Frequently Asked Questions
+Do you photograph...?
My photography all about celebrating genuine connection between people who love each other. I also love to celebrate life's milestones and moments with beautiful, natural portraiture. I primarily photograph weddings and elopements, and I also love to make portraits for couples, expecting parents, and families. I also occasionally accept bookings for events and for business headshots for professionals.
+What is your style?
I love to make candid photography that captures the essence of people and moments. I aim for a timeless style that will look just as beautiful to our grandchildren as it does to us today. I use natural posing, lighting, and editing techniques so that the focus will always be on the people in the photograph, not on how the photograph was made. I also think that the best photographs are ethereal, emotional, and magical; they flood us us with memories and inspire daydreams.
+What is your experience?
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Photography from the George Washington University. Since 2008 I have worked full time as a photographer for the federal government in Washington, DC, where I photograph thousands of portraits and hundreds of events each year. In this job I have photographed very senior government leaders, including Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States, Presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, and our most senior military officers. I have photographed weddings, engagements, and families since 2011, and also make occasional corporate headshots for companies. I am a wife and a mom, which shapes my vision of the lasting value of wedding and family photography. I care passionately about the couples and families I photograph and my role in preserving their legacy. You can find me on LinkedIn here.
+Do you work with a second photographer?
I photograph weddings independently and I also frequently work with a second photographer. It depends on the unique preferences and circumstances of each couple and wedding. I recommend adding a photographer when a wedding has over 200 guests or the circumstances of your wedding would suggest having a photographer in more than one place at a time. Other weddings are more intimate and the couple would prefer that just I be there. When you book with Katie Lewis Photography, you are always hiring Katie Lewis to photograph your wedding. We will add a second photographer if it suits your tastes and your needs for the day. The second photographer is booked at an hourly rate. Five to six hours covers getting ready through cocktail hour in many wedding timelines.
+How many hours of photography do you recommend for our wedding?
Weddings come in many shapes and sizes. No matter which path you choose, I hope that you and your fiancé choose to incorporate the wedding traditions that feel true to you and forget the rest. But whether you have a quick boho elopement or a multi-day blowout bash, I hope you'll hire a photographer to help preserve your legacy! For many traditional weddings in our region, nine hours covers from "getting ready" through the end of the reception. I also offer collections of three hours for weekday elopements, six hours for more intimate and relaxed weddings, or twelve hours for when you have a longer list of events or want photography at the afterparty. For weddings that include longer hours of celebration or multiple days of events, we can create a custom collection to suit your unique needs. I'd love to hear more about what you're planning!
+Will we meet before the wedding?
Yes! It is so important that we connect before you hire me. I want you to feel confident and comfortable in your choice and in having me with you on your wedding day. We will schedule an in-person meeting or video chat before you book. I also include a complimentary engagement portrait session in all wedding collections of six hours or more. That way, when you see me with my camera on the day of your wedding, I will already feel like a familiar friend.
+How do we book?
Once we've connected and selected a photography collection that suits your needs, you will reserve your date by signing a contract and submitting 50% of the collection price. We have an online system that makes this part super easy. If your wedding involves travel, you will also pay the travel expenses at this time so that we can lock in the travel costs.
+What is the payment schedule?
50% of the total collection price plus estimated travel expenses are due at booking. For weddings and elopements, the balance is due one month before your event. For portraits, the balance is due one week before your session.
+Where are you located?
I live in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.
+Do you travel?
Yes! I have an active passport and Global Entry.
+What are your travel rates?
My travel rates are based on travel from my home in the Oak Hill area of Herndon, Virginia, very close to Dulles International Airport. We will estimate your travel costs when you book. Car travel outside of the local region has a small per mile rate and possibly a night or two in a hotel. For more distant locales, the cost will be air travel and transportation and 2+ nights in a hotel, depending on the destination and wedding event schedule. There is also a $400 travel fee for commissions outside of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States and an $400-800 travel fee for international bookings to account for travel time.
+How soon will we get our photographs?
You will receive your photographs within one month of your wedding or portrait session.
+How will we receive our photographs?
You will receive an email that contains a link to your private online gallery. There you will find a beautiful, organized collection of high resolution, artistically edited image files from your wedding, elopement, or portrait session. You may use this gallery to view and browse your images, mark your favorites, download your images, share the images with your family and friends, and order prints and canvases from the best printer in the United States. I also have albums and heirloom gifts and keepsakes available for purchase.
+How many photographs will we receive?
Every wedding and portrait session are unique, but I usually deliver at least 60 images per hour of photography.
+Who owns the copyright to the images?
As is customary for artists and photographers, I own the copyright to photographs that I create. All clients are granted personal usage rights to the images that they commission, and you will receive that in writing both in your contract and the print release. After over a decade of working with the military and interagency in the federal government in Washington, DC, I understand that select clients may have security concerns about where their likeness is displayed. If this applies to you, please let me know.
+How do you secure our images?
Long story short: I am meticulous about keeping your images safe. I believe that having systems in place to protect data is a crucial habit for any photographer! If you want to know more about these systems, keep reading: I shoot RAW (i.e. highest quality files) to two memory cards simultaneously. I protect these cards until I get back to my office, where I start my download process. Your images are then copied to my computer and an external RAID system. They are also automatically backed up to another backup hard drive and to a secure remote location. Once your images have been artistically edited, you will receive a link to view them in a private cloud-based online gallery. I also maintain your final images on my RAID system and in a secure cloud location.
+What gear do you shoot with?
I currently photograph with two Nikon D750 camera bodies (yes, I bring backups!), Nikkor & Sigma lenses, and Flashpoint flashes and modifiers. For many years I photographed with the Canon 5D series and loved it. I believe that as long as a photographer is using basic professional equipment, then the skills, experience, and perspective of the photographer are more important than the actual camera they are using.