Telling your story through my lens
What I Can Do For Us
I know there is a lot to cover and lots of planning to do and I am here to answer all your questions and help free you from any doubtful thoughts. If I could have you take ONE thing away from this is that my goal is to create memories with you, go on an unforgettable adventure, and capture all the important moments for you to keep and be able to look back on forever.
When you book me, here is what you can expect:
Questions. What's important most to you in a wedding? The people? Where you are? It's Personalization and Customization. I want to learn about you and better understand what your visions are so that I can co-align with them. It's not a automated ABC step. Every person and couple is different! That is what's going to make Your wedding day so special and unique.
Communication. Meet your new Pen Pal! I remember when I was in elementary school and this was the most exciting thing ever to receive a freshly sealed letter from a friend. But, instead of writing letters and mailing it - we'll use emails, phones calls, video calls, and in-person consultations to go over questions, concerns, and ideas. Anything and everything.
Honesty and Respect. This is a collaboration of you and I and I am not the school photographer who clicks away and sends for the next kid. When you hire me, you get all of me. My eyes, my creativity, and my brains. You get an artist. This is a team effort. Which means I'm going to give you my honest opinion and help you make the best decision for the best results for your images and special day. And I hope you do the same.
Where should we get photos done?
When it comes my style, you can see that we don't sit at the parks; nature is our companion in the majority of my work and what that being our setting I can assure you we will have a plethora of beautiful locations for your choosing.
A location selection will be an extension of who you are. So if you're looking for an open scenery, a trip to the beach, or an intimate indoor session, as long as you have a theme for whatever your heart wants, I'll be able to help narrow it down and work with you on the perfect location.
To plan for the best we have to account for the worst. Depending on locations, each place has a better season for visiting, however, if dates are flexible, I implore you to embrace what mother nature is able to provide for our day and let our adventurous side take over.
There was a time I was late for the school bus because I forgot to grab my lunch, so I recommend my couples to be free of any plans one hour prior and one hour after especially when our plan includes hiking and traveling to our destination. There's no limit for how long creativity flows!
When is the best time for photos?
While I wish I could always provide the best conditions for shooting (and yes my camera and I has endured being rained and snowed on) sometimes we take what we are given make turn it to our advantage. A couple of notes to consider:
There is no arguing that soft and even light is going to be the best for portraits. Therefore when we plan on an adventure with me, be prepared to be traveling before sunrise or before sunset, especially if we plan on including a hike.
Something I always advise my couples, is that weekdays are far better than weekends. This helps tremendously with avoiding the midday crowds and provides for an intimate experience and for better photos.
Some places, especially for eloping or an adventure session will have a more suitable time for visiting for weather conditions. (Fall, spring) Looking into when rainy seasons is or flower blooms will help determine a better time to visit for the best expirience.
What to do - some inspiration:
There are so many things we can do and incorporate for couples, engagements, and elopement. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but don't it's also important to pick the things that you both love doing or want to try! Here are my list of a few of favs that can make for a fun time.
Picnicking at the Coast at sunset
Campfires + snuggles and smore's
Jumps into lakes/floating in floaties
Hot Air balloon rides
ATV/buggy-ing at sand dunes
Classic car rides in the suburbs
Beer & pizza on rooftops
What's it like during a session?
Always and forever I want you to feel comfortable. You come in as you are, not anyone else. We don't want something that looks forced and uncomfortable and not totally you! I am not just your Photographer, when you hire me, you also gain a Friend. We'll meet up, we hang out, begin our journey. We just so happen to be taking amazing photos!
My approach is to let you take the lead and I will follow, meaning, if you are goof balls or a quiet and intimate couple, I will go with your flow. If you are worried about feeling and looking awkward, don't worry. You are not the first ones who have felt that way and most certainly not the last. I believe it is part of the creative process - it's like warming up before you start a work out and we all have that Beyoncé persona within us somewhere! During engagement and couples sessions, I use a more hands-on and directional approach. I engage a much more while chatting and jamming to songs while also providing guidance and prompts. And since it's going to be the first time we work together engagement sessions are a great ice breaker if you are considering me as your Wedding/Elopement photographer.
On your Wedding day you will most likely see far less direction and guidance (until we hit B+G portraits - some quick posing and lighting times I'll have to sneak you away). Aside from that, Your wedding I believe should be uninterrupted and as real as possible! It is important to me to capture those beautiful moment and letting it all happen organically. Your job is to enjoy your special day. My job is to be there for you as a friend and "document-or". Part of letting your Wedding day go naturally also helps me capture the special unscripted moments and the ones you might have missed. So far it's been tissues in one hand and camera in the other and I am pretty sure there has not been a wedding where I have not cried happy tears with you.
Images are a pause in time.
and it serve as a connection..
It can spark a memory and it can flood you with feelings and emotions. Sometimes in our hectic lives we forget to take a moment to look around and appreciate what we have. That is why I believe photography is so important and why I cherish it. So, trust me when I say to go for it, take the chance and have that amazing adventure, YOLO. Do what feels right! I am hands-down to go out and make it an unforgettable experience with you, hike to the view, get down in the dirt, or get in that water! Whatever makes your heart happy, GO FOR IT.
I understand how important this day is to you. I am so happy for you. You have been so blessed! You have found your partner for life and that's a big win in the books. YASS! The thought of it already is so beyond exciting and I love this for you. I get it.
I'm right there with you. So trust me - I am ready for your moment.
WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?
DO YOU SHARE RAW IMAGES?
I do not give out RAW photos. All sessions come with high resolution JPEG image download and websize for online use. I believe in delivering finished products that best represents my work, so that all the moods, details, consistency, and colors are included.
DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH INTIMATE WEDDINGS?
Intimate weddings will always have a place in my heart becuase it allows me to create a closer connection with you. However, on occasion I will photograph larger traditional weddings of 70+ under the right circumstances. Please inquire for more information.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
HECK YEAHH. Love that question. I am available for all travel within United States. Oregon weddings start at $1,500.00. For international, please fill out the contact form.
I'M READY TO BOOK! WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
After you have viewed my work, explored my sites information, and you feel "HECK YEAH, READY TO DO THIS." Send me a message here and tell me all about yourself and your partner, any details you feel I should know, and any questions you may have.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE PHOTOS AND HOW MANY CAN I EXPECT?
You will receive your images via online gallery. A link will be sent to your email and you will be able to download your beautiful gallery right away! In addition, if you want your images in a canvas/wall form, you will have the option to have your images professtionally printed.
WHAT'S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
A light and moody, fun, adventurous, candid, and real take with my couples. I encourage silly-ness, a touch of moody-ness, along with organic and raw emotions. Come to me as you are and we embrace the perfectly imperfect.
"We had the best experience with Selena! The whole session was super comfortable and fun. She captured beautiful and candid moments and were we impressed with the photos! I've received so many compliments on them. Due to weather, we have to change locations and Selena was kind, professional and a quick thinker on the spot. My husband and I can't wait to do more sessions with Selena in the future. Thank you again for an amazing shoot, Selena! You're seriously the best!"