My single photography focus
is for you to make it through all the hustle and bustle that will be your wedding day and to be able to look into your spouse’s eyes and simply say
I had so much fun today
HOW IT WORKS
Before I found photography, I spent quite a few years of my life both being full commission in sales and managing full commission sales people. I loved my time in sales but I have left that life behind me when I picked up the camera. So you will not find any gimmicks, “complimentary” items or asterisks. I built my pricing on being a service to my couples and also on what I deeply love about weddings.
I LOVE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT A BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH THAT WILL ALWAYS GRAB ME, ESPECIALLY OF A MOMENT THAT IS FULL OF EMOTION. IT STRIPS AWAY ALL THE DISTRACTIONS AND LEAVES US WITH THE PURITY OF THE MOMENT. I DO NOT HAVE ANY PHOTOGRAPHER RULES WHEN I PROCESS A PHOTO IN B/W. I JUST FOLLOW MY HEART AND CHERISH THE RESULT.
MY HEART WANTS TO EXPLORE
I LOVE TO TRAVEL AND EXPLORE, HOWEVER I LOVE EVEN MORE GETTING TO TRAVEL WITH MY COUPLES. I WILL ALWAYS BE READY TO PHOTOGRAPH A WEDDING THAT IS NOT IN MY CORNER OF THE MIDWEST! | “TRAVEL IS FATAL TO PREJUDICE, BIGOTRY, AND NARROW-MINDEDNESS, AND MANY OF OUR PEOPLE NEED IT SORELY ON THESE ACCOUNTS. BROAD, WHOLESOME, CHARITABLE VIEWS OF MEN AND THINGS CANNOT BE ACQUIRED BY VEGETATING IN ONE LITTLE CORNER OF THE EARTH ALL ONE’S LIFETIME.” – MARK TWAIN, THE INNOCENTS ABROAD
THE LITTLE THINGS MATTER
THESE DETAILS ARE WHERE YOUR STORY IS SHAPED. I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED A MOTHER’S DRESS BEING WORN BY HER DAUGHTER, A BOUQUET WITH WHEAT FROM A FATHERS FIELD, HAND CRAFTED CENTERPIECES THAT A BRIDE TOOK OVER A YEAR TO MAKE, A LONG PAST GRANDMOTHERS RING. THESE THINGS ARE WHAT MAKES YOUR WEDDING UNIQUE TO YOU. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF YOUR STORY.
NIGHTTIME IS THE PERFECT TIME
WHEN I FIRST STARTED SNEAKING MY COUPLES AWAY FOR A NIGHTTIME PHOTOGRAPH, IT WAS JUST A TRIAL IN DOING SOMETHING I HAD NOT SEEN OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO. WHAT IS HAS TURNED INTO IS A MOMENT OF PEACE WHERE MY COUPLES CAN TAKE A MOMENT AND REVEL IN THE MOMENT. I LOVE A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AND WILL JUMP TO PHOTOGRAPH ONE BUT IT SEEMS MANY OTHERS IN MY INSTAGRAM FEED WILL DO THAT TOO. WHAT IF IT IS CLOUDY THOUGH? OR MAYBE EVEN YOU JUST WANT TO DANCE WITH YOUR FRIENDS DURING THAT 15 MINUTE WINDOW. ENJOY YOUR EVENING AND WHEN YOUR FEET ARE SORE AND NEED A BREAK, LETS GO ON AN ADVENTURE
THE MOMENTS INBETWEEN THE MOMENTS
WE ALL KNOW THE BIG MOMENTS OF A WEDDING. THE FIRST KISS, THE DANCE WITH YOUR FATHER, THE TOAST OR MAYBE EVEN ROAST BY YOUR BEST MAN… THESE ARE THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 101 MOMENTS. YOUR WEDDING THOUGH, WHAT MAKES YOURS TRULY SPECIAL, IS WHAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN THOSE MOMENTS. THEY ARE THE UNSCRIPTED, UNPLANNED AND IMPOSSIBLE TO PINTERST POSE FOR MOMENTS. THESE ARE THE MOMENTS I WILL BE PRESENT FOR, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT.
JUMPING OFF POINT
After 10 years of photography the most important day in a couple’s life, I have found there are 3 things almost every couple wants from their photographer, because of that my jumping off point for pricing always includes these 3 things. I also know that every wedding is different, so I am more than happy to allow you to customize your wedding photography package AT ANY TIME. You have so much on your plate in the beginning stages of planning your wedding, so rest easy and go plan your day. Wehn you book me, you are booking in pricing structure and not a package tier.
