General Questions


General Questions

How long have you been in business? 

I’ve officially been in business since 2010 in the Poconos, but I have done videography, photography and television production for many years prior to that. I have a background in filmmaking and live television that dates back to 2000. I have been doing photography as a hobby since I was a small child, though my first photography class was a black and white, film photography class in 1992, while I was a junior in high school. After some time in the military, I went back to college and studied television production, documentary filmmaking and photography. I later went on to get my Masters Degree in Education as well. I have 4 college degrees.

How many weddings have you photographed?

I could look up the exact number, but if I had to guess, I’d say somewhere in the ballpark of about 200.

Do you only shoot weddings?

Nope. I shoot pretty much all events including Quinceaneras, Bah/Bat Mitzvahs, & Corporate Events. I also shoot Headshots, Athletic Teams, Individual Portraits, Family Portraits & Product Photography. I don’t shoot Newborns or Boudoir anymore, but I have photographers on my team who do and will happily send along names for you.

Do you provide partial day coverage?

Yes, Absolutely. We will happily customize a quote for you with your preferred duration of time.

Do you deliver every image you shoot?  

No. I carefully cull through the images and delete any duplicate images,test shots, missed focused shots and other images that do not reflect my best work.

Have you shot at my venue before?

I have shot at a lot of venues, so there is a good chance that I have. However, if I have not, I will get to the venue early on the day of your wedding so I can get a good understanding of the grounds and the layout. You can see some galleries from some of the venues we have worked at HERE.

Which photographer will be shooting my wedding?

If I (Jill) am booked already or if you request to use an associate photographer for the purposes of getting a discounted rate, you may request a specific photographer from my TEAM if you would like. If you have no preference, I’ll make the decision based on personality, availability, and referrals.

Do you also provide videography services?

Yes. I have several videographers who each have their own unique style and options for you to choose from. You can contact me HERE for a customized quote.

Do you shoot destination weddings?

While Smile Peace Love Creative is based out of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, I serve clients all around the world. My destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations. Check out our destination wedding FAQs HERE.


Style Questions

Style Questions

What is your BUSINESS philosophy?

Our philosophy is as follows:

Above all else we are storytellers. We strive to capture moments, emotions and interactions with whimsy. We embrace creativity, light, and life’s adventurous nature. We can’t help but deliver customer service you’ll feel compelled to tell everyone about. We promise to be committed to making your experience a positive one. We strive for technical perfection in every image. We promise to be prepared for unusual lighting situations and environments. We agree to be flexible with time constraints. As a team of photographers, we invest in each other through support, compassion, and love. We create a judgement free, family environment focused on the betterment of each other. We are a passionate group of creatives that believe success lies at the intersection of talent & hard work. We embrace new challenges. We humbly seek out learning opportunities and continue to grow. We set the standard everyone aspires to be, through example.

What is your photography style?

We specialize in lifestyle portraiture mixed with traditional wedding photography and provide an array of images that are a lovely mix of candids, stylized editorial shots, detail shots and classic formal portraiture. We love using creative lighting, unique perspectives, angles, compositions and artistic post-production to bring out our client’s personalities and emotions while telling their story. We pride ourselves on not just being photographers, but rather artists creating unique and expressive imagery. I strongly strongly in preserving all of the details of your wedding; from your cake to your shoes. My images of the guests at the wedding are almost 100% journalistic (candid).

Can I see a full event from start to finish?

Of course you may! We understand all photographers post their best shots from each wedding on their websites so it’s hard to determine how well he or she will perform on the wedding day. We encourage all of our potential clients to view full events. Just ask and we'll send along a link.


Insurance Questions

Insurance Questions

Do you have liability insurance?


Yes. Many venues require the photographer to have Liability Insurance. We are fully insured and can provide documentation to your venue if requested. If your venue requests documentation, I do ask that you give me as much advanced notice as possible, so that I have time to reach out to my insurance company and they have time to process the request.


Meeting Questions

Meeting Questions

We live out-of-town, is it possible for our family/friends to meet with you instead?

We’d love to meet your relatives, answer their questions and review our work with them. If possible, we’d like to at least video chat with you to get to know you better.

We’re very busy and won’t be able to meet. Are there any other options?

We would love to meet with you prior to our engagement shoot or wedding; however, if you’re too busy or too far away, we can handle everything remotely. Just let us know what information you need and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For example, if you would like to see more of our work, we can gladly show you complete events online. If you would like to talk about packages and get a sense of the photographer’s personality, telephone calls, and video chat appointments can be arranged.

How do I set up an appointment to meet you in person and see some of your work?

Contact with our studio manager by clicking HERE


Payment and Tax Questions

Payment and Tax Questions

What is your payment schedule?


A 25% booking fee/retainer and a signed contract is due to reserve your date. The remaining balance is then split up into monthly payments, with the balance being paid in full 2 months prior to the event. Everything is handled electronically through a business management program I use called Honeybook. I like to make things as easy as possible for you!

Can we pay you part of the amount after the wedding?

