Why do you specialize in historic home and plantation weddings?
I’ve always loved history and I have an adoration for old things. My bedroom furniture has been in my husband’s family for generations, my first-edition Nancy Drew books are some of my most prized possessions, and the piano I play in my living room is the same piano my dad played in the 1970s. When I started shooting at the old historic homes and plantations of New Orleans, I found myself falling in love with weddings all over again. There’s just something about being inside of a home that has such a life of its own. I’ve had the honor of visiting and photographing so many beautiful historic homes – from ones right down the street in New Orleans, to Natchez, to Charleston, and Savannah. I love the idea of two people marking their history in a place that already has so much history. Whether they know it or not, they are already apart of something so much bigger than themselves.
What about other historic sites?
Absolutely! I love beautiful old churches (my favorites are Sacred Heart – pictured above – and Immaculate Conception!), restaurants that have been on the map for decades (New Orleans even has the oldest restaurant in the nation, Antoine’s!), and other gems such as the Ursuline Convent. I also love historic areas such as this engagement session on Jekyll Island (the oldest house in Georgia is there!) and this elopement at the historic Tree of Life in Audubon Park.
How do I book you to shoot my wedding?!
If you’d like to officially hire me after we chat, I require a signed contract and a retainer of $1000 to hold your date! That amount is applied to your balance and the rest is due 30 days before your wedding. I can’t hold your date until those two things are in, so if you like me don’t wait!
How many images will I get from my wedding day?
This totally varies depending on if you have a second shooter, how many hours I am there, etc., but typically I deliver about 75 images per hour!
When do we receive our images?
At the very latest, six weeks from your wedding day!
Should I do a first look?
First looks are an amazing way to have a private moment together as well as get some fantastic portraits without being rushed! You should consider a first look if you are having a late/sunset ceremony, if it is important to you to have a variety of poses and locations in your bride + groom portraits, and if you’d like to get to your reception before cocktail hour is over! Even though my husband and I got married in the daytime, we chose to do all of our photos before and we walked straight from the ceremony to the reception. It was amazing!
If you don’t wish to see your husband-to-be until the moment you walk down the aisle, no problem. We’ll be sure to build time in your day for bride + groom portraits after the ceremony.
How much coverage do I need?
Your coverage should begin around two hours before the formal portraits – that gives me plenty of time to photograph the details and everyone getting ready! Time before the ceremony depends on whether or not you’ll be doing a first look. Ideally, I have an hour and a half to photograph the bridal party + bride and groom portraits + family formals. No matter your timeline, I’ll work with you to make sure I don’t miss a thing!
Do I need a second shooter?
Second shooters add another unique eye, but aren’t always a necessity. I shoot 90% of my weddings solo. You should consider adding a second shooter if you have over three hundred guests at your wedding, if the bride and groom are getting ready far away and you’d like photographs of both, or simply if you’d like a second perspective!
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer custom-designed, high-quality albums that are meant to last forever! I design every album myself, and often know the day of the wedding which images are likely to be showcased in the album! After I complete my design from your album picks, you’ll have the chance to make changes so the album is exactly what you want.
Should I invest in an album?
Yes, you should! It is so tempting in the digital age to forego a “real life” book of your wedding photographs – but it is worth it! I want to give you photographs that not only capture the day and your love for one another, but photographs that will be passed down for generations. If you don’t get a wedding album for yourself, get one for your grandchildren!