TRUE, ALL DAY
From getting ready with mimosas to the end of night getaway, I will be by your side.
Let’s be real, it does not matter how good a photographer is, if they are not at your wedding, your ability to preserve your memories ends. No constraints, no worries and no pressure planning how to make sure your photographer will be there for all those subtle moments.
Downloading, sharing and printing your ENTIRE gallery free and for everyone.
Your family and friends are such an import part of not just your wedding but your whole life, so that is why all of my couples are giving the freedom to share their entire galleries with anyone they chose. Each one of your family and friends will be able to download, share and print photographs completely free and without strings attached.
DEDICATED 2nd PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE ENTIRE WEDDING DAY
Not a “lighting assistant” or bag carrier but a true 2nd photographer.
Weddings have the ability of throwing some things into the day that no single person can prepare for. Having a dedicated 2nd photographer not only allows you to have events photographed that a single photographer may miss but also give yous the peace knowing that no matter what your wedding day gives us, we will be prepared.
Almost all of my couples final investment ends between $5300 and $6000 for their wedding photography package. If you have a wedding that is from November to April or any Friday or Sunday, I do offer off peak discounts. I would love to walk you through what a custom package for your wedding would look like. Come visit me at my Studio in Downtown Rockford Illinois, chat on the phone, say hi through skype or even just text me, however you feel most comfortable contacting me, I am good with!
HAVE QUESTIONS? I HAVE ANSWERS!
You say you are offering "True All Day" photography coverage, what does that mean really? One of your competitors is offering "Full Day" coverage, that is the same right?
I have seen other photographers use a few different terms used but more often than than not, the devil is in the details. I have seen “Full Day” coverage but it only starts 2 hours before your ceremony. I have also seen a restriction that the coverage ends 1 hour after dancing starts. My coverage does not have those restrictions. If you are having a really unique formal exit form your reception, like a sparkler send off, I will be there until the very end. So that does mean sometimes my photography days are 12, 13 or even 14 hours long. That is ok for me! I want you to have the freedom of planning your day and never have to ask yourself “I hope my photographer will be here for this special moment.”
I had a friend who's photographer put a 30 day restriction on sharing her photographs. Do you do anything like that?
Absolutely not! I would hope you would to share your photographs the moment you get them! So I have zero restrictions of any sort.
With your online galleries, is it really OK for me to share my ENTIRE gallery with my family and friends and let them download and print any photograph they want?
Yes!! It really is! I want you to be proud of every photograph in your gallery and share them with all your family and friends! Within your gallery is a reprint, download and sharing release that is good for everyone to use! So go on and share away!
Do you offer any off peak discounts for wedding dates during traditionally slower parts of the year?
I am more than happy to offer my couples who have a wedding that takes place during November to April or on any Friday or Sunday. Just send me a message and I can share with you your off peak pricing.
How long do I have to wait to see my photographs?
I haaaaaate waiting for things in my own life so I totally understand! I personally edit every single photograph I deliver to you but I will still have your gallery to you within 30 days of your wedding!
I have seen other photographers limit my wedding gallery, such as UP to 700 photographs. What is your limit?
I will not artificially limit your gallery in any way! If it is a good photograph that I am willing to stamp my name on, I deliver it in your gallery. Most of my final wedding galleries end in the range 750-1000 photographs.
Why do you not offer multiple packages or tiers to choose from?
Because I have never enjoyed being forced to possibly select things I do not want. My pricing is built around being a service to my couples and a very large part of that service is being open with my pricing, making it easy for my couples to have access to and allowing my couples full freedom to mix and match any option they want or need without any penalty.
YOUR FIRST HEIRLOOM
I love bed time talks with my little guy. Those talks where you are laying there and just having conversations that seem to aimlessly wander. Every once in a while though, your child will surprise you with a deep thought or question that makes you pause before you can answer. In the moment where your child looks are through sleepy eyes, trying to delay the inevitable bed time and asks, “What was your wedding like?”, what will your answer be? How about that cool and crisp Thanksgiving afternoon, when your family is close and the bellies are full… what are you going to pass around to relive the moments and emotions of your wedding?
These moments are exactly why I include your first heirloom in my photography packages, your wedding album. My wedding albums are handcrafted with thick and vibrant pages with a cover selection that will allow you to have something begs to be shown off. From classic leathers, to solid oak and everything in between, I want you to answer your door holding your album and ready to show it off. We will take as much time as you need to craft an album that tells all the moments to your day in a way that you will forever be proud of.