How would you describe your style?
During the majority of any wedding day, I'm always looking for the best light. I take a hands on approach to capturing authentic moments by using ideal light and incorporating prompts and natural poses so you don't have to worry about what to do with your hands/face.
The reception and ceremony usually give me opportunities to capture in a more photojournalistic fashion. Documentary photography has always influenced me, so I look for ways to create dynamic compositions that capture special moments in a unique way.
In a sense, I am a natural light photographer. My editing is bright, but not too bright. My images are true to color, and I typically shoot wide open for a soft background. I do not use heavy filters or presets on my images- I prefer a clean, natural look. I love happy, genuine, goofy and romantic images, so expect to recieve all of the above. Natural light is my friend, and I will shoot in it as long as possible to preserve the natural beauty and glow of nature. Later in the evening I switch to on/off camera flash.
How long have you been shooting weddings?
Ian and I shot our first wedding together in 2017. To this day it was one of the most memorable and loving days we've ever documented. We decided to run with that feeling and have since attended many more weddings over the years.
At this point in my career I have tackled my own weddings, second shooting, and assisting. Working with different photographers has given me insight on all of the different methods and approaches that come with being a wedding photographer and working in the wedding industry.
As a photography major in college, I studied the art of photography on a more personal & professional scale, and still apply that knowledge to my work today.
Ian and I both have photography backgrounds, so it made sense for us to start working together as a team. We've been shooting together for going on 5 years now.
I would love to work with you- how do we officially book?
I'm always flattered by inquiries. However it is so important to me that potential clients make the time to review my style and approach before moving forward to make sure we are a good match. I'm always happy to answer any questions before the booking process and am open to communication via email, text, or even a phone call if you'd prefer.
To officially book I require a 20% retainer fee and a signed contract. The contact and invoice are both electronic and can be submitted easily online. From there I recommend scheduling at least 2 phone calls before the wedding just to go over the details and timeline of the day. I'm also open to meeting in person as well!
How far do you travel for weddings?
We are currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The majority of our bookings are based in Central PA, and Philadelphia where we previously lived. We work all over Pennsylvania for weddings and we truly love to travel. We don't let distance get in the way! We have family and friends all over PA we stay with on wedding weekends.
We also book out of state weddings and destination weddings.
How many images will I receive?
For weddings, it depends on how long your day goes and how many events are happening, but I average between 1000-1500. You’ll receive each image in color as well as some favorites in black and white. I am incredibly generous with the amount of photos I deliver. I value the candids and often the silly unseen moments that I find complete a full gallery.
What gear do you shoot with?
Ian and I shoot on full frame canon bodies with a variety of lenses. We continuously upgrade our gear and make sure cleaning and calibration is completed before each wedding season. Our camera bodies have dual SD card slots, and we always back up files to several hard drives after weddings. We use canon speedlites and video lights you may see us pull out at receptions.
When it comes to editing, I use professional software including Lightroom and Photoshop.
We shoot RAW files, allowing us to deliver the highest quality to our clients.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! I am completely understanding of the financial dedication it takes to plan a wedding. I am accepting of payment plans at your own leisure as long as the balance is paid in full at least a week before the wedding day.
To book, I require a signed contract and payment of the 20% non-refundable retainer and any travel fees, with the remaining amount due one week prior to the wedding day.
Do you have insurance/backup gear?
Yes! We can provide proof of insurance to any venue. We also carry backup cameras and SD cards/batteries on wedding days. Our camera bodies have dual SD card slots, allowing us to record to 2 different cards simultaneously at all times.
How long does it take to receive my photos?
I typically tell couples editing can take anywhere between 5-20 weeks depending on the time of year and how busy we are. May/June and September are typically the busiest. I always send my couples a preview a few days after the wedding and I upload to the live gallery as I edit- that way you have the option of viewing your gallery as I edit, or waiting until editing is completed to view them all at once.
Do you have a second shooter?
Yes! My significant other, Ian is my second. We work closely as a couple to shoot weddings which has been so much fun over the years. I can say he plays a crucial role in capturing unique alternative angles.
I also offer personalized collections featuring just myself if you're looking for a more intimate and less expensive experience with just one photographer.