Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use some of the best professional Canon DSLR cameras and lenses and always bring backup equipment. I shoot all RAW so your files are huge (prints as big as 48″x60″). If you’re a gear geek, here’s my current list –

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 5D
Alien Bees (400 & 800)
Canon 70-200mm II f/2.8 L
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L
Canon 85mm f/1.8 L
Canon 50mm f/1.4 L
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L
Canon 580EXII’s & 600EX II
Pocket Wizards

WHAT DO YOU WEAR?
I want to blend in and since I do a lot of kneeling and climbing I dress professionally in darker suits or slacks that don’t show dirt as easily and allow me to climb on chairs or over fences when needed. I wear a suit for weddings, and have a short-sleeve version for beach ceremonies when it’s over 90 outside. For family, engagement, and newborn sessions I dress work casual (nice jeans and a blouse).

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No matter what is happening, I always work with a smile on my face.

DO YOU CHARGE FOR TRAVEL OR MULTIPLE LOCATIONS?
Every wedding day is unique and some have more locations than others so I don’t charge travel for multiple locations. If your wedding is more than 40 miles from Newport News, VA (or north of Richmond and south of Virginia Beach) then travel fees may apply but are evaluated on a case by case basis. I have experience traveling abroad and photograph destination weddings as well.

HOW MANY PICTURES DO YOU TAKE?
Thousands! I want to catch that perfect moment so I don’t limit myself, and thanks to digital I don’t have to. I take the time to edit out the blinks, test shots, duplicates, and the like and you end up with around 75 keepers per hour (more when you have two photographers). All the pictures I give you and post online are edited for color, exposure, sharpness and white balance and special effect filters and B&W are done free of charge 😉

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU AND WHAT’S YOUR PAYMENT PLAN?
To reserve me for your wedding or portrait session I require a deposit and contract. Wedding balances are due 1 month before the wedding, portraits on the day of the shoot. I offer custom payment plans and accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

WHEN WILL WE GET OUR PICTURES?
I am a bit of a perfectionist so I take my time and tweak EVERY photo, and still manage to post 500-1000 photos online in a month or less. I’ve even been know to post a few images on Facebook and Instagram the week after your session! Albums are quick too, only 2-3 weeks once they are ordered.

WE LOVE YOU, BUT WILL WE LOVE YOUR 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER?
You will! All of the 2nd photographers I work with have been working professionals for years and many of them have their own studios. To be a 2nd shooter for me, my photographers have at least 10 years of professional experience and a similar journalistic style so I know I can trust them to uphold the same quality of work that you expect from me. And I make sure they have the same friendliness & professionalism you want around you.

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Rob, my husband of almost 11 years and counting, is often the second photographer at weddings.

I’VE SEEN YOUR PICTURES FROM SEVERAL WEDDINGS, BUT CAN I SEE A WHOLE WEDDING FROM START TO FINISH?
YES! I think this is very important when considering different photographers so you can get a feel of how I approach the whole day. Wedding photographers need to work fast and be able to photograph in every circumstance possible and I pride myself in being able to do just that. So even if I haven’t been to your particular venue I can share an example with similar lighting and backgrounds. I value my clients privacy so I don’t post those links but most agree to share their photos with other couples so please ask and I will send you a few links, and references too if you want them.

I DON’T WANT TO SPEND AN HOUR TAKING FAMILY PHOTOS, DO I HAVE TO?
Nope. In fact, because of how efficiently I work on the wedding day and the guidance I give with my family picture checklist before the wedding day, most family photo sessions on a wedding day can be completed within 20-30 minutes.

DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Absolutely (and a business license) and I’m happy to provide any venue with proof of coverage.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE?
We support our military families and know life can be unpredictable sometimes. So while deposits are nonrefundable, they can be reapplied up to a year later (or applied towards a portrait session or other service). Subject to availability of course.

Have More Questions? Email me HERE or feel free to call or text (757) 870-4006 anytime!

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Voted Virginia Living Magazine’s Top Wedding Vendor 2016 – 2018.