unique image from your shoot. Know that when editing, I do not “throw out” good, one-of-a-kind images.
What is the online gallery that comes in your wedding collections?
The online gallery is a photo gallery where all of your wedding photographs will be placed online for you and your family and friends to view. It is also a secure shopping cart where you may purchase a few different sizes of prints and canvases directly from my lab. This gallery can be password-protected upon request at no additional charge.
My Wedding Style
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
I cover weddings in a very journalistic style. I am very hands-off and unobtrusive in my coverage of the day, but I do believe there is a time and place for beautifully posed images of the bride and groom together. I want to put gorgeous, timeless art and love on the walls of your home! I also believe in preserving all of the details of a wedding, as I know how much heart and hard work my couples put into throwing a fun, beautiful celebration of their love for both themselves and their friends and family.
Do you take posed family photos?
Of course! Those family images are records of your entire family at a very important time in your family’s history together. I strongly encourage my couples to provide me with a list of important group shots before the wedding to ensure we don’t miss an important grouping during a busy wedding day.
Can we provide you with a shot list?
Other than family groupings, I’d prefer that you didn’t – It’s very helpful to know what important relatives and friends are coming to your day, but having me work from a checklist is counterproductive to the work you’ve seen in my portfolio. I am making unique images of YOUR wedding day, which is like no other! Shot lists provided by some of the major bridal magazines are great in theory, but please know that as a professional, I will generally capture those images without a prompt.
Business & Detail
Do you have insurance?
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use top of the line professional Canon equipment and backups.
Can you hold a wedding or event date for me?
Unfortunately, I cannot hold a date for your wedding without a signed contract and retainer. I accept bookings on a first come/first served basis.
What is your payment schedule?
20% of your wedding collection retainer is due at the signing of the contract. The remainder is due by the day of your wedding. Portrait sessions require a $50 deposit at booking with the remainder due at the time of the shoot.
Can we pay you part of the amount after the wedding or shoot?
I require full payment of wedding and portrait session fees before the event or shoot. Prints and products will be billed later separately when your order is placed.
If I need to cancel my wedding, event or portrait session, is the retainer refundable?
The retainer fee is non-refundable after the signing of your contract. The retainer guarantees that I’ll hold the date exclusively for you, and once you’ve signed the contract, I do turn down all other commissions for that date. For portrait sessions, however, I know that life happens! While the retainer is non-refundable for a completely canceled shoot, I encourage my clients to reschedule a portrait session at a later date that works for both of us at no extra charge.
When should we book you for our wedding?
ASAP! Since I can’t “hold” dates, dates are booked when they’re booked. Most of my wedding clients contact me within a year of the wedding date, sometimes as close as a couple months prior or sometimes even two years in advance!
If our wedding or event runs late, will you stay later than scheduled?
Of course! I do have an overtime rate and it goes into effect only with your permission and approval that I continue coverage. Those hours will be billed to you after the shoot.
Do we need to feed you at the reception?
It would be really lovely if you did. I prefer to be fed when you are fed, not afterwards, because when you’re eating, you’re not at your most photogenic, and when you’re done, I want to be done, too, to continue your coverage.
Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras at our wedding?
Yes, that doesn’t bother me at all! I do prefer that I get first shot at family groupings to ensure all eyes are looking at my camera, but I don’t mind at all if they’re snapping away behind me.