San Francisco Bay Area candid documentary wedding photographer bodega bay black and white bridal photobest san francisco wedding photographer
What is your photography style?
I shoot your wedding day as moments unfold in a photo-journalistic/documentary like manner. I focus on stories of love, relationships, family history and heirlooms that have been passed down for generations. At the end of the day, years from now, when you look back at your wedding images - I want you to be able to remember how you felt that day more than just how the day was. Whatever style that is - that is what I aim to do. If you are looking for more posed work, staged moments and major focus on the purchased details of your day - I may not be the right photographer for you. I am more than happy to provide you with photographers who would suit your day better if that is the style you'd prefer.
I have a varied background and while I studied film photography for two years in college, I actually have a degree in Art History & Religious Philosophy with a minor in Museum Studies. I also hold a vocational certificate in Fashion Design and Pattern-making. This varied background, among other life experiences, adds to my aesthetic when I document your day. Please have a look at my portfolio to get a better sense of my style.
What do you mean by "full day" coverage?
Without the limit of time, your day is more relaxed, more fun where I am able to get those honest and pivotal moments that you will cherish years from now. Since I aim to capture the moments of your wedding day as they happen, it's hard to limit which moments are important enough to stay and capture. Weddings aren't just about the ceremony and the family formals, or the cutting of the cake and the reception toasts. Weddings are a celebration of your lives and relationships culminating to this amazing party. I find that it kinda sucks when I have to leave just when the party is starting because our contracted time is up. I also think that it's lame to schedule your wedding day around the photographer's contracted time. If I am there to tell your story of your day, it means I'm there at the beginning until the, it doesn't mean that I'll be there for 24 hours, though!
For example, I start my full day coverage when you two get ready {about two hours before your ceremony start time} and start my exit when all events have taken place {after toasts, first dances and any other traditions and special moments you plan to incorporate. Like the hora, a money dance, or hey even a flash mob!}. Usually this is about 8 to 10 hours {typically 10am to 10pm or 12pm to 10pm depending on the photo timeline I create for your day}. I also work with my couples to define a wedding photography timeline from the start of my coverage to the end. 
Of course if your wedding is more of an elopement or intimate gathering and or on a strict budget, then an all day coverage might not be what you need. If this is the case, just contact me, I have a base hourly package available for you to customize. 
Where are you located?
I’m based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, in Oakland, California. I also have additional home bases in Southern California , the Pacific Northwest and even Denver, Colorado - and because of this, I offer minimal to no travel fees to these areas. 
What are your travel fees?
Travel fees apply to weddings outside of the SF Bay Area {but read the above, since I do offer little to no travel fees in certain areas outside of the Bay}.. If your venue is less than a 2 hour drive, then there are no travel fees! If it is at least two hours or more one way, then travel & accommodations will be billed at cost - but don't let that deter you. I'm up for camping or even crashing on couches, if you or your friends'll have me. 
Travel fees to your destination wedding is always billed at cost and we always try to minimize any additional fees. I LOVE to travel, so if you have a destination wedding and it's on my bucket list, let's chat - I have an awesome deal for you! Drop me a line and let me know where you're getting married!
Do you do any traditional posed shots like family or formal portraits during our wedding day? What about a shot list?
Despite being a candid and photo-journalistic photographer, I do understand traditions and the importance of the formal portraits, especially for your parents and grandparents or other family members out of state. So yes, of course I take them and make time for them. I also ask my couples for an additional 15-20 mins {30 mins would be ideal} of time around the golden magic hour {about 20-30 mins before the sun sets} to create those beautifully composed bride & groom portraits which are yes, less candid and somewhat posed {just some gentle guiding - like - look at your new wife! Hold her hand and walk this way..etc}. 
As for shot lists - If you give me a short must have shot list, I will do my best to capture those but know that it sort of disrupts the natural flow of your wedding day and thus how your story gets captured. {Picture me throughout your day stopping to look at this list - how would that help the natural flow of your day?} Generally, I don't ask for a shot list and don't go off of one because  I've done plenty of weddings to know to photograph the key moments and details of the day as well as the in between moments of the day - so chances are, whatever you would put in your shot list, it's probably something I would already capture. BUT - what I DO request is a list of family members and family groupings for the formal portraits. 
How many photos do you take?
I don't limit the amount of images I take on your wedding day. I take enough to tell your whole story and then deliver a finely curated & hand edited gallery of anywhere from 400 to 800 images for a full day's coverage. The amount in your gallery also depends on cooperative elements such as weather, vendors and the guests. On average, you can expect to receive between 75-100 edited images per hour.
