• We love the feeling of your work! What is the next step?
Great! I'd love to hear your story and connect. Send me a message and we will set up a time to talk via Facetime / Skype, or to grab a drink in Seattle. We will visit and I'll walk you through my pricing and explain all of your options. This really is the best way to see if we are a good fit.
• What are your rates?
My rates are quite standard for experienced Seattle photographers. They do vary a LOT based on what you will need. I like to put our relationship first. If we connect and are on the same page, all the rest will fall into place. Send me a message to get the conversation started.
• What is the most important part of choosing a photographer?
Connection. If you walked outside and tried to make a picture of a stranger, it would feel crazy awkward. It would be darn hard to get a picture that captured real feelings or any degree of intimacy. The same is true for me, I can only capture moments if you feel comfortable around me. I want to capture something real in my images, so, it's pretty important to get to know each other!
Also, you need to click with the photographer's personality. Often the two people you will spend the most time with on your wedding day are the photographer and your spouse. It's important to choose a photographer that you get along with.
• Why are some photographers so much more expensive then others?
Many new photographers cut corners on things like backing up files, insurance, spending time getting to know their clients, maintaining photography equipment, computer equipment and so on. Many simply lack the experience to produce consistent work. Their rates reflect these facts.
I believe that if something is worth doing it is worth doing in the best way that I can. This takes time and dedication. Many people are unaware that the most time consuming parts of wedding photography are not the photography itself. After spending 7-12 hours with you on your wedding day, my work has only just started. It takes another 30-50 hours of work to choose the best photos, edit them for color, design a Photo Book (if you're getting one) and to finish all of the other tasks needed to send your Finished Photos to you:)
• What type of cameras and gear do you use?
After so many years of shooting, gear is not the most important thing to me. What is important is capturing images that show parts of your personality that only your partner usually sees. To do that, it's best if our time is not about a "photo shoot." Instead, it is about having fun and connecting. If you like the images you see on my site, trust that I know photography. You can return to being you, relax and enjoy that mountain breeze (if that is where we are shooting...) and the warmth of your partners hand.
That being said, I currently shoot Fuji mirrorless cameras. I'm more than blown away with their image quality and color rendition. I used Canon SLRs for a decade, and Fuji has been like a breath of fresh air! I also love shooting in dark places and Fuji rocks at this. Light conveys so much mood, and often even more so when there is less of it. Twilight is my favorite time of day to shoot...
• What should we do with all of our photos?
This is actually a major issue these days. I've been photographing weddings in Seattle since 2006 and I get an email every couple of months from a past clients who has changed computers or lost a hard drive and they can't find their wedding photos! Things on computers are by definition impermanent.
It's so so important to make a plan to print your photos! I remember hearing a story about someone who could only save one thing from their burning house; it was their wedding photo. Making a Photo Book from your wedding or Guest Book from your Adventure Session is one of my favorite things. They are works of art, and printed photos are truly the best way to make sure images last!