Frequently asked questions
How will you and your team dress on my wedding day?
Usually, we will dress in business-casual clothing: black pants and blouses.
Sometimes, if we know in advance that you are having a casual affair and are okay with it, we will wear jeans.
Do you travel for weddings?
Traveling for weddings allows me to combine two of my favorite things: travel and love-stories. So, yes! I love traveling for weddings.
Do you offer all-inclusive wedding photography packages?
Yes! My "It's All Important" package includes 10 hours of wedding-day photography with two photographers, an engagement session, a shareable and downloadable digital gallery of your final images, retouched images, and an album or canvas.
Why do all of your wedding packages include two photographers?
I have a second photographer built-in to all of my wedding photography packages so that more ground can be covered.
Sometimes, on wedding days, a photographer is needed in more than one place. Maybe your morning is short on time, so you have to be getting ready at the same time as your partner, and maybe your wedding venue doesn't have space for both of you so one of you is offsite. With a second photographer, we can split up and cover things simultaneously.
My sister/brother/uncle/friend is a photographer and will edit the photos that you take. Is that cool?
While I completely understand the sentiment behind this question, the answer is no.
I heard it explained this way once: it would be like a painter starting the background of a painting and then another painter coming along and adding the foreground and details. It just doesn't mesh well.
So...what's with the name?
Ha! Funny you should ask. It's actually related to my dog, Bailey.
See, in my household, we name parts of our dog. Her snout is called a Shnoot, her nose is the Sniff-Tip, etc., and her tail is called Penny! The reason it's called Penny is because when she was a puppy, it wag back and forth like a pendulum, so I shortened it to Penny.
Then, when Bailey was about six months old, there were some hairs on her tail that started to get longer...and we called them feathers.
What equipment do you shoot with?
Currently, I have in my photography bag:
-Nikon 50mm 1.8
-Yungnuo 35mm 1.2
-Nikon 18-55mm 4.5/5.6
Do you require a retainer?
I do! Each of my photography sessions requires a retainer so that your date is reserved on my calendar. This ensures that no one else will book a session on the same day as you.
Do you accept payment plans?
Yes! I want to make sure that every person who wants their memories documented beautifully can afford to have them. Send me an email and we'll figure out what kind of payment plan is right for your situation.
Do you require fees for travel?
For sessions inside of Colorado, I start charging after 100 miles per way. For example, if you want your session to take place at a location that is 120 miles away from Fort Collins, I would charge you for 40 miles. (I calculate the total owed for distance using the current federal standard mileage rate.)
What is the best time of day to have my session?
My favorite time for photo sessions in the morning starts thirty minutes after the sun comes up and end two hours later.
You've made it known that you are a fan of tacos -- what are your favorites?
Well, where are we going? ;)
If we are going to a tacqueria, I will probably get a shrimp taco and a carnitas taco because those are my favorites at tacquerias. I'll get them plain with cilantro and add some cucumber to it -- maybe some lime, too.
What should I wear to my portrait session?
I will send you information specific to the type of session you are doing to you in your welcome guide, but here are some general rules:
Wear something that will not date your photos so that they will be able to be displayed for years to come. Try to balance timeless and stylish, but avoid trends. (This tip goes for clothing AND makeup.)
Don't wear all one color, and especially avoid wearing all black or all white as those are colors are harder to photograph. If you usually wear black, wear gray.
Avoid busy patterns. Plaid works well though.
Try to stick to neutral colors, like beige, blush, blue, and green.
Coordinate your outfit to your location. (Don't wear stilettos on a hiking trail!)
Why should I have a documentary session?
Documentary sessions focus on the memories that you make every day. You know the ones: the way the kids are contentedly coloring at the table, the way your partner looks when they are so into their book in the living room, the happy emotions streaming out of the kitchen as the family makes dinner together...ah, yeah...those warm-fuzzy evoking memories. That's the good stuff right there. Let's photograph that.