What Kind of Photography Do I Do?
To be honest, a lot of different types. I thrive on variety and shoot a number of subjects whether it’s showcasing strength through fitness or moments of joy as you celebrate life’s milestones. Shooting a variety of subjects has strengthened my craft. Capturing a lot of movement with athletes and events has translated to my work with families (please tell me of a two-year-old that wants to sit still). I edit to reflect the scenario, environment as well as emotion I am trying to capture for the subject, that is to say, my newborn work is pretty different from my fitness work. Don’t see it on my site? Shoot me a note, I’d be happy to share sample work.
So You Want to Work With Me?
Awesome: I am honored every darn time. When shooting with me, I want to get to know you and have fun. I know it’s a privilege to be let into your life. There is a significant intimacy that comes with portrait sessions and I’d love to be part of whatever you’re trying to create or capture.
Meet-Cute: I often ask clients to meet for coffee/juice/tea or a Skype call to make sure you feel comfortable with me and ensure that I am delivering on your vision. I want you to look and feel amazing during our time together. You’ll look your best when you trust me so aside from knowing what my camera settings need to be for wherever we shoot, I need to be your trusted ally as quickly as possible which leads us to…
Other Stuff People Ask Me
How long are your regular sessions?
Great question, glad you asked. Honestly, they vary. Headshots with an adult (usually) take less time than a family portrait session. That said, I usually allot between 45 minutes to 90 minutes for most of my shoots with the exception of newborns and certain events. For my small business clients, I develop a custom content plan and timeline. Depending on what it is that we’re trying to capture, I’ll make a recommendation and we can go from there.
Weather & Rescheduling (What if it rains?)
I cannot control the weather with my mind. Can you? Be my friend. But in all seriousness, if we planned to shoot outside, I’ve likely also asked you for a rain date. But if we have a scheduled shoot together, please respect both of our time and block your schedule accordingly. At this time, I’m not charging rescheduling fees however I’ll reserve the right to update this policy in the future.
Why don’t I get my photos immediately?
I remember before I turned this into my career, I asked this exact same question. It doesn’t make any sense right? The photos are recorded on your camera…give them to me! A little BTS info, we photographers spend our time with you hustling to get the shot and then we spend time behind our computers in a suite of editing programs making sure we give you a finished product. And like it or not, after the marketing of our work, corresponding with you, taking the time to research and set up a shoot, this is where the majority of our time goes.
Each shoot needs a little breathing room, much like the first draft, normal turnaround time is between four to six weeks. I’ll always try to turn around your images more quickly if possible. $100 rush fees are included in all shoots requiring a 48 hour turnaround.
Do you do mini sessions for individuals?
Yes, but usually only if we’ve worked together before. That’s because depending on how often you’re photographed, it can take some time to warm up in front of the camera. I get it. Taking photos solo definitely feels different than a family portrait session. Consider if you want a mini shoot but then spend the entire time “warming up” or changing outfits…I think you get it.
So how long do you need? Every shoot has an arc, it can start out slow, crest up and then you’ll know and I’ll know, we’re done. Trust me, taking the time to plan a portrait session and what you envision is valuable for both of us and making sure you get the images you want. I’ll figure out when we need to change things up, when we’ve got the shot, when to redirect your attention, give you a break or simply be your hype woman. Turns out, I am pretty good at that.
Why do we need to edit?
If we had the perfect environment i.e. lighting, no specific look we’re trying to create, nothing that needs to be edited out, etc. then I wouldn’t need to edit, but often when we’re out in the wild (i.e. anywhere we shoot that’s not a studio) there are so many things we can’t control and will spend time editing in post-production. This is time that I am working on your photos that you don’t see and is built into the overall cost of our shoot.