Life by Selena Photography


Montreal-based wedding, portrait, and product photographer Selena Phillips-Boyle answers the most frequently asked questions to Life by Selena Photography.


Q: Why should we hire a professional?

A: Great-Uncle Jimmy may have a camera, but a professional photographer can you give you their undivided attention, not to mention their years of experience and professional equipment.


Q: What’s your most popular wedding package?

A: I most often book my Owl package: 12-hours of photography for $2400. As a point of reference, my prices start at $1500 for 5-hours of shooting with my Sparrow package.


Q: Do you still shoot weddings in Alberta?

A: I love travelling home for a wedding. My mom loves it too.


Q: Do you travel for weddings?

A: I’m always keen for an adventure! I’ve travelled for weddings in Banff, Vancouver, Washington, and small-town Saskatchewan, to name a few. All I ask is that you cover the basic cost of travel and accommodation.



Q: Where should we do my portrait/engagement session?

A: Do you have a favourite place? Are you looking for an urban vibe or to relax in nature? I can always make a suggestion, although a place that’s significant for you is best. Most people choose two locations.


Q: What if it rains?

A: If it’s raining, we can reschedule for another day. Or we can get creative and bring out the umbrellas! For weddings, I like to keep a few indoor locations up my sleeve to use as a backup plan.


Q: What should I wear?

A: The most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes you wear. We can even make time for a wardrobe change or two. If the shoot is with a couple or a group, I suggest finding complementary outfits.


Q: Should we bring props?

A: Have a favourite activity to do with your partner? Let’s photograph it! Want to plan ahead for thank-you cards? Let’s make it happen!


Q: Can we get photos with our parents, siblings, grandparents, Aunt Rosaline, my favourite teacher, and pet monkey?

A: Of course! Getting the family together is often a highlight of the wedding. If this is important to you, let’s make time in the day to get photos with everyone.


Q: Do you provide high-resolution photos? How many photos can I expect to get?

A: I provide the highest resolution jpegs, ideal for printing, as well as lower resolution files, ideal for uploads to social media. The quantity of photos I deliver always depends on how long I’m shooting for; typically you can expect about 50 photos/hour.


Q: Do you make photo books?

A: You bet! Quotes are free. Most people order an 8x12inch 30-page book, but this is subject to your personal preference.


Q: Do you have a studio?

A: I have studio access and am skilled at using studio lighting and equipment. If this is something you’d like, we can make it happen.