1. Introduction: What's your story?
Hi, I'm Kendra!
I've been taking photos since I was seven years old. You probably wouldn't want to hire me to photograph your wedding back then, but someone gave me one of those disposable film cameras and I was hooked. At the age of fifteen, I started shadowing, assisting and second shooting weddings. That's when I realized I was also hooked with photographing weddings, because weddings are so full of what I love capturing: life. It wouldn't be till three years later that I would do a wedding as the lead photographer. Photographing weddings is such a huge responsibility and to put it frankly, I was terrified of doing one of my own. While I was scared, I knew that I *had* to do one. My first wedding ended up being this adorable, laid back and small backyard barn wedding in Kentucky. (You can find my first wedding on my blog) I went on to photograph more weddings that year in 2015 and even more in 2016. Two big things happened in 2018: My husband, Trent, joined my business as my second photographer and videographer. He's pretty great and I don't know if I would be full time if he hadn't pushed me to.
Three years later in 2021 and I'm still capturing weddings. Things might look a little different and this was a very difficult year for many of us, but it's been incredible to photograph the smaller and more intimate weddings lately. I think what pulls me to photographing weddings is the joy, pure emotion and the people. The love people have for each other is something priceless to be able to capture. That - and being my own boss, let's be real - is what makes me love being a wedding photographer.
2. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?
I assisted my first wedding at the age of fifteen (a baby, I know) in 2012 and several weddings until I photographed my first wedding in 2015. Since then I've been lucky enough to photograph over 100 weddings.
3. How would you describe your photography style?
My style is very candid and genuine. I'd rather the couple spend the day in the moment and have photos of them in the moment then have me spend hours taking stiff, posed photos with them. I've always adored nature and many of my couples involve nature in their photos in some way or another. Some of them elope at Red River Gorge here in Kentucky (if you haven't been, you should go) surrounded by nature, others chose to get married on a family farm or have their engagement photos at the local park.
4. How well in advance should couples book their wedding photographer?
I've had couples book me two years before their wedding date and then I've had some book me 5 days before, no joke! Everybody is unique. Once you have a wedding date set in stone, of course it's best go to ahead and book a photographer. However if you're flexible (for example, if you're eloping at the historic courthouse downtown), I can do last minute weddings. Weekends typically book up quickly (especially the fall), but weekdays are usually pretty flexible around here. Wedding season in Kentucky starts in May (sometimes it calms down a bit July & August) then it really picks up September and October. I usually book up on holidays like Christmas Eve and New Years, too.
5. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?
I actually do custom pricing. My popular packages are between $2-5K. Every couple is unique and has different needs and wants for photography. Since I do many small weddings, elopements and more non-traditional weddings, that pricing style has worked really well for my couples. Most of my couples choose between 6-8 hours of photography and an engagement session. That being said, I do a lot of small weddings and if you're eloping at a park with four guests, you probably aren't going to need 8 hours! I always hop on a call or chat through email to get a clear idea of what a couple needs.
6. Are you the wedding photographer who will be shooting on the wedding day? Who else is there in your team?
It'll be me! My husband Trent will be there if he's hired for video or as a second photographer. His brother is his video assistant for some weddings. When we need it, we have a few incredible people to second shoot as well.
7. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?
Most of the time I include travel fees in the custom quotes instead of an "add on". I'll always be upfront about costs so there aren't any surprise or hidden charges down the road.
8. Are albums or prints included in your packages?
I do include albums in many of my custom packages! There's nothing like holding the physical photo in your hand . . . whether that's through an album or a print. Our wedding album is sitting on our coffee table right now and it's such a different feeling to look through those than the digital files on our computer or phones. Any couple who books me will get printing rights and it's easy to purchase prints right through the gallery you'll receive the photos in.
9. How long after the wedding will the couple receive the images? How will they be delivered?
I deliver photos in an online gallery where it's easy to download them to your computer and order prints or products as well. It typically takes me 2 weeks to edit a session and 4-6 weeks to edit a wedding. I always send previews out within a day or two!
10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?
As of May 2021, we are charging a new deposit to reschedule a wedding to a Saturday later in 2021 or 2022. We will waive the deposit fee for Friday and Sunday weddings (we've done so many non Saturday weddings lately and they're just as fun, trust me). If a wedding is canceled, the deposit and payments made will be non-refundable and future payments may be due depending on how far in advance the wedding is. For more details on my cancellation or refund policy, please ask me directly as every situation is different.