FAQ

Is my date available?

The absolute best way to find this out is to ask me! I love chatting.

Will you be shooting any other weddings that day?

I make a point of only shooting one session per day, especially when it comes to weddings. There are rare exceptions, like on mini-session or marathon session days, but never with weddings. I rarely, if ever, even take more than one wedding per weekend!

Have you ever shot a wedding at my venue? If not, will you check it out in advance?

I’ve photographed all across the state and even the country! Feel free to let me know your venue and I’ll let you know if I’ve shot there before. Regardless, well before the wedding I always discuss plans/layouts with the planner/coordinator, check out images online, and talk to you about specifics, as well as do a walk-through once I arrive on the day of the wedding.

What is your fee? What is included? Engagement shots? Album? Retouching?

All of my pricing information can be found on the pricing page. My packages start at $2750 for basic coverage but I also love making custom packages! All of the images you see and receive from YouAreRaven.com are always going to be fully retouched and print-ready.

Do you work with a second shooter?

Yep, almost always! I have a group of talented and like-minded people I pull from, most of whom run their own photography businesses, as well. Having two photographers gives us more coverage, multiple angles, and someone to help me out during the day, though I’m perfectly happy shooting alone, as well. I do shoot alone for elopements or small, intimate weddings.

Can I purchase the copyright to the pictures?

The USB of images that comes with every package comes with a personal usage release, allowing you to print, create products, and share the images to your heart’s content!

When will the final balance be due?

Typically 4 weeks before the wedding, or 8 weeks if travel is involved. I don’t want to bother you any closer to your date with money matters!

Do you charge a travel fee? If so, what does that cover?

Travel is included in all packages for weddings & sessions within four hours of Atlanta.
{This includes, but is not limited to: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Cleveland, TN; Asheville, Muphy, NC; Columbia, Greenville, Clemson, SC; Blairsville, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, GA; Birmingham, Montgomery, AL.}

For weddings & sessions requiring an overnight stay:
* Flat fee of $750 covers anything within the continental United States, no matter how far
* Flat fee of $1500 covers anything outside that, no matter how far.

What payment types do you accept?

Cash, check, credit/debit card, or bank transfer.

Do you offer payment plans?

All of my contracts come with the total payment automatically split into thirds, though we can customize that.

Can I see a sample contract?

Sure thing! Send me a note and I’ll send one right out to you.

Do you offer payment plans?

All of my contracts come with the total payment automatically split into thirds, though we can customize that.

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

The sooner, the better! The best time is between 12-8 months before your wedding, but it all just depends on your situation and the timing.  Once we’re discussing your wedding, I’ll let you know immediately if someone else contacts me inquiring about your date. Your date is not held or booked until the contract is signed and the deposit is received, but I will definitely let you know that someone else is interested in that same date.

How does the booking process work?

It’s so easy. Once we pick or build you a package, you’ll receive a Booking Proposal, which includes your contract & the payment information. It’ll walk you through everything and once we both sign, we’re officially booked!

Will you hold our date until we decide?

Booking with me {and many wedding vendors} operates on a first-booked, first-served basis, and especially for spring, fall, and holiday dates, as they get snapped up quickly! So no dates can be held until the contract is signed and first payment is received.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Colorful, bright, emotional, fun, and full of life.

Do you prefer posed or candid shots?

I actually do a bit of a mix, but I adore getting shots when people think no one is looking.

Do you prefer color or black and white?

It completely depends on the image. I always let the image tell me what it needs to be. I think that both color and b&w have their places, but ofttimes I’ll put my favorite shots, the more emotional ones, in b&w.

What type of equipment do you use?

I shoot with a Nikon D700. My go-to lenses are my 85mm, 35-70mm, and 50mm. I also have an unobtrusive light set-up I bring to every wedding.

Do you provide retouching or other corrective services?

All of the images you get from me are retouched, finished, and print-ready.

What’s your favorite cost-cutting tip?

For weddings in general, don’t forget who you are. It’s really easy to be swept away in this white-washed WIC world of favors and tulle, but if you don’t care about something being in your wedding: DON’T HAVE IT. Especially if it’s an expense that’s not worth it for you. Also, make sure the Doing It Yourself is worth the time spent and the money saved. And make sure it actually DOES save you money!

How will you and your assistants be dressed?

Typically pretty plainly and comfortably. If you have a request, I’m happy to hear it!

How many pictures will you take?

There’s never any way of knowing how many images will be taken, but you CAN be sure that you’ll walk away with between 300-500 awesome shots. Short answer is: PLENTY!

Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

What I would LOVE is a list of things, items, and moments that are important to you that I might not know about. What isn’t necessary is a generic list from Google; I’ve got those shots covered! You just let me know if there will be a special moment, like someone being thrown in the air, or a special item, like your grandmother’s antique shoes, and I’ll cover the rest. Rest assured, we’ll have an in-depth conversation about the specific people and details that matter most to you!

Do you take the traditional posed family portraits?

Yep, though I a) make it as quick and painless as possible, and b) feed off of you guys. So if you want only one huge group picture and that’s it, we’ll do it. If you want individual shots with everyone who came, we’ll do it. Just know that this time directly affects how much time we have for couple portraits and how soon we can get you to your reception!

Do you bring backup cameras and equipment in case something breaks or goes wrong?

Always. This is also another good reason to always have a second shooter, as well.

Do you post proofs online?

I sure do. With every package, you get an online gallery for sharing, viewing, and print ordering. The gallery is a great way to show everyone your images without having to pass around your master disc of images. No monkey-in-the-middle!

When will my proofs be available?

Between 4-6 weeks after the wedding. Depending on the products in your package, you should have everything in your hands within three months of the wedding date.