Payment for overtime, album upgrades, or additional products beyond your wedding day contract, can be paid for after the wedding, however your contracted payments are expected to be paid in full 2 months prior to the event. If you have concerns about your payment schedule, just send me a message so we can chat about them!

If I need to cancel my wedding, is the retainer refundable?

Unfortunately no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. The retainer fee and all monies paid are non-refundable. The retainer guarantees that I'll hold the date exclusively for you and once you've signed the contract I turn down all other inquiries and commissions for that date.    

When should we book you for our wedding?

ASAP. Since I don't "hold" dates, you are not are booked until the retainer is paid and my dates tend to book up fast. Most of my clients contract me within a year of the wedding date, sometimes as far out as 2 years in advance.

If we're running late, will you stay later than you were scheduled?

Absolutely! I do have an overtime rate and it goes into effect only with your permission and approval that I continue coverage. I'll bill you for those hours after you return from your honeymoon.

If we change our wedding to a different date, will we be able to use our retainer fee towards a future date?

Generally no, but this is taken on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and our availability is taken into account. Also, if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply.

Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session and/or wedding day shoot(s)?

All travel expenses are based on the distance between your event location(s). All destinations beyond 100 miles round-trip will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Why do you charge travel fees?

The primary purpose is to provide adequate compensation for our photographers and our lighting assistants for the additional time spent in travel. This is time for which we have to compensate our team. For this reason, coupled with the costs of reimbursing the team for the actual costs of travel, these fees are necessary. 

If I pay for my package in cash will we be able to avoid paying sales tax or receive a discount?

Unfortunately, collecting in cash does not exempt a photography studio from paying sales tax.


Technical Questions

Technical Questions

Do you shoot in JPEG or RAW?

I shoot in RAW format.

What files type will I receive? Do you provide the unedited RAW files as well?

The files that are delivered to you are high resolution, fully edited, final JPEG files. I do not include the unedited RAW files for viewing or for purchase. The RAW file is a draft, much in the same way the film negative is not the final image. If you saw the RAW file, you might think something was wrong. If you know what RAW files are, then you understand the difference in appearance between them and their JPEG counterparts. The RAW file is basically a digital negative and it will take expensive software and expertise in order to do anything with them, even view them. 

I keep my RAWs close, and I imagine others do, too. Releasing them to others is akin to a novelist releasing a draft well before it’s ready.  Think of it like buying a novel or a painting… you don’t get the author’s rough drafts or the painter’s sketches when you buy the finished product. 

For better or for worse, I can’t trust that you’ll edit my RAW files in a way that accurately represents who I am as a photographer and my artistic style. RAW files are the result of what I saw in the moment, and what you see in the final delivery is the gallery of images you hired me to make. Editing is a large part of what makes a photographer successful.

Can I have or see all of the unedited photos you took at our wedding?

Unfortunately no. We frequently shoot in excess of what is needed. We like to have multiple versions of the same image, in the event we miss the focus in one shot. We like to play with focus, light, and composition for each image and determine the best version later in the computer. We also get rid of unflattering shots. These shots are deleted throughout the culling and editing process. 

How many photos will I get?

The number of photos varies based on the duration of time shooting, the details of the event and the willingness of the guests to be photographed. Typically we average about 75 images per hour. If you have questions about image quantity, I'd love to hear more about your plans! This would help me provide you with a more detailed explanation and estimate.

Can we have more images?

The galleries of images you’ll receive depend greatly on many different variables. The length of the day, amount of coverage, number of events covered in a day, willingness and cooperation of guests etc. Every wedding is different which is why each will result in a differing number of final images. If you're concerned about the coverage, you can always add on a second photographer!

What kind of equipment do you use?

I use top of the line professional Nikon equipment and extensive backups. 

Are there travel fees associated with the engagement session and/or wedding day shoot(s)?

All travel expenses are based on the distance between your event location(s). All destinations beyond 100 miles round-trip will be negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis.

My venue is very dark. How DO you handle these kinds of situations?

We have shot in the darkest of dark chapels and reception halls so no need to worry! If the situation allows, we will set up additional lighting to ensure we get focused pictures. Some chapels do not allow for flash photography; and for that reason, we shoot with cameras that have low-light capabilities and lenses with low apertures.


Post Production Questions

Post Production Questions

Do you edit all of our photographs?

Yes, I do! Every image that you receive has been hand-edited, one at a time. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique signature style. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, clarity adjustments and other corrections. We do more complex retouching on a case by case basis. In the event the request is time consuming or difficult, a fee will be required.


Download and Legal Questions

Download and Legal Questions

What rights do I have to the digital prints?

You have the right to reprint images whenever you want. However, you may not sell your images     for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Jill Nobles.

What if I lose my images?

There is a $50 replacement charge for additional downloads after the event has been archived. We strongly suggest you make at least one copy of the download when you receive it from us.

Do you provide digital files after the shoot?

Yes we do. All of our packages come with high resolution digial images. The method of delivery depends on the quantity of images. I do retain the copyright to the images and the right to use them for promotional purposes, competition, professional review, and so on. If you need, I'm glad to provide you with a written release that will allow you to make unlimited personal reproductions and copies for your friends and families.