How much do you charge?
I try to keep it simple. I have one epic package that includes everything most would want and then some. But since each wedding and couple is unique, a custom package can be created where you get to pick and choose what you want and need from your wedding day photography. For a more detailed price list please use my contact form. I like to make it easy for my clients to create a coverage that fits their day and budget.  A la carte packages begin at $2700 with most clients spending on average between $3500 and $5500 to include the extras they want most.  In order to reserve your date, a $1500 non-refundable retainer fee plus a signed contract is required and I turn away all other commissions for your day. I only take on 15 weddings each year to provide the absolute best to my clients. Weddings are booked on a first come, first served basis. 
Do we get to keep the digital files? What about the RAW files? What about copyrights, do I own the photos?
YES! You will receive all the edited full resolution jpeg files that you see in your gallery including a print & reproduction release, so you can print to your heart's content for your own personal use. 
No, I do not deliver any raw files for you to keep. What will you do with those raw files anyway? Do you have the programs to import them and edit them? If you want to edit them, that will void my copyright - yes, I, as the photographer and creator of the images, hold and maintain the copyright. You have a limited license that allows for personal use but cannot sell or license the images for profit.
If you would like the copyright or commercial use license - please contact me. I also understand my clients rights to privacy and respect any privacy or confidentiality requests without any additional fees.
Do you offer prints & albums too?
YES, I do! I offer an array of finely crafted professional products such as archival prints, fine art canvases and heirloom albums.. Your online gallery will give you the ability to purchase prints small and large. For albums -we would set up an design & ordering consultation which is included in the pricing of the products. This can be done in person, the phone, skype or email.
When do we get to see our images?
Usually 6-8 weeks after your wedding day {but often sooner!}, you will receive a link to your online viewing gallery to view, download  your images & share online {yes, even on Facebook and NO there is no watermark whatsoever on the images you receive!}. A professional print lab is also connected with your gallery to make ordering prints super easy. If you are interested in additional products such as albums, canvas wraps or professional archival prints in other sizes that are not available in your gallery, we can set up a complimentary design session once you've settled back from your honeymoon and have seen your awesome images online. 
Do you shoot with an additional photographer?
Usually, yes. But, if you are creating your own package and only need hourly coverage, then I may not shoot with an additional photographer, it just depends. If it is a large wedding (150+) and you two are getting ready in separate addresses, it would help to shoot with an additional photographer because I can't be at two places at once. However, I will try to craft a timeline for your day where I can travel between the two locations, if a second shooter isn't part of your package. For weddings with less coverage needed (2-6 hours) or a smaller more intimate gathering, I feel confident in being the sole photographer capturing your story. But it's always nice to have another awesome photographer capturing the moments you never thought you'd see or experience again. {oh but I do bring an assistant, even when I'm the only photographer - they do not document your day but help make sure we make the best images out of your day}
What about if we cancel? Are there any refunds?
The retainer fee is non-refundable, even if the date is changed or the wedding is cancelled for any reason. There are no refunds on the retainer fee or any payments made leading up to your cancellation. The retainer is your reservation and guarantees your date on my calendar and once you've signed the contract and pay the retainer fee, I turn down all other wedding commissions for that date. If the wedding is cancelled within 90 days of the date, the balance of the contract is still owed, due to the fact that I won't be able to re-book that date in such a short amount of time. I am, of course understanding of certain unforeseen circumstances, so if you have something come up, let's discuss. And if I can re-book that date for the same contracted price, I will refund you everything.
Are you licensed & insured? Do you have backup equipment?
Yes, I’m a licensed and insured full-time photographer and can provide your venue with a certificate of insurance listing them as an additional insured - just let me know, if you need this. I am also a state registered limited liability company. Yes, I have additional lenses, camera bodies and batteries for back up. I am a member of the PPA - Professional Photographers of America and also NPS - Nikon Professional Services.
How do we book you?
Saweet! *Happy dance* Just contact me, and whenever you're ready, let's set up a time to meet up (maybe over lunch, dinner or drinks?) and discuss your wedding day needs. Since I only take on a very limited number of wedding commissions throughout the year, in order to reserve your wedding date on my calendar, a non-refundable retainer & signed contract is required. The non-refundable retainer fee is $1500 for any coverage other than a city hall wedding {city hall retainer fee is $500}. The remaining balance is due at least 2 weeks before your wedding date. Interest free payment plans as well as gift registry setup are available. 
If you have any questions not covered here, please message me! I am here to help in anyway during your wedding planning process. Even if I am not your selected photographer for your day, I do want you to find the right photographer for you - so let me know if I can help!