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Yes, this way I am confirming that I am officially reserving your date for you and only you. This way you are confirming to me that I am your photographer and we can start taking the next steps together. The contract is viewable and can be signed online :) A 50% retainer is required at the time of signature to hold the date and the remainder is due one month prior to the wedding.
DO I NEED TO SIGN A CONTRACT? WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT TERMS?
A typical wedding is about 8-10 hours of coverage, more than enough hours to cover all the parts of the day, from the getting ready to the dancing :) But each wedding is similar yet different. About two months before the wedding, I’ll be sending you a questionnaire to fill out. This will help me to better understand the wedding day and I’ll use those answers in preparing a photography timeline of the day that will help keep us organized and on time for everything. Check out my collections for more details on hours of coverage.
HOW MANY HOURS WILL YOU BE AT MY WEDDING FOR?
A photo list isn’t needed, I’ll already be capturing the details of the day that includes bridal, groom, florals, decor, venue, etc.
I will send you a questionnaire and part of that is understanding your specific wedding better. I will ask for family and group photo lists so that we can breeze through them. Please make everyone aware that they are needed for photos...it can be very tough to get everyone together once they've spotted appetizers and the open bar!
If you have any unique ceremonies, special guests or something you really want a photo of, please tell me! Otherwise I have no way of knowing :)
DO I NEED TO GIVE YOU A PHOTOGRAPHY SHOT LIST?
DO YOU TRAVEL? AND WHERE TO?
All the time! I’m based in San Francisco, California and Lake Como, Italy so I am used to traveling for my work. I spend a lot of time in Italy and whatever is left bouncing around the world…Mexico, Morocco, Greece, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Australia. Check out my travels.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH IN A YEAR?
I’ll take on 15-20 per year, I really make sure that the couple and I connect, this is fundamental to my approach. This way I can really focus and dedicate all of myself to those couples who really believe in me and my work.
I understand the effects of worldwide travel for work and running a business full-time and try to dedicate some much needed time to my family and friends.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I'm an artist so I've always been creating, since my early childhood. I've been photographing for about 5 years. I started with commercial and fashion photography and quickly realized that those are not creative works that let me express myself. But I did learn a lot and am forever grateful for getting my start there. Before that, I was in design and even studied architecture...
DO YOU EVER HAVE A 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER? IS YOUR 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER SOMEONE YOU’VE WORKED WITH BEFORE?
Almost all of my collections include my second photographer. This allows me to better capture and document the events of the day. With two of us, we can be in different places at the same time and also provide alternate perspectives.
My husband Vic is my 2nd photographer and he is an excellent compliment to my style. He can also read my mind in capturing scenes and he knows where I need him to be. I also have my own photography teams in case I’m not available.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO OUR VENUE BEFORE?
Sometimes I have and other times I haven’t, but that’s ok! Being somewhere new opens up my excitement and new levels of creativity. If we’ve been somewhere before, we tend to think and take the same approaches that we’re used to without pushing forward. And, in any case, I will always be scouting the venue before your wedding day ever arrives. I need to make sure that I'm 100% confident and familiar with the location and to find any hidden spots that may get overlooked. I could never show up the day of and not give you my full confidence in what I'm doing. Yes, this is even true for destination weddings.
WHEN DO YOU ARRIVE FOR DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
I try to arrive two days prior to the wedding. That gives me enough buffer to account for delays, cancellations, strikes, etc. And I won’t take on a wedding unless I can get that level of comfort and guarantee that I’ll be there.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OUTFIT SUGGESTIONS FOR OUR PHOTO SESSION?
Whatever makes you feel amazing! I’ll also be sending you inspiration and moodboards to help you pick outfits :)
DO YOU NEED TO EAT ON THE WEDDING DAY?
Yes! And ideally served at the same time as when you both eat. This way I can shadow you two and don’t have to worry about missing anything. When you’re done, we’re done, and everyone is set and ready to go.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE PHOTOS? HOW MANY WILL I GET?
