General FAQ

Why Film?

Why film you ask? Film is an artistic decision and to me, it creates an 3D look and feel to the images. Film allows me to slow down and be in the moment and not just push the shutter a million times hoping to get one good image. All the film photographs I take get scanned into high resolution JPEGS to a private gallery.

I will cover your your story as it truly unfolds. I love documenting real life moments with the ebbs and flows of a wedding day. Film is the tool that allows me to photograph unscripted moments, as they truly tell your story best.

Investment?
I believe in simplicity. That’s why I don’t offer complex packages. I charge a rate of $475 per photography hour with a 4 hour minimum.
Do you host your photos online?
Yes, I use a private online gallery to host your photos. This allows you to easily share all your photos with your family and guests.
Do you offer engagement sessions?
It is my philosophy that the better we know each other, the more comfortable you will be in front of the camera. The more comfortable you are, the better the photos. I usually begin at your home, to the place where you first met, or a favorite location that is special to you. I photograph your unscripted love story that gives you the most authentic photographs of you as a couple.
Are you available to travel?
I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I would love to talk to you about your destination wedding. I enjoy traveling for weddings and have a global network of second photographers who can accompany me as well.
How do I reserve our wedding date?

In order to give my full attention to each couple, I only take 10 weddings per year. The first step is to set up a consultation to see if I am available on your date and to see if we’re the right fit.

What makes us a fit? If you’re all about enjoying your day and letting me document it as it unfolds, we’re a fit. If you are really worried about getting your mason jars being photographed, I bet there’s a photographer out there that can do that. I focus on photographing unscripted moments of you and your loved ones. 

How many photos will be included?

My focus is on providing you with all of the images that tell the story of your day in its entirety. Typically, I provide 200 images, but the real focus for me is to deliver the right amount of images to fully capture your big day. In our initial meeting, we can talk about your expectations for how many photographs you will receive, and I can show you samples of full weddings so you will get a sense of the “just right” number of photos.

Kids FAQ

What type of sessions do you offer?

All sessions are photographed on beautiful authentic 35mm film. I call Lafayette, California home, and travel throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. All sessions come with a personalized in-home consultation for families to view and order our heirloom products. I believe in displaying your beautiful family memories on the walls of your home and through my unique heirloom products.

What special moments make your family unique? These sessions are completely unique and personal to you and your family and catch the in-between moments that you will want to remember forever. I love photographing families in their homes because that is where precious memories are made. Kids feel more comfortable, parents are more relaxed at home, and I can focus on the relationships and moments unique to your family. In-home sessions are great because when you look back on your pictures, you’ll remember your family’s porch, your kiddos’ favorite toys at that age, and most importantly, your little one’s authentic selves. Parents so often have photos of their kids, but not of them in the pictures with their kids, all as a family. It’s priceless to give the gift of that family snuggle, the genuine love and laughs, and freezing the moment in time, on real 35mm film. No filters or adjustments after the photo is taken, just real moments.

What Should I Know About Film Photography?

All sessions are on 35mm film to capture the depth and authentic classic look of film. You will get a mixture of color and black and white film images.

Reasons you will fall in love with your film photographs:

-The richness and depth of the images makes your family photos stand out without looking dated or like they were done with an Instagram filter

-The anticipation! In a world of instant, the waiting builds an anticipation of the big reveal (don’t worry, it’s not a long wait!)

-The archiving capabilities: Hard drive crash? iCloud blow up? No worries, you will have the film negatives of all your treasured moments as a back up.

-Say goodbye to having one million photos to choose from. It’s overwhelming and you don’t really need many shots of very similar moments. You will get quality, not quantity.

How Do I Get Images off My Devices and into My Hands as Heirlooms?
The heirloom products we offer celebrate and preserve the most meaningful memories of your life. Whether it’s a custom designed flush mount album to sit on your coffee table, a frame gallery collection displayed in your living room, Italian made Folio Box, or a canvas hanging above your bed, our heirloom products are made of the finest quality, meant to be displayed in your home and passed on to future generations. After your session, I offer a personalized in-home consultation for you to view and order our heirloom products.
How do We Prepare for our Session?

In terms of what to wear, the most important rule is to be comfortable. If you don’t feel like yourself, it will show in the photographs. Kids not cooperating with what you’ve picked out? No problem, that’s life. Let go of your inner Gap Ad mentality and roll with it. Your photos will reflect your true family. That being said, if you can wrangle everyone into solid colors, it looks amazing on my color film I use!

You may be wondering if an in-home session will work for you. One reason in-home sessions are great is because that’s where kids feel most comfortable and where you can capture your real life. Your home does not need to look like a Dwell magazine spread for me to get amazing images! The beauty is in the relationship between you and your family members, not the decor of your home. Maybe we can get some amazing shots of your kids jumping on an unmade bed, because that’s your life. Family dog photobomb? I love it. Love to cook? Let me catch the look on your kids’ faces when dad serves up his famous pancakes. Love to romp in the backyard? Let’s turn on the sprinklers and catch the joy as mom gets splashed. Memories happen in your home, and I am always honored to capture them.

I am here to help! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure, just shoot me an email or text and I can offer you some guidance.

What is Documentary Lifestyle Photography?

Documentary images are captured with no interference on the part of the
photographer. Whereas with Lifestyle images the photographer may rearrange you, pose
you for optimal light and composition, or perhaps pick up the room to clean up the
frame. My work is part Lifestyle and part Documentary with a splash of Vanity Fair
Magazine. During our session, I will give guidance that lends itself to capturing an
organically created image

How should we best prepare for this type of photo session?

In your customized session questionnaire ,it will give me a little insight on your
daily family interactions. Which will allow for the session itself to be very
relaxed (I can even decide on some music that you would like to listen to while we
shoot) and truly enjoyable. All I ask of you is to be 100% yourself – this will
allow me to do all the groundwork in discovering what makes your family unique and
structuring a session that will truly reflect your unique family.