Wedding Photography

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What style do you specialize in?
My style has been described as modern, clean, playful, and artistic. I’m a blend of editorial fashion and photojournalism.  Your wedding is all about you! I’m there to capture it unfolds and tell the story through a series of images. I search out those special moments that make your wedding and family unique.

What is included in your packages?
Although some packages vary, every couple receives the following:

  • Chelsea Elizabeth, primary photographer
  • USB drive of all high resolution images
  • blog posting within a 6 weeks of wedding
  • online proofing within 6 weeks of wedding
  • online slideshow within 6 weeks of wedding

How many times have you worked specifically as a wedding photographer?
Too many to count ;) Almost every wedding I shoot is on this blog with an exception to a few weddings I’ve shot for other photographers. You can browse through and get a good overview of all my weddings.

Are you a member of any associations or groups specific to the industry?
Yes, I’m a member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. This memberships have allowed me to stay on top of new trends, great products and inspires me in my art!

Will you be available to discuss the wedding day photographs prior to the date of the wedding?
Yes, I love getting together with the bride at least 4 weeks before the wedding. I’m also always available by phone or email.

Will you be taking the photos at our wedding?
When you book me I’m your the lead photographer for your wedding.

Do you have an assistant?
Yes, I always bring a second shooter or an assistant the wedding. My second photographers don’t carry my bags, they are photographing your wedding. I ensure we have different roles so we are not shooting the same thing for most of the day.  My assistants help me with my gear, portrait groupings and lighting.

How many pictures will you take?
Every wedding is different so it varies but I usually deliver 100 images for every hour I’m at the wedding.

Will you accept of list for specific photos to be taken?
I always capture the usual events of every wedding. If there is something unique about your wedding please let me know and I’ll be sure to capture it. The only list that I usually need is who you want in your family photos. Be sure to designate someone who knows your guests to gather them on the day of the wedding.

Do you have all photographs from two weddings that we can review?
Yes, you can view a lot of my weddings from my blog. Recent full weddings can be found on my online gallery. All galleries are password protected but you can email me for the code to review a full wedding.  Here are some of my favorite wedding slideshows:

  • Kathy & Chris | Santa Barbara Biltmore Four Seasons & Montecito Country Club
  • Carolina & Ben | Twentieth Century Women’s Club, Eagle Rock

Do you have references?
I started collecting reviews on my blog. You can review some feedback here.

Where have you been published?
View all published works on my featured page.

How long after the wedding will the proofs be ready?
Your online gallery is posted within 4 – 6 weeks of the wedding date.

If I decide I have to cancel or reschedule my wedding can I have my retainer refunded?
No, the retainer and all payments are non-refundable, non-transferable. The retainer reserves your date for you and Chelsea Elizabeth turns down all other bookings for that date.

Can you provide/post the proofs online? Are proofs passcode protected?
Yes, all weddings have online proofing. The password is the brides maiden name.

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What happens if, for some unforseen event, you can not make the wedding?

Luckily I network with some really fabulous wedding photographers. We have an emergency list if anything happens to one of us. I will ensure that someone will be photographing your wedding that is at my skill level or better.

Do you have backup equipment available? What kind?
Yes, I come to every wedding with at least 2 of everything. I have three cameras, three flashes, about 10 different lenses. I have plenty of extra batteries charged and lots of memory cards. I make sure my second shooter does as well.

Do you accept credit cards?
Of course! My online system emails you a invoice after you book. You can pay with your credit card just like any other online store.

If our event lasts longer than scheduled, will you stay and what rate will you charge?
Of course!  If you decide to keep us longer, Chelsea Elizabeth will invoice you after your wedding.

Do you include negatives?
A USB drive of all high resolution, color corrected JPGs is included in every wedding package.

What equipment do you use?
I’m all canon digital :) Here is a list of my equipment below:

  • Canon 5D Mark III camera (2)
  • Canon 5D Mark II camera
  • Canon 5D camera (2)
  • Canon 24mm f 1.4 L Lens
  • Canon 35mm f1.4 L Lens
  • Canon 50mm f1.2 L Lens
  • Canon 85mm f1.2 L Lens
  • Canon 100mm f2.8 macro Lens
  • Canon 135mm f2 L Lens
  • Canon 24-105 f4 L Lens
  • Canon 70 – 200mm f2.8 L Lens
  • Canon 580 EX Speedlight
  • Canon 580 II EX Speedlight
  • Canon 600 EX Speedlight (2)
  • ICE Lights (2)
  • Camranger

Do you shoot Raw?
All images are shot in mRAW and delivered as high resolution jpegs, exported at level 90 out of Lightroom.

Can you refer me to other vendors you’ve worked with and can recommend?
Yes, to see my list of favorite vendors click here

What time should I schedule my ceremony?
A great time is 2 or 3 hours before sunset. Schedule your ceremony so your cocktail hour is the hour before sunset. That’s the best light for formal portraits. See what time the sun will set on your date. Click here :)

Do you offer a referral program?
Yes! Most of my business is word of mouth and comes from referrals. If you refer another couple, you and the couple will receive a $300/wedding or $100/portrait print credit upon the referred booking.

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  • Jerome RoaOctober 25, 2013 - 8:11 am

    I would like to know of your availability on 9/20/14 for a wedding in Los Angeles. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

  • Jerome RoaOctober 25, 2013 - 8:12 am

    I would like to know of your availability on 9/20/14 for a wedding in Los Angeles. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

  • Jerome RoaOctober 25, 2013 - 8:12 am

    I would like to know of your availability on 9/20/14 for a wedding in Los Angeles. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

  • Lauren BowerNovember 14, 2013 - 10:35 am

    My name is Lauren and I just recently got engaged. Your pictures are beautiful! I was wondering if you could give me a little more info on how wedding photography works. And what most people do. We are thinking the date will be 10/11/14, but would like to just get an idea about everything. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

  • VeronicaJanuary 8, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Hi I wanted to get pricing for family portrait. thank you

  • Rebecca EwingMay 18, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Love your work! Are you available on Oct 17,2014? My wedding at the beach/The Sunset Restaurant, Malibu. I’m excited to connect with you and find out what the pricing options are.. Thank you!! Rebecca

  • Kelly MacPhailJanuary 18, 2015 - 2:50 am

    Hi Chelsea! My friend Alyssa is engaged and they are planning their wedding for September of this year. I was wondering if you had a price list. She has someone she was thinking of that another friend refered, but I know you are the best! So if you could email me some info, that would be great!!!


  • LiezlJanuary 24, 2015 - 4:34 pm

    Hi Chelsea,

    Your work is impressive. I would like to receive pricing on your wedding/engagement packages. My wedding is set for 11/14/15. Thanks

  • Kaelyn IversMarch 11, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    Hi, I’m getting married at the Camarillo Ranch House on 8/2/15. I would like to receive pricing on your wedding packages.

    Thank you!

  • Crystelle GuideraSeptember 8, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Hi, I would like to know a price for just one hour at Point Dume Beach?

  • Samantha ArnoldNovember 24, 2015 - 7:17 am

    Could I receive pricing for your wedding packages?

  • Sarette LarkinApril 19, 2017 - 7:08 pm

    Hi I would like your package information for a wedding on 8/4/17 if your available that day

  • Melissa SpainNovember 5, 2017 - 6:22 pm


    I will be getting married in September 2018 at the Gardens at los robles. I wanted to gain more information on your pricing and packages.

    Thank you1

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