A handful of some of my most frequently asked questions. However, please don't hesitate to reach out if yours isn't listed.
How much do you charge?
Since there are so many decisions to be made while planning a wedding, I prefer to keep your photography options as simple as possible. I offer three packages:
- an intimate wedding package is $2450,
- a full day wedding package with just myself is $3250, and
- a full day wedding package with my second photographer is $3850
Each including your professionally edited images in a digital gallery, assistance with schedule planning, Polaroids for you to keep (!!!), and a complimentary pre- or post-wedding portrait or engagement session.
Weddings requiring air travel within the continental U.S. will typically include a flat travel fee of $500, though this may depend on the exact location and date. À la carte portrait or engagement sessions start at $595 and include your images delivered in a digital gallery.
If you’re especially drawn to my work but my rates are a little outside of your budget, please still reach out! We’ll figure out a way to make it work.
Why do you photograph weddings?
My childhood was spent digging through the boxes of images my gramps created of my mom; hours came and went as I sat in a dark guest bedroom clicking through the slides of family picnics and weekends at the cabin that he so lovingly crafted from film to projection in his basement darkroom. He was my first introduction to what photojournalism is and how it made me feel – as if I had been there, creating these memories for myself. I like to think he passed along his passion for storytelling to me, and that I’m living out both of our dreams.
This is also my approach to wedding days: to tell the story of the day you two became a family. No gimmicks, no creating moments that didn’t occur organically, and as little Photoshop as possible. I offer some simple direction during portraits throughout the day, but my goal is to stay in the background and document the day as it naturally unfolds, allowing you and your story to be the focus.
As of 2019, I’ve been the lead or solo photographer on over 70 weddings — so you’re in good hands. These weddings have taken me to Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, California, and Oregon. I’m based out of Portland & Eugene, Oregon but my second love is traveling, so I’ll eagerly hop on a plane or train or boat to reach your celebration.
What gear do you use?
I am a Canon photographer through and through (however, I’ll admit that Fuji has become more and more tempting in recent years) and will arrive to your wedding equipped with their professional, full-frame camera bodies and crisp lenses. I also utilize Sigma Art lenses, Fuji instant and digital cameras, and instant film.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
My first wedding was in July of 2012; the groom was a musician friend of mine who I met at a festival in Illinois. Worried of failure, I repeatedly refused the offer to fly to the beautiful hills of Western New York to photograph his bohemian, barefoot, lakeside ceremony. (Modern day Me to 2012 Me: DREAM WEDDING! SAY YES, YOU SWEET FOOL.) After some friendly badgering he was able to convince me that the wedding would be a huge party (I love parties, and yes, it was) and that it would be an easy day, so I said yes and am grateful every. single. day. that I did. (Fun fact: I woke up the morning of the wedding with a fever of 102° but, obviously, photographed it anyway.)
What if we’re really awkward in front of a camera?
Can you believe that every. single. one. of my couples tells me this before we work together? I consider myself to be an empathetic individual (my Enneagram and Myers-Briggs back me up on this!) and have a tendency to adjust the way I direct and photograph couples depending on how comfortable they appear in front of my camera during our time together. My goal is to focus on your connection to one another, so most of my direction during portrait sessions (be it engagement sessions or periodically throughout a wedding day) will be in service of that.
How do we book?
Send me an email through the contact page, and we’ll set up a time to meet on the phone or over drinks. If you’re not local to Portland (or we’re still social distancing by the time you’re reading this), I’m always happy to hop on a phone call!
How many images are included in my package? Will you send me the RAWs?
It varies depending on all the unique factors that go into your wedding day, but I average 50-75 edited images per hour (this number is typically closer to 75-100 when I bring along a second photographer) of photography coverage. These carefully curated and edited images will be delivered to you via a digital gallery within 8 weeks of your wedding day. Since my specific editing is such a vital part of my style and service, I do not offer unedited or RAW images.
Do you offer albums or prints?
Yes! A few of the packages include these, but anyone (your friends and family included!) will be able to order prints or albums through the digital gallery. I always bring a Polaroid and several packs of film to your wedding and any of these images that turn out are yours to keep!
When should we include a second photographer?
Since my first wedding in 2012, I’ve learned how best to document this special day in your life. While I’m wholly capable of (and thoroughly enjoy) photographing a wedding solo, I’ve learned that it’s best to have a second talented set of eyes, ears, and lenses if the details and decorations are especially important to your wedding day or if your guest list includes more than 100 of your favorite people. If you spent weeks designing an elaborate and highly detailed cocktail hour with decor that you really want to be documented while I’m off with you and your partner for sunset portraits we would absolutely want my second photographer focused on those details. For smaller, more intimate weddings (typically ~4 dozen or less guests in attendance) and those in which the details are less important, I strongly prefer to photograph these solo as I feel too many cameras can be distracting in smaller groups.
Did you go to school for photography?
In 2009 I broke up with a boyfriend and as a means of therapy spent months watching Youtube videos and reading countless blogs in an effort to teach myself photography and Photoshop. Through *lots* of trial and error and relying on my 2-year-old nephew as a model, I worked my way through those early, awkward stages of learning how to use a camera. In 2011 I took a few classes at a community college to learn the finer science behind crafting an image and went on to photograph my first wedding in 2012. I’ve learned over the last few years that I’m an autodidact and continue to educate myself through photography blogs and the work of peers.
What’s your ethos on editing?
This is something I could (and should?) write a whole blog post about. Remember that quote from Spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility? This is exactly how I feel about Photoshop, too. As someone who has struggled with eating disorders and low self esteem, I can admit that it’s tempting to just run some filters and edit a photo to make it look like heavily edited images of celebrities online. But this is also incredibly damaging to myself and those who see these photos because I’m contributing to the toxic culture of perfection and unrealistic beauty standards.
This goes hand in hand with how I approach a wedding day: I want it to be a realistic representation of what happened on the day rather than a trendy or manipulated creation of what I think it should be. I may clean up a few distracting elements for the sake of composition and tidying up the image (ex: a distracting Exit sign, a branch that appears to be impaling a groom, or stress acne that showed up the day before the wedding) but would rather not digitally manipulate someone’s natural appearance. Tina Fey has a quote about Photoshop which I think resonates with how I approach things:
“Feminists do the best Photoshop because they leave the meat on your bones. They don’t change your size or skin color. They leave in your disgusting knuckles, but they may take out some armpit stubble. Not because they’re denying its existence, but because they understand that it’s okay to make a photo look as if you were caught on your best day in the best light.”
What happens if you can’t make it to my wedding?
I’ve photographed weddings while battling the flu, heartbreak, pneumonia, my own broken engagement (true story!), a sprained wrist, seasonal allergies, a really bad haircut, food poisoning, and migraines. I don’t believe in pulling a sick day for weddings, but should the fates have other plans *knock on wood* I would reach into my network of talented wedding photographers to find a replacement. Your day will be documented, don’t worry.
I'm always based in Portland & Eugene, Oregon but if you plan on being in one of these locations or nearby at the same time, we should connect!
APRIL 2021 → Minnesota & Eastern Iowa
OCT 2021 → LA & Palm Springs