Frequently Asked Questions
Coverage and Travel
Q: WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
A: I live in Nicholasville, Kentucky. It is roughly 15-30 minutes from Lexington. I will travel to any wedding venue location within 80 miles of the center of Lexington, Ky for no additional cost. Outside of the 80 miles, there will be travel fee on a case by case. I love to travel and am very comfortable traveling for events. Rest assured that should you hire me to travel for your wedding, you are hiring someone experienced in travel.
Q: HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE THERE AT OUR WEDDING?
A: There will always be two of us, I contract another wedding photographer for your wedding day. We have a great community and are always shooting for each other.
Q: CAN WE FORGO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION FOR A DISCOUNT?
A: Engagement sessions are complimentary and part of the base price so they can not be removed for a discount, however it can be substituted for a 16x20 canvas. I encourage you to have the engagement session, as it strengthens the relationship between photographer and couple.
Q: DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ELOPEMENTS?
A: Of course! Depending on availability and the number of hours you have set aside for photography, I have special rates for weekday elopements.
Q: DO YOU NEED TO ATTEND OUR REHEARSAL?
A: Rehearsal dinner coverage is available to add to your investment; otherwise I don't attend rehearsals. We will discuss the timing of your day and the flow of the event, and one of the things is the ceremony. I'd love to hear about the timing of the ceremony itself, but please feel confident that not attending the rehearsal doesn't impact your coverage in any way.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF PREFERRED VENDORS TO USE?
A: I sure do! From wedding coordinators to florists and caterers, I have worked with some of the best people in the industry and would be happy to share their information with you! As of spring 2018, I am in the process of creating a vendor recommendation list on my website. You can view it here.
Q: DO YOU PROVIDE VIDEO SERVICES?
A: I am a photographer and do not provide video services. If you are looking for a talented videographer available for your day and within your budget, reach out to me for guidance.
Q: CAN WE KEEP YOU FOR THE FULL 12 HOURS ON THE WEDDING DAY NO MATTER WHAT?
A: I start photographing when the bride is scheduled to begin hair and makeup and I stay until all the formal events are finished, plus an hour of dancing (up to 12 hours total). You are not hiring me for my time, but hiring me for the wedding day coverage I provide, which can take 8 hours or 12 hours or anywhere inbetween. We will be able to discuss specific coverage details at the timeline consultation I provide to all my couples.
Editing and Delivering Photographs
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET OUR IMAGES?
A: Online galleries are available within one month of your wedding date and within two weeks for engagement and portrait sessions! Upon final approval of album designs, albums are delivered within four weeks.
Q: DO YOU EDIT ALL OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?
A: Yes I do! Every image that you see has been hand-edited by me. I adjust every image by increasing the contrast, decreasing the highlights, brightening colors and applying a slight skin smoothing filter, among more technical things. I can leave off the skin filter at your request. Also, every image in delivered in black and white and color, which allows YOU to choose which one you prefer for each image.
Q: WILL WE GET THE PRINT RELEASE TO OUR PHOTOS AFTER OUR WEDDING?
A: Yes! Upon receiving your images, you will also get a full print release.
Q: ARE OUR DIGITAL FILES WATERMARKED?
A: No, they are not. The high resolution files do not have any watermarks.
Q: HOW MANY IMAGES WILL YOU RECEIVE?
A: The number of photographs taken depends on many factors- the number of guests, hours I'm there, types of events, hours of dancing, and so forth. My average for a typical day is around 800 images, but those numbers may vary depending on the day itself. Contracts guarantee a minimum of 500 images.
Q: DO I HAVE TO ORDER PRINTS THROUGH YOU?
A: I highly recommend ordering large canvases and albums through me, but it is not required. The difference in quality is huge when it comes to ordering through a professional lab, so I encourage clients to let me help with heirloom products!
Q: BUT CAN WE ORDER PRINTS THROUGH YOU?
A: Your digital files are delivered through a direct download in a password protected online image gallery. This also has a cart/ordering system for prints. You can order extra prints directly through your online gallery, but since you also have print rights, you can order your prints yourself at any lab you choose. I cannot guarantee the quality of any prints that are not created through our preferred labs. If you'd like to print images yourself, please let me know and I can recommend some labs I trust.
Q: HOW DOES THE ALBUM DESIGN PROCESS WORK?
A: Wedding albums are considered family heirlooms and one of my couple's dearest processions. They're a tangible, beautiful record of the day. I know that life often gets in the way of creating an heirloom, so I promise to make this process as easy as possible. I will predesign client albums as a courtesy to you. I will include the predesign when delivering your online gallery. On the album design site, you are able to make notes and communicate directly with me on changes you wish to make.
Q: DO YOU SHOW UN-EDITED RAW IMAGES?
