asked questions

A handful (or twenty) of some of my most frequently asked questions. However, please don’t hesitate to reach out if yours isn’t listed.

booking details

This might actually be your first rodeo, so there are probably a few questions about the whole booking process.

  • Elopements or city hall: start at $1200 for 2 hours
  • Intimate weddings: start at $4200 for 6 hours
  • Full weddings: start at $5200 for 8 hours
  • Portrait or engagement sessions: start at $1200 for 2 hours

Each session, elopement, and wedding is customizable to meet your needs and includes your professionally edited images delivery digitally, a gallery print credit, and some casual, supplementary 35mm/120mm film or Polaroids throughout the day.

If you’re especially drawn to my work but my rates are a little outside of your budget, please still reach out! We’ll probably be able to figure out a way to make it work, be it through a payment plan or customizable package.

A signed contract and non-refundable 25% retainer will be due to secure your date, with the remaining 75% balance due one month prior to the wedding day. Send me a message through my contact form to receive the full pricing guide.

Absolutely! I would be concerned if you didn’t want to see a full day from start to finish before booking. Send me a message and I’ll send a few galleries for you to look over.

No two weddings are totally the same, so it varies based on all of the unique factors that go into your day. But I average a minimum of 75 images per hour of consecutive photography coverage, and this number is much closer to 100+ when I bring along a second photographer. So an 8 hour wedding with just me would expect ~600 images, whereas a 10 hour wedding with me and my second photographer might be closer to ~1000 images.

The week after your wedding you can expect to receive a small collection of preview (aka not final edits by any means, but a nice snippet of the day to hold you over!) images sent via my online gallery system. The full gallery of your carefully curated and edited images will be delivered with personal printing rights via my online gallery system 8-10 weeks after your wedding date. The full gallery will be available for download (USB drives are available to order in the gallery) or print ordering for one year, after which I will safely archive it on my end. Any 35mm images or Polaroids will be sent along digitally with the final gallery or in the mail.

When you receive your images, you — as well as any friends and family you grant access to — will be able to order prints, cards, calendars, albums, or additional retouching through the gallery. You can also download your images to order prints elsewhere.

Since my specific editing is such a vital part of my style and service, I do not offer unedited or RAW images.

I’ll be able to help you figure out which package is best once you receive my pricing guide and we starting chatting about your day. My 8 hour package is my most popular and covers a gamut of wedding days, but a larger or smaller package might be better for you. Consider guest count, travel time, locations, and which parts of the day are most or least important to have photographed.

As for a second photographer, I’m wholly capable of and thoroughly enjoy photographing a wedding solo but since my first wedding in 2012 I’ve learned that sometimes it’s best to have a second talented set of eyes, ears, and lenses along. If the details and decorations are especially important to you or your guest list includes more than 120+ of your people, we’ll want to discuss including one of my talented seconds.

For smaller, more intimate weddings and elopements (typically ~50 guests or less, if any, in attendance) I strongly prefer to photograph these solo as I feel too many cameras clicking away can be distracting in smaller groups.

My goal is always to be as flexible as possible and operate from a place of empathy. Having gone through my own cancelled wedding, I can understand how incredibly sensitive the many layers of a relationship and planning a wedding can be.

My contract goes into full detail about my reschedule and cancellation policies, but there may be some flexibility in adjusting your wedding date. The 25% retainer is non refundable, as it blocks your date on my calendar to keep other couples from booking it. As with all things, communication is key when dealing with schedule changes so let me know as soon as possible and keep me up to date often when you’re considering a date change or cancellation.

As for reschedules or cancellations regarding weather, I embrace the elements and love what it can add to a story. For portrait sessions we’ll schedule a “rain or sick day” on the calendar as a backup. If the forecast suggests rain on a wedding day I’ll bring along protection for my gear, but if you’re up for it I’m always game to play in the rain or wind to create dramatic photos with you.

It’s okay if you don’t want rainy photos, though! We’ll have an indoor backup plan for any photos and can always discuss rescheduling due to weather, however mild or severe. If our health or safety is on the line (including but not limited to: fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, extreme heat or cold, snow or ice storms) we can adjust plans accordingly.

