Frequently Asked Questions

I am often asked important questions about the business side of working with me as your photographer or director of photography. This section includes all of those questions, from business insurance to food! I hope these frequent style questions will help explain my approach in providing the best services for your special day. While I hope the work shared in my portfolio tells a clear story, if you have any further questions about my style of photography or cinematography please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

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Coverage & Travel

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I am often asked questions involving my prices, travel policies, timelines for delivery, and booking details. I’ve compiled the most-asked questions here for you. I hope you find these answers helpful! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions not answered here. I hope to hear from you soon!

What is your pricing?

I can absolutely understand wanting to find pricing information without having to ask. Truly I can. My rates and collections aren’t listed for public viewing on my site for a variety of reasons. First, rates and collections vary by location. Some shoots and productions are outside of the Alabama area and require travel, which would not be included in a local rate. Destination shoots are different as well. I also create custom shoots for many clients, which is something that I can absolutely do for you! If you’d like to obtain collection details for your special day, simply drop me an email and I will send you all of the information that you need!

Do you work with a second photographer or director of photography?

I’m the only photographer working with my company, and the only photographer shooting on each assignment. I do bring an assistant who helps with gear, lighting, and managing groups for family formals but I’m the only one actually taking the pictures on your day. If you’re still unsure as to how the day can be documented by only one photographer please contact me – I’d be glad to provide some full galleries for you to see how I cover the entire day fully on my own. I can understand your concerns, as many photographers do offer a second shooter in their standard collections. If a second shooter is something that you’ve determined your event needs, I can work with you to add an additional photographer to your collection! With filmmaking, we can discuss if your project requires a second camera and the cost associated with it.
Do you edit all of our photographs and video productions?

My company handles all editing. Every photographic image that you receive has been hand-edited, one at a time, without batching in bulk groups or mass-producing the results. My highly trained editing team also often selects a few favorites for special attention above and beyond the individual image editing. I have a highly trained team that does our film editing as well.
Where do you live and how far will you travel?

I live in Alabama and I am very comfortable traveling for projects. Rest assured that should you commission me for an assignment that requires traveling, you are hiring someone very experienced with travel for business. Travel is billed very simply – if airfare and hotel and rental car are needed all you are responsible for is a direct reimbursement for the charges.
Do you have an assistant?

Yes, I have several depending on the project and assignment. I photograph every event with an assistant on hand to well, assist! My assistant does everything from holding up a light to illuminate your first dance to helping arrange your families during the portrait time. My assistants are professional, delightful, personable and very capable. I also have several production assistants on hand for filmmaking and video productions.
We want to take pictures in a super cool location on. Do you know if we need a permit? Or we want to shoot a scene at a very cool site, will we need a permit?

It depends. There are many places that do require you to get a permit , such as state parks, but the permit has to be obtained by the client, not the photographer. If you have a question about a location, just let me know and I will help you figure out if a permit is needed. If we try to shoot in a location that requires a permit, and we don’t have one, we’ll be asked to leave. I don’t want that to happen to us! With filmmaking, depending on what you hire my team to do, we can assist with that. Just ask and we can discuss it in detail.
Can some of our photos be delivered in both black & white and color?

Images delivered in black and white are only available in black and white. If you’d like more color images and less black and white images in your coverage please let me know in advance before your session begins. I’m glad to accommodate you if I know your preferences beforehand.
How long does it take before we receive our photographs or finished product?

Online galleries are posted within six weeks from the date of the photography shoot. Printed proofs and the digital files are available within nine weeks from the date of the shoot. Upon final approval of album designs most albums are ready for delivery within twelve weeks. In regards to film, it depends on the changes made and every film project is different and has varying requirements. Once, we meet and discuss your expectations, we can set a delivery date.
How many pictures will we receive?

The number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of people being photographed, the different locations selected, hours of coverage, the types of event, etc. My average minimum is 30, but those numbers vary depending on the day. All others, it depends on the package you choose, your needs and the number of family members included.
Do we get to keep the negatives?

