FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 $1750 total on their session fee and finished portraits. My session fee is $250 (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 (printed and digital copies together* ) start at $200 each. Collections with multiple images start at $1000 for six and go up to $3500+. (*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, with the first due at the reveal meeting. However, no files or other products will be delivered until payment has been received in full. (Session fee of $250 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 at 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 20 retouched portraits. For mom + child or family sessions, usually more like 30.
Q: DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT TO HOLD MY SESSION DATE?
A: No. Your session fee can be paid either when we meet to design your shoot, or on the day of the shoot itself.
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 generally don’t do weekend appointments, but if that’s the only time that fits your schedule, let’s chat and we can find a day that works.
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? WHAT IF I LIVE OUT OF TOWN?
A: It generally takes me about 3 weeks to retouch and prepare your images for viewing. Then we’ll schedule a time for you to come back to the studio to view your beautiful portraits and select which ones you’d like to purchase. If you live out of town, we’ll do our reveal meeting online.
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 or complete nudes, I’m probably not your gal. But I have done my regular style with less clothing and an emphasis on empowerment and sensuality and would love to do create some in that style with you.
Q: DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH MEN/BABIES/FAMILIES?
A: I do, but most often in the context of them as they relate to the women in their lives. 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.
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 FOLIO COLLECTION?
A: Sure, although only one set of prints and one folio box will be included. A second set can be added for 50% of the purchased collection price.
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 (see link at left).
Q: WHAT IF I DON’T WANT OR NEED PRINTS? WHY CAN’T I JUST HAVE MY DIGITAL FILES?
A: One of the parts of this business I am MOST passionate about is getting beautiful, archival quality prints into the hands of ALL my clients. It’s okay that so much of our world is digital these days, but for SO MANY REASONS heirloom portraits should still exist as physical objects. If you do a portrait shoot with me, you’re walking away with a gorgeous set of prints that you can actually hold and hug and pass along to those who love you. And that’s that. ; )
Q: BUT WHAT IF I TRULY JUST NEED SOME SIMPLE WORK HEADSHOTS AND DON’T WANT A FULL PORTRAIT SESSION? THEN CAN I JUST HAVE FILES?
A: If you’re looking for an updated headshot for work, I STILL recommend booking a full session. If you’re going to get all camera ready, why not get some fun pictures for yourself as well? But if you’re not up for that, let me know what you need and when you need it and I can work out a digital package for you.