Residing in the DMV
I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015 and quickly found a community where I am able to mix a fascination of politics, a steadfast belief in the power of the arts, a soft spot for people in love and a deep conviction that everyone deserves a proper portrait.
Washington D.C. has something for everyone – history, politics, culture, great food and motorcades!
Raised in the PNW
I spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, growing up in gritty (but oh, so pretty) Tacoma, Washington, and then living in Seattle until 2015 with a brief interlude off the west coast of Sweden.
I know what real mountains are, and in my heart I remain a west-coast girl never forgetting to appreciate the relentless drama of nature.
Ready for travel
My passport is current. I speak passable Swedish å vill gärna tala svenska med dig!
I have been known to choose a destination based upon cuisine opportunities alone. The world is for exploring, and photographing it is always a good idea. If your story takes you afar, I would be thrilled to follow along on your adventure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I get?
• 4x6" proof prints (for weddings, mitzvahs & portraits)
• Secure access to online gallery
• Usage permission to share and print in perpetuity
• USB drive of master image files
How many images are included?
Approximately 50-80 images per hour
How are images edited?
I make minor adjustments with respect to color balance, overall exposure and general cropping. For continuity, I provide gentle retouching for images that will be printed in the albums I offer. I am happy to re-master individual images for enlargement purposes at a per-image rate.
Do we get RAW files? Do we get the rejected images?
No. And no.
How many photographers?
I am the primary photographer for any photo session: weddings, other events and portrait sessions. I have trusted second (and third!) photographers that I hire for larger projects and weddings.
Is there a travel fee?
I do not charge a travel fee for events in the Seattle/Tacoma or Washington D.C. metro areas.
For destination weddings or weddings outside of Washington D.C. metro and Seattle/Tacoma areas, I charge standard fees for mileage (or airfare & car rental) plus hotel accommodations as necessary.
Do we get a wedding album?
I offer beautiful albums, but none are included in my wedding packages.
Albums are custom designed and sold separately, after online access to images, proof prints and master files have been delivered.
Can we book just an engagement session?
You may of course book an engagement session à la carte. I will happily apply this fee to the deposit on any wedding package that already includes an engagement if you hire me for your wedding.
What if we don't even come close to our day-of schedule?
I offer overtime hours that must be paid before I agree to stay past the original timeline.
What are additional à la carte options?
• Additional hours of coverage
• Second and third-photographers
• Rehearsal dinner coverage
• Archival enlargements (darkroom & pigment prints)
• Fine-art album
• Parent/mini albums
Can we provide a detailed shot-list for our wedding?
With the exception of family and other formal group photos, no. I send a questionnaire to compile various information related to your event specifics and about other vendors: stylist, designer, florist, caterer, jeweler, venue, planner, etc. This information ensures that I am well-prepared to capture all the important details you selected as you planned your wedding.
A long list of "must-get" shots will mean I spend my time preoccupied with checking items off the list rather than capturing the beauty of the day as it unfolds naturally.
Will you shoot in a different style for our wedding?
If you've read this far, you've likely had plenty of time to look at many examples of my shooting style. If my style is not your style, I have no doubt you will find another great photographer who would be thrilled to shoot in the style you love.
Do you shoot formal family portraits?
I do! "Family formal" photos at some point got a bad reputation. I love family portraits. I can do them very quickly and fairly painlessly. In fact, they often are some of the most fun and special moments of the day.
Do you have business insurance? Can you provide a COI to our venue?
I do. And yes, without hesitation.
How do we book you for our event date?
I require a 50% non-refundable deposit to book the date. Final payment is due 30 days prior to event date.
Is there a cancellation fee?
All payments prepaid are forfeit if the event is cancelled for any reason. In case of a natural disaster or force majeure, I will make every effort to reschedule and without penalty.
What if you're too ill or injured to photograph the event?
I will make every effort to find a replacement photographer of equal caliber. If I am unable to find a replacement photographer, my liability is limited to the refund of all payments received.
(I don't get sick.)
Do you require a meal?
Meals are not contracted requirements. But they sure do make me (and my team) happy.
Can other people use their cameras?
Your guests may of course use their own cameras at your wedding! The more the merrier!
But they may not stand beside me (or behind me) while I am working in order to duplicate my shot. And they may not tag along during the first look or couple portraits. Many couples are now considering a "no cell phone/camera" policy during the ceremony in order to allow guests to be fully present, but that is your decision alone.