No and yes. In regards to photography, I provide the selected, edited high-resolution digital files (the digital equivalent of negatives). When the files are released to you, I can provide you with a list of resources from which to get quality prints if you so desire. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. If you need I’m glad to provide you with a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families. I do not release photographic negatives. In regards to filmmaking, it depends on your needs and what you hire us to do. In most cases, you will receive all footage and it will belong to you.
Do we receive the raw, unedited photographic files?

The raw, unedited files aren’t available for viewing or purchase. This is very much like asking your caterer to give you the leftover ingredients used to make your dinner! The images selected for editing and final delivery reflect my very high standards and everything else isn’t archived in the studio. In regards to filmmaking, depending on your needs, we can discuss that at the time of our initial meeting.
Can we see the outtakes and all of the images that didn't make the 'final cut'?

The photographic images delivered to you are very loosely edited, taking out only eyes-closed, flash-didn’t-fire, person-walked-in-front-of-the-lens true outtakes. If there are a handful of images of you together with your mom laughing, for example, I’m going to include everything that isn’t an absolute duplicate and so forth. Please know that when “editing” I’m not striving to hit some number of images to deliver and throwing out “good” pictures. The images not selected aren’t archived and therefore aren’t available. Again, in regards to filmmaking, this is different, and can be discussed at our initial meeting.
How does the album design process work?

I give you three months to make your album selections before the book is subject to a fee due to increases in yearly production costs. You do get to preview your album design and make three rounds of changes to it before a change fee is assessed. Once you approve the layout I, or my studio album designer, will help you choose your album cover style, color, imprinting, and other small details. Then you’ll sign off on the book and it will go to print. All of this process can be completed online simply and easily. Once you choose your images it takes about four weeks to produce your first draft and each round of changes generally takes two business weeks to complete.
What will my album look like once it's completed?

With the fresh, modern books I design the images are printed directly onto the pages, much like in a coffee table book you’d buy at the bookstore. I strive to keep the designs clean and classic, creating a book that will be a heirloom for future generations. I do have a few options for upgrades to a matted album, should you like that more traditional style!
What is the 'online gallery' you mention in your collections?

The online gallery is a private, password protected section on my website where all of your photographs will be placed online for you and your family and friends to view. It is also a secure shopping cart – which allows you (and your family and friends) to order prints and cards and select album prints online. All you have to do is provide the password to anyone who you want to be able to view the images.
We want everything documented! Can we have more images?

Please understand that the galleries all vary based on many different things. Length of the day, amount of coverage, number of events covered in a day, rehearsal dinner coverage, full weekend coverage, etc. Every shoot is different and all are covered to my best ability – and since each is different each will result in a differing number of final images.
Do you offer engagement sessions?

Yes, I do! I have two levels of engagement sessions available to suit clients who want something quick and easy, as well as clients who want a more involved type of session. Sessions are photographed either in the Huntsville or Madison area. I’m available to travel elsewhere for your engagement session (and would love to!); certain travel rates may apply to areas outside my usual geographic location.



Style

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How would you describe your style?

I am influenced by exuberant narratives, textures and elegance. As a filmmaker I enjoy creating stories with a cinematic approach. I am inspired by elements of old romanticism, and refined beauty.

Do you take posed family photos?

Absolutely. I strongly believe in those family images, as they’re records of your entire family at an important time in their history together. A few weeks before your shoot, I’ll send you a questionnaire covering the details of the day and among the other questions is a list of posed images – these are the family groupings that I traditionally photograph. You’ll have space to write in your own additional groupings. Please bear in mind that the hallmark of my coverage is storytelling and in real-time, so a very long list of posed images will hinder my ability to cover the event in a cinematic manner. These groupings are quick, easy, and largely informal and I try to make them pleasant and enjoyable for everyone involved!
Can you take fewer photos that have dark shadows and bright highlights?

