Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you based? Do you Travel?

I am currently based in Sacramento, but I’m from East Bay of San Francisco Bay Area, California & travel there often!  I will 1000% travel anywhere your special day is being held, California and beyond. I love exploring new places!

Do you offer Destination Weddings?

Yes yes and YES!! I am an avid traveler & love love love experiencing different countries. If you’re planning a Destination Wedding or Destination Elopement, I’m your girl! Because I’m looking to add more and more Destination Weddings to my repertoire I’m currently offering F-R-E-E Destination Wedding coverage as long as my travel expenses are covered. Contact me for more details!

What’s it like working with you?

I love what I do, and that is very obvious when I’m behind the camera! I love to have fun with my clients and make getting your photo taken an enjoyable experience. I totally understand that getting your photos done isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world for most people, so I try and keep things as relaxed as possible. My goal is to capture beautiful moments as they happen naturally, so I really like to let you be yourself though I will absolutely guide you along the way! I’m also a pro at making sure my couples are as stress-free as possible on their wedding day, it’s my favorite thing to do!

What should I wear to photo session?

A fabulous question! The short answer: Neutral colors, because they are timeless & let your love shine even more without being distracting! I’ve put together some outfit ideas and inspiration boards for engagements sessions on my Pinterest page. If you’re still unsure, shoot me a message and I’d be happy to discuss your options with you!

Do your sessions require a deposit?

Lifestyle Sessions do not require any deposit. A $500 deposit is required for Weddings to officially hold your spot on my calendar. Once the deposit is received, I’m all yours for the day!

Do you have a second shooter for weddings? Who?

Yes, I almost always use a second shooter when photographing weddings, the only exception being those with a very small number of guests! My second shooters are all seasoned professionals with photography businesses of their own, who have a similar shooting style to mine. I have a few go-to photographers that I work with regularly & all of your photos will be edited by me for a cohesive look. You won’t be able to tell who took what!

What’s in your camera bag?

I’m a Canon girl.  I work mainly with my Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon EF16-35mm F2.8 USM, Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM & a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto. I also use a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash. My go-to lens is my 50mm which offers a killer depth of field perfect for portraiture with dreamy blurry backgrounds!

I’m also a hybrid photographer, meaning I photograph both film and digital! I love shooting with my Pentax 645n especially for bride & groom portraits. My photography style is film-inspired, so using the real thing in addition to digital makes for the dreamiest, authentic images.

What do your Wedding Packages include?

All of my Wedding Collections include a personal Client Consultation, Hi-Res, fully Edited Images on a Password-Protected Online Gallery, Ability to order prints directly, Photo Release & a Second Shooter.

How do I order prints? Do you offer Albums?

Ordering prints is easy! Once you have the link to your password-protected online gallery, you can order prints directly by clicking on your images. I offer matte, lustre, & glossy prints, Canvas prints (rolled or wrapped), framed prints, ready-to-hang mounted prints & much much more! You have the option of creating your own album directly through your gallery, otherwise I do offer beautiful custom albums as well.

Will all photos be edited? What if I just want the RAW files?

All photos my clients receive are carefully and individually edited by yours truly to look their best and display my signature style, which is usually why I get booked in the first place! I get most of my business via referrals so for the sake of my business I need to be sure that any photo with my name attached to it represents my brand:) For this reason, I never release RAW files.

What is the process for booking a wedding?

It all begins with you! If you’re interested in a wedding session, please contact me with the date of your wedding and a little about yourself and I will respond quickly. I’d love to meet up with you in person to discuss details if you live in the Bay Area. From there we can move forward with a contract and officially booking your date! If you have any questions or hesitations at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You may also email me directly at!

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I'm Carly Jean—a fine art wedding, elopement, and lifestyle photographer. Now booking in CA and beyond.

Bay Area Wedding Photographer