Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost for you to travel to my wedding? Your wedding is already full of major expenses, the last thing I want to do is add on another cost like paying for my $38 of gas for $119 for my hotel. If there is anything in the world that I love as much as photography, it's traveling. That's why I always cover my own transportation, lodging, and food expenses. If I'm taking a 5 day trip for your wedding day, you shouldn't have to pay for the other 4 days of my vacation.
What kind of gear do you use? I use Nikon professional gear. I am a certified Nikon Professional Photographer. I have top of the line cameras and lenses that cover every focal length, aperture, and style needed to beautifully capture your wedding. When I shoot all images are saved to two different memory cards at the same time as a precaution in case one card has errors. This feature is something only available in the most high end equipment.
Are you a "natural light" photographer? I love shooting natural light when I can and it's available. However I am trained and even teach others how to use, modify and create light from flashes in order to create beautiful images no matter what the conditions. That means if there is a dark overcast in the sky, rain, or even if things are running late and the ceremony ends after dark --- I've got you covered. I am able to create the images you'll love no matter what is thrown at us.
RESERVE OUR DATE
How do I reserve you for our wedding day? I make this quite easy. The two things needed to reserve your date are the signed wedding agreement and a $500 retainer. Both can be done online. Once we have talked, emailed or video chat and made sure I have the date available and would be a good fit I'll send you a link to sign the agreement and process the payment using any major credit/debit card. Once those two things are done - I will put it on my calendar and that date will be yours.
What is your payment schedule? Can I make monthly payments? My typical payment schedule is as follows: 25% due once the contract is signed and your date is reserved. 25% due on the day of our engagement session. 50% due on the day of your wedding. I can be flexible however and work with you on making reoccurring monthly payments.
How many photos will I get? 1000-2000 is what I have found is a good number to tell the entire story of a wedding day and around what you should expect.
Color or Black & White? I deliver all photos in BOTH. You will get all the photos in my unique and timeless color toning as well as in my artistic black and white.
Are they high resolution? Absolutely. The photos will be optimized so not only are the high resolution and will print amazing, but they are also stripped of all the unnecessary information that makes file sizes large and bloated. This way you can download the images quicker, attach them to emails, share on Facebook and upload to your favorite cloud server without it taking weeks. Over the years I have dialed in the perfect optimized file size that gives you all the benefits of printing and working with the images online as possible.
How long before I see them? 7 to 14 days. I try to get them to you quicker but give myself fourteen days to make sure I can edit them up nicely. I will do my best to post a sneak peek as well.
Will I receive prints with my package? Absolutely. Every single package comes with timeless family heirlooms that you and your family can cherish for generations to come. It's widely accepted that we live in a digital era, but as we grow overly dependent on our hard drives and cloud storages to maintain our memories, something important gets lost. We believe that every couple deserves to build their family heirloom with fine art masterpieces from their wedding, that's why every wedding package comes with a customized wooden box to hold all retouched favorites from your engagement and wedding as 5 x 7" prints, an 11" x 14" genuine leather wrapped archival album, and an enlarged fine art print. Our signature package also includes 2 replica archival albums for the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom. It's time that we stop storing our most cherished memories and begin holding them in our hands.
Do we need to feed you? From the start of the day to the end, I am working 110% to ensure I do my best. When it comes to food, I won't shy away from a good meal. Meals are requested for each photographer and assistant that are part of your big day.
Do you need a space at a table? Nope. Actually I'd prefer not to sit with the guests. Not because I don't want to meet them but because I am usually working at the same time as I am eating. I typically find a hidden corner somewhere (or behind the DJ) and as I am eating I will be downloading photos, cleaning gear, charging batteries etc. Also there will be times when I need to get up quickly to take photos of an event that is happening. So it is always much better for me to not have to excuse myself constantly from a table of your friends and family.
How do I reach you? Easiest way is using the contact form built into the site. You can also shoot me a text message at 805.267.9010. I only listen to voice mails a few times a week, so email, text or even reaching out on Facebook are the best ways to reach me. After an initial chat or email exchange I love to set up a phone consultation or in person meeting so we can get to know one another better. It's a wonderful way of learning about each other, chatting about the wedding and answering any questions you might have for me.