to save you a bit of time 'cause planning a wedding is like a second job
Q: Where do you call home? Do you travel?
A: I'm based in the Bay Area and travel all over for photography - some of the major cities I've photographed in include: San Francisco, Berkeley, Napa, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur. Where am I really? In the wonderful place that is the center of the Silicon Valley - San Jose. And while the traffic is not fun, I am conveniently right in the middle, where I can drive two hours up past San Francisco to Marin County, and two hours down the coast to Big Sur.
Beyond the Bay Area or even California, my husband and I are avid adventurers and document our personal travel stories here. We've met so many wonderful couples on the road and would be thrilled to adventure with you! So if you're looking to elope somewhere epic or even just live in another state, don't hesitate to reach out! Check out our travel schedule for no additional travel fees.
Q: Real talk. How much does it cost?
A: I'm all about being transparent because the best photos come from genuine relationships between the photographer and client - and that starts with not ignoring the elephant in the room! Check out the investmentsection for more information.
Q: I heard that shutter click. How many photos will I receive?
A: I'm a storyteller - so I care about the chapter that seems a bit out of place but really gives a lot of background for the character and the details that give life to the world you're stepping into. But I also am the editor, which means catching the spelling errors and trimming the chapter that doesn't make sense so that when you read the story, you don't fixate on the first chapter which didn't peak your interest and put down the book to gather dust, but instead you are fully engaged and completely satisfied in the investment you made in the characters. That is why I typically deliver 40+ photos for a session and 400+ photos for a full day wedding.
Q: I love your editing! But can I also get the raw/unedited photos?
A: Suppose you saw someone go to a restaurant and ask the chef for the raw ingredients used to make a dish - you probably would be genuinely surprised to see such an interaction. All jokes aside, while I understand wanting to see the unedited photos (I had the same thought before I became a professional photographer!), I'm here to provide you a professional service and only want to deliver the best, finished photos to you as my client.
Q: What if I only need a few images?
A: I'm not here to just take a few good photos and leave - I'm here to capture an experience, to tell a story through the way that we interact and adventure together. And guess what - the very best photos are often at the end of the session because you've now relaxed and stopped focusing on how you look but rather on how you feel. If you do have something specific in mind though, I'm happy to talk to you more about creating a custom session just for you!
Q: So I love the beach...and the woods. HOW MANY LOCATIONS CAN WE SHOOT IN?
A: I love both of those too! Here's the thing - I value your investment greatly and want to make sure that it goes the farthest it can go - and that often means hiking down paths, dancing on the shore, jumping into the ocean - all of which are perfect opportunities for photos. Sitting in a car driving past the speed limit to make it to another spot before the sun sets...not so much.
Say a location really doesn't work out though - the beach we picked has stunning cliffs but no easy way down to the shore which leaves us with limited options (real story) - of course let's try something different!
Q: Eek I can't wait to see them! When will I get them so I can share on social media?
A: I know, I'm just as excited to see them!! As soon as a session is over, I absolutely can't wait to download them and start editing - my husband knows this very well because he always sees me pulling out my laptop on the drive home. So you'll often see sneak peeks quickly after, typically before the night is over for proposals and by the next day for weddings. For all sessions, I guarantee delivery of your gallery within 2 weeks, so I don't typically send sneak peeks for other sessions since you'll get them all so soon anyway! Final wedding galleries are guaranteed to be delivered within 60 days.
Q: I saw your DIY floating glass photo collage Tutorial. Am I allowed to freely print and share my photos?
A: Absolutely! You are welcome to print your photos however you wish. If you need suggestions on where to get them printed, I'm happy to share them with you. For all you on social media out there, please do share your photos! I just ask that you add a link or tag to my website, Instagram, or Facebook.
Q: Who needs a traditional wedding! DO YOU PROVIDE PARTIAL DAY COVERAGE for elopements/intimate weddings?
A: Yes of course! I love elopements and intimate weddings because they truly allow you to focus on the emotions of the special day. (Not that grand weddings are any less special - the entire feeling of the day is just different). But the intimacy of just your closest friends and family - or just you two - really brings out those raw, genuine emotions that are the best moments to capture. Contact me and let's chat more about your vision!
q: We're a bit awkward. What if we don't look good on camera?
A: "Whisper in her ear in your sexiest voice...breakfast cereals." My role as a photographer is not just to take the shot, but also to direct and guide you to feel comfortable and natural as if I'm not even there. I'm here to help relax those stiff poses and those awkward half-smiles - with a bit of prompting and movement, you'll forget you're even being photographed!
Q: If someone were to rob you, what kind of fancy camera equipment would they find?
A: Well, don't keep an eye out for a blue Prius...just kidding. I carry with me all professional level cameras and lenses, with my main workhorse being my two Canon 5D Mark III's (complete with two memory slots so that I always have a backup of your photos!) I also usually have on me my 35mm, 85mm, 50mm, 135mm, and speedlite flash for any indoor evening shots.
Q: Yea, I know I could get them printed myself or made into an album. But can I pay you to do that for me?
A: Not a problem - if you do want to order prints and albums from me, let me know and I'm happy to create a custom package for you! Just note that the San Jose, California sales tax will be added to your total in such cases (see, I'm just trying to help you out here! and don't worry, it's not tax evasion because California only taxes on physical products).
Q: I like to plan for the worst-case scenario. Do you have insurance?
A: Absolutely. Your wedding is an important day after all! If your venue needs proof of liability insurance, just let me know and we'll get that all squared away.
Q: ALRIGHT, I'M INTERESTED. HOW DO I GET ON YOUR CALENDAR AND BOOK WITH YOU?
A: Go ahead and send your inquiry through my contact form, and we'll chat more about what you're looking for and whether we're a good fit. If you like what you see, then booking is as easy as saving the date with a retainer fee and signed contract!
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