Do you work with an assistant?
Yes! My husband Kevin works with me full time and he is with me at every wedding and portrait session. He’s not a photographer but is there to assist me by carrying all of my equipment and setting up lighting. My husband is there to ensure everything goes smoothly.
What is your background?
I grew up in Calgary and graduated from the Alberta College of Art's 4 year Photography program. After graduating I moved to San Francisco where I exhibited my fine art work and worked as a photography assistant for fashion photographers. My work with fashion photographers led me to move to New York for a year before meeting my husband and returning to California to live in Napa Valley where I began photographing vineyard weddings in 2001. My husband and I moved to Banff in 2004 where I have continued my passion and love for photographing weddings.
Do we get our digital images?
Yes! You will receive your final edited digital images on a USB with permission to use your images for personal use. The images are high resolution and are not watermarked so you are not restricted in print size. I will also upload the images to a password protected online gallery for you so that you can share them with friends and family if you wish.
How long after our wedding day will we receive our images?
It is my goal to have all of your photographs online in a private gallery ready to view and share with loved ones 4-6 weeks after your wedding.
What do you require in order to book your services and confirm our wedding date?
I ask for a signed contract and a $1000 non-refundable retainer that is applied to your final balance. Both the contract and payments can be taken care of online. Please note that I can’t “pencil in” or hold dates.
When is our final balance due for our wedding collection?
I ask for a $1000 non-refundable retainer when you sign a contract with me and your final balance is due 30 days before your wedding day. You will receive an automated online invoice when payment is due that you can take care of online.
Can you sign as our witnesses for our elopement?
YES! Absolutely! My husband and I would be honoured to sign as your 2 required witnesses for your elopement.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept Visa, Mastercard, e-transfer, cheque and cash.
Are you willing to work alongside a videographer?
No. Videographers come with 4 cameras and 2 shooters which leaves me no space to be able to capture photographs without their tripods, cameras or shooters being in your wedding photographs. I also like to create a relaxed atmosphere during photos and being filmed with 3-4 cameras feels a bit like a chaotic reality tv show.
Videographers typically set up a camera on a tripod in the centre of the aisle and two cameras on either side of you and then another moving camera. That means that I am not able to capture photos freely and have to resort to odd side camera angles to take photos without standing in front of their cameras to get photos for you. I am not able to deliver the photos that couples expect.
If it is important to you to include videographers on your wedding day please don't hire me.
Can we bring our dog to our portrait session?
Absolutely! I love when couples choose to include their dog in their engagement portraits or wedding day portraits. Make sure to bring along your dog’s most favourite treat so we can convince them to pose for photos. On wedding days it’s usually best to bring along a friend or family member who can hold your dog while they wait to have their photo taken and who can take your dog back to their air conditioned hotel and dog sit so they are not stressed in any way.
What should we wear to our engagement session?
I find that having a pop of colour really makes your photographs shine. It’s especially important to have some colour for winter engagement sessions. In the winter having colourful scarves or mittens can make a big difference in your photographs. Since a lot of my engagement sessions involve walking to a photo location make sure you bring a comfortable stable pair of shoes for walking and then you can switch out to other shoes once we are at our chosen location. I find that for engagement sessions it’s best to avoid wearing white which tends to look washed out and clothing that has prominent logos that distract from the person. Typically I suggest not to wear distracting patterns but that being said I find that gingham and plaid photographs beautifully.