Who is the photographer?
I'm Sarah, the one with the super Slavic last name. I'm a mother, Jeff Bridges appreciator, and artichoke connoisseur. I've claimed both Big Sur and Yosemite as my own lands, but no one else seems to listen. The redwoods and the Sierras mean more to me than most things, alongside books that make me weep + question everything. Please let me make you a playlist (because sharing is caring). I’m deeply in love with this career, and feel beyond fortunate to be witnessing + capturing the love and stories that I do.
How would you describe your style?
I view each wedding day as a story because, let’s be real- they are the very best kind. Because of this, I tend to capture everything in a natural and photo-journalistic style. The details, the candid moments- those are where so much of the story and the inspiration lies. I thrive in natural light, surrounded by natural love, so I do my very best to keep the posing at a minimum. Depth and moodiness are both so important to me, and I strive to create images that represent exactly how that moment felt in-person.
Are you available for travel?
How will I be receiving the photos?
I use the platform Pixieset to upload all of my galleries. From there, you can view, download, and share all of your images from your wedding day. When/if you choose to add your friends + family to the gallery, they will easily be able to download the photos for themselves for printing and sharing. It beats the inconvenience of using (and often losing) discs and USB’s, all while looking so darn pretty. The only thing I ask is that any of the sharing includes credit, and that there are no added filters when posting on social media such as Instagram or Facebook. Every image you receive is in high resolution, fully-edited, with a whole lot of heart behind it.
How many photos will be in the gallery?
A typical wedding averages between 400 to 700 images. But keep in mind that every wedding varies depending on location, event time, and the amount of guests.
How long after the wedding day will I receive my photos?
I go through each image individually and allow the perfectionist in me to come out a little bit during the editing process. The focus is strong. Because of this, I usually deliver images 6-8 weeks after your wedding day. However, during my busiest seasons (July-October), delivery may take between 8-10 weeks. During the time before completion, I'll send you a preview gallery the week of, and make sure to stay in contact with you, letting you know how long I expect the process to take while uploading individual galleries (i.e. family, getting ready, bride + groom).
What are your thoughts on a first look?
Oh hey, I’m so glad you asked. First looks are a pretty beautiful thing, and there is something so truly moving about seeing each other for the first time, on the most important day of your life, with no one else around (except a photographer capturing the moment from somewhere in the bushes- hey guys). It takes off the pressure, and opens up your timeline a great deal. We’re able to get your bridal party + family photos out of the way before the ceremony, so that once cocktail hour hits, everyone is free to go their own way. By doing so, you’re able to spend that time with your guests, as opposed to 30-45 minutes capturing all of your family photos. Go team!
That being said, if you’re hoping to go the more traditional route of seeing each other walking down the aisle, I am in complete support. It’s your wedding day, and I want it to be exactly what you’ve envisioned.
How long will you be shooting just the two of us on the day of the wedding? What is that Process like?
In total, about 45 minutes to an hour, including the first look (if applicable), the after-ceremony photos, and golden hour.
I am not one to pose + mold you, but will instead give you some tips so that you can fall into your own embrace naturally. I strongly encourage that you guys tell each other inside jokes or to look for the different galaxies in each other’s eyes, as there are many.
Do you carry backup gear in case of emergencies?
Always! And I shoot images on two cards as well. I do everything in my power to ensure your photos and memories stay safe. Immediately after the wedding, they’re uploaded and backed-up onto three separate hard drives.
I can’t stress enough how incredible this job is, and how much I enjoy developing an understanding of each unique story I encounter. I aim to always be on the same page as you and in the same mindset, while working to capture your wedding story just as it unfolds, details and all. My goal is to help make your day as easygoing as possible, so please never hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. Whether it be photo-related, or you’re struggling with your timeline, or you just need someone to hear your thoughts or worry or excitement- I’m here, pals. I have no doubt your day is going to be just as incredible as you dream it to be.