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frequently asked questions

1. How long until I get the photos?

My contract guarantees a 2-3 week turnaround. However that lengthy time is just in case of an emergency. Clients typically receive their photos in 7-10 days after their wedding.

2. Do I get all the photos? How many photos do I get?

I cull out test shots and duplicates or anything that would waste your time. I do like to include as many photos as I can, even ones that aren't my personal favorites because I know those shots tell the story of your wedding day. I love to include bloopers. A typical wedding ends up with about 75-100 per hour, which is more than one photo per minute. A typical portrait session may result in approximately 60-75 images.

3. Do you have insurance?

I do! If you need a copy for your wedding venue, just let me know!

4. What gear do you use? Do you have backups?

I have an arsenal of professional Fuji mirrorless camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. I have backups for my backups. The gear is just a tool and isn't as integral to great imagery as the person using it. 

5. My wedding is not mainstream. Is that ok?

I believe that what we see in mainstream wedding media is not inclusive of the diverse people actually getting married. I specialize in weddings that are not mainstream. I have photographed many weddings with diverse skin tones, plus size bodies, polyamorous celebrations, alternative spiritualities, gender identities and more. Your non-mainstream wedding is not only welcome here, but celebrated! I hope I get to help be an advocate for you through the wedding process. 

6. Are you comfortable shooting in dark areas or with flash?

Absolutely! Using flash is one of my favorite things. I have an arsenal of flashes and accessories to make some kickass images during your wedding reception. If you're up for it I always love setting up an epic night shot toward the end of the evening with just my clients. If you give me an extra 15 minutes we can make some magic happen!

7. Where are you located?

I live in the mountains of Colorado in a very small remote town. I photograph weddings and portrait sessions in Denver, Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Vail, Ouray, Crested Butte, Aspen, Glenwood Springs and anywhere in the State of Colorado. My prices are the same no matter where you're celebrating or photographing in state...or if you celebrate in Moab, Utah.

8. Can my uncle/cousin/friend take photos too?

Sure! As long as your photography-loving guests don't mind me having priority over all the must have shots. As your paid photographer, I don’t allow you to hire other photography companies (video is totally fine of course). It’s difficult for me to have to compete with another photography company who may not work the same way I do. It’s also important I get to prioritize having the spot for all the best angles and direction over the day if you have guests or friends bringing their cameras. The only time strictly I keep the photography to myself is when we take photos of just you, the clients, alone. That way I can work my magic without interruption. 

9. Do you offer prints or digital files?

I offer both. Digitals are always included in my base prices because I understand the value of having them. However, prints are equally as important. Your prints and albums are the things that you share sitting at grandma's kitchen table as you hear stories. Canvases are for displaying your photos in your home and celebrating all those most important memories by enjoying them every day when you walk past. I see a lot of value in both. I offer a variety of prints, canvases and album options for my clients so they can have something tangible to walk away with and pass on for generations.

10. Who is your second shooter?

My second shooter may vary at weddings depending on who is available. I work with a small local group of equally talented wedding photographers who all know my business inside and out. I promise my second shooter is always just as awesome as me.

11. What are your prices?

You can find my current wedding pricing and portrait pricing available online. 

12. How do I book?

To reserve your wedding date I take a retainer of 50% of your total booking. The remainder is due by the wedding date. To reserve your portrait session you pay in full when you book your date. When you're ready to book I take care of all payments and the signing of your contract online. 

13. I have a Pinterest board full of poses I like, can we copy them at my wedding?

We could, but then we're spending the majority of your time manufacturing wedding moments instead of actually living them. It's important to me that you get to live in the moment during your wedding and celebrate with all your friends and family. Instead of copying images from Pinterest I want you to focus on living it up on your wedding day while I'm there to capture all those candid moments and memories as they happen. Relationships with my clients are integral to my work. The more you trust me, the more creative I'm able to be while taking photos. The more creative I am, the more epic the photos will be. Instead of copying other people's epic photos, we'll create a new set together that everyone else will be wanting to copy at their weddings! ;)

14. Do you offer discounts?

As a third-grade teacher, I know how hard it is to provide for your own family and fulfill all of the needs of your students at the same time. We do things like buy our students clothing and food in addition to our own classroom supplies...and more! Fellow teachers just send me an email from your work email to qualify for a discount!

15. Can you do a black and white photo and make just my shoes, flowers, or eyeballs in color?

Nope. It's ugly. You want your photos to look timeless.

16. Why won’t you shoot my wedding with teepees, dreamcatchers, henna tattoos, jumping the broom or other hip trendy cultural things?

If you’re a member of a dominant group/race/culture taking cultural traditions or rituals from a culture that’s oppressed and marginalized - that’s what we call cultural appropriation. It can be a pretty damaging thing for that marginalized culture when dominant cultures take from their sacred traditions. It does all kinds of yucky things like perpetuate stereotypes, falsehoods, and can even further systemic racism. If you are a member of a marginalized/oppressed community or culture and you are using your own cultural traditions - then it’s a totally different story! I love using my platform to help showcase accurate representations of a culture and bring those stories and voices alive directly from those who live it every day.

17. Do I own the copyright to my photos?

As the photographer I retain the copyright, but all my clients get personal use rights to print and share their digital images on their own as much as they'd like.

18. What happens in an emergency?

I'm lucky to be close with other wedding photographers in the industry. When something happens to one of us we all pitch in to ensure our clients are always collectively taken care of. Should something happen to me one of them would step in and they're of equal quality (if not more awesome) than me. That said, being a wedding photographer is not a business where we get sick days. If you choose not to book a second shooter, but I became ill and didn't feel I could give it my best, I would bring a second shooter on me to ensure you received the experience you deserved on your wedding day.

19. Do you travel for weddings?

Always! I've photographed weddings all over the US including Disney World Florida, Lake Tahoe, California, Seattle, Arizona, South Dakota, New York, Utah, and Hilton Head South Carolina. My prices listed include travel anywhere in the state of Colorado or to Salt Lake City and Moab, Utah. There is an additional fee for anywhere outside of these locations. 

20. Does your husband really make the best guacamole in the world?

Yes. The recipe IS ON MY BLOG. We are generously sharing it with the world because life wouldn't be complete without it.

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