FAQs
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I am based in Los Angeles but available for weddings nationally and internationally. California certainly is beautiful but I love the chance to switch it up when I can!

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES FOR DESTINATION TRAVEL?

I consider anywhere in Southern California local (from Santa Barbara to San Diego to Palm Springs) and beyond that I charge a flat travel fee based upon the location of your wedding.

HOW MUCH DO YOUR DIFFERENT COLLECTIONS COST?
Collections begin at $2800 for wedding day coverage. Please email me lori@thepurpletreephotography.com for more information based on your particular needs!

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR BASIC WEDDING DAY COVERAGE?
Basic coverage includes 8 hours of wedding day coverage, 2 photographers and disc of all your fully edited final images. I also include a complimentary engagement session.

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
The truth is, engagement sessions are not just about more pictures. It is actually very important practice for your wedding day! You need to know what to expect from me and vice versa. My goal is that when I show up on your wedding day that I am someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Think about the difference between the photos a stranger takes from those of a friend! I feel very strongly that great wedding photography is equal parts technical skill, experience, and good rapport! An engagement session also gives me the chance to learn your best angles, and that helps me capture even more gorgeous photos on your actual wedding day. For all these reasons I include an engagement session for free in every package, but since it is a free offer I cannot discount you for not having one.

OKAY, WELL WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION? AND WHERE WILL IT BE?
After you've booked I'll send you a little tip sheet to help you pick something that helps you look your best on camera. Also, you can follow me on Pinterest to get inspiration on how to style yourself in a way that feels like you at a 10. :) I've got boards for engagement sessions (including attire and fun things to bring along), wedding day inspiration and then just random other snippets that I love. And then as far as your location goes, you get to choose that because photos are so much lovelier if they're taken at a spot that is meaningful to you!

DO YOU USE A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER? WHO IS IT?
Yes, I always shoot with a second photographer. Trust me when I tell you that there are a million little circumstances that arise on a wedding day when you need two pairs of eyes focused in two different places at the exact. same. moment. Bride is putting her shoes on at the same time groom is getting dressed. (P.S. Grooms usually take about 5 1/2 seconds to get dressed so a bit of planning/stalking is always necessary!) Groom is getting ready in a completely different location from bride. 20 different amazing angles during your ceremony. Crazy Aunt Sue says something that makes Grandma die laughing, but it also happens to be right in the middle of your first dance. Believe me, you will be glad I always work as a part of a team!

I have a few photographers that I work with regularly and would trust to shoot my own wedding. They are not simply assistants but strong photographers in their own right. Rest assured, the second shooter at the wedding will always be a skilled professional! So if you've chosen me, you'll love them too. :)

I'M HAVING A SMALL WEDDING, DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS OF ANY KIND?

If you are getting married on a Monday-Thursday I will absolutely do my best to work with you but otherwise unfortunately I cannot.

DO YOU INCLUDE IMAGE FILES?
All your fully edited images are included and YES, they are high resolution. So you can print them up whenever your little heart desires. I have a few online print labs that I like that I can recommend to you, or of course you can order prints through me and my lab any old time.

HOW SOON AFTER THE WEDDING WILL WE SEE OUR PHOTOS?

Within 7-10 days of your wedding day I will blog my favorite images (and even Facebook tag you in them if we're friends!). About a month after your wedding date you will be able to view all your images in a private, password protected online gallery. Friends and family can even order prints directly for themselves, so no hearing it from Grandma that she wants prints!

HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET?
Each wedding varies, of course. But typically a wedding yields about 100 images per hour.

WHAT IF WE WANT YOU FOR MORE THAN 8 HOURS?
I absolutely offer coverage for more than 8 hours in my other collections. Additionally, if your wedding day is just going way too strong to let me leave when we've planned, I offer hourly coverage for $150/hr per photographer. 8 hours is usually enough if your day of timeline has been planned well, so please feel free to ask for any tips/suggestions when working on your timeline. I honestly love the opportunity to help in whatever way I can because it helps pave the way for great photos! This definitely isn't my first rodeo. :)

WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK?
A First Look is where a bride and groom choose to see each other for an intimate, private, insanely romantic moment before the ceremony. It is a newer tradition that has quickly become something I recommend to ALL my couples (and I used to be UBER old-school when I started!). I find a nice quiet spot to set it up for you and you get to see your soon-to-be spouse for the first time without everyone staring you down and without fighting those overwhelming nerves! As a recent bride myself, I am sooo glad I opted to see my husband beforehand...it absolutely prevented me from sobbing as I walked down the aisle and it certainly did not take away from the power of that moment at the end of the aisle. Quite the opposite actually, it adds an extra, very special moment to the wedding day. In most cases, it will be the only moment you two have alone together until your get away at the end of the night! My husband and I were so whooped by that point that we fell asleep in the car. Seriously.

Because a First Look breaks up the wedding day timeline a little bit, it also adds several other benefits. First of all, you don't have to miss your whole cocktail hour because you're off taking photos. If you've done a First Look you've had 20 minutes before, and now 20 minutes after. Extra bonus: your lip won't do that little quiver thing it does when you've been having your photo taken for a long stretch of time. Additionally, any issues that arise - from weather to anything else unplanned - are easier to work around when you've got a First Look in there. And obviously, when the day is relaxed the photos are relaxed!

OKAY, I LIKE YOU. NOW WHAT?
Awesome! So now I guess we should have a first date. :) Let's meet up for coffee (or have a Skype date if you live out of town) and talk about you two and your wedding! What you love, what you don't, what you have envisioned for your day and of course what you're not sure about and want to ask me. Your wedding day is such an important day in your life, and I'm going to be spending most of it right there alongside you! I only shoot a limited number of weddings a year so I want to be as happy to spend your day with you as you and your family are to spend it with me!

HOW CAN WE HOLD OUR DATE?
Once you've paid your 50% retainer I put you down in pen and we talk about when you want to do your engagement session! The remainder isn't due until 30 days before your wedding.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
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WAIT, BUT I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION!

No problem! Email me lori@thepurpletreephotography.com and we'll chat soon. :)