I describe my style as modern wedding photojournalism. I specialize in documentary wedding photography and creative portraiture. I am dedicated to capturing real moments as they happen so you are able to relive the emotions each time you look back at your photos. I will guide you in your poses but I won’t dictate your day and I will take all the time you give me to create beautifully creative portraits. I love capturing those in between moments, experimenting with light and interacting with my amazing clients. I have a very straightforward and simple approach to my wedding collections and like to make the wedding photography process as easy as possible for my clients. My ultimate goal is for you to trust me to create memorable photos for you. When you completely trust me to capture all of the most important moments, then you can sit back, relax, and let me do my job of making you look beautiful.
Collections start at $4800 and all collections include 8 hours of wedding day coverage, 2 photographers, a private online ordering gallery and the downloadable high resolution images. If you are having a more intimate wedding, an elopement or a destination wedding, a custom collection will be created for you.
Yes! All of my wedding collections and engagement sessions include the high-resolution, edited digital files. I also provide a release granting you permission to make all the prints you’d like and to post the photos on social media. All the images will also be posted in a private online gallery where you can view them and order prints if you’d like.
Yes, you can order canvases and prints through the private online gallery I will send you after your engagement session and wedding. You can order thank you cards and specialty products directly through me.
Of course! I love the albums I offer and know you will too! The album that is included in the “Album Collection” is a hardbound, 30 page, linen cover album with thick, lay flat pages and complimentary cover options such as embossing and a inset cover photo. Size and cover upgrades are also available. When we meet for out initial meeting I’ll bring along various albums for you to look through!
After you approve your design and the album is ordered, it takes 4-6 weeks for your album to arrive.
Yes! Just like your wedding photos, you will also receive the high resolution images from your engagement session so you can order save the dates or include photos in your invitation. You will also receive the high resolution images from your rehearsal dinner coverage if rehearsal dinner coverage is included in your collection.
My turn around time for engagement sessions is typically 2-3 weeks. You can always find some “teasers” on the facebook fan page within 2 days of your engagement session or wedding!
Yes, both of my collections include a second professional photographer on your wedding day. A second shooter provides a different vantage point from myself and will ensure that all events of the day are fully covered.
Because I take such care in making sure all your edited photographs are enhanced to perfection, it typically takes eight to ten weeks after your wedding to get them completed. At that time, you will receive a link to your online proofing website where you, your friends and family can view, download & purchase the photos.
I edit each individual image to ensure that the color, contrast and composition are perfect. All of the images you see on my website are how your images will look when they are delivered to you. I will further enhance the images that will go in your album and the images you are printing on a large scale.
I will take a lot of photos; typically a couple thousand! I then edit them down to the very best by eliminating the blinks, the flash mis-fires and the worst of the awkward expressions. Although I do leave the funny ones in because I appreciate them and assume you will as well. I typically deliver around 100 images per hour of coverage.
Of course! Myself and my second shooter will always have backup camera bodies, multiple lenses, multiple flash units, more than enough charged batteries, and an ample amount of memory cards at your wedding.
I have never had to cancel on a client. If I die, I have policies in place to ensure that a professional photographer of equal skill and talent will take my place.
Yes. If you are hiring a wedding planner I can work directly with them to coordinate a timeline for your day. If you are not hiring a wedding planner I will work directly with you to plan the day’s events. This will ensure that we allot the proper amount of time for each portion of the day.
Yes, we would absolutely love a meal! By the time dinner comes around we will have been shooting for about 6 hours with no breaks, so we love any food you’re willing to send our way! We do request that you notify your caterer that we’ll need to eat at the same time as you so we can photograph the toasts and not miss any moments!
No. If you have your heart set on seeing each other for the first time as you’re walking down the aisle I will respect your decision and help plan the timeline accordingly. Keep in mind that if you decide against a first look we will have to allow for enough time after the ceremony to accomplish all of the family portraits, bridal party portraits and couple portraits. If you decide you want to have a sunset ceremony or just want to be able to attend your cocktail hour, a first look is your best option. Seeing each other before the ceremony gives you a private emotional moment and allows us to complete family portraits, bridal party portraits and couple portraits all before you walk down the aisle. After the ceremony you can sign your marriage license and head off to your cocktail hour! A first look allows for more photos and a much more relaxed wedding day for you.
I do take formal family photos but prefer to keep the photos limited to your immediate families and typically take no longer than 20 minutes to photograph them. The advantage to my approach is that we can spend more time shooting sunset portraits of just the two of you; or you, your family and your bridal party can all enjoy your cocktail hour!
I love photographing the rehearsal dinner and can add 2 hours of rehearsal dinner coverage to your collection for an additional $650.
