I'm so honored to be considered as part of your wedding and look forward to hearing more about the two of you and your day. The role of a wedding photographer is not something I take lightly and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many incredible couples over the years. Even after over 300 weddings I still get the pre-wedding jitters and I can't make it through the day without getting a little emotional. Your wedding is going to be amazing and I would love to be a part of it.
WHAT IF I AM HAVING A SMALL WEDDING, OR ONLY NEED A FEW HOURS OF COVERAGE?
I would be thrilled to work with you, whether you need one hour of coverage or ten. For whatever you want your wedding to look like, I'm there.
WILL YOU TRAVEL FOR WEDDINGS?
Absolutely! My travel fee for weddings that are beyond 70 miles from Seward, Nebraska is $.75/mile, plus the cost of a hotel (if needed). There is no charge for the first 70 miles. I have photographed weddings in all of the surrounding states, plus one really amazing wedding in New York! Cities within the 70-mile radius of Seward include Lincoln, Omaha, York, Columbus, Fremont, Grand Island, Aurora, Nebraska City, Wahoo, and Beatrice.
DO YOU WORK WITH AN ASSISTANT OR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
Yes, I rotate between three assistants/second photographers that are absolutely wonderful! They are available to assist with lighting, organize groups, and shoot from a different perspective to catch those behind the scenes moments that I'm not always available for.
DO WE GET THE DIGITAL FILES?
Yes, the high-resolution digital images are included for both your wedding day and engagement session. With this, you may download, print and share the images as you wish.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
Your edited digital files are available approximately a month after the wedding and are delivered through instant download from an online gallery. Engagement digital files are available approximately two weeks after the session.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL WE RECEIVE?
This varies so much based on the events of the day. The average for an eight hour wedding day is approximately 500 final edited images. Most engagement sessions include approximately 50 final images.
WHEN SHOULD WE SCHEDULE AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Whenever you want! Some couples schedule their session a year before the wedding and some wait until a few weeks before. Fall is my busiest season and I typically am booked about 6-8 weeks in advance, so be sure to plan ahead!
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, I have both business liability insurance and insurance for all of my equipment. I am happy to provide a certificate of liability for your venue upon request.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I primarily shoot with a Canon 5d Mk. IV, with professional lenses. I have plenty of backups as well as professional lighting gear.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I photographed my first wedding in 2003 as a college student. I've been a full-time photographer since 2009 and have photographed over 300 weddings. Best job ever.
CAN YOU "PENCIL ME IN"?
I am not able to hold any dates without a signed contract and retainer. If you decide you would like to book with me, just contact me to request a contract. Reserving a date is easy through my online booking website.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
A non-refundable retainer of $800 is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due two weeks before the wedding.
WHAT IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO OUR WEDDING?
It would have to be an extreme situation for me to not make it to a wedding. I take the responsibility of photographing your wedding very seriously, and in the very unlikely case I am not able to be at the wedding I have an extensive network of photographers that would be willing and capable to take over. I can promise you will be well taken care of!
I also do not work with associate photographers (meaning I never book multiple couples for the same date and sub-contract the weddings to other photographers). If I am unavailable for your date, I'll happily send you referrals to other photographers that I trust.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BEFORE THE WEDDING
The wedding photography experience begins long before the wedding day as it often plays a big role in planning the rest of the day. I'm more than happy to sit down with you to plan the schedule in advance (phone or Zoom work too!). While weddings can always be a bit unpredictable, it's very helpful to have a plan for the day. I'm also more than willing to help you with any wedding questions, even if they aren't photography related. You can contact me at any time and I always make a point to respond as quickly as possible.
A month before the wedding I will be in touch to start finalizing all the details of the day (if not done already). I will also send you a questionnaire that goes over all of the details I need to know for the wedding. We may meet at some point or chat on the phone as everything begins to come together. Finally, I will check in again a day or two before the wedding once we have a better idea of the weather and any last-minute details we need to chat about.
THE WEDDING DAY
No need to stress about anything photo related—we've got this! Our job is to make sure everything runs smoothly and that you get amazing photos in the process.
There will be times when we need to give direction and times when you may not even realize we are there. Your job is simply to relax and enjoy the day.
AFTER THE WEDDING
My editing process begins with selecting the best images from the day. I remove duplicates, test shots, anything unflattering, and the rare instances when I accidentally take a photo of my shoes. From there I carefully edit each image individually to make sure the color, composition, and exposure are perfect.
About a month after the wedding, your images will be ready! The digital image files will be available to download through my website and you are welcome to share them with friends and family.
While the digital image files are included for all wedding collections, I do offer gorgeous heirloom albums, as well as professional printing, custom framing, and canvas wall art. The purchase of an album or professional prints is always optional and can be ordered at any time after the wedding. Albums are always a popular anniversary gift!