Frequently Asked Questions
(because the more info, the better. #canigetaHELLYES)
the ones most commonly asked ::
Q: Where are you based? Do you travel?
I am based in Albuquerque, but I service all of New Mexico (and branching to Colorado). My entire family (minus my two sisters + I) live in Taos so traveling throughout northern New Mexico is never a problem for me. I love to travel so if you're planning a wedding somewhere not in the Land of Enchantment and headset that you want me to photograph your big day, the answer is YAAAS, I’ll be there for you.
Q: what should we wear to our engagement sesh?
While this will vary from session to session, there are some general rules that can be followed:
- Avoid neon colors. Rich, earthy tones + soft, creamy neutrals photograph much better, + won't leave color casts on the skin. Avoid busy patterns (including plaid or jungle animal print).
- It's best to choose colors + outfits that compliment one another, rather than match identically. Plus, your bodies won't blend together + leave you with floating heads in your images.
- Avoid clothing with any noticeable logos.
- Layers + textures are your friends. They'll add a bit of contrast + visual interest to your photos.
- Don't be afraid to accessorize! Statement necklaces, floral crowns, turquoise jewelry, or chunky bracelets can be the final touch your outfit(s) need.
Remember, the clothing you choose will play a big role in the style + feel of the session so have fun, choose pieces you really love, + most importantly; that will make you feel as fantastic as you look. #comfyiskey
For more outfit inspiration, you can also check out this Pinterest board here.
Q: We are awkward in front of the camera… is that okay?
A: Absolutely! 99% of my couples tell me how awkward it is to be in front of the camera. I totally get it, I get anxious being in front of the camera as well. And don’t even get me started on my S/O (he haaaaaates getting his photo taken. Pretty ironic that he’s dating a wedding photog, right?), anywho.. it’s totally okay! It’s my job to make you feel as comfortable as possible while bringing out your true, genuine, silly selves. You don’t have to have any modeling experience whatsoever. All you have to do is be honest, open, and remind each other of how amazing your love is. I promise, we will have a great time.
Q: Do you photograph same-sex couples?
A: YAS YAS YAS. Love is love. I am a progressive, inclusive, laidback, and extremely loving person. Your love story matters to me, no matter who you are in love with.
Q: We want an engagement session, do your packages include them?
My all inclusive packages does, the others don't! I love engagement sessions because it allows us to get to know each other before the wedding (you definitely want to meet the gal who will be following y'all around the day of your wedding with her camera) and it captures the funnest part of planning your wedding; being engaged! Although I don’t include them in every package, I STRONGLY feel that EVERY couple should have an engagement session with me because it gives us a chance to get to know each other better, hang out, + you get the chance to use some pretty rad pictures for your save the dates, christmas cards, or to make your mom a “#ProfessionalCutiePies” mug for her birthday.
the ones about booking ::
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: It’s never too early to inquire and lock me in as your wedding photog, but best advice I can give is to book about a year to a year and a half out. May, June, September and October are very popular wedding months!
Q: What if I’m eloping? Or planning my wedding in a very short amount of time?
A: Again, it’s never too early (or too late!) to inquire! As long as I have your date available, I’ll be there!
Q: What is required for booking?
A: I will send you the contract + invoice through my client portal. I require that a retainer of 30% of the total balance (it is applied to your full balance) to book. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the wedding. Yay to simplicity!
Q: Speaking of elopements -- Are elopements priced differently?
A: Yes! I offer a DOPE discount for intimate weddings + elopements in really cool places.
the ones about money ::
Q: I read on your pricing page that you are open to talking about budgets: Can you elaborate on this? I want to hire you, but your pricing does not fit my budget.
A: Let’s be real; money can get real awkward to talk about, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m alllllllllll about open communication and transparency. As a full time wedding photog, I don’t have a 401k or health benefits that come with a corporate company. I pay for everything out of pocket (which takes a LOT of hard work). Even though, I truly WANT to work with any budget (and I always, ALWAYS try my hardest to!), unfortunately, it’s not always possible if I can’t afford the roof over my head or to feed my hangry family.