I started shooting weddings in 2009. Prior to shooting weddings I spent 2 years working full time as a photojournalist at various newspapers across the country.
I love to travel! am located in sunny, beautiful uptown Phoenix but travel far and wide for weddings and engagement sessions. For weddings and engagement sessions outside of the Phoenix metro area but within Arizona there is a travel fee of $250. Outside Arizona, the client covers airfare for photographer(s), hotel and transportation costs. You won’t have to worry about booking flights, hotels and rental cars. I will find the lowest prices and send you an invoice once you approve the price so the process is as stress free as possible!
Of course! My collections include what I’ve found most couples are looking for but they aren’t the perfect fit for everyone. So, if you want more hours of coverage or if you’d like to add an engagement session, just let me know and I’ll create a custom collection.
I am so lucky to have the most amazing clients who hire me because they love my style and vision. It’s incredibly important that you trust me as your photographer. It’s my job to capture all of the moments, direct you, make you feel comfortable and edit your images so they remain true to my style. If you don’t see the photos you are envisioning for your engagement session or wedding on my website, then I might not be the right fit for you. I will take a look at your Pinterest board to get a sense of what type of images you are drawn to but I will not recreate a photo because that is technically copyright infringement. I do request that you prepare a list of family portraits and important details; but, I’d rather not be checking off a list of things to photograph as that tends to stifle my creativity. So, if you give me the freedom to be creative and photograph the story of your day, you’ll receive all the photos you expect and more!
Of course! We can do your engagement session when you are in Arizona for a wedding planning weekend. Or, if you cover my flight and hotel accommodations, I can come to you!
I will notify you when we have about 15 minutes of coverage left and if you’d like me to stay longer I am always happy to keep shooting! I do charge an additional $325 per hour if we go over in coverage.
Call me or email me! But don’t wait to get in touch, wedding dates start to fill up as far as 18 months in advance. To hold your date, you will need to select one of my wedding photography collections, sign the contract, and pay a non-refundable $500 booking fee that is applied towards your final balance. After we chat about your wedding day I’ll send a booking proposal where you can sign the contract and pay the deposit all online.
I require a non-refundable $500 deposit to reserve your wedding date. The remainder is due in full on the wedding day. Payment plan options are available as well.
Yes, I accept (almost) any form of payment that is most convenient for you including all major credit cards, check, cash and money orders.
Absolutely! I can meet with you and your coordinator before your wedding day to walk through the venue and discuss the events of the wedding day. Or I can explore the venue with you so you can show me the particular things about your venue that you love.
No, you definitely don’t need to give me a shot list. I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings and am fully aware of all the crucial shots you are expecting me to capture. It’s incredibly important that you trust me as your photographer. It’s my job to capture all of the moments, direct you, make you feel comfortable and showcase your beauty. You hired me because you love my work; so, if you give me the freedom to be creative and photograph the story of your day, you’ll receive all the photos you expect and much more!
You’re in luck! I have associate photographers available to shoot your wedding who might be better suited for your budget. My associate photographers have spent the last few years training under me and have a very similar style to mine; if you choose one of my associates you will not be disappointed! My associate will photograph your wedding day and I will do all of the editing. So, your photos will still have my signature style that you love.
I describe my style as modern lifestyle portraiture. My approach to shooting your family and children is to capture the real moments as they happen so you are able to relive the emotions each time you look back at your photos. My goal is to capture the unique personality of your family in an informal setting. I have found that the personalities of my subjects shine through in their natural environment so all of my portrait sessions are done on-location or in your home. I am happy to help you choose a location if you don’t already have one in mind.
Portrait sessions are $650 and include up to an hour of shooting, the high resolution edited images, a private online ordering gallery and a $100 print credit to purchase professional prints and canvases through your personal online gallery.
Yes, all of my portrait sessions include the high-resolution, edited digital files. I also provide a release granting you permission to make all the prints you’d like.
Yes, you will receive a $100 credit towards purchasing professional prints. When you receive your link to your private online ordering gallery, you will have $100 credit waiting there for you to spend on any print product! Your print credit will expire after 12 weeks, so make sure to order your prints within three months of receiving your gallery link.
Of course! You can order professional prints and fine art canvases from your private online ordering gallery. Albums and coffee table books are available through special order, just let me know if you’d like to see samples!
Of course! You can share your images on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest directly from your online gallery of images. I always appreciate a shout out to Courtney Sargent Photography when posting your images anywhere online!
The best time of day to shoot portraits is about 1 to 1 ½ hours before the sun sets, when the light is soft and beautiful. During wedding season I typically schedule portrait sessions Monday through Friday. Weekends are generally set aside for weddings. Plan on an hour of shooting time for a portrait session. It’s never too early to book a session so if you’re considering booking, definitely contact me as soon as possible so we can lock in a date for you!
