It’s your day &
I want you to be present for every second of it.
Wedding day coverage including a complimentary engagement session starts at $4000. I also offer intimate wedding coverage (starting at $3000) and weekday city hall/elopement coverage (starting at $1500.) Lifestyle engagement sessions and portraits start at $500. All couples will receive a pre-planning session, an online gallery connected with a professional print lab and all edited non-watermarked high-resolution digital photos with exclusive usage rights. Additional hours of coverage, second shooters and wedding albums are also available. Contact me for a detailed price list.
As an advocate of environmental conservation, women's health, LGBTQ rights and racial equality, I donate a portion of my monthly profits to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club. I'm also a supporter of the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act.
My work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, A Practical Wedding, Catalyst Wed Co, Smitten Magazine, Snippet & Ink, Grey Likes Weddings and many more publications. I'm an Instagram Suggested User and was interviewed by Hashtagged Podcast.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
» What is your wedding photography style?
Natural and photojournalistic. That means nothing overly posed, nothing ridiculously dramatic, nothing awkward, nothing that doesn't feel like YOU. My photos are never over-processed with special effects or crazy colors. While we'll spend some time doing posed portraits, my priority is that you get to enjoy your wedding day. That means lots of candids of you and your guests having a great time. I like to shoot discreetly so from the moment you first see each other to that last hilarious toast, I'll tell the full story of your day and you probably won't even notice I'm there.
» What are you like as a wedding photographer?
I started photographing weddings back in 2006, first as an assistant for high end wedding photographers before branching out on my own. From grand celebrations at five star hotels to intimate ceremonies by the sea, I’ve seen it all (including plenty of drunken shenanigans). On your wedding day, I’ll be relaxed and focused but won’t miss a chance to be a goofball to encourage your natural smile. I’m a logistical nerd and love planning, so I’ll help figure out a timeline that flows stress-free. We'll also make sure to have time for all the group portraits your mom requested. I’ll direct here and there but when the party starts, I like to hang back and let things unfold naturally. If you're still curious, you can read what my past clients have said.
» Do you work with a videographer? Do you have any vendor recommendations?
I currently do not provide videography services but I have a great list of videographers I love working with on my vendor referral page. The list also includes make up artists, florists, wedding planners, caterers and many more awesome people to help you with your wedding day.
» How do we book you?
After we talk (either in person, over the phone or Skype/Facetime/Google Hangout), I need a signed contract and a non-refundable retainer fee ($500 for elopements and $1000 for full weddings) to save the date. You will be automatically invoiced for the final portion of your wedding payment a month before your wedding date. Portrait session payments are due on the date of your shoot or at contract signing. All contracts are completed and signed digitally. Invoices for payment will be sent via Freshbooks invoicing. Cash, checks, credit cards and Paypal accepted.
» How many hours of coverage will we need?
Coverage hours depend on the size and location of your wedding. Six hours of coverage is good for intimate weddings in one location with 80 guests or less. Eight hours is perfect for larger weddings (120 guests or more) or weddings with multiple locations including a separate getting ready location. I suggest budgeting at least two hours before the ceremony to capture getting ready, do a first look and shoot posed group portraits. Doing posed group and couple portraits prior to the ceremony is a great way to give yourself more time to enjoy the day and mingle with your guests (because isn't that what you'd rather be doing anyways?) During our pre-wedding consultation, we'll go over your timeline of the day to figure out a pacing that is realistic and fun for you. For more help on figuring out wedding timelines, check out these articles.
» Will we need a second shooter/photographer?
Not necessarily! I generally like shooting alone which helps me be discreet. However, some weddings would benefit from an additional photographer. Once I learn more about what you have planned for your wedding, I will let you know whether or not I believe a second shooter is needed. Generally for weddings with 150+ guests and/or multiple locations, I will recommend a second photographer. They are professional photographers who I've worked with before and shoot in a similar style to mine. The second photographer is added on for an additional flat fee ($500) and shoots for the same amount of contracted time as the main photographer. A second photographer is great for getting more guest candids and additional angles of the wedding day activities. Even with a second photographer, I will shoot as if I am the only one there, making sure to get as much coverage as I can. My second photographer's photos make up about 25-30% of the final photos delivered. I'm happy to show you examples of real wedding galleries with a second shooter and without, just let me know.
