Welcome! This is the Question and Answer place.
Take a look, hopefully I’ve answered your most pressing questions. If you still need some support, feel free to reach out!
What separates you from the other photographers?
I care about your happiness. I want to exceed your expectations. I love people and I create an amazing experience for my clients, delivering photos that will blow you away! I have remained friends with all of the couples and families I’ve photographed. That kind of connection is important to me.
You seem to be based in quite a few places. How does that work?
I currently share my time between Gitxaala, BC, Vernon, BC, and Los Angeles, CA.
Gitxaala: This First Nations village is on an island on the Pacific north coast of BC. This is where I get to work as an outpost nurse ~5 weeks in/5 weeks out.
Vernon: We are working towards making this our full time home. But for now, we spend the winters here and visit periodically throughout the year.
Los Angeles: The rest of the time, we’re in sunny California! My husband Jeff is a theoretical neuroscientist at Caltech, so we have a cute apartment in Pasadena and when I come down to visit, we explore new National Parks, or hit up the best restaurants.
Can you legally work in the U.S. or Canada, or both!?
Both! I am a Canadian citizen and resident, but because my husband is a U.S. resident, I can work in the U.S., legally. YASSSS. Best of both worlds.
Do you photograph same-sex weddings?
Of course! I’m not an asshole. LGBTQ2+ couples/families are always welcome.
How far in advance should we book you?
I take on limited weddings each year and my calendar fills up quickly so plan to book 12-18 months in advance. At the same time, I love spontaneity so send me an email to check availability!
You are the photographer for us! How do we book? What is the process from inquiry to photo delivery?
- 1. Please fill out my contact form, tell me about you and what your hopes and dreams are for your wedding and photographer!
- 2. We will have a few conversations by email/phone/Skype to find out exactly what you’re looking for and then you’ll see my wedding photography collections.
- 3. You pick a collection, send a nonrefundable deposit to secure your date, sign a wedding agreement (contract) and the fun begins!
- 4. I will be in touch with you periodically in the months leading up to your wedding and am always here to answer any questions, hear your ideas, squeal with excitement when you choose your wedding dress, every step of the way.
Do you travel? What are the additional expenses?
Yes! I have been living out of a suitcase for the last 10 years, through 23 countries and have nailed travelling down to an art.
Depending on location, additional expenses may include air, hotel, and/or car rental. I’m great at optimizing flights and getting great deals so the additional prices are not as high as you think! Shoot me an email and we can talk about it.
Have you ever shot at our venue before? Does it make a difference?
Often, the answer is yes, but even if I haven’t, I thoroughly research new venues and do my best to pre-visit ahead of time. If that’s not possible, there’s no need to worry, I have an excellent eye for composition and often work best being inspired in the moment.
You’re a nurse and a photographer? How does that work?
Feel safe with an emergency nurse!
I have 12 years of experience and a gazillion certificates to save yo’ ass! For the healthcare peeps in the crowd – I am BLS, ACLS, PALS, and TNCC certified, and carry around a bitchin’ first aid kit — especially helpful for the more adventurous hiking elopements!
Through my work as a nurse (emergency, oncology and outpost), I have been with people through intense life events and because of that, I am acutely attuned to micro-emotions, comfort levels and energies. I instantly pick up if someone is not comfortable, or not being their true selves, and will work quickly to remedy that. I’m also highly adaptable, chill AF, perform well under pressure and will make sure you feel well cared for.
What is golden hour? Does lighting and timing really matter?
I’m can create beautiful images in any lighting situation but the golden hour, which is the one hour before sunset (or after sunrise), offers the most stunning lighting conditions. Let’s consider time of year and location and chat about what the light will do for you.
If you’re eloping (or adding an adventure session), we can plan to be at the top of a mountain peak or your favourite outdoor location for sunrise or sunset and really enjoy the magic of those hours. And don’t worry about hiking in the dark — I’ll bring the headlamps.
Can I use a 1-2 hr portrait session for our wedding photos?
Nope. Sorry. Please inquire to discuss my various wedding collections. I’m happy to work with budgets and offer custom packages but your wedding day deserves much more than that!
Do you have a second shooter?
I have always worked well independently as a solo photographer for weddings from 5 to 250+ guests. If you would like an additional photographer, a second shooter is included in Collection One but it can be added to any package. There are a handful of photographers that I know and trust, so rest assured, you will be in good hands.
Do you offer video?
Not at this time but I am hoping to in the future!
Why is an unplugged wedding important?
When guests put down their phones and become fully present during your ceremony, the energy of the whole experience changes and becomes much more meaningful. With your permission, I will usually ask the officiant to remind all guests at the start of the ceremony that you have hired a professional photographer and have decided to leave all the photos to me.
What are Eco-vendors? Why do you support them?
Eco-vendors work towards lessening their impact on the environment. They may include venues which are solar-powered and committed to recycling/composting, florists who grow organically or use local flowers, to makeup artists who choose ethical products. Weddings can be an incredibly wasteful event but they don’t have to be! I can help you make the best choices possible to lessen your impact.
What does Leave No Trace (LNT) mean?
Wherever our photo session may take us, it’s super important that we leave no trace and minimize our impact on the local ecosystem. I will be mindful of where we place our feet and be sure to pack in/pack out any waste (including human waste!). I can help guide and prepare you if this is a new experience for you.
We’re super awkward in photos. How will you help me?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this! I have worked with many couples who are being photographed together for the first time and feel super nervous and awkward. I can assure you, within a few minutes, these feelings will pass. I promise to never let you stand there, wondering what to do with your hands. I want you to be yourselves and will offer guidance and prompts throughout the shoot that will capture you in the most flattering and authentic way.
My partner hates being in photos. How can we make this work?
I like to make time to get to know each other before I even pick up my camera. I will seek to understand why your partner does not like photos and work with that — whether it’s shooting quickly and taking breaks to have fun and chat, offer more guidance, or just let you two do your thing and allow for fully candid photos. Usually one of those approaches will help. I regularly hear how surprised my clients were of how easy and relaxed they felt during the session.