Where are you located? How far will you travel for weddings/portraits?
I live in Atlanta, Georgia and service the general metro Atlanta area but I’ll go wherever! I travel frequently all over the US (and sometimes abroad) for weddings/engagements/portraits.
What is your photographic style?
Photojournalism that reflects and honors the people who are in front of the lens: i.e. I don't cram people into a certain mold or do the same thing for every job I book, use the same filter for every last image, or try to get people to match my vision. I believe that every event has its own personality, every couple's own persona deserves to shine through, and that images should all be edited in a classic, interesting, beautiful way. Stylistically, I like wide spaces, clean lines, interesting textures, nature and city alike. I basically just love exploring and seeing where a love story takes me!
Do you offer prints? What about albums?
Yes and yes. It's easy to purchase prints from the gallery I send out with every booking. I also offer gorgeous linen/canvas albums and can show you samples at our consultation. Books, wall art, and save the dates/greeting cards are also available.
What equipment/camera/lenses do you use?
I shoot with Canon 5D cameras and a variety of the highest quality L series Canon lenses.
How many photos do I get from a wedding coverage?
Typically I deliver an average of 65 images per contracted hour. I don't believe in being stingy. If the image is awesome, it stays and you get it!
Do we get edited digital copies of our images?
Yes, all of my wedding collections include high resolution digital negatives with print release. Images are edited in a natural and minimal way. While I retain all copyrights to the images, a personal use license is included allowing you to create as many prints as you’d like and post your images on Facebook/Instagram to your heart’s content!
How long does it take for the images to be finished and ready for viewing?
My typical turnaround time for wedding imagery is 6-12 weeks and for portraits it's 2-4 weeks. Portrait sessions are delivered via digital download. Weddings get online gallery viewing/download, and a personalized USB is available for purchase if you'd like that as a keepsake.
On a wedding day, do you shoot from a shot list?
I have a strict policy on this: no, never. It quells creativity and takes away from the day in my experience. I ask my clients to please provide family names and wedding party names and any special shots out of the ordinary they would like (for example, three generations photo or make sure to get a photo of the special surprise dance we have planned for everyone at x time), but otherwise, I have it locked down and we don’t need to worry about making a monotonous checklist of pictures. Let the day unfold and trust that I will be capturing it as it does. Let natural, real moments happen instead of forcing a lot of gimmicky poses and ideas.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. River West Photography is a licensed business with full liability insurance. Many venues require this liability insurance on photographers.
How do I book you for my wedding?
I require a deposit of half of your total signed for amount, and your autograph on the dotted line. After that, I’m all yours!
How do I book you for portraits?
I take a limited amount of portrait/family sessions per year - this allows me to create something genuine, heartfelt, and authentic for you. No photo factory stuff or Pinterest fodder here, so please give me details of your photo plans and we can decide if our styles/visions are a match! Then if everything sounds good, we can compare calendars!