FAQ - Weddings & Elopements

How do you describe your style?

Where are you located and do you travel?

Why do you specialize in small weddings and elopements?

Do I need a second shooter?

How do you keep organized on the actual wedding day?

What is a First Look?

What if it rains?

How are my photos edited and delivered?

Do I get the copyright to my photos?

How do we book you?

When do we book you and can you hold a date for me?

What is your pricing?

Do you offer off season, non-Saturdays or military discounts?

Do you offer an engagement session?

FAQ - Weddings & Elopements

How do you describe your style?

I'd describe it to be natural and genuine and more of a photojournalistic style. I will be directing you during the creative portraits other than posing to obtain more candid and organic reactions so the photographs tell a story.

As for the remaining of the day, I might casually pose you or ask you to do something at a certain place (like put on your gown and shoes by a window), but my coverage is very unobtrusive even when it comes to photographing details. The same applies to your family and friends and I will not make them pose as I prefer to capture candids of people smiling, laughing, and having fun.

Where are you located and do you travel?

I'm located in Pittsburgh, PA and I do travel to document your wedding, event or photo session. Please contact me for additional information and travel rates.

Why do you specialize in small weddings and elopements?

Each wedding I have photographed throughout my career as a professional photographer was unique and it reflected the vision and personality of each of my couples. From large and elaborate weddings in exclusive venues to backyard ones with only a few close guests or elopements by a cliff on a local park, these were all very beautiful and memorable.

I do however love how intimate a small wedding and elopement can be, simply because most of the time, the focus is mainly on celebrating the start of a life together and not so much on planning the intricate details of an elaborate party. They can still be beautifully planned and decorated, but with a very intimate feel to it.

Smaller weddings are usually more relaxing, allowing couples to spend more time celebrating their day with their loved ones without the strict timeline sometimes given by a venue, and more time for beautiful and creative photographs of the two of you and your special day.

Do I need a second shooter?

Most of the time, having a second shooter can be a good option and I do have packages that includes that option. Here are some advantages of having and extra photographer at your wedding:

- They are able to cover the groom's getting ready part of the day, while I'm focusing on the bride;
- They can help capture different perspectives of the ceremony, as well as your creative portraits so you get more unique images for your collection;
- You can choose to have them photograph your cocktail hour and guests while I focus on your personal portraits, if those are two separate locations.

These are just a few examples. I'd be happy to to over this option at your consultation and answer any questions you may have.

How do you keep organized on the actual wedding day?

A couple of months before your wedding, I will send you a questionnaire with questions about your wedding day timeline. I will then follow up with you closer to the wedding day to go over all the details and to make sure we plan to have enough time for your photography coverage.

The questionnaire covers the getting ready part of your day, the ceremony, the list of family formals, the reception timeline and a host of other important key moments. Everything is accounted for so all you need to do on your wedding day is relax and have fun!

What is a First Look?

A First Look it’s when the bride and groom spend some time before the ceremony in a private moment where we get to capture the intimacy of you seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day.

If you are not a traditional bride and prefer to have your groom see you before you walk down the aisle, the First First Look might be something to consider. It’s also a great option for when you don’t have much time for your photos together between the ceremony and reception or if you simply prefer to spend that time enjoying the cocktail hour with your guests.

What if it rains?

I have photographed weddings in all types of weather and although rain is often not something desired for a wedding day, it can make for beautiful photographs if you are adventurous enough to go outside for a few minutes. If not, we can always take advantage of the venue’s surroundings or inside locations to also compose beautiful shots of the two of you. There are always different options to consider and the weather doesn’t limit the great photos I can give you.

How are my photos edited and delivered?

I’m very particular with the quality of my work and what I deliver to my clients. That being said, I will go over each individual file (including my second shooters’ images) and manually edit for clarity, exposure and color).

The final images will then be delivered on a personal online gallery where you will be able to download them to your computer, share them with family and friends, as well as purchase any prints and products directly from it.

Do I get the copyright to my photos?

The images released to your online gallery include the printing/sharing rights for personal use only (printing and sharing with family and friends) and I will be providing you with a written release for it. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes and competition, to name a few.

How do we book you?

I would love to make sure that I’m the perfect match for you! I will often setup a complimentary consultation to learn a little bit about the two of you and your wedding plans, as well as go over the details of my Wedding Collections and photography coverage.

If you decide you’d like to work together, once you choose your Wedding Collection, a retainer is collected upon signing the contract and your wedding date will be fully confirmed.

When do we book you and can you hold a date for me?

If you decide you'd like to work together, please let me know right away. I normally book well over a year in advance and I do book out every year. Having a great relationship with each and every one of my couples is very important to me, simply because it allows me to create a personalized experience for each one so for this reason, I only accept a limited number of weddings per year so that each couple receives the absolute best I have to offer.

I do book clients on a first come, first serve basis and I'm not able to hold a date without a signed contract and a wedding date retainer.

What is your pricing?

My wedding collections range from $3100 to $4700 (plus tax). Elopements start at $900 and I can also custom make a package based on your needs.

Collections vary based on what you are looking for when it comes to how much coverage you need, second photographer, photo album, and a few more options.

All Collections include between 6 to 10 hours of coverage, your wedding digital images with printing/sharing rights on an online gallery, a complimentary photography gift registry and a host of other options. Please contact me for the details of each Collection.

Do you offer off season, non-Saturdays or military discounts?

I do offer a military discount - please contact me for more information.

Discounts for off season and non-Saturday weddings are not available simply because I provide the same type of coverage and give you the same high quality images, as well as a great experience while working with me at any given time of the year.

Do you offer an engagement session?

A complimentary engagement session is included with my top collection, but it’s also available to be added to any package separately. It’s a fun way for us to get to know each other before the wedding and for me to learn a little bit more about you as a couple and how you interact and photograph together.