Where are you located? I live and work out of Port Orchard, Washington.

How far will you travel? Generally, I serve the greater Puget Sound area. I’m willing to travel farther for a small additional fee.

How many photographers work for Lemonade Photography? It’s just me; however, I have frequent contact with a couple of other local photographers, and we’re willing to work together if necessary to cover your wedding or event.

Do you have a degree in photography? No; my college degree is in journalism and public relations, and that’s how I started my career. In my field, I’ve been long exposed to photography, graphic design, digital editing and printing, and I realized years ago that photography was fun – and, to my surprise, I was actually pretty darn good at it! I’ve been playing with cameras since I was a kid, and as a reporter I learned at the feet of some of the best photojournalists around. Despite my stubborn insistence that I was going to earn my living as a writer, the camera just kept falling into my hands. When my public-relations job was reduced to a half-time position and I needed to find a way to make some extra money, I decided to quit hesitating and take a leap I’d been dreaming about for years. That’s how Lemonade Photography was created, and it’s the best decision I ever made.

Are you on Facebook? Of course. Find my Facebook page here.

How can I get a discount? Funny you should ask. I offer a 10% discount to all fans of my Facebook page. I also offer special deals and discounts several times a year; check the blog or Facebook page for current discounts.

How far in advance should I book my wedding? I take bookings up to two years in advance. I recommend booking at least 6 months before the event to ensure availability, especially if you’re planning a Friday or Saturday wedding during the summer. I always have a few open dates and cancellations, so check with me at info@lemonadephotography.com.

What kind of camera do you use? I shoot all digital photos, using a Nikon D300 digital SLR camera with a range of lenses.

What other equipment can you bring? I own a portable studio lighting and backdrop set, which I can set up anywhere in a 10’ x 15’ space. I prefer to shoot with natural light whenever possible, but am happy to bring my studio lights for portraits and weddings if you have time and space (and a power outlet).

Can you give us prints? To keep my costs low and offer you the best price, I don’t own any professional printing equipment. My photography packages include professionally edited photos on CD or flash drive, which you can take to your favorite printer to be produced at any size. I can also provide a signed limited copyright release and recommend good local printers. A lot of photographers charge you extra for digital copies; I know that we live in a digital age and most people share their photos online rather than in print, and I’d never do that.

How many photos will I get? That depends on a number of factors: The length of the wedding, the location and lighting, how many different activities are packed into an event, etc. A very general estimate if you’re hiring Lemonade: Expect about 50 images per hour of shooting. I frequently send clients way more than that, but it’s a good place to start.

But you must take way more photos than that. How come I don’t get every picture you shoot? I’ll admit it: Not every picture I take at a wedding is good. I shoot very rapidly to make sure I don’t miss any important moments. I’m constantly adjusting the camera, moving myself around, moving the subjects during portraits and trying different poses, angles and light. Not every experiment is going to be perfect. I have high standards for my photos and don’t like sending clients images that I wouldn’t hang on my own wall.

What kind of editing do you do? For most photos, I use Photoshop to make minor adjustments to brightness, color, contrast and tone in order to provide you with clear, vivid, beautiful images. I can also do black and white and color toning, if desired. However, my preference is to send clients bright, colorful images that represent their event as accurately as possible.

When will I get my photos? In order to provide you with the best product, I do at least minimal editing on every photo I send. That means it’ll take a little longer to get your pictures. For portraits, expect your photos in about 2 weeks; for weddings, expect them in 4-6 weeks (a little longer if you have special editing requirements).

How come wedding photography is so expensive? Good question. The answer is complicated:

  • Some photographers make their entire living shooting weddings. Most can only shoot one to two weddings per week, so to make ends meet, they have to charge a lot for each wedding. I happen to have another source of income, so I’m able to keep prices a bit lower.
  • Photography equipment is expensive. Ever surfed Amazon for professional-quality digital SLR cameras? They aren’t cheap. Neither are lenses, flashes, lighting equipment, memory cards, computers and professional editing software and photo printing equipment. Then there’s maintenance and upkeep on all of the above.
  • Wedding photography is hard work. When you get your portrait taken in a studio, the photographer controls all of the elements: The lights, the backdrop, where you stand, how you pose, when you smile, everything. A good photographer can get great portraits in a studio in very few frames. At a wedding or event, the photographer has very little control over these elements. Consequently, it takes a lot more planning, preparation, knowledge and skill- not to mention a whole lot more shooting – to get quality photos.
  • It’s art. Photographers are highly trained specialists who are, essentially, composing art with a camera. We take lots of pride in our work.

What’s your favorite kind of photography? That’s a hard choice. I love photographing kids, because they’re so unpredictable and free and fun in front of a camera. They’re rarely self-conscious, and that makes for great photos. But I really love weddings, too; I’m a romantic at heart, and there’s something about being part of a couple’s wedding day that thrills me. There’s nothing sweeter than a happy couple in love on the biggest day of their lives.