10 Questions with Jennifer Michelson

A Girl and A Camera Photography

Photographer - Jennifer Michelson

10 Questions with Jennifer Michelson

1. Introduction: What's your story?

I'm Jennifer, the girl behind A Girl and A Camera Photography. I'm a San Francisco-based wedding and portrait photographer. As far back as I can remember, photography has been a part of my life. My dad was a photographer, so cameras were always around me. When I was in junior high, I took my first photography class and discovered my passion for the magic of a darkroom, and later, digital arts. While I love and appreciate all types, my favorite is wedding photography. Capturing the happy tears, the big laughs and the heartfelt emotions of a wedding day is a true honor.

2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?

I've been shooting weddings since 2008, and probably have teared up at every single one of them. I shoot 20-30 weddings a year, ranging from bigger weddings at exclusive venues, to small, intimate gatherings at locations like our beloved San Francisco City Hall.

3. How would you describe your photography style?

Artistic, authentic and timeless are three words that describe my style. My favorite shots are captured as real moments in time, not posed and full of emotion. I strive to create images that can be displayed like fine pieces of art.

4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?

I suggest couples book their wedding photographer at least one year prior to their wedding date. A good rule of thumb is to book your photographer immediately after you reserve your venue. If a wedding date is during a prime holiday weekend, on a special number date, or any Saturday in the summer, booking further in advance is advised.

The most popular wedding months in the San Francisco Bay Area are in the summer and fall, but I shoot weddings all year round. My summer/ fall dates are usually completely booked by March, but often much earlier. I usually have openings for smaller weddings, elopements, and portrait sessions on weekdays during those months.

5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

I have some popular packages or I can do custom packages. I always chat with clients/potential clients about their day to determine what will works best for them.

Popular packages I offer:
City Hall weddings, starting at $1400
Elopements weddings, starting at $1500
Full weddings, starting at $4000

6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?

With most of my packages, I bring a second professional photographer. With two photographers at the wedding, we're sure to capture all the special, once-in-a-lifetime moments on a couple's special day.

7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

For local weddings, I do not charge a travel fee. For weddings more than 3 hours outside of San Francisco, travel fees do apply. I explain those fees to my clients during our initial consultation meeting, before the contract is signed.

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

Albums and prints can be add-ons to any package.

9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?

Depending on my work load, a full gallery is usually ready for viewing in 4-5 weeks. Clients receive a link to their personal digital gallery with images they can download. I also mail clients a USB drive with their images loaded on it.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

Postponed and/or cancelled weddings happen, and I try to be as flexible as possible.

If a client needs to move their wedding to a new date and I'm available on that date, the deposit will be applied to the new date. and typically there is no extra fee.

If a client needs to move their wedding to a new date and I'm not available on that date, the client can either forfeit the retainer or I will hire an associate photographer to photograph the wedding in my place, and I will edit the images.

If a client cancels their wedding, the retainer is non-refundable unless I book the original date with a new client.



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