Frequently Asked Questions
Do you actually live in Telluride?
Amazingly, yes, right at the bottom of chair 7. I have lived here full-time since 2011, and part-time since 2003.
What is your style?
For the bulk of the day I prefer to blend into the background and quietly look for real moments, the fleeting bits of time when people are crying and laughing and capture them before anyone even notices. Outside of the family photos and creative portraits when I take control you won’t really notice I’m there. I don’t spend a lot of time shooting people smiling for the camera (your guests will have that covered for free), I want to tell your story with images of real moments that really connect, the ones that will let you relive those memories of the wedding years after you thought you forgot about them.
Do you shoot film?
I learned to shoot on film- more specifically, my professional roots are in commercial and editorial snowboard/ski photography. I had to learn how to nail my exposures and compositions on very unforgiving slide film, a skill I’ve carried with me into the digital age. All that said, I prefer the digital workflow for weddings and commercial work over film.
Should we give you a shot list?
When you reach out I will provide links to full wedding galleries that will show you that I am thorough in my coverage and that all the shots of the dress, the details, decor, family, rings, cake, etc., are there. You can also follow the Client Galleries link on the left if you wish to see them before reaching out. I strongly encourage all prospective clients to look at full galleries from any photographer they may be interested in- anyone can put a few good images on their site, its consistency throughout the day that makes a professional.
Do you shoot family/group photos?
Of course! Your mom will die if I don’t. I strategize with all of my clients prior to the wedding on the best way to handle this part of the day quickly and painlessly, but also with the same integrity I approach the rest of the day.
Do you shoot video?
On your wedding day I will be putting 110% of my attention on shooting the best stills I can. If you desire video please consider hiring a dedicated videographer. While I do know how to roll video, “flipping the lever” and trying to do stills and video from the same camera is surefire way to compromise both.
Can you do aerial/drone images?
Yes. I have both an FAA license and a drone. Please check with your venue for specific drone policies. For example, Telluride Ski Resort has extra fees and insurance requirements that can make it prohibitive to fly, as well as much of the airspace around town and the Valley Floor being off-limits due to the proximity of the local airport and laws about flying over wilderness/open space.
Do you use assistants?
Yes. They're integral to using the various remote studio lights and flashes I like to use.
Are your second shooters any good?
Absolutely. I have a very short list of qualified 2nd shooters that I rely on, all of whom either have their own wedding businesses and are looking to fill empty weekends or are just pros from other genres that don't want to run their own wedding business. I even make myself available to other photographers as a 2nd shooter because you always learn things from working with others!
What if it rains or snows?
Your venue and/or planner will have that covered, but rain or shine, be rest assured that I am perfectly willing to brave the elements. It also will probably make interesting photos...
When will we see our photos?
Your custom gallery with all of the edited, color-corrected images will be available to view in 8-12 weeks.
Do you retouch photos?
I would like to take this moment to explain the difference between Color Correction and Retouching, mainly because both brides and new photographers alike often confuse both and its SUPER important that you know what you are getting before signing a contract:
- Color Correction is the act of adjusting the color-cast of the original images for correct skin tones, uniformity across all images, and proper sharpening/contrast adjustments to ensure the best prints. All images require this out of camera and ALL of the images I deliver in your gallery are painstakingly Color Corrected.
- Retouching is the act of smoothing/removing skin blemishes, slimming, removing objects, fixing errant hair, etc., and is a vastly much more time-consuming and complicated process than Color Correction- just to illustrate the complexity, current professional retoucher rates hover around $90/hr. Staged portraits are the ideal candidates for this kind of work and the only ones that retouch work is included on in Day-Of coverage fees. For group portraits I apply some level of skin smoothing depending on the scene. Bride and Groom portraits, and any images that are selected for albums, are also evaluated for skin smoothing, blemish removal, hair fixes, slimming, etc.. The goal is to go for a natural look, not the fake ‘blurred plastic’ look. I want you to look your best. If you come across a photographer offering blanket retouch on all images, its probably their first year shooting weddings. Check to make sure they don't mean Color Correction.
-How do we book you?!
Shoot me a message using the Date and Pricing Inquiry link in the menu. From there I will send you contract that can be signed online as well as an online invoice for the 35% retainer fee. Once I have both your names go in the calendar and the balance isn’t due until the day before the wedding. Easy peasy!
-Will you take us skiing/boarding or mountain biking?