With hopes to spend far less time in front of my screen responding to emails and far more time with humans (and animals) who mean the world to me, I will do my best to answer all questions here. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you seek more than what I’ve given, but please do respect my limited and valuable time and energy by first reading through the answers here.
- What is the price for X, Y, Z?
- What is your specialty?
- Why aren’t we Facebook friends?
- What if I don’t like all of the photos?
- My dog is my best friend … can I do a shoot with him/her?
- What lenses do you use?
- I’ve been asked to shoot a wedding … any advice?
- Something is different about your photos … they don’t seem staged … they’re very natural. How can I recreate this in mine?
- How often and where do you meet with your couples?
- I’d really like to set up a meeting with you and ten other photographers. Is that okay with you?
- Who’s the really tall guy with a bun that also has a camera around his neck at lots of weddings?
- Do you guys shoot videos? If so, how?
- Can we do photos with my parents separate? They don’t like to be in the same room.
- We really want to work with you but aren’t sure we can afford it. Any suggestions for keeping our budget down?
- Can you photoshop that?
- Where can I find you on social media?
Q: What is the price for X, Y, Z?
A: Weddings, Maternity/Newborn, Family, Extended Family, Portraits, and Small Business. If you’re inquiring about something that’s a little more path-less-traveled, email me! *prices subject to change
Q: What is your specialty?
A: I specialize in showing and telling stories of people who open up to me. Who share a little of their soul and some awkward stories. Who embrace their imperfections and humanness. Who feel pain and joy and loss and celebration. I started by photographing the family I nannied for in Amsterdam back in 2008; they’re still some of my dearest friends and the kids are still my creative muses. When other friends invited me to document their wedding in January of 2012, I fell in love. As their family has grown, I’ve adjusted my business to change with them (maternity, babies, birthday parties, new houses, etc).
Q: How many photos can I expect from my shoot?
A: I aim for one per minute. If it’s an eight hour wedding day, you can expect around 480, plus 100-200 extras when you add on a second-shooter. If you hire me for a 60 minute session, expect around 60.
Q: Why aren’t we Facebook friends?
A: I leave that in your hands. I don’t want to force you to be my social media friend/follower/whatever, but I’m happy to accept your request. I also love following along with your life, especially for weddings–it’s so fun to see what you’re working on! It helps me be excited for the day and have a little more background on some of your details.
Q: What if I don’t like all of the photos?
A: It’s pretty normal not to love every photo of yourself. I suggest that you download all of the photos in one folder, then save a copy of all the photos you LOVE in another folder. When you look back at the photos, focus on the smaller album. Then in five years, revisit the whole folder. Let yourself be surprised by the photos which didn’t pass the test five years ago. My guess is you’ll think you look Damn good and be pleasantly surprised with the moments you forgot. (I liked my own wedding photos a ton more when I took the album down to 250 from 800- it also makes designing an album WAY easier when you’ve narrowed down your favorites).
Q: My dog is my best friend … can I do a shoot with him/her?
A: Yes, please!
Q: What lenses do you use?
A: I carry two Canon 5D Mark IIIs on the Hold Fast Moneymaker, and in my bag I have the 50mm Sigma Art, 35mm Sigma Art, 24mm Canon 1.4 L, 100mm Canon 2.8 Macro, and 45mm Canon TS-E.
Q: I’ve been asked to shoot a wedding … any advice?
A: Work with your couple on a timeline, and help take the lead on the day by giving people warning for what to expect. I always try to keep negative energy away from my couples and be a buffer for nonsense. Nobody needs to bother them with their own petty problems on the day of or make them feel like their day is anything less than perfect. It’s always good to set expectations ahead of time and sign a contract (when can they expect the photos, how many, what hours you will be working, when payment is due, etc)
Q: Something is different about your photos … they don’t seem staged … they’re very natural. How can I recreate this in mine?
A: Get to know your couples. I sit down with the people I work with and take pages of notes. I want them to tell me a little more than they’re planning to. I want to hear about their families, what matters to them and what makes them laugh. Showing up as their friend on the day of the shoot puts them at ease (and me, too!).
Q: How often and where do you meet with your couples?
A: For weddings, I host the first meeting at my house. I think it’s important for people to step into my world, meet my dog, and usually sip on some La Croix or tea depending on the season. Three to eight weeks before the wedding, we meet again to discuss the detailed timeline and create a game plan. At this time, I’m happy to meet you and your partner wherever is convenient. Sometimes we have lunch at a place in between–other times I meet you at your house. You’re always welcome to do this at my house if for any reason it makes you more comfortable. This meeting is really important and people always say they feel so much more excited and ready for the wedding once we’ve nailed down the timeline. The list can then be shared with your bridal party and family, it will answer so many questions they’ll want to ask you!
Q: I’d really like to set up a meeting with you and ten other photographers. Is that okay with you?
A: No. I really don’t have time for that, and I prefer people who wouldn’t put themselves through that either. I find it beautiful to know what you want and go get it. Familiarize yourself deeply with one, maybe two people, and schedule a meeting with the first one. Only move on to the second if there was something in the first meeting which caused you to doubt you would work well together. I’ve seen people in situations where they really connected with their first person but already have the second meeting scheduled and feel bad cancelling. In all honesty, as creatives who rarely get an evening off, I appreciate it so much if someone does me the favor of letting me enjoy my evening rather than having a pointless meeting. Believe me, there will be no hard feelings. I will cheer you on for whichever other photographer you choose and respect you for not wasting my time.
Q: Who’s the really tall guy with a bun that also has a camera around his neck at lots of weddings?
A: That’s my husband Adam! He’s amazing. He’s an optional add-on, but here’s why he’s awesome: While I’m often focused on what’s happening in the center of attention, he collects quiet moments that happen around the periphery, like children playing or great aunts and uncles fanning themselves off with the programs. Another bonus of having us both is that he can document cocktail hour while I’m off taking portraits. Especially if cocktail hour includes a bluegrass band, a magician, or feeding giraffes … he needs to get that on video.
Q: Do you guys shoot videos? If so, how?
A: We do! We have a lot of practice working together. We’re in tune with each other and know when to do what. Usually we split up during getting ready time. Adam will shoot photo and video of his bridal group (typically dudes), and I’ll usually be with the ladies shooting both photo and video (but if you have a cute flower child or ring-person, they might steal the show during this time in our books). We work well together setting up the first look and throughout the day, you’ll never know when we’re shooting photo or video or both. We keep you moving with just enough direction to keep people smiling or dancing and get it all on camera (and lots of it).
Q: Can we do photos with my parents separate? They don’t like to be in the same room.
A: Yes, when we meet three-eight weeks before the wedding, we’ll talk about all the family dynamics, things to be sensitive of, and how we want to go about the day. We’ll make a list of the groupings you would like for family photo time.
Q: We really want to work with you but aren’t sure we can afford it. Any suggestions for keeping our budget down?
A: Yes, I’m passionate about this … have a weekday wedding! You’ll save money in every direction. It’ll be just as special. We got married on Labor Day Monday. We’re morning people, it made sense for us. Another option is have a very small wedding, you can get a small venue (maybe even a place that doesn’t usually do weddings) during off hours and hire me for my four hour package!
Q: Can you photoshop that?
A: Nope! I don’t even have Photoshop. I tell true stories, and other than minor things (removing a pimple),the stories I tell are extremely honest.