Before Booking Your Wedding or Session
How would you describe your photography style?
Documentary, movement-inspired, sincere, warm, timeless, joyful.
I also love highlighting Southern culture and traditions, which is a niche that's laid-back and authentically transparent all in its own. It's farm scenery, stunning state parks, playing in creeks, sweet tea is a required wedding beverage, photos with grandparents are a priority, lovely monograms decorate everything, brides don't mind when their dresses get dirty, cornhole is being played somewhere on site, truck photos are a thing, fireworks are integrated into sessions and weddings, weddings end with Country Roads as everyone sways together, and everyone treats everyone like family. These are my people.
How many weddings do you take per year? Per weekend?
For 2021 I'm taking no more than 10, and no more than one per weekend. When I was selecting a wedding photographer, I remember wanting someone that wasn't shooting weddings every weekend, let alone multiples per weekend, because I felt that my big day would just be another set of files on their computer. I didn't want a photographer burned out or doing the "same old, same old." So I only book a set amount each year so that we can pour into each couple with everything we have. I aim to give an experience my clients deserve: for my ten couples I love to just shower them with genuine love and my full attention.
How many weddings have you photographed?
I've had the honor of being a part of 41 magnificent wedding days, and I eagerly await photographing the special couples who have booked with me for 2022 and beyond!
Is this your full-time job?
Yes and no. This is my career, absolutely, and it's my dream. My first job however is to love and serve God, my husband, friends, & family. So although it's easy to fill my day creating, I've made sure to allocate time for prayer, game nights, cooking fun meals, and giving Andrew my undivided attention during the evenings and free weekends. In years past I allowed myself to be a workaholic so I cut back to more part-time-ish hours for 2021 and moving forward. This also allows me to better serve my clients and give them premium service.
Do you have a second photographer or photograph weddings yourself?
All my wedding collections, aside from my elopement package, include two professional photographers!
How much do you use Photoshop?
I don't! I believe everyone is beautiful the way they are as God made them and my style centers around capturing people as truly themselves. If you are looking for edits including weight adjustments, large tattoo removal, fake skies, altered backgrounds, edited eyes, or other unnatural requests, we might not be a good fit! Although I choose flattering prompts and angles, I'm a photojournalist at heart and I believe in capturing scenes tastefully yet authentically to the moment.
We are newly engaged! When should we book with you?
In my opinion, as soon as you pick a wedding date and book your venue of choice, I should be your next call! Reason being, knowing where you'll be married also helps us calculate any travel expenses upfront so there are no surprise costs.
However, definitely follow YOUR list of priorities and it'll all fall into place perfectly for you. If you're specifically wanting to book with me no matter what (i.e. want to choose a date I have free), then contact me first and I'll share my openings with you! and I'll love you forever because it can't get sweeter than being your #1 vendor priority. *holds my hands to my heart*
How far in advance do we need to book with you?
For weddings, as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment - our wedding season typically fills quickly.
For sessions, I tend to book 3-4 months in advance. I sometimes have a few odd weeknight dates left for last-minute bookings, so it never hurts to check with me.
You always want to have your session about 6-8 weeks before you need the photos, to account for time spent in editing and processing for delivery. Expedited processing may be purchased for rush orders.
Do you travel?
Yes! For weddings, we've been to Alabama, Washington D.C., Virginia, Myrtle Beach, and look forward to many more adventures! This year some unique places we're headed to are Nags Head, North Carolina as well as St. Augustine, Florida! Swoooon. For sessions, I've traveled all over the state and neighboring states. I'll be doing some shoots out west this year that I'm PUMPED for!
How many pictures are included in your session and wedding galleries?
For weddings, usually 75-100 per hour of coverage. For sessions, it really depends on the kind of session and package selected. My smallest portrait session is 20 images currently, but ranges up to 100+.
How do couples receive their photos?