Photos are delivered in about 3-4 weeks for a couple's session and 6-8 weeks for a full wedding. I spend time curating and color correcting each photo so that story and vibes fit together. The final photographs will be uploaded to an online gallery in high-resolution jpeg. From there, you can download and share as you like. The photos will be available online for 1 year.
Don’t worry, you’ll have a sneak peek a couple of days after the wedding!
CAN I HAVE THE RAW IMAGES?
Nope! Editing is an important part of my work and a RAW image is an unfinished draft. Would you ask an author for the unfinished chapters of their book or would your read the final product?
When I edit, I start with my custom preset that I developed. My colors and tones came over time with lots of effort and care. I really try to show the colors and tones that are realistic but also have a bit of “pop”. My photos are generally warmer in tones because I love the feelings compared to neutral or colder colors. My preset is a starting point and is not meant to be universally applied. Each wedding, lighting situation, location, and scene looks and feels different and my edits capture those feelings. For example, when it’s cloudy outside, the lighting is very even and diffuse and the tones tend to be more neutral and warm as opposed to full sun when the light is direct and more harsh but warmer tones. The best lighting is of course at sunset and the golden hour, but even the sunset tones change so much based on where you are, from more golden to even pink hues.
CAN YOU MAKE ME TALLER? CAN YOU MAKE MY BUTT LOOK SMALLER? CAN YOU PHOTOSHOP THAT?
I love you for who you are and so should you! All of the delivered photographs are digitally edited for exposure, color correction, tones, and crop. If you want to be taller, wear heels :) If you think your butt looks big, I have an excellent cardio and stair routine that should help.
If you want me to photoshop everything, I may not be able to help you. If you want advanced editing for a handful of photos, there is an additional charge because I need to send the photos to an editing lab. I'm an awesome photographer and I want to spend my time photographing you as you are with all your imperfections and beauty.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANY DETAILS?
Yes, of course! There are lots of details throughout the day that I capture. The day starts with bridal details (dress, shoes, rings, jewelry, invitation suite, etc.) and groom details (suit, shoes, watch, cuff links, etc.). There are lots of venue details and also those of the ceremony and reception. All the little details throughout the day get captured :)
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO YOU DELIVER?
It depends on which collection you selected but between 600-800 for a full wedding day, 125-150 for any wedding weekend events, and 80-100 for a couple’s session. All of those photos are edited in my style and super awesome, full of emotion and style. I don't limit myself to a number of photos that gets delivered, that's silly. I make sure to choose the best and those that represent all the moments of the day. If you have a particular request, let me know in advance and we'll make time to capture it.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND VENDORS TO ME?
Of course! I have vendors that I’ve worked with all over the world. I only recommend those that I trust and that fit the vibes of you and your wedding. I never take a referral fee or commission, make sure to ask your other vendors about that.
HOW DO TRAVEL EXPENSES WORK?
Travel is built into most of my collections, this way you don’t have to worry about extra expenses or hidden fees. I’ll take care of making all the arrangements :)
WHAT DO WE DO IF WE NEED TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE?
Typically, you can reschedule upto 4 months, subject to my availability. If you’re worried about the coronavirus, I’m letting my couples reschedule until March 2021. I know how difficult this is so we’re being as flexible as possible to support you.
DO YOU HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT?
I’ve never missed a session or wedding :) That’s because I plan and prepare in advance so that we’re ready ahead of time. For destination weddings, we arrive a couple days beforehand. If for some reason I can’t make it, which has never happened over my hundreds of events, I do have my photography team who would be available instead (I manage a team under a separate brand :)
WHAT IS YOUR INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY?
I try to embrace the weather, fog and clouds create a beautiful atmosphere and diffuse light, perfect for epic photos. Or we try to plan around it for different times of the day. Only if the weather is super awful so much that it ruins our experience or is dangerous, we won’t go out there.