Wedding Photography FAQ's
What kinds of wedding photography packages do you have?
I have a few different wedding packages: 8-hour, 6-hour, and Elopement. I know that everyone’s wedding day and what coverage looks like is different for everyone, so I wanted to offer a variety of packages to fit your wedding photography needs. Elopement package could be anywhere from 2-4 hours.
Whats all included in your wedding packages?
I include a complimentary engagement session so we can hang out, have fun, and take some awesome pictures celebrating your engagement! I also include an online downloadable gallery of high-resolution edited images, and a special print set gift. The print set gift is a 25-matted print set from one of my favorite local print shops and its 25 shots from your ‘sneak peek’ gallery. The print set are your big moments like the first look, first kiss, first dance, a great family portrait, details of your bouquet, and bridal shots. Every wedding package I offer includes all the above. I also help you figure out your timeline and how much time we need for your family pictures, bridal pictures, and when a good time to have them would be depending on your wedding day details.
What is the special print set gift you offer?
The print set gift is a 25-matted print set from one of my favorite local print shops and its 25 shots from your ‘sneak peek’ gallery. The print set are your big moments like the first look, first kiss, first dance, a great family portrait, details of your bouquet, and bridal shots. Every wedding package I offer includes all the above.
Is there a deposit that's required to book you?
Yes, I do require a $300 non-refundable deposit to save your date. The remainder is just due 2 weeks before your wedding day.
If we don’t want the engagement session, does that change the overall price?
The price doesn't change because the engagement session is complimentary.
Do we have to decide which package we want right away?
Absolutely not! You have plenty of time to decide how many hours you want covered for photography and can always change your mind. When we were planning our wedding, I originally had a 7-hour coverage package, but as we got closer to the date and I was getting our schedule outlined, I realized that I wanted more coverage so I upgraded our total hour package. Usually I will send a contract with the amount of hours you are desiring and if you find you want more or less coverage, I can simply update the contract and the price. If during the actual wedding day, things take longer to get done and you want me to stay longer, no problem! I can send an invoice later with the additional hourly cost.
About how many pictures would be included in each package?
I tend to not put a total number on how many images you’ll get because it depends on how many hours of shooting im doing. For up to a 6-hour wedding day, I usually deliver at minimum 500 edited images, but thats really low balling it! I love photography with my whole heart and your wedding is so important to me that I would never keep images from you simply because I only quoted so many. If tons of images turned out amazing, you’ll get them!
Do we have to order prints, albums, or anything printed through you?
Absolutely not! I offer a print set gift that I print for you as a present right after you get married, but that's it. These are your photos just as much as they are mine and you have free reign to print, share, post, all the photos to your heart’s content. I can certainly help you putting together a book if you need me to, but you can do whatever your heart desires! The online downloadable gallery of all your pictures I send to you, through PASS PLUS, also offers a print ordering system for all kinds of goods to be delivered to you directly at a great price.
How long does it take to get our photos after our wedding?
I usually allow about 3-4 weeks to receive your entire wedding day gallery, but I am SO excited about your pictures that I send a Sneak Peek to you a couple days after your wedding along with a Blog post on my website.
What all is required for you on a typical wedding day?
I love being able to have a wedding day schedule! I also ask all my couples to create a “Shot List” where they list out all the possible combinations of friends, family members, and wedding party that they want pictures of. That way, when going through all the family portraits part of the day, it's quickly done and organized!
Do you charge traveling fees?
My prices include traveling fees so you don't need to worry about anything extra. I love adventure and getting to see new places!
Where can I find your work/ galleries?
All of my past weddings and sessions are found in the BLOG section of my website. There, you’ll find all the beautiful sessions in their own individual post showing off their gallery.
Could you tell me what your average wedding looks like (ie timeline, posing vs natural, etc)?
So typically, I arrive about an hour before the ceremony (sometimes 2) and capture all the detail shots: the rings, the dress, shoes, decorations, venue, etc. Then I go to the first look if the couple wishes to have one before the ceremony. Depending on your wedding schedule and how you want to set it up, usually the family pictures are after the first look (with intimate bridal photos). This is where I ask for a shot list to run through all the traditional family portrait combos as quickly and smoothly as possible. Then the ceremony, a happy hour, then reception: first dance, cake, toats, and lots of candid photos of family and friends. If you wish, I also love sunset pictures! I sneak the couple away and pick out a predetermined spot where we can get more bridal shots that are gorgeous in the sunset light. Totally option, but its my favorite!
Can you help us with posing?
Umm yeah!! That's my job :) My whole thing is to put you in a pose at first and then see where you fall into it. I capture moments that breathe your personality the best so to me, I find that in the ‘in-between’ shots (at least that's what I call them). Whenever you pose, and then fall into a more comfortable pose, then giggle a little, that's where the magic happens. I want to make you feel as comfortable as possible so you can totally shoot down any pose ideas I suggest during a session.
What kind of advice do you have for planning a wedding?