Send me a message through my contact form to check my specific availability and we’ll set up a time to meet virtually or irl. If you’re not local to NYC we can always hop on a call.

When you’re ready to book I’ll send over a contract and invoice for the non refundable 25% retainer to secure your date!

As of early 2024 I left the corporate world (woo!) and have much more availability for weddings. I typically book dates up to 9-18 months ahead of time but have been known to jump on a wedding with 2 weeks’ notice, just ask!

Elopements or more intimate ceremonies are often booked within a few weeks or months of the date, and can take place on a weekend or weekday which allows for greater schedule flexibility on my end.

about caitlin

I spent maaany many many afternoons as a kid digging through boxes of photos and film that my grandpa created of my mom’s childhood, listening intently as he and my grandma would reminisce. Hours disappeared as I clicked through slides of family picnics and weekends at the cabin that he crafted from film to projection in his basement darkroom. 

He introduced me to documentary photography and how it made me feel: as if I’d been there, witnessing the life of those I love. I like to think he passed along his passion to me and I’m living out both of our dreams. 

In 2011 I took a few film classes to learn the history of and science behind creating an image. I spent evenings and weekends photographing musicians at gigs in dark bars throughout the midwest with my original photography dreams living within the pages of Rolling Stone, and quit school when weddings came knocking. 

My first wedding was in July 2012, the groom was a musician friend who I very randomly met at a festival in Illinois. Aware of the hiiigh pressure of a wedding day and worried of failure, I repeatedly refused (like, at least 3 times) 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 fool!) 

After some friendly badgering, he was able to convince me that the wedding would be a lot of fun (it was – they skydived into the reception!) and easy (plot twist below), so I said yes and am grateful every. single. day. that I did. 

Plot twist: After flying in very late the night before (I now no longer arrive less than 24 hours before the ceremony time) I woke up the next day with a 102° fever but, in a pre-Covid world, photographed everything anyway.

I lean into a documentary and candid photography style with light + natural direction sprinkled in throughout the day when needed (specifically during family photos + a liiiittle bit during portraits of you and your partner). I prefer to melt into the background and tell the real-life story of this day you two celebrated becoming a family; no gimmicky cookie cutter poses or creating moments that didn’t occur organically, allowing you and your favorite people to be the focus. 

If you’re looking for a tour guide-type photographer to dictate and direct every little pose, working from a lengthy and meticulous shot list of moments to replicate, and spending more than an hour on dozens of formal group photos, I’m not it. And that’s okay! It’s important to me that you work with a photographer you feel connected to, because these photos are what you’ll look back on once all of the memories have faded and become a little soft around the edges.

My favorite weddings are the ones where I feel like an old friend at the end of the day; exhausted from laughing with your sister, making silly faces across the dance floor at your nephew, and crafting inside jokes with your mom during family photos. 

I love feeling like a trusted friend who just so happened to drag a couple of cameras to your wedding. I’ll do my thing with the lenses and the light, you do your thing and fully experience this day with your family and friends. 

I love so many parts of the day for so many reasons: the way your mom’s nose starts to wrinkle as she’s caught off guard by the myriad of emotions when seeing you, seeing the little details you’ve chosen to decorate yourself with, the moment right after you kiss during the ceremony and realize, “OH SHIT WE DID IT!” 

But my absoluuuute favorite part of the day, once all of the schedules have fallen aside and the formality of the day starts to fade, is when everyone starts to party. The nervous energy has morphed into pure celebration — often aided by some alcohol — and connections are pinging across the room. Your high school friend and cousin realize they were in the same kindergarten class, your dad sees his brother for the first time in months, and your best man is spinning your aunt in circles on the dance floor while you and your siblings take a shot at the bar. 

This day, which is so often considered a big formal event and took so many hours of prep and planning, has come to life and is suddenly a once-in-a-lifetime party with all of your favorite people. They’re all here for you, and your love, and to celebrate this new chapter in your lives. 

