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5 things you can expect when you hire me

I want to make it so perfectly, absolutely, blindingly clear. I CARE about your wedding, I VALUE you as a client, and I APPRECIATE sharing your big day with you.  I thought I'd take a minute and sit down to explain to you a few things that may or may not come up after you hire me...

1.) My pricing is up front and posted on my website for this reason. Weddings are expensive and nobody wants to feel like they paid too much for anything, I am not super cheap, but I am also not crazy expensive in the world of wedding photography. The number one question I get asked is "if we don't want an engagement session, does it take any money off the package?" and my answer is simply, "no". The reason for this is that aside from all of the wonderful things that you may do with your engagement photos, I use your engagement session as a tool. Most people have never had their photos professionally taken before their big day, and 99.999999% of people feel awkward in front of a lens. Even I feel completely out of my own skin in front of a cameral lens, and I make a living pointing one at people. 

Your engagement session is a chance for us to get to know each other, you get the opportunity to see what it's like to be in front of MY lens and have me take your picture ( fellas, it's not that bad- you are probably even gonna have fun ) and at the same time, its a chance for me to learn about you.

Take comfort in the fact that my prices are transparent, and if I didn't haggle down a price with you, it's not because I don't like you, it's just how I operate my business.

2.) I have 2 kids, so my life is a bit crazy. But you can ALWAYS expect me to respond to you within 24 hours. I may not be able to answer your phone call that minute, or write you back an email immediately, but I will always get back to you within a 24 hour period. I also give all of my booked brides and grooms my personal cell number so you can always text me if you need a faster response :)

3.) I will show up to your wedding early and won't leave until I say goodbye. If you contract me for an 8 hour day I will make sure that I am more than ready to go at our designated start time, and I won't just punch out my time clock the minute my 8 hours is up. I will make sure I check with you before I leave, because heaven forbid you don't get a photo of great aunt Gertrude who traveled half way around the world to be there for your big day! Those things matter to families, and so they matter to me.

4.) I do what I say I'm going to do when I say I'm going to do it. Please rest your head and take comfort that I will take care of your photography needs for your wedding day. Engagement sessions run 60-90 minutes and in a 2 week turnaround deliver roughly 30 photos ( on average ). Weddings have a 6 week turn around ( not months ) and I deliver roughly 50 photos per 1 hour of photo time. So an 8 hour wedding can expect about 400 photos. 

5.) I show up to every single one of my weddings, and every photo I share on my social media pages, my website, and my ad platforms are all mine. You have hired me, I will not send someone else in my place. If, god forbid, something happens and I am not able to make it ( don't worry- this isn't an issue for me ) I have a team of assistants who are ready and willing to be there to cover me.  I also have 2 cameras and multiple lenses. If something were to happen to any piece of my gear, I have backup to make sure nothing goes wrong on your day.

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