Don't worry, there are a few things that I’ll always work with to help cut down expenses. Here's a list of a few below:
- your wedding is on any day, but Saturday (Taco Tuesday or Thirsty Thursday weddings, HOLLA!)
- your wedding is last minute + right around the corner (less than 3-6 months away)
- your wedding is in off season (November-March)
Q: How can I pay?
A: I’ll send you an invoice through my client portal. I also accept cash, checks, PayPal, Venmo, + Apple Pay.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: YES! I know that weddings can be pricey and I want to make this entire experience as stress-free as possible. I offer monthly or bi-monthly payments plans. :)
the ones about the wedding day ::
Q: Do we get to choose our second photographer?
A: I exclusively select and reserve the second photographer. I have solid relationships with some pretty awesome photographers all over NM (and throughout the US) that I will hire to shoot with me. I’ll definitely make sure you guys vibe together before your big day. #wegotchuboo
Q: How much time do you recommend setting aside for portraits on my wedding day?
A: Great question! I believe fellow photog, Kristen Kaiser gives the best info about timelines in her “WEDDING GUIDEBOOK”. Here’s the link attached to check it out here.
Q: Do you shoot more than one event on my wedding day?
A: NOPE! It’s all about you on that day!
Q: What’s an ‘unplugged’ wedding? Should we do that?
A: An unplugged wedding is when you STRONGLY encourage your guests to keep their phones and cameras down during the ceremony and key parts of the reception. I have a gallery of images of that I’d be happy to send you! They’re pretty… disastrous, haha. So my vote is definitely UNPLUG IT… at least during the ceremony.
Q: What is a first look?
A: A first look is when the couple decides to see each other before the ceremony (this can also be done with dad/mom/grandparents/besties/bridesmaid/etc.) I will always + forever recommend this. For more info, give this article a read.
the ones about the images + galleries ::
Q: Do you deliver sneak peak photos?
A: Hell freaking yes. Your instagram is about to get #litAF. Right after your wedding day, the first thing you want to do that week is shout it from the rooftops that you did the dang thaaang! I give all of my couples 'sneak peak' previews of about 20 edited photographs the very next day after the wedding. That way they can post them on Instagram, Facebook, and all over social media for the world to see.
Q: How many images will I end up with?
A: Each wedding is different —so it’s completely based on how many hours I am hired for and how much goes on come wedding day. My average delivery is about 60-75 images per hour, plus select black + white conversions! If there is a second shooter, there will be more images.
Q: How long will the online gallery be available?
A: For 90 days after the date they are released to you.
Q: When will I get to see my pictures?
A: For portraits sessions, I generally get your images up for you to see in 7 days. For weddings, no more than 4 weeks after your wedding. It’s 2018, #aintnobodygottimetowait
Plus, you’ll get some sneak peeks along the way!
Q: Will you be sending every image you take, including unedited photos?
A: The only photos that I do not deliver is mid-blinking, blurry or unflattering photos that I know you won’t have any desire to print/have. I absolutely do not send any RAW (un-edited) photos – you’re hiring me for my editing style and trust that I will send you only the best photos.
Q: How do you deliver photos?
A: Online Gallery with full High-Resolution photos. No watermarks or logos will be on the photos. I’ll give you a download code so you have full access to your pictures and you can share/print away.
Q: Do we own the rights to the images?
A: I give written permission and a print release so that you can make unlimited copies and prints of your images (you know mom’s going to get #craycray printing photos!). So as long as you aren’t selling your images, entering them in photo contests, or submitting them to vendors or blogs without me knowing or without my permission, they are yours.
the ones about albums ::
Q: Do you offer albums (or any other products)?
