Frequently Asked Questions

In case you were wondering…here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about my Tri Cities wedding photography:

Where are you located?
My husband and I live in Rogersville, TN near the Tri Cities area of beautiful East Tennessee, but I will happily travel anywhere!

How long have you been a photographer?
I got my first camera when I was eight, so it’s always been a big part of my life. I started shooting full time professionally in 2004.

Is this your full time job?
Yes, I am a full time photographer specializing in weddings and boudoir photography.

What’s your shooting style?
I specialize in a blend of photojournalistic candids and relaxed portraiture. The most common comment I get when people look at my images is how I was able to capture the emotion of the day. I’m a very laid back person and that comes across in my approach to shooting.  I try to be unobtrusive and stay in the background but will direct as needed.  You can see examples of this in my Gallery section.

Do you have insurance?
Absolutely! I have both liability insurance and camera insurance through The Hartford. Just let me know if your venue requires proof of insurance.

Can I get the files of the images?
Yes! All wedding day coverage comes with  full resolution files of all the images along with a print release.  You can find all of my package information on my Pricing page.

Do you shoot by yourself or with a second shooter?
Typically by myself, but it depends on the wedding itself.  Consider having a second photographer if you have a large guest list or bridal party, or if the logistics of your wedding make it impossible for one person to cover.

What forms of payment do you accept?
Visa, Mastercard, cash, checks or PayPal.

Do you do studio shoots for engagement and bridal portrait sessions?
I specialize in location shooting as I prefer the relaxed, natural feel of the images. Studio shoots by nature are very posed and that’s just not my style. I can recommend several locations for shoots here in the Raleigh, NC area based on the feel you want.

Why should we do an engagement session?
Let’s face it; most of us are not that comfortable having our picture taken! Doing an engagement session gives me an opportunity to work with you before the wedding day and have a “practice” session. It helps you to be more relaxed and see that photography can actually be fun! It also helps everything go more smoothly the day of the wedding when time is limited because you’ll already know what I’ll ask of you.

What should we wear to our engagement session?
The focus should be on the two of you, not your clothing, so wear something flattering but not too distracting. It should also be representative of who you are as a couple. If you’re more of a jeans and t-shirt couple, something casual will probably be best. If clothes are your passion, feel free to make it more dressy. In general, solids work better than patterns.

How can our friends and family see our images?
In addition to the files that are included with all wedding day shoots, you’ll also have access to an online proof album which is perfect for sharing with friends and family. They can use it to view the images and order prints through it if they choose to.

Do you shoot more than one wedding a day?
Absolutely not! You are my only focus on your wedding day! It’s never a problem to change or extend your hours of coverage, even if it’s the day of your wedding.

How soon will our images be ready?
Plan on it taking 4-6 weeks for me to get your images to you. However, I know how hard it is to wait and will get them to you as quickly as possible. I also try to post images to Instagram within 2-3 days.

Do you do wedding albums?
Yes, I offer several different styles of wedding albums, from flush mount to contemporary matted to green options. Your wedding is unique, and your wedding album should be too! Each album is a custom designed book designed to be a family heirloom.

How long will formals take?
That depends on how many you want!  I’ll shoot as many or few as you’d like. Typically, I’d plan on 30-45 minutes.

Do you shoot color or black and white?
Every image is initially captured in color. Then as part of the editing process, I will choose images that I feel will make strong black and whites to be converted. Color is great for showing off the venue and details, while black and white gets rid of the distraction color can bring and condenses everything down to the pure emotion of the image.  You can see many examples of this in my Galleries section.

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