Your Questions – Answered!


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Why should we hire you?
Can I get super real with you for a minute? I only want you to hire me if you really want to hire me. While you are investing in us capturing one of the most important moments in your life – I am also investing my heart in your story. You will never be just another client to me or just another paycheck coming in. I am 110% in your corner and ready to help make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. I love people…I love weddings…and well, I love LOVE!! I wholeheartedly believe that authentic love is limitless. It has no labels. So no matter who you are or where you are in this crazy thing we call life – we’re ready to celebrate your love story.

I want you to photograph our wedding! What’s next?
Fill out the contact form or send me an email! When you are ready to complete the booking process it is all done online and super easy! If you prefer to book in person, that is A-OK and we can set that up too! I will never turn down a chance to grab a cup of coffee and chat!

How far in advance do you book a wedding?
I am currently taking bookings for 2021 and all the way into 2022. I only commit to a limited number of weddings per year, so it is definitely important to book as soon as possible. We are often filling popular dates over 12-18 months in advance. Once you have your date (and preferably venue) set — I am more than happy to help finalize your contract and add you to the calendar.

Our wedding is in __________. Do you travel?
While I primarily photograph engagements & weddings in the Branson, Springfield, Joplin, and Lake of the Ozarks areas in Missouri – I am more than happy to travel within and outside of Southwest Missouri & Northwest Arkansas! (Extra love points if you’d like me to photograph your destination wedding. Hawaii is still home in my heart!) Travel fees may apply depending on the location(s).

How much does it cost and what is your payment policy?
Every couple and wedding is unique, which is why I am happy to provide a quote to reflect your needs!  There is a 25% retainer to book and hold your date. To be fair I cannot hold a date without a retainer and a signed contract. The retainer guarantees that I will hold your date exclusively for you and turn down all other inquiries for your wedding date. The remaining balance may be broken up into a payment plan or paid as a lump sum no less than 2 weeks prior to your wedding date.

What is included in the pricing?
Our most popular wedding collections include an engagement session, Wedding Day coverage by me and an assistant photographer and your edited high-resolution images in an online gallery with printing rights. However, I will be more than happy to customize any collection to meet your specific needs and budget.  Heirloom Albums, Canvas, and other professional products, as well as additional portrait sessions (Bridal, Boudoir, etc), are available to be built into your customized collection if you’d like.

How many hours of coverage do I need to book?
This really varies for each wedding. There are a lot of factors that come into play such as whether you choose to do a “first look”, if we will be going to multiple locations, how large of a bridal party and guests you’ll be having. Typically most of my couples choose to book 8 to 10 hours of coverage. I feel like less than the 8 usually leads to a more stressful and pressured timeline and more than 10 ends up being unnecessary. (Let’s be honest, by the end of the night it is just the same people drinking and dancing on the dance floor!) So while it varies for each couple, I usually recommend 8 to 10 hours of coverage.

What is your photography style?
My style is deeply ingrained in a photojournalist approach. While I am happy to grab the formal & posed images, my goal is to capture the true moments…the emotion of the day. Of course, I am there to photograph the “big” moments like your first kiss as newlyweds but I want to capture the little moments just as much, if not even more.
I want to catch you having an amazing time laughing with your friends while getting ready, or the flower girl twirling in her dress while she feels like a mini-princess.  I’m looking for mom or dad’s tears when they see you for the first time and that squeeze of the hand from grandma giving you a little extra love & reassurance. And then after the “I Do’s” have been said, you’ve shared your first kiss and you get a moment to breathe…I want to look for that moment when you exchange a small look of happiness because you realize that you now have the rest of your lives together to adore & support one another.

Do you have a favorite style of wedding?
I love weddings with beautiful elegant or vintage details…whether the location is industrial, a historic downtown building, a rustic barn, or even a beautiful vineyard. I could go on and on. In the end, no matter what the style of your wedding is, my goal is the same – to capture a day full of laughter, romance, and (happy) tears.

What is a ‘First Look’ and why should I do one?
A First Look is a special moment before the ceremony for the couple to have a quiet moment together. While not every couple chooses to do this, it does have its benefits. This provides a good time to get the bridal party photos (and family if you wish) without having to take you away from your guests at the reception any longer than necessary. (It also can be popular to do a “First Look” with the Father-of-the-Bride”.)

Do you have backup camera equipment? What kind of equipment do you use?
Yes, yes, and YES! I bring multiple cameras and lenses to use as needed. If it’s not too boring, you can find a quick breakdown of some of my equipment here!

Do I need two photographers?
Currently, I am the primary photographer working within my company. I typically have somebody with me who acts as an assistant and 2nd photographer as needed. You do not need additional photographers but some couples prefer having additional viewpoints. We offer pricing options for 1 to 2+ photographers, based on your preferences.

Do we need to provide a meal at the reception?
If I will be shooting 6 hours or more a meal is always appreciated. We typically try to take a brief moment to eat while you and your guests are having dinner since most people don’t enjoy having photos of themselves eating.

How soon will our images be ready?
I do my best to get your photos to you as quickly as possible! I know how excited you are! While I always try to get them to you faster, the average turn around is 3 weeks for weddings. Please expect up to 2 weeks for engagements and 6 weeks for Weddings to receive your online gallery. (Please allow additional time for any album design process.)

Will our images be edited? Can you edit out  _______ ?
All of the images you receive in your gallery will be edited and in high resolution. My goal when editing is to stay authentic to each wedding. We want our images to remain contemporary without being so trendy that you wish you could have them re-edited in 10 years. Skin broke out? No worries! I can take care of blemishes. More extensive retouching is available upon request. If you have a specific editing concern – feel free to send me an email.

Is there something I didn’t cover? Please feel free to contact me and I am more than happy to answer all your questions!


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