What is your overall style?
My shooting style is organic, intimate, down to earth. I don't like cheesy. Don't worry if you hate being in front of a camera — I totally know the feeling. I will direct you every step of the way.
My aesthetic is non-traditional, moody, romantic. At the end of the day, I want to give you a timeless fine art collection that's uniquely you — not just a bunch of snapshots.
My edits are either in color or B&W, pulling heavy inspiration from classic analog films. No sepia, spot coloring, collages, or vignettes.
When would I receive my photos? Can I have prints made?
You will get a preview of 3-5 edited photos the very next day on my Facebook page, and it takes me around six weeks, give or take, to completely finish a wedding. If I work with a second shooter, it may take slightly longer since I'll have double the photos to edit.
Finished collections typically include 700-1,000 photos, depending on length of time shooting. And yes — my contract also includes a non-commercial print release!
What payments do you accept, and when are they due?
Cash, check, or Venmo only. I do not take credit cards and no longer accept PayPal due to high processing fees. Engagement/couples' shoot payments are due the day of, and no deposit is required to book. Weddings require a 30% deposit and signed contract to book, with the remaining balance due two weeks before the big day. Please note the deposit is nonrefundable even in the event of cancellation, as it requires turning down other clients.
How many weddings do you shoot per year?
No more than 10 per year, no more than one per weekend (including Fridays). You have my full attention. I book most weddings between early summer and mid-fall, and typically take winters off.
Are you insured?
Yes! I can provide your venue the paperwork if they need to see it.
Do you work alone?
Yes, the majority of the time. But, I can have second shooters available for couples who are planning very large weddings or simply prefer two photographers. Second shooters are independent entities who work with me based on availability.
I'm worried about my dimly-lit venue...
Low light is my thing. I do use flashes, but moody atmosphere is where I thrive, and dark venues are actually my preference. If you love super bright wedding photos, I'm probably not your girl.
How long have you been shooting?
I first picked up a camera in 2007 as an art school sophomore. After graduating, I went into commercial photography full time and shot mostly food and product for several years. In 2013, I married the boy I met in my freshman Drawing 101 class. We had an amazing alternative wedding of our own — and it inspired me to do what I do today.
Where do you advertise?
I don't! I believe you should find a genuine personal connection with your wedding vendors, something a listing on a random wedding website just can't achieve. As of 2016, I book solely on direct referrals, word of mouth, and organic leads.
Do you shoot video?
I do not shoot video, but I’d be happy to recommend a few great videographers!
Do you shoot family, maternity, senior portraits, commercial, etc?
Weddings and couples are what I love, and the only things I currently shoot professionally. I also no longer shoot commercial work.
What else do you do for work?
When I'm not busy with wedding season, you'll find me working from home as the Associate Editor for Wise Bread, as well as occasionally freelance tech writing for a few photography blogs.
I spend what little free time is left on my own creative projects — namely, shooting abandoned buildings around the northeastern U.S. for my fine art portfolio, Desolo. Selections from Desolo were featured in Portfolio Showcase 2016 at Rochester's Image City Gallery.