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Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but the good news is - I have a lot of experience to help you through the process! Not only do I know a lot about wedding photography, but I know a lot about planning and executing the perfect day. Working together should be easy, which is why I put together this list of frequently asked questions to make our time together pretty crystal clear. I hope it helps!

At this time my key focus is weddings in the Tri-State area. That includes Greater Pittsburgh, the surrounding mountains, West Virginia, and Ohio.
I have been photographing weddings in the Pittsburgh area for over 12 years, so I have worked at lots of wedding venues in the area! For a list of my most recent venues, you can go to my Wedding Venues page.

It is always wonderful if your wedding photographer has worked at your venue! I know the best locations for portraits, how to easily light spaces, and the venue coordinators. It’s a great combination!

However, if I have not worked at your venue, please do not be afraid. Some of my best work comes from new inspiration. I love working at new venues as well because they provide a welcome change and new perspective on a wedding day. Having photographed weddings in everything from barns to ballrooms, I can easily light any space to make it stand out.
I’m always happy to schedule a phone or video call with inquiring couples to talk more about your plans, style, and photography vision. This is also a great way to get to know each other better and see if we bounce ideas easily. I can usually tell when talking with couples if we are a good fit.

That said, I provide a ton of information on my website and really put myself out there to you in my website, blog, and social media accounts. I have lots of couples who hire me without talking prior and that is quite OK! If you’re coming as a referral, I usually already know lots of your friends.
Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis with a signed contract and date retainer. The date retainer holds your wedding date on my calendar and is non-transferable and non-refundable.

In order to solidify your wedding date, you can sign the contract via an online link. All of the details for booking are included in this link. Retainers can be paid via check, cash, or credit.
Couples book several weeks to over a year in advance. Once a signed contract and deposit has been received, I will give you my undivided attention on your wedding day and before that too!
That’s then you can breathe! I’ve got you covered, and am here to help! If you have an engagement session in your package, we will talk about scheduling a date. I will also help you with timeline planning and let you know what information I need as the weeks go on.
Anytime you need help with this, please reach out. I have created so many wedding timelines I think I can do it in my sleep. I am happy to help with this, as it affects a lot of your other wedding planning details such as limo reservations, makeup artist arrival times, and reception events.

I will keep a working copy of your timeline on file at all times and we can adjust it as your wedding date nears.
Often, a phone call is all we need to run through the timeline and answer any questions prior to the big day. If we have not yet met at all in-person, then meeting prior to your wedding day is always nice to do! However, I have worked with numerous couples who did not meet with me in-person until their wedding day and it all went fine! I bet you can’t tell the difference in the galleries!
Yes, because we will already have a photography timeline set, and I send this to all of your wedding vendor team prior to your event. I will ask you for your vendor information in advance of the big day and keep everyone on your team informed as to where we are with the day and how the timeline is rolling.

It’s my job to ensure that your wedding day is smooth, happy, and on-time. That’s a balancing act and I’m really good at it!
Yes!! You don’t see many of them on my website, because clients are typically more drawn to couples’ portraits, details, and little moments. However, I absolutely photograph family portraits on your wedding day. We will work from a list, and we will include everyone that is important to you!
Absolutely, it’s your wedding. If your family members would like a duplicate of the formal photographs, I will gladly step aside for them after I have ensured a photo with all eyes on me. I do ask to be the only photographer present during bridal party and couple portrait sessions.
Typically, no. Most couples use their 8 hours to span the main part of the wedding day, which includes some getting ready through reception formal events and some dancing. I am typically not there until the very end of your reception because - it can get messy :) However, some of my couples have a very special exit planned for their day and add hours to their coverage time with me in order to capture this piece of the day.
I usually pull images from the wedding day that stand out in my mind and send them to your as previews. They are initial edits, and the editing style may change slightly when fully-edited in the final gallery. These are nice to have so that you can share the good news about your marriage right away with some professional-quality images.
Galleries are typically ready 4-6 weeks after your wedding day. All of the images are color corrected, slight skin adjustments, backgrounds edited, and delivered in both color and black + white. All images that you see on my website have been pulled from final galleries delivered to my clients.
You can order a wedding album either up-front in your wedding package, or after your wedding day. After the wedding gallery is delivered, I will put together an initial design of a wedding album for you to look through. You can always make adjustments to this design by adding/removing images or pages, but it’s a good place to start.

You can view wedding album options on my Wedding Albums page.
Professional-quality prints are available directly through the private gallery link. They are printed with my pro-lab and shipped directly to you.
Yes, every client receives the high-resolution digital images from your wedding day without watermarks. You also have the digital rights-to-print, so you can print on your own, wallpaper your house, give them as gifts, you name it!Answer