F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you full-time wedding photographers?

-Yes! We both quit our office jobs in 2014, and we both fully focus on our photography business.

What is your style?

This is something that we hope our work speaks for itself. We've been told our work is cinematic, documentary, natural, and fun.

Do you both shoot at weddings? / Will you both be at my wedding? 

Yes! We shoot everything together, and we are both lead photographers. One of us is not there to just "assist" the other, we both see things differently, so you'll receive different perspectives of the day/shoot. 2 photographers are included in every package, so there's no need to hire any "second shooters" to make sure all your moments are documented.

Do you travel?

Yep! We travel out of state & country for weddings / shoots. We only take on a few destinations a year, so hit us up to see if we can make it. 

How much does wedding photography cost?

Typically couples spend around $5,500 with us. We keep things pretty simple, Contact us for a detailed package list.

How did you start out in wedding photography?

We have both been shooting individually for 10 years ago, Isaiah would shoot skateboarding, and Taylor would shoot portraits. We've been creating fun things together since 2009, and photographing weddings together since 2012. 

How many weddings have you done?

We have photographed over 150 weddings together, and over 175 portrait sessions together. We have technically never just attended a wedding together as guests (unless you consider our own).

So how does this whole thing work / what's the process?

You email us, we email back. We talk on the phone to verify we're all real human beings. We sign a contract legally binding us (just kidding, its not so serious). We meet in person, possibly do an engagement session. We help plan out the details for your wedding day with some online questionnaires & a few more emails. You get married, we document it. We send sneak peeks the next day or 2, you make it social media official and go on your honeymoon. You start your married life together while we edit away on your photos. A couple months later you receive your online wedding gallery & you live happily ever after (with a lot of hard work & love).

How long will I have to wait to see my photos?

Within 2 days of your wedding you'll receive a few sneak peeks. Your full wedding gallery will be delivered within 3 months of your wedding date, & your engagement/portrait session gallery will be delivered within 6 weeks. 

How many photos will I receive?

We estimate 50 photos delivered per hour of coverage, but it's typically more than that. We shoot a lot a lot at weddings, so we'll cull through and take out any blinks & repeats. For a typical wedding day, we'll deliver around 500+ edited wedding photos. This may sound like a lot, but it ends up being a good amount between your details, morning prep, moments with your parents, first look, bridal party photos, ceremony, reception, etc.

Will all the photos I receive be edited?

Yes! Every photo you receive has been hand-edited by us, one by one. 

What is the "online gallery" that is included in your packages?

The online gallery is a private online website that contains your hi-res photos for you to download. This can be accessed by you & anyone you'd like to share it with. This is also an easy, fast & secure way to order prints/canvases. (Or you can just download the hi-res files and print where you please).

Will there be a ridiculously ugly watermark across my face in the photos I receive?

Absolutely not. When we say that everything is included in your package, we mean it. There are no unpleasant surprises/fees later to receive your images.

Do you photograph formal family portraits?

Yes. These are typically done directly after your ceremony with your immediate family. Or if you do a first look, this can be done prior to ceremony. 

Do you have insurance?

Yes, yes, yes! If your venue needs a copy of it, let us know & we'll send it over.

Do you have an opinion on timeline?

Yes! We really strive for you to enjoy your wedding day feeling relaxed & having fun, and the best way for this to happen is to prep with a solid timeline. We'll help create a timeline with you & your coorndiantor so your day flows smooth & you receive everything you want. Please feel free to view our timeline tips here. Before your wedding day, we'll also have you fill out this wedding day questionnaire to plan out the details.

What gear do you use?

Nikon d810's, Nikon d800's, Nikon d750's, prime lenses ranging from from 24-135. A couple tilt-shift lenses (that give that blurr affect you may see in a few photos). For post processing we use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom & PhotoMechanic. We trust our gear, but we also carry back-up equipment.

How / when do I book you?

Contact us first to make sure we're available for your date. To reserve us for your date, we do a contract signing & 50% retainer fee. This can all be done digitally through email to keep things easy. Our dates fill up quick. Most couples book us 8-12 months out, contact us to see if/when we're available.

How did you two meet?

In 2008, we both had a friend that would tell us about each other constantly. Her words- "I know someone equally as weird as you that you have to meet". So we met casually with friends, and became best friends a little after that. 

What's your favorite food?

Vegan tacos, vegan pizza, vegan thai food, vegan pie. We are vegan (for the earth, animals & our health), and we love it! We didn't think it'd be possible, but once we made the switch (with slow steps), we couldn't be happier. :)

Can we be friends?

Yes, please!

