What does “40 Watt” mean? 40 Watt Photo refers to 40 Watt lightbulbs. Have you ever seen one? They come in different shapes and sizes, but are often recognizable by their unique, old-school filaments. These bulbs emit a warm, moody, emotive, unique light; adjectives that also describe my style of photography.You can interpret 40 Watt however you like. There isn’t one way to give meaning to the name, which is part of why I like it so much. Everyone sees it differently. I’d love to hear what it brings to mind for you. Also, alliteration is cool.

Can we have all of the photos from our wedding? Including the ones that you don’t edit? No, and trust me, you don’t want them. I’ll give you the most pictures possible, but they are selected and edited at our discretion. We’ll leave out the ones where your eyes are closed, your grandpa is sneezing, or I was testing lights by taking embarrassing photos of my second shooter. On average, you’ll get between 500-800 photos from your wedding.

How long have you been shooting weddings? I’ve been working in the wedding industry since my freshman year of college, when I started an internship with some very successful photographers in Atlanta, GA. They taught me everything they knew about shooting, artificial lighting, editing, and client interaction. From there, I continued second shooting for other photographers as I slowly began to take on my own projects. I took an entrepreneurship class in college where I wrote a business plan and started to book my own weddings. I moved to Bozeman a month after graduating, and put my plan into action to revamp 40 Watt Photo in the wild west. Aside from photography, I’ve also worked on the side for caterers, florists, coordinators, and bartenders. I’ve seen every kind of wedding under the sun. Your wedding day starts long before you walk down the aisle, and I know how to help you make it run smoothly. 

Did you go to school for photography? Nope. Actually, I went to school for Spanish language and business, and between all that I squeezed in a fair number of art and photography classes. I learned everything else I know from incredibly kind and generous fellow photographers, books, experimentation, a little luck, and a lot of practice. ¡Sí se puede!

Do you only shoot weddings? Nope! Weddings are fun and they are the majority of what I shoot, but I love any job that allows me to work with people. I’m available to shoot engagements, senior photos, headshots, families, editorial work, pets, babies, and anything in between. Just ask!

How much does it cost for you to shoot our wedding? The short version is: it depends. Different celebrations require different things. I charge a baseline amount for either a half or full-day, and you can build a customized package from there. Regardless, all wedding packages include high-resolution images delivered in an online gallery (with free downloads for the bride and groom)! From there, you can also add engagement shoots, bridal shoots, custom albums, and much more!

Where can I see examples of your work? You can see my latest work my following me on Facebook or Instagram, and on this website. Shoot me an email at mallory@40wattphoto.com, and I’ll send you some galleries from recent weddings to check out!

Have you shot at (insert venue here)? Maybe! Regardless, I am happy to do a site tour with you before your wedding so that you can point out any specific locations you want to use for photos and feel 100% confident on the day of your wedding.

How long until we see our pictures? For weddings, it takes me between 4-6 weeks to deliver all of your pictures depending on the time of year. For family, newborn, engagements, and other more low-key shoots, I’ll have them back to you in 2 weeks. You can also always follow me on social media for sneak peeks!

Where are you located? Do you travel? I live and work in downtown Bozeman, Montana, and I ABSOLUTELY travel! I’m available to travel nationally and internationally, so just ask. 

Do you have a second shooter? You are not required to book a second shooter for your wedding, but it is strongly recommended. Unless he is playing music at another wedding the same day as yours, my husband Brian is my second shooter! Otherwise, I have a handful of trusty friends that I can bring along.

What kind of gear do you use? I shoot Canon pro gear and edit with Adobe programs on Apple computers. I have tons of memory cards and batteries, as well as backup equipment in case something goes wrong. Also, I have an on-camera flash unit and two Alien Bee lights to make sure everything looks crystal clear at your reception! For a detailed list of everything I’ll be bringing to your wedding, feel free to ask!

How do we book you? Once we’ve agreed on a package that fits your needs, I’ll input that information into an online booking software. From there you can sign your contract, view your invoices, and update your profile with information about your wedding day as plans become more finalized. A signed contract and deposit of 1/2 of the total cost puts us in business! 

How do we pay you? I’m not picky. I can accept payment via cash, check, money order, PayPal, Venmo, carrier pigeon, or suitcases full of singles. Whatever suits your preference!

Can we meet you? Yes, please! I love to meet couples before they decide to hire me so that we can get to know each other. Your photographer is one of the people you will spend the most time with on your wedding day, so its important to feel comfortable with them. I’m happy to meet up with you for a coffee or beer, but if distance is an issue we can always Skype or talk on the phone. Whatever works for you!