Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of sessions do you do?
I do all kinds of sessions! Engagement proposals, adventure engagement sessions, mini save-the-date sessions, solo female or couple's boudoir sessions, bridal portraits, bridal party sessions, day-after-the-wedding sessions, bride & groom sessions, trash-the-dress sessions, couple's sessions, candid family sessions, kids' mini sessions, grad portraits, headshots, commercial photography / social media marketing / branding sessions, newborn, live birth, in-home lifestyle sessions, pets' sessions, and more.
My session options that can be booked online are 30 minutes for a "mini" session resulting in 50+ edited images, 75 minutes for an "hour" session (usually starting an hour before sunset and shooting through sunset) resulting in 100+ edited images, and a "two-hour" session, which includes extra complimentary time for location and/or outfit changes, resulting in 200+ edited images.
I can also customize a session to your specific needs.
What are your wedding prices?
Weddings currently range from $1k to just over $2k, before add-on items. Current wedding packages and pricing can be viewed in the most detail on my Book page. Click or tap "Read More" on any wedding package to read full details.
What's included in your packages?
Included with every session and wedding are ALL best images (no limit), edited and uploaded to a shareable online gallery for unlimited high resolution downloads for clients and guests, with no watermarks, a gallery print store, and full usage rights for clients and guests, all included in the package price. This means that you DON'T have to pay extra to actually get, print and/or share your photos!
How many photos will I receive?
I capture, on average, 1,000 images in just 30 minutes. I end up, on average, editing an average 50 images per each 30 minutes of shooting. I don't limit the number of images I provide, so if you think something's missing, just let me know!
When can I expect to receive my photos?
Sessions take about 1-2 weeks to turn around, and weddings take about 2-4 weeks, but longer if there are fires, snowstorms, power outages, an especially busy season, etc. But I try not to exceed two months for wedding photos. I understand that you want your photos quickly! Making Clients wait is my worst favorite part of the job, so I try to get everything done as quickly as I can, while also making sure your images all look great.
Do you offer albums, flash drives and other items?
Yes, I offer lots of add-on items: additional hours, albums, flash drives, prints, print credits, slideshows, and keepsake galleries of all unedited images are available as add-ons.
Do you travel? Is there a travel fee?
I LOVE to travel! Let's go!
There are no travel fees for locations within 150 miles round-trip of Pollock Pines, CA. This area covers Sacramento, Placer, Amador and El Dorado counties. A travel fee of $0.50 per mile round-trip applies outside that area for each session and wedding, unless transportation is provided by the Client.
I travel all over Northern California for weddings and sessions, from the Bay Area to Tahoe, from Yosemite to Redding, and beyond. I also travel for destination weddings. For destination weddings and for weddings 6 hours or more, I ask
Clients to please provide meals, and for destination weddings that require an overnight stay due to longer travel times, I ask that Clients please provide lodging as well.
Will you travel to multiple locations on the wedding day? Is there an additional fee?
There is no limit to the number of locations I'll travel to on the wedding day, and I don't charge extra for multiple locations. Bridal Prep, Groom Prep, First Look & Portraits, Ceremony, After-Ceremony Portraits and the Reception are sometimes all in different places, and that's okay with me!
I love your photojournalistic style, but do you also provide guidance and help with posing?
Yes, as long as I'm also preserving the realness of you! I don't expect you to automatically know what to do in front of a camera, so I do guide you along during sessions, as well as for those parts of the wedding day when the photographer is in charge of capturing all of the traditional portraits that you'll need. For wedding party photos, I invite you to share sample images you like from Pinterest or elsewhere, and for family photos, I ask that you make a list of any family portraits you'll need, so you don't have to make any last-minute decisions on your special day.
Do you bring your own lighting?
Yes, but not continuous lighting like the type of lighting used by videographers and DJs. I use on-camera speedlites (flashes) indoors (except where there is gorgeous window light) and at night, either bouncing the light off a ceiling or a wall, or, using a MagSphere and/or MagBounce diffuser where there are no ceilings or walls. This helps to preserve the ambience of whatever lighting you have at your reception, while still making photography possible.
Can I still book if I don't know the start / end times yet? What if we want to add more coverage on the wedding day?
Yes, you can still book even if you don't know all of your locations or your start and end times. I only book one wedding or session per day. Once you book, I block off the full date on my calendar. So, you can easily change your location and times if needed.
Before your wedding day, you can add more coverage for $200 per hour for the lead photographer and/or $50 per hour for the second shooter. If you need to add more time on the wedding day itself, you can do so for $250 per hour for the lead photographer and $75 per hour for the second shooter.
Do you have any (affordable but good) Videographers you would recommend?
Check out Lost Generation Pictures in Sacramento. They are amazing, and affordable!
Have you shot Indian weddings?
Yes, and I'll create a special multi-day event package to accommodate your needs, if you're having a traditional Indian wedding.
How do I book?
You can book online using my online calendar (only open dates are available for booking) where you can pay a 25% wedding reservation retainer fee to reserve your wedding date, or your session fee in full to reserve your session date. I'll send your Adobe Sign contract within the next business day (Tuesday through Friday).
If you don't see a package, service or option that you need on my Book page, please feel free to contact me for a customized package, quote and invoice.
Is the deposit refundable? What if I need to change my wedding date?
The reservation retainer fee that reserves your wedding date is non-refundable, but it is transferable if you need to change your wedding date for reasons beyond your control (i.e. due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
When is the remaining balance due?
The remaining wedding package balance, including add-ons and travel fees, is due by 30 days prior to your wedding date, payable via PayPal or Venmo.
What are your business hours?
I'm "in the office" (and available for consultations and email / text / phone communications) Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays - Thursdays from 9 am to 6:30 pm, and Fridays 9 am to 11:30 am, unless I'm out shooting. I'm out shooting most weekends (Fri-Sun). I'm "closed" Mondays for my day off - unless you need a session or you're getting married on a Monday!
Do you use a second shooter?
When needed, I bring an assistant who doubles as a second shooter where necessary. Let's chat about your special day!