WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? Our work can be described in many ways, but we prefer to think of it as "creative wedding reportage with a sense of fashion". Our images reflect our love of clean composition, beautiful light, and helping you to look naturally gorgeous! We document your day by capturing real emotions of actual moments while adding our artistic perspective to each shot. We will also spend some time with the bridal party and the family to take few traditional photos.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER? Long answer: I (Justin) learned film photography in college a really long time ago, and have been in love with photography ever since. In 2002, I became a professional portrait photographer. Shortly after that, I began assisting other experienced professional wedding photographers. In 2004, I photographed my first wedding as a professional working under my own name. Basically, I’ve been a professional working artist for 15 years and a wedding photographer for 14 years. Beth went to school for graphic design, so she has an exceptional art background. She picked up a camera about 8 years ago and has been shooting weddings with me for the past 6 years.
IS THIS YOUR "REAL" JOB? Yes, we support ourselves entirely with our photography. That means we can devote ourselves to our clients and our work without having to schedule ourselves around other jobs.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES? Commissions for weddings depend on wedding location and availability. Our wedding packages start at $2500.
WHAT DO YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGES INCLUDE? All of our wedding photography packages include two photographers, a complimentary “get to know you” photo session, capturing your day from the end of your hair/makeup through the last major event of the reception, and delivery of high resolution professionally edited digital files via digital download or on a flash drive. Other available options are wedding albums, custom graphic design, prints, thank you cards, gallery wraps, acrylic and metal prints and more. Feel free to ask for more details or challenge us to make something new. We love a challenge.
"I'VE ALREADY HAD ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS DONE, CAN I FOREGO THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION AND SAVE MONEY?" Do a Google search for “Why should we take engagement photos?” and the first thing you’ll see sites like The Knot and InStyle say: “You should do an engagement session because it gives you a chance to know your photographer.”
To quote The Knot: “Establishing a relationship with your photographer before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding photos. Spend about an hour or two getting to know your pro, listening to them, having fun with them, and then get photographed. They'll take note of how you interact with each other, your individual personalities and even your quirks. These details will help them capture moments on the wedding day that are unique to just the two of you.”
InStyle: "You want the peace of mind that your photographer is on the same page with you stylistically and can creatively capture the chemistry between the two of you.”
And Inside Weddings says it this way: “It is an opportunity for you to be photographed prior to your wedding, and get to know your photographer and see images of yourselves before the wedding day. The photographer you hired to capture your wedding images should be the same individual who shoots your engagement photographs. The idea is to build rapport and feel comfortable with the person taking your wedding photographs.”
Doing an engagement shoot allows us a chance to get to know our clients, their love story, their sense of style, and what makes them tick. We get to work with them to get them comfortable in front of the camera. And we get to build a trust with them by showing them beautiful photos of themselves, not just strangers on an online gallery. That is what the engagement shoot is for us: a chance to really get to know our clients and develop a rapport before their big day.
Weddings are personal for us. Some of our best friends started as clients. And we started getting to know them during their engagement shoot. Sure, we can help you plan a timeline over email and then come in and capture your event in a completely satisfactory way. We’re professionals. But we learned a long time ago that things go much smoother when we have taken the time to establish a relationship before the day of the wedding. That is why our engagement sessions are complimentary. We feel so strongly about getting to work with our clients before their weddings that we give the session away, and the prices of our packages don’t change if people decide not to use it.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET? We take as many images as we think are required to capture the events and record the emotions during each wedding day. Like a book cannot be constrained within a certain number of pages in order to tell the real story and communicate the author’s ideas completely, a wedding cannot be measured by the number of images it produces. The number of photographs taken depends on many things: the number of guests, length of the event, hours of dancing, amount of special happenings planned, and so forth. Unfortunately, that means we can’t give you a fixed number. But we do promise to supply each and every one of our couples with enough images to tell the story of their unique day. We also provide every other image that we shot that is a good, usable image of something we think you would love to see. This could range anywhere from 500-1000 images when Beth and I shoot together, but if there are less, then that’s still enough. It just means there was less to shoot at your wedding. Every wedding is unique. It’s about the story for us, not about trying to hit numbers.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE MY PHOTOS? Engagement and family photos will be available for online viewing approximately two weeks after the shoot. Weddings normally take three weeks. Yes, we know most photographers take at least twice that long.
ARE ALL OF OUR PHOTOS EDITED? Yup. All of them. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique signature style of post production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, and selective black and white processing. Every photo you receive will be exactly as we intend them to be.
DO YOU RETAIN THE COPYRIGHT FOR THE PHOTOS? Yes, as your professional wedding photographer, we will retain copyright of all your wedding images. However, we always provide an official copyright release for you allowing unlimited personal use and printing of your wedding photos.
DO YOU DO VIDEO, TOO? No, we provide photography only. Though they sometimes use the same equipment, photography and videography are very different skills. We see the world in fractions-of-a-second intervals where we freeze a laugh or a tear on a cheek; videographers see the world in 30-second clips (roughly). We focus solely on capturing beautiful photos that you will preserve in your album and frame on your walls. We would, however, be more than happy to give you referrals of excellent videographers who share a similar mindset.
