Information - Cactus & Coast Photography

How do you work? What's your style?

Our style is completely photojournalistic. Think of us as your own personal paparazzi for the day! We strive to capture raw emotion that tells a story  and preserves an experienceno matter if it's  your wedding or you at home with your loved ones. We want to see the real you - how you are with each other when the camera is not around. Before we take your photos, we want to know you. What excites the both of you? What is your style, uniqueness, favorite things to do? We don't just take photos of people, we tell their story.  


Is your style for everyone?

Nope, and that's okay.

We are not cheesy, posey, photographers. We get you in your natural behaviors and elements.

Our goal is to go into this as acquaintances and come out as friends. We are going to get super personal and in your bubble to make the most of this time in your life and get the best, most genuine shots. That being said, we will do our best to make you feel 100% comfortable in front of the camera. So, if you're up for an adventure and not afraid to get a little awkward, crazy and possibly even dirty (yes, we like to roll around in the grass, mud, and play in the rain), then we'd love to work with you! 


What inspires you?

New locations, traveling, mushy-gushy couples, the rain, cozy coffee shops, pillow fights, sunsets, water, oh my gosh so much! 


Do you guys Travel?

HECK! YES! We love to travel! We are based out of McKinney, TX, about 30 mins north of Dallas. Services are customizable for destination weddings outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Please see our Travel page for upcoming destinations! Additional travel fee will apply to any sessions over 30 miles from McKinney. 


Are you just wedding photographers? 

Definitely not. While our main focus is in the wedding industry and with couples, we also offer a range of other sessions including families, seniors, maternity, newborn, boudoir, etc. 


Should we do an engagement session?

Oh my yes! Hands down! Absolutely! An engagement session is the best way for all of us to get to know one another. We get a feel for how you two interact as a couple - what works best for you, etc. It's also a chance for you to see how we work in our zone. Just a heads up - Shelby is super awkward (ask any of our past clients, haha) and will probably make you do things that don't make sense, but don't worry, it looks bomb in photos. 


What do we wear to our session?  

Wear what speaks to you. Everyone has their own style, we want to see your personality and creativity. The most important thing to do is make sure you are comfortable! Wearing a new pair of heels into an open field is probably not going to turn out that well - trust us. 

We recommend avoiding green colors when doing outside sessions. A mix of colors with pop and shoot great. Try not to be super matchy-matchy. Choose outfits that compliment one another. 


Where will we go?

Location, location, location. We will ask you first about any spots that are special to you guys, or what "look" you are going for. From there we will recommend a few places. 


What are your rates? 

Our wedding day coverage starts at $2500 (plus local sales taxfor 8 hours. Please contact us for details and other options for your big day! 

Planning a destination wedding? We customize specifically to what you want need! Hit us up!

Eloping? Yes! Same thing! Holler at us, we'll do something awesome for you. 


How many photos do we get?

It honestly depends. We do not set a limit on photos because every shoot and every wedding  is unique. Photos can range from 75+ for standard sessions. Weddings will vary more based on length of the day, getting ready, family group shots, if you're doing an exit, etc. Typically 8 hours of service will be in the range  600-1200  photos. 


How long does it take?

Regular sessions can take up to 3 weeks. 

Weddings take anywhere from 8-12 weeks. We pride ourselves in culminating a beautiful collection that you will cherish for the rest of your lives. We individually edit every single photo that you get, so yes, it takes time. 


Speaking of editing, how do you edit? Do you photoshop? 

Well... what do you mean by photoshop? We will never alter your body or the way you look. 

Our editing is with cropping, lighting, contrast, colors, and tones. Any adjustments we make to you yourselves will be fixing blemishes or smoothing skin. Trust us, we will make you look amazing, but we don't want to change who you are! You are beautiful and perfect! 


How are our photos delivered?

Clients will receive photos through a private, password protected gallery. They are locked for your privacy. Once you receive them, they are yours. You can download, share, and print. We do recommend preferred printers for best quality printing. 

Weddings will receive an online gallery and USB flash drive upon final delivery.  

All clients receive a print release. 


We want to book you! How do we get started? 

We work on a first come, first serve basis. Please shoot us an email and will check our calendar for availability. The date must be secured with a 50% deposit for weddings.

We will also send you an online contract and release form for all of our records. 

All other sessions must be paid in full before the date of service. 


What types of payment can we use?

We accept cash, check, or card.

*8.25 tax rate will apply. 

Can We Meet?

We definitely want to  meet you! This is a MUST if we are going to be shooting your wedding. If you are out of town or state, we will definitely set up a Skype date. 

When you book with us, we will schedule a consultation to discuss details about your big day and then go over the contract as well. 


What Equipment do you guys carry? Do you have backups? 

We both shoot with Cannot Mark IVs and have a variety of lenses. 

For dark venues and receptions, we bring flashes. 

We ALWAYS bring backup gear, batteries, and cards. 


Do you have insurance?

Some venues ask for vendor insurance. Yes, we have it! Let us know if you venue needs it and we'll send it over. 


Do you offer videography?

No, we don't. But we can definitely recommend some amazing people for you! 


Do you offer albums?

We are now offering albums! And they are gorgeous! Let us know if this is something you'd be interested in. 


Will you cry at our wedding?

Probably.... definitely... okay, yes. You are not just clients to us, you become our friends, and we are so deeply honored that you have chosen us to document this beautiful moment in your lives. We can't wait to celebrate with you! 


If we can answer any further questions, please holler at us! 








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