A: Heck yes, I do. I freaking love albums. Nothing is better than seeing your images come to life on paper. Albums are not included in my packages, but rather A La Carte. Some couples even decide after their wedding to purchase an album! You pick the images, I design the album, and send it over to you for a final proof before we order it! Once we order it, it usually takes 4-8 weeks (sometimes sooner) to get the final album delivered on your doorstep. I also offer heirloom quality prints + canvases.
Q: What if I want my parents to have an album?
A: Not a problem! I offer parent album add ons!
Q: Do I have to decide on ordering an album right now?
A: Not at all! You have 1 month from when your images are delivered to decide on the album and receive it at collection pricing. After the 1 month has expired, you may still order albums but they will be at the a la carte pricing.
the ones that you NEED to know ::
Q: Why choose me?
A: Because I’m awesome, hilarious, and will make sure you’re having the time of your life come wedding day. ;) But really... because if you're in a pinch, I'll do whatever I can to help out, like a true friend would!
Because I know that every little moment that happens on your wedding day matters + deserves to be captured.
Because I won’t sit here and tell you that your love needs to adventurous, romantic, or dreamy. You don’t need to fit my standards, I NEED TO FIT YOURS.
Because I’m not mysterious or boujee like other photogs, I’ll always keep it real.
And most importantly, because I will do just about anything it takes on the day of your wedding to make sure you are happy + things are running smoothly.
Because that’s what you deserve.
Q: What happens if you are ill or cannot shoot our wedding?
A: I have a small team of photographers that I work with, I guarantee someone amazing and similar styled will be able to capture your day in case of an emergency.
Q: Do i need a shot list?
Nope! I love to just shoot the day as it unfolds. However, I strongly recommend detailed lists of family members and combinations for family photos. I just want to make sure to snag a photo of all of your favorite people (they were each selected to be there for a special reason so I don't want to miss the opportunity of capturing their smiles!) If you want to share wedding inspiration with me, you can find my Pinterest here + give it a follow, but I will say that I am not down for copying other people's hard work + creativity.
Q: Can we see a full gallery?
Absolutely, homeslice! In fact, you should ask any photographer who you are inquiring with to see their full galleries! It’s super important to see a final finished product!
Q: We like what we see so where do we go from here?
YAAAAAS. It's go time! Get in touch + let's do this thing. #excitedaf
Q: I can hire someone off of Craigslist to shoot my day for $50 — so why is good photography so expensive?
A: Because you get what you pay for. Working as a profession photographer is a very expensive endeavor. Equipment costs thousands of dollars (this includes camera bodies, lenses, and other crucial accessories) which has to be replaced every 2-3 years. This also includes: editing + photo management software (monthly/yearly fees), computer/additional hard drive space, cell phone, vehicle costs (gas, maintenance, insurance, repairs), business insurance, domain name, webhosting/website maintenance (monthly/yearly fees), client payment/management systems, CPA, + business cards. Continued education also has a heavy price tag, with an average of $1200+ per workshop not including travel expenses. There’s also the time that comes invested with each client. An average of 5-10 per session is spent post processing images (even more so for weddings). An average of 15-20 hours per week is dedicated to handling inquiries, client questions, filling out paperwork (contracts, receipts, invoices), scouting locations, backing up/culling/editing/delivering images, and let’s not forget about marketing (blogging, updating websites, facebook, instagram, pinterest, etc.) Additionally, as self-employed professionals, photographers pay an average of 30% of their income to taxes.
Most importantly, you are hiring a photographer for their talent as an artist.
For example: tattoos last a lifetime and you get exactly what you pay for. You wouldn’t go to the cheapest, inexperienced tattoo artist for something that is going to be on your body for the rest of your life, would you? Doubt it. Photography is much like a tattoo. These memories are what you are going to have to remember the best day of your life for the rest of your life.
Take into consideration that in 5, 10, maybe even 20 years, these memories will be some of your most valuable and cherished possessions. You may lose important people in your life (heaven forbid that happens), but these could be your last memories of the ones you love. If that’s not worth more than $200, what is?