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St. Louis + Destination

Wedding Photographer

Nature & Travel Photojournalism

Congratulations on Your Engagement!

Your love story is unique. I want to help you tell it, visually.

If you have found yourself here to learn more about wedding photography – congratulations on your engagement! I hope that this page will help answer some of your questions, and will continue to help you as your plan your wedding day.

What will working with me on your wedding day be like?

There are a lot of different ways to answer this question, but the easiest way to describe my wedding photography approach is in a ‘photojournalism’ style. Documenting the day is more of a hands-off approach; for the most part I will be observing and photographing events as they unfold with little intervention and direction. I prefer to photograph a wedding organically as it happens, as opposed to creating posed or inauthentic moments. Throughout the day (and when necessary) I will occasionally step in and offer my advice on placement, location and lighting, but I avoid outright-directing a wedding so that you can experience your wedding day as you should – I want you to be able to truly live in these moments. To create image diversity, I will add in traditional photography as well as creative and artistic photography.

 

How I approach wedding photography

I truly believe that establishing a closer connection with my wedding clients is a key ingredient to creating genuine, emotional storytelling. Photographs are one of the few remaining tangible artifacts from your wedding. Being able to reconnect to those emotions through photography will bring you back to that special place in time, over and over again.

When telling a couple’s story, I believe capturing the details and surroundings are very important. I take time to photograph venue and architectural images along with the smaller details that are often overlooked, but provide context to your wedding day.

Whether you and your guests are in a place of reverence or jubilant celebration, I want to capture those moments in a personal way. While some elements of photography can be subjective – the emotional connections are what will ultimately prevail through time.

 

Timeline planning

Let’s be real – weddings can be overwhelming to plan. There are so many options, so many vendors, so many moving parts – coordinating all of those variables can be so stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! Throughout the planning process, I will be there for you to offer advice and help you construct a wedding day timeline that incorporates all of those important moments, while allowing you time to relax and enjoy your day.

 

Make time for creative photography

If there is anything I would implore – please make ample time for creative photography. Most of your day will be covered in a more photo journalistic and documentary style; I will primarily photograph events as they unfold. To create diversity throughout the day, we will plan several segments dedicated solely to creative photography. Let’s work together throughout the timeline planning process to ensure we have scheduled “alone” time for us to step aside, find a beautiful setting and landscape, and work together to execute creative images that will amaze you.

Your Engagement Session

practice makes perfect

The Engagement Session provides a great opportunity for us to get to know each other before your wedding day. The Engagement Session is complimentary, consider it a gift for booking a wedding with me. Your are not obligated to participate, however I strongly encourage it. Knowing and trusting your photographer is an important key to creating genuine photographs that depict who you are as a couple. It is important to me to develop an authentic connection with my clients.

Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Patterns, bold colors and accessories photograph very well. Feel free to get creative with your wardrobe. While it is great to complement your future spouse in photos, that doesn’t mean that you need to wear matching outfits. If your other half is more comfortable in solid colors, try choosing something with a little texture. Subtle patterns are a great way to add contrast to your images. Be creative, and let your unique personality shine through.

Plan a fun activity! Incorporate a shared interest or hobby into your session. Often times, our pets are our first “children”. I love animals – feel free to bring your pet(s) along for some fun.

And remember, practice makes perfect. Practice your posing and smiles before your session. Trust me, it will make a difference.

Your Wedding Day

preparing for the big day

I will be capturing one of the most important milestones in your new life together – something I take very seriously. Your wedding day will be a day full of emotion…and scrambling to get everything done on time! My best advice on your wedding day? Slow down. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Live in these moments. I know that this is much easier said than done. With so many thoughts racing through your mind, I will help to remind you to slow down, smile and above all – enjoy each and every moment.

As a wedding photographer, it is very important for me to document the day as it is really happening – you’ll find that I will be quietly moving about in the background in some situations, and in other situations I may intervene to lightly pose or direct you.

On your wedding day, things might not go exactly as planned. To keep stress at a minimum, I strongly encourage you to allow for extra time for photography. In the event that tasks run longer than anticipated or that anything “unscheduled” happens, having extra time padded between events will ensure that we will not miss out on photographic opportunities. During the timeline planning process, we will iron out all of the timing details to ensure that you will have peace of mind on your wedding day, rather than scrambling to accommodate any last-minute hiccups.

