I get asked that a lot and it’s kind of a hard one to answer. I guess the easy answer is that I mostly shoot with a documentary approach mixed with creative portraiture, but that pretty much describes 99% of photographers nowadays. Really, I just shoot in a way that embodies the characteristics that I love about good photography. I love clean images, I love creative compositions, I love incorporating environments and landscapes into shots, but I also love very close, intimate portraits. I love good light, but also the challenge of working to make bad light good. I love when chemistry transcends the frame, and when a couple really feels like themselves in front of the camera. To me, that’s really the golden rule because I want you to see you in these photos 10 years from now, not some generic version of yourselves that was configured by me.
You can pretty much do anything with them short of selling or licensing them for use without my approval. I just want you to have something physical from the day so feel free to make prints or photo books on your own.
No. I’m only obligated to collect sales tax from Washington State residents, and the rate is based on the city in which you live.
Cash, check, Paypal, and all major credit cards.
Absolutely. For domestic travel, I keep things simple by charging two flat rates for weddings taking place outside of Seattle. You can find details and pricing in my pricing guide above. All international weddings are quoted on an individual basis.
My goal isn’t to make money on travel, it’s to make things easier for the both of us. I moved to flat travel rates to 1) help reduce the burden of extra planning on your part, 2) keep things simple so there are no post-event invoices for unexpected costs, 3) allow myself the flexibility to book travel closer to the wedding date (avoiding any change/cancellation fees for changes in plans). If you have access to deeply discounted travel, I’m happy to discuss more options but with most weddings, you’ll find all the travel costs combined are very close to my fee.
My delivery window for weddings is 8-10 weeks but I will have a small collection of previews to you within 2 weeks.
A $1500 retainer with the remaining balance due 7 days from the wedding date.
Choosing a wedding photographer can be an intensive task with emails, consults, etc. I like to start things off with a phone/skype chat just to address any basic questions you have and if you feel like we’re a good fit from there, I’m happy to meet in person (given you live around Seattle). This gets a bit trickier during wedding season but I want you guys to feel confident in hiring me so I’m down to do whatever I can to make that happen.
No, but when I start working on the day of your wedding, I want you to be at ease with my presence. An engagement session gives us the opportunity to get to know one another better, it lets you feel what it’s like to have me all up in your business, and you end up with some pretty photos to use as well. Ultimately, I push these because I need your trust in order to do my best work on your wedding day, and that’s a lot easier to gain when you’ve actually been in front of my lens.
Of course! As long as they doesn’t interfere with the chemistry between the two of you, I’m all about it. This is a collaborative process, I’m happy to work together on ideas. However, what I don’t recommend is basing your expectations on a Pinterest board. While Pinterest is a great tool for ideas and inspiration, it should never be treated as a blueprint to your day/session as it’s impossible to replicate the exact light/chemistry/etc in a collection of photos taken by multiple extraordinary photographers. If you do have a board you’d like to share, I’d love to see it just to get an idea of what aesthetic qualities you are into.
I always say it never hurts to have an additional set of eyes on the scene but there are definitely cases where it’s going to dramatically change the coverage of the day. If you’re having a wedding with a large guest count (200+), or a lot going on (events or logistics), it’s probably wise to have a second photographer there with me. I can get a lot done on my own but there’s situations where I can’t be in two places at once (typically getting ready photos). The people that shoot alongside me are incredibly talented and do work that will compliment my own in a way that seamlessly tells your story. If you’re still unsure, we can talk about your wedding and see what will work best for you.