A: Only edited images will be shown to clients on your gallery. A photo straight out of camera is never the final product and I prefer to only show the highest quality work. However, I will sell the raw images for private use only.
Q: DO WE GET THE COPYRIGHT OF THE IMAGES?
A: Copyright is something that photographers get asked about often. Many photographers include a "copyright release" in their contracts, which generally just means the same as a release to have your images printed by yourself or any lab you choose. That's not the same as obtaining a copyright! Copyright simply means that I am the creator of the images, and I "own" the copyright. Selling or obtaining "the copyright" is not possible, but you have the ability to print and share you images wherever you'd like.
Style and Creativity
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
A: I describe my style as authentic, timeless and romantic and I say I am a lifestyle wedding photographer. But I don't think photography should be limited by a "genre." The wedding day requires a photographer to wear many hats and be flexible in how they approach the day. You can read more about my style here.
Q: DO YOU TAKE POSED FAMILY PHOTOS?
A: Of course!I believe in those family images, as they are records of your family at an important time in their history. A few weeks before your wedding I'll send you a questionnaire covering details of your day and among the other questions is a list of family gatherings you can choose from, as well as a place to include your own requests. As of 2018, I have updated my style when it comes to family formals to include more authentic images of you and your family together. I think these help to really capture people's personalities and family relationships. Please check out some samples in my gallery and on my social media and don't hesitate to ask me more about these authentic family formals.
Q: CAN YOU EDIT OUR PHOTOS IN A STYLE THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN YOU SHOW?
A: Sorry, no. I do not edit my photos in a style different that what I show on my website. The way I photograph and how I use light in my images is important in how I edit the final image. By asking me to edit the photograph in a different way, I'd also have to shoot in a different way, and would significantly decrease the quality of my work, as I am highly skilled in MY style of photography.
Q: CAN WE PROVIDE YOU WITH A SHOT LIST?
A: Other than family groupings, I ask that my couples keep their "must take photos" to as maximum of five requests. Let me explain why! It's very helpful to know important relatives and friends coming to your day, and if any events or items bear special significance, but having me work from a checklist is counterproductive to the work you've seen on my website. "Shot lists' provided by many major bridal magazines are a great idea in theory, but please understand that I generally capture all those images without prompting. Providing me with a very long list of special requests will result in less amount of time I can devote to capturing the authentic moments of your day and the uniqueness that is your wedding.
Q: OKAY, BUT WHAT IF I WANT ONE OF THOSE COOL SHOTS THAT WENT VIRAL ON THE INTERNET?
A: Even though I have a specific style and type of photographs I generally provide, I will never deny a couple's request for a photograph because it's not my style. At the end of the day, your wedding day is still your day! Is there a viral photograph you want to recreate on your wedding day? Reach out to me as soon as you know and I can give you some infomation on how those images are achieved and whether we can make that happen for you!
Business and Details
Q: WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
A: I use top of the line professional Canon cameras. I have lens that go the full wedding day focal lengths of 10mm (almost fisheye) to 200mm (to zoom in during the ceremony) and I always have a backup camera with me in case of a camera failure during the day. I also use three flashes for reception lighting. These flashes on tripods will be weighted down with sandbags during your reception to prevent accidents or falls.
Q: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Q: CAN YOU PROVIDE MY VENUE WITH A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE?
A: Of course! I do ask that you let me know at least two months in advance of your wedding date as it does take time for my insurance company to process and provide that document.
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A: I've been a professional photographer since 2009 and shot my first wedding in 2012. Before 2012 I was a family and children photographer, birth photographer and pet photographer. I've done it all! You can read more about how I got to be a photographer here.
Q: CAN YOU HOLD OUR DATE FOR US?
A: In the event someone inquires about your date before you book me for your wedding but after our consultation, I will notify you and give you 72 hours to pay the retainer and sign the contract.
Q: DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION?
A: No. The $500 retainer and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarentees that I hold your wedding date for you on my calendar and once you have booked your date, I do turn down other inquires.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY WEDDING DATE AFTER BOOKING?
A: I know things happen. One of my best friends had to postpone her wedding after a family emergency the week of her wedding. I will make every attempt I can at moving your contracted date to a new wedding date at no extra cost.
Q: CAN WE PAY YOU PART OF THE BALANCE AFTER THE WEDDING?
A: I do require full payment before the event. Payment for overtime, album upgrades or additional products beyond your wedding day contract, however, are all due post-wedding. If you have any concerns about the payment schedule, please reach out to me.
Q: WHAT IF YOU DIE?
A: If I die before your date, I guarantee I will not be at your wedding. However, Bourbon & Brides will still supply you with coverage from my contracted second shooter. I am also a member of local photographer organizations and networking groups upon which my estate holder could call to find you a replacement photographer.
Q: OKAY, WHAT IF YOU DON'T DIE, BUT JUST ARE SUPER SICK?