Timeline Talk

Timeline Talk

We made this post to help make your day flow smoothly. An ideal day is chill & relaxed, and since you're throwing a party with a lot of people, in order for it to flow nicely, there's needs to be a little structure. A well planned timeline is a good friend. :)

Don't worry, just because we care about timeline does not mean we'll be rushing to you do the next thing, it'll actually be the opposite. Having a good timeline will ensure you have enough time to do everything that's important to you without being rushed, your guests will have a great time, and we'll be documenting it all naturally.

Since your wedding day is a collaboration from dozens of vendors, family members & friends, things may not go exactly according to plan.  Your mom's dress rips, or your makeup artists is taking a littler longer than expected to make you look wonderful, or your florist is stuck in traffic. We've seen all of this, and at almost every wedding something will happen not according to plan. Well, if you plan ahead and prep for a nice timeline, then hopefully no matter what happens, the day will still flow smoothly & you'll still be relaxed & just enjoying the moment.

When you look at your wedding gallery, we don't want you to just see beautiful photos, we want you to remember how you felt. Below we wrote up some timeline options that we've been using for over a 150 weddings, the couple's we've documented that stuck to this timeline were happy & had fun & they received wonderful photos. Let's plan ahead to make your day awesome!

An ideal timeline would look something like the ones below (these are based on a 4pm ceremony all at one location, each wedding is completely different, so depending on locations & preferences this will change around a little bit).

 

Timeline Example 1: with first look.

Planning for a first look allows for a more relaxing & fun day. You'll also get more photos together & with family/bridal party this way (+ you'll get to join your guests for a little bit at cocktail hour!). We recommend a first look for every wedding. Almost all of our couples decide to do one, and no-one ever regrets it! But if you'd like to keep it traditional, no worries, it'll all work out fine either way. :)

11:00am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready 3 hours before ceremony.

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins

1:15pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

1:45pm- Individual Portraits of couple. (before you see each other)

2:00pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually, before first look)

2:30pm- First Look

3:00pm - Bridal Party group photos + Immediate Family Photos

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail hour - Few photos of couple around venue, then join cocktail hour!

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances 

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

Timeline Example 2: without first look.

11:30am- Start getting ready (confirm with hair+make-up artists for how long they'll need to have you ready 2 hours before ceremony.

1:00pm- Photo coverage begins

1:45pm- Finished getting ready + final details (dress on, jewelry, opening cards/gifts, etc.)

2:15pm- Individual Portraits of couple. (not together)

2:30pm- Bridal Party Portraits (each side individually, before first look)

3:30pm - Couple + Bridal Party relax / freshen up

4:00pm - Ceremony Invite

4:15pm - Ceremony Start

4:45pm - Cocktail Hour - Immediate Family Photos - Photos of Couple

5:45pm- Reception Starts (all photos for the rest of the night are candids, besides 5 minutes at sunset).

6:00pm- Toasts, then dinner served. (photographers will break while couple is eating).

6:45pm- Sunset Portraits (varies with sunset time)

7:00pm- First Dance, Formal Dances

7:30pm- Cake Cut, Bouquet/Garter Toss, Other formal events, Open Dancing

9:00pm- Photographers depart.

 

We hope this info was helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

Wedding Day Questionnaire

Wedding Day Questionnaire 

Wedding Day Timeline Questionnaire

This questionnaire is to make sure your wedding day goes by smoothly & fun. Our goal is to make sure your wedding day does not feel like a photo-shoot. It's important to us that you are relaxed as you celebrate, trusting that we'll be documenting everything that's important to you. 

If you have a rough-draft timeline, please send that over as well. If not, we'd love to help make one. Please fill out these questions as best as possible, thanks!

(You can also see a timeline example here).

Please feel free to also send us over a simple mood board / or pinterest album / or just your favorite photos.

