BOLD, VIBRANT PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT IS YOUR BOOKING PROCESS LIKE?
We do everything online. Once we chat and decide what services are best for you, I will send a digital quote for you to approve (the quote can have multiple options for you to choose from), then a questionnaire, contract, and payment portal. After booking you’ll receive a confirmation email, and an exclusive style guide with suggestions for what to wear (and what not to wear).
Your session is not confirmed and in our calendar until we recieve a retainer payment and we counter-sign your contract.
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
I do! I have backdrops and professional lighting in my home studio, many of my headshot sessions take place here.
I HATE HAVING MY PHOTO TAKEN…
Me too! Our photo sessions are always fun and relaxed. We don’t need a formal set-up, some of the most beautiful photos are from “candid” type situations. My recommendation for folks who find it difficult to smile for the camera (like myself), is to bring a friend or family member to their session, someone who can make them smile. I also include posing tips in my exclusive style guides, this can help you practice in a mirror beforehand and feel a little more comfortable during your session!
WHY DON’T I GET ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU TOOK DURING OUR SESSION?
That’s a great question!
Yes, during an hour-long session you will hear my camera click hundreds of times. Due to the nature of snapping shots of humans, outside, with lighting, a lot of these shots end up being “test” shots, and another portion have blinks or outfit malfunctions or a hundred other possibilities. Part of what you’re paying me for is my ability to adapt to each setting and these test shots to take better and better photos. You’re also paying for someone who knows how to use and owns a professional-grade camera. This camera doesn’t spit out .jpg files like your phone would. It produces a much larger, RAW, file that must be edited with professional software before it can be viewed anywhere.
Another part of what you’re paying for is the 3+ hours I spend sorting and editing the photos for each hour I spend taking photos. People who pay for professional photography don’t want to have to sift through hundreds of sub-par photos (or decide between two nearly-identical photos), and that’s where I come in. First, I sort through the photos to get rid of the overexposed test shots, and the photos with blinks in them. Then I use professional quality editing software to adjust levels and settings most people have never heard of and are only produced by professional cameras and software. Then I do basic blemish and spot removal on the photos that make the cut. Then I upload those photos to your online gallery, and a Facebook album (if you want). When you consider all of that time and work (and my expenses for camera equipment, software, and cloud storage), my rates are really a bargain!
You can rest assured that I will carefully consider each image, and only get rid of the ones that you wouldn’t want to show off anyways.
WHY ARE YOU CHARGING MORE FOR ADDITIONAL EDITS?
All of my session fees include basic edits. This includes the changes I have to make to all photos that come out of my professional-grade camera in a RAW format: white balance, exposure, cropping, making photos crisper and more colorful, basic spot and blemish removal, and a couple more simple things. These edits are included in my session fee because I make these edits to all photos I publish.
My shooting and editing styles are body-positive. I take any insecurities you have about your appearance (we all have them!) into consideration during our session, but I will not alter the shape or appearance of your face or body using Photoshop tools like liquify. You are beautiful just the way you are and I aim to have my photography make you love yourself even more!
If a client asks me to make more extensive edits to their photos, this requires that I spend much more time with each photo and my time is valuable. Some additional edits I can make upon request and for an extra charge include: braces removal, teeth whitening, extensive blemish removal, making wardrobe mishaps less obvious, and removing or reducing stray hairs.
Some edits will never be possible, and I will be more than happy to talk about specifically why if a client asks for such things.