FAQ's What is your approach to wedding photography? We absolutely LOVE our career as photographers and we hope that shines through in our work. Photography is not just a job for us, it’s a lifestyle and we’re blessed to make a living doing something we love. We’re passionate about life, people, love, beauty, and love to share our vision through photography. Upon arrival at your wedding, the last thing we want is for the biggest day of your life to turn into an uncomfortable photoshoot. We like to think of ourselves as good ol’ longtime friends with nice cameras... blending in... to naturally capture all the smiles, laughter, emotion, details, and beauty of your day. Do Blaine and Bethany both shoot photos or is one an assistant? Yes, we are both are trained, experienced, professional photographers fully capable of shooting on our own. Blaine is the primary photographer for our weddings and has been since the beginning. Bethany is the primary photographer for our portraits- including babies, kids and families. Bethany doesn’t photograph weddings alone, but Blaine does often. Blaine doesn’t photograph portraits alone, but Bethany does often. But we often team up and shoot together too! Should I have 1 or 2 photographers at my wedding? Earlier in our career, we used to photograph all our weddings as a team. 10+ years and several hundred weddings later, our skills and abilities are much more honed and we’re confident Blaine is 100% capable of photographing most all weddings alone and capturing everything beautifully. There are a couple cases though when it’s nice to have 2 photographers. We usually recommend having 2 photographers for larger weddings with 200+ guests and/or weddings with large bridal parties (7+ on each side). In those cases it’s still not a requirement to have 2 photographers, but there might be a few more moments/angles captured throughout the day. What is your photography style? In our work, we stress quality as number one. You’ll never find us cutting corners or taking the easy way out, whether that means laying on the ground in a suit... climbing a tree for the best angle, or spending extra hours on the editing to make it look its absolute best. We’re always seeking out the best light much prefer natural light to using flash. Our goal for editing style is to keep the images colorful, beautiful, and timeless while never looking un-natural. Many photographers get excited about the latest photoshop filters, actions, textures etc. It may look kinda cool now, but what might you think in 10 or 20 years from now? Have you seen wedding photos pre-1995? Enough said. Of course the fashion and attire will run it’s course and eventually go out of style, but we create images with a natural & timeless qualities to them so you’re not gawking at a cheesy photo style decades down the road :) Do you take formal posed photos in addition to the journalistic ones? Yes, we believe it’s equally as important to take the formal photos of family and close friends in addition to the candid moments, especially to make Mom and Grandma happy :) We’re happy to do as many or as few combinations as you feel are appropriate. We know all the traditional family combinations and warmly welcome special requests. Our goal is to be professional, courteous, and quick while doing the family photos in order to keep everyone happy, relaxed, and naturally smiling! Awkward and uncomfortable doesn’t fly with us! Will you travel to my wedding? Yes! We love traveling to weddings and do so often. June-October(ish) is our busiest season at our home base in Oregon and it’s a little harder to travel during those months, but please don’t hesitate to ask if it might be possible. There is no location too far for us to go and our travel expenses are reasonable. Photography has taken us to over 30 states in the US and over 15 countries internationally throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America. We serve the Hood River/Columbia Gorge/Portland area locally. A small travel fee may apply for locations farther than 70 miles from Hood River, Oregon. How long have you been photographers? We both found our interest in photography during high school and have been shooting professionally full time since early 2000’s. Why is wedding photography costly? Great question! Photography is very much a “get what you pay for” type of service. If quality photos of one of the biggest days of your life are important to you, it’s much worth the investment to hire your preferred photographer. There are always budget photographers competing on price but there are guaranteed drawbacks in quality, professionalism, service, and turnaround time. The amount of time we invest into each wedding surpasses a full 40 hour work week when considering pre-wedding communication, day of shooting, post production (editing, organizing & renaming, color correcting, designing albums, slideshows, archiving, uploading, & more) just to name a few of the things required to do the job correctly. Luckily we love just about every part of the process even though it takes so much time! :) What is the turnaround time for my photos? Being punctual is important to us, but also a perfect edit takes much time and isn’t to be rushed through, possibly sacrificing quality. We try to share one or more preview photos the week of, for some instant gratification! Typically, we have your final edit finished and posted online within 3-4 weeks. In our busiest time (July-October) it may be a bit longer than 4 weeks but never more than 6 weeks. How do I book and what is the payment schedule? If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably already checked if your date is available. If not, check with us ASAP because dates book up quickly, especially weekends from June-October. To book your date, just let us know the package you’d like to start with and we’ll email you a contract to print, sign, and return with a check for your retainer. The retainer amount is $1,500 or 1/3 of your selected package, whichever is greater. We accept checks, cash, and PayPal (PayPal may be subject to a small convenience fee). The remainder of your package is due 30 days before your wedding date.