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Where are you located? I am from the small town of North Irwin, Pennsylvania (just a few miles from Pittsburgh!), but I also have a home on Deep Creek Lake in Oakland, Maryland

How long have you been doing photography? I’ve been interested in photography since I was a teenager! I used to love taking pictures for fun of flowers and landscapes. People would encourage me that I had a real eye for photography and that I should pursue it more as life went on! I ended up enrolling in the Multimedia & Photography program at the local community college in the Fall of 2010, and I photographed my first wedding in January 2011! Since then, I’ve photographed 150+ weddings and dozens of families and portrait sessions.

What kind of equipment do you shoot with? I am a Canon girl! I shoot with two Mark III’s currently, and many prime lenses. I’m currently obsessed with the 85mm 1.2 lens!

Do you bring backup gear to weddings and sessions? Like I mentioned above, I shoot with two camera’s on a regular basis, at the same time. If one goes down I always have the other. And I bring along a third camera to weddings as well! You just never know what might happen, and it’s always good to be over prepared.

Do you have insurance? Yes! My business and equipment are fully insured. If your venue requests a copy, just let me know and I will get that to them asap.

Do you edit every single photo? Yes! Every photo is adjusted for exposure, contrast, and color tones. Select photos are edited in black and white.

Can I see or buy raw files from my session? No you may not. You’re paying me to produce art, and editing is half of that job. You will only receive images that are edited.

Do you travel? I will travel anywhere within 2 hours of Irwin, PA or Oakland, MD!

How will I receive my photos? Every client will receive an online gallery that is backed up in the cloud for 10 years with unlimited download privileges. You can share it with your family and friends, on social media, and make prints for yourself as you wish! In a world of constantly developing technology, it is important that you receive your memories in a way that they will last a lifetime. I do not offer cd’s, dvd’s, or usb’s because they will soon be a thing of the past!

What can I do with my photos? Once you receive the link to your gallery, you can download all your photos straight to your computer, smartphone or tablet. You are free to make unlimited prints and products for personal use only. You can share your downloaded images on social media for your friends to see, but if you do this, I ask that you please credit me for the photos.

You cannot enter the photos in a contest, sell them to anyone, use for your own business promotions, or publish them in any way without written permission from me.

How many photos do you deliver? I don’t put a limit on the amount of photos you will receive! But an 8 hour wedding day typically produces around 1000 photos. Every wedding is different though and how many hours I am there, and how many guests you have, will greatly contribute to the amount of photos you receive. For family and portrait sessions, you will receive around 100 photos.

Are engagement sessions included in your wedding packages? Yes! Every wedding package includes a complimentary engagement session at a location! I’ve found it is the best way for us to get to know each other! Come your wedding day, you can feel 100% comfortable with me as your photographer! The engagement session ensures that everything will run as smoothly and efficiently as possible!

How do I book my wedding with you? I’m so happy you’ve chosen me to capture your most precious memories! First, fill out the contact form and I will get back to you within two business days. Then we can set up a time and place to meet, talk about you and your wedding, and go over the contract! I require a 50% deposit and a signed contract to reserve your wedding date. If you are out of state, or if it isn’t convenient for you to meet, no worries! I’d be happy to talk to you over the phone, and then you can fill everything out and pay online!

For any other session, just fill out the contact form and I will be giving you a call or email to set up a date!

When will my photos be ready? Every wedding gallery will be delivered within 2 months of your wedding date! For any other session, the turn around time is typically 2-3 weeks. (Exceptions may apply during busy season.)

Any other questions can be answered by filling out the contact form!

Lasting Memories by Ellen

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