Frequently Asked Questions

What’s your photographic style? I would describe my style as “candid, creative documentary.” I come from photojournalism background, meaning I’ll photograph your day as it unfolds naturally without interference from yours truly. However, I also put a lot of energy and time into your “creative portraits,” which are the photos of just the two of you. I’m constantly looking for interesting light, angles and backgrounds, and often use unusual, experimental techniques to turn your wedding portraits into works of art.

Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations? Yes. Working as a photojournalist for the past ten years I am constantly adjusting to the changing light conditions throughout the day. It has become second nature to me. Rest assured that regardless of what the light is doing I can handle it and will make you look your best.

How many photographers do you work with? Most of the time I am shooting a wedding by myself. It really comes down to the size of your wedding. If I feel a wedding could benefit from an extra camera or if you request it, I have many friends in the professional wedding photojournalism community that I can call on to assist me.

Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one wedding in a day? Weekend? It is important to me that you and your wedding are the sole focus of my day. Because of that, I only book one wedding per weekend. 

We wish we could meet with you, but we don’t live around Bozeman, Montana. Is there an alternative? The majority of my couples actually hire me without an in-person meeting. I’m very prompt, and very thorough, with emails. I’m able to answer most questions that way. However, I’m always happy to talk with you on the phone or schedule a chat on Skype. A lot of of my out-of-town clients have done this, and it works out great! We can always find a time and method that works!

Do you charge for travel? All of my wedding packages currently include travel in or around Montana. For any other destination weddings, transportation be that airfare, rental car or gas to and from the event is required in addition to my rate. Please contact me for more information.

How do we arrange your travel? Typically, I will book my own airfare and rental car (if needed) after you have approved the price. I always look for the least expensive option that is also convenient for both you and I. For hotel, I ask that you reserve a room for me in the host hotel where all the other guests are staying. All travel expenses are reimbursed after the wedding.

Will you travel for engagement sessions as well? I’m happy to come to your town or meet you at a fabulous destination of your choice. Please contact me for specific information.

Do you photograph details and family group photos? Absolutely! A wedding photography collection would not be complete without good details and family photos, and I take all the photographs you would expect out of any wedding photographer. But my goal is to also go past those expectations and give you photographs that you never even imagined. 

What kind of photographic equipment do you typically bring with you on the day of? I grew up being raised on the motto of “Be Prepared.” I make sure before any wedding that I am packed and prepared for any situation that may arise. I shoot with high end, professional Nikon digital SLR cameras. They are my workhorses. I also will bring lenses, flashes, light stands, light modifiers, memory cards and back ups for each, just in case. 

Do you charge hourly or full day? All of my wedding packages include 10 hours of wedding day coverage.

Do you require a meal break? If yes, do you require that the wedding party provide your meal? Yes, my assistant (when present) and I do require that the wedding party provide a meal for us at the reception and ask that you include us on the guest list. This way I can keep up my energy and will be available at any time during dinner to shoot. So far, ALL of our brides have gladly provided dinner for us at the reception with their guests and it has worked seamlessly.

How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing? A sneak peak of my favorites images of your wedding will be blogged within a couple days of the event. The rest of the images will be posted in an online gallery within 4-6 weeks of the wedding.

Should I give you a shot list? When you contact us about shooting your wedding, we will send you a full gallery of a real wedding to look through. You will see that we are very thorough with our coverage, including photos of your dress, jewelry, shoes, flowers, food and reception décor. There is no need to give us a shot list. The only list we will ask for is your list of family group shots.

Will the images be available for viewing in an online gallery? Yes. They will be available for viewing and purchasing of prints in an online gallery for 6 months.

What kind of backdrop and props do you have for your photo booth? The photo booth is totally customizable to you and your wedding. We can use the scenery around your wedding site or we can make our own in the color scheme of your wedding. In addition, have a box of props and other fun things to use but I find that it is more fulfilling for the bride and groom to add their own items to the mix. The possibilities are endless. Give me a call and I can tell you more about it.

No two weddings are alike and each wedding couple might have questions that I have yet to answer. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any other questions.