Q: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY PORTRAIT SHOOT?
A: We can put together a shoot in a hurry if we need to, but I always prefer/recommend booking at least six weeks in advance if possible. This gives us plenty of time to make sure you have all the wardrobe pieces you need, for you to schedule any beauty appointments you may want as prep, and for me to design special little extras for your shoot. But if you’re on a tight schedule, still inquire! We most likely can figure it out.
Q: HOW MUCH DO CLIENTS USUALLY SPEND ON THEIR PORTRAITS?
A: The amount you spend is totally up to you, and you’ll find in your portrait reveal meeting that I am the least pushy sales person ever. It’s just not my thing to pressure anyone to spend more money than they’re comfortable with. That said, most clients spend around $2200 total on their session fee and finished portraits. My session fee is $375 (this includes professionally styled hair + makeup, a consultation to design your shoot, wardrobe guidance, access to my studio wardrobe and a three hour photoshoot). The portraits themselves start at $200 each. Collections with multiple images start at $1400 for eight images and go up to $2200+. (*Please note that due to the nature of the product, once prints/digital files of chosen images have been delivered, all money paid is non refundable.)
Q: DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
A: Yes! I know these sessions can be a big investment, and I’m happy to divide your total into 4 monthly payments. However, no files or other products will be delivered until payment has been received in full. (Session fee of $375 must be paid on or before the shoot date, no payment plans for this.)
Q: I DON’T LOOK LIKE A MODEL. IN FACT, I STRONGLY DISLIKE MY (CELLULITE, TUMMY, FILL IN THE BLANK) AND AM WORRIED IT WILL RUIN MY PICTURES. IS THERE A WAY AROUND THIS?
A: You absolutely do NOT need to look like a model, and we can work around anything about your appearance that you’re uncomfortable with. If you have something specific that you’re self conscious about, (as well as anything about your body that you LOVE and want to focus on!) let’s chat about it in our meeting or before your session gets started so I can be aware of it as I shoot.
Q: DO YOU RETOUCH ALL THE PORTRAITS?
A: All photos that you see in your reveal will retouched to address blemishes, deep lines (unless you request otherwise), etc. I don’t generally erase scars, moles or tattoos unless requested, and do minimal in the way of “nips and tucks” as most of that is addressed in using flattering poses. So yes, they are retouched, but will still look like you.
Q: HOW MANY PICTURES WILL I HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM?
A: For solo sessions, I generally show 30 retouched portraits. For mom + child or sister sessions, usually more like 40.
Q: DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO HOLD MY SESSION DATE?
A: Yes. Once you're ready to book your date, I'll send over a client agreement form and your session fee of $375 will be due at that time.
Q: HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I PLAN ON SPENDING AT THE STUDIO? AND DO YOU HAVE WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS?
A: Sessions usually last 4-5 hours including hair + makeup styling. I prefer week dates if possible but if weekends are best for you we can make it happen!
Q: HOW MANY OUTFITS SHOULD I BRING TO MY SHOOT? DO YOU PROVIDE ANY WARDROBE OR STYLING ADVICE?
A: I recommend bringing 5-6 outfits to your shoot. When we have our pre-shoot meeting, I will guide you through which styles/textures/colors photograph well and what sort of variety to be looking for as you gather your wardrobe pieces. I can put together an inspiration board with some ideas if you’re not usually a fan of shopping. I also have some clothing available at the studio, and a TON of fabric that I often use to create “dresses” on the spot. And if you like a little (or BIG) tulle, floral or feather embellishment, I’ve got ya covered! Styling and gathering wardrobe for shoots is one of my MOST favorite parts of the process, so I am here to weigh in and help as much as you need.
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I DON’T LIKE MY HAIR AND MAKEUP AFTER THE STYLIST FINISHES?
A: Please, PLEASE let us know right away if you don’t love your hair or makeup! No feelings will be hurt, your makeup artist and I both want you to love how you look. So speak up and we’ll fix it! It’s imperative for both the end result of your pictures as well as your confidence during the shoot that you’re happy with your styling.
Q: WHEN AND HOW WILL I GET TO SEE MY FINISHED PICTURES?
A: It generally takes me about 3 weeks to retouch and prepare your images for viewing. Once they're ready, I'll be in touch with a slideshow presentation for you to see your pictures and select which portrait collection you'd like to purchase. all collections come with a select amount of high resolution digitals as well as a print credit to our online shop so you can beautifully display your art.
Q: I’M NOT PHOTOGENIC AND AM SUPER AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. SHOULD I NOT EVEN BOTHER DOING THIS OR CAN YOU HELP?
A: First of all, there is no such thing as unphotogenic! There ARE bad poses, unflattering angles, and tense faces. I can and will help with all of that and more. I will guide you through the posing of every shot we take, so there won’t be any moments of “what should I do with my hands/legs/face!?”
Q: DO YOU DO BOUDOIR SESSIONS?
A: Sure! I will say that if you’re looking for super sexual images, I’m not your gal. My "boudoir" style is really more about showcasing the body as art (think renaissance paintings) and empowering women to embrace and celebrate their physical selves. Like all of my sessions, these portraits are about and for *you,* not anyone else.
Q: DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH MEN/BABIES/FAMILIES?
A: short answer: I AM *NOT* A NEWBORN OR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FOR YOUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD, THIS PROBABLY ISN'T THE SHOOT FOR THAT. That said, My primary focus is on women of all ages and if they would like to be photographed with their partners and children, I am honored to include them in the shoot. I especially LOVE to photograph generations of women together (grandma, mom, granddaughter), sisters and best friends. And mamas with their babes!
Q: CAN I BRING SOMEONE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH ME?
A: Yes! See above! We can also do two shoots at the same time if you want to make it a girls day out with a friend, mom or sis.
Q: IF I DO A PHOTOSHOOT WITH A FRIEND, CAN WE SHARE/SPLIT A portrait COLLECTION?
A: no - each adult photographed will be given their own slideshow and purchasing gallery.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO DO A SHOOT WITH A BUNCH OF MY GIRLFRIENDS? HOW WOULD THAT WORK?
A: Contact me and let’s talk! I can absolutely set this up for you, it makes for an incredibly fun day.
Q: I’M AN ASPIRING MODEL AND WOULD LOVE SOME SHOTS FOR MY PORTFOLIO. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PACKAGE FOR BUILDING A BOOK?
A: If you are signed with an agency, have them contact me and we can set up a test shoot. If you’re just starting out, I recommend booking a regular session or, if you’re on a tight budget, coming to a monthly headshot day.