Its a good idea to plan to start the actual ceremony 15-30 minutes later to give guests time to arrive / take a seat.
Planning for a first look allows for a more relaxing & fun day. You'll also get many more photos together & with family/bridal party this way. We highly recommend a first look for every wedding. Almost all of our couples decide to do one, and no-one ever regrets it! If you'd like to keep it traditional, no worries, it'll all work out fine. :)
We encourage to get ready at the venue as much as possible, we'll most likely meet you there for the final getting ready photos.
Since we do bridal party photos prior to ceremony, it's best to have all the bouquets dropped off at least 3 hours before ceremony time.
Knowing this will help to know when to photograph details of your sweet set up. The earlier the better!
We typically leave shortly after cake-cut.
For reception lighting, we prefer to stay with the natural ambient light as much as possible. But some reception (and even ceremony) settings can be really dark at night. Sometimes we'll set up a small constant light to light up the speeches/toasts. We'll also use off camera flashes for dance photos / bouquet + garter toss / cake cut / etc.
Both sides combined=
Any certain spots at the venue that you have to have a photo at together?
Please feel free to describe, or email over any exact photos if you want.
Please rate the importance of each thing below *
Please rate the importance of each thing below
Agree= Yes, please prioritize! Disagree= Not the top of the list. On a wedding day, we shoot in a photo-journalistic style. Which means we won't be interrupting your wedding day to create posed scenarios. We will photograph what really happens, and we'll do posed photos during the planned portrait time. We do our best to work off of a typical check-list, but since each wedding is completely different we can't guarantee that everything will be documented. Please rate below the things that are some "must-haves" for you.
Details of dress/rings/flowers
Details of ceremony/reception set up
Getting ready - hair/make up
Putting on dress/attire
Bride/groom reading cards/opening gifts
Posed Couple Photos (traditional / classic / the ones you parents will probably put on their fridge)
Candid Couple Photos (walking around / hanging out / dancing)
Conceptual Portraits (Artfully staged, just for the aesthetic. Sometimes a stale/deadpan/non-emotional look, not much interaction between you).
Landscape / Far Away Setting Couple Photos (Little people, big setting)
Intimate Couple Portraits (close up / PDA)
5 minute Sunset Photo Session (If you want, we'll steal you away for a quick minute around dinner time to get some fun sunset lit photos)
Formal Bridal Party Photos
Formal Family Photos
Candids of family/friends
Ceremony traditions
Reception events
What's their email / website?
Name / Website / Email
Dress designer + boutique? Brands of suit, rings, shoes?
Florist, Make-up + Hair artists, DJ, etc.
The first kiss, together at sunset, hugging grandpa, etc.

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to fill out that lengthy questionnaire, please let us know if you have any questions. :)

Couple Questionnaire

Couple Questionnaire 

(hobbies, goals, work, projects, pets, etc.)
The fun you have together. Your affection toward each other. Something specific you do together. Your sweet style. Etc.

California Photo Locations

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOCATIONS

We made this post to give ideas/options for possible settings for your photo session. These are some of our favorite locations in California we've been to over the years. Let's explore one of these together, or you can show us one of your favorite spots!

(Some locations / ideas that we'd love to shoot at but aren't listed below are -  museums/art galleries, desert salt flats, hot air balloons, sailboat, bonfire, farmer's market, rooftops. )


Angeles Crest Cliffside (near La Canada) 

This cliffside trail is mostly flat 1 mile round trip. It's a mountain landscape & even has a fun little tunnel. If you're feeling up to a longer adventure, we can start in the Pine Trees from the location below & you can get a wide range throughout your session.


Angeles Crest Pine Trees (near La Canada)

This is a hidden little cluster of pine trees with a perfect spot for a landscape view at the end. If you're feeling extra adventurous, we can hit up both this spot and the cliffside trail above.


Angeles Forest (Near Sierra Madre)

A steep 2 mile round trip hike with some dense greenery to a little stream. This area changes with the weather, sometimes it's super green while a week later it may be more dull. Either way, it's beautiful! It's also a more popular trail, so you may hear some fellow hikers saying "awww" in the background.


Palm Springs

Open desert landscapes, aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods.


Joshua Tree National Park

Desert landscape, rock formations, and Joshua Trees


Julian, San Diego

A simple trail around some trees, hills & a lake.


Downtown L.A.

Rad walls, grungy streets, bridges, cityscape. We'll probably go to different walls / backdrops, so if there's anythign specific you'd like to incorporate let us know! (view of city landscape, large minimal space, colorful graffiti walls, brick walls, grimy alleys, etc.)


Griffith Park, L.A.

Start in the trees & end with the city landscape. This exact spot is about a 1 mile up walk (on a paved road). On the way we'll stop at a tree grove, then we'll keep trekking until we get to the blacktop with that L.A. view. 


Santa Monica

This is a little secret spot we found & now love! There may be a couple local neighbors walking around, but its pretty chill for a beach view. We could start down on the sand when the sun is higher, then drive up here for sunset.


El Matador State Beach, Malibu

A sweet blend of water & rocks. This beach is a very popular photo location, so be prepared for other people watching your PDA! 


Malibu Canyon

Oh, those rolling hills. This is a fun little trail, that's only about a mile round trip. If you're a beach & a nature lover, we can hit up both this spot and El Matador Beach from above.


Venice Beach

Canals, back alleys, palm trees, boardwalk, beach.


Long Beach Downtown

Walls, alley ways, parking garages.


Vasquez Rocks, Santa Clarita

Edgy rock formations where a bunch of movies, tv shows & commercials are filmed.


