*How did you decide to name your company Photo Lady Love?
The name Photo Lady Love comes from a rather unexpected place. While working on a long-term documentary project in the Richmond City Jail, in Richmond, Virginia, Eva was often one of the very few non-deputy women to visit the overcrowded men’s side of the jail. She spent many hours, multiple days a week, over the course of about two years, exploring every nook and cranny of the jail, listening to anyone who wanted to talk and gaining the trust that would allow her to truly document what it was like to work and live there. Well, over her time there, she acquired a few nicknames…the most common being “photo lady!” As far as the “love” part goes, what can we say? It’s always, all about the love.
*What is wedding photojournalism?
Our approach to wedding photography is non-traditional. Drawing from years of experience in newspaper and documentary photography, we photograph a wedding like we would a story. It’s the story of the love between two people, of how they met and came to this point. It’s also the story of families coming together and celebrating. And finally, it’s the story that a couple wants to tell through their ceremony, the details they carefully prepare, the venue they’ve chosen, the people who they invite. With a photojournalistic approach, we choose to be flies on the wall, to not direct or pose, but to capture the events of the day as they unfold, candidly. We recognize the importance of having some posed family or friends photographs and are happy to capture those as well. We know it’s not every day that all of your friends and family are in one place! Also, we enjoy spending time with our couples alone, before or after the wedding, to capture beautiful, romantic and fun photographs of the two of you. We think this is a super special part of the crazy day that is a wedding, where you can breathe, absorb the step you’re taking together, hold each other close, smooch a little bit and help us capture some creative shots. We are quite comfortable directing and posing these family, friends, bridal party and couple pictures. Most of the day, however, we prefer you not worry about having to smile for the camera, but rather that you focus on experiencing the day and living it as fully as possible. We will do the rest!
*What is the typical investment that couples make with you for wedding photography?
Couples generally invest anywhere from $3600 to $7000 on a wedding package. Packages start at $3600 and can be built according to each couple’s needs for their day. Please contact us at [email protected] for more detailed pricing and packages.
*Do you work alone or with other photographers?
Eva often works alone documenting a wedding as the sole photographer. Years of training as a photojournalist allow her to see and capture an event from multiple angles and perspectives, to move inconspicuously throughout and capture it in its entirety without disturbing the sanctity of the moment or creating a distraction to those involved. If, however, we decide that your event requires multiple photographers, we have a list of experienced male and female photographers that we love to work with.
*How many weddings have you photographed?
We have spent the past 7 years documenting over 100 weddings in awesome cities including Washington, DC, Paris/France, Torino/Italy, Colorado, Richmond, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles.
*Do you offer albums?
We offer wedding albums, engagement albums, guest books, parent albums and baby book options. Please contact us for details at [email protected]
*What is your turnaround time?
The editing turnaround time for a wedding is typically 8-10 weeks. During high season editing can take 12 weeks. We take pride in delivering the highest quality photographs. Each image that you receive will have been touched by us personally. Our style is documentary, which means that we do not do heavy retouching or major Photoshop work. We keep it as close to real life as possible! The editing time for lifestyle, engagement, family and portrait sessions is approximately 3 weeks.
*Do you shoot in color or black and white?
We shoot everything in color. During the editing process we convert all of the color images into black and white as well. The final product will be a collection of images in color and a second set of the same images in black and white. We don’t use the black and white versions to hide technical flaws with the images. We offer them simply because of our love for black and white images and because we think you should have the option.
*Will we get high-resolution images?
Every package booked with Photo Lady Love, Inc. includes a downloadable password-protected online gallery of high resolution images from your wedding or your session with us. This gallery can be shared with anyone you’d like and a variety of prints and wall art can be ordered directly from it.
*What cameras do you use?
Eva shoots Canon 5D Mark IIIs and uses a variety of lenses. She always shoots with 2 camera bodies (and has a few back-up cameras handy just in case), which allows her to move quickly between lenses and to catch any moment as it’s happening.
*What does it take to book a wedding date with Photo Lady Love?
A signed contract and a retainer fee consisting of 50% of the total are required to book a wedding date.
*Do you blog all of your weddings and sessions?
We do our best to blog as many of our weddings and sessions as possible. We love to show off our clients and their stories!
*Will you travel anywhere in the world?
Yes, yes, yes! We love to travel and experience new places. A travel fee may apply depending on the case.
*Have more questions? Please email us at [email protected] or call at 804.513.2048 anytime and we’ll be happy to chat!