Hiya! Im Kelley, and I’m here to make all of your wedding photo dreams come true. I’ve been a professional third wheel for five years now. I get to travel all over the world shooting some good stuff. Awesome job, I know. Year after year couples trust me to take care of them and deliver their most precious moments, and I absolutely do. I’ve worked with amazing individuals, rad celebrities, cool brands, and now hopefully you!
so you ready to be #weddingsquadgoals,
i wanna get to know ya!
You should definately schedule your consultation asap so we can get to know each other better! During our chat, we’ll discuss more details about your wedding day and what you might need from me besides doubling as the security guard (which is totally a part of my job description, fyi). Because I travel (for weddings) a lot, consultations are done via Skype & Google Hangout (or facetime if you don’t have either) so that I can get to ya faster! If you want to meet in person and you live in LA or ATL, we can do that too.
Let’s Talk Investment!
I will send out your contract after our chat! A 50% non-refundable deposit + contract is required to officially secure your full day wedding date. Once I send off your contract, I will place a soft hold on your wedding date for the next SEVEN days. After 7 days, the soft hold will be released, so if you’d like to lock in your wedding date just have your signed contract and deposit back to me before then. The remaining balance is due no later than 30 days prior to your wedding date.
Note: Weddings being booked less than 60 days before the wedding date + local elopements require a 100% non-refundable deposit.
I accept bank transfers, credit cards (may include a processing fee) checks from mom, venmo, and Beyoncé tickets. Everything is done online, so don’t worry about popping anything into the snail mail.
and just in case…
…another couple inquires about your date before you’ve officially booked:
It is not uncommon for me to receive multiple requests for the same date within a very short time frame. Keep in mind lots of people are planning their wedding at the same time you are! As a courtesy, I will let you know if someone has inquired about your date but I do not hold dates without a deposit, no matter how awesome you are. So it is suggested that you schedule your consultation as soon as possible (I'd say 1-3 days from the time you inquired if possible) to avoid someone else scheduling theirs sooner than yours and subsequently receiving their contract before you.
…you think you need to remind me that you love candids:
I know. And I gotcha ;) Not even sure if there’s really another way to shoot a wedding. Most of your wedding day will be shot in documentary style, capturing candids all over the place, so no need to worry about that.
Your couples portraits will however include lots of creative direction. I don't like to leave my couples confused, wondering what to do with their hands, their eyes, their…whatever. I prefer you look like rock stars at all times, as should you.
lotsssss of questions answered here!
Q// How would you describe your photography style?
I shoot/edit with feeling in mind. Feeling, vibe, essence, aura, whatever you call it, thats what I aim to capture. It's easy to capture what we see, but what about what we cant see? How will you remember how you felt? Storytelling is about more than just the what, its about the why as well. My photography can be categorized as moody over light and airy; documentary rather than fine art; lifestyle instead of traditional. I like my images to reflect real. I play with shadows. I capture tiny details that you may not even notice. I shoot the way I feel someone would want to remember. You can read more about why I shoot the way I shoot here.
Q// How many weddings have you shot?
Q// Do you bring your own lighting?
Yes. I use natural light until there is no more and then I switch to a speedlight to capture the reception.
Q// What kind of equipment do you typically use?
My camera bag usually contains: 2 red bulls, 2 canon camera bodies, a holdfast multi camera strap, 3-4 lenses (both prime and zoom), 2 speedlights, lotsa memory cards, a waterproof, smash proof memory card case, extra camera batteries, and rechargeable speedlight batteries.
Q// Do I have to provide food for you (and your assistant if applicable) during the reception?
A meal is required for weddings over 4 hours.
Q// Are you vegetarian? Do you have any dietary restrictions?
No, but my second shooter is vegan.
Q// What if you get sick last minute and you can't shoot our wedding?
I will send a photographer who shoots as closely to my style as I can find in my place. No, I've never not been able to make a wedding.
Q// Do you do posed family portraits during the wedding?
Yes. I don't blog posed family portraits but I do take them at every wedding where they are requested. These typically take 10-20 minutes total to shoot depending on how long it takes to wrangle family members and how many photo combinations have been requested.
Q// How long does an engagement session typically last?
Engagement session times vary by where we go and how much fun we're having. Typically we would be shooting an hour if shooting in one general location, two hours if you want to hit 2-3 locations or opt for a day-in-the-life session (a documentary-style session where I capture you at different spots around the city that fit your personality; literally things that you would actually do).
Q// What makes a cool engagement session?
Cool engagement sessions are more than just venturing to your local park at noon (because you think lots of blinding sunshine is best for photos) in matching outfits. Yikes! Lets not. First off, dusk or dawn light makes everyone look like a rockstar. And second, taking a stroll through an arts district, drinks on a rooftop, the beach at sunset, a boardwalk with a fist full of cotton candy, "hiking" through a national park, a cozy indoor session in a decked out home (or someones else’s decked out home...), picking a neighborhood and just walking with no set agenda, these are just a few awesome session ideas and the best way to get honest, authentic candids and portraits. Also keep in mind your engagement session doesn't have to be in your city, we can go anywhere. Get creative!
