Frequently Asked Questions
What can you expect?
During a photo session, you can expect to relax and HAVE FUN! When you invest in a photographer, you invest in their personality and their style. I aim to capture you with your significant other or family in a natural way, so you can feel free to interact with them as you would normally and leave the rest up to me! We will get formal shots, but I also want to capture moments that are more “real.” Some of the best images are captured when the subjects are acting and reacting naturally, not posing for the camera. Your experience will be more than just "shooting" and posed photos-- I want your personality and/or your relationships to SHINE through. [If you have certain shots in mind, please let me know so that you can have the best photography experience possible.]
Where should we shoot? What should I wear?
This is completely up to you! As an on-location, natural light photographer, I can shoot anywhere! I am always open to new ideas if there is something in particular you have in mind. Once we discuss ideas for your shoot, we can come up with the perfect location. I also always suggest to pick a classic, perhaps colorful outfit that fits your style. You'll have these pictures forever! :)
How much do you charge?
Session fees include the photographer's time, talent, equipment, and editing of all images. I charge a flat rate per hour session, which includes the finished photos delivered in an online proofing album for you to do as you like with them. You can purchase the finished digital images or order prints, and share the link with your friends and family! If this is not in your price range, I am understanding and willing to work out a simplified session to fit your needs. A well captured picture is a priceless gift to give, so please contact me to discuss! For weddings, please contact to discuss package deals and details.
What kind of camera and lens do you use?
I have a 5D Mark III and shoot with either my 50mm f/ 1.2, 35mm f/1.4, 100mm macro lens, 70-200mm/ f2.8, or 16-35mm f/2.8. I also have a 580 EX II flash, two back up flames, a tripod, and lots of back up batteries. I always bring a back up 5D Mark III with me as well.
How do I book a session with you?
Simply go to my contact form, fill out a "book session form", or email email@example.com. Either way, I will contact you with further information! Once your date is selected, the signed contract is returned and your session fee is paid, you’re all set! Make sure to book your desired date as soon as possible to reserve your spot.
What happens if I need to reschedule or there is a problem with the weather?
We will simply reschedule for the next available date!
What happens after the session?
Session editing takes 3-4 weeks, and for weddings I reserve 6-8 weeks of post-processing time. A lot of this time is securely backing up and selecting through the photos. Then they are lightly re-touched to match my style. I don't do extensive photoshop during this period. At that point, you'll get an email notifying you that your proofing site is available along with a form for a review of the services and photos, so that I can get your feedback for the future.
Am I allowed to pick the pictures I want edited or how I want them edited?
As a photographer, I retain artistic rights to which images are chosen and how they are edited. If there are specific styles you are looking for, please let me know before the session begins so that I may keep it in mind.
Why can't I see the original images?
The editing process is part of the overall creative process. Unedited images do not fully represent the work that I do. An unedited image may look entirely different than the completed product. As artists, photographers have developed processes in which we choose the images and how we edit them. We retain the artistic rights to which images are chosen and how they are edited.
Do I own the rights to my images?
You will be given a print release along with your images if you buy the digital download option. It basically does exactly what it says... it is a legal document, signed by me, releasing your images for the purposes of printing and reproduction. It basically allows you, the client, to print, use and share your images as you see fit, without having to pay an arm and a leg for a specific print package.
Why Do I Need a Print Release?
You know how some photographer’s only offer a selection of images as final prints? You might have an online gallery of hundreds, but you can only choose ten for your album to have printed by them or to download? Well, I don’t like that. I think that all of the images that I choose to edit should be yours, but I also want to protect my rights as a photographer and ensure that no-one goes pilfering my images for nefarious purposes, so I have my copyright information embedded in all of my pictures. You never have any clue it’s there, but when you go to print pictures, the lab will see it. The print release is just my way of telling them that you have my permission to print those pictures. You may never need it, but it’s there if you do!
Don’t You Print My Pictures?
I will if you want me to. I work with a professional print lab and together we can create pretty much anything your heart desires. But if you would rather go to your local kiosk or print lab, then that’s fine. It’s entirely up to you! I just suggest that you don't go to Walmart or CVS... Choose a higher end lab for your prints and you will be much happier.
So I Can Do Anything I Like With My Pictures?
Short of making money from them, pretty much… A print release gives you the right to:
-print your pictures, as many times as you want
-post your pictures on facebook, twitter, tumblr, your blog... anywhere
-share the images with friends and family
-make a calendar/mug/placemat... you name it.
The print release doesn’t cover some things though… for example:
-you can't enter photography competitions with your images
-you can't sell your images, or otherwise use them for business
So basically, that’s it!
I just ask that if you are happy with the photos, you spread the word who your photographer was! :)