Are our digital files watermarked?

They are not; The high resolution files do not have any watermarks. Typically files shared on social media are watermarked with our website address.

Do we get the copyright of the images?


Album and Print Questions

Album and Print Questions

How long will it take to get my prints?

Product times can vary, however, print orders will generally be completed within 3-4 weeks after the product order is submitted. Similar to the post-production process, if you require rush processing, a fee of $250.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.

How long does it take to get my album?

As with our other products, production times vary. However, you can typically expect to receive your album 6 weeks after revisions have been completed and the order has been placed. The process prior to placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the amount of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two; others take over a year. Similar to the post-production process, if you require rush processing, a fee of $250.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.

How many pages and images do we get in our wedding day album?

Our signature album contains 20 pages and 50+/- images. If you’d like to add more pages and images, each additional page can be added at additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.

Can I add more pages and images to my album?

Each additional page can be added for additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.

How do I get started on my wedding album?

The Wedding Album Design Process is outlined below:

    Album Design Steps

  1. Album Order Form – Please fill out the form by clicking HERE
  2. Initial Design –  Initially we choose the images from our favorites, based on your preferences in the order form.  Once the images are selected we design the first draft of your album and send you a link where you can review it.
  3. 1st Revision – When you receive your first draft, please review it. You are free to make image and layout change reccommendations. To communicate your changes, you can just email us.
  4. 2nd Revision – After the initial changes are communicated, we will redesign the album and send a second draft. You are then free to make another round of changes.
  5. Bindery Process – After these revisions are made and you have approved the album, it is sent to the bindery to be made. You’ll be given email updates as the process progresses and will be notified once it has shipped. It will ship to my studio for review and then be mailed to you. If you find anything wrong with it or any sort of physical flaws, please notify us immediately.

Engagement Questions

Engagement Questions

Do you offer engagement sessions?

Yes, I do! I adore engagement sessions! The sessions are generally shot 90 minutes before sunset on Sunday evenings if not local. If local to the Poconos, weeknight shoots are available.

When can we expect to see our photos from our engagement session?

Post production for engagement sessions are typically completed within 2-3 weeks after the date of the shoot.

When should we do our engagement session?

We encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest we suggest is     at least ten weeks prior to the wedding date due to the time necessary to for post production product orders.

How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session?

We typically deliver anywhere from 50-70 images per 1-hour engagement shoot. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the shoot and the location(s).

What should we wear or bring to our engagement or portrait session?

Whatever you do, please don’t wear matching white shirts and stone-washed jeans. Wear something awesome. Go buy a new outfit you feel comfortable in. We let you have an outfit change during our session, so if you have multiple outfits, no problem.


Wedding Questions

Wedding Questions

How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photos?

Take a look at our Ideal Wedding Photography Timeline to see a detailed breakdown of our reccommendations although we can typically adapt to any schedule (within reason).

I have downtime between events on my wedding day. Will I be charged for that downtime?

For a variety of reasons, we have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is, we’re never truly resting during the day, whether we’re backing up images, setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of unforeseen wedding day delays.

What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?

We understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. We never pack up before     the contracted time, and moreover we’re not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, we will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like us to stay, we will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment.

Do you take posed family photos?

Absolutely. I strongly believe in those family images, as they're records of your entire family at an important time in their history together. A few weeks before your wedding I'll send you a questionnaire covering the details of the day and among the other questions is a list of posed images - these are the family groupings that I traditionally photograph at each wedding I cover. You'll have space to write in your own additional groupings. Please bear in mind that the hallmark of my coverage is journalistic and real-time, so a very long list of posed images will hinder my ability to cover the event in a documentary manner.

We want to take pictures in a super cool location on our wedding day.  Do you know if we need a permit?

I would love to help you with this, but the answer is that I'm not sure. If you're getting married on-site, the chances that you'll need a permit are very small. If you're leaving your venue and going somewhere else, a permit might be required. There are many places that do require you to get a permit (Philadelphia comes to mind), but the permit has to be obtained by the client, not the photographer. If you have a question about a location, just let me know and I will help you figure out if a permit is needed. If we try to shoot in a location that requires a permit, and we don't have one, we'll be asked to leave. I don't want that to happen to us!

Do we need to feed you at the reception?

It would be really kind if you did, but it's not a contracted requirement. Feeding us ensures I stay cheerful, mobile, and that I don't faint from starvation, or end up eating a stale protein bar that's been in my camera bag since 2002. I prefer to be fed when you are fed, not afterwards, because when you're eating you're not at your most photogenic. And when you're done, I want to be done as well to continue your coverage.

Can our family and friends take pictures with their cameras?

Of course they can and it doesn't bother me in the least bit! I do request they not swarm the family photographs right away because I'd prefer all eyes facing me in your images, but I don't mind at all if they snap away from the background. I don't allow family or friends to come along for the bridal images or the images of you two alone for privacy purposes and because, frankly, other people can be distracting! I welcome other cameras during dancing, cake cutting, and other events just ask politely if people could please not push me out of the way and respect my presence.