Q. How would you describe your style?
A. I am very unobtrusive and consider myself a documentary style photographer…I try to capture moments and details so you remember that day for years to come.
Q. Where are the portraits taken?
A. It depends on the portrait. For newborns I recommend my home, where I know the lighting is perfect for little people! For children and families, I recommend a special location such as a park, urban area or the client’s backyard.
Q. How should I dress?
A. I like to keep things natural so I suggest something casual. Don’t worry about your child’s hair! The goal is to show a kid being a kid! Don’t try to be too “matchy matchy:, but do try to tie in a common theme, such as mom wearing a scarf that is in a similar tonal range as dad’s shirt or daughter’s skirt.
Q. How does the pricing work?
A. I ask for $50 at booking. The balance is due on the day of the shoot. This deposit is non-refundable. Within two weeks of the shoot, I will send you a link to an online slideshow and we will have a viewing session, where you can pick your favorites and order.
Q. What’s a typical session like?
A. For newborns, allow 2 to 3 hours. This allows for lots of soothing and feeding to keep baby asleep for those gorgeous, sleepy shots. Don’t stress if it’s taking a while to get baby to relax and sleep–babies can pick up their parents stress vibes! Also, have several burp cloths and wipes available!
For kiddos, I like to spend time with the little ones to get to know them a little to make them comfortable with me. I ask the parents to step back a little and let me interact with the children so I can capture their happy, playful nature! I love candid shots and try not to have too many “say cheese” shots.
For families, prepare to have fun! Throw your kids in the air, run around, don’t hesitate to get down on the ground and roll around with them. We want to capture the joy of your unique family!
Q. My mom really wants a lot of posed shots for the family…do you take those?
A. I do take the traditional posed shots, but they are limited. The goal of the day is fun, candid type shots. You will not regret these!
Q. Do you shoot digital or film?
Q. Do you retouch?
A. All of the images are color corrected and adjusted for contrast and desity and some mild retouching is done on everything. Some of the images also get special attention and some special photoshot effects.
Q. How many hours do I need?
A. It really depends on how your day unfolds. I highly recommend starting the say with an hour of “getting ready” shots. The dress, shoes and your bridesmaids/family are an integral part of the day and should not be missed. Doing the posed shots before the wedding takes a lot of the pressure off and lets you enjoy some of the candid stuff around town after the ceremony. However if you would rather not see each other before the ceremony, plan for some time between the ceremony and reception for some photos. The photographer should be at the reception for a minimum of three hours in order to capture the toasts, first dance, cake cutting and father/daughter dance. You really don’t need a photographer past about one hour of dancing.
Q. What is your deposit policy?
A. I ask for 25% of the total package at booking. The remaining balance is due on the day of the wedding. The deposit is non-refundable.
Q. When will we see our proofs?
A. Typically I have a few images on the blog within a few days. All images are posted online within two weeks. The high resolution CD is available in two weeks. Album design can begin when you wish.
Q. What if you get sick?
A. Knock on wood this has never happened. However I do have quite a network of photographer friends and collegues and we will back each other up as needed. It’s best not to think of the “what ifs” on your wedding day because it only stresses you out. Enjoy the planning and take the “what if’s” out of the equation! I do know some photographers that have been sick during a wedding and they have all agreed that once the adrenaline kicks in, you don’t remember you are sick!