Where are you located?
Everywhere and anywhere! Travel is a huge priority in my life, and I’ll gladly fly or drive to wherever you may be! I absolutely love to meet new people, explore new cultures, and tell the WHOLE story, not just a small part of it.
All that said, when I’m not out adventuring, home is Portland, Oregon. I’ve lived here since I was 6 years old and I can’t seem to get enough of the place! My house is in Northeast Portland but I take photos all over the metro area and the rest of the state.
What is your wedding photography style?
My approach to shooting weddings is both deliberate and honest. I'm always looking to find that intersection between beauty and reality, so I shoot in a style that is mostly documentary-based, but I step in when I want to really make something go the extra mile (like with posing people or objects, or asking someone to step into a spot with better lighting). During the times of day when important events are happening (the ceremony for instance, or people laughing and goofing off during the reception, or toasts), I’m in a purely documentary role trying to get candid action shots of everything going on. During portraits (the two of you, the wedding party, and family photos), I step in and direct a lot, I make sure I place people where the best lighting is, and I go into more of a director mode to make sure things run smoothly and beautifully! If you are the type of person who feels a little awkward in front of the camera, I will work with you and walk you through active poses to make sure you look amazing and feel confident, but at the same time don’t look overly “posed,” because I hate the look of fake posed shots.
As far as photographers go, I'm definitely more on the friendly end of the spectrum - I like things to be as uncomplicated as possible - casual and not-fussy, and I always try to infiltrate myself on a more friendly level so I can take photos that actually feel real and fun, as opposed to photos that feel like they were taken from a total outsider perspective. My style definitely has a little bit of a moody, emotional edge that incorporates natural light and the raw surroundings as much as possible!
My main goal is to really tell the full story of the day through my photographs - including all the details (the flowers, the scenery, the décor), the candid moments, the pretty photos of you laughing with your friends, the sweet moments of you together in the beautiful place you’ve chosen to get married, and the ridiculously awesome party you throw afterward to celebrate.
Do you have insurance?
Yes! My gear is insured and I also have liability insurance.
Do you shoot with flash?
Sometimes. Most of the time I work solely with natural light because I love the realness that it gives my images. You’ll only really see me using flash during wedding receptions if it is really, really dark, or on the dance floor.
Do you have a second shooter?
I offer wedding packages both with and without a second shooter. I actually have shot about 90% of my weddings alone, and I’m totally confident and happy to shoot by myself. I love the bond I form with my clients when it’s just me there by myself. It’s easier to feel like just another friend at the wedding that way, seamlessly slipping into the memories of the weekend, rather than a team of people tasked with documenting things.
Of course, if you prefer to have two photographers at your wedding, I can always make that happen! You can add a second shooter to any of my packages if you want. If you are having a really large wedding, this is something I definitely recommend. Smaller, intimate wedding days are pretty easy to cover by myself.
Do you have a backup camera body?
Yes! I always carry two camera bodies in case one of them unexpectedly stops working.
Do you accept credit cards?
Nope! I take cash or checks only.
Do you do photobooths?
Nope! But I highly recommend checking out Manzanita Selfies! She will send you a selfie stick and camera, you’ll have a blast taking selfies all night with your friends, and then you just mail it back to her and she edits all the photos for you! Awesome right? Plus, you can get $50 off her packages if you book her through me! You can check out her website at manzanitaselfies.com
How do I book you?
To reserve your wedding date, send me an email! We’ll chat about all the details of the big day, I’ll ask about you and your fiancé and what you are looking for, and we’ll decide on a package that will fit you best! Once we’ve got a package and a date, I’ll send you contract to fill out and sign to reserve me. Then you just put down a 25% deposit upfront and we’re all set! The rest of the payment is due on the day of the wedding.
What happens if you get sick or hurt before my wedding?
I’ve never had this happen to me (knock on wood!), but I do have a limit of liability clause in every wedding contract in case I do get sick or something bad happens and I am unable to make it to your wedding day. Essentially, if I get sick, I will try my hardest to make it to the wedding no matter what. If I can’t, I will do everything in my power to find a replacement photographer for you. If I am unable to do that, I will give you back your money.
