I offer full service and intimate wedding coverage, as well as elopements. Full service weddings are full day events with over 50 guests. Intimate weddings are for smaller affairs with a more intimate guest list of less than 50. Elopements are usually adventure-based celebrations with less than 10 guests (and I LOVE THEM)!
The All-Inclusive Wedding Experience
I want to document your love. To tell a wedding photography story that will be passed down and shared for generations to come. I strive to not only capture each moment, but the way it feels; with timeless, romantic, and candid brilliance. Your day may be adventurous, playful, unique, or sentimental but it’s authentically you and it’s beautiful. My goal is for you to have incredible wedding photos while having fun in the process! The result is a mixture of heart-tugging photojournalism, genuine candid moments, and beautiful, passionate editorial portraits that express your love for one another. The best part is, you will love every moment!
Over the past 15 years and hundreds of weddings photographed, I have found that my couples view the investment in their wedding photography as one of the most important expenditures they will be making for their wedding. They have put in countless hours planning and have created an event that expresses gratitude for their family and friends and also the passion they share for each other. They don't want to sacrifice 2 hours here or the engagement session there to save a few dollars in their overall budget. They recognize the value in documenting their day for generations to come, knowing that their flowers will fade, the cake will be eaten, and the images are what will remain to enjoy for the rest of their lives. They want to wake in the morning to see a gorgeous image of them wrapped in one another's arms on a mountain summit. They want a hand made, custom designed album on their coffee table to share with friends and family when they entertain. They want art on their walls and night stands that reflect the depth of their love for one another.
This is why every wedding I photograph is a custom fit. You and I work together to create your perfect package.
Some Things Included In Full-Service Wedding Commissions:
Full day (up to 10 hours) of photographic coverage by one or two photographers
Intimate portrait session to gift to the groom on the wedding day (or night)
Albums, Coffee Table Books, Display Pieces & Gorgeous Wall-Art
Day-After Adventure Sessions for the happy couple only
Heirloom walnut USB flash drive of fully edited digital files
In-person 'reveal' and guided artwork consultation
Online gallery to share with family and friends
Full-Service wedding commissions start at $3500
Intimate wedding commissions (less than 50 guests) start at $2750
Elopements (less than 20 guests) start at $2000
* Because I photograph weddings from coast to coast every year (and sometimes across the pond), the cost of travel will be added accordingly.
Step 1- A quick 10-15 minute phone call to help me understand what you are looking for and get to know you a bit better. This is a great time for you to get a first impression and see if I might be a good fit.
Step 2- We've talked, you've spent some time soaking up my portfolio and chilling on my social media, and you've decided that I'm your girl!
Step 3- We meet over a glass of wine or cup of coffee at one of my studio locations; downtown Denver or Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs. I create a final proposal that includes my all-inclusive wedding commission plus the the cost of travel (if any required)
*If you don't live in Alaska or Colorado, we just do the same thing over FaceTime or Skype!
Step 4- You say, 'Yes!' and we are off to the races, scheduling your engagement session and follow-up appointments.
Step 5- You marry the love of your life and I'll be there documenting every beautiful moment. This is where the 'Happily ever after' comes in.
Step 6- 6-8 weeks after your wedding, you will come to your in-person 'reveal'. During this time you will come to the studio and allow me to pamper you as you see a highlight reel of your wedding day. Next, I provide a guided artwork consultation to help you choose how you want to incorporate the beautiful art we have created into your life with our handmade albums and stunning wall-art and display options.
What You Get For Your Investment
Quality- Luxury wedding photography is always about quality, not quantity. I work with the highest quality professional cameras, lenses, equipment and software to provide the highest quality images possible. I am a professional with over 15 years in the industry and boast over 200 couples that I now consider friends. I was voted 'The Best Photographer' in Alaska's capital in 2015 & 2018- then I moved back home to Colorado. I have strong relationships with the vendors in the industry and am highly recommended by them and my previous clients. The fine-art prints, wall art and albums I offer are hand made right here in the USA by true professionals that stand behind their work. I am professionally licensed and insured, which is important.
Persona- Maybe you wouldn't consider this when choosing your photographer, but who they are is important. Do the images you see in her portfolio show couples glowing, connecting and enjoying one another? If so, that is the work of a photographer putting them at ease; helping them feel comfortable with one another in front of the camera. Let's be real- that isn't a natural feeling! I nearly panic when I am the one in front of the camera! Without a warm spirit on the other side of the lens, you get images that feel 'pinched' and forced. When you meet your photographer you should feel safe and relaxed; like she can handle the vision you have for your day. I have heard from my clients that I made them feel so at-ease and that their guests and family commented on how they enjoyed my presence at the wedding. That is huge. I may not be everyone's cup of tea but if I am yours- trust your gut!
