Frequently Asked Questions
Finding the right wedding photographer can be overwhelming. There are so many options, and this is a once in a lifetime moment. There's a lot riding on making sure that your first kiss is captured forever. I get it! Serving you well on your wedding day is something I am super passionate about. I have assembled some of the most commonly asked questions that I have been presented with during consultations in hopes that it will help you figure out even faster if I may be the right one for you!
Because sometimes when you know, you know.
HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD WE BOOK YOU? | I am always booking 18 months in advance. Couples usually book their photographer immediately after securing their venue. Most of my couples book 8-12 months in advance, but I have done an elopement with two days' notice!
DO YOU ALLOW PAYMENT PLANS? | Absolutely! The vast majority of my clients make payments on their wedding photography.
WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE TO BOOK? | I require a 25% retainer and signed contract to secure your wedding date + plan your engagement session.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU? | Step one. Click the "Connect" tab and send me an inquiry! I will double check that I am available for your date, and we will schedule a phone consultation to see if we may be a good fit!
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE? | Please see the Weddings tab for more detailed information on pricing. Elopements start at $400, Petite Ceremonies start at $800, and Sample Wedding Collections start at $1,800. Most of my clients spend around $3,600 for wedding day photography, and that includes a full digital gallery of high resolution images.
HOW DO WE PAY YOU? | I send all of my contracts and invoices electronically, and you can pay online easily and securely. I also can accept payment through PayPal or by check.
SHOULD WE HIRE A SECOND SHOOTER? | It depends, but if you can budget for it, do it. Having a second shooter helps you to get so much value for your money and allows me to be in 2 places at once.
SHOULD WE HAVE A FIRST LOOK? | YES! However, if you decide that a First Look is not for you, I will NOT pressure you. As your photographer, it is my job to educate you on why First Looks are helpful during your wedding day and let you make the best decision for you two as a couple. Over 90% of my clients choose to have a First Look... (And I don't harass the 10% who choose against it.) I have done weddings both with and without First Looks with happy clients all around, but it is my personal preference as your photographer to have a First Look.
DO YOU TRAVEL? | Yes! I am ALWAYS ready for an adventure. Mountains? Sea? Abroad? Passport + carry-on are always ready. Ready to start talking plans? Let's roll.
DO YOU RECOMMEND ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS? | Yes, I do! Your engagement session gives us a chance to meet in person and get you both comfortable with having your photo taken before your wedding. We will also go over some basic posing so you can easily recall them on wedding day to make portrait time a snap and to minimize those wedding day camera jitters. AND you can use the images for wedding decoration, save the dates, wedding websites, and more. (Plus it's super fun!)
DO YOU SELL ALBUMS + PRINTS? | I do! One of my Wedding Collections includes a choice of a bonus photo session or an album + print credit. Albums + prints are purchased in addition to wedding collections at an additional cost. A full product listing is available upon request and will be sent with your final wedding gallery. Professional wedding albums begin at $350.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET? | Guaranteed number of images depends on how many hours of coverage you purchase, but you will receive literally hundreds of photos. My elopement package guarantees at least 100 photos.
WHEN DO WE GET OUR PHOTOS? | Your wedding gallery will be delivered within 4-6 weeks from your wedding date.
HOW DO YOU DELIVER OUR PHOTOS? | You will receive an email with your gallery link, custom password for viewing, and PIN for downloading. You will be able to download your gallery in both web size (for social media uploading) and high resolution (for printing).
DO YOU HAVE A FULL GALLERY YOU CAN SHOW US? | Absolutely! In your inquiry, list your venue, and if I have a gallery specific to your venue, I'll send it! Also, feel free to spend some time on the Ivey Photo Blog, where I feature full weddings, engagements, styled shoots, + more.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? | I shoot using full frame Nikon Z5 mirrorless cameras with a variety of lenses, flashes, and backup batteries (LOTS OF THOSE!). My favorite lenses to use during weddings are my 35mm for both landscape shots + details and my 85mm for portraits and candids. I refer to my 85 as "my baby". It's my favorite. :)
WHAT IS YOUR BACK UP PROCESS? | I shoot every wedding on two separate memory cards using one as a backup. I also carry a back-up camera body just in case. I back up images to both a hard-drive and a cloud based storage system immediately after your wedding. I also never delete memory cards until your full wedding gallery is delivered. Upon delivery, your edited wedding gallery and raw images (unedited, straight from camera) are held in cloud based storage while your edited gallery is backed up on a hard drive, external hard drive, and cloud based storage. I guarantee storage of your entire wedding gallery for one calendar year from your wedding date.
DO WE FEED YOU? | Yes. I am a fat kid at heart, and it's literally in my contract. Listen... There are not many foods that travel well in a camera pack, and this is a highly physical job, so holla at your girl and include me (and a second shooter if we have one) in the catering count.
During (pre-determined, pre-planned, + well-timed) break time, I also change out my batteries and memory cards, switch out my shoes, and check on my kiddos. :)
I will be back + ready for all your reception highlights (in a new pair of shoes), and you won't even know I'm gone.
Honestly. Nobody wants pictures made while they're eating anyways. Trust me.
DO WE TIP YOU? | Tipping is in no way required or expected, but when it happens, it's certainly a nice blessing and is incredibly appreciated.
FYI: Tips aren't always money. Clients have surprised me with some beautiful gifts (many handmade!), and each of them have brought me so much gratitude and joy!
ENOUGH ABOUT ME!
I want to know about YOU!
I can't wait to hear your love story!