F A Q s

What is your photography style?

I photograph your wedding day as things naturally happen & unfold in a documentary and creative manner. I focus on candid elements, moments and stories of the relationships, your family and friends and other meaningful details of your day. I do try to remain as unobtrusive as possible - so hopefully, most of the time - you don’t even know I’m there. BUT if you or anyone do need me - I’m so there - and can anticipate when I need to switch gears easily.

I want you to be able to relax and enjoy your day. From your images, I want you to remember how you felt more than just how the day looked. Whatever style that is - that is what I aim to do. 

My varied background in art, fashion design, among other life experiences, adds to my aesthetic when I document your day. Please have a look at my portfolio to get a better sense of my style. If you haven't yet - reach out to me and I'll be more than happy to send you some full client galleries.

How much do you charge and what’s included?
I offer collections that include digital files & keepsake items of your photos. If you don't see a collection or coverage that meets your wedding day needs, we can create one that will fit your wants, needs & budget.  Wedding collections start at $3800 but most couple’s spend at least $4500+ on a collection that includes everything they need and want. Most often, a custom collection of coverage hours and add-ons are created to fit each clients’ wishes and budget. Collections always includes your high resolution digital images available to you in an online viewing gallery with personal print release and reproduction/sharing rights. Contracts, invoices and your images are all delivered online.

Are you eloping, having a San Francisco City Hall wedding or having a destination wedding? Awesome, I have custom packages for those as well!

Do you have any vendor recommendations for us?
Yes, I do! You can see them here. These are awesome people that I've had the pleasure to work with time and time again.

Do you charge for travel?
If your wedding is within the SF Bay area and at most a 1.5 hour drive one way - travel is always included in your package fees. Beyond that, there may be a travel fee - or not - contact me to find out if there will be. I will always be transparent in my pricing and aim to not have any surprise charges come up! Travel fees to your destination wedding is always billed at cost and we always try to minimize any additional fees. I LOVE to travel, so if you have a destination wedding, let’s chat! Drop me a line and let me know where you're getting married! I definitely travel all over the world and have experience with destination weddings (logistics, traveling with camera gear, speaking another language (Spanish + Tagalog))

Who will be photographing my wedding?
Me- Cherlyn! I do not outsource my photography or editing. I do have a studio manager, who from time to time will answer emails, schedule appointments and keep me on track and at my best in providing you and all my couples the best service possible. If you book a collection with two photographers or request one, a second professional photographer will be made available at your wedding. This second photographer is someone who also runs their own photography business whom I’ve personally worked with previously and who works similarly as I do.

Do you offer wedding albums?
YES! I offer a few different types of albums. From press books to signature heirloom albums. I also offer fine art prints and canvases. My epic collection offers coverage hours, a couple of albums AND a photo booth. So if you really want to go big -that's the collection for you. Contact me to find out more

When can we expect our photos?
Within 6-8 weeks, depending on the season, you’ll receive a shareable link to your online gallery. You'll get a personal download code to be able to download the full resolution files to print wherever and whenever you like. Guests are also able to download web ready and social media sized images from your day - unless you'd like me to protect that from happening or we've agreed to an NDA or confidentiality agreement (which I offer at no extra charge)

Do you do any traditional posed shots like family or formal portraits during our wedding day? What about a shot list?

Despite being a candid and photo-journalistic photographer, I do understand traditions and the importance of the formal portraits, especially for your parents and grandparents or other family members out of state. So yes, of course I take them and make time for them. I also ask my couples for an additional 15-20 mins {30 mins would be ideal} of time around the golden magic hour {about 20-30 mins before the sun sets} to create those more composed couple’s portraits which are yes, less candid and somewhat posed {just some gentle guiding - like - look at each other! How do you two feel today?! YOU’RE MARRIED! Let’s walk this way.. hold each other...etc as you can see, very very difficult directions}. 

As for shot lists - If you give me a short must have shot list of what is important to have at the end of your day, I will do my best to capture those but know that it sort of disrupts the natural flow of your wedding day and thus how your story gets captured. {Picture me throughout your day stopping to look at this list - making sure that I can check each one off while possibly missing what is naturally going on throughout your day.}  Generally, I don't ask for a shot list because I already know to photograph the key moments and details of the day - so chances are, whatever you would put on your shot list, it's probably something I would already capture (like the dress, you getting ready, your veil, your MOH, your best friends hanging out with you, the reception area, the ceremony area, etc etc- don’t worry!! I’ve got this!). BUT - what I DO request and what is extremely important, is a list of family members and family groupings for your formal portraits (I of course know to take the immediate family groupings, but I also want to make sure there other VIPs I may not be aware of or family situations that would help me get through the groupings easier). 

How many photos do you take?

I don't limit the amount of images I take on your wedding day. I take enough to tell your whole story and then deliver a finely curated & hand edited gallery of anywhere from 500 to 800 images for a full day's coverage. The amount in your gallery also depends on cooperative elements such as weather, vendors and how much time you spend with me for the portraits portions. On average, you can expect to receive at least 50-75 edited images per hour of booked coverage.

Do we get to keep the digital files? What about the RAW files? What about copyrights, do I own the photos?

YES! You will receive all the edited full resolution jpeg files that you see in your gallery, including a print & reproduction release, so you can print to your heart's content for your own personal use. 

As for RAW files- No, I do not deliver any raw, unedited, non-jpeg files for you to keep. What will you want with with those raw files? Let me know and I'm happy to discuss this further with you. RAW files can be purchased for an additional fee.

If you would like the copyright or commercial use license - please contact me, as giving up my copyright will incur additional fees for the release - which gives up my right to use, keep, edit or display any of your images, should you chose to purchase the rights. I also understand my clients rights to privacy and respect any privacy or confidentiality requests without any additional fees.

What about if we cancel? Are there any refunds?

There are no refunds on the retainer fee. The retainer fee is non-refundable, even if the date is changed or the wedding is cancelled for any reason. The retainer is your reservation and guarantees your date on my calendar and once you've signed the contract and pay the retainer fee, I turn down all other wedding or event commissions for that date.

Are you licensed & insured? Do you have backup equipment?

Yes, I’m licensed and insured! I can provide your venue with a certificate of insurance listing them as an additional insured and or a certificate holder - just let me know, if you need this. I am also a state registered limited liability company. Yes, I have additional lenses, backup camera bodies and other necessary equipment that is required to document your day. I am also a member of the PPA - Professional Photographers of America and also an NPS - Nikon Professional Services among a few other professional photography associations.

How do we book you?

Saweet! *Happy dance* Just contact me, and whenever you're ready, let's set up a time to meet up (maybe over lunch, dinner or drinks?) and discuss your wedding day needs. Since I only take on a very limited number of wedding commissions throughout the year, in order to reserve your wedding date on my calendar, a non-refundable retainer & signed contract (which is all done online) is required. The non-refundable retainer fee is due when all parties have signed the agreement - an invoice will be emailed for you to be able to securely pay online. The remaining balance is due at least 2 weeks before your wedding date. Interest free payment plans as well as gift registry setup are also available. 

If you have any questions not covered here, please message me! I am here to help in anyway during your wedding planning process. Even if I am not your selected photographer for your day, I do want you to find the right photographer for you - so let me know if I can help!