In online galleries and in custom hard back photobooks if requested for purchase! Living in Appalachia, I also have USB thumb drives available for purchase in the event you don't have a secure, strong wifi connection at home to download large files in bulk.
Can we request a specific list of shots we would like for our session or wedding?
It depends on the kind. Wonderful requests are, "At every family wedding we get THIS crazy family photo!" and "I'd like to bring this ___ to my session to get photos with it because it really represents me," as well as "can I bring my pet," and "a photo with our exquisite chapel ceiling is really important to me," and "I'd like a 'pinky promise' picture!"-- and so on.
Overall, I enjoy being creative and making unique narrative galleries, and I love when you have fun ideas to do off the top of your head. I feel those opportunities are dampened when I am asked to directly copy Instagram and Pinterest photos and poses rather than stick to my personal approach. You are unique and deserve photos that are tailored to YOU! Always select an artist who has galleries with the kinds of images you'd like to be delivered to you.
How much is due to book? Do you offer payment plans?
For sessions, the season and type of shoot you book will determine if a percentage of it is due upfront to reserve your date. For weddings and events, a down payment is required to reserve your date. I do offer payment plans for weddings!
I want you for our wedding and love the photos on your site, but may I see a full wedding gallery?
When you send me a message through this site, I will email you not only my packages but also recent wedding galleries for you to peruse through to see how I create images throughout all sorts of lighting situations and locations!
We love your work! How do we book you?
Oh YYYYYAAAAAYYY !! I'll be happy dancing once I hear this from you! 100% guarantee. Send me a message in the contact tab! I can't wait!
What kind of photography is your favorite?
My three favorite elements in photography are raw & emotive photojournalism, love, and Jesus. There are a few niches that allow me to focus on these things:
WEDDINGS - God brings a couple together and we celebrate their love with a joyous party or serene elopement;
BIRTHS - God forms new life from this love and we celebrate the journey & victory in the miracle of childbirth;
WORSHIP NIGHTS - We come together as a Church to worship our Creator and I photograph expressions of love & surrender to our King.
What's your mission statement?
It's my prayer that everyone who works with me can see how beautiful and loved they are by God, who created us all so uniquely and with such intentionality. I'm here to show you how beautiful your life is through others' eyes. I pray that you will feel and know that you're cherished as we hang out together and I create meaningful photographs for you!
After we book, what happens next? How does this work?
After we have your date reserved, for weddings we schedule your engagement shoot, work together on your itinerary, and prepare for your big day! For sessions, after booking we keep our eye out for the weather and I help with any outfit questions you have.
What happens if we have unfavorable weather?
For sessions, I wait until the night before or morning of to call off a session. In WV the forecast can be rather unreliable until that point. If it looks like it'll definitely be bad weather, I provide dates to which you can reschedule. There is no fee for rescheduling shoots I call off due to poor conditions.
For weddings, we try to do all we can indoors but I have a clear umbrella always packed for a few outdoor portraits if the couple is willing to go for it.
When do we make our wedding day timeline?
About 3-4 weeks out from your wedding day, or 1-2 weeks out if requested. Some like to plan, some get stressed if it's too far out in advance or details aren't settled. Either way, we wait until this timeframe simply because with all the madness around the world, I've found things will likely change up until this time.
Do you need a vendor meal?
If you are having a 6-hour wedding or longer, during your reception both of us professional photographers will need a meal. We understand that those costs can add up, so if a meal is not offered to us then we go offsite for 45 minutes. We either need to receive our meal directly following the wedding party or leave for a meal at this time so we can be ready to continue documenting once reception activities resume!
What if we need to cancel/reschedule?
For a session, if you need to cancel or reschedule, you can do so. But for your new date or the next time you wish to schedule a session, 50% of the package chosen will be due upfront to book and will be nonrefundable.
Should you cancel, change, or postpone your wedding contract with more than 30 days prior to your wedding, 20% of the money from your wedding package total remains nonrefundable, it being the agreed loss I suffer from that date being cancelled. If you cancel within 30 days of your wedding, 60% of your package total is nonrefundable, it being the loss I suffer due to cancellation.
