What equipment do you use?
I photograph with a mix of medium format film and digital. I have a Contax 645 medium format camera with an 80 mm Zeiss lens and I like Kodak Portra and Fuji film stocks. I also have a Canon 5D Mark III and the following lenses: 50 1.2, 85 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 24-105 4.0.

What is your pricing?
I have three photography packages but I am always happy to create custom quotes. Please fill out the contact form with your date and venue and I’ll send over additional information.

What is included in your wedding collections?
Each of my wedding photography packages include at least 7 hours of coverage, a box of 400 4×6 prints from the wedding day, and a link to download all of the full resolution images. I include 400 prints with each of my collections because I believe it is important to have something tangible. The prints are enclosed in an elegant box that is perfect for sitting on your coffee table for easy viewing. Albums, rehearsal dinner coverage, or engagement/boudoir sessions can be added on to any package.  Depending on exactly what you need, I will put together a quote to include all of it.

What do you include in your engagement collections and what can I expect at a session?
Portrait sessions typically run 60-90 minutes and include a link to download the full resolution images. An optional print box or 8×8 album can be added to portrait sessions as well. We can incorporate several outfits at a portrait session. My clients often opt to do a dressier look and a more casual look.

Also, think about what locations would be sentimental for your session. For example, I photographed a couple whose relationship developed and grew all within a 5 mile radius. We went to the spot where they met and then took photos on the street where they fell in love and built their relationship. They had spent many memorable date nights along this street and it held special place in their hearts. And finally, we ended at their home — their first place together where they are building their future.

I think that it is a good idea to get your hair and makeup done for the engagement shoot and if possible, use the same stylist who you will be using for your wedding day. That way you can see what bright lipstick looks on camera or how fake eyelashes photograph. I think it is important to look like yourself and to look natural, but you might be surprised by how a little bit more makeup than you are used to can make a positive difference on camera.

What is your process throughout the engagement period?
Throughout your engagement, I encourage you to stay in touch with me. We will be communicating about the engagement shoot and the timeline, but I love it when clients check in and tell me all about their plans. Please, send me photos of your dress or your Pinterest inspiration board. I love seeing all the beautiful things the two of you are dreaming up. Ask me for referrals. I love putting you in touch with all of my favorite vendors. Also, ask me for recommendations for the best way to arrange the timeline for photos. If you decide to do an engagement session we will schedule that whenever works best for the two of you! I have had people schedule their engagement shoot two years prior to their wedding day, or literally the day before. There is no “right” or “wrong” time to do it.

What do you think about a first look on the wedding day?
For winter weddings when the sun often sets before the ceremony, I do encourage a first look so we can capture portraits in beautiful natural light. However, I can make either way work. It is completely the personal preference of the couple. Some of my couples prefer to get the majority of their photos done before the ceremony so they can get right to their party. However, others love the tradition of seeing each other for the first time when walking down the aisle. About 50% of my clients choose to do a first look and the other half do not. Both options flow perfectly from a photography perspective.

Do you also photograph portrait sessions like families or boudoir?
Yes!! I love photographing portraits. After having my own children, I see how quickly they change and I value capturing these fleeting moments. Some of my most valued possessions are the photographs I have from the first few weeks of my sons' lives.

And boudoir is one of my favorite things to photograph! It makes a perfect present for that special someone in your life.

Please check out my family portfolio and my boudoir portfolio. I often photograph anniversary sessions for couples as well.

Do you use an assistant at your weddings?
I do shoot with a 2nd shooter. That person does a combination of assisting and photographing.

Where do you live and how far will you travel?
I live in Denver, Colorado, and I enjoy traveling for work. I have photographed weddings in Paris, Santorini, California, New York, Vermont, and Montana.

Do you offer mentoring sessions?
Yes! Please email me, laura@lauramurrayphotography.com for more information.