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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! It has been an amazing journey, growing and learning from many great photographers! I’ve now photographed over 100 weddings and wouldn’t trade this career for anything in the world. 🙂

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.

Will I get all the photos from my session? Yes! All the good ones anyways. I delete all of the bad ones. What do I classify as a bad one? Any photo where you blinked, is out of focus, or just doesn’t look good in general. But those are very few. 🙂

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? Yes! I love to travel! Every town has amazing places that are just waiting to be photographed, and I would love to be that photographer!

What are you travel rates? Every location is different, the best way to find out is to fill out the contact form and I will get back to you with a customized quote! However, if you are inquiring for a wedding that will be located within 2 hours of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or Oakland, Maryland, there is no travel fee* for you!

*does not apply to any session other than a wedding

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, or publish them in any way without written permission from me.

How many photos do you deliver? For a wedding beginning at 8 hours, you will receive somewhere between 700 and 1000 images. 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 every other full photo session, you will receive 70-100 photos.

Are engagement sessions included in your wedding packages? Yes! Every wedding package includes a complimentary engagement session at a location of your choice, with 2 outfit changes. They are very important to have so I can get to know you and so you can become comfortable around me with my camera. 🙂

How do I book my wedding with you? I’m so happy you’ve chosen me to make your memories last! First, fill out the contact form above 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? I strive to have every wedding delivered within 6 weeks of your wedding date! For any other session, the turn around time is 2-3 weeks.

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

Lasting Memories by Ellen

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