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FAQs


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FAQs


Frequently asked questions...


General Questions

Q: Do you deliver every image you shoot?

A: No, I do not. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, shots with bad expressions, and other images that may dilute the overall product quality. With my expertise of processing many, many images each year I will select and deliver only the best photographs.

Q: Do you provide videography services?

A: No, I do not. I have worked with many videographers and would be happy to provide referrals upon request.

Q: Do you do destination weddings?

A: While I am based out of San Diego, I do serve clients all around the world. Please ask about specific destination wedding pricing when you fill out your contact form

Q: Have you shot at my wedding venue before?

A: I have shot at many wedding venues throughout San Diego, so chances are, yes. However, if not, I will get to your venue early to scout the best photography locations. I also do extensive online research prior to your big day!

Q: What will my wedding day coverage be like?

A: I offer a range of coverage options which are completely customizable for your specific needs and desires. Contact me for more information.

Q: Do you do Head Shots, Family Portraits, Maternity, or Newborn Photography?

A: Yes, I do! You can visit here to see the various session types I offer. 

Q: What is your photography style? 

A: I shoot with a candid, relaxed, and photojournalistic style, intent on capturing the emotions and moments that really tell the story of your wedding day. I love using creative lighting techniques, unique perspectives, angles and composition. 

Q: Are the photos edited or touched up?

A: Yes, all final images delivered to you are edited and enhanced. This involves color-correction, exposure adjustment, black and white processing on specific images, clarity adjustments, and other corrections as well. 

Q: Do you include a second photographer in your wedding packages?

A: Yes! All wedding packages come with a second photographer in addition to myself.  We think you deserve the best, and I can't always be in two places at once. I haven't managed to apparate yet, but I'm working on it!


Booking Process Questions

Q: How do we book you for our wedding?

A: I require a signed contract and a deposit, which is 50% of your final total, on file before your date will be considered booked. 

Q: How can we set up an appointment to meet with you and view some of your work?

A: I would love to meet with you and show you my portfolio as well as samples of what your final products will look like. Please contact me to schedule your meeting.

Q: I'm not getting married, how can I book you for another session type? 

A: Please contact me detailing what type of session you are interested in. I require a signed contract and a booking fee on file to consider your day and time slot booked. 

 

 

 


Wedding Day Questions

Q: How much time do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photos?

A: Please see my Ideal Wedding Photography Timeline to see a detailed breakdown of how much time you would need to set aside. 

Q: What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?

A: I understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. I never pack up before the contracted time; and moreover I'm not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, I will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like to continue your coverage, you will be charged the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment.

Q: Why do you need to charge for additional coverage?

A: My team and I have dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so we won’t be racing off to catch other plans that evening. However, we need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having the team stay for additional hours. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post produced which adds to our overall costs.

Q: I have downtime between events on my wedding day. Will I be charged for that downtime?

A: Your wedding day coverage is based upon the hours you selected for your package. We will come up with the best start time to maximize your photo opportunities. Once your contracted time begins, it does not pause due to downtime. For a variety of reasons, I have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is, we’re never truly resting during the day, whether we’re backing up images, setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of wedding day delays. In many cases, we use that “downtime” to take you and your significant other out for a photo session or more family portraits.

Q: What is the role of the second photographer?

A: I am the main photographer for all important events throughout the day. The role of the second photographer is to capture all the emotion and excitement that is happening behind me, or when my attention is focused elsewhere during the day. Having a second photographer adds different angles and viewpoints that may not have otherwise been captured. 


Engagement Session Questions

Q: When should we do our engagement session?

A: I encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. This gives us a chance to really work with each other before the big day!

Q: When can we expect to see our photos from our engagement session?

A: Your final images will be digitally delivered to you on your own online gallery within 3-4 weeks after your session date. Final products will be delivered within 4-6 weeks of your session date. 

Q: What if we need our photos sooner?

A: If you require the images to be completed prior to the specified time after the date of the shoot, a rush-process fee will be charged.

Q: How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session? From a wedding?

I typically deliver anywhere from 50-100 images per engagement shoot and for weddings I typically deliver 80-100 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities that need to be captured.