» What happens if we don’t know how to pose in front of a camera?
That’s perfectly fine! Unless you’re a professional model, I don’t expect you to know. I remember how nervous I was before my wedding day, so I know exactly how you feel! But don’t worry, we will work together to make sure you are comfortable and at ease when it comes time for portraits. (This is also why I love engagement sessions!) I will do a bit of directing and check for stray hairs, but for the most part, I'll encourage you both to be yourselves. Also, I’ll probably crack a few stupid jokes along the way, but as long as it makes you smile, then I’ve done my job.
» Do we need an engagement session?
Engagement sessions are not a requirement but I do recommend them as a way to practice for the big day. The sessions are a good way for us to spend time together and get to know one another. You'll definitely notice a sense of ease on your wedding day after doing an engagement session with me. The shoot lasts about an hour and include all edited high resolution digital image files and an online photo gallery. Engagement sessions can be booked anytime between contract signing and two weeks before the wedding. Since weekends are reserved for weddings, engagement shoots must be scheduled on a weekday during wedding season (April-October).
» How soon will we get our pictures and how many will we get?
Four to six weeks is my average turnaround time for wedding photographs. For a six hour wedding, you should receive about 500-1000+ images. For city hall elopements, you should receive about 200-300+ images. The image count depends on the length of coverage and amount of events during the day. A good rule of thumb is about 100 images per hour. Turnaround time for all other portrait sessions is two weeks and you should receive at least 80+ images from our session.
» What’s your post-production process?
Each image you receive is individually chosen and edited to my specific standards. The first thing I do is backup your images on several hard drives. Then I will cull the images down by removing any closed eyes, awkward facial expressions and anything else that doesn’t look quite right or doesn't help tell the story of the day. I also color-correct the photos to the proper exposure and tone (AKA making my photos look "happy".) For weddings, I’ll organize all the images into chronological order and into separate categories (“Getting Ready”, “Group Portraits”, “Processional”, “Ceremony” etc.) for ease of viewing. The digital negatives you receive are edited final images (JPGs, not the unprocessed RAW files).
» Can we have a black and white photo in color? (And vice versa?)
Yes! Because I shoot in digital, black and white to color conversion and vice versa is relatively easy. I am happy to convert 10-20 of the final photos from your wedding day or portrait session. All I need is an email with the filenames. (It's best to select photos you plan to print out and/or display.) If you wish to convert more than 20 images, let me know and I can send you a quote for additional editing work.
» What about Photoshop? Can we have something removed or digitally altered from the image?
I am happy to additionally edit your final images (within reason, I still want my final images to look as natural as possible) if you want something removed or digitally altered. Examples of this include: removing blemishes, removing a spot on your outfit or power lines in the background, etc. Let me know what you want done to each photo specifically and I can send you a quote for additional editing work.
» Can we get the RAW files?
Unfortunately, no. The best analogy for why is when you a hire a florist, you aren't simply paying for the flowers, you are paying for the florist's artistic eye and floral arranging expertise. It's the same with photography. While I aim to capture everything perfectly within camera the moment I press the shutter, I have a very specific way I like to post-process my images. It's the style you see on my website and with all my photos and it's (hopefully) why you hired me in the first place.
» Can we make our own prints?
Absolutely. The contract includes an exclusive rights print release. You'll be able to use the photos for any personal use (display, social media sharing, etc.) The digital files you will receive are edited, free of watermarks/logos, color-corrected and saved at a high enough resolution for any professional lab to make prints.
» What other “Fine Print” is there?
Secured overnight hotel lodging (at least three star to ensure safety and security of myself and my equipment) must be provided for travel beyond a two hour drive (~130 miles) of Oakland. Overtime is charged at $250 per half hour. Overtime is any additional time added after contract signing, either before or on the wedding day. California state tax applies to final price if final photos are delivered via USB flash drive.
» What else can we do to ensure a great photography experience?
Communicate with me! The more I know about you and what you are looking for, the better we can work together to produce beautiful photographs.