Q. What is your photography experience?
A. I am currently in year 8 of photography. I started as an Associate Photographer for another wedding photography company but now shoot as Erin Morrison Photography. I have shot over 180 weddings and elopements, and hundreds more of engagement and family sessions.
Q. When do you shoot?
A. That depends on a lot of factors! We do nearly all of our shooting 1-1.5 hours before the sun sets and most of our family and engagement sessions take place on week dates (Mon-Fri) as we are busy with weddings on the weekends.
I do not photograph any photography sessions other than Weddings on Saturdays.
Outside of weddings, we do our best to try and NOT shoot on Sunday (yes, we still shoot weddings on Sundays) so that we can have family time. However, during November-March, we do most of our sessions on the weekends due to daylight savings time. Further, we do not photograph weddings or events on Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Also, I work in child advocacy (a very special part of my life), and I am generally unavailable to shoot before 4:30pm most week days. But please, always email me or contact me for availability!
Q. Do you photograph in the Smokies?
I have a Commercial Use Authorization (permit) to photograph in The Great Smoky Mountains. Sessions pertaining to engagement, maternity, family, or other general photography sessions inside the Smokies require a photographer with a permit.
If you are interested in elopement or wedding photography, please view this blog post with pertinent information.
Q. Do you photograph at cabins?
The most requested session that I receive is large family sessions at cabins in Sevierville, Townsend, Wears Valley, and Pigeon Forge. I do not travel to cabins to photograph these types of sessions. If you are interested in locations inside The Great Smoky Mountains, please contact me!
Q. Do you travel?
A. For weddings, I generally decline travel that is more than 3 hours away from Knoxville. For other sessions, I decline travel more than 2 hours away. Please note, travel fees apply for all sessions outside of Knox County.
Q. What kind of equipment do you use?
A. I shoot with two Canon 5d Mark III. I love my 50mm lens and my 135mm lens, but also use a 35mm, 85mm, and 100mm macro lenses as well.
Q. Will any of our photos be black and white
A. I do love a good black and white photo, but you will receive more color photos (90%) than black and white (10%).
Q. How do we receive our photos?
A. All of your high-resolution digital images will be hosted in an online gallery, available for you to share and download. A USB is also provided for wedding photographs if selected in the proposal.
Q. Can we post our photos on social media?
A. Of course! The more the better! I just ask that you tag my business in any photos, and to please not crop or edit any photos. That includes putting a filter on photos in Instagram.
Q. Do you always bring a second shooter?
A. For weddings we sure do! If you request one for elopements, just let us know!
Q. Do you edit all the photos you give us?
A. Sure do! We currently use a preset called KLN3 from Meridian Presets to give your photos a little extra sauce. I prefer VSCO Tri-X for the black and whites.
Q. When should we expect our photos delivered to us?
A. Wedding and elopement photographs are sent to you within 4-6 weeks. Engagement and family sessions are generally returned in 2-4 weeks.
Q. Do you photograph same-sex couples?
A. Darn skippy we do! Have you checked out our LGBT portfolio?
Q. What should I wear to my engagement session?
A. Something unique, but that fits your personality and makes you feel comfortable. The best thing I suggest is to color coordinate without “matching.” Avoid logos, distracting patterns, and bright neon colors around your face and neck. Layers and anything flowy is always a plus in my book! If you need some inspiration, you can view my Pinterest Board for ideas!
Q. Is there a retainer fee?
A. Yeppers. For weddings, I require a $500 non-refundable retainer for all weddings with the remaining balance due two months prior to your wedding date. For families, engagement, or elopement sessions, I usually require a half retainer.
Q. Do you require a shot list?
A. The only shot list that we require (or that we would really, really like) is for formal family portrait time at weddings.
Q. How many photos can we expect to get?
A. This can vary due to circumstances. However, we produce 75-100 images per hour of coverage for weddings; 50-75 images per hour of coverage for elopements; 100+ for family sessions.
Q. Where can we watch you shoot?
Q. Why is Dumb and Dumber the best movie ever?
A. I am so glad that you asked! Well, beyond the fact that you can use so many quotes from the movie to apply in real life, I really enjoyed watching the movie for the first time with my dad, sister, and brother in the movie theatre. We laughed and laughed, and we even had to pull the car over on the way back from the theatre. It’s one of the best memories that I have with my family!