When do we get our photos back?

Delivery time is dependent on the package you choose (by the hour) in general though, engagement photos are edited + delivered within 1-3 weeks. For your wedding gallery - 3-6 weeks. I send sneak peeks within 72 hours so you have photos to share with friends and family until the rest of your album is complete!

DO WE GET THE RAW FILES AND FULL OWNERSHIP OF THE PHOTOS? 

You get full print and download rights for the high-resolution edited images for no added/extra fees! You can download the high-res images to print wherever you want and share as much as you want, or you can print and make albums straight through the site I use to deliver the gallery. You will also receive a mobile app with images that are optimized for social media already! I try to make it as simple for you as possible. This is also fun to have on your phone to share with friends + family without digging through your private phone album. 

You don't get the raw unedited files (this is pretty much an industry standard at this point) but - trust me, you wouldn't want them! Most computers don’t have the software to even open the massive RAW files. Also, I take 2000+ images on a wedding day, and I go through all the images and remove the ones that are duplicates, out of focus, someone is blinking, unflattering, etc. 

HOW MANY IMAGES ARE INCLUDED? 

I like to preface this question with this in mind (every package is different, every couple is different, every wedding day, location, lighting, travel, etc is DIFFERENT!) Therefore, I don't have a set number for this because I don't limit the amount I deliver! I edit everything that turned out awesome while removing all the duplicates, out-of-focus shots, ones where you're blinking or other unflattering shots, etc. On average I promise to deliver a minimum of 50-75 images per hour. BUT I am an “over shooter” which means I am trigger happy when shooting and I’m a people pleaser/want you to have the images. If it makes me feel some type of way, you usually get it in the album. Again, on average for engagement sessions, you can expect typically 150-250 final edited images. For weddings, anywhere between 500-1000 depending on a ton of factors mentioned above. 

DO ANY OF THE PACKAGES INCLUDE A GUEST BOOK, USB, PHOTO ALBUM, AND/OR PRINTS?

Negative. Call me lazy, but I really do not want to deal with any physical product. +If I included any of those things into your package, I’d have to tax you the entire price of the service (not just the value of the product) and I don’t want to do that to you. SOOOO, you can print and make albums straight through the website where I deliver images and the reputable lab will fulfill your order. It's really affordable and of incredible quality but I understand it might not be what you want to do. That’s why I offer you printing rights so you can download them in high-res and print them wherever your heart desires. I keep things really simple!

WILL YOU HELP US POSE / NOT LOOK AWKWARD IN THE PHOTOS?

Ummmmm, yes! It is literally what I do best. I work with real people (with insecurities and no modeling experience, just like you)! Directing and making people look and feel comfortable is seriously what I'm best at. Hence the entire slogan of my brand is “less posed, more real” Everyone says they are ‘the most awkward’ in front of the camera, but then afterward say it’s so much easier and more fun than they thought it would be. Don't take my word for it, read some of my reviews and hear what my couples have to say about it!

CAN I SEE FULL GALLERIES?

Of course! I love to send full galleries as inspiration, to help you gauge what your venue looks like (if you are planning from afar) or to show you different lighting scenarios. + my associates work with my editing, this helps you get an idea of how many images you can receive with a similar package as well. 

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HOW MANY HOURS ARE INCLUDED ON THE WEDDING DAY?

As I’ve said before - weddings are not a copy and paste experience so I have different options and packages for this, anywhere between 2-10 hours, but 6-8 hours is the most common for a “full wedding”. My elopement couples are typically between 2-4 depending on a few different factors. Once you fill out my inquiry form, I’ll send over my pricing and package guide so you can see what would be the best fit for you.

 WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ELOPEMENT AND A WEDDING?

An elopement is an intimate wedding (without all the extras) typically just the two of you or close friends + family - less than 10 guests. Typically this means you do not have a wedding party either! I consider anything 4+ hours a wedding. 4 hours would be a “micro-wedding” you have/want everything a “big” wedding has but on a smaller scale. These types of events have less than or around 50 guests. Anything above 50 guests and 6+ hours is a full blown wedding!

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE INCLUDED ON THE WEDDING DAY? 

90% of the time (unless otherwise requested) it’s just me and an assistant. For larger packages or an add-on option is two! I and a talented second shooter, who is always another full-time photographer.

HAVE YOU SHOT AT (MY VENUE) BEFORE? 

If I haven’t - I promise it doesn’t matter! I always go location scouting before weddings if it’s a venue I haven’t been to before, so I promise I’m always as prepared as I need to be. Feel free to ask if I have + seen albums from weddings that have taken place there.

DO YOU HELP US MAKE A TIMELINE?

Why yes, yes I do! MANY of my couples plan from states (some even countries away) soo as the native it is my job to help set realistic expectations for time/travel in particular. I am extremely hands-on with my couples and help every step of the way. I know this is likely your first wedding and you have no idea what you are doing. I know many couples do not have a planner or the venue has provided just a day of planner. I spend the entire day with you, so I love to know what is happening and when to keep us on time and maximize photo opportunities.

I've shot over 200+ weddings at the time of writing this, so I am an expert in how long everything takes and when stuff usually happens. I ask you a few starting questions (ceremony time, first look/no first look, exit time, wedding party size, immediate family size, getting ready locations, etc.), and based on those answers, I create a timeline for you. You can of course make adjustments as needed, but it's just to help get you started. I also have a super thorough questionnaire I send my couples. This helps me gather all the information I need to know before the wedding day (typically 6 weeks prior) and we finalize everything no later than 2 weeks before the wedding.

