What type of photography do you do for weddings?
I strive to enthusiastically & honestly photograph adventurous, genuine love. My style is largely journalistic, with bits of fine art flair throughout. I’m very hands-off in my coverage of the day (and even a bit sneaky to get those candid shots!), but I still believe there’s a time and place for lovely posed images of the two of you together. So while I won't stop you and make you pose while you're cutting the cake or dancing, I would like some time alone with you both to create images of you as a couple without your friends or family around watching. I love breaking this up into three smaller 10-15 minute time-slots when we can— during the first look, after the ceremony, and about 20 minutes before sunset. I always make sure to get shots of the details of the wedding: from your centerpieces to your shoes, so my images will capture all those little things you might have missed during the excitement of the day. My photos of the guests at the wedding are almost entirely journalistic. I don’t pull groups away from the fun for posed photos or stop people while eating for those “table shots”, instead I prefer to capture them laughing, dancing, drinking, and generally having a wonderful time.
Can I give you a list of shots we want on the day?
Other than the family formals, no. I love to know what important relatives and friends will be present, and if any events or details bear special significance to you, but tons of requests for posed images and having a checklist for me to work from is counterproductive to the images you've seen here on my website. "Shot lists" provided by most bridal magazines are a great idea, but please know that I generally will capture those images without any prompting. I always ask for meaningful details & what groupings you'd like for family formals on my pre-wedding form— it gets sent out 4-6 weeks before the wedding.
TRAVEL AND COVERAGE
Do you work with a second shooter?
Not typically. I offer the option if you plan to have an exceptionally large wedding or a wedding that has different elements spread across town, but I’ve found it unnecessary for 95% of the weddings I’ve photographed. If you're unsure as to how the day can be documented by only one photographer please check out the weddings posted on my blog— I have an incredible knack for seeming to be in more than one place at once! The phrase "photography ninja" has been used to describe me on multiple occasions. Let me know if adding a second shooter is something you're interested in and we can review your timeline to figure out all of our options together.
Do you travel for weddings or adventurous engagement sessions?
Yes! My passport is up to date and I love nothing more than a good adventure. I'd love to go wherever you are— from your own backyard all the way to Timbuktu. But seriously, I have a long list of locations I'm really interested in photographing a wedding or elopement in— Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and California are a few states who's scenery I've been crushing on. I always enjoy visiting the Rocky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, the desert, and literally any coastline. I've traveled to Japan, Peru, Costa Rica, France, Italy, England, China, Iceland, and The Virgin Islands! I'd love to visit any of those spots again to photograph you and your love in some amazing landscapes or go somewhere brand new with you.
How is travel billed?
Travel is billed very simply— if airfare, hotel and a rental car are needed you are responsible for a direct reimbursement for those charges and no more. Travel outside of the Louisville area, but still within a few hours drive is priced at 55 cents a mile. I'm a budget flyer and an AirBnB lover, so it's surprisingly affordable to have me travel to you!
How long does it take to get our images?
Typically I'll share an image or two on Instagram within a week of the wedding date and the digital files will be shared within six weeks. You’ll usually have your images much earlier than when I promise them, but I do like to be safe. The time for fine art products to become available varies depending on many factors, but four to six weeks from the order date is a fairly a safe estimate.
How many pictures will we get?
The number of photographs taken depends on many things — the number of guests, hours of coverage, types of events. My minimum for weddings is 400 images, but very often it's higher.
What kind of images are given? Can we print them?
I provide the selected, edited high-resolution JPEG files for you to download. Images may be used for personal use only. The contract acts as a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal prints and copies for your friends and families— you can order them through my online gallery or you can print them from your downloaded files— totally up to you! I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on.
Can we upload our photos to Facebook or Instagram once we get the files?
Yes! Social media is a wonderful way to share your photos. As stated in the contract, you may use your images for personal use only. If you want to share them make sure you put "www.sarahkatherinedavis.com" as a comment or caption under each photo and please don't crop or alter the photo in any way. I always appreciate being tagged in the photo as well. You can find me on instagram @sarahkatherinedavisphotography or on facebook.com/sarahkatherinedavisphotography
Do we get all the raw, unedited files from the day?
No, these files are not available for viewing or purchase. I promise you don't want all the photos of people blinking, walking in front of the lens, or those unfortunate double chins that sometimes sneak up. I share all the images with you that you'd want— and take a lot of care in selecting and editing those images for final delivery to you.
I see some people have more images than others. Why is that?
Please understand that the blog posts of different weddings all vary based on many things— length of the day, number of guests, how many events were covered in a day, rehearsal dinner coverage, full weekend coverage, etc. Every wedding is different, so each will result in a differing number of final images.
Do you do engagement sessions or couples sessions?
