Frequently Asked Questions
It's not every day that you're planning a wedding, so we know you must have a ton of questions about all sorts of things! We've tried to create a list of the ones we get asked most frequently, but if there's something else you're wondering about, feel free to shoot us a message through our contact form!
How much do you charge?
Our wedding collections can range anywhere from $2350 to $3650+. It really depends on each couple, but we try to balance your wedding day needs with your budget to find a collection that you can be excited about! Our collections go by hourly coverage, and they all include a complimentary engagement session.
Can I opt out of the engagement session to save some money?
We cannot stress enough that we highly recommend an engagement session. It allows us a chance to get to know each other better, and we get to see how the two of you interact with each other. It also helps you to get more comfortable in front of the camera, to see which poses you love, and which ones you might not like. We have done weddings with and without an engagement session, and portraits definitely go more smoothly when the couple has had an engagement session. This is because we've essentially had a training session with them - they have a better idea what we would like them to do when we direct them, and we already know which poses they look best in! Because we're so passionate about engagement sessions, we do not offer a discount to remove them from a collection.
How would you describe your shooting style?
There are essentially two portions of the wedding day - documentary and portraits. For the documentary portions - like getting ready, the ceremony, and reception - we do our best to stay in the background and simply observe and capture what is happening. For getting ready photos, sometimes we'll pause to move some clutter, or ask the bride to move where the light is the best when she's going to get her dress on, but we'll generally try not to interfere. For family portraits, we stick to a shot list that we have you fill out, and if a second shooter is present, they'll try to get some candids as well. For Bride & Groom/bridal party portraits, we like to say that our shooting style is 'directed candid'. We don't make you just stand there and figure out what to do with yourself, or your hands. We will give you actions, movements and other directions that give portraits a candid look. This allows us to capture both our vision and your real emotions and personalities on your wedding day. We do of course make sure that we get some classic posed portraits - those are the ones the parents and grandparents usually want! This style applies to our engagement sessions as well.
Will you help me with my timeline?
Of course! We've been a part of quite a few weddings (Over 60, actually!), so we have a pretty good idea how long things generally take, and how much time you should schedule for each event! As a general rule, we recommend to schedule a half hour for family portraits, and two hours for bridal party portraits.
Should I do a first look?
This is an entirely personal choice! Some people love the idea of the first look being as the bride walks down the aisle. It can be so magical and emotional! Others prefer to have a private moment with their love, just the two of them! For my own wedding, I opted for the first look for a couple reasons. First, I know that I don't do well with being the centre of attention, so a first look helped me to relax and just enjoy being with my hubby-to-be for a few hours before we had to stand up in front of everyone. Second, it was nice for our guests that we had a later ceremony (we were married on a Friday), and reception to follow, with no waiting around for photos! Either option has it's benefits, so if you have your heart set on seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle, don't let anyone convince you otherwise!
Do you travel?
We are definitely open to travelling, whether that be somewhere in BC, or internationally! Be sure to include details with your inquiry so we can provide an accurate quote!
How long will it take to receive my photos?
For regular sessions, we try to deliver in under two weeks, but if we're in the middle of a really busy time, we'll let you know that it might take juuust a little longer! For weddings, it's very dependent on the time of year. During our busy season it can take 4-6 weeks, because we're editing 4 or 5 weddings at a time! In the off season, we usually deliver in under a month. Our contract states up to 6 weeks for delivery, just in case something out of our control comes up! The most exciting thing for us is your reaction to seeing your wedding gallery, so we're always working towards getting it to you as soon as possible!
How do you deliver my photos?
We deliver all our photos via online gallery. We love this method of delivery because you can't lose a link like you might a USB stick! We will send you the link by email, and then you can download all your photos or share them with as many people as you'd like in just a few clicks!
How many photos will I receive?
For engagement sessions you will receive 50+ images. Since every wedding is different, we never guarantee a set number of images. For example, a 4 hour wedding is usually has a lot going on in a short period of time, so we might deliver almost as many photos for 4 hours as we would for a 6 hour wedding that maybe has a bit more driving time, or just more down time in general. Ceremonies and portraits are very photo heavy portions of the day, while getting ready or just candid shots are a lot more relaxed! Basically we deliver everything that turns out - just no blinkers, out of focus shots, test shots, or identical duplicates!
How do you protect my photos?
Before we even take a single photo, we make sure that we have backups for all our gear and cards - It's your wedding day. so we leave nothing to chance! Our cameras are professional models that have 2 card slots. Each photo is written on both cards, so there's always a backup in case a card corrupts. When we get home from the wedding, no matter how late it is, we upload all the photos onto an external hard drive. A copy of those photos is automatically uploaded to an online storage service, and then we keep a copy on our computer as well, until the gallery has been delivered. A month after the gallery has been delivered, we delete all the reject photos, but keep the finished files on our external hard drive. That being said, once photos are delivered, we can't guarantee that we will always have them on file, so it's very important for you to backup your own wedding photos as well!
What gear do you shoot with?
We shoot with 2 Nikon D750 camera bodies, various Nikon lenses (our fave is our 85mm f/1.8 lens), and have a D600 as a backup. We also have an assortment of flashes and modifiers, but primarily use natural light.
I want to book, how do I start the process?
If you fill out our contact form (you can find it on the wedding experience page, or a link to it in the first paragraph on this page), we'll get back to you as quickly as possible with full details on collections and pricing. Once you decide you'd like to book, we'll send over a booking form where you'll make your selections, sign your contact, and view your invoice. We require a $500 retainer to hold your date, another $500 9 months before your wedding, and then the remainder of your balance 30 days before the wedding. We also offer payment plans by request.