If you have a place in mind or want to do the session at your home, great! If not, consider what type of look you are going for; desert, urban, grungy, greenery, architectural, etc. Once you have that nailed down we can brainstorm some specific spots. If there is a location you’ve seen on my blog that you love let me know and we can shoot there. I will assist you in finding the perfect location.
Just remember not to be too matchy. A black shirt and jeans might be good for one person in the family to wear but not for everyone. Choose a color scheme and have everyone wear something a little different. Bold colors are always fun for photos so don’t be afraid to go bright! Bring accessories such as scarves, hats, jewelry and vests for some variety. Feel free to bring along a couple of outfit changes for the kids if you’d like. Keep in mind what location we will be shooting at and dress accordingly.
My portrait sessions are designed to be informal and fun so don’t stress about messy, unruly kids. I love getting on the ground with them, chasing them around and making funny faces to get them to laugh. Don’t worry about your kids not sitting properly in a posed position. If I happen to be placing your family in a posed shot just remember to continue to smile at me. It’s my job to get the kids’ attention and eventually I’ll get the reaction I’m waiting for. If you’re busy trying to get them to look at the camera I’ll never get you all looking at the camera.
Because I take such care in making sure all your edited photographs are enhanced to perfection, it typically takes two to three weeks after your session to get them completed. At that time, you will receive a link to your online proofing website where you, your friends and family can view & purchase the photos and you can download all of your high resolution files.
I edit each individual image to ensure that the color, contrast and composition are perfect. All of the images you see on my website are how your images will look when they are delivered to you. I will further enhance the images that you are printing on a large scale.
From an hour long portrait session I typically deliver around 75 high resolution, edited images. I never limit myself to a certain number of photos to deliver because you deserve to have ALL the great images of you and your family.
I absolutely travel for portrait sessions! I frequently travel up to Flagstaff & Sedona, down to Tucson and even out of state for portrait sessions. For sessions outside of the Phoenix metro area but within Arizona there is a travel fee of $200. Outside Arizona, the client covers airfare, hotel and transportation costs. You won’t have to worry about booking flights, hotels and rental cars. I will find the lowest prices and send you an invoice once you approve the price so the process is as stress free as possible!
I do not use props in my portrait sessions. My style is based on capturing you and your family’s true personalities and while props may be trendy and cute right now, I strive for my photos to last a lifetime. My sessions are all about you!
I am so lucky to have the most amazing clients who hire me because they love my style and vision. It’s incredibly important that you trust me as your photographer. It’s my job to capture moments, direct you, make you feel comfortable and edit your images so they remain true to my style. If you don’t see the photos you are envisioning for your family, maternity or newborn session on my website, then I might not be the right fit for you. I will take a look at your Pinterest board to get a sense of what type of images you are drawn to but I will not recreate a photo because that is technically copyright infringement. If you give me the freedom to be creative and photograph you and your family and capture your personalities, you’ll receive all the photos you expect!
Call me or email me! To hold your date, you will need to sign the contract, and pay a non-refundable $100 booking fee that is applied towards your final balance. You can sign the contract and pay the deposit all online.
I require a non-refundable $100 deposit to reserve your session date. The remainder is due in full on the day of your session. Payment plan options are available as well.
Yes, I accept (almost) any form of payment that is most convenient for you including all major credit cards, check, cash and money orders.
I work with a few other professional photographers in the valley but occasionally I will need a fill-in because sometimes my shooters are booked up with their own weddings. So, feel free to let me know if you’re available and have a portfolio available online so I can see your work and keep your info on file.
Yes! Mentoring is a great way to have a tailor made workshop just for you! I have created an outline of everything we will go over in a mentoring session including exposure, client interaction, creative compostions, editing, posing, lighting, contracts, taxes, etc. but you are free to ask me anything you’d like. One-on-one mentoring is a great opportunity for us to cover all of the topics in which you feel you need improvement. One-on-one mentoring sessions are limited to photographers outside my local market and are typically done over the phone and via Skype.
If you choose to travel to Phoenix for a mentoring session I will provide 2 days of hands on instruction including mock photo shoots, secrets of building a successful business, in-depth branding and photo critiques, and much more. I will assist you in finding lodging and provide meals. Get in touch with me to start planning your 2 day photo retreat here in Phoenix! Feel free to bring friends along but keep in mind I limit my 2-day photo retreats to 3 students.
I don’t teach at weddings since there isn’t much time to answer questions or explain techniques. It’s important to me to give my clients the best experience possible so I don’t use their weddings as a teaching opportunity. One-on-one mentoring is a great opportunity to see me work and ask me questions ranging from exposure, to posing, to business issues.
