I am not afraid to jump in a body of water during a wedding, even though I really hate cold water. But my favorite part of photographing weddings is telling the story of your day. Most of my clients come to me saying they love candid photos; the photos that capture the real emotions of your life. If you are looking for authentic photos of those you love most, I would love to hear from you.
No.* All weddings are different and if I kept looking at a list I would miss a lot of, much more important moments. My main goal is to tell the story of your wedding day, which is unique to you. If I tried to recreate your Pinterest board, I am pretty sure you would hate me by the end of the day, as I would have spent the entire day bossing you around.
*A list of desired family/group photos is very handy, but other than that, I do not work off a list. I think it is important to take 10-15 minutes after the ceremony to do some family photos with your family. These are the photos your Grandma will print and put on her fridge.
At some point during your wedding day you are going to be bombarded with hugs from all yours guests. This isn’t the most creative thing to photograph, but it is a beautiful reminder to me of WHY people have weddings: you are bringing your community of friends, and family, together to celebrate your life together. And it’s a pretty special thing to get to witness.
I shoot with two Nikon DSLR’s and have a third, backup body that I bring to every wedding. I have a collection of lenses, some flashes and a little bag of miscellany that I can use to do some fun in camera tricks with. I also am insured, so if your venue needs proof of insurance I am happy to show I am covered.
YES!! I am based in Victoria, BC and shoot a lot of my weddings here on the Island. However, I was born in California and frequently photograph weddings all over Northern California including Sacramento, San Francisco, the Greater Bay Area, Sonoma, Napa, Lake Tahoe, and Mendocino. I have also photographed weddings in Washington, Oregon, and Utah and would be happy to travel to your wedding wherever it is taking place.
My shortest wedding package is 6 hours. If you are getting married during the week, or outside of my busy season (May - October) I would be happy to discuss a shorter amount of coverage, but I don’t book weekends with shorter than 6 hours from May - October, more than 60 days in advance.
I love shooting elopements and have a special 3 hour minimum package that I book out for small weddings. I don’t book elopements on Saturdays from May – October more than 60 days in advance.
The majority of the shooting I do is documentary, just capturing your day as it unfolds. I do, however, love to take 45 - 90 minutes to get some photos of you with your brand new spouse and any wedding party you might have. The time set aside for portraits can vary depending on how important these portraits are to you, where you want to do them (ie how much travel is involved) and when during the day they are going to take place. I would be happy to go over your timeline with you and work out best when, and where the portraits fit in.
I totally get this! I am always happy to help however I can. I would love to talk to you about your timeline and how photography will fit into the day. I am also always happy to recommend vendors I have previously worked with. If you are still searching for a florist, hair and makeup artist, DJ, or caterer, send me a note and I would be happy to give you some recommendations. In fact I have done a whole series on my blog highlighting some of the local talent we have here in Victoria, which you can see here.
I send all of my wedding couples a handful of sneak peeks within 48 hours of their wedding. The rest of the photos will be ready about six weeks after the wedding, and I guarantee you will have them by your eight week anniversary. You can expect a minimum of 50-60 photos per hour of coverage. All photos are delivered digitally, and are fully edited and ready to print, in both black and white and color edits.
You, like me, are pretty laid back. You probably have been with your partner for a while now, and are getting married no so much for the spectacle of it all, but because you want to gather your community together to celebrate the life you two have together. Chances are you love the outdoors, have a dog (or cat) and like to travel. Bonus points if you have a hot sauce obsession, like I do.
No problem! I actually have underwater housing for my camera, so I can shoot in as much rain as you are willing to withstand. And I am very comfortable shooting with off camera flash. So although shooting in the dark takes a bit longer, the results are often pretty amazing, and a lot of fun for me to do.
Yes! I love engagement sessions and feel they are a great way to get to know each other and get comfortable in front of the camera.
That said, I work with a lot of out of town clients, making engagement sessions difficult to schedule, so by no means are they necessary.
Most of the weddings I shoot, I do alone. After 10 years doing this I have mastered the art of being a photo ninja and am able to get quite a bit of variety all by my lonesome. That said, I can’t be in two places at once, and I do hire a second photographer to come along if it is really important to have photos of both wedding parties getting ready, or if it is really important to you to have candids done at your reception while we are off taking portraits. I would be happy to discuss what it important to be covered, and how best to make that happen.
Sure thing! It isn’t everyday that you get in front of the camera, and I understand that is can be nerve racking. Engagement shoots definitely help get you used to being in front of the camera, but even if we aren’t able to schedule one, I have a whole list of bad jokes, prompts and directions that I will give you during the portrait part of the day to ensure you get some awesome photos.