What is included in your packages?
All of our packages include at least 7-8 hours of wedding day coverage, copyright free images, planning and consultation help, client proofing websites and any assortment of a la carte items. These a la cartes allow you to create a package that fits exactly what you’re looking for, which can include engagement sessions, bridal sessions, additional hourly coverage, second photographers etc. Just send us an email through the contact page above to get more information.
How would you describe your style?
I like to say that my aesthetic is very much candid with a leaning towards a fine art approach to composing my photos. I have a really great group of photography, sculpture, and painting professors from college to thank for that! I’m always thinking while shooting “will this look realistic… will this look timeless?”
How early do you like to arrive on a wedding day?
We love to arrive 2 – 2.5 hours before your ceremony start time. That gives us plenty of time to get all the detail and candid shots before the day gets going. And these images often mean just as much as the ceremony and reception pictures will.
Do you shoot family sessions?
We do! Even though you don’t see much of it on the website, we love working with families and use the same candid portraiture approach. Of course we’ll get the standard group portraits, but my heart is in the candid, day-in-the-life look.
How often to do you work with a second photographer?
Second photographers can be added to any package we offer and are included in some. It’s always nice to have a second perspective on the day, not to mention a second pair of hands to help out, but truthfully I shoot about 60% of my weddings with another photographer and about 40% without. A lot of it depends on the scope of your day and the budget you are working to stay within.
How do I book you or one of your associate photographers?
We’ll need to get a signed contract and a deposit to book your date. Typically it’s great to meet face to face, or at least to have a phone call to talk more about your wedding day to make sure we’ll be the perfect fit for you.
Do you offer wedding albums?
Definitely. We work with Leather Crafstman to deliver the best albums in the industry. I wrote a blog post to showcase these albums here.
How long do Engagement Sessions / Bridal Sessions last?
Engagement sessions usually last about 1 – 1.5 hours and bridal sessions are typically 45 minutes to an hour. I always try to shoot these around an hour and a half before sunset when the light is perfect.
Do you edit the photos that your clients receive?
Yes. All images are edited in Lightroom and Photoshop to make sure the colors are true and vibrant and the white balance is correct. Truthfully, most of what you see on our website and blog is done in camera, without a lot of post processing. We prefer this method for a couple of reasons: a) It means we know exactly what we’re getting when we’re shooting it, and b) we have a sneaking suspicion that some of those heavily edited images you find out there are going to look REALLY outdated in a couple of years. We want our images to always look timeless, and not like we were Instagramming your entire wedding.
When is the best time to take pictures?
There are two times a day to take the best images- just after sunrise and about an hour or so before sunset. I try my hardest to only shoot during these two times.
How many pictures will we end up getting from our wedding day?
Typically anywhere from 500 – 700 depending on the length of our coverage and the type of wedding day we’re photographing.
Everyone in your pictures looks so natural and comfortable.. How do you do that?
That is always such a compliment to hear because it means I’m doing my job well. Almost everyone would rather do many things before having to stand in front of a camera! Except for models and actors, being comfortable in front of a camera does not come naturally. So it is my job to 1. make you feel comfortable, and 2. direct you in a way that makes for sincere, fun and believable images. This is especially true for engagement sessions since it will most likely just be the three of us out there. On your wedding day, the day will go by so quickly that often you won’t even know we’re there capturing all the moments as they are happening.
How do you get to travel so many places for weddings?
These awesome locations I’ve been privileged to work in have come from all different directions… sometimes the bride or groom is a friend of a friend, sometimes someone sees my work in a magazine or wedding website, or sometimes the venue itself will give my name out as a preferred vendor. However it happens, I’m always thankful because I love to travel and experience beautiful new places!
What are your travel fees?
If the location is within driving distance, we charge $50/hour. If we’ll need to fly we’ll have to look at flights and figure it out from there.
How did you get started in photography?
I found myself constantly documenting road trips and adventures in my late high school, early college days. When I took my first photography class as part of my Art degree and got into the darkroom, I was hooked! I’ve spent the subsequent years refining my style, and pushing envelopes to be where I am today. It is such a joy to be able to do what you love for a living. Not one day of this adventure has felt like work.
Where are you based out of?
We are based out of the coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Hometown of Michael Jordan, Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill and Iron Man 3. Represent!
What is the difference between an associate photographer and a second shooter?
Associate photographers, although sometimes help as second shooters, are people that have worked with me long enough or are at a skill level to shoot weddings on their own. People will often book our associate photographers if I’m already booked, or if I am out the price range for what someone was hoping to stay inside of for their photography. Associate photographers always have very similar shooting styles to me, use the same techniques, same gear, and since I oversee the editing process the work always looks like what you see on the website and blog.
Second shooters are people who have a great amount of talent behind a camera, can get any shot I need them to, but may be newer to the EBP team, or have no desire to be the lead photographer for a wedding day.
How many people do you have on your team?
We have two associate photographers, about 5 second shooters, an office manager and an editing team. Without them all, I wouldn’t be able to do half of the things I get to do on a daily basis!
How long does it take to get our images after the wedding?
Typically about 6 weeks, sometimes 8 weeks if we are in the middle of wedding season. Sometimes a little longer if we have a few back to back weeks of 3-4 weddings in a weekend. Your patience is always appreciated and always worth the wait!
Can I print my pictures where I want / use on social media?
Yes! You will receive your images edited, hi resolution and copyright free. This means you can post online, print 4x6s, 5x7s or giant canvases if you wish. You can always go through our lab to make sure the products and colors will be perfect or you can take the files anywhere else to be printed.
Do you shoot film or digital?
I shoot almost entirely digital these days. It’s fast, versatile, and can be printed in very large formats (giant prints). I learned this art form originally in the darkroom and LOVE film so sometimes when it’s right for the shoot- say a bridal session where we are going for a grainy black and white look- we’ll shoot with it. But for the most part we use Canon’s professional digital camera and lens systems.
I am a photographer, are there any openings on your team?
Shoot me an email- I’d love to talk and see if we have space right now for another photographer, intern or any other way to get you involved.
I am a photographer looking to learn more about shooting weddings, can we get coffee and talk?
Yes! I love helping people get started, or breaking through to the next level. We are currently putting a mentor program together to help others realize the dream of turning their talent into a career!