FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

when did you get into photography?

i hate to say this, because it seems so cliche, but literally ever since i can remember, i had a camera in my hand! my first camera was a Kodak 110 film camera that my grandma gave me for my birthday when i was 5 or 6, and i took photos of EVERYTHING (my stuffed animals, mostly.)

growing up, my mom was a bit of an amateur photographer, and always had a camera pointed at my sister and i. when i got older, she loaned me her Canon AE-1 for art school, which i still use and cherish to this day.

what inspires you?

you do! your love for each other. your personalities and the way you smile at each other. capturing the smallest details that no one else notices. symmetry, straight lines, getting the perfect catchlight in your eye, and the gratification that comes from knowing the next photo could be the best one I’ve ever taken.

what kind of camera do you use?

i’m a strong believer in the saying “the camera doesn’t make the photographer”, and the gear you have doesn’t necessarily make or break you.with that said, i also believe in providing my clients with the best possible photographs! i’ve gone through a few different cameras over the years, and i’ve chosen to stick with my Canon gear. upgrading every 2 or 3 years. currently, i’m shooting with a Canon 7D mark ii, and a Canon 6D.

do you have an assistant?

i do, and i don’t know what i’d do without him.

my husband adam tags along for almost every shoot. he’s friendly, cute, and bubbly and is mostly there just to hold all of my stuff, and your purse… and your jacket… and your baby… and your dog… and the reflector…
all at the same time!

ABOUT WEDDINGS

how far in advance should i book you for my wedding?

i generally book between 12-16 months out. contact me as soon as you can to make sure your date is still available! there are certain dates every year that tend to be the most popular (long weekends in May, August, September, and October go first.) even though those dates go fast, it never hurts to email and ask, even if your wedding is only a month away!

how and when do i pay for my wedding photography?

for weddings, a $600 deposit is required upon booking and signing of the contract, to ensure that your date is saved. this deposit is non refundable. the remaining amount can be paid in increments leading up to your big day, and full payment needs to be received a week prior to your wedding day. we accept cash, cheques and email money transfers, and credit cards (there is a 2.75% fee for credit cards, but if you’re collecting points or something it can be a great thing to throw on there!)

do you require a meal at our wedding?

YES! it is so hugely important that we are included in the meal count on your wedding day.

i am planning a destination wedding…

we love to travel!! if you’d like to book us for your big day across the pond, send an email and we can work out the logistics! PS – i would do it for free if you’re planning a wedding in iceland.

do you bring an assistant?

there will be 3 of us at your wedding to ensure no moment is missed! i’ll be there, adam will be there, and also my second shooter cherakee (she is awesome, funny and you’ll love her).we will make sure you get to meet everyone in person before the big day, so we can get to know each other!

how many hours of wedding day coverage does your package include?

literally all day! we don’t like time limits. this is your BIG DAY, and we want to spend the entire thing with you! generally though, wedding coverage is usually about 10-12 hours.

how much time do we need for formal photos?

this is mostly up to you, but the more time the better! generally 2 hours before the ceremony (if you’re planning to do a first look, include an extra 15-30 minutes) OR 2 hours immediately following the ceremony (if you’re planning on a recieving line, add an extra 15-30 minutes, or want to travel away from your venue for photos, please allow enough time to get there and back to your reception.)

shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list! shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.

generally, we always do the family formal photos after the ceremony either way, that way everyone is there and ready for photos!

 

do i have to pay for the rights to print my images? 

NO! i believe in keeping things fair and simple, so printing rights are included in the package. you’ll be able to make your own prints/albums/canvases/coffee mugs/towels/wall hangings… literally whatever you want!

how many photos do you normally take and how many will we get?

generally, we take about 3500 images all together, but the number really varies from wedding to wedding. from that, we’ll cull them down to about 600-800 of the very best photos.

when will our photos be ready?

during the peak of wedding season (may-novemeber), it takes about 8-10 weeks for us to sort through and edit a wedding. if you’re having an early spring or winter wedding, the estimated time is about 4-6 weeks.

will you post our photos online?

i certainly hope so! it is important for a photographer to be able to show what they shoot. posting samples and blog posts lets potential clients know that i am an active photographer and keeps people checking back! with that being said, i am also willing to take down any images, upon request.

my wedding is going to be super small, short, and sweet, can we talk about price options?

i have a soft spot for low-key weddings. there is something so perfect about two people in love who want to celebrate in a small but epic-ly romantic way,  so if you’re planning a toned-down, weekday, off-season wedding (or something else all together) don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

THE REST

do you have a studio?

no, i will come to you – your home, your favourite park, a downtown sidewalk or even a birthday party or special event. there is way more beauty to be found outside, or on location than you could ever do in a studio! however, i do have a portable studio, and i do enjoy playing with it for certain types of photo shoots!

do you photograph birthday parties, family reunions, or other events?

yes! i photograph events like i photograph weddings. every detail will be covered.

when should i book?

bookings are usually made at least 2 weeks in advance. i can help you determine the ideal time of day depending on the season and your schedule.

when and how do i pay?

a $40 deposit is required upon booking your lifestyle or portrait session (and is non refundable), and the remaining amount can be payed leading up to the shoot, or on the day.

i can accept payment in the form of cash, cheques, email money transfers, as well as credit card (however there is a 2.75% fee if you’d like to pay that way)

what is included?

generally you’ll recieve approximately 60-100 images via an online gallery (pixieset.com). from there you’ll have access to you photos in web resolution, as well as high resolution for printing up to about 8×10/8×12. if you’d like a larger print, just let me know and i can send you a bigger file.

i keep my prices low and fair because i honestly believe that good photography should be affordable. therefore i don’t included albums or prints in my packages.

can i bring my pet to the shoot, too?

yes! i love animals… especially if they have cute names!

feel free to bring your dog, cat, bird, lizard, horse, tarantula, sea monkey, or pet rock! if i can pet it, then it can be in the photos! plus, they make great props!

where should we go for our shoot?

the session location is completely up to you! i am a natural light photographer, so sessions that take place outdoors are certainly ideal. the location is an important element to your session, and my best advice to you would be to choose somewhere that suits your dynamic, or that may be special to you. avoid high-traffic areas (no one likes to be stared at!)

what if the weather isn’t agreeing with us?

one important thing to know, is that an overcast day can actually be great for shooting. that being said, shooting in the rain is not that much fun (unless that’s what you want of course)! if you wake up on the morning of your shoot to see an overcast day, i would still plan to go ahead with the session, and hopefully the rain steers clear. if, however, it is raining 1-2 hours before our session starts, please feel free to call or email me to let me know that you would like to reschedule.

similarly, if it’s the hottest and brightest day of the year and you’re just not feeling like being outside for an hour, let me know and we can try to work something out. i’m good like that!

is there anything i should bring with me?

a cute blanket to throw down on the ground in case it’s damp, is always helpful! specifically for family shoots and pet shoots: snacks and some toys for the kids or dogs.

what should we wear?

there are many do’s and don’t’s when it comes to what to wear for a photo shoot. a few things to keep in mind would be:

DO wear clothes you feel good in. choose outfits that look good together, with a similar style and colour pallet. if you’re going to wear bright colours, try to stick to a max of 2 bright colours. Playing with patterns can be fun, as long as they have complimentary colours (despite what you’ve heard, polka dots and plaid can work together!)

DON’T wear anything that’s too bold, and especially don’t wear anything with a logo on it. Don’t wear white pants or anything else you may not want to get dirty. Don’t have everyone wear the exactly. same. thing.

even though there are some rules to follow, the main thing is to be yourself, and be comfortable!

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