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Style of Photography

light + emotion = Style

I'd like to believe my style of photography has a uniqueness about it. I love combining the commercial feel of photographs that would look good on the cover of a wedding magazine with the editorial feel of those images that capture the emotion and movement of the day. I am inspired by clothing catalogs such as Anthropologie and music videos. I realize grandma would love a shot of you smiling at the camera so I will be sure to include a few of those. But in the end I usually produce more photos you would be proud to hang on your wall and less of those staring directly at the camera.

Prompting vs. Posing

Looking for the connection in couples

Instead of posing a couple I prefer to give them prompts. So as an example we might go to a beautiful area of their venue have the couple look at me and then on the count of three look at one another and try to guess the same color. While the idea sounds quite silly on paper it results in great photos of couples smiling, laughing and enjoying one another. I also love offering prompts to the couples to slow things down and get the beautiful romantic shots that show the connection between the two of them. Prompts bring out the natural reactions which is what I love to photograph.

Using Natural Light

when mother nature gives it to us, I'll use it

As a photographer I've been trained to shoot both outdoors and indoors and will either use natural light or create my own if needed. The beauty of natural light is the speed in which you can shoot. No need to set up lights, wait for the batteries to recycle between flashes or angle yourself towards a stand. Using natural light is a talent that often goes unrecognized since it's not often taught in schools that are based indoors. But as a wedding photographer with over 200 weddings and nearly equal amount of engagement sessions I have had lots of experience shooting outdoors and love using natural light whenever I can. 

Exquisite Studio Lighting

using light from flashes

While I prefer a naturally lit environment I am also ready to produce stunning images no matter what Mother Nature decides to hand us on your wedding day. Not only have I been trained extensively to use flashes but I teach workshops to other photographers around the world on how to use them. I especially love using light to create beautiful images at sunset or capturing a signature photo of the couple as they do their grand exit through a tunnel of sparklers, even in the rain like the photo above.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PRICING

Your photos will ensure your wedding day memories never fade. 


Collection 1  -  $4750

  • Full Day of Wedding Coverage
  • Online Gallery w/ High Resolution Downloads
  • 1-year of Cloud Backup of Photos
  • Approx. 800+ photos
  • Image Release to Use, Share, Print Photos

Collection 2  -  $5750        

  • Full Day Wedding Coverage
  • 40-pg Modern Wedding Album (12x12)
  • Second Professional Photographer
  • Free Engagement Session
  • 50 - Edited Engagement Photos 
  • Online Gallery w/ High Resolution Downloads of both Wedding and Engagement
  • 1-year of Cloud Backup of Photos
  • Approx. 1000+ photos
  • Image Release to Use, Share, Print Photos

Collection 3  -  $8500

  • Full Day of Wedding Coverage 
  • 60-pg Modern Wedding Album (12x12)
  • 2 - Replica Parent Albums (10x10)
  • 24 x 36 Signature Canvas
  • 200 - 4x6 proof prints in custom hardwood heirloom box
  • Free Engagement Session
  • 100-200 Edited Engagement Photos
  • Archival Hard Drive with Images
  • Custom Guest Book Sign-in w/ Engagement Photos
  • Second Professional Photographer
  • Online Gallery w/ High Resolution Downloads of both Wedding and Engagement
  • 1-year Cloud Backup of Photos
  • Approx. 1200+ photos
  • Image Release to Use, Share, Print Photos

COLLECTION 4  -  $16,500

  • Full Day of Wedding Coverage
  • Commercial Magazine Style Day-After Wedding Shoot
  • Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner Coverage
  • 80-pg Modern Wedding Album (12x12)
  • 2 - Replica Parent Albums (12x12)
  • 3 - 24 x 36 Signature Canvas
  • Every photo as a 4x6 luxury matte proof print with white border in custom hardwood heirloom box
  • Destination Engagement Session anywhere in the world for an entire day. You plan an incredible adventure and I'll photograph it all for you creating some phenomenal photos you can share with friends and hang up in your house. 
  • Destination Wedding anywhere in the world
  • I Pay For My Own Travel Fees for Engagement and Wedding Shoot
  • 250 Edited Engagement Photos
  • LaCie Archival Hard Drive with Images
  • Premium Flush Mount Album w/ Engagement Photos
  • Second Professional Photographer
  • Online Gallery w/ High Resolution Downloads of both Wedding and Engagement
  • 1-year Cloud Backup of Photos
  • Approx. 1500+ photos from wedding
  • Image Release to Use, Share, Print Photos

If you don't see a package that fits you here shoot me a message with an idea of what you have in mind as I would be happy to try and customize one for you. Collections 2-4 all include a free engagement session. This session may not be taken out for a credit since it is a free incentive of booking those collections. If you would like to add an engagement session to Collection 1 the cost is $750. 

 

your first heirloom together as a couple

Wedding albums are a special part of the legacy you build as a couple together. Most likely you've had a moment in your own life where you found yourself browsing through a wedding album of your parents, grandparents or friend. In this digital day and age it's important to have this keepsake that will last a lifetime to display your wedding day photos in an exquisite album. 

The albums come in either premium black leather, tan leather or photo cover. The leather options all include the option to have your initials embossed on the cover. All albums come in a specially designed box with closing latch for shipping and storage.

The pages of the album are thick, professionally printed and bound together with the latest innovations in album design to provide a lay-flat, gutter free design for a perfect viewing experience.

