The Drawhorns

Answers to frequently-asked questions

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A's for common Q's to help you plan your best wedding and get to know a bit more about our process

Q: Who are you?

Hey! We're Austin and Jess, and we photograph/marry people all over Colorado (and beyond). We're vegan and love the outdoors and have an adorable dog, Cooper.  

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*Q: I'm not super comfortable in front of the camera! Or my partner isn't! What can we do? HELP!

That's totally okay! And super common. Being comfortable in front of the camera isn't something that comes naturally to most people – we're here to help! 

To date we've never shot couples or wedding photos with models – every single one of our clients are normal folks, with normal nerves and human insecurities. We're not here to pretend that this is super easy for everyone.

But we are here to support you throughout the shoot, and to provide plenty of guidance and tips to help you look your best. We've got a knack for creating a space that helps folks to relax, to have some fun, and to stay true to who they are. 

We're on your side and it's our job to nail this tricky part of a photo session.

Q: Who do you work with? 

Anyone! We strive to be inclusive of all folks, period. We don't discriminate, and we don't cherry pick clients. Love is love.

Q: Where do you work? Would you be willing to travel to X location? 

Huge YES. We're based in Denver, Colorado and we include travel along the front range in most of our packages. There are few things we enjoy more than traveling, so no matter where you are, or want to go, we're in!

Q: Are you insured? Do you have backup gear? 

Absolutely! We carry both business owners (general liability + equipment coverage) and professional liability coverage. In addition to our backup gear. We work hard to ensure that all bases are covered for the big day and we take this part seriously!

Q: Do you perform/photograph LGBTQ+ weddings? 

1000% YES.

*Q: How do I get a marriage license in Colorado?

The process is easy! We wrote a guide that'll walk you through it

Q: What's the difference between an elopement and a wedding? 

There's definitely some overlap between them, but here's how we see it:

  • An elopement is for the two of you (couple-centric) — you might choose to invite some close friends and family, but ultimately it's all about you two. Where, when and how you want to marry your partner. 
  • Weddings are generally more traditional, communal ceremonies of commitment in front of more family and friends (group-centric)
  • Intimate weddings fall somewhere in between the two

Q: Can I bring my kids? dogs? 

Totally! We absolutely believe that no matter what form your wedding takes, everyone you want there should be there. Some spots are more dog-friendly than others, and we can help with that!

Q: Your dog Cooper is TOO MUCH. I can't take it. Can he come along? 

We're right there with you, but Cooper is equal parts adorable and anxious/protective. He'll be snoozing at home. You can follow him on his hashtag though.  

Q: What kind of fitness level is needed for a mountain elopement/wedding?

We can get folks of most ability levels into the mountains for awesome photos. Many of our spots are get-out-of-the-car and you're there, others require a hike. That said, altitude sickness is very real, and something we take seriously.

Q: What's the best time of day to get married for wedding photos?

About an hour or so before sunset produces even, warm, golden-hour light that's great for backlit photos as well. Once the sun dips just below the horizon, the light's also super even and flattering, and we love shooting from golden hour into this sunset light.

This is generally our go-to time for shoots as it's easy enough on most folks' schedules. 

Earlybirds can catch beautiful light and interesting weather patterns (fog, etc) just before sunrise -- it just takes a little extra planning (and willpower?) to be up and ready to go so early. 

With overcast skies (which produce soft, flattering light), any time is the right time!

If photos are a priority, you'll want to avoid the hours of 10AM - 3PM if possible, as this is when the sun is at its highest, the light the harshest, and least flattering. Not to mention the squinting. Though if it's overcast, these times also work great!

Q: What happens if it rains on our wedding day? 

Your comfort is most important! It's always great to have a Plan B, as the weather can turn pretty quickly.

That said, we come prepared to shoot rain-or-shine and our gear is weatherized -- we'll brave it if you're game or follow you indoors! If it's storming though, that's a no-go.

We're often able to reschedule based on our availability! 

Q: What happens if I get a monster zit on our wedding day?!

Monster zits, and regular zits, always seem to happen at the least opportune times. With the nerves, potential stress, and maybe travel that go into a wedding, zits are common.

Our advice: try to put it out of your mind the best you can.

When we edit photos, removing a zit takes literally just a second or two (per photo) – and bam, you're back to looking your best. We've got you!

Q: Can you make me look X in Photoshop?

Our editing philosophy is this: we'll help you look as you do on your best day. We don't remove things like wrinkles or curves or scars.

Between our direction during a shoot to help you look your best, nailing the most flattering light possible, and removing any blemishes that pop up (see above), you're in good hands.  

Q: Can you suggest a florist/hair/makeup artist? 

Yeah! We've got an ever-growing list of awesome vendors to recommend. Just ask!

*Q: Do you have any tips for writing our wedding vows? 

Sure do! They're kinda stressful for a lot of folks. We wrote a guide that will hopefully help!

Q: How many images do you typically deliver, and how will we receive them?

We definitely have a quality-over-quality mindset. On average, you can expect 100+ killer images from a 2 hr elopement session. For 8-hr weddings, generally 350-500 gorgeous images from one photographer.  Images will be made available to download as full-resolution JPEGs for printing as well as versions optimized for sharing on social media (Facebook/Instagram). 

Q: How do you handle payment? Deposits? Rescheduling? Cancellations?

Payment: We accept PayPal, Venmo, and checks, as well as simple online payment with cards. Ask us for more details! 

Deposit: We ask all clients for a non-refundable 50% deposit of their package total upfront as a retainer to secure their date, and that the remaining 50% be paid on or before their wedding date.

Rescheduling: Stuff happens, and we're happy to apply the deposit to a rescheduled session as long as we have availability!

Cancellation: Big stuff happens, plans change! Though the deposit/retainer is non-refundable, any part of the remaining balance paid will be refunded. 

Q: This all sounds great. What's the best way to reach you? 

Awesome! Check out our handy contact form or shoot Austin an email. Can't wait to hear from you!