Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a list of questions that may be helpful in determining if we're a great fit! If you have other questions, feel free to email me!
I would like to book you, how do I start the process?
You can reach me via my contact page with what you are looking for (wedding, engagement or portrait session). I'm a face-to-face person. If possible, I would love to meet you so we can get to know each other. If you live outside the Fargo area, I do phone consultations. Once you've decided that we're a good fit, we will go through a short contract then start planning together. I'm the kind of photographer you will see more than once! After that, you can check "photographer" off your to-do list!
How long have you been taking photos professionally?
Short answer: 10 years and close to 150 weddings.
Long Answer: I learned photography from my parents. Since I was introduced to photography as a kid, I have been in love with it ever since. My father even built a dark room in our basement where I learned to process film. I've worked with other experienced photographers and assisted them. In 2008, I photographed my first wedding as Admire Photography. Photography started as a way to express myself and now has turned into a business that I'm deeply proud of!
What is your photography style?
My style is story-telling. I love using creative lighting, angles, and unique locations to bring out my clients personality while telling their love story. Every couple has a style they love. Some couples are traditional while others like urban or rustic settings.
How much do I need to deposit? If we cancel the wedding, will we receive the deposit back? What happens if we change our date?
A $300 deposit is required and the remainder is due 30 days prior to the wedding day. Payment plans are available and credit cards are also accepted.
If the wedding is canceled, the deposit is nonrefundable.
If you decide to change your date, notify me as soon as possible. If the new date is available, the deposit will carry over. If you change your date 6 months before the original wedding date, the deposit will be nonrefundable. Deposits are used to hold your date and booking another wedding for that date may be difficult.
What is the role of the second photographer?
I do shoot with an assistant/second photographer for weddings except for Love Story I and II. The second photographer offers a different perspective and allows us to work efficiently. The second photographer will be available for part of the day. The role of the second photographer is to help assist at certain times and shoot at other times. As your primary photographer, I use only a portion of the second photographer's photos.
Do you travel?
Yes! I'm based out of Fargo, N.D. but I LOVE to travel and will generally arrrive at least the day before the wedding depending on the location. Here are just some of the big places I've been to: Bismarck (my home town), Jamestown, Grandforks, Pipestone, SD, St. Paul, MN, Medford, OR. I've been to numerous small towns in ND, SD, and MN. Let me know where you are and we'll figure out the best way to get me out to you.
What time do we start wedding photos?
I love to help my couples create a schedule of the day. It's the teacher in me. When you have the ceremony/reception time nailed down, we can create a tentative schedule. A week before the wedding, we'll I touch base to make sure we are good to go! Having a schedule is super handy. It keeps us on track and also lets the family know when important photos will happen.
Do you shoot in B&W?
I adore B&W photos. They are classy and can really make something pop! The great thing about digital is that it allows me to decide which images will look stunning in B&W, keep in color, or choose a different color preference.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with the best of two worlds: Canon and Nikon along with a combination of professional lenses and lighting.
Do you edit the photos?
Yes, I do all the editing on professional editing software. Editing takes time. If you have a blemish, I can make it disappear.
If there’s a spot on your tux, I can remove it. If you have special requests that would be considered advanced editing and would take an extensive work such as removing entire objects from an image or multiple images, a fee may apply depending on complexity of the request. I try my best to make sure nothing is distracting in the photo.
How many photos do you give? Can we have all of them?
On a typical wedding day, I will take hundreds of photos, but the majority of those are taken in bursts. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, any images where someones eyes closed, or other images that just don't fit. Since every wedding is different and varies in coverage, it's hard to guarantee how many pictures you'll receive. My approach has always been to provide you with a beautiful story of your day, but I do not give all the images taken.
Will you be the one actually shooting our wedding?
Absolutely! I'm your primary photographer. I wouldn’t miss your wedding for anything! Not even hitting a deer and totaling my vehicle on the way to a wedding in Minnesota! True story.
Do you have a replacement wedding photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, I have a network of experienced photographers I can call upon, but I've been fortunate to never make that call. In event that the second photographer is unavailable the day of the wedding due to unplanned circumstances, I do my best to find a replacement photographer or visit with you to determine the best way to provide additional coverage or prints.
When will our wedding photos be ready?
I will post some images to Facebook for you to enjoy, tag, share and brag about. Your photos will generally be ready within 4-6 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing and editing the best images from the day to reflect your love story. If more time is needed, I will keep you in the loop!
What does the printing release allow me to do? Are there restrictions?
With all Love Story packages, a printing release form is included. This allows you to create books and print your wedding photos anywhere, any size, any time! There are certain places that will require a signed release so you will want to have the form or make a copy. As a photographer, I want to show off your photos! I respect your privacy if there are certain photos you'd prefer me not to publish, but I hope you'll agree that your photos are amazing enough to share!
Are you willing to accept a list of "must have" photos?
When you are ready to create the schedule of the day, I ask couples to bring a few ideas they have. Your ideas are important! Couples have even shared their Pinterest board with me so I can get a glimpse of the types of photos you love. We will discuss where we can fit these ideas in during the day and make them your own. Since the wedding day can be fast paced, I do my best to honor requests.
Do you provide albums?
I do not offer albums at this time. However, if you want a coffee table style album, I can provide you with my top recommendations for quality that you create yourself.
What if I need a wedding photographer for a few hours?
Love Story packages range from $995-2195 depending on coverage and add-ons. If you only need a couple hours for a small wedding or vow renewal, I offer a mini Love Story package. Please e-mail me and we can discuss the details.
Do you photograph anything else besides weddings?
Yes! I am available for portrait sessions in addition to weddings. This includes maternity, newborn, children, seniors, family, pets and special events such as anniversaries, baptisms, memorial services, bands, corporate events, benefits or custom projects. I have photographed all of the above and I love doing something new! Check out the 'Portaits' page for pricing or email me for information on special events.
How do I know you're the right photographer for me?
If you’ve read these questions or even wandered to my 'About Me" page, you have learned a little about me and what a wedding photographer should do for you. The big question is...do you feel like I’m someone you would want to spend a day with? Your wedding photographer is the only vender who will spend most or all day with you so it’s important that we 'click' (sorry, photography pun).
If the answer is yes or even a maybe, we should find a time to meet and get to know each other better. We can find a place to enjoy some appetizers, coffee or a drink somewhere. If you live outside the Fargo area, let's set up a phone date and we will visit about what you're looking for and how we can connect in person. I have booked many weddings over the phone, Facetime and email.
If you decide I’m not the fit for you, that's okay! I enjoy connecting with couples. Remember, it's your love story that matters most!