Off camera lighting is one of my passions. I typically use a couple of Vivitar flashes fired via pocket wizards to light my images. If I’m shooting engagement sessions or formal family portraits at a wedding I’ll set up a light stands, but for bride & groom portraits I always have my second shooter/assistant hold my light off camera. Most of my lit images are lit with just a single flash. It’s all about balancing ambient light with the added light from your flash. For reception lighting I use two strobes on lightsands placed in opposite corners of the room, pointing at a 90 degree angle directed at the dance floor. I also use a speedlite on camera bouncing the light off the ceiling or off the built-in bounce card. All in all there are three lights contributing to my reception lighting; two off camera and one on camera.
Here is a list of my equipment:
•Canon 5D Mark III
•Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS
•Canon 24-70mm 2.8
•Sigma 35 1.4
•Sigma 85 1.4
•Sigma 24 1.8
•Sigma 50 1.4
•2 Canon 580EX speedlites
•3 Vivitar 285 flashes (for off-camera lighting)
•Rogue FlashBender reflector
•Lumedyne Tinycycler battery packs
•4 pocket wizards for off-camera lighting
•Canon ST-E2 speedlite transmitter (for slaving speedlites)
•Manfrotto lightstands with umbrella brackets and cold shoes
•2 Photoflex convertible umbrellas
•Lots of batteries for the flashes and pocket wizards
•Over 100gb of compact flash cards
•Incase DSLR Pro Pack
•Acme Made Union Photo Messenger Bag
That’s everything I carry with me to a wedding!
Instead of asking clients to choose their favorite images I design my clients’ albums with photos I feel best tell the story of their day. I use templates I’ve created over time in Photojunction to design each page. Once the album design is complete I send a proof over to the client, they can make any changes they’d like or approve the design. Once approved the album is ordered. I find that it is much more efficient to design the album with my favorite images rather than ask the client to choose their favorites. I like the process to be as effortless as possible for my clients and I find that allowing them to make changes to my design is much easier than requiring them to choose album images. Often clients love the album as designed and make no changes.
I choose to work from home rather than have the overhead of a studio space. I prefer to shoot in my clients’ homes or in an outdoor setting so a studio space would simply serve as a meeting spot and editing space. I love meeting my clients at my favorite coffee shops, in my home or even in their homes so I’ve never felt the need to have a studio. But, I do have plans to turn my detached garage in my backyard into a studio space where I can meet clients!
I took my first photography class at a community college during my junior year in high school and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photojournalism. I spent a couple of years working for newspapers in Arizona, Iowa and Utah. I had the chance to photograph many inspiring individuals, devastating natural disasters, political events and the everyday assignments that keep a photojournalist’s creative eye sharp. I’ve shot from several thousand feet up in a Chinook helicopter, under the basket at NBA games, from a boat gliding through flooded neighborhoods and in the streets of Ciudad Juarez.
I import all of my images in Photo Mechanic renaming each file with my studio’s naming convention and adding IPTC info during the import process. I adjust the capture time of my second shooter’s images to match up with mine, separate the files into categories for getting ready, ceremony, portraits and reception, then begin the culling process. After culling the images, each photo gets an edit in Lightroom for basic contrast, exposure, & white balance as well as cropping out distracting elements and straightening horizons. Select portraits will get a little extra editing in Photoshop with dodging and burning, blemish removal and liquifying. I then choose my favorite 50-60 images and resize and sharpen them for the blog post. The client will receive between 500-800 images depending on the hours of coverage and the files will be delivered on a USB drive separated into previously mentioned categories with the addition of a “Photographer’s Favorites” folder.
When I get back from a shoot I import all of my images through Photo Mechanic because I have the option of copying the images to two locations while importing. So, the images are placed on my MacBook and my drobo. The Drobo is a type of RAID system where the Drobo enclosure contains multiple drives and duplicates your information across those drives so that if one of the drives in the Drobo fails, no data is lost. I use a drobo with five 2 TB hard drives to archive untouched RAW data, finished RAW images (and Lightroom catalogs) and final JPEG images. The finished RAW images are also placed on an external drive and stored off site. Lastly, the final JPEG images are uploaded to my image hosting website which retains backups of all of my final images indefinitely, with multiple layers of redundancy. Therefore, if everything else fails, I still have copies of the final images in multiple locations.
I always shoot RAW. I also keep an SD card in the second card slot on my Canon Mark III and have JPG files copied to the card as a backup. In the event of a corrupt card, all of the files will already be backed up on that secondary card.
My favorite lenses tend to change as soon as I get a new one and fall in love! But, for now, my favorite lens I’ve ever owned is my Sigma 35 1.4 wide angle prime!