Frequently Asked Questions
I am based out of Ottawa, Canada, but frequently travel across Canada and around the world for wedding days.
Absolutely. Wherever your love brings you, I’ll be there. I’ve photographed weddings from Jamaica to Iceland to Barbados, all the way to Tuscany and Denmark. This winter I’m booked to shoot weddings in New Zealand and Mexico. I’ve also captured weddings across Canada spanning from Vancouver Island to Cape Breton Island and everything in between. I’m no stranger to long road trips and airport layovers. Whether you live in a remote corner of Ontario or Timbuktu, I’m happy to hop over to wherever you are.
For weddings within the Ottawa area: I do not charge travel fees.
For weddings outside of Ottawa (but still within Ontario or Quebec): I simply charge the cost of driving (with the CRA kilometre rate) to wherever I’m going, as well as 2 nights accommodation if it’s further than 1.5 hours from Ottawa.
And for anything beyond those provincial boundaries: I charge the cost of a return flight, 3 nights accommodation, and 3 days of rental car.
No. My time and talent are just as valuable overseas as they are in Canada. For every wedding, near or far, I charge the same amount, in $CAD. For any wedding past 1.5 hours driving from Ottawa, I also charge travel fees. I do not offer discounts out of respect to my clients who pay full price.
People often don’t realize this until after they’re married. But your photographer is the one person you spend the most time with on your wedding day. So it’s pretty important you choose a photographer you trust. Someone who you can feel 100% comfortable with. The best way to figure out if we’re a great fit is to reach out to me. Write me an email, and let’s set up a time to chat. This can either be in person, or over video chat if I’m out of the country.
If you decide you want to book me as your wedding photographer, I’ll need two things.
- a $1000 non-refundable retainer
- a signed contract from you (more info on that below). And then: we celebrate!
From that point forward, I am with you every step of the way. I’ll offer my guidance and support in any way I can. I can help you find other vendors who will help bring your dream day to life. And I most definitely will get over-the-moon excited when you send me photos of your dress!! Why? Because that is the type of relationship I love having with my couples! The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can be friends!
First off, my pricing packages are not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. So I’d never want to turn away an incredible couple based on their budget. That’s why it’s so important for us to get in contact with one another. So I can listen to what you are actually looking for and suggest ways for us to move forward and work together! There’s a good chance we can find a solution that works for both of us, like reducing my coverage time or sending one of my team members instead. There are many ways we can work together that gives you the photos you want, and still allows me to pay my own bills and keep my small business afloat!
Bottom line: I truly love what I do and want to make it work with anyone who values what I have to offer. Or anyone who appreciates my time and effort. If that sounds like you, get in touch! Let’s just chat and see what we can make happen.
Short answer: no. The reason I include two photographers with every package is because it allows me to do my best work and uphold my promise to deliver two things to my clients: 1. the highest quality photographs, and 2. an exceptional client experience.
To give a little context: I’ve been a wedding photographer for a long time, and at the beginning of my career I shot 99% of my weddings solo. But over the years, I encountered too many situations where I felt like my work (and opportunity for exceeding client expectations) was at risk of being compromised for things out of my control. For example; timeline delays; last minute family grouping additions; speeches running overtime, etc. I never want my clients’ photographs or experience to be compromised in any way! To ensure this, I always bring a second photographer with me on any given wedding day, so no memories are compromised.
As you’ve hopefully noticed, I’m a little less traditional than your average Ottawa wedding photographer. I invest a lot of time into getting to know each and every one of my clients. With that said, I am confident enough in my processes and experience that I truly don’t feel like I need to include an engagement session in my package in order to capture who you truly are on your wedding day. There are many touch points I have with you in our journey together to do that in a more genuine way.
Besides that, your experience having your photos taken during an engagement session versus on your wedding day could not be more different. And I wouldn’t want you walking away from our engagement session expecting that to be what your wedding day will feel like. For example. During an engagement session, it can feel awkward for you having the camera clearly fixated on you, and only you, the whole time. But during your wedding day, it’s my hope you won’t even notice me blending in with your guests, capturing all of the moments unfolding around you.
With that said, I am a big believer in using engagement sessions to get beautiful photographs of you two in this stage of your life! I just wouldn’t recommend it if your only reasoning for doing it is to a) get to know your photographer, or b) practice getting your photo taken!
Since I know (from personal experience) just how hard it is to wait for photos, I work double time to get them to you ASAP. You can expect a highlight gallery within one week of your wedding, and the final gallery less than 2 months later. These will be delivered to you in high resolution via an online gallery, and you can share the link with your family and friends so they can view and download them all too. Easy peasy!
To book me as your wedding photographer and secure your date, there are two things I will need from you: a $1000 (non-refundable) retainer fee and a signed wedding contract. To keep things fair, I work on a first-come first-served basis. Once the contract is signed and the retainer fee is paid, the date is set and I’m all yours! Woo hoo!
The retainer fee ($1000) is paid at the time of booking to reserve your date. The remaining balance is split into two equal payments: one 4 months before the wedding, and the other 1 month before. For payment methods, I accept credit cards, e-transfers, or direct deposit bank transfers.
I thought you’d never ask. But to answer your question: YES! I am a firm believer that wedding days are a team sport, and that every vendor involved contributes their own expertise while collaborating towards to our shared clients’ overall experience. As photography and videography often run with parallel objectives throughout a wedding day (and that is telling the story of your day) it is important they mesh well together. That being said, our Ottawa industry has some incredible videography talent and I’ve been lucky to work alongside some incredible companies. Here’s what a couple of them have to say:
“If you’re in search of a wedding photographer, I would highly recommend booking Lauren! She is so talented and such a wonderful human. I can’t wait to work with you again! See you soon :)” – Jinbon Lau from Films by Jinbon
“Lauren is sunshine in human form: she’s warm, incredibly kind, and always makes you feel like the most important person in the room. As a wedding videographer, I instantly picked up on this energy during our first shoot together and have been a raving Lauren fan ever since! On wedding days, the relationship between a photographer and a videographer can make or break a client’s experience. The collaboration and communication skills required for this dynamic to be successful are rare and hard to come by. Having worked with Lauren and her associates several times now, I can say with complete confidence that she and her team are experts at working collaboratively with us videographers so that our shared clients receive photos and videos that they will absolutely love. Lauren is also fiercely passionate about creating an inclusive, safe space for all couples. As someone who also values this, I cannot put into words just how refreshing it is to see a fellow wedding vendor lead by example and intentionally create a business where people of all backgrounds feel welcome. Lauren pours her heart and soul into every project she takes on, and consistently delivers magazine-worthy photos to her clients. If her 60+ Google reviews are any indication, she is experienced, knowledgeable, and has crafted an out-of-this-world photography experience for her couples. Lauren has without a doubt earned her spot as a leader in Ottawa’s wedding industry, and I will always recommend her to my wedding videography clients!” – Natasha Cloutier from Dear Darling Films
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