Engagement Session Photography FAQ

What is your rate for engagement sessions?

$895 for sunrise sessions and $595 non-sunrise sessions.

How long does an engagement session last?

About 2 hours.

What if we are running late?

Often times I line up back to back sessions and other appointments which won’t allow me the flexibility to push your session back if you’re late – that time becomes lost. Try your best to anticipate traffic and be on time. 🙂

What’s included?

Usually I deliver between 40-60 final photos. All photos are edited for exposure and color. You’ll receive the high resolution photos via online gallery, in JPEG format, about a week after the session. A print release is included, so you can download your photos and print anywhere you’d like.

What if it rains?

If there is rain in the forecast the night before, we will reschedule for a mutually available date.

How do we book you?

I accept all major credit cards. I’ll send you an online proposal where you can sign our agreement and make the payment. Then we’ll be booked and I hold your date and time!

What about taxes?

There are no taxes on top of what you already pay.

Are there any other expenses we need to know about?

If you’d like to shoot at a place which requires a pricey permit (like the $150 charge at the Botanical Gardens), you’d be responsible for that. Otherwise, no.

Can we change outfits during the session?

Sure! Typically we’ll stop at a Starbucks to do a quick outfit change or change in the car.

What days of the week are you available?

Sunrise sessions happen on weekdays and weekends. Sunset sessions are only available on weekdays.

What time of day do the sessions take place?

Sessions take place around sunset or sunrise. That’s when we get the best light. If you’d like a sunrise session (5:40AMish), there is a $200 early morning fee. Yes, most of my clients request sunrise – they’re are epic and well worth it, but they require me to be up by 4AM.

How many locations can we visit?

We can visit as many as you’d like – but the logistics of Chicago doesn’t make it easy. I recommend we visit 2 locations by car and explore those. Or explore one location by foot for the entire session.

How long does it take to get our photos back?

Usually about a week!

Do you blog every engagement session?

I certainly try to, but often fall behind on blogging. If I don’t blog, it’s because I’m working hard on delivering wedding and engagement galleries as soon as possible.

We’ve never been professionally photographed before and are a bit nervous? Is there anything we can do to ease our nerves?

95% of my couples have never been photographed before. Don’t stress and come ready to have some fun at your session. My goal is to document your unique connection with each other in some cool spots and in epic ways. I’ll take care of everything!

What about clothing, locations and timing? How do we choose all that?

No worries – I’ll guide you through the process. I even have a great Engagement Session Style Guide that gives some unique insight into all those questions. I’ll make sure you get that once we’re booked!

Do we chat on the phone before the session?

Yep, phone and Skype chats are awesome. We’ll put together a tentative plan of the logistics and your session in general. This will leave some room for being spontaneous.

Can we send you ideas of exact photos we’d like to recreate?

In order to guarantee the photos and story you have come to expect from me, I need room for creativity. If you have a strict list of shots you’d like to recreate, I cannot promise the imagery will be as compelling as you would hope. Couples who see their time with me as an opportunity to experiment together, are the couples who provide the space necessary to capture the images that tell a greater story. My advice would be to stay off Pinterest and let’s create something unique just for YOU!

Can we have the raw files?

Nope, I shoot to match my editing process. Unless you are intimately familiar with how I edit my photos, the raws will be useless to you. It’s very important to me that I give you photos that match the look and feel that you see on my website and post processing has a role to play in that.