Oak Glen, San Bernardino 

Greenery & Fields


Foothill Ranch, Orange County

A couple mile hike up and down those rolling hills. Depending on what the weather has been like, most of the time the hills are golden brown & sometimes they are bright green. 


Salvation Mountain, Indio

So. Colorful. It's a lot smaller in person, but it's pretty cool.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LOCATIONS

Make a fun trip out of your engagement session & have us join you! 

(These have a travel fee of $500)


Yosemite National Park

Everyone should visit here once in their life! We've been here a dozen times together, and we won't be stopping anytime soon. We'll take you to some of our favorite spots in the park.


Big Sur

Here we have a couple of our favorite spots near Big Sur. We love starting in the dense redwood forest, then ending at the cliffy coast.


Sequoia National Park

Huge trees & sweet views.


Mt. Whitney Foothill, Lone Pine

At the foothill of Mt. Whitney you have trees & mountain views.


Alabama Hills, Lone Pine

Somewhat looks like Joshua Tree, without the crowds & trees. Let's go climb on some rocks. This is a free campground, so feel free to make a fun trip out of it and camp on this BLM land!


Mount Tamalpais State Park, San Fransisco 

Yes, we're above the clouds! Well, only if there are clouds out. This place is awesome with a really sweet view.


Photo Session Tips

COUPLE Session Tips

ABOUT.

Here is a bit of information on how to plan for your engagement / couple session. It’s in no way a rulebook, but just a few tips we've found helpful. Our sessions are laid back & fun, resulting in a mix of natural candids & creative portraits.

If we'll be joining you for your wedding day also, this is a perfect time to get to know each other more. Being in front of a camera can be awkward & uncomfortable, so now is a great time to practice & get past that before the big day! During & after the session, we're definitely open to feedback if you'd like to change anything for that shot or the wedding day (you may have a preferred "good side", or want more kissing photos, etc.). Wedding day portrait time will go much smoother & quicker once we're all comfortable & know what to expect from one another. 

TIMING.

Sessions can be booked Monday-Thursday. Since we usually have weddings Friday through Sunday, we typically only have weekdays available for portrait sessions.

For the best lighting, we shoot the 2 hours before sunset, or at sunrise.

Turn around time for a portrait / engagement session is 5 weeks.

Deadlines to take into consideration- "save-the-dates" are typically sent out 4-8 months prior to the wedding date,  and invites are typically sent out 6-10 weeks prior. Please book with enough time to create, print & send them out. 

LOCATION.

The location should be reflective of you both. Think about what's different about you two, things you have in common, or something you've always wanted to do together. Feel free to incorporate your hobbies, careers, passions, or something on your bucket list.

If you're getting lost on trails with your free time, let's go for a hike together! If you're a coffee or beer snob, think about a cafe or brewery. If you live for extreme sports, we'll be right there with you jumping out of that plane or gliding off that cliff. If you're more modern, think about strolling around an urban city or visiting an art gallery. If you like easy mornings at home, let's embrace that by spending breakfast time together or gardening in your yard. If you're foodies, let's grab a bite to eat at your favorite spot, or taste-test at the local farmer's market. Or, if you simply just like the aesthetic of a gorgeous landscape, let's enjoy our time watching the sunset over it.

This is the fun part, feel free to get as creative as you want, or just keep it simple!

ATTIRE.

Your outfits should also be an expression of you. There's no right or wrong way to do this.

We've put together a pinterest board of couple outfits we personally think work great together. You can see that by clicking here.

If all black everything is your thing, do it. Or go buy that flowing long yellow dress you've been eyeing. If you guys usually kick it casual, keep it you! And accessorize! Hats, necklaces, layers, they're all great. Unless your both wearing black, try not to wear the exact same color (just a personal preference. ;)

Use this an excuse to go all out on yourself, you're going to be looking at these photos for quite awhile.

Your engagement session is also a great time to trial your hair & make-up artists!

WEDDING PORTRAIT SESSION.

Aside from wedding portraits the day of your wedding, we can schedule a time before or after your wedding date to get you some awesome portraits at a location that may have been too far (or dirty). This can also be traded for the engagement session. 

A non-truadional route, the couple will put on their wedding attire the day / or week before there wedding to get the majority of portraits out of the way. This is also a fun way to try out different make up / hair / accessory options as well! 

A "day-after" / "honeymoon" session is when we meet back up, a day to a month after your wedding date to get some fun photos of you two in your wedding attire. This can be at any fun location, or at your actual honeymoon destination. 

BE YOURSELF.

This might sound silly, but really, this session is about representing you two together. It is important to us that you both enjoy your time together, let loose & relax! This is simply a chance to express the story of the love you share.