If you reschedule your wedding day, your original contract will be filed as a cancellation. If I have your new date available for booking, I'll send you my current wedding packages to rebook with us for your new date. A new deposit will be required to book your new date. You'll receive credit for the money you already paid which can be applied to your new booking within one year of the rescheduling. If I don't have your date available, I'll refund you according to my cancellation policy.
What happens if you suddenly cannot come?
If I suddenly cannot make it to your session, you can either choose to be refunded for any money paid or to be sent dates to reschedule your session. This is very unlikely and would definitely be a bummer if it happens, but sometimes acts of God take place and there's nothing we can do.
I have never missed a wedding, but if I cannot make it for some dire reason, Lord forbid, I will immediately book a replacement photographer that has my same shooting style to come shoot with the other professional photographer already scheduled to shoot your wedding. Upon confirmation that they can step in, I will give you the options to either carry on as planned or be fully refunded (including your deposit) if you want to cancel your contract as a result of my absence.
In the event both myself and the other photographer scheduled for your wedding cannot make it, and no replacements can be found, I will return every cent you paid me.
After the Wedding or Session
How long until we receive the gallery?
For all my work, my turnaround time is typically 6-8 weeks depending on the season. Summer and fall are very busy but don't worry, I make sure to send sneak peeks for weddings!
Will I have full rights to the pictures?
As an artist, I retain the copyrights to my artwork. When you book your wedding, event, or session with me, I retain full copyrights internationally and at all times, as well as the authority to share my work on any medium. I love sharing my projects with the world. (though I must admit, I'm terrible at keeping my socials updated!)
In return, I give my clients the right to print and post images online for all personal use, provided they credit me and don't alter the photos.
However, if you are in a scenario in which your photos cannot be shared online, definitely chat with me. I'll always respect your wishes.
Do I have to order prints through you?
I give you rights to print photos yourself for personal use, but I love when couples request to have me print their favorite images for them. It certainly guarantees premium quality!
How long does my gallery remain active?
For sessions and events, 1 year. For weddings, 2-10 years depending on the package you select. However you always want to download your images as soon as you can, because as soon as my email hits your inbox, they're in your hands to protect!
Can we order an album even if we didn't purchase one upfront?
Of course! I'd love love love to create one for you. There's only one way to truly enjoy your images, and that's off the screen. Through print is when they become magical -- something about holding a beautiful moment tangibly in your hands... ahhhh, *chef's kiss.*
How to Know We're a Great Fit
You trust me.
You know that I will take good care of you, treat you as my own family, and do my job well as a professional in my craft. You fully trust leaving your wedding or session in my hands both with the flow of the day and preserving your memories.
You trust me as a member of your wedding team and know I'll give your photos my ALL.
Fun fact: Your trust in me also ends up impacting your satisfaction with your final gallery as well -- trusting me means you know that your images were carefully taken, selected, and designed all with intention and to perfectly tell your story.
My style is your aesthetic.
I focus on making images timeless and clean with a pop of contrast. My style is your aesthetic if you enjoy the movement, coloration, spontaneity, and joy on which I focus in my images with occasional dramatic black and white shots. We're a great fit if you want to see your own memories preserved and displayed with my style.
You feel comfortable with my personality.
We'll be a great fit if you feel a connection to my heart and way of doing things. If you feel that we could be good friends as you look over my site, it's likely we will be! This is very important -- at your session or wedding I'll follow you around even more than your maid of honor or best man or BFF, so you need to be comfortable with me!
If you enjoy someone being sometimes VERY excited for you (think personal cheerleader), then you'll love working with me -- I'm the very opposite of a cool and collected photographer and love cherishing my people. I enter into weddings and sessions with my heart.
My site gets you excited!
This space I've created should get you pumped and inspire you to dream of what your own photos will be like told with my artistic eye and heart for you!