Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I BOOK MY DATE?​
I require a signed contract and non-refundable retainer fee to book the date for all weddings and portrait sessions. Beginning in Fall 2020, we officially have paperless contracts, and retainers that can be paid via Stripe. Following our consultation, the contract and invoice are emailed and must be completed on receipt, unless otherwise arranged.

DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
Yes, I do! After the non-refundable retainer fee is paid, you can pay as much as you like per month or pay the balance in full. There is not a set payment amount, however the total balance is due in full 4 weeks before the wedding date and prior to all portrait sessions. Payments or balance can be made electronically via Venmo, or by check. There is a $50 fee for all returned checks.

WHAT IS A FULL DAY OF COVERAGE?
Want to make sure you don't miss a moment? Full day wedding coverage is definitely for you! Depending on your wedding day timeline, we will be there when you are getting ready before the ceremony until 30-minutes into open dancing at the reception (max 12 hours).

DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES?
Currently, we don't. But my assistant photographer / husband is extremely enthusiastic about adding that to SJ Weddings and as an a la carte option! You might see us grabbing short video clips during weddings or sessions in our hopes to someday soon offer videography services. Meanwhile, I do know some pretty amazing videographers if you're wanting to hire one.

WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK?
I encourage brides to get in touch with (and book!) your desired photographer as soon as possible so you don't miss out on who you want. That goes for all vendors really, book as soon as you can! Senior sessions are often booked during junior year. I recommend booking The Senior Experience (which includes a junior year session) by sophomore year! Family sessions are much more flexible, but I always tell potential clients to book as soon as they can! Whatever the occasion, touch base with me as soon as possible!

WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
Portrait sessions are generally delivered within 2-3 weeks. Due to the depth of wedding photography, I allow for at least 8 weeks. But stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks! **SJ Couples: it's been my goal to text a small preview of your wedding images to you within 24 hours of leaving the reception. You know, while everyone is still excited from how fun and pretty your wedding was!**

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I GET?
Weddings average 25-35 images per hour, but this number also depends on the details and size of your wedding. If your wedding package includes a second shooter then that adds additional images as well! Portrait sessions include 50-150 images depending on the type of session and the size of your group and session.

DO YOU TRAVEL?
If you are planning a destination wedding or aren't local, please don't let that deter you from chatting with me. I absolutely love to travel and it would be a thrill to work with you wherever you are headed or would like me to go! I travel up to 30 miles for weddings and sessions. Travel fees and / or housing arrangements may have to be made for further travel, destination sessions or late wedding and receptions. Ask me about my bucket list destination locations!


WHAT IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE OUR WEDDING / SESSION DATE?
The retainer is non-refundable in the event of a cancelation, however I am more than happy to transfer your contract and retainer to a new date if one is available. In the event of a postponement or rescheduled wedding, retainer and any paid balance can be put towards a new date. Additional price adjustments may be applied.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR PORTRAIT / ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Lucky you, this is not a problem at all! Here's a link to my latest style blog and since I do this a lot, you're welcome you to consult with me if you still aren't sure! I love helping my clients look and feel their best and want them to be confident during the session!

HOW CAN I GET PRINTS OR PRINT PRODUCTS?
I'm so glad you asked! I started offering gorgeous, professional gloss prints in Spring 2018. You are not required to purchase prints or products from me, but I'll tell you it's worth the investment! I am working on canvas and album options as well! You can download the print product list HERE!

I NEED HELP FINDING VENDORS, DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS?
Absolutely! I'm all about helping out businesses I've worked with and people I know are the best! Check out my Preferred Vendor list HERE!