Yes! I offer a complimentary engagement session for all couples who book a wedding with me. Engagement sessions not only allow you to have images for your save the dates or for placing around the reception, but they also give us a chance to work together before the wedding so you’ll feel more comfortable in front of the camera and so we have a chance get to know each other better. Please take note that most engagement sessions need to be done Monday-Thursday because of wedding scheduling, but there is occasionally additional availability on the weekends. Typically these are scheduled 90 minutes before sunset or at sunrise for ideal light, but this can vary depending on location. Complimentary engagements need to take place in Louisville and cannot be traded for other goods or services. Couples sessions outside of a wedding package are $500. They are a wonderful way to capture more of who you are on a daily basis— outside of all the wedding clothing, flowers, decor, etc. Engagement sessions, anniversary sessions, or sessions just because are so much fun! I could go on and on. Get in contact if you're interested and we can plan something specific to you— it could be in your home, somewhere adventurous, in a favorite coffee shop or bar, at a botanical garden, etc...the options are pretty much endless!
I don't need an engagement session. Can I trade it for more hours or products?
The complimentary engagement session cannot be transferred over to other services/products or passed on for credit. A few years ago I added it to my package (without raising prices) because I found that the wedding day goes a million times more smoothly when we've had a chance to work together beforehand. Even couples I know really well all respond to being in front of the camera differently— some prompts and poses work great for one couple and are not a good fit for another. The engagement session lets us try out a whole bunch of different things so that on the wedding day we don't have to spend as much time taking photos since we've already got our groove together. Ultimately, I don't think anyone wants to share their wedding day with a stranger, so I always try to advocate for the session as much as I can— I see it more about the experience and relationship that comes out of it (with the pictures being an awesome bonus.)
Do you offer day after sessions?
YES! Day after sessions are the perfect way to get more photos of you as a couple without having to devote tons of time to it on your wedding day! This gives us the option of going somewhere really amazing (*cough* Red River Gorge *cough*) to get some epic shots without having to worry as much about the wedding day timeline, getting clothing dirty, etc. Pricing for this varies depending on where exactly we'll be going— but I would LOVE to discuss how we can make this happen for you and brainstorm ideas that are in your budget!
What do you charge?
For a detailed breakdown of all my rates click here.
Weddings begin at $3,300 and include eight hours of wedding day coverage, high-resolution images with printing rights, online hosting for 10 years, and a complementary engagement session.
Additional hours or products can be added on a la carte. Extra hours can be added on at the rate of 400/h up to 10 hours and 700/h after 10 hours. Albums begin at 300. Engagement or couple sessions outside of a wedding package are $500.
Please contact me for additional details— I also offer elopement pricing starting at $1,750 if you're going that way!
BUSINESS AND DETAILS
Do you have business insurance?
My venue needs a certificate of insurance. Can you provide that?
Yes— let me know a couple months before wedding if you can since it takes a little bit for my insurance company to process and provide that document.
What kind of cameras do you have?
I have two Nikon 850s as my primary bodies. I have a Nikon D4s for my back-up body. I shoot with all prime lenses, favoring my 35mm, my 85mm, 105mm and my 50mm. I bring two Nikon Speedlight SB-800s, although I prefer to work with available light when possible.
How long have you been in business?
I shot my first wedding in 2007 and founded my business officially in 2010—shooting over 130 weddings since then!
Can you hold a date for me?
I'm sorry, but I can't hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone I can't reserve a date without a retainer and a signed contract. I accept bookings on a first come/first served basis.
What is your payment schedule like?
A retainer of 50% of your total balance is due to reserve your date. The remainder is due 30 days prior to your wedding.
I have to cancel my wedding. Can I have my retainer back?
Regretfully, no. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that I will hold the date exclusively for you and once you've signed the contract I do turn down all other commissions for that date.
If we run overtime, will you stay?
Of course! Additional hours will be billed at my current rate— I will stay only with your permission and approval that I continue coverage. I will bill you for those hours once I get back into the office.
Do you offer discounts during the off-season or for non-weekend events?
I don't offer discounts, but I do offer smaller elopement packages for non-Saturday weddings. If you have concerns about your budgetary needs, please let me know and let's see if we can figure something out!
Do we need to feed you at the reception?
Yes, it would be really wonderful if you did. Feeding me ensures that I stay pleasant, mobile, and that I don’t faint from starvation or start taking out of focus images because I can’t see straight! I like to be fed when you are fed, not afterwards, because no one wants photos of themselves while eating and that way when you're done, I will be done as well to continue your coverage. (Also sometimes sunset lines up with dinner and we can sneak away together for 5 minutes once you all finish eating to make some sunset magic together!) For buffets I'll usually go in line right after the wedding party. For a served dinner it would be great if you could seat me with guests at a table that has a view of where you'll be sitting. This makes sure I don't get stuck in a backroom to eat the vendor meal— which always has me in a panic thinking I'm going to miss something. (Don't let them hide me away!!)
Can our guests take pictures with their cameras? Will that bother you?
Of course, they are welcome to take photos! I request they try not to jump in front of me while I’m shooting and that they not swarm the family photographs (I’d really prefer all eyes facing my camera in your images), but I don’t mind at all if they snap away from the background. I do not allow any family or friends to come along for the images of you two alone for privacy purposes and because other people can be seriously distracting! I welcome other cameras during dancing, cake cutting, and other events— but I do ask politely that people not push me out of the way and generally respect my presence. (I once got elbowed by a very aggressive grandmother so that she could get the shot she wanted— no lies!)