Here is what the clause says:
"In the unlikely event that the photographer is injured, becomes too ill or is otherwise unable to photograph the event, Katy Weaver Photography will make every effort to secure a replacement photographer. If this situation should occur, and a suitable replacement is not found, photography liability is limited to the return of all payments received for the event. If Katy Weaver Photography cannot perform this Agreement in whole or in part due to acts of God, nature, terror, or other unforeseen circumstances beyond their control, Katy Weaver Photography will return all fees to the Client(s) but shall have no further liability with respect to this Agreement. This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of Photographer. Client(s) agree that an entire wedding cannot be replicated, reenacted or repeated for the purpose of a re-photographing and limits Katy Weaver Photography’s liability to the amount paid under this contract."
Do you back up your files?
Yes! I shoot to two different cards in camera, so I immediately have a back-up of your images from the get-go. Then I upload to a RAID array of 5 different hard drives where my data is duplicated across all of them twice in case one or two of them fail at any time. I also put my in-progress work on one more additional drive that is backed up to the cloud, so if I haven't finished your photos they are in a TON of different places in case something goes horribly wrong!
How many photos do we get?
One of my goals as a wedding photographer is to give people as many photos from their wedding day as possible. I typically take anywhere from 1500 to 5000 images during a wedding, depending on how long I was there, how big of a wedding it was, how busy it was, and whether or not I had a second shooter with me. When I come home and look at the pictures, I sort them with this mantra in mind: "If it doesn't suck, I'll give it to you." Sounds silly, but it's so true! As long as it's in focus, not awkward, and not a duplicate, I will edit it. Most of my wedding clients get somewhere between 700 and 1500 hand edited wedding images. I want to absolutely inundate you with memories from the day!
How long will it take to get my wedding photos back?
It usually takes me about 4-8 weeks to finish editing a wedding.
Each of my wedding packages has a different deadline, and I take every deadline extremely seriously (I've never missed one!). No matter what, it will never take me longer than 8 weeks maximum to finish your wedding photos.
Can I have all the unedited photos?
Sorry, but no. I never give out the unedited pictures. They aren’t representative of my final work as a photographer!
Can you photoshop us?
Sort of. During weddings, I take THOUSANDS of photos. And sometimes I edit over 1500 of them. Because I deliver so many edited images, I don’t have the chance to go into Photoshop on every single one and fix tiny little skin details and wrinkles or clone out trees or stuff like that. That would take eons. I might do that on a few photos that are really special, and I will do my best to clean up skin or other distractions in close-ups within Lightroom (the editing software I use for weddings), but I don’t do full-blown retouching on every wedding photo. I’ll make sure you look your best though!
How will we receive our images?
I will send you USBs with all the high res, edited images and I will also upload them to a private online gallery where you and your family/friends can view them, download them, or order prints a la carte if you want.
Can I print the photos myself?
Yes! Every single one of my photo packages includes a USB, DVD, or digital download of the images, so if you really want to order prints yourself, you can! Hooray!
That said, I do like to warn people that not all prints are created equal. A lot of places will print things with strange looking colors, greenish casts, too much contrast, and just in general they wont turn out the way they are supposed to look! I spend hours editing photos to make them look a specific way, and bad printing totally reverses all my hard work, which is a total bummer. Because of this, I always recommend that you order prints through me if you want to make sure they come out perfectly. I send everyone an online gallery with their images, and you can order prints at any time, in any size, in any paper, and they all come with a satisfacton guarantee or your money back!
How much are prints?
I offer a HUGE selection of prints, and I try to keep the prices as reasonable as possible! These are just a few of my prices for the most popular print sizes. You can see the full list in the online gallery I send you once your photos are finished.
- 8 wallets: $14.00
- 4x6 print: $7.00
- 5x7 print: $8.50
- 8x10 print: $13.00
- 8x12 print: $16.50
- 10x15 print: $18.00
- 11x14 print: $22.50
- 12x18 print: $28.00
- 16x20 print: $40.00
- 16x24 print: $46.00
- 20x30 print: $50.00
Can I post the photos on social media?
Yes! Please do! I love when people share their images online with friends and family! However, if you do share them, make sure to give me photo credit and include a link back to my photography page within whatever platform you are using. And please don’t apply any additional filters to alter or change them in any way.