A huge part of my photography process involves connecting with couples & families ahead of time to chat through details & answer questions. Here are a few of the most common questions that come up to get you started… please feel free to reach out & ask more. I would love to hear from you!
What do your photography packages include?
Whether it’s for a wedding, family session, or special portrait, each package includes our time together planning & creating photographs, a combination of medium-format/35mm film & digital imagery, & the collection of beautifully edited, high-resolution files. I also include a specially selected collection of prints - boxed collections for weddings & individual prints for other sessions - because I believe photographs are at their best when viewed off of a screen & held in your hands. Options such as albums & framed wall art can easily be added to create a custom package.
What’s the process for booking?
We’ll start with a phone call or in-person meeting to chat about the details of your wedding or photo session. It’s nice to hear about your photography needs, tell you about my approach, & just get to know one another a bit. From there I can recommend an existing package or create something customized for you. Once the package elements are settled, you can sign the photo agreement & submit retainer through my easy on-line system. The signed agreement & 50% retainer formally holds your date. The balance is due one week before your wedding or photo session. Please reach out through my contact form or call 415-641-4226 to start the process & schedule some time together!
Can you help us with locations... timelines... general photo-related ideas for our session or wedding?
Absolutely! One of the reasons I take a limited number of weddings & portrait sessions each year is so that I can be present with & available for my couples & families in the planning process. Whether it’s brainstorming activities for your engagement session, easy locations to document your always-on-the-move toddler, or advice around how long you’ll need to set aside for group portraits on your wedding day - I am here for all of it. Documenting families & events for over 10 years has given me huge insight into how to collaborate on a timeline & craft a session in a stress-free & authentic way. A little time together is all we’ll need to make the details come together & the photos unfold naturally.
Do you shoot destination weddings & portrait sessions?
Yes! I love traveling & documenting new places. I’ve photographed weddings & portraits all over the United States as well as Italy, Mexico, Spain, & France. Please reach out to learn about destination wedding timing & travel expenses. Also, when multiple family or portrait sessions book in the same area, travel fees can be shared. So wrangle up your friends & neighbors & I’ll plan special travel session dates for you!
When will we receive our image collection?
After your wedding or photo session, the film goes to my fantastic, professional lab to be processed & scanned. When it comes back, I freak out from delight & immediately send you a little preview cause I know it’s hard to wait. From there I begin the process of creating your collection - giving attention & care to each image so it looks its very best. The whole process takes about 4 weeks for portrait sessions & about 8 weeks for weddings. I want you to receive a well-crafted collection that’s ready to share with your loved ones & that takes some time… but I do promise to send some sneak-peeks along the way.
Why do you still shoot film?
Well, first I’ll say that I actually shoot both film & digital! Different light, locations, or scenarios call for different mediums & I like to choose the best option for the moment. That being said, film is my absolute favorite & it plays a big part in the look & feel of my work. There is a depth to the colors & tones, a luminosity, & a timelessness that I’m totally in love with. I feel these qualities still can’t quite be matched in digital… at least not without hours spent editing on a computer screen & to be honest, I'd rather be out making photographs than sitting at a computer. I also enjoy the deliberate process of shooting film. It reminds me to slow down, connect with the people I’m documenting, & respond to the moment at hand in an artistic way.