Oh boy! After planning my own wedding last Summer and attending many weddings as a photographer, I decided to write it all down as a quick reference in my SJ’s Bridal Banter Blog! I post a new topic/ blog post every wednesday about all things wedding-related. If there is a certain topic you want me to touch on, shoot me an email!
Do you ever meet clients in person?
Heck yeah! I love skyping and meeting couples via the webs, but I always love meeting people in person and grabbing a cup of coffee and chatting about their wedding day! I currently live in Yakima, WA so I usually only go on coffee dates within the city. But if I’m out in another city shooting a session, I’d love to grab some lunch or something and chat. Follow along on Instagram to see all my current adventures. :)
When would I need to add a Second Shooter to my wedding day?
It just totally depends on your wedding day details; every wedding is different! If you want to schedule your family pictures right after the ceremony, but really want pictures of people going to happy hour and hanging out during the family pictures, then you might want to consider a second shooter. If you want two different angles of your first kiss or walking down the aisle, then maybe you might want to consider a second shooter. I am 100% comfortable with shooting your wedding day alone, so it truly depends on what you specifically want with your wedding photos.
Engagement Session Questions
What do I wear for our Engagement Session?
Probably the biggest question I get asked! So, I wrote a SJ’s Bridal Banter post specifically for this question. I recommend wearing something that really speaks who you are, but also keeps you super comfy because if we’re hiking or walking a lot, that might be something to think about. Check out my thoughts on what to wear here.
What is all included/ entailed in the engagement session?
A typical engagement session lasts about 1.5-2 hours; but i’ve had sessions that last over 3 hours because we are hiking an awesome trail at Mt. Rainier lol I recommend a couple different outfits for your session: one more classy and one more casual. And we can do a couple different locations if you’d like in that timeframe; for example: if we were in Spokane, we could stop at the downtown area for some cute coffee date shots, walking around downtown, and then go to a park for a more nature setting; seriously wherever you’d like!
Where can we go for our session?
We can seriously go anywhere you’d like! If there is a special spot you two love to be at together, lets go there! If you want multiple locations, let’s hit them all! Anywhere that is special to you two, somewhere you’ve always dreamed of getting pictures done at, lets have an adventure!
Do you charge extra travel for this?
Nope! It’s all included in my wedding package pricing so you just need to worry about what to wear and where to go :)
How soon do we get the pictures?
I usually do a sneak peek gallery a couple days after your engagement session. If I have a wedding or other sessions, I try to get the sneak peek to you as soon as possible. But you’ll get all of them within 7-10 business days.
How much do you charge if we just wanted an Engagement session?
Great question! I get this one a lot. Go ahead and shoot me an email and we’ll chat :)
What all should we bring to our engagement session?
I recommend at least two outfits. I also encourage you to bring something that will make your session feel like a date. Wether that’s beer and cookies for a picnic, popcorn, matching jerseys, anything that make’s you two feel comfortable and like we’re just chilling on a date.
General Photography Questions
What kind of photography do you do?
I mostly focus on Wedding, Elopement, and Engagement photography. I am no longer offering Family sessions, but might end up doing a holiday mini session event around Christmas. Check back on that one!
Do you do newborn pictures?
Unfortunately, I do not do newborn photography at this time.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I have two main cameras, a Mark iii 5D and a Mark ii. I also like to bring a clear umbrella if it rains, a flash for wedding receptions, a cozy blanket to do some laying down shots, a step stool in case I need to get a shot a little higher- although I tend to climb on rocks and hills, basically all over to get the shot. :) I also bring some snacks and water in case we are hiking or walking around shooting and you get hungry!
What is your favorite part about wedding photography?
I absolutely am deeply in love with every single wedding I get to attend and photograph. However, my favorite part about being a wedding photographer is getting to capture the bride and groom alone. The day is all about them so being able to document their love on a whole other intimate way alone in an orchard or vineyard during the reception is my favorite part. It gives the couple time to breathe each other in, and embrace their love in the moment. It’s really a special time and I not only love capturing that moment, but also giving my couples that time to ‘let it all sink in’.
What is your favorite movie?
It’s honestly between Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera. I love love love musicals!
What printing vendors do you recommend?
Well I try to always support small businesses, so my favorite print shop right now is Artifact Uprising. For every wedding I am booked for, I offer a special print set gift to all my clients. This is a simple matted 25-print set of their best moments in their wedding. I always encourage people to get your wedding pictures printed!! In a book, prints, wall art, anything! This is your legacy you’re leaving and these professional images are there to tell your love story. :)
Do you have a favorite type of music?
YES! I used to work in the music industry for 6 years, so I mostly love indie bands (some you’ve probably not heard of but are awesome), but overall, I will always love my boys from San Diego, Switchfoot. I own every album, know every song by heart, and will always pre-order their new projects. Fun story, I went to Creation Festival when I turned 16 and I met them for the first time; I actually forgot my name. Jon Foreman, the lead singer, asked me my name and I totally spaced!!! I was so starstruck by them that it literally took me a hot second. Ha!