Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

I am located in the New River Valley -- Hokie country to be exact!  Though my heart can’t get enough of these sleepy mountain towns and vineyards I can’t wait to explore and travel for a new adventure!

When and how do I book you for my special day?!

Well first off… THANK YOU!  I would be honored to be apart of your wedding day or special occasion.  As a photographer there  are few honors or invitations as great as being invited into the sacred moments of your life.  To officially “book” your wedding day we just have to complete a contract and pay a deposit.  It’s best to book 9-12 months in advance!

How would you describe your style?

I’ve been told my style of photography is somehow both authentic documentary but also  whimsical and dreamy.   I like to believe photography is a medium that can capture the in-betweens of life.  We live somewhere between the here and the sacred.  That photo of your grandmother holding your hands is more than just a candid moment… that moment captures two souls intertwined together.  That photo of your groom grinning from ear to ear captures his heart and soul beaming for yours.   My heart and passion for wedding photography is to capture those moments, that perhaps for just a second allow us to catch a glimpse of more than we can see.  My heart is for the people of your wedding day - after you’ve dried your flowers and scrapbooked your invitations -- it is the people surrounding you in love that will forever be with you.  They are the ones who will walk you through life and be there for you during your marriage.  That’s my heart and that’s what directs my style.

What should I expect to invest in your services?

Kristie Lea Photography Bride & Grooms typically spend between $2,500 - $3,200 on their wedding collection.  Wedding packages include 8 hours of wedding day coverage, edited high res images, print rights and complimentary engagement session.  A la cart options include - family heirloom albums - leather & linen, bridal session etc.

How many images will I receive?

Each wedding day is different but typically you’ll receive between 70-100 images per hour of coverage.

What's the Difference between a 2nd Shooter and Assistant?

I attend each wedding with an assistant.  My assistant is there to help carry lighting, gear and generally to help me focus on capturing your wedding day story.  An assistant may be an aspiring photographer coming along to experience a wedding and to snap a few images here and there.  A 2nd Shooter is an assistant with a more advanced level of skill and photography talent.  A 2nd shooter would provide an additional point of view for your wedding day.

How will I receive my images?

Your images will come to you via an online gallery.  Your images will remain in online storage for 10 years.  You’ll be able to download, share and print your images from this gallery.  You’ll have the chance to look through your images for years to come on any computer or smart device… though I hope you’ll allow your photos to truly come alive in a Family Heirloom Wedding Album!

Where should I print my images?

Your images are yours so I hope you’ll print them to your hearts content!  Don’t allow your photos to live in digital obscurity… but also do yourself a favor and avoid most 1 hour print labs!  Target, CVS, Walmart are just looking to sabotage and turn you orange on your wedding day.  Professional quality prints can be ordered through your online gallery but I can also recommend several other companies for printing your images!

Where will you be during the wedding day?

Where will I not be!? I’ll be with you during your getting ready moments, I’ll be there in the corners watching as the women in your life help you into your dress and straighten your veil. I’ll check in with your future hubby while he puts on his tie or takes one last look in the mirror.  I’ll be there on the dance floor catching your crazy uncle's dance moves and catching your maid of honor trying to read her speech through her tears.  As your wedding photographer I’m everywhere during your wedding day but hopefully  I’m also nowhere to be found.  I approach each wedding day with gentleness and an unobtrusiveness.  I’ll step in when I’m needed- during family formals or directing you for portrait sessions- but other than that I’ll be watching your day unfold and capturing all the love that you’ve created together.