I’ve been a Canon photographer from the beginning but spent a few years in the Fuji camp (their colors are gooood and way too affordable to pass up!) but have recently returned to my roots reinvested in a full Canon full-frame mirrorless kit. I’ll arrive to your wedding equipped with multiple full-frame camera bodies with dual memory card slots, many many batteries and memory cards, and crisp, professional lenses. I also have an assortment of Polaroid instant cameras and a rotating collection of 35mm film cameras, and will drag one (or two) along on a wedding day for some supplemental film fun. Any images that turn out from the film cameras are yours to keep!

I keep all memory cards from the day on my body until I’m able to upload and back them up to my computer and the cloud the night of your wedding. I have liability insurance and can provide proof if your venue requests it.

the process

Can you believe that 9 out of 10 of my couples tells me this before we work together? And honestly, I completely feel you on this. I get nervous before every shoot and wedding, so I make sure we work in a relaxed, fun, and chill manner. 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 portraits (be it engagement sessions or periodically throughout a wedding day) will be in service of that.

I’m also not above all of us taking a shot to loosen up, but only if you want to.

Do you 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 disordered eating and low self esteem, I can admit that it’s tempting to just run some filters and edit a photo of myself to make it look like heavily edited images of celebrities. 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, accuracy, and tidying up the image (ex: a distracting Exit sign, a branch that appears to be impaling a groom, stress acne that showed up the day before the wedding, or swapping a blinking grandma in a family photo with one where her eyes are open) but would rather not digitally manipulate someone’s natural appearance.

However, you’re also able to request additional editing (head swaps or removal of people in group portraits, smoothing lines or bulges due to wardrobe; scars; etc) for a fee after I’ve delivered your gallery.

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.”

I’ve photographed weddings while battling the flu, heartbreak, pneumonia, my own broken engagement (!!!!!), a sprained wrist, seasonal allergies, a really bad haircut, food poisoning, and migraines. I don’t believe in pulling a sick day for weddings and haven’t yet, but should the fates have other plans *knock on wood* I would reach into my vast network of talented wedding photographers to help find a replacement.

Many of my weddings and engagement or portrait sessions since 2012 have required travel and have taken me from New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. As of 2022 I’m based out of NYC and gained two feline family members (Miso and Tuna may be familiar if you follow me on Instagram) and am therefore a little more picky about spending my time away from my new home city and cats.

Weddings requiring more than 2 hours of driving or train travel from Brooklyn may require a small travel fee to cover gas, transit tickets, lodgings, etc., typically $100-500.

Weddings or sessions that require a flight from NYC will more often than not include a flat $1-2k travel fee I add to the total package (directly covers flights, lodgings, and rental car/Uber/public transit) but this is dependent on the exact schedule of events, location, and time of year. I can offer a personalized travel quote when you reach out with your event details.

When my travel plans require flying for a wedding I arrive no later than 24 hours before to avoid any travel delays. This day before the wedding is often spent combating any jet lag while also location scouting to familiarize myself with your venue and loosely plan portrait locations, whenever possible. I try to lay low the day before to preserve my energy for the wedding day, but am usually available to document your rehearsal dinner, portraits, or other wedding-related event if we plan ahead of time.

It’s my experience, both personal and otherwise, that we all have a specific idea of what makes us look our best that others may not agree with. Any given photo of me, with all of my self-perceived flaws that fashion magazines insist I should be ashamed of, may be my mom’s favorite image of me or one that I find comfort in 10 years from now.

The same goes for you: an image in which you have your head thrown back, neck ever so slightly wrinkled, a hint of a double chin, full of unbridled joy and laughter, may be one that your partner loooves, whereas you cringe because you feel it’s an unflattering reflection of yourself. Who’s right?

Because of this dichotomy of opinions, I include a lot of images. Fellow photographers may insist that editing down thousands of images to a well curated few is part of the job (they’re not wrong, and I do do that) but I like to give you options. So you get pretty much EVERYTHING, aside from blinks or duplicates or the photos I accidentally take of my feet while running to the bathroom.

on the day

In my earliest days of photographing weddings I would request a detailed shot list (I recall one was 10pt font covering the entirety of 3 pages) and spent one too many wedding days with my head down, staring at a piece of paper trying to figure out what photographs I still needed to get rather than focusing on the memories that were being made right before me.