HAVE YOU SHOT AT OUR LOCATION BEFORE? Possibly. Chances are that we have come across your venue in the past 13 years. However, new venues are springing up every year, and we love shooting at new venues! With the amount of experience we have, even if we haven't been to your location before, we feel confident that we would do an excellent job capturing it. But we are also be happy to visit your location with you prior to the wedding day, or if your wedding is out of town, arrive early the day before or day of to scout it to make sure we know where the best spots to shoot are!
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? We live in McLeansville, NC.
WHERE WILL YOU TRAVEL? Anywhere. We love to travel. Honestly, we want to see all the places. The more unique the location, the more fun we have challenging ourselves to get beautiful, creative photos for you. And, if your wedding locale is on our wish list of places to travel, we’ll totally make you a deal. Don’t let distance cause you to hesitate one bit.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU FOR OUR WEDDING? The average time frame is 12 - 18 months in advance, especially for the popular months of April, May, September, and October.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU TYPICALLY BRING WITH YOU ON THE DAY-OF? Equipment needs can vary drastically from one wedding to the next. But we always prepare by packing way more stuff than we expect to need. This includes multiple camera bodies, lenses, lighting equipment, and lots of extra cards and batteries. We make sure we are ready for whatever conditions we are likely to encounter, including equipment failure. If you really want to see Justin geek out, you can ask him for specifics about our gear (this includes asking him how we can turn our photos so quickly). He will give you way more info than you probably wanted, but it makes him happy.
WHAT WILL YOU WEAR TO SHOOT? We always dress professionally and appropriately for the location and event we will be shooting. If you are planning a formal, black-tie wedding, we'll be dressed up. If you are getting married on the beach in Hawaii, probably a long dress (Beth), linen pants and shirt (Justin), and sandals. We’ve also dressed down for casual backyard weddings. But most events fall in the middle and see us in black company polos and slacks. We want to blend in, not stand out.
DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN IN CASE YOU ARE SICK? No wedding photographer can give a 100% guarantee against illness, however, we promise you that only a very serious illness or other exceptionally serious circumstances would prevent us from attending your wedding. We have never had cause to cancel or not attend a wedding in the past 13 years, so you know we take our obligation to you very seriously. If we are unable to attend for any reason, we will do everything we can to find you a suitable replacement. We have a great network of photographers we have worked with over the years that we could contact in circumstances like this. If we were unable to do so, you would, of course, receive a full refund.
SHOULD I PROVIDE MEALS FOR VENDORS AT MY WEDDING? Simply put, yes. We are able to work on a higher level for longer if we've been fed. We require meals for any coverage over five hours. We’re appreciative if you choose to provide meals for us. If you choose not to provide a meal for us, we will take a one hour break at some point during your reception to have a meal.
ARE YOU WILLING TO ACCEPT A LIST OF “MUST-HAVE” PHOTOS? That’s a loaded question. We always send our wedding couples a shot list for them to record their formal photography groupings with, and we encourage them to list any special shots they may want there as well. When we arrive on your wedding day, we (you and us collectively) have already created a wedding photography schedule for the day, and we have a plan of what kinds of photos need to be made based on our talks. We’ll do group photos and individual portraits and detail shots and all of that stuff. But if you hand us a seven-page list to follow with check boxes, and you’ll be crushed if we don’t get Every. Single. One., then we won’t be able to make most of the wonderful candid photos that tell the unique story of your day for you because we’ll have our noses buried in that list all night. This also goes for handing us an extensive collection of your favorite Pinterest photos for us to recreate. While we aren’t opposed to seeking outside inspiration for a few fun photos, we prefer that the vast majority of our images represent real events from your unique day. Those photos will evoke real memories for you for years to come. There aren’t really any memories of note attached to trying to copy an image from someone else’s special day. This is one of those defining moments where you have to decide if our philosophies match or not.
CAN MY UNCLE HARRY TAKE PHOTOS DURING MY WEDDING? He sure can, as long as he doesn’t prevent us from doing the job you hired us to do. Honestly, we play nice with others and it is very rare for us to have to ask someone to cool it.
I DON’T PHOTOGRAPH WELL AND AM SUPER AWKWARD — CAN YOU HELP ME? Yes, of course! We understand that not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera and are here to help. With our easy shooting style and natural posing, we make sure that you look natural and lovely in your photos. Some people take a little longer to warm up, but the “get to know you” session we include with all of our packages is just for this. It allows us a chance to get to know each other, to see what it takes to get you comfortable in front of our cameras, and establish a level of trust that goes a long way toward making photos on your wedding day stress-free. We promise, we make it painless and fun, and it won't be nearly as bad as you think!
HOW DO I KNOW IF YOU’RE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR ME? If you’ve read this far, you have learned a lot about us and what a professional wedding photographer should do for you. Do you feel like you would want to spend a day with us? Remember, your wedding photographer is the only vendor you’ll actually spend time with on your wedding day, so it’s important that they don’t creep you out. Do you think you can trust us to make the kind of photos you want to see on your wedding day? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, you should email us right now. We should have a chat and get to know each other a little better. We can meet up and have a cup of coffee and talk about your plans.
If not, it’s ok. Hopefully, you’ve learned a little something here to help you find the perfect professional wedding photographer for your day. No matter what, remember: It’s your day, and it should be perfect on your terms.