If what you’re looking for is a more evenly lit style of photography then I might not be the photographer for you. I use a great deal of shadow and light in my natural light images as well as my flash/lit images during the receptions. Please make sure that you look through all of my sample galleries provided when you inquire with me to make sure that the style you see in the galleries reflects the style that you want for your photography needs.
Can we provide you with a 'shot list' for photography?

Yes, BUT I’d prefer that you didn’t – and let me explain why. It’s very helpful to know what important relatives and friends will be present on your day, but having to work from a list of required shots or a booklet of pictures from Pinterest is counterproductive, and will result in a very different look to your gallery of images.  In filmmaking shot lists are pretty much a necessity, because every image is planned to minimize cost. In photography, shot lists can hinder the spontaneity you get from the precious moments of your special day. Trust that I will get the special moments without your prompting. But if there is a shot that you just absolutely must have, just let me know and we will make an arrangement.



 

Business & Details

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Do you have insurance?

Yes. Absolutely. 100%. For sure. Yes, yes, yes!

What kind of equipment do you use?

I use top of the line professional Canon equipment for filmmaking and photography. For your filmmaking needs, additional camera equipment may be utilized depending on your style and concept.
Can you provide my venue with a certificate of insurance?

Of course. I do request that you let me know at least three months in advance of the event as it does take time for our insurance company to process and provide that document.
Can you hold a date for me?

I’m so sorry, but I can’t hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone I can’t “hold” a date without a retainer and a signed contract. I accept bookings on a first come/first served basis.
What is a retainer?

A booking fee/retainer is a non-refundable fee paid to reserve your date.  Approx. $250 for newborn, engagement, family, boudoir and portraiture. And 25% for filmmaking, commercials, videos, etc. For photography, the remainder is due the day prior to photo shoot. For video production, approx. 50% is due the day of production, the remaining 25% is due when the final product is delivered. I’ll send you an email reminder when your final payment is due. I like to make things as easy as possible for you – I know you’ve got a lot on your plate!
Can we pay you part of the amount after the photo shoot?

I require full payment before the event. Payment for overtime, album upgrades, or additional products beyond the date of your contract, however, are all due immediately after the session or project is completed.
If I need to cancel my project or date, is the retainer refundable?

The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that I’ll hold the date exclusively for you and once you’ve signed the contract I do turn down all other commissions for that date.
When should we book you?

ASAP. Since I can’t “hold” dates or “pencil you in” dates are booked when…well, when they’re booked. Most of my commissions contract me within a year of the date, sometimes as close as two months prior, sometimes a full calendar year or more in advance. The same with video production. Filmmaking takes considerable amounts of planning. The better planned you are in regards to your production, the better prepared my team and I can be.
If we're running late, will you stay later than you were scheduled?

Surely! I do have an overtime rate and it goes into effect only with your permission and approval that I continue coverage. Payment of overtime is due once the shoot is over.
Do you offer discounts for off-season or non-Saturday events?

Occasionally discounts are available but are based on time of year, my travel schedule, and availability. If you have concerns about your budgetary needs, please contact me and let me know.
Do we need to feed you and your crew for film productions?

It would be really lovely if you did. It doesn’t have to be the same as your sit-down meal (many caterers offer “vendor meals” as an add-on option) but feeding me ensures I stay cheerful, mobile, and that I don’t faint from starvation, or end up wildly “hangry”. I prefer to be fed when you are fed, not afterwards, because when you’re eating you’re not at your most photogenic. And when you’re done, I want to be done as well to continue your coverage.
Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras?

No. I prefer they don’t because it can be distracting to the guests being photographed. I don’t allow family or friends to come along for the boudoir images or the images of you and your spouse alone for privacy purposes. I do welcome other cameras during birth photography, and other events just ask politely if people could please not push me out of the way and respect my presence.