I never meant to do this. Sometimes I look back at more than a decade as a successful photographer and wonder - how the heck did I get here? I was going to be a newspaper reporter. I WAS a newspaper reporter. What happened?
Life happened, as it usually does. I loved journalism, but the schedule and stress were punishing. And something was nagging me - was I really supposed to be here? Then something happened that happens to a lot of my clients. I fell in love. And eventually, that love was enough to pull me away from the career I'd dreamed about since high school. I pursued a second career as a writer for a small university. On my second day on the job, they handed me a camera - I had more photography experience than anyone else on staff, they said, so I was suddenly the unofficial campus photographer. And I fell in love again, this time with the idea of creating images.
Many years later, I mulled over the idea of launching a photography business, but I was stuck on two things: 1. My full-time job and family already took up all my spare time, and 2. If I did have a business, what would I call it? Than one day I found out my job had been cut to part-time. I was pretty upset about this and called a friend to complain. I'll never forget her words: "OK, you just got handed a bunch of lemons. What are you going to do?"
And Lemonade Photography was born, on the phone, while I was feeling sorry for myself.
I never expected to fall for photography. I truly loved painting pictures with words. But I got hooked by the beauty of capturing what my eyes see that nobody else's can. There is joy in spotting the little moments that make up a wedding day, a family, a LIFE, and freezing them for eternity.
I love to laugh, and to make my clients laugh along with me. I'm a lifelong Washingtonian and native Seattleite, a wife (that guy I fell in love with? Totally married him), a mom to two amazing boys, parent of a special needs child, a nature lover, a proud geek and a connoisseur of good cheese and dark chocolate. I love British cooking shows and audiobooks and green things and shoes. Most of all, though, I love that I get to make money doing my favorite thing in the whole world.
Photo © 2020 Holly Cordial, Cordial Photos
Where are you located and how far do you travel? I'm in Bremerton, just across the water from Seattle. I regularly shoot weddings throughout Western Washington from Bellingham to Vancouver, Wa. Further travel is a little more challenging because I have a child with special needs,, but I'm willing to consider extended travel for the right clients - just ask!
How can I find out if you’re available on my wedding day? Check my availability calendar! It's updated in real-time.
Do you accept LGBTQIA+ clients? I wish nobody ever had to ask this question - but YES! Lemonade Photography has extensive experience with LGBTQIA+ weddings and welcomes all kinds of families.
How far in advance should I book with you? For weddings, I recommend booking at least 9 months in advance, before my calendar fills up, especially if you’re getting married on a summer weekend. However, I usually have a handful of dates open for last-minute bookings; check my availability calendar for your date! I accept bookings up to 2 years in advance. You must have a date and venue locked in to book with me.
How do I start my booking? Get in touch: start your wedding booking here and your family portrait booking here. Or call me at 360-286-4394.
What are your prices? Wedding prices are here. Family and portrait prices are here.
What are your payment terms? For weddings, I require a non-refundable 30% retainer toward your package price. Your balance is due by 10 days before your wedding. For family and portrait sessions, your session fee serves as your retainer; your digital collection fee is the final payment, due 24 hours before the session. I'm happy to set up custom payment plans, just ask!
What comes with my wedding package? All wedding packages include edited high-resolution digital images, transferred online, and a signed release giving you permission to print and share your images. Prints, custom flash drives, photo albums and wall art are available for an additional cost. You may print your images anywhere you'd like, but I can't guarantee the color accuracy and quality of photos not printed through my service.
What comes with my portrait package? Your session fee covers your session for up to 10 people, which is usually about an hour, as well as a consultation, family photo prep guide, and travel within 30 driving miles of Bremerton (fees may apply for sessions outside that area). At booking, you must also choose a digital collection with 5, 10 or 20 images, or your full gallery (usually about 40 photos). Your final product is professionally edited and ready to print. You may also purchase prints and wall art directly from your gallery.
How many photos will I get? For weddings, it depends on a number of factors: The length of the wedding, the location and lighting, how many different activities are packed into an event, etc. A very general estimate if you’re hiring Lemonade for a wedding or event: Expect at least 50 images per hour of shooting. I frequently send clients way more than that, but it’s a good place to start. Family packages include a set amount of downloaded digital images
But you must take way more photos than that. How come I don’t get every picture you shoot? Like any photographer, I take many more photos than my clients will ever see and hunt through thousands of images looking for the best ones so you don't have to.. What you don't get are duplicates, photos with people blinking or making awkward faces or poses, missed focus (it happens!), and other photos that don't meet my standard for quality.
What kind of editing do you do? For most photos, I use Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop to make minor adjustments to brightness, color, contrast and tone in order to provide you with clear, vivid, beautiful images. My preference is to send clients bright, warm, colorful images that represent their event as accurately as possible. I keep an eye out for major blemishes, stains, unsightly hairs out of place etc - but for the most part, I want your photos to look like YOU and not a photoshopped version of yourself. I do accept special Photoshop requests for an additional fee
How do I get my photos? You will receive a link to an online gallery with edited, downloadable images. Please read your gallery email carefully and follow the directions to download your full-size images. Your gallery link is shareable, but the downloadable images are reserved only for you.
How long do I have to download my photos? Galleries are available for 2 months; after that, they are archived. If you need access to your gallery after it is archived, I charge a $30 fee to reinstate your gallery for 2 weeks.
Do you save all the images from my session? I save all raw files from your session for one year. Edited files are archived but due to the possibility of hard drive failure or other catastrophes, I cannot guarantee that they will be saved indefinitely.
I want to put prints on my wall! Can you help? Of course! You can purchase standard prints, fine art prints, canvases and metal prints directly from your gallery. These cost a little more, but they come from a reputable professional printing lab and are guaranteed to have true colors and resist fading. Your digital download also includes a print release, so you are free to take your images to your photo lab of choice for printing. However, I cannot guarantee quality of prints from outside sources.
What equipment do you bring to a wedding? I shoot with Nikon Z5 cameras (mirrorless) and a range of lenses. While I prefer to shoot with natural light when possible, I always bring battery-operated, remotely-triggered flashes to set up on stands around the room, just in case the ambient light isn’t enough. I’m also prepared to shoot outdoors in the rain with a trunk full of clear umbrellas and rain covers for my cameras.
What happens if your gear fails? Well, first I might cry a little (that stuff's expensive). But since I always shoot with two cameras and have a third available as backup, I'm usually able to adjust quickly and keep shooting - most couples will never even know I'm having a problem! Well, except for the crying.
How do you protect my photos after the wedding or session? Lost/corrupted images are a big concern for me (I have nightmares about it) so I do everything I can to make sure that never happens! I shoot on dual memory cards, so every photo is recorded to two different cards in case one card becomes corrupted or is damaged before I can upload the photos. After I get home from a session, I immediately upload your photos to a network-attached storage array that protects files in case of hard drive failure. Photos are also backed up to cloud storage and an additional external drive.
Do you have insurance? Yes! I am covered for property damage, bodily injury, medical expenses, damage to my camera equipment and more. I'm happy to share a Certificate of Insurance if you'd like a copy for your records.