Album, Print, and Wall Art Questions

 

Q: How long does it take to get my prints or wall art?

Product creation times vary, however, print orders will generally be completed within 4 weeks after the product order is submitted.

Similar to the post production process, if you require rush-processing, a fee of $100.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.

Q: How long does it take to get my album?

As with our other products, production times vary. However, you can typically expect to receive your album 4-6 weeks after placing the order. The process before placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the amount of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two; others take over a year.

Similar to the post production process, if you require rush-processing, a fee of $100.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.

Q: How long does it take to get my guest book?

The guest book takes around 4-6 weeks to print after the order is submitted. As with the album, the time it takes to get the order ready for print depends on how quickly you respond to our instructions and how many changes you request.

 

Similar to the post production process, if you require rush-processing, a fee of $100.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.

 


Payment Questions

Q: Is there an additional fee if we pay via credit card?

A: Currently, there are no additional fees if you choose to pay by credit card. This may be subject to change.

Q: If we cancel the wedding, will we receive our deposit back?

A: Unfortunately no. Deposits are used to reserve your date. Once I've reserved your date, I do not accept new clients for your date. As per your contract any money paid to me is non-refundable, and will be considered compensation for lost work and time.

Q: If we change our wedding to a different date, will we be able to use our deposit towards a future date?

A: Generally no, but this is taken on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and our availability is taken into account. Also, if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply. You will still need to sign and complete a new contract before any changes can be made. 

Q: Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session and/or wedding day shoot(s)?

A: There is no fee for any and all shoots within San Diego County. A flat $100 fee will be added to any shoots outside of San Diego but within 100 mile round trip. All other destinations beyond 100 miles round-trip will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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Power of Print


Power of Print


In the world of photography there is an ever changing technological climate where everyone is scrambling to have the "next and best," but there is one thing that will always remain timeless...print.  The absolute best way to showcase your photography investment is through print.  Hands down. CDs used to be the way to deliver images...before that the floppy disc.  Nowadays most computers don't even have a CD drive, so what happens to your precious memories?  USBs are all the rage right now, but how long before the next technology makes those obsolete as well?  

Why invest so much time and money into photography only to have your amazing day sit idly on a USB or in your hard drive?  Don't let that happen! Be proud and print! 

12x12 Wedding Album in Distressed Chocolate with 6x6 Parent Album

Let's face it...it's inexpensive to get your prints at a consumer lab for a reason, either for the printer used, subpar paper quality, less than stellar color matching, etc.  Most consumer labs such as Costco, Walmart or Walgreens will (more often than not) yield a noticeable difference in the image you gave them to print.  I won't go into too much detail as many photographers before me have tackled this same subject.  To see just how a consumer lab compares with a professional lab you can read more here.

Back cover view on left.  Inside view of albums on right. 

I work with only professional labs (not available to the public) for prints, wall art and albums.  You can rest assured knowing that your memories will be properly printed on only the highest quality paper and expertly color matched to showcase your investment.  Not only will you be getting the highest quality of products, but you will also be supporting small business owners like myself, who truly want to offer the best value possible.  

 

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who i am


I love love...

who i am


I love love...

A little about me...

Hi! I'm Cate and I'm a rare San Diego native, born and raised! I'm a photographer, a busy boy mom to two little heathens (ages 9 and 4), a dog mom, coffee addict, nerd extraordinaire, craft beer snob, and lover of life's ordinary moments. When I'm not behind the camera you're likely to find me cooking something amazing, playing with my kids and pups or reading Harry Potter for the millionth time. 

I'm based in San Diego, but that doesn't stop me from traveling this amazing planet. I am always up for an adventure! Recent trips have included Jerusalem and Petra. AH-mazing! It's a life goal of mine to visit every country at least once. 

 I have more years of camera experience than I care to think about (yeesh...getting old, am I right?), and I specialize in wedding and portrait photography.  I love love and I love that you are in love! I shoot with a fun, romantic, candid style and search for those real moments to capture your unique love story.  I want to celebrate this incredible time in your life with you, dance moves and all. It is truly my passion to capture all the moments that take your breath away for you to treasure forever.