Wedding Photography Collections

INVESTMENT

THE ESSENTIALS

A thoughtfully curated selection of the most important moments of your wedding day

$1500 for 3 hours of coverage + private gallery + digital images

THE KEEPSAKE

A broader selection of imagery that typically covers moments from major events

$2500 for 5 hours of coverage + engagement session + private gallery + digital images + prints + album

THE HEIRLOOM

A comprehensive collection of images that will fully capture your wedding story

$4000 for 8 hours of coverage + engagement session + private gallery + digital images + prints + album

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How many images will we receive?

For an average 8 hour wedding, I will deliver approximately 300-600 fully edited photographs. This number varies depending on many factors, but I will produce a minimum of 20 images per hour of coverage. Photography is my artwork, so I do not deliver unedited, raw image files. I personally edit and retouch every image before delivering your high resolution files.

When will we receive our wedding images?

Your images will be delivered approximately 8 weeks after your wedding day. Your wedding images will be cherished for a lifetime – a fact I take seriously. I personally edit all of my photographs, and I do take the extra care in making sure what I deliver to you is of the highest quality. I know that waiting for your images to be completed is hard, so I’ll provide ample sneak peeks along the way.

Do you offer professional prints & albums?

Absolutely. Every wedding package includes a high resolution download gallery where you can easily order prints from a professional lab on a variety of paper types and settings. A typical print order will ship within five days from the time your order is submitted. For my fine-art, archival prints, a custom order must be placed via email.

Do you travel?

Yes. Whether you’re eloping or hosting a destination wedding, I would love to travel with you to document your celebration. I love to travel and see new places when I have that elusive free weekend…you can view my travel adventures on my Personal Work page.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes, my photography business is insured. In fact, most wedding venues require this of all vendors.

Will you visit our wedding venue(s) before our wedding day?

Absolutely! I will visit a venue to scout for photogenic areas that we can use on your wedding day. If possible, I love to take my clients along with me so that we can view the area together. I find this practice very helpful and will often view locations at the time we'll actually be there - to get the most accurate sense of the available lighting conditions.

Do you attend rehearsals?

Yes! I strongly prefer to attend wedding rehearsals if my schedule allows. Attending your rehearsal gives me the opportunity to see an overview of your ceremony and reception flow. It also gives me the opportunity to meet your venue vendor team to introduce myself, ask questions, etc. It is also a great opportunity for us to discuss any final wedding timeline details.

Can we add additional hours?

Absolutely. While we will do our best to estimate the hours of photography services needed at the time of contract creation, timelines are fluid and often change. You may wish to have me arrive earlier in the day, or stay longer at the reception. Additional time may be added to your contract in 60 minute intervals billable at my contracted hourly rate.

Do you have a second, associate photographer?

I currently photograph weddings alone, but will often bring an assistant (a non-photographer to assist me with lighting). If desired, a second photographer can be contracted for your wedding day. This service will typically cost an additional $700.00 for the day.

We are unsure of how to pose for photographs. Do you offer direction?

Of course! Most of your wedding day will be photographed in a journalistic approach, but there are moments throughout the day that require direction. I will guide you though various methods of posing; static (still), and fluid (completing a motion or following a prompt). The engagement session is a great time to practice posing. If you book an engagement session with me or have one included in your package, we will practice posing together so that it will come naturally to you on your wedding day.

The Booking Process

What are our next steps?

0 Schedule your consultations
0 Sign contract & submit retainer
0 Plan your engagement session
0 Develop your wedding day timeline
0 WEDDING DAY
0 Images are delivered in 8-10 weeks

Let’s schedule an in-person consultation!

I would love to meet you in person to learn more about yourselves and your wedding day vision. Allow me to treat you to your favorite beverage as we get to know each other. We’ll introduce ourselves, talk wedding day plans, and go over any questions you have.

Let’s schedule an in-person consultation!

I would love to meet you in person to learn more about yourselves and your wedding day vision. Allow me to treat you to your favorite beverage as we get to know each other. We’ll introduce ourselves, talk wedding day plans, and go over any questions you have.

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