For more specific answers to questions regarding weddings and fine art boudoir, please head to the FAQ section of The Wedding Experience and Fine Art Boudoir Experience or head to my contact page and shoot me note.
HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH YOUR CLIENTS WHEN SHOOTING THEM?
People tend to get awkward when they have to think too much about how they are posed and how they should look in front of the camera. I love playing more of a director role with my couples to get natural and organic reactions. Be prepared for lots of movement, fun and silliness during our session!
WILL YOU TRAVEL OUT OF WASHINGTON DC AND NORTHERN VA?
Um thats a huge HELL YES!!!!!!!! I have a suitcase I can pack on que, a valid passport and a huge passion to travel so I am totally down for traveling anywhere in the USA or internationally. If you are interested in hiring me for a destination wedding or an adventure session, please email me so we can further discuss your vision and I can create a custom quote for you.
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN TRYING A DIFFERENT TYPE OF PHOTO SESSION THAT YOU DON'T HAVE LISTED IN YOUR SERVICES?
I specialize in wedding, fine art boudoir and portrait photography. However I am always down for trying new things if I feel confident I can provide you with amazing work so we should totally talk if you have an idea for a shoot that is not listed. If it is a type of shoot I don't feel comfortable doing or are not particularly passionate about shooting and know that one of my other talented photographer friends can do better and will love doing it, I am more than happy to make a recommendation.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes I am and I am happy to send proof of insurance!
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Team Canon here! I shoot primarily with a Canon 5D Mark IV and have a Canon 5D Mark III as a backup. Lens wise, I am a prime lens girl who lives on my Sigma 35 mm Art, Sigma 50 mm Art and Canon 85 mm. I also have a Canon 70-200 mm for those times I can’t get close up at ceremonies. I also have two flashes (a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II and a Gordox V860 II) that I use when the natural light is not so great.
HOW DOES BOOKING YOU WORK?
To officially book me, I require you to sign a contract and pay a 50% non refundable retainer fee at the time of signing. It’s NOT official until I have all of these things.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK YOU?
I book on a first come, first serve basis. I recommend booking me as soon as you have a date and can pay my 50% non refundable retainer to insure you have me for the date you need. For weddings, most couples tend to book me 6 months to over a year in advance.
DO YOU POST PHOTOS FROM OUR SESSION ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR WEBSITE?
Yes I do! Being able to show my work and market it helps my business be successful. However, if you specifically ask me not to share your images due to a personal preference, your job or any other reason you don't want me to share, I will respect your wishes and not share photos from our session. For boudoir sessions, I will not ever share photos unless I am given permission and have a signed model release signed by my clients.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?
For final galleries, it can take me up to 6 weeks to edit and deliver photos for weddings and up to a month for portrait and fine art boudoir sessions. However, to give you a sneak peak, I post a few edited images on Social Media within 72 hours.
HOW MANY PHOTOS SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM A SHOOT WITH YOU?
While I can't provide an exact number from a shoot I can promise that you will receive anywhere between 40 to 60 edited images from a portrait session and between 700 and 1,000 edited images from your wedding. For fine art boudoir sessions you will receive 40 to 60 edited images to choose from for photo product purchases. I never cap the number of images that I deliver and I will always deliver the best images from our time together that are well-composed, well-exposed and properly focused.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSIONS AND WEDDING PACKAGES? WHAT ALL IS INCLUDED?
Portraits start at $500. This includes up to an hour and a half of shooting, an online gallery of 40-60 high resolution edited photos, and an an image release for sharing and printing photos. For pricing information on weddings and fine art boudoir, please reference my wedding experience and fine art boudoir experience pages.
WHAT TYPES OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN?
Maternity, family, senior, couples, lifestyle and branding portraits.
WHAT DOES YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS LOOK LIKE?
During my busy season for weddings which is the beginning of April through early December, I only schedule portrait sessions Monday through Friday. I take a limited amount of portrait sessions on the weekends if it can fit into my schedule during this time. December through March I take portrait sessions on the weekends.
CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR EDITING STYLE FOR MY PHOTOS OR CAN YOU GIVE ME THE RAWS TO EDIT MYSELF?
That’s a hard no. My editing style is a true representation of my business and part of what you pay for when you hire me as your photographer. And I hope that is part of the reason you love my edited work! Going to be honest here... I don’t get the point of hiring a professional photographer and then asking the edit their work in a way that's different than what you see on their portfolio or asking to edit their photos yourself.
HOW DOES COPYRIGHT, SHARING AND PRINTING MY IMAGES WHEN WORKING YOU WORK?
Simply put, copyright law states that ownership inherently rests with the creator of any given photo unless specifically signed over or purchased by another party (usually with a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars), With that being said, I do maintain the copyrights myself. Maintaining the copyright essentially means that I reserve the right to call myself the author of your photograph, and to also use them for future use in my portfolio, advertising, speaking engagements, etc. With my clients I do share printing rights with you all as my clients, which is typically what people mean to inquire about when they use the term "copyright!" Shared printing rights means there is no limit to the number of times you reproduce your photos for personal use- I don't place a cap on where you can print, or how large those prints are. I want you to have flexibility to preserve your memories on printed products now and in the future! For weddings and portrait sessions I give my client an image release to share the digital copies for personal use. You however are not allowed to sell them or alter the the digital images editing wise. For my boudoir experience, you are not share the digital images unless you buy individual digital images.
DO YOU DO EXTENSIVE PHOTOSHOP WORK ON BODIES?
My philosophy is that real is better than perfect and a photoshopped body is not real in the slightest. I want my clients to love and celebrate the skin they are in during our shoot and If you are coming into a shoot wanting your body to appear different then how you appear in real life, I am not the photographer for you. The only time I do crazy editing (that is not even really crazy) is getting rid of small blemishes, skin discoloration and distracting objects in the background. Additional and more extensive edits to images cost $15 per file.