The way I shoot is natural, honest, and focused in documentary. For portraits I’ll offer guidance and some light coaching, but for everything else I encourage the day to flow as its intended, without my interference or a detailed list telling us what moments or memories we should artificially create.

If there are a few activities that may be considered out of the ordinary, key details, people, or special moments (ex: your grandmother just got out of a long stay in the hospital, you’ll be wearing your mother’s veil, or your best friend will be singing a song she wrote during the ceremony) please don’t hesitate to let me know about these so I can be on the look-out. For small wardrobe, jewelry, and paper goods, I’ll document these at the very start of the day so it’s best to have them set aside and ready for me when I first arrive.

The one and only shot list that’s important: I require a family photo list to keep us all organized. Without a detailed list (more on that below and in my Planning Guide) the flow of the day can quickly unravel in the span of 20 minutes due to stress, confusion, and missing aunties.

A first look is the first time on the wedding day that you and your partner see each other in your full wedding attire. Sometimes it’s an emotional moment, and some couples prefer to do it privately or with only me and my camera present. It gives you more time together on a day that is notorious for just flying by.

If you’re especially anxious or nervous leading up to the day (I would be) then this is a great opportunity to step away from all of the energy and spend a few precious, quiet minutes focused on each other rather than seeing one another for the first time in front of all your guests.

From a pragmatic standpoint, a first look also adds much more flexibility to other parts of the day as we can get family photos done before the ceremony and there will be more time for you to party with your favorite people afterwards. I always recommend having a first look but won’t pressure you into one if you would rather not.

More and more couples are opting to just get ready for the day together, as they would for any other special event, and I love this. If you opt for this, we may skip the first look or incorporate a more casual mini reveal.

I go into much deeper detail on family photos in my Wedding Planning Guide.

I like to move fast through family photos and guests always comment on how easy and painless the process is afterwards. If you’re able, I recommend keeping family photos to each of your nearest and dearest, which may include: parents, siblings (+ their spouses, kids), grandparents, and a few close aunties, uncles, or cousins, which we can easily accomplish in twenty to thirty minutes. If you wish to do large group photos with multiple extended family groups (all of the aunts, uncles, cousins) we will need to allot more time for this in the photography schedule, and keep these assorted groupings as limited as possible. If you reeeeally need a lot of large group family photos, we could discuss scheduling an extended family session in the days before or after the wedding.

A general rule of thumb is to allocate 1 minute per photo. For example: You have 18 different groupings you want photographed, we’ll want approximately 20 minutes for this. To be on the safe side I always tack on an extra 5 minutes which helps to make up for anyone who may be late or missing.

Absolutely! Unless you’re going for the most laid back and casual wedding taking place at a single location or opting to elope, we’ll want to build some sort of detailed schedule. It’s important that we have a schedule 2 weeks before the wedding so there’s still time to make any necessary adjustments. Lighting is pretty essential when it comes to photography so if you have a planner or coordinator building a schedule for you, I may want to have some input in regards to when certain events are scheduled.

Above and beyond my favorite videographers I’ve worked with are: Lauren at LoveBug Pictures based in Portland, Oregon; Steven and his team at Wild Light Films based in SoCal + Florida; and Iron and Fern based in SoCal. We all work in a similar unobtrusive, fun, and creative manner which really compliments the overall vibe we each try to support on a wedding day.

My favorite Oregon and West Coast-based florist is Sarah at Selva Floral, and my favorite NYC and East Coast-based florists are Tati and Eric at Kraft & Company, and Cristina at Pink Jasmine Designs.

For any print or web collateral (signage, invites, displays, website) my favorite graphic designer is the badass, talented, and compassionate Cheyne Brooking based in Oregon.

for planning:

I’ve been photographing weddings for more than a decade and have compiled these free guides with lots of tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

What makes for a good location? When should we do the engagement session? Do we have to be engaged? What will we wear?!

What if we’re nervous? Do we need a schedule? What about a family photos? What’s a first look? How do we get cool light?

wanna know more?

I’m currently booking for the 2024 and 2025 wedding seasons! No matter where you are in the planning process, send me a message and we can start chatting about your wedding day. If you’re not quite ready to reach out, feel free to visit my FAQ or About for more details.