Q: What exactly is a wedding photojournalist?
A: Photojournalism is, simply put, a way telling truthful, honest stories with photos. Weddings are events full of spontaneous joy and emotion and I absolutely love to tell those once-in-a-lifetime stories and capture real, one-of-a-kind moments.
Q: What about portraits?
A: Absolutely! Along with the fabulous candids, I love finding creative ways to photograph you and your new spouse together. We generally spend time before or after the ceremony on this.
Q: Do you take the posed family photos?
A: Of course! Everyone didn’t get all dressed up for nothing. This is generally done following the ceremony, and we move quick ... everyone wants to get to the party on time!
Q: We want to do something really cool we saw on Pinterest, can you shoot that?
A: I am always open for suggestions, however my goal is to tell your unique story, not someone else’s. That said, I do find inspiration from countless forms of media, so please share.
Q: Are you the photographer?
A: Yes, if you book with me, I will be the primary photographer at your wedding.
Q: Do you work with a second shooter?
A: In most scenarios, yes. I have a network of highly skilled and trusted photographers who shoot with me. Having a second shooter helps us better tell the story of your day and you'll ultimately get more photos.
Q: What if you get sick or some emergency comes up?
A: This is one of the best questions you should ask. Simply put, life does happen when we least expect it. In the event of an emergency, I will make every effort possible to be at your wedding, but in the unlikely scenario that I cannot, I have a network of highly skilled and trusted photographers I can ask to step in for me. Ask me about the day my son was born!
Q: Do you edit the images or do I get everything you shot on my wedding day?
A: I hand edit everything after the wedding using the most up-to-date photo software out there. You will get the digital files within 2-3 weeks of your wedding date through a password protected gallery right here on this site. The files are yours to share, print and love. As an added bonus, I will put up roughly 10 images on Facebook the day after the wedding so you can immediately share with your family and friends.
Q: I see a lot of black and white images along with color images?
A: All of the images are edited to my own aesthetics. While all images are initially shot in color, converting it to black and white brings out certain elements of a photo. The majority of photos will be delivered in color, but I do like to mix in black and white images.
Q: I see on your pricing page you offer Storybook Albums. What’s a “Storybook” wedding album?
A: My Storybook Albums are hand-crafted to tell the story of your day. They feature multiple images per spread (two pages) and are printed on archival papers. They are amazing; you really have to hold one in your hands to understand. Contact me and I’ll be happy to show you.
Q: When will I get my album?
A: Your album is a specially commissioned piece of art. I’ll do the initial design, but you have the final say on what goes in and out. Once you are happy with the design, it goes to print. Generally, it takes about 6-12 months.
Q: Do you do an engagement session ... also what’s an engagement session?
A: Yes, I love engagement sessions. It’s a fun, informal photo shoot with you and your future spouse simply enjoying life together! We generally go to one or two of your favorite places around town and make fun photos of the two of you. Many couples use these photos for save-the-dates cards, or order a guestbook for your wedding guests to sign during the reception. Check out some sample engagements here!
Q: Do you do a bridal session?
A: Yes, much like the engagement sessions, a bridal session gives me a chance to shoot photos I may not be able to on your wedding day. These photos are are all about you and your dress. Many brides choose to display a large print from this session at the reception before hanging it in their home.
Q: Tell me about the online gallery?
A: Once your photos are edited and ready to go, all will be uploaded to a password-protected online gallery for you to share with whoever you want. You can download any and all of the images directly from the gallery. Also, if your aunt from out of state wants a print, she can order it directly from here as well without having to bother you.
Q: Can you hold my date for me?
A: I am a full-time professional so I can only guarantee your date once you book and pay the retainer fee.
Q: How long will you be at the wedding?
A: My coverage starts when you start and ends when you make your grand exit. I am there to document your day as it happens, not fit you into my schedule.
Q: Will you Photoshop out my drunk uncle?
A: Your initial group of photos are edited solely for basic color correction and to my artistic style without any major alterations. Additional Photoshop work for any photo going into your album or any print ordered through me will be done free of charge.
Q: Who named you Photographer of the Year?
A: The North Carolina Press Association, an organization that oversees all the media outlets in the state, has twice honored me as their photographer of the year. My background is as a newspaper photojournalist and this is where I developed my love of capturing moments that led me to wedding photojournalism.
Q: What if I have another question?
A: Please feel free to contact me and I will answer it as soon as I can.