Frequently Asked Questions
Did you go to school for photography? No, I am completely self-taught.
How long have you been in business? I have been shooting since I was a teenager in high school. I shot my first wedding in 2011.
Is photography your full time job? Yes! My husband and I own a coffeeshop but running my own business keeps me busy!
How much do you charge for a wedding? My wedding photography pricing currently starts at $2,100 for an eight hour wedding. I raise my prices each season to keep up with demand and maintaining the best equipment to better serve my clients. To secure my current prices you must sign a contract and pay a retainer. For full wedding pricing information please email me and I can send you my full wedding collection info.
Why do you charge what you charge? I love getting and answering this question! Running your own business is expensive and there are a lot of hidden costs. A typical wedding collection booking requires this much work:
2-3 hours consulting with client via email, phone calls and in-person consults through the whole process, which is usually 18-12 months long
1 1/2 hours shooting engagement session
2 hours editing engagement session
1 hour drafting contracts, creating personalized gifts, ordering drives, mailing packages, all of the "extra" admin stuff
1-2 hours driving to and scouting locations for engagements and wedding day
8-12 hours shooting the wedding
15-25 hours hand-editing wedding gallery
Additionally, there are other larger costs that I incur for all my wedding clients, no matter how big or small the wedding or length of booking, such as:
Maintenance and repair of all of my equipment
Maintaining liability insurance
Paying for client's gallery to be hosted
Paying for and maintaining my website
Paying for all the subscriptions and services that keep my business afloat--my phone bill, internet, editing suites, cloud hosting, the list goes on!
Wear and tear on my car
Gas to get to shoot locations
How much is a retainer for a wedding? I require 50% of the total cost of the wedding collection to be paid at time of hire.
What is an elopement? An elopement can look like many different things. But at it's core, an elopement is a bride and a groom, getting married alone or perhaps 20 people max and a photographer. It's simple, sincere and it's all about your love and some great photos.
Do you offer discounts for non-weekend weddings/elopements? Yes, I do! I’d love to talk with you about your non-weekend wedding/elopement and create a custom quote based on your needs. Due to the rising demand of Friday and Sunday weddings I do not offer discounts for them any longer. Your wedding/elopement must be Monday-Thursday to receive a discount.
Do you offer discounts for weddings that are in the "off-season"? No. It costs me the same amount of money and labor to shoot your wedding in June as it does in January.
How do you feel about shooting engagements and weddings on holidays? All depends which holiday. Send me an email and let's talk about it.
Do you travel? Yes. I’m a traveler. That’s what I do.
Do you offer discounts for destination weddings? Yes, I do. Email me with your date and destinations wedding location and I'll create a custom quote for you based on your specific needs.
Have you ever shot international weddings? Yes, some of my first weddings ever were in Norway actually!
What sort of travel compensation do you require? If your wedding is within a 3 hour drive for me, there is no travel cost. For weddings that are further than 3 hours for me drive, I require flight cost, and/or mileage and parking compensation as well as two nights stay in a hotel. This can range from $300-700 in additional cost. This applies for weddings in the USA.
Do you offer prints? Yes. I have a professional lab partner that I adore and you can order through your session/wedding gallery when it is delivered.
Do you offer print releases and digital downloads? All of my sessions include digital delivery and download. All of my weddings include a custom USB flash drive.
What is a print release? A print release is a document I give to you that will allow you to legally print and reproduce your images for personal purposes. That document is not permission to edit your images in any way.
Can I purchase a flash drive of my portrait session? Yes, you can. It costs $50.
Hey, you take nice photos. What kind of camera do you use? I have quite a few cameras that I rotate shooting on but my chosen brand is Nikon.
Can I have my RAW or unedited files from you? I'd like to edit them myself. The short answer is, no. A better answer is that yes, while I'm a whiz with a camera and you pay me for my technical skill and artistic eye, you are equally paying for my specific style and brand which really comes through in how I carefully hand-edit your images and I never want to give that up or stop delivering that consistent quality to all of my wonderful clients. Once I shoot a wedding, I consider my work only half done! Meticulously culling, curating and editing your wedding is an essential part of who I am and I'm proud to say that when I'm hired, each and every one of my client's images from first conception to final exporting have my personal touch on them. It's all about the love! With that in mind, I will never give out or sell my RAW files.
It's nice that you do wedding photography. But what about other stuff, like senior sessions, newborn photography, family sessions, etc.? I specialize in couples and weddings, yes, but I am a creative who loves to capture all sorts of people at all times of life. With that being said, I am not a specialized studio photographer and I have limited availability for non-wedding work so please send me an inquiry of your lifestyle session needs right away so we can get you on the schedule. My style, no matter if it's a session for families, a senior, kids or newborn will always be natural and authentic and I always want to make sure that my client is happy with the final product so I like to say a few disclaimers: I don't do lots of props. I don't photoshop natural things out of your images. I don't do posed. I give you the best possible version of yourself, rendered by my artistic eye. After considering all of this info, please send me an email and we'll see if we're a part of the same tribe. :)
Do you have a studio space? No, I am an on-location photographer.
Are you a registered LLC., Sole Proprietorship, Corp, etc? My business is a registered LLC. with the state of Iowa.