About Acacia Photography
Acacia Photography started nearly 10 years ago when my husband surprised me with a Canon 30D and challenged me to make money with it. At the time, that was a huge expense for us, and so I took the challenge seriously, and was encouraged that he even thought I could! Over that course of time, I had 4 kids, and varying levels of commitment to the business. Still, it's been a constant in my adult life, and I have always loved finding beauty in pictures. I have taken wedding and family pictures in Illinois, Washington, and California and am willing to travel anywhere. Read below to find answers to some common questions about how I operate.
What style of photographer are you?
A view through my portfolio will reveal that I am a lifestyle photographer. Almost all of my photo shoots are done outside where there is freedom for people to move around while I take pictures. The natural light allows me to snap pictures of the small, unplanned moments that might be missed when dealing with lighting equipment. Those are often my favorite photos. Whereas some photographers thrive in creating moments in pictures, I believe I thrive most in capturing moments in pictures.
What occasions do you get hired for?
I get hired for weddings, engagement shoots, head shots, maternity, newborn, families, seniors, and anything else along these lines. I do not have a studio.
Would you take pictures of our large extended family?
I might not be the right photographer for you if you are looking for posed group pictures of your large family. (For weddings, I do take group pictures.) The style I offer for families is one of fluidity and movement, so it almost always involves families with young children. I do always aim to get a posed picture of these families in the midst of all the playtime. Please don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure about your particular situation.
How long should we expect to wait until we get our pictures?
For weddings, you can expect to wait about 6 weeks to get your pictures. For all other photo shoots, it will take up to 3 weeks. If there is urgency, I will do my best to get them to you in the time frame you need. I usually put a few of my favorites on the Acacia Photography Facebook page within the first week so that you and your friends can get a chance to view them. If you do not wish for me to put them online, I will honor that request.
Do you provide prints of the pictures?
At this time, I do not. For all photo shoots, I will provide you with the high resolution digital copies of all edited images. For lifestyle and wedding shoots (see Pricing), I provide a website of all the pictures, where you and your friends will have the opportunity to purchase professional prints, if you desire.
Are you willing to travel?
Yes! I ask that you cover the travel costs involved. For photo shoots in Southern California and Seattle, WA, I only need the cost of airfare covered.