Once the design is approved by you the book is sent to print. It will be delivered direct to your home so you get to experience the joy of unboxing your album and viewing it first.

Leather Cover

Leather Cover

Black Leather Cover

Black Leather Cover

Photo Cover

Photo Cover

12 x 12 Album

$1200

  • Choice of album cover
  • 40 pages
  • Additional pages ($25/page) sold in increments of two
  • Custom design with three proof phases
  • Free album box for storage
  • Free shipping

10 x 10 Album

$1000

  • Choice of album cover
  • 40 pages
  • Additional pages ($20/page) sold in increments of two
  • Custom design with three proof phases
  • Free album box for storage
  • Free shipping

8 x 8 Album

$800

  • Choice of album cover
  • 40 pages
  • Additional pages ($15/page) sold in increments of two
  • Custom design with three proof phases
  • Free album box for storage
  • Free shipping

Frequently Asked Questions


Digital Files

Do we get the digital files? Absolutely. This is something I have been doing since day one when I started out six years ago. I think it's important for my clients to have those files and have the ability to use, print and share them however they'd like. 

How are they delivered? I used to deliver them via DVD. But with the advancement of technology better options are now available to us. No more having to worry about a DVD getting lost or scratched. Your online gallery of photos will all be stored in the cloud. Easily accessible on any computer, mobile device or tablet. One button click and you'll start downloading all images. You can even order prints direct from the gallery at very affordable prices from printing facilities only available to professional photographers. Lastly, you can send that link to all your friends and family so they too can enjoy the photos and download the ones they like of themselves. 

Second Shooter

Do you have a second shooter? I do include a second shooter in all my packages except for the bottom one.

Travel Expenses

How much does it cost for you to travel to my wedding? I have been traveling around the US and throughout the world for the last 4 years to shoot weddings. Setting up the airplane travel, hotel, rental car etc can be time consuming, expensive and difficult. So I've come up with a way that makes things easy for clients to understand and doesn't cost them the time to set everything up. 

I have divided the US into four areas. Each one has a cost. I use that money to cover my plane, hotel and rental car. If it is more than that I will cover the cost out of my own pocket. If you are unsure which area your wedding would fall into please email me. 

Pacific Time Zone – $450

Mountain Time Zone – $550

Central Time Zone – $700

Eastern Time Zone – $800

International – Let's chat!

Gear

What kind of gear do you use? I use Canon professional gear. I have top of the line cameras and lenses. When I shoot all images are saved to two different memory cards at the same time as a precaution in case one card has errors. This feature is something only available in the most high end equipment. 

Are you a "natural light" photographer? I love shooting natural light when I can and it's available. However I am trained and even teach others how to use, modify and create light from flashes in order to create beautiful images no matter what the conditions. That means if there is a dark overcast in the sky, rain, or even if things are running late and the ceremony ends after dark --- I've got you covered. I am able to create the images you'll love no matter what is thrown at us. 

Reserve Our Date

How do I reserve you for our wedding day? I make this quite easy. The two things needed to reserve your date are the signed wedding agreement and a $500 retainer. Both can be done online. Once we have talked, emailed or video chat and made sure I have the date available and would be a good fit I'll send you a link to sign the agreement and process the payment using any major credit/debit card. Once those two things are done - I will put it on my calendar and that date will be yours. 

Photos

How many photos will I get? 800-1000 is what I have found is a good number to tell the entire story of a wedding day and around what you should expect. 

Color or Black & White? I deliver all photos in BOTH. You will get all the photos in my unique and timeless color toning as well as in my artistic black and white. 

Are they high resolution? Absolutely. The photos will be optimized so not only are the high resolution and will print amazing, but they are also stripped of all the unnecessary information that makes file sizes large and bloated. This way you can download the images quicker, attach them to emails, share on Facebook and upload to your favorite cloud server without it taking weeks. Over the years I have dialed in the perfect optimized file size that gives you all the benefits of printing and working with the images online as possible. 

How long before I see them? 30 days. I try to get them to you quicker but give myself thirty days to make sure I can edit them up nicely. I will do my best to post a sneak peek as well.

Prints

Do I have to order prints through you? Nope. You can download and order your prints wherever you would like. If you like things that are convenient and easy you'll love the print order system built directly into the gallery though. Prices are extremely affordable and the prints are printed at an amazing production facility that works solely with professional photographers and delivers direct to your home in just a few days. So if you want to do it yourself you can, but if you like it easy I've made that possible for you as well. 

Food

Do we need to feed you? It's not required but sure appreciated. I am even ok if you want to order me a pizza.  :)  If it is agreed that I will have a second shooter at the wedding covering dinner service it is appreciated that they are fed as well.

Do you need a space at a table? Nope. Actually I'd prefer not to sit with the guests. Not because I don't want to meet them but because I am usually working at the same time as I am eating. I typically find a hidden corner somewhere (or behind the DJ) and as I am eating I will be downloading photos, cleaning gear, charging batteries etc. Also there will be times when I need to get up quickly to take photos of an event that is happening. So it is always much better for me to not have to excuse myself constantly from a table of your friends and family. 

Contact

How do I reach you? Easiest way is using the contact form built into the site. You can also shoot me a text message at 602-635-6007. I only listen to voice mails a few times a week so email, text or even reaching out on Facebook are the best ways to reach me. After an initial chat or email exchange I love to set up a meeting to get to know one another either face to face or video chat. It's a wonderful way of learning about each other, chatting about the wedding and answering any questions you might have for me.