Q & A
Q: Why choose us?
A: I'm passionate about capturing memories, I can't imagine doing anything else! Every wedding I'm commissioned for, I treat as if it were my own. I provide a personal experience for all of my couples and will be with you every step of the way!
Q: How would you describe your particular style?
A: I consider my style to reflect lifestyle images, it's candid but with a bit of styling and direction. I look for moments, details, and telling the story of your special day all while paying close attention to what I'm capturing within a scene. I tend to stay away from stiff posing and really focus on interaction. Don't get it twisted, I will "pose" you but I give more actions rather than posing, but that is how I capture all of those "candid style" images. In post production, I will never over process your images. I like a clean and light style, all while staying timeless and true to life.
Q: What are some steps you take over the course of our wedding planning?
A: I absolutely love planning, I've always been very organized and make lists for just about everything! For your specific wedding day there are many steps I take to ensure that your photography will run smoothly. This way you can relax and enjoy your day while we capture it. First, I schedule an initial meeting after you've contacted me. This way we can chat over coffee and get acquainted as we talk about your fabulous wedding plans! After we meet and you've chosen me to capture your special day, we will then schedule your engagement session (included in every wedding package!). Six weeks before your big day I will send you a timeline and send over a wedding day questionnaire to fill out, so we can finalize your personal shot list of family members and tell me anything we'll need to know. I will bring the shot list and timeline with me on your wedding day to stay on track so we don't miss a moment! Over the course of your wedding planning I will be available at anytime to discuss ANYTHING you may need or if you have questions, I'm always there to help out!
Q: How many images will receive from our wedding day?
A: I deliver around 70 images per hour. All wedding collections include at least 6 hours of coverage so I am able to tell your story! This means you will have roughly 420 high resolution, professionally edited images in your gallery. For engagement sessions, you can expect 50-60 high resolution, professionally edited images in your gallery.
Q: Can I have my unedited images?
A: Oh goodness no! I mean this in the best way possible! I believe in delivering the absolute best work to all of my couples. When you hire us, it means that you are hiring an artistic vision that you love, professional post production skills, and our style. I can promise the only images that will not be in your gallery will be duplicates, blurred images, lighting test shots, and images where someone is blinking :) You'll have all of your best images and major moments in your gallery! I don't leave anything out!
Q: Are you licensed and have liability insurance?
A: Yes and yes! If a venue or wedding coordinator needs verification I will be more than happy to show them!
Q: How far in advance should I book your services?
A: I suggest 6-12 months in advance, or as soon as you know your date and venue. I will always let you know right away if I am personally available for your date!
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, check, and most major credit cards! I can also accept online payments for your convenience.
Q: Where are you based and do you travel?
A: I am based in the beautiful Temecula area and LOVE to travel! Whether you are getting married in OC, LA, SD or anywhere else in the world, I am passport ready to go. Travel fees do apply, but trust me it is not as scary as you might think! Travel within Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego is always free for weddings :)
Q: When will I receive my wedding photos?
A: Please allow up to 6 weeks. I go through every single photograph and choose which ones are best then edit them, which takes a lot of time! If you need your photos sooner please let me know, I can often handle a rush job if I am not extremely booked at the time! I of course won't keep you in the dark completely, I will provide you with a sneak peek you can share, I know you're dying to see them!
Q: How can I receive my photographs?
A: Your photos will be available for download from a secure, password protected, online gallery. From your online gallery you can also purchase professional prints. Depending on which collection you choose for your big day, we have albums, canvas, metals, books, and more!
Q: Can I share my images online?
A: OF COURSE! I believe sharing is caring. Part of the wedding experience is sharing memories with family and friends, please feel free to share any of your images or images off of the online gallery/social media from your wedding day and sneak peeks. All I ask, is that a link or tag be provided to give proper credit to Skybright Weddings.
Q: Do you work with a second photographer?
A: Yes! Every wedding collection includes a second photographer, so you'll have even more coverage, different angles, and no moment will go undocumented! Every one of our second photographers share the same love for wedding photography as I do, in a similar style. All images will be professionally edited by me.
Q: How Does An Engagement Session Work?
A: The very first thing we take care of is the date and location. This location can be anywhere! We will meet at your pre-determined location and take a walk, stopping along the way to photograph. While I do set you in "poses", they are really just a guide to interact with each other. My way of photographing is quite simple, I want to portray how you are as a couple and am very organic and real in my style. I want you two to comfortably interact with each other and share lots of real moments throughout the shoot. While I do shoot in some amazing locations and beautiful scenes, the interactions and moments are all your own. The most important aspect that I emphasize on is movement. I encourage movement throughout the shoot, you'll see! It's how I get those great candid style images.
Q: How Do We Pick A Location?
A: This is really up to you. Many couples like to pick a spot that is near and dear to their hearts. Such as, where they first met, had their first date, or even where you got engaged. If you don't have a specific "spot", then choose somewhere you'll feel comfortable, that you love going to! If you have a specific location in mind, please let me know. I love hearing all of your ideas, and creating an engagement session that replicates your style. I do recommend scheduling a session during the week due to a lack of crowds and tourists. I also suggest starting our session two hours before sunset.
Q: What Is Included In An Engagement Session?
A: Engagement sessions include up to two hours of shooting, two outfits, and two locations, this way you have lots of variety in your photographs! You will also receive a private online gallery where you can easily share and download your high resolution, professionally edited images. *An engagement session is included all of our wedding collections. However, if you'd like to try us out before booking a wedding collection, engagement sessions are $400-$600.
Q: I saw a bunch of poses on Pinterest, can you recreate my engagement board?
A: Pinterest is AMAZING. So many ideas and inspirations can be great for wedding planning, however, let's make your shoot your own! As Mark Twain said it best, "Comparison is the death of joy." Often times on Pinterest, what you see is a specific moment created by a couple in a certain location, in certain outfits, in a certain light. I think it is great to look over these ideas and focus on how couples interact in their images but your shoot will be all your own!
Q: Why charge sales tax?
A: According to the state of California “…Any labor and service involved in producing or fabricating the photograph is subject to Sales Tax; if the client receives anything tangible (disk, thumb drive, etc., even if the client only keeps the tangible property temporarily and then returns it to the business owner, or even if the business owner transfers the images onto the clients personal property), then sales tax applies to the entire transaction.” I'm all for a tea party!