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?
We are both are trained & experienced professional photographers fully capable of shooting on our own- but Blaine is the primary photographer and Bethany can be added on as a second photographer (not just assistant) anytime needed.
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. We met at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from there with bachelors degrees in advertising photography in 2005.
Should I have 1 or 2 photographers at my wedding?
Every wedding and event is different, which is wonderful so it's hard to say if you'd be better off with 1 or 2 photographers. We typically recommend 2 photographers for larger size weddings (150+), weddings with large bridal parties, and weddings where continuous coverage of the "getting ready" process is important, especially if the getting ready areas are in separate locations. 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. Blaine is 100% capable of photographing any wedding solo though and capturing everything beautifully- so no worries if you choose 1 photographer coverage even for larger events.
What is your photography style?
We stress quality and natural feeling images, always. 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 welcome special requests and lists. 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.
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 often 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 always try to share several preview photos the week of, for some instant gratification and social media sharing if you're into that! 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?
Definitely fill out our wedding inquiry form HERE to share a few details with us about yourself and the day! Do this ASAP because dates can book quickly, sometimes even 1+ year in advance, especially weekends from June-October. We'll respond as soon as possible, typically within 1-2 days. If your date is available, you can use our quick & simple booking reservation HERE to secure your date with a $500 retainer payable by credit card, Paypal/Venmo, or cash/check. You can decide on the details of your exact package needs now or later. The remainder of your photography package is due 30 days before your wedding date.