10 Questions with Scott & Dana Halvorson

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and sought-after wedding photographers in California, Scott & Dana Photographers. Sacramento based Scott & Dana are the founders and owners of Scott & Dana Photography.

Scott & Dana Photographers

Photographer - Scott & Dana Halvorson

10 Questions with Scott & Dana Halvorson

1. Introduction: What's your story?

We are Scott & Dana, a married couple, and we love working together. In fact, we have worked together since the day we met. Way back when, when we were first married, we knew we always wanted to work together, but we had no idea we would be wedding photographers! There's a lovely story about it that may be too long for this space, but we sure feel blessed that it all has worked out the way it has!

When shooting weddings, we always shoot together to ensure we are getting multiple angles and covering as much of the wedding as possible. We come from an interior design background that has served us well when it comes to composition, color, and lighting, and we are lifelong learners who are constantly trying to improve our skills. We love people and strive to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere for our clients and their guests. We love marriage and meeting new couples who are making that strong and powerful commitment. For us, wedding photography is more than just a job; it has become intertwined with our lives. Our couples often become our friends, and it is important to us that we deliver a product we are proud of.

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

We have been shooting together since 2012, giving us the experience of photographing over 250 weddings!
It's actually hard to believe those words! It has FLOWN by.

3. How would you describe your photography style?

Having a consistent shooting and editing style is important to us. Our photography style is clean & timeless. Finding the right balance between giving our clients ample direction and allowing and evoking natural interaction is the key to capturing beautiful moments during portraits with our couples. We strive to make our couples feel comfortable with us, so the finished images feel authentic and not forced. During the more candid portions of the day, we challenge ourselves to watch for the sweet interaction.... to always be ready to catch those special moments that will help our couples remember the way their wedding day felt; the knowing glance between the bride and groom, the emotion of the bride's father as he delivers his toast, the way the groomsmen tease and support their groom, the way the flower girl twirls in her princess dress. These are the things we look for.

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

Photographers can take only one wedding per day, often only one wedding per weekend. For us, the prime wedding season spans between April and November. Many couples place high importance on having their wedding on a Saturday, so if you have all of that in mind, you'll realize the majority of the couples getting married in a calendar year are vying for 35 dates. We have couples reaching out as early as 18 months before their wedding day, but most couples begin planning about a year in advance.

That being said, there are a couple of important decisions to make before booking your photographer. Your venue choice and reservation should come first. Often hiring a wedding planner comes before the venue, but aside from that, it's never a good idea to sign contracts with any other vendors before having chosen and reserved your wedding venue. Additionally, it's good to be mindful of your wedding style before beginning the search for your ideal photographer. The images you see showcased by the photographers you are considering should be in line with how you want your own wedding to feel.

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

All of our collections include an interactive gallery of your wedding day images with the ability to download high-resolution digital files. During prime wedding dates, we offer 3 levels of coverage with our minimum package, including 8 hours of wedding day photography with two photographers. Two of our collections include an engagement session, and our top package includes an heirloom-quality physical wedding album. Our average couple spends around $6500 on their wedding photography package.

On non-prime dates, we offer an elopement package as well. Sometimes brides and grooms are having a more intimate event, needing less coverage, and these non-prime dates are available for a smaller package.

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

YES!
Scott & Dana are your photographers. We have plans to expand our team in the future, making it so that our look and style can be offered to more couples, but we'll see if we can find the time to make that happen. <3

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

We do travel for weddings, but our "home turf" is pretty vast. If your wedding is within 3 hours of us, it's part of our home territory. That makes Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, and the Bay Area all within reach without travel charges. Additionally, we have been generous with travel costs when it comes to shooting in beautiful tourist destinations. If we can mix some pleasure into our wedding travel, it might just be advantageous to all!

8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?

Please OMIT. I already covered this in the other question about our packages.

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

We often hear horror stories about delivery times. We realize that our brides and grooms have heard these stories and are nervous that they will have to wait too long to receive their images. We have in our contract that we guarantee the delivery of images within 60 days of the wedding day.

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

It's SUCH a bummer for EVERYONE when a bride and groom have to cancel their wedding. Though we are compassionate to our couples when this happens, unfortunately, once a wedding date is reserved, your wedding vendors will turn down all other inquiries for that date. Due to the likelihood of not re-booking your wedding date, the deposit funds are forfeited by the bride and groom. In the case in which a couple needs to move (not cancel) their wedding, due to unforeseen, unavoidable circumstances, we are as accommodating as possible,

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