Frequently asked questions
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I've been shooting weddings for 15 years. I've lost count on the number of weddings I've shot (usually about 35-40 per year), but I know they've all added something wonderful and unique to my portfolio and expertise. I've been a photographer ever since I can remember. I studied photography throughout high school, community college and at the University of Oregon.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use professional Nikon cameras, flashes and lenses.
Will you bring lighting to our engagement session/wedding?
No, I rely on natural light as much as possible. I just don't prefer the harsh look of artificial light. Of course, I do use a flash when necessary, but I don't feel that studio lighting is necessary or beneficial for wedding photography.
Should we (the bride & groom) plan to see each other before the ceremony?
This is something that's completely up to you. I completely understand the tradition of the groom seeing his bride for the first time as she's walking down the isle. However, if you do decide to see each other before, we will arrange a beautiful location for a "first look" photo session. We can then proceed to shoot family and wedding party formals before the ceremony begins. Doing so will give you more time after their ceremony to greet guests and begin enjoying your reception. Some brides and grooms have mentioned that seeing each other before the ceremony helped calm their nerves. Yet, some feel that taking away that moment at the altar is just not worth it. So, talk it over with your fiance and find what works best for both of you.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept payments through PayPal and Venmo.
When/where should we meet for our engagement session?
I recommend shooting your engagement session about 3-4 months before the wedding. Of course, it depends largely on how you plan to use the engagement photos. If you wish to include them in save-the-date cards, you might want to shoot the session a little earlier. The location depends on you as a couple. Do you prefer an outdoor/nature setting, a downtown/urban feel or an upscale hotel/indoor feel? There are a number of wonderful locations that work wonderfully to speak to who you are as a couple.
Where are you located?
I'm located in Eugene, OR. I'm happy to travel throughout Oregon, Washington and Southern California with no additional travel fees.
Have any additional questions?
Please contact me! I'm always happy to answer any questions. Thank you!