f.a.q.

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 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.

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.


ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK ALONGSIDE A VIDEOGRAPHER?

No. I’m not able to deliver the photographs or the experience that couples expect from me with a videography crew also present. If it is important to you to include videographers on your wedding day please don’t hire me. Please note this doesn't include family members recording your day with a camera on a tripod.

Videography crews 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 during your ceremony. Having 4 video cameras set up during your ceremony makes it impossible for me to capture beautiful ceremony photos for you without a tripod, camera or videographer in your photo. I also find the experience to feel like being on a reality tv show with 4 video cameras recording the day.


HOW LONG AFTER OUR WEDDING DAY WILL WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?

It depends on what season you get married but it is my goal to have all of your photographs uploaded to a private online gallery to share with your loved ones about 4-6 weeks after your wedding day.


HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL WE RECEIVE?

I don't limit how many photographs I take at any event. The amount of final photographs that I deliver varies a lot based on the weather, how much portrait time I am given and if the wedding day runs on time or is rushed.

Generally speaking I would say that for an engagement portrait you can expect 50-75 final photographs, My Short & Sweet 3 hour collection would generally deliver about 250-300 final photographs and for my 8 hour wedding coverage I generally deliver about 500-700 final photographs but again that number varies a lot based on the wedding day itself.


WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE IN ORDER TO BOOK YOUR SERVICES AND CONFIRM OUR WEDDING DATE?

I ask for a signed contract and a $500 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 $500 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.


WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

I accept E-Transfers, Visa & Mastercard.


CAN YOU SIGN AS THE WITNESSES FOR OUR ELOPEMENT?

YES! Absolutely! My husband and I would be honoured to sign as your 2 required witnesses for your elopement.


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.


WHAT DO WE NEED TO GET MARRIED IN ALBERTA?

To get married in Alberta you will need to purchase a marriage license, hire a commissioner to perform your ceremony and have 2 witnesses over the age of 18 (My husband and I are happy to sign as your witnesses if you are eloping).

An Alberta Marriage License can be purchased at any Alberta Registry office and is valid for 3 months. You need to bring 1 piece of identification with you which must be one of the following: a passport, birth certificate or driver's license. If either of you have been divorced or widowed you will need to bring those documents with you to the registry office. You can download forms and find detailed Alberta marriage license information here.