A: In all this time of shooting weddings, I have never missed a wedding for any reason. Please know that I take the responsibility of shooting your wedding extremely seriously, and wouldn't "call in sick" without a very grave, serious reason behind it. If that were to happen, I would find you a replacement photographer at the same skill level that I possess. If this is something that concerns you, please contact me and we can chat!
Q: HOW DO YOU PREVENT CARD AND HARD-DRIVE FAILURE?
A: Hey, SD cards fail. Hard-drives fail. It happens. But there are ways a wedding photographer can do everything possible to prevent image loss. I shoot on a Canon camera that provides two card slots. Every image I take is written on both cards. One that stays in my camera at all times (because repeatedly inserting a card is the number one reason for card failure) and the other is my working card. When I come home from a wedding, the images are immediately backed up on two hard-drives. One is my working hard-drive and the other is stored in my fireproof safe. So in the case of a natural disaster, at least one hard-drive is left intact, and in the case of a hard-drive failure I have another hard-drive with an exact copy of files that I can backup to a new purchased hard-drive. I have found after a lot of research that this is the best method for preventing image loss and I recommend you do the same with your important files and images.
Q: DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR OFF-SEASON OR NON-SATURDAY EVENTS?
A: I do not offer discounts for a full wedding day event, regardless of time of year or day of the week. Occasionally event coverage on an hourly rate is available but are based on time of year, my schedule and availability.
Q: DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU AT THE RECEPTION?
A: My contract states that we are required to have a meal at the same time as the couple eats. This is not because we want some of that good reception food, but that we are able to stay cheerful, mobile and high energy, and also eat during the downtime we have while you eat. I do accept vendor meals, so don't feel obligated to feed me a $100 plated dinner. We just want to make sure we are able to eat something in the 8-12 hours we are with you.
Q: CAN OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TAKE PICTURES WITH THEIR CAMERAS?
A: Of course they can and it doesn't bother me in the least bit. I do request they not swarm the family photographs right away so I can make sure all eyes are facing me in your images, but I don't mind if they snap away from the background. I don't allow family or friends to come along for the bridal images or the images of you two together for privacy purposes and because, frankly, other people can be distracting.
Q: MY FRIEND/COUSIN/ACQUAINTANCE WANTS TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER. CAN THEY SHADOW YOU ON THE DAY?
A: No. A wedding day can sometimes be hectic and a lot of the time I am in my head coming up with creative ideas and making sure I am getting all the shots I need. My hired second shooter is someone who is not only a professional photographer with experience, but someone who is trained to know what I need and want from them. By having someone along side me on the wedding day who I am not familiar with and/or not a skilled wedding photographer, I would not be able to concentrate on my job. However, I do offer mentoring with a photographer for a fee. You can let them know to contact me directly and I can give them more information.
Q: DO YOU REALLY LIKE SHOOTING WEDDINGS? WHAT ABOUT BRIDEZILLAS?
A: I love shooting weddings. It is such a unique career to be able to capture someone's big day and provide them family heirlooms that could possibly be around for hundreds of years and passed down for generations. As for bridezillas, I just don't have them! I am so grateful for each one of my couples and I truly believe my positive attitude and friendly nature attracts the best kind of brides!
Q: I SEE IMAGES IN YOUR PORTFOLIO OF A WEDDING IN A HOSPITAL. WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THAT WEDDING?
A: I had the incredible honor of shooting a wedding in 2017 of a couple who had their wedding in a hospital because the groom was in heart failure. And the best thing about this story? I delivered the wedding images on the same day that he received his new heart! I can share more of this story with you privately. Just ask!
Q: DO YOU HAVE A SECOND JOB?
A: No. This is my full time job and I am completely devoted to providing my couples with the best experience. I am incredibly lucky to be able to provide for me and my daughter with wedding photography and I am so grateful to love what I do. I have occasionally drive for ride-sharing companies in the winter when I have some downtime. There's only so much Netflix I can binge. Ask me for some interesting stories. I have them!
Q: WE’RE INTERESTED IN HIRING YOU! WHAT’S NEXT?
A:Great! I suggest you reach out to me right away through my contact page to send an inquiry for your date. You'll immediately get a response from my robot assistant with some information, and I will email you as soon as I have a free moment letting you know if I'm available for your wedding date. The next step would be for us to set up a time to meet for a coffee date so I can share some information and you can get to know me a little better. I suggest meeting in person with any photographer you are genuinely interested in since the wedding photographer should not only have great photographs but a great personality. They will be with you all day on your wedding day!
Q: WHAT ABOUT OTHER TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
A: While I am primarily a wedding photographer, I frequently shoot portrait and family sessions as well. You can see some of my portrait work here. I charge $350 for a portrait session, which includes 2 hours of shooting and at least 75 digital images with print rights. Reach out to me for more information.