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WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT/DO YOU OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN?

The retainer to book me for your wedding day for MOST packages is a flat rate of $500.00. I try to keep this very affordable in the event something might happen (THANKS COVID!) The rest of the balance is "due" 14 days before the wedding. Why? Because the last thing I want you stressed about the day of is who is/isn’t paid. I know a lot of vendors offer payment plans monthly/quarterly, I do not have a set amount. I do however have a client portal that you have access to (which shows all of our emails, forms, to-do’s, and invoices) you can log in at any time and make the payment of whatever desired amount you’d like. No need to give me a heads up! I see it come through and we are set. 

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IF WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD?

A signed contract + the $500.00 retainer will secure your day! I send all of that over online so you can take care of that quickly and easily so we can make this thing OFFICIAL! All of this is done on a first-come/first-serve basis. The retainer + contract go hand in hand when securing the date and nothing is finalized without both. 

CAN WE MEET OR CHAT BEFORE WE BOOK?

Look, I get it choosing a wedding photographer is a HUGE decision. It's so important that we like each other and get along! I’ve got a personality that isn’t for everyone and that’s ok! I’d rather you know that ahead of time than figure it out halfway through the planning process or even worse your wedding day. I want you to feel comfortable and confident that you're making the right decision. Before booking, I would love to have a phone call or video chat so we can get to know each other and talk about details! Due to the high volume of inquiries I receive + the new role as a mom, I don’t typically meet in-person before booking anymore. This was a super hard decision to make, but it is best for me in this season of life and I supper appreciate the consideration if that is a deal-breaker for you.  

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

Ohhhh I love this one! I feel like my style is constantly evolving (as I get more time behind the camera and editing + investing in my education) BUT also because every single couple brings out something different in me. I'm not the photographer who shoots and edits everything the same way, and my biggest philosophy and objective is to shoot and edit in a way that looks and feels what the day looked and felt like! But if I had to put myself in a box I’m for sure in the light + airy/pops of color arena. I get to know my couples so I can bring out their personalities, attitudes, and deep love for one another. I’d like to think my imagery provokes happiness and vibrancy with a unique approach of blending candid documentary storytelling and high-energy direction. Because the most important thing to me is that you have FUN, rad images come from creating space for you to have the time of your life!

DO YOU TRAVEL?

I now take on a limited amount of travel a year, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're getting married outside of Las Vegas. Additional travel fees apply to all weddings that require me to fly to the location or stay overnight. 

ARE YOU INSURED?

Yup. I can provide all the proper certs to your venue if needed. I also carry the proper licenses in all the cities + state.

WHAT DO WE DO IF WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR DATE?

I keep things simple and easy! Especially in the age of Covid-19 (everyone’s least favorite c-word!), I am more flexible than ever so we can continue to work together even if you have to change your date. As long as I’m available for your new date, no worries! We just sign a new contract and you are good to go for the new date. All of the what-ifs to this scenario are covered in your contract as well!

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"Karissa is amazing! I can't even remember how I came across her website, but I reached out to her last fall in preparation for my March 2019 wedding. We immediately bonded over California and wine. I loved her light and airy style of photography and her kitschy personality. It was hard planning a wedding across the country and not being able to meet all of my vendors in person before the big day, but Karissa felt like a long lost friend and I booked her services pretty quickly. We kept in contact over the months between and she was so patient with me, answering my million questions and updating our contract with last minute changes. The day before the wedding, we finally got to meet at the venue. I knew right away I made the right choice. She was so sweet but very take-care-of-business, which I loved. On the day of, she brought an assistant, Olivia, and they both were such a pleasure to work with. We were concerned about the timeline, but because of how on top of it they were, we actually had some extra time. They really helped keep everything in line and made sure to capture every moment, from multiple angles. Not only that, but Karissa was consistently checking in with me, seeing if I needed anything and always made sure I had a drink and water in hand (totally outside of her responsibilities as a photographer but so appreciated from a bride’s perspective)! Karissa sent over ~10 high-quality photos within 48 hours of the wedding to make sure I had a sneak peek. It was so neat to be on our honeymoon and receive those! The blog was up within 10 days, and the full album in under 3 weeks! Not only was the album available in less time than promised, but she also delivered over 600 quality photos! My husband and I were thrilled with Karissa's services. Anyone looking for a wedding photographer in the Las Vegas area should not hesitate a second when considering Karissa Russ & Co. :)"

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"Karissa was a gem to work with from the beginning to the end! We are from Ottawa, Canada so it was very stressful to find a photographer in Vegas because we couldnt meet them before our big day. We reached out to Karissa and right away, she made us feel comfortable! We met her 5 minutes before our wedding began but it felt like we knew her for a long time already! She made us feel so comfortable during our shoot (specially my husband who hatesss taking pictures)! We were laughing and actually having fun! And that reflected in our pictures! Karissa was able to capture us so perfectly! We are beyond happy to have picked her to be our photographer!!"

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"Karissa was extremely communicative, on time, and easy to work with. She was incredible during our photos, and knows how to keep the energy high. She’s knows the right things to say to keep you smiling, and has a ton of input on how to pose, and position yourself to get some incredible photos. Karissa could not of been a better photographer and is an all around great person to deal with. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

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