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Experience / FAQ

  Spending nearly your entire wedding day
              with your photographer means you deserve
                               someone fun, attentive, and skilled at capturing
                                                     what makes you and your partner special.

   You want a photographer who sees you as a person, not a client. It's almost odd that I get to call this a business, because none of my photography ever feels a job. I love the work that I get to do. It's fun, vulnerable and and unique to everyone I photograph. By the end of the day, I guarantee we will have swapped our favorite restaurants, gushed about our MUST SEE shows on Netflix and realized that we definitely have a mutual friend in common.

 

   I'm naturally a big goofball, telling dad jokes and squealing when I see that *extra amazing* photo in my camera (it's true, I make a lot of weird noises). Nothing makes me happier than doing things differently and thinking outside the box, it makes everything more personal. I love finding ways to make the traditional into the unconventional because that's who I am, and these photos should represent you in every way possible.

Personality

   I strive to make every person comfortable with me in front of the camera and that always starts with friendship.

   I could never want for anything more in this life than to take photos of people who are open enough to let me into their world. This is how we make natural, authentic photography– together. I have my little tips + tricks about getting you to that place, but I get the true pleasure of having you guide me through your emotions. When you choose me as your photographer, you're trusting me to tell your story. I want to know what your person says to calm you down, or every weird quirk they have that makes you laugh. Tell me how you first knew they were your forever.

   

   I can only capture those genuine moments by having you show me what's in your heart.

Honest, original images
memorable

   This life is going by faster and faster everyday. Sometimes the most insignificant details mean the most to us further down the line. Those are the images I look for: the ones we can feel. The yearning to remember how the veil felt between your fingers, the softness of the flower petals or the gravel beneath your feet. Love and texture are bound together indefinitely and our days cannot exist without those small aspects of life. I look to preserve everything I can so you're able to hold on to those memories forever.

Making the ordinary
 

How long will it take to receive my photos?

 FAQ 

    Fun fact about me: I'm a weirdo who LOVES to edit. It's a process that brings me so much closer to what lies at the heart of what I do best, which is to create fine-art photography. I'm always eager to start on the edits from the moment I get home and this excitement continues until I export the final images. For smaller sessions, the edits take about a week and 10-21 days for a wedding. If there is any reason that I would not meet this deadline (because of an emergency or other obligations), then I will 100% communicate that to you and make sure you're filled in on everything that's going on.

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Do you travel for Weddings + other sessions?

    Of course! I will meet you wherever you are– I'm definitely not limited to the Midwest. All additional travel expenses will be discussed and added to the final contract, so you won't need to worry about flights/gas/hotels.

I don't know how to pose. What do I do?

   Trust me, when someone tries to take MY photo I often freeze up. My hands? My face? My body? Suddenly I don't know what to do with any of them! Whenever I'm working with couples I always aim to capture them in a natural, organic way. Every relationship is different physically + emotionally. I work to find what makes you guys feel the most like yourselves. There are small tricks I have up my sleeve to aid this process, but no two couples are the same. It's so much easier to think about your partner and the ways you love them rather than where to put your arms or how to position your legs. We will work together to tell your story in these photos.

Are there packages available for couples who also want engagement photos?

   Absolutely. Any couple who wants to book me for their full day of wedding coverage (6 or more hours) will receive a COMPLEMENTARY engagement session! I love doing this because it encourages us to get to know each other and form a trust that will only make the images that much more magical.

Do you edit all the photos yourself? Do you give out RAW images?

    Every single photo you receive from me will have been color corrected and edited by my own hands. My edits are what make my craft so unique, and it's for this reason that I don't send off my work to be edited by someone else or give out RAW, unedited photos.

How many images will I recieve?

   A traditional, full day wedding usually yields about 75-100 images per shooting hour depending on what's happening and how many people are being photographed. I take fewer photos while people are eating (trust me, the average person does not look cute while taking a big bite of chicken) and more during the important moments. An engagement session will often result in 100-150 images.

What happens if there is rain and/or bad weather?

   I promise we can always find beauty in whatever Mother Nature throws at us and we will make it work. Sometimes a little extra rain, snow, or wind can add some incredible, unexpected texture that makes the photos even more beautiful. If an engagement or family session date needs to be rearranged because of dangerous conditions, I'm more than happy to take that on a case-by-case basis.

"Can you make me look skinnier?"

   I do not think that a person's body should be edited to look a certain way. I take pride in being a body-positive photographer that looks at the organic love happening between people. We all have skin, fat, folds, and other beautiful curves. I embrace it all. The only retouching I do is for acne, scarring, blemishes, or bruising. I never look at someone I've photographed and seek out to erase their "imperfections." I only see love, which is honestly what you'll remember most about the day when you look back on these images. The best photos won't be about how your body looks. It'll be about the connection you share with the ones you cherish the most.

Can we make an album or order prints?

   Yes yes yes! This process is completely customizable with each client. We'll talk about size, color, material, and of course what photos you want in your album! You can either choose the images yourself or let me organize the series. Prints can be ordered through the site where your online gallery lives. All prices vary depending on what you're looking for.

What does your payment plan look like?

   I always ask for a deposit of 20% with the contract. This payment ensures my time and that I don't accept another booking for that day. Because that date is being held just for you, it is non-refundable and acts as a retainer. The remainder of the balance is due the day before the wedding/session, but I am happy to set up a plan that spreads out for smaller payments over time before the big day. To see more information about pricing, click here.

Times are unpredictable. Can we reschedule?

   If you are rescheduling a wedding, the paid deposit will go toward your new date. Couples have had to rework their fully-planned out days because of the pandemic and I have no intention of taking advantage of any couples by charging an additional deposit to change their wedding date. A new contract will be written for the new date agreed upon by both you and me. I normally don't ask for a deposit for an engagement or family session, but rescheduling a date requires 50% of the total fee (that will be deducted from your final cost).

Can I talk to you endlessly about my pets?

   Honestly, I'd be mad if you didn't. If you have any furry friends at home, I want to know every nickname you call them, how floofy they are and why you can't live without them.

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