Q// Can my parent pay you?
Yes. Mom or Dad can pay via the invoice link that I send you, again, no snail mail or paper checks required.
Q// What happens if we don't pay our remaining balance on time?
You work, right? So first lets imagine if at the end of this current pay period you didn't get your paycheck on time. You'd be ready to raise hell, no? I mean you've already calculated which bills you're going to pay with said paycheck and everything, right? Me too! My contract states that a $25 fee is added to your balance every day you're late. I'd much rather just get paid on time though. Same as you :)
Q// Can we see a full wedding gallery example?
Sure, a full wedding example is < here >.
Q// My wedding venue requires all outside vendors to have a certificate of insurance, do you have that?
Q// If we want to go to a location for our engagement session or wedding that requires a parking fee, admission ticket, boat ride, plane ticket, overnight stay, etc does your base rate include that?
No; out of the ordinary additional payments needed to fulfill your photography dreams are not already included in my base rate. So for example if you want me to meet you at ABC Botanical Gardens and the ticket fee is $20 you would be responsible for purchasing my ticket. If you want me to meet you anywhere where parking would be more than $5, you would be responsible for covering my parking. If you live in New York but you want to shoot your engagement session in New Mexico, you would be responsible for covering my flight and hotel accommodations, etc.
Q// Will you visit our venue prior to the wedding?
If you would like me to attend a walk through with you and your coordinator, and I will be in town and have availability I will put it on my schedule. A travel fee will be required if:
Los Angeles Area specific: ....the venue is more than 15 miles from Highland Park.
Atlanta Area specific: .....the venue is OTP.
Q// How long can I access my photo gallery after the wedding is over?
Your online gallery will be available for unlimited downloads for one calendar year from your wedding date.
Q// Can you give us an idea of what a wedding day schedule typically looks like?
A traditional schedule + first look might look something like < this > and if you are skipping a first look maybe something lie < this >. Of course these examples should be viewed as a GUIDE and not a definite schedule.
An elopement would vary as they don't usually follow the traditional wedding day timeline. We can curate a relaxed, elopement schedule together based on what you'd like to incorporate.
Whatever you do, please keep me in the loop as you begin to create your schedule (even if you have a coordinator), so that we have enough time for everything. You can even pass the above example schedules on to your coordinator if you need to, so they know beforehand how much time I need (they should be asking you how much time I need).
Q// What images might we expect in our gallery? Do we have to tell you what images we want?
Images I typically take at a wedding can be found on < this list >. You do not need to give me a list of typical wedding images (which is basically everything on this list). You don't need to tell me to capture things like "my dress", "photo with my mom" or other things that are super obvious. Feel free to mention not so obvious things like "i want a picture with my 2-year old cousin from London".
Q// I would be considered a high-profile/celebrity client, can you hold off on posting any of my images until they've been published to maintain exclusivity?
Absolutely. Please make this request prior to contract signing so that I can send you the appropriate contract.
Q// Do we get the copyrights to the images taken?
Let me explain ‘copyrights’ first: When you ask a photographer for copyrights to an image they have taken, you are not just simply asking for the right to use the images however you want, you are also asking the photographer to give up their legal right to use their own property.
The contract I send you will grant you permission to share, and print your images. It also grants me permission to share and print your images. If there is something else you are attempting to do (or if there is something you prefer I not do) with your images, we can chat about it and make any necessary adjustments to your contract.
If you still think purchasing the copyrights from me is what you'd like to do, they can be purchased for an additional fee. For the full gallery, the copyright fee is equal to the package base rate you have chosen. Individual images can be purchased at $250 per file, if you do not need the copyrights to the entire gallery.
Q// Can we have the .RAW, unedited images? Can we have all the images?
My base rate covers edited .JPGs only. You will not receive every image taken during the day, you will receive the BEST images taken during the day. If you would like to purchase un-edited .JPGs for personal use, they can be delivered in addition to the edited .JPGs for an additional fee of $250 per un-edited .JPG file.
Q// How many edited images can we expect to receive after the wedding?
There is no certain amount or limitation on how many edited images you will receive. A full day wedding can produce up to 600 images or more. Or less.
Q// How long will it take to receive our images?
I typically have photo galleries back by the 1st month anniversary, but since I can't guarantee that can happen every time due to certain months being a heavier work load than others, I will say 4-6 weeks for Nov-March weddings and 6-8 weeks for April-Oct Weddings.
Q// Do you do wedding albums?
Yes, more info here.
Q// Will you blog us?
Q// What if we absolutely do not want you to post ANY of our images anywhere on the internet to assist you in booking future business?
Unfortunately, I am unable to take on any weddings that are required to remain off the internet entirely, because as a photographer showing people pretty pictures is kind of how I eat. #loveyoumeanit