Wondering what to ask your wedding photographer?

 

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Where are you located?

Short answer: I am based out of Ottawa, Canada. It is where I planted roots for my business. And I am usually there for six months of the year.

 

At the moment, my babe and I spend our winters in Colombia, South America! We were dreaming of living here for years. We finally made it happen in 2018.

Will you travel for weddings?

Is that even a question? Girrrrl, you bet! I’ve travelled to over 50 countries. And I have photographed couples in 15 of them. I’m no stranger to long road trips and airplane naps. Whether you live in a remote corner of Ontario or Timbuktu, I’ll hop over to wherever you are.

 

You can click here to check out my upcoming travel dates. See if our calendars line up, or add a new destination to it!

How does this work? We've never hired a photographer before.

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. 

 

WHAT’S FIRST?

 

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 non-refundable retainer and signed contract from you (more info on that below). And then: we celebrate!

 

AND THEN WHAT?

 

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 will answer any questions you have. 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!

What if our budget is lower than your pricing?

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. And still allows me to pay my own bills and keep my small business profitable!

 

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, well heck – get in touch! Let’s just chat and see what we can make happen!

Do we need a second photographer?

Most weddings I photograph do not require two photographers. I would recommend booking a second photographer for two reasons. First, if you have more than 200 guests. Or second. If you have a complicated schedule that requires photos in more than one place at a time.

 

If you’re still unsure if you need a second photographer or not, write me! Let’s set up a time to chat and I can help figure out what will work best for your wedding!

When + how do we get our photos after the wedding?

My wedding contract states you will get your photos in 8 weeks (max), but I work my butt off to get them to you as soon as humanly possible. This past year, my average processing time was only 3-4 weeks. 

 

Once your photos are ready, I’ll email you a link to a private online gallery where you can view and download all of the final digital images in high resolution. You can also share this link with your family, friends, and guests for everyone to enjoy.

Can you send us some teasers?

Oh heck yeah, I know you’re excited to see them! I always send a few teasers to you within the first week of your wedding. I also try to post a teaser or two on social media (but I will never do so without making sure this is okay with you first – I take privacy very seriously)!

How do we book you as our photographer?

To book me as your wedding photographer and secure your date, there are two things I will need from you:

 

-a $1000 retainer fee

-a signed wedding contract

 

To keep things fair, I work on a first come, first served basis. Once the contract is signed + the retainer fee is paid, the date is set and I’m all yours! Woo hoo!

When should we book you?

The sooner the better (obviously). I typically book between 1-2 years out, but never hesitate to get in touch and ask about my availability – even for last minute bookings!

How does the payment work?

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 payment 4 months before the wedding, and the last payment one month before the wedding!

 

*You can pay the remaining balance at any time leading up to the due date, and I’m also cool to set up a different payment plan that suits your schedule. 

 

For payment methods, I accept e-transfers, direct deposit bank transfers, or credit cards.

Can we upgrade after we signed a contract?

Oh heck yes.

 

This is why I have a flat $1000 fee as my retainer: so it’s easy for you to book me in (and have peace of mind that I’ll be there on your wedding day), and give you plenty of time to figure out which package works best for you! If you originally book me for a half day and later realize you need more hours, it’s no problem at all to upgrade!

Can we pay you in cash?

If you want to pay the full price plus taxes in cash – sure thing!

 

But if you’re looking to pay cash under the table to avoid taxes, sorry. I just cannot do that. I’ve worked hard to make my business professional and sustainable. And taxes will always be part of that!

Is the retainer fee included in the price?

You bet it is! The $1000 retainer fee is a non-refundable deposit. And will be deducted from your total balance! Easy peasy.

Are taxes included in your prices?

Taxes are not included in the price and will be calculated on top of whichever package you choose. I charge 13% HST. Just like the CRA tells me to.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding?

Hire. 👏 Professional. 👏 Vendors. 👏

 

You only get one shot at this. So you want to do it right! Hiring professionals who can manage themselves AND the job they’ve been hired to do ensures you won’t have to worry about it. And I’m talking about people with real life, could-write-a-book-on-all-the-shit-they’ve-seen, professionals. If you need any help selecting reputable vendors who can do their job, let me know. I’ve got one helluva list for you!

Can we be best friends?

Oh heck yeah! We already are boo.

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What to ask your wedding photographer