How does it work if I hire your associate photographer?
There are only so many weddings that one photographer can take on so that's why I had Nicola join my team! I searched long and hard for a photographer who shared my same shooting style, philosophy, and who I knew I could trust with my wonderful, amazing clients. Nicola was that person. When you book Nicola you are booking the Bre Thurston brand but Nicola will be the talented photographer on your wedding day. Prior to the wedding you'll be working with me on timeline and logistics, I will share the information with Nicola, and after the wedding I will again take over with editing and the delivery process of your gallery. Hiring Nicola is a wonderful way to get the Bre Thurston wedding experience at a slightly discounted rate.
How quickly do I receive my images?
You'll receive sneak peeks within 48 hours and your final gallery within 4 weeks. Your final gallery is password protected and this is where you will be able to download the high resolution images to save to your hard drive.
How do we decide on how many hours of coverage we need for our wedding day?
8 hours is our base package because we believe that this allows us the time to accurately tell the story of your wedding day. However, if you know that you want coverage from the very beginning to the very end of your wedding day we do recommend adding anywhere from 2 to 4 additional hours. If you're wanting thorough coverage of the getting ready process and also photos of a grand send off you will generally need to add a bit of extra time. No matter what you choose we will happily advise you on the best way to use your time so that we get a little bit of everything, from getting ready photos into open dancing. You are also welcome to book the base package and then add additional time at a later date!
Are all images edited?
We will carefully cull through the many photos taken on your wedding day, select all of the photos that have value (meaning nothing out of focus, technically beyond saving, unflattering, or an exact duplicate) and all of those final images will be professionally edited. Every photo is exposure and color corrected, creatively cropped if necessary, and will meet our strict standards for a print-worthy image.
Are any of the images watermarked and how are we allowed to use them?
None of your photos are ever watermarked. Once you download your high resolution photos you are welcome to share with family and friends, print, and enjoy how you see fit! We love it when our couples share their photos on social media and a tag/shout out is the greatest form of flattery! We also love to follow you back on social media so we can follow along with your life journey post-wedding!
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I've been shooting weddings since 2009. I have photographed hundreds of couples all over the country/world, from backyard weddings with 40 people to 300+ person events in grand cathedrals. Nicola has been shooting weddings for close to 3 years and has a ton of experience under her belt as a primary photographer, associate photographer, and second shooter.
How do you describe your style?
I always find this to be an interesting question because I feel like our style is pretty in your face the moment you land on the website. But if I have to put it into words our style is joyful, documentary, and timeless. We love to pose and create beautiful portraits but the images that really move us have a little something extra: a moment, emotion, and a story. Our editing style is classic, keeping with current trends but always staying true to our believe that your wedding photos should look as great in 20 years as they do today. We love rich colors, beautiful light, and telling your unique story.
When and where should we do an engagement shoot?
We love to photograph engagement shoots because it allows you to get to know your photographer. If you book Nicola then she's who will shoot your engagement and if you book me, you get me! An engagement shoot can be done any time but we typically advise that you do it in time to send out your save-the-dates in case you decide to use the photos for that purpose. When it comes to location we want YOU to help decide. Do you have a place that's special to you? A lake you love to kayak in? A coffee shop that you go to every Sunday morning? The city where you met? The place where you got engaged? If nothing jumps out to you then we have dozens of beautiful locations for you to choose from - urban, beaches, the forest, rolling hills, quaint small towns, etc.
Do you charge a travel fee for weddings or engagement shoots outside of the Bay Area?
We do not charge a travel fee for any wedding in Northern California. For your engagement shoot, we will not charge a travel fee anywhere within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco. If your wedding or engagement shoot is outside of these areas we will give you a custom travel quote that is typically only the cost of a hotel stay and gas/flight. We'd love to explore new places with you and want to make it as reasonable as possible.
Do you offer videography?
Nope, sorry, we're pretty great photographers but not experienced at doing video. However, we know and work with some of the best and are happy to share their information. We believe that a photographer should be solely focused on shooting still images and all of your important moments, and a videographer should be solely focused on creating awesome cinematography of your day.
Can we see full galleries of your past work?
Yes! This is such an important question to ask. We are more than happy to send along a few full galleries, just let us know the types of weddings you'd like to see.
Is there a different pricing structure for elopements?
Yes, elopement coverage begins at $1500 and the price will be based on how many hours you need. Some elopements are 2 hours, others 4, others all day. We are happy to provide you a custom quote and absolutely love to photograph more intimate events.