Experience- Your wedding photographer should provide you with more than nice photos; you should feel that you had a great experience. It is my goal to help you feel heard, understood, supported and valued from the very first day we meet. I want you to have clear expectations and know what's coming up next as we take the journey from engagement to marriage. The way I provide this is by authentic connection and genuine care. Every couple is given a personal 'portal' to have access to all of their important wedding dates, documents, galleries & album designs in one place! I strive to make your photography process easy for you. I am in your corner and I want you to feel that from start to finish.
Honesty- Pinterest has bred an entire culture of 'stylized wedding photography' created to inspire brides when planning their wedding day. The images are perfectly curated, the models pre-selected, and there are no wedding day timelines or real-life moments to interfere with flawless photographs. The work you see on my website is from REAL weddings and portraits captured with real couples and real stories. I rarely have time to focus on editorial work, but when I do, I post those as 'Editorial' work on social media, so my clients don't feel misled.
Personal Touch- In order for many wedding photographers to keep up with their crazy schedules, some outsource various parts of their workflow to others, outside of their studio. When you hire me to photograph your wedding day; you are getting all of me. Every wedding requires over 25 hours of post processing to create the final product that you will call your own. I personally select every image used, I adjust any details that will make the image a better one and edit them to fit the style and emotion you hired me to provide. Every album is designed from scratch for each couple. And when your final wall art and albums arrive, I deliver them to you myself, when geographically possible.
When you make the decision that I am the right photographer for you, the first step is to sit down together over a glass of wine or a cup of tea and get to know one another. We will meet at my Denver studio, Old Colorado City studio in Colorado Springs or in Juneau, Alaska (as I am up there every summer). This meeting builds the foundation for our relationship and sets the ground work for a great experience while helping me understand your vision for your wedding day.
My couples live all over the globe, so even if you aren't in the local Rocky Mountain region or in Southeast Alaska, we can easily chat over Skype or arrange a phone call.
To commission your wedding, a 50% retainer will be required. After we've come to an agreement, we schedule your engagement session; this gives us a chance to get to know each other even better and helps you both learn to feel relaxed in front of my camera. When I show up to your wedding, it will feel like you are working with an old friend.
I want every couple to have a wonderful experience so I work very closely with each bride and groom and will walk beside you throughout the entire process to answer your questions and help you know what to expect. You will receive a pre-wedding questionnaire about 2 months before your wedding and we will meet in person (with your wedding planner, if they are available) 4-6 weeks before your wedding to review the questionnaire, plan the formal family portraits, perfect your wedding day timeline and make all the final arrangements so you won't have to think about them on your big day.
You make your vows. I will capture epic images. And we will toast to your every happiness. I will take care of documenting your day; from slipping into your dress right up to that last moment where your groomsmen humiliate themselves on the dance floor. And if mother nature decides to cause a little chaos and we are unable to photograph the formal bride & groom only portraits, I offer my clients a 'Mother Nature Rain Clause'- I guarantee a 1 hour portrait session within 2 weeks of your wedding day at no additional charge! You don't need to worry about a thing!
While you are off being 'honeymooners', I will be busy editing and perfecting the images that illustrate your love story.
Sneak peeks will be sprinkled over Instagram and Facebook and eventually in 'My Journal'. You'll SWOON!
6-8 weeks after your wedding day- your remarkable images will be revealed at an in-person or virtual 'reveal' appointment. I will pamper you as I offer a guided art consultation to help you choose your wall art, album, and gifts. Your online gallery will be released so that you can share your wedding photos with family and friends.
Over the next 2 weeks, you will scour your online gallery and create a favorites folder that you will share with me. From there, we will finalize your order.
One of the most important steps in the process is to celebrate your images and preserve the memories for generations to come. You placed your order two weeks after your 'reveal' and I have created your wedding album, which you approved, and I ordered. Your favorite images are framed and on their way. This is when your final order arrives!
In my family, I am the keeper of my family heirlooms and I have the wedding photos of 5 generations in my care. Those images mean more to me than nearly any other earthly possession. Your wedding photos deserve to be held in your